Oktawian Daniel “Obi-Wan” Olejniczak is ready to face Cian “The Warrior” Cowley. Training at Straight Blast Gym Ireland in Dublin, Ireland, Cowley is one of the teammates of Conor “Notorious” McGregor.
On April 5, 2015, Cowley made it to the news as one of the teammates of McGregor who joined the former UFC Lightweight Champion’s attack on the red corner fighters’ bus following the “UFC 223” media day at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. After the incident, Cowley is returning to the cage for the first time with Olejniczak as his opponent.
Oktawian Daniel Olejniczak
The bout between Cowley and Olejniczak will be one of the undercard bouts of “Brave 13: Europe Evolution,” which will take place on June 9, 2018 at the SSE Arena at Belfast, Northern Ireland. They will compete at a catchweight of 73 kg.
Cowley is a decorated Muay Thai fighter who trains at SBG Ireland with the likes of IMMAF gold medalist Frans Mlambo. The latter will headline “Brave 13: Europe Evolution” with reigning Brave CF Bantamweight Champion Stephen Loman of the Philippines.
“Brave 13: Europe Evolution” marks Cowley’s Brave CF debut. His upcoming fight against Olejniczak will be his second bout as a professional MMA fighter.
The last time Cowley competed inside the cage was on April 12, 2017 at “BAMMA 29.” He lost to David Khalsa via rear-naked choke submission.
On the other hand, Olejniczak has 2 wins and 1 loss. He had success in his previous fight against Steve Owens at “BAMMA 35” in Dublin, which he won via unanimous decision.
“He had a one year layoff but I think he got that hunger and fire back after his loss at BAMMA in Birmingham last year,” Olejniczak said of Cowley. “It will be an exciting fight to watch. On the other side, he could be a bit rusty in the cage after such a long break.”
“Of course, he is a decorated stand up fighter but this is MMA,” Olejniczak added. “I know one thing for sure, it is stylistically a very good match up and people in the SSE arena are definitely not going to be disappointed.”
While Olejniczak is originally from Nowa Ruda, Poland, he is fighting out of Northern Ireland and a former Clan Wars Caged Combat champion. As he steps into Brave Combat Federation, he is also excited to perform before his home crowd against one of the closest allies of McGregor.
“My home crowd gives me a lot of motivation during the fight to push myself to the limit,” Olejniczak said. “I will put on one hell of a fight for them! I have been in deep waters in a fight and know what my mind and body is capable of but every fight is a new test."