Saturday night in Newcastle was a long time coming for Ireland’s Andy Murphy.
Up until this weekend, the Team Ryano featherweight had spent the past 12 months on the sidelines, with another six further back to his last fight.
Looking very fresh in the early exchanges, Murphy’s double leg take down early in the first opened the doors for Gilbert to set up a triangle. While The Carlow Kid managed to cut Gilbert with some sharp elbows, he succumbed to a deep triangle at 1:26 in round 1.
While his bout against Bailey Gilbert at MTK MMA’s Newcastle card didn’t go as might have hoped, Murphy was more than positive in his recap of the fight.
He took time out on Sunday afternoon to speak to his local radio station, KCLR.
“Last night I made my return to the cage for the co-main event at MTK Global in Newcastle. Unfortunately I got submitted by a triangle, but I actually felt very, very good in there”, said Murphy in speaking to Lahart’s Sunday Scoreline on KCLR.
“It’s one of those things where you can be getting on very well in the game but one little flip and it can be taken away from you very quickly.”
“The body is still in great shape, feeling healthy, feeling fit. I arrived back into Dublin about an hour and half ago, but I could jump right back into the cage now if I wanted.”
“That’s the plan now that I’ve got one out of the way, keep the ball rolling.”
While Murphy didn’t come away with the win, the ever-positive Team Ryano Wexford head coach is taking away a lot of positives.
“It was the perfect way to get back in action”, he continued on Sunday aftenroon.
“It’s a very small scale show if I’m totally honest but it was good for me as there was no real pressure. Cut weight, make weight, fly out, fight. No selling tickets, no dealing with promoters.”
“It was a case of go over, cut my weight, do my job, go home, build again.”
“The only disappointing thing was the outcome. I’m not really disappointed with my performance. I felt fresh as a daisy today, while he was sent to the hospital to get 10-12 stitches above his eye.”
“It is what it is. I think I’d rather have 10-12 stitches above my eye and the win, but it is what it is.”
“I’m signed now with BAMMA, one of the biggest MMA promotions in Europe and I’m excited to get back working with them on the big stage in December.”
“It’s all systems go.”
Listen: Andy Murphy interview on KCLR
Listen back to the full interview above, including Murphy sharing his thoughts on the MTK MMA card, night in general, and what comes next.
While his focus now turns to the family and back to training in Wexford, Murphy should be back in action on BAMMA’s 9 December card at the 3 Arena, Dublin.
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