by BRAVE CF
Posted on Sep 14, 2021
After redeeming himself with a shock victory over Abdulmanap Magomedov five months ago, Ireland’s Glenn McVeigh is ready to remind the mixed martial arts (MMA) world once again why he was once considered one of the top amateur standouts to ever come out of Europe.
McVeigh returns to action on September 25th, squaring off with Bilal “Borz” Tipsaev of Sweden in a three-round bantamweight contest on the supporting card of BRAVE CF 54—the Bahrain-based promotion’s maiden venture into Konin, Poland.
The 24-year-old Belfast, Northern Ireland native hit a rough patch at the start of his professional career, dropping back-to-back losses—including a 70-second submission setback to Frieh Harahsheh at BRAVE CF 49: Super Fights last March.
Fortunately for him, he was given an opportunity to wash away the bitter taste of defeat. Maksim Trokhimchuk withdrew from the bout against Magomedov due to an injury. As a result, the matchmakers offered the spot to McVeigh who didn’t think twice to accept it.
At BRAVE CF 50 in April, McVeigh pulled off the impossible, defeating Magomedov by way of unanimous decision in a three-round featherweight thriller.
"Everybody calls me chicken. I don't get it. I accept all these fights with all these guys willingly, regardless of where they are fighting. So I am no chicken,” the Fight Academy Ireland representative stated.
Now, McVeigh wants to build on his first win under the organization’s banner by defeating Tipsaev, who is coming off a third-round stoppage loss to Latvia’s Matiss Zaharovs in his promotional debut at BRAVE CF 36 in July 2020.
While he is fully aware that Tipsaev will bring in the same amount of desire to walk away with his hand raised, McVeigh is confident that he has the necessary tools to beat anyone in the division.
"I respect him (Tipsaev), he is a beast. His wrestling is really high level, but that is not even going to be enough. It's so tough to picture this fight without getting a finish. If we both fight, it's going to be a really tough fight,” he said.
"He is just average in MMA, but his wrestling is very good. If it’s a wrestling match, he will most definitely win. But we are having an MMA fight. I truly believe I'm going to finish him,” McVeigh added.
"I want the best and toughest fighters in the division. Give me some tough fights after this fight.”