SBG Ireland’s Peter Queally Wins in South Africa
Straight Blast Gym’s Queally wins EFC debut by Unanimous Decision in Cape Town
We are used to the idea of the fighters of Straight Blast Gym Ireland taking the US by storm – selling out Las Vegas arenas and dominating social media, but meanwhile other team members are busy flying the SBG flag in other far-flung corners of the globe, as the worldwide spread of Straight Blast Gym continues unabated. Earlier this month saw SBG Ireland fighter Peter Queally make his first appearance for MMA organization EFC at an event in South Africa. The contest in Cape Town saw Queally take on opponent Francois Kabulu and, using strong takedown defense and superior wrestling, pick up an impressive debut victory. Queally came close to finishing the fight inside the three rounds, taking the back of Kabulu as the bell signaled the end of the second round, before spending a significant portion of the third and final round securely fasten to the South African’s back, coming close to a rear naked choke and inflicted a lot of punishment to which Kabulu had no answer.
The EFC is the one of the most prominent MMA organizations in Africa, and as part of continuing growth beyond the continent, announced Peter Queally as the first non-African athlete to compete in the history of their organization. At that point back in October, the opponent for Queally’s debut contest, less than a month away, was still unknown. Prior to signing with EFC, Queally had only previously travelled as far as Liverpool, England for a professional fight, a short hop across the Irish Sea. As such, the fight against Francois Kabulu represents a huge moment in his career. Taking on a hometown fighter, in the middle of a five fight win streak, in front of a huge crowd in Cape Town, South Africa, with minimal preparation time, would have provided plenty of excuses had things not gone to plan. As it stands, it is a huge achievement for the Straight Blast Gym man, and a sign of real professionalism, that he comfortably extended his professional record to 5-1 with a unanimous decision victory. A continuation of such dominant displays will leave him eyeing a shot at EFC’s welterweight title before too long.