Bannon takes silver on World C’ship stage

SHAUNA Bannon returned home from the IMMAF-WMMA World Championships in Bahrain with a silver medal.

The Tallaght woman secured her place in the final after two impressive performances, and came up against China’s Guangmei Han to whom she lost.

Shauna Bannon compressor

Tallaght’s Shauna Bannon up against Guangmei Han in the final

In her opening contest she earned a unanimous decision against Mexico’s defending IMMAF champion Yessica Ortega after which she turned in an equally convincing display against Gabriela Horakova of the Czech Republic.

“She was very good, but I felt my striking was way better that her’s” Bannon told The Echo. “She just wanted to get me down and really just sit on me”.

“She’s a bit boring as a fighter, but fair play to her, what she did, she did well. Looking back on it, I landed way more strikes and she wasn’t interested in striking and just wanted to take me down. She was heavy and it was tough.

“I was delighted with the experience I got at the event. It was great to come up against different styles.

“I want to challenge myself against different styles so that when I turn professional next year these styles won’t be new to me.

“From the time of my very first MMA fight I wanted to compete at these World Championships and once I qualified for them about two months ago my preparation was focused completely on that.”

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