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Cillian Cunningham

Lead mixed martial arts writer who can be contacted at cillian@punditarena.com.

UFC Fight Island: A Guide To Dana White’s Masterplan

UFC Fight Island is set to play host to July 11’s blockbuster UFC 251 pay-per-view but even now, it remains something of a mystery to the fans. Sporting events, musical concerts, the production of films, and television shows. Each of these staples within the entertainment and cultural industries were forced to accept their inability to continue moving forward and all …

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Revisiting Arguably The Greatest Title Fight In UFC History

When the conversation turns to the greatest UFC title fight in history a few contenders always spring to mind.  There’s Frankie Edgar’s magnificent comeback against Gray Maynard at UFC 125 that saw the bout end in a split-decision draw. Maybe Anderson Silva’s first win over Chael Sonnen at UFC 117 is more up your street. With Sonnen seemingly en route …

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AJ McKee Scores 8-Second KO At Bellator 228

AJ McKee managed to score a stunning first-round knockout of Georgi Karakhanyan at Bellator 228, finishing the fight in just eight seconds. This 24-year-old is going places, there’s absolutely no doubt about it. On a night that also included a successful return to action for AJ’s father, Antonio McKee, the prospect was able to score one of the fastest KO’s …

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Jared Cannonier TKO’s Jack Hermansson In Statement Copenhagen Victory

Jared Cannonier made a major step towards middleweight title contention with a second-round TKO of Sweden’s Jack Hermansson in Copenhagen, Denmark. Since debuting at 185lbs last November, Cannonier has managed to rack off a trio of finishes – beating David Branch, Anderson Silva, and now, Hermansson to truly signal himself as a divisional top contender. Once fighting as a heavyweight …

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Jack Shore Earns Third-Round Submission In UFC Debut

Jack Shore announced his arrival to the big stage with a dominant victory over Nohelin Hernandez on the UFC Copenhagen prelims today. Shore represents perhaps the most promising talent of all of those at forefront of the growing Welsh mixed martial arts scene at the moment, joining UFC stars Brett Johns, Jack Marshman, and John Phillips in leading the country’s …

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James Gallagher Submits Roman Salazar In 35 Seconds

James Gallagher made short work of his Bellator Dublin opponent Roman Salazar, submitting him within 35 seconds of the opening bell. After his originally scheduled opponent Cal Ellenor was forced to withdraw from their contest, taking a matchup against the tricky veteran Roman Salazar was a risky move for the Irishman, but a move he made regardless. The 3Arena is …

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Leah McCourt Steamrolls Kerry Hughes To First-Round Submission

Leah McCourt was as dominant as advertised as she absolutely ran through her Bellator Dublin opponent Kerry Hughes on her way to a first-round stoppage. McCourt had the opportunity to show all of her skills as she dealt with the threat presented by the Essex-native Hughes on the Bellator 227 main-card. Opening up the fight with some heavy exchanges on …

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Richie Smullen Scores Dominant First-Round Submission At Bellator Dublin

Richie Smullen returned to the Bellator cage in emphatic fashion, scoring a beautifully manoeuvred submission victory over Sean Tobin in Dublin. As soon as the opening bell sounded it was vintage Richie Smullen as he secured the takedown within the contest’s first thirty seconds, something that signalled the beginning of the end for Limerick’s Sean Tobin. From there on out …

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Richie Smullen Hopes To Ride Momentum To Spectacular Bellator Dublin Win

Richie Smullen spoke to us here at Pundit Arena ahead of his Bellator Dublin featherweight showdown against Sean Tobin this evening. Seeing Richie win in dominant fashion on February’s Bellator Dublin main-card held an extra significance to those who have followed his career – especially in the last year or so. His run as a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter was one …

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