Leah signs deal

Leah signs deal

6 January 2021

SAINTFIELD martial arts fighter Leah McCourt has been confirmed as an ambassador with Everlast Worldwide, the world’s leading manufacturer of boxing, MMA and fitness equipment.

Leah has signed an exclusive, multi-year fight sports equipment and sports apparel agreement.

In a ground-breaking first for the brand, Leah is the first female athlete to be placed on an apparel deal from the UK.

She says she is delighted to join Team Everlast as the newest addition to its elite athlete roster.

“It is a dream come true to sign with the most iconic brand in combat and I am proud to be continuing to make history,” she remarked.

“We have some exiting ideas in the pipeline and I cannot wait to bring them to life and to continue changing the game”.

The 28-year-old fights under leading MMA organisation Bellator. Fighting at featherweight, she currently holding a 4-1-0 pro record.

As an amateur she won gold at the 2016 IMMAF World Championships and was a World and European International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation champion, as well as attaining a black belt in judo.

Known as ‘The Curse’, Leah trains with world-renowned MMA coach and Conor McGregor’s striking coach Owen Roddy at the famed Straight Blast Gym Charlestown in Dublin.

In February last year she created history when she became the first woman in MMA history to headline an event in Europe when she defeated Judith Ruis at the 3Arena in Dublin.  

Renowned for her intensity, energy and speed, McCourt also has displayed high levels of self-determination and sacrifice to get to the top. 

These attributes have helped her become one of the most dynamic female MMA fighters in the world, and also made her an inspirational figure.

A proud single mum to her daughter Isabella, she is a role model for all mothers and to a rising generation of young females.

Chris Zoller, Everlast’s Chief Marketing Officer, said: “Leah has a unique story and is making big waves in MMA.

“She’s a groundbreaking competitor and an inspiration to young female athletes everywhere. We’re thrilled to welcome her to the team.”