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Coach John Kavanagh announced today across his social media platforms that all fighters belonging to his SBG imprint, both amateur and professional, will be getting a one-off brain scan.

The move comes after Safe MMA Ireland released a statement confirming that they had secured funding for brain MRI scans for amateur MMA competitors for a price of €150/£125.

For 2017 ALL SBG fighters, both Amateur and Professional will be getting a one off brain scan to make sure there's no underlying issues that would preclude them from competing. It is not yet a requirement to get this done to compete on shows but it will be a requirement to represent SBG.

Take 100 random people and scan them and a small percentage will have an issue that would stop them competing. This is not from training in MMA, or any other sport but could be genetic or from some illness when young. Either way we're lucky in Ireland that SAFE MMA Ireland have secured scans for just €150 to give athletes peace of mind they are clear for training/competing.

I would strongly advise all Irish based fighters, Pro or Am to take advantage of this great offer. Details can be found here.

Coach John Kavanagh has always been vocal about fighter safety, and earlier this year he was elected as president of the Irish Mixed Martial Arts Association.

Fighter safety has been a big topic this year, with coach Kavanagh confronting tragedy first hand in April. The coach was cage side cornering his fighter Charlie Ward against Portuguese fighter Joao Carvalho, who tragically lost his life following medical complications after a third-round TKO. The tragedy had a profound affect on Kavanagh and his fighters, including Conor McGregor.

Although having a brain scan is not yet a requirement to compete in MMA, Kavanagh will make it a requirement to represent SBG. In a move that is solely for the benefit of his fighters, Kavanagh strongly advised all Irish based fighters to take advantage of the deal.


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