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Padraig Martin

A GAA man, combat sports fan and triathlon enthusiast, Padraig started out in journalism as a student covering a wide variety of sports for the UCC Express. He has also contributed to the Evening Echo, Irish News Review, Motley and Cuisle. A former Intern and current contributor at Pundit Arena, he is a freelance MMA blogger at RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @paidimartin

Harte Ready For Title Tilt In The Cage

On Saturday November 1st some of the biggest names in Thai boxing will descend on Cork. “Cage Kings” will be a mixed event with some of Ireland’s top amateur MMA talent taking on a French team. In the pro stakes Sean Tobin returns to the cage after a stint training in America with Ed Herman and Ryan Schultz. Darren O’Gorman …

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Jon Jones OK with proposed uniforms

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has stated he is OK with the planned introduction of official UFC fighter uniforms. In an interview with MMAjunkie.com he said that he hoped the move would mean that fighters who struggle to get sponsorship would be looked after. “I think it will be good for the mass, for all the fighters who aren’t …

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No Irish Boxers on World Series Of Boxing winning team

For the first time since its inception, there will be no Irish boxer involved in the World Series of Boxing’s winning team. Team Germany, of which Michael Conlon and David Oliver Joyce are members, crashed out of the tournament when they were heavily defeated by the Astana Arlans on an aggregate score line of 8-2. The World Series of Boxing …

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UFC – Ultimate Fight Night 39

The massive expansion the UFC has undergone in recent years has resulted in more and more lacklustre cards. Take Ultimate Fight Night 39 for example. Roy Nelson and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira headline the April 11th card. With the exception of Clay Guida, they are the only fighters with real name recognition. Clay Guida may well be fighting to keep his …

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Cris Cyborg

Cyborg loses more than just a fight

Last Friday night Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino was defeated in a kickboxing bout. Her opponent was Jorina Baars, an undefeated Dutch standout. Cyborg gave her opponent all she could handle as the two battled to become the inaugural Lion Fight champion. Justino came forward relentlessly as she always does, but the veteran of thirty-eight fights used superior timing and movement to …

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Johny Hendricks can wear the crown

The post GSP era began in style this past weekend. The main event at UFC 171 featuring Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler couldn’t have been more different from what we had become accustomed to during the reign of the former champion. Indeed, Lawler and Hendricks couldn’t be more dissimilar to the Canadian. With the vacant championship up for grabs, the …

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Katie Taylor goes unopposed again

Olympic champion Katie Taylor collected another national title on Saturday last. However, Taylor did not have to face an opponent to capture the belt, as has been the case with all of her national championships. In previous years Taylor had been unopposed in her weight class. This year was set to be different, however, when Alanna Murphy entered the lightweight …

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Alexander Gustafsson needs to impress at UFC Fight Night 37

The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to London on Saturday night with UFC Fight Night 37. The event features a tasty lightweight scrap between Melvin Guillard and Michael Johnson, a showdown between two up-and-coming welterweights in Gunnar Nelson and Omari Akhmedov and of course, there’s the return of Alexander Gustafsson. The Swede will need to look impressive against Jimi Manuwa to …

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Irish Boxing Roundup

2012 Olympic boxing captain Darren O’Neill has qualified for the middleweight national final where he will go head to head with Christy Joyce on Friday next. Darren O’Neill recorded an inside the distance victory over Derek Duhig to continue his quest to become a five-time champion. The Kilkenny man lost at the quarter-final stage in last year’s championship after his …

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Nate Diaz asks to be released from UFC

The Diaz brothers have never been the type to stay silent when they have something to say. Recently, the younger of the Stockton duo has become increasingly vocal on a whole range of issues. He has even managed to get himself fined $20,000 and suspended for three months for using a homophobic slur to describe a fellow UFC fighter a …

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Who can realistically challenge Ronda Rousey?

The main event at UFC 170 may have had a slightly different ending than every other Ronda Rousey fight, but the result was the same. Another first round stoppage in favor of the champion – the eighth in nine fights – only this time victory came via strikes and not from her trademark armbar. Sara McMann had been touted as …

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Top Five UFC Olympians

This weekend the UFC showcased its first ever contest involving two undefeated former Olympic medalists. Judo bronze medalist Ronda Rousey defended her UFC bantamweight title against Sarah McMann who captured a silver medal for freestyle wrestling. Also, the co-main event featured former USA freestyle wrestling team captain Daniel Cormier. The fact that three former Olympians were involved at UFC 170 …

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UFC 170 Cormier vs Cummins

The UFC went from losing its UFC 170 co-main event last Wednesday night to putting together a new one the following morning. When Rashad Evens pulled out with a knee injury, UFC President Dana White told Daniel Cormier there was no way anyone would fight him on ten days notice, that was until he heard about Patrick Cummins. Cummins is …

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Competitiveness Breathes Life Into Heavyweight Division

The heavyweight division is, thankfully, becoming more and more competitive with a number of up-and-coming boxers vying for a piece of Wladimir Klitschko’s crown and also the vacant WBC belt. Padraig Martin takes us through the contenders. Kubrat Pulev is undoubtedly the most deserving challenger to the heavyweight crown. On paper the Bulgarian has the tools required to beat the …

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Combat Sport Leaders Pledge Financial Support for Brain Injury Study

This week a number of powerful figures from boxing, MMA and politics came together on Capitol Hill to announce new financial support for brain injury research. This is clearly a positive step, though doctors have confirmed that actionable science is still years away, writes Padraig Martin.   Leaders from the UFC, Viacom (owners of Bellator MMA and Glory kickboxing), Golden …

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Irish Triathlete Qualifies For Coveted Kona Slot – Wins IMTalk Podcast Age Grouper Of The Week

On January 19th Paul O’Doherty became an Asia-Pacific Ironman 70.3 Age Group Champion, reports Padraig Martin. The Derry native (currently based in Sydney) was first in the 35 – 39 age bracket, 25th overall and perhaps even more impressively was the second amateur across the finish line in Auckland. In doing so “POD” qualified for the Ironman World Championships in …

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Mir and Overeem on two very different paths

“He comes out with a crappy performance, then he calls out a guy who doesn’t fight anymore. Not a great night for Alistair”. Those were the words of UFC President Dana White after Alistair Overeem’s unanimous decision win at UFC 169 last Saturday evening. That “crappy” performance was enough to see off former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir, who now …

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Lesnar to make UFC return?

Rumors of Brock Lesnar potentially resurrecting his MMA career have been circulating for a while now, writes Padraig Martin. Many speculated that it was all a publicity stunt to build interest for his recent return to the WWE, but when Dana White interjected that a return to the UFC for the former Heavyweight champ was a definite possibility it was …

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