On Saturday night, top Irish featherweight prospect Brian "The Pikeman" Moore debuts for Europe’s premier promotion Cage Warriors against gifted grappler Dave Hill in Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena at Cage Warriors 59.
Brian Moore is a product of the illustrious Straight Blast Gym in Dublin, Ireland, where he trains under top coach John Kavanagh alongside top European talent, including Conor McGregor, Cathal Pendred, and Owen Roddy, though whereas Moore’s teammates have received notable acclaim from MMA insiders, The Pikeman has been quietly honing his skills across the burgeoning Irish fight scene.
Brian’s MMA story started back in his county of Wexford, a coastal county on the Southeast corner of Ireland, a county that is the source of Moore's nickname "The Pikeman." The origins of Moore’s nickname go back to 1798, when a cruel and unjustified reign of terror from the British government caused the people of Wexford to rebel against the far more powerful British army, and against all odds the men of Wexford -- armed only with their Pikes as weapons -- managed to defeat the British and take control of the county. Moore chose the nickname of "The Pikeman" to symbolise the "Never Quit" attitude of the Irish.
After training for a short period in Wexford, Brian decided to join Dublin’s famed SBG club, and since that day he has won almost every belt available in Ireland at featherweight. He is the reigning Cage Gods, Battlezone, and TuffNutt champion, and after he struggled to get a fight at his natural weight class, he moved up to lightweight to fight for the title in the Chaos Fighting Championship, a fight he won in dominant fashion against a far larger adversary.
Skillswise, Brian is notorious for being probably the best-conditioned athlete in the country, and uncharacteristically for a Irish fighter, he has solid wrestling. Just like all the pro fighters from the famed SBG gym, his grappling is top-notch, and in his last two bouts, he’s won by submission in the very first round.
I asked Moore how a typical day of his fight camp goes, and he replied: