IRISH-AMERICAN MMA and wrestling star Pat Downey has revealed that he hopes to characterize Eire at 2024 Olympic Video games in Paris.

The a lot embellished former collegiate star says the method has began for him to understand his dream of competing at an Olympic Video games.

Downey before the 2020 USA Olympic trials


Downey earlier than the 2020 USA Olympic trials
Downey placed third at the 2019 PAN-AM Games for USA but now wants to represent Ireland  at the 2024 Olympic Games


Downey positioned third on the 2019 PAN-AM Video games for USA however now needs to characterize Eire on the 2024 Olympic Video games

James Patrick Downey III, who’s father is Irish makes his MMA debut subsequent week at Bellator 284 – revealed the information solely to SunSport.

Downey stated to daybreak the inexperienced jersey can be a dream realised: “A dream, a dream dude. My dad, I am unable to even say what he would do. He would s*** a brick.“

Baltimore native middleweight has a tattoo of his household identify on his again, together with a Irish flag on his ribcage.

The ‘Lizard King’ revealed paperwork has been submitted to related officers as he appears to be like to understand his Olympic dream by representing the tricolour in France.

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He stated: “Proper now we’re simply sending in paperwork. I might even have to go over to Eire attempt to incorporate if I have been to ever battle there – they are saying the top of September – I might attempt construct within the capacity to remain there [Ireland] to satisfy with the mandatory folks to expedite the method.

“It is simply being talked about, I would must see the legitimacy of it. I would must see how I would go about getting dual-citizenship, and the way the governing our bodies deal with that.

The previous Iowa State alumni ace can be set to make his MMA debut for US promotion Bellator subsequent week believes he might medal for Eire within the Greco-Roman self-discipline in 2024, if he’s eligible to compete for Eire.

He added: “We’ve got American athletes representing different international locations – simply take a look at Michigan’s regional coaching centre – half the f****** squad characterize someone else however they practice right here.

“I do not essentially perceive every little thing – I am simply talking that it is a want of mine as a result of it most definitely is – and I am manner too good.

“I am the most effective wrestlers on this planet at any given day – prime ten or prime 5 on this planet – on any given day.

“For me to not be capable to characterize my abilities for some nation is only a waste. How can I not be at that match [Paris 2024] as a result of I can win the mom f***** on any given day as a result of I am that rattling good.“

Eire doesn’t have an Olympic wrestling workforce, which suggests Downey must qualify via the European qualifiers if he’s eligible to characterize Eire.

He added: “I am of the understanding that this course of takes a 12 months, in order that’s why it has to start now if we’ll compete on the 2024 video games.“

The Miami resident who is thought for voicing his opinions has had a turbulent relationship with USA Wrestling over time, and has been in a stacked divisions with among the greatest names within the sport – akin to J’den Cox, Bo Nickel and David Taylor – to call however a number of.


Downey says he does not wish to characterize the govering our bodies in US wrestling anymore as he appears to be like to finish the change.

He added: “Yeah, not solely are USA actually f****** good, and it is a onerous a** workforce to make. We have got some guys like David Taylor – who’s arguably the most effective guys ever to compete within the sport at that weight [86kg].

“So, respect to USA – I’ve by no means had an issue with our wrestlers , and I’ve had some coaches that made an amazing impression on me, too.

“Kevin Jackson and Reece Humphries, I’ve had some nice coaches at senior and collegiate degree.

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“I owe my life to wrestling due to the place I come from in East Baltimore.

“It is the governing our bodies the NCAA, USA Wrestling – possibly representing them is what I’ve given up on. How lengthy are you able to sit round and keep someplace you are not needed. It is like being at a celebration you are not invited to.“

Pat Downey make his MMA Debut subsequent week at Bellator MMA 284,  August 12, which you’ll be able to watch stay on Virgin Media in Eire.

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