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Cillian Cunningham

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

Robert Whittaker Calls For Adesanya Fight As Khabib/Poirier Co-Main Event

Robert Whittaker has called on the UFC to book his middleweight title unification showdown with Israel Adesanya as a co-main event to Khabib’s return. Earlier today we brought you some clues that would indicate that UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is preparing to headline a showdown in Abu Dhabi in September. It would make sense, given the extremely high level …

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Khabib On Course For Massive Abu Dhabi Spot At UFC 242?

Khabib Nurmagomedov is edging closer to the return to the UFC octagon in September, with a matchup in Abu Dhabi at UFC 242 seemingly on the cards. While nothing has been yet made official, everything from The Eagle’s current timeline to the UFC’s decision to host a PPV event in Abu Dhabi on September 7 seems to indicate that Dana …

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Israel Adesanya Wants To Get Paulo Costa Before USADA Does

The newly-crowned UFC interim-middleweight champion Israel Adesanya has stressed his hope that he can fight contender Paulo Costa in the near future. Costa first took a shot at Stylebender following his UFC 236 war with Kelvin Gastelum last weekend. Borrachinha has been on something of a tear in the middleweight division since first signing for the UFC. His most notable …

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Anderson Silva Speaks Out In Defense Of Jon Jones

Anderson Silva has spoken out in defence of his friend and fellow legend Jon Jones, who has experienced the glare of the spotlight more than most in recent years.  Jones has been making every effort to stay active in recent times – fighting twice in the last four months, defeating both Alexander Gustafsson and Anthony Smith in a pair of …

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Tenshin Moves To 30-0 With Third-Round TKO At RIZIN 15

Tenshin Nasukawa extended his unbeaten kickboxing record with a glorious third-round TKO of Fritz Aldin Biagtan at RIZIN 15. Those who only know of Tenshin because of his in some ways farcical New Year’s Eve showdown with Floyd Mayweather at RIZIN 13 will have no doubt gotten the wrong impression of this young man’s talents. At 20-years-old, the tougher challenges …

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Khabib Impressed By Poirier, Plans To ‘Maul Him’ Nonetheless

Khabib Nurmagomedov gave his thoughts on his division’s top contender, Dustin Poirier, a man who won his interim-title in highly impressive fashion last weekend. Khabib was in attendance at UFC St Petersburg in support of his friend and teammate Islam Mackhachev – who came out on top in a thrilling showdown against promotional debutant Arman Tsarukyan in the night’s co-main …

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Watch: Magomed Mustafaev Scores Spinning Back Kick In UFC Return

Magomed Mustafaev returned to the UFC after a lengthy absence to absolutely blast through his UFC St Petersburg opponent Rafael Fiziev in the first-round. Not seen in action since a 2016 loss to future interim-lightweight title challenger Kevin Lee, Mustafaev’s time on the sidelines was one caused through a number of injuries he had sustained in preparation. Having posted 2-1 …

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Watch: Alistair Overeem’s Top-5 Knockout Victories

Ahead of his return to the UFC octagon this evening at UFC St. Petersburg relive Alistair Overeem’s five most impressive knockout victories. When Overeem showed up at his best, there were few, if any, in the history of the UFC heavyweight division who could match his blend of elite-tier kickboxing and vicious knockout power. His career has, of course, seen …

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The Post-Conor McGregor Era Of The UFC Is Upon Us

Conor McGregor will likely fight again in the sport of mixed martial arts but it has become clear that the UFC is moving into a new era entirely. There was almost an anxiety to be felt within the actions of Dana and co. as they found themselves bending to the demands of a star, in Conor McGregor, who well and …

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Airtricity League Premier Division 29/6/2012 St Patrick's Athletic vs Shelbourne Former Republic of Ireland and St.Pats' Manager Brian Kerr at tonight's game

Brian Kerr Speaks Passionately About Future Of The FAI

Brian Kerr gave a powerful speech about what needs to change within the next incarnation of the FAI if the country’s football is to continue to evolve. The former Irish manager Kerr has found his name in the headlines quite a bit recently, and deservedly so, after a number of passionate speeches about the current state of the governing body …

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