SBG Ireland’s Peter Queally Gets #1 Contender Shot
Peter Queally One Win From Title Fight
It seems that SBG Ireland’s team of fighters can barely put a foot wrong in recent months – Conor McGregor, of course, has a shot at the UFC featherweight title in June, Cathal Pendred and Paddy Holohan continue to rack up impressive wins of their own in the Octagon, and Aisling Daly impressed in the Ultimate Fighter before picking up a flawless first round submission victory in her UFC debut. Meanwhile, there is another SBG Ireland fighter that is steadily making a name for himself – Peter Queally. With a professional record of 5-1, Queally is now fighting the EFC, one of the largest fight promotions outside of North America, where he won his debut fight in comfortable fashion. That win in November, alongside another unanimous decision win at Cage Warriors 70 against Konrad Iwanowski last August, has put Queally in line for a potential EFC welterweight title shot.
Peter Queally will face Martin van Staden (14-7) on April 4th for the number one contender slot in the EFC’s welterweight division. Van Staden won his only fight of 2014 via knock out, following two defeats in 2013. The more experienced fighter, a veteran of 21 professional contests, van Staden has fought nine times under the EFC banner; winning six and losing three. Talking about his upcoming opponent during filming for the EFC 38 countdown show in Dublin, Peter Queally was bold, stating:
“It’s a strange feeling being in front of someone who is much, much better then you. I haven’t felt that since I was a beginner… and that’s what he is going to feel.”
Queally, however, is no stranger to surprising the more experienced athlete. His last match saw him comfortable defeated Francois Kabulu, who was in the midst of an impressive five fight win streak before coming up against the SBG Irishman. Peter Queally’s takedowns and superior technical grappling were simply too much for Kabulu on that night last November. Everyone in the Straight Blast Gym tribe will be hoping for similar success when Peter Queally walks out in Durban, South Africa come April 4th. Good luck to Peter and the whole team at SBG Ireland.