UK soldier and MMA fighter killed in Afghanistan
The mixed martial arts community will now mourn the loss of mixed martial arts fighter and soldier Sean McDonald (1-3 at semi-pro level) after he was killed in Afghanistan on Sunday, February 7th. Private McDonald was a soldier serving from the Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Battalion, Royal Regiment was killed by an explosive in Hemlands Sangin province.
McDonald fought his short lived mma career for Cage Kombat and trained out of the Alba Dornadair Mixed Martial Arts Club in Edinburgh, Ireland. Both of which were run by head trainer of Alba Dornadair, Willie Scott. McDonald had trained for 2 years and a half yearsunder William Scott at the gym.
In an interview for Edinburgh News, trainer Willie Scott had this to say on McDonald, “Alba Dornadair is Gaelic for Scottish Fighter. The title of our club has never seemed more appropriate for the death of of one of our own in battle.”
William Scott continued, “Sean had a lot of potential to becomea great mixed martial arts fighter. When he came to us around two and a half years ago, he had a good competive record in karate and said he was ready to take his martial arts to the next level. Out of 100 students at the club you wouldn’t find one who would say a bad word about Sean. He was a good fighter and all around nice guy.”
Comrade and fellow soldier Private Carl Fisher had this to say, “I will always remember Sean for his storytelling and his love for his wife Jenny and also not to forget his cage fighting. He will be missed dealy.”
Many of Private McDonald’s friends spoke of how he loved mixed martial arts and would set up classes at the Royal Scots Borderers base at the Dreghorn Barracks. A friend of McDonald’s posted up this tribute video for him on youtube.
While McDonald may not have the name of a Chuck Liddell, or Randy Couture, he will always be known as a hero. At this time MMA Recap would like to offer our condolences to the friends and family of Sean McDonald, may he rest in peace.