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David Clarke

David is a final year journalism student at Dublin City University, with a passion for sport. He's also a depressed Manchester United fan, optimistic Meath supporter and MMA enthusiast. Follow him on Twitter @DavidClarke__
LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 03: Light heavyweight champion Jon Jones waits in a timeout as he defends his title against Daniel Cormier during the UFC 182 event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 3, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Jones retained his title by unanimous decision. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)

UFC 197: Main Card Predictions, Including Jones vs Saint Preux

There’s something rather underwhelming about an interim title, but it does mean Jon Jones is back where he belongs – as the former light heavyweight champion returns to the octagon this weekend. The king without a crown, Jones never lost the title – but was stripped of it after he was suspended by the UFC almost twelve months ago. Since …

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MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 22: Coach Pep Guardiola of FC Bayern Munich attends a press conference, on the eve of the UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg match against Real Madrid CF, at Intercontinental Hotel on April 22, 2014 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

Transfer News Emanating From Germany Will Excite Manchester City Fans

Manchester City have secured the signature of Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, according to German outlet Bild. The Germany international will reportedly sign a five-year-deal after a fee in the region of £23 million was agreed between the two clubs. He will join the Manchester club in the summer, alongside incoming boss Pep Guardiola. Gundogan played a key role in Jurgen …

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NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 26: Jose Mourinho Manager of Chelsea during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Chelsea at St James' Park on September 26, 2015 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)

Mourinho Has ‘Told Close Friends’ Where He Will Be Managing Next Season

Jose Mourinho is still confident that he will replace Louis van Gaal this summer at Manchester United, according to reports. The former Chelsea boss has apparently ‘told friends’ that he will be the next Manchester United manager. Mourinho told Sky Sports recently that he will return to management this summer, and has plenty of options on the table. The independent report that …

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UFC Announce Date And Venue For First Ever Event in New York

After years of campaigning for the legalisation of MMA in New York, a date has finally been set for the UFC’s first ever event in the Empire State. UFC confirmed on Twitter today that November 12th will be the date the promotion visits New York, with Madison Square Garden the venue set to host the event. Hey @TheGarden: Let’s do …

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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 13: Frankie Edgar, UFC lightweight champion, speaks during a press conference to announce commitment to bring UFC to Madison Square Garden and New York State at Madison Square Garden on January 13, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Cohen/Getty Images)

Opinion: Conor McGregor Must Fight Frankie Edgar At UFC 200

When Conor McGregor dethroned Jose Aldo in December, he referred to the featherweight division as dead. But through all the talk, one contender remains, and McGregor must now silence his critics and face Frankie Edgar at UFC 200. McGregor hoped to become the first person in the promotion’s history to hold two world titles at the same time, but a …

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Debuchy Frustrated That Move To Manchester United Was Blocked

Mathieu Debuchy admitted he was disappointed that Arsenal blocked a loan-move to Manchester United, during the January transfer window. The full-back agreed a loan deal to Ligue 1 side Bordeaux on deadline day, but a confirmed that Manchester United approached his agent in the month over a proposed switch to Old Trafford. The Frenchman told Canal + that: “I was …

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Schalke Confirm Matip Will Join Liverpool

Schalke have confirmed that central-defender Joel Matip will join Liverpool at the end of the season. The German side confirmed on Twitter that the 24-year-old who is out-of-contract this summer,  will join up with Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side. Matip, a product of the Schalke youth academy joined the Bundesliga side in 2000. He can also operate in midfield, but it’s …

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LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 11: Conor McGregor reacts to his victory over Chad Mendes in their UFC interim featherweight title fight during the UFC 189 event inside MGM Grand Garden Arena on July 11, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Video: Relive McGregor’s Victory Over Mendes At UFC 189 In Full

With less than three weeks to go to Conor McGregor’s showdown with Rafael Dos Anjos, UFC have posted the historic fight between the Dubliner and Jose Aldo on their Youtube channel, free for all to watch. When Conor McGregor’s protruding left-hand broke the guard of Chad Mendes at UFC 189, the Irishman realised the dream of a lifetime by becoming …

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 12: Anthony Martial of Manchester United scores past Simon Mignolet of Liverpool for his team's third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford on September 12, 2015 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

The Clean-Up Job At Manchester United: Who Stays And Who Goes?

Louis van Gaal has spent almost £250 million since he took over at Manchester United after the 2014 World Cup, but there has been next to no progress made. With Jose Mourinho expected to take over this summer, and chief executive Ed Woodward admitting the club will spend this summer – the clean-up operation will once again commence as United …

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The Ronda Rousey News Every Rowdy Fan Has Been Waiting For…

Former UFC champion Ronda Rousey is back in training for the first time since her devastating loss to Holly Holm at UFC 193. Rousey,(12-1), suffered the first defeat of here career after Holm put her to sleep in the second round at UFC 193, in Melbourne. But pictures obtained by TMZ Media show that the former champ is back in …

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LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 12: Conor McGregor is shown in the Octagon before his featherweight title fight against Jose Aldo during UFC 194 at MGM Grand Garden Arena on December 12, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)

Conor McGregor’s Head Coach Opens Up About Welterweight Plans

Conor McGregor’s head coach John Kavanagh has welcomed the possibility of the Dubliner moving up to challenge for the welterweight title in the future. Rumours have gathered momentum that McGregor will target a third UFC world title should he claim the lightweight title at UFC 196 – but Kavanagh admitted in his the42.ie column that he’d welcome the idea, but …

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LONDON - JANUARY 28: Jose Mourinho manager of Chelsea shakes hands with Frank Lampard as he is substituted during the FA Cup sponsored by E.ON 4th Round match between Chelsea and Nottingham Forest at Stamford Bridge on January 28, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Frank Lampard Tips José Mourinho For Success At Manchester United

Chelsea’s record goalscorer Frank Lampard expects José Mourinho to take Manchester United back to the top, should the Portuguese manager replace Louis Van Gaal. Reports in the media have suggested that a deal to take Mourinho to Old Trafford is already in place, with Van Gaal’s contract expected to be terminated at the end of the season. Lampard, who played under …

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5 Super-Fights The UFC Must Make

What fight fan doesn’t want to see champion v champion? The two best in the world in their own weight division clashing to see who the true champion is. After missing several opportunities in the past, the UFC look more likely that ever now to to cash in on these potential fantasy match-ups. With Conor McGregor and Rafael Dos Anjos …

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Another Year Of Mediocrity For Meath?

It was only six years ago when Meath hit Dublin for five in Croke Park, but the thought of that happening again is a fairytale for most Royals supporters – the question is, where has it all gone wrong? A traditional superpower, and genuine GAA royalty – but Meath haven’t looked like challenging for anything since they lay down and let …

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CM Punk Finally Has An Opponent For His UFC Debut

An eyebrow or two was raised when the UFC announced former WWE superstar CM Punk had signed a multi-fight deal – but after a year of waiting, he finally has an opponent. Punk, who’s real name is Phil Brooks, will meet welterweight Mickey Gall later in the year, after Gall submitted Mike Jackson at UFC Fight Night 82 on Saturday night. …

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Conor McGregor Claims Top Honours At World MMA Fighting Awards

Conor McGregor was named world MMA fighter of the year last night, at the annual end of year award ceremony in Las Vegas. Voted for by the fans, the Irishman trumped a field that included his UFC 196 opponent Rafael Dos Anjos. Women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm collected 4 awards, following her stunning KO of Ronda Rousey at UFC 193. Male …

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