Across the Pond Profile: James Sheehan and Manny Akpan

Since the inception of MMA, prospects continue to lay their roots down all across the globe. In today’s episode of Across The Pond, you will be introduced to two blossoming beasts looking to lead the heard in terms of European young sharpshooters with their MMA evolutions under two of Europe’s leading men in the coaching ranks.

James Sheehan

A professional since September 2017 and representing Team Ryano under head coach Andy Ryan, James Sheehan owns a 2-2 record in four professional bouts with both wins coming via submission. Sheehan has competed with Cage Warriors, BAMMA and Cage Warriors Academy Northwest. Both of Sheehan’s victories as a professional mixed martial artist have come inside of three rounds with one first-round finish and the other coming within round two. In his one and only appearance with BAMMA at BAMMA 35 in his home nation of Ireland, he faced Dillon Manning and went on to submit him via rear-naked choke in the first round. For his second outing with Cage Warriors at Cage Warriors 112 that also marked the promotion’s debut show in Manchester Sheehan tapped out Kyran Sturrock in the second round via rear-naked choke to earn the second submission victory of his professional career along with his first win in Cage Warriors. When this emerald cobra latches on to your back there is no route of escape!

Manny Akpan

A professional since November 2019 and representing SBG Manchester under head coach Matt Inman, Manny Akpan owns a 2-0 record comprised of one submission and one decision. Akpan has fought for Cage Warriors and Full Contact Contender. In his MMA debut at Cage Warriors 110, he defeated Jack Maguire via unanimous decision. At FCC 25 Akpan submitted Liam Malloy via triangle choke in the first round. At 2-0 opponents beware if you happen to become this sharp-eyed sharpshooter’s next marked target!

Manny’s professional MMA debut against Jack Maguire at Cage Warriors 110

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James’s second round submission victory at Cage Warriors 112 against Kyran Sturrock

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