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‘Raging’ Al Iaquinta Launches Yet Another Twitter Tirade

After his epic rant on The MMA Hour on Monday night, in which he lambasted UFC president Dana White and claimed that the promotion’s performance bonuses are merely a way for company brass to control their underpaid fighters, Al Iaquinta launched yet another tirade on Tuesday, this time via Twitter. Though it was expletive-laden, Iaquinta’s speech on Monday was impassioned …

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Watch: Highlights From SBG Ireland Featherweight Brian Moore’s Stoppage Win At Bellator 177

SBG Ireland’s Brian Moore scored his first win under the Bellator MMA banner on the 14th of the month, stopping Michal Horejsi of the Czech Republic in the second round of a featherweight contest at Bellator 177 in Budapest. Pundit Arena reported on the victory the following day, but no video footage of Moore’s Hungarian exploits was available at the time. However, …

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After UFC Nashville, ‘Rumble’ Johnson Urges Peers To Know When To Hang Up The Gloves

Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson’s sudden retirement at UFC 210, coming immediately after he was submitted by UFC light-heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, was a real shocker for those outside of the fighter’s inner circle. At 33 years old, Johnson had bounded into the fight on the back of 3 straight victories and 12 wins in his last 13 outings. He seemed very …

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Two Irish And Two English Internationals Make Shortlist For EPCR European Player Of The Year

In March, the EPCR released a 15-strong list of nominees for their 2017 European Player of the Year. Today, 10 of those players were dropped, as the organisation announced a 5-man shortlist. Eliminated from the running were Wasps flanker Thomas Young, Clermont Auvergne’s Noa Nakaitaci, Glasgow lock Jonny Gray, Leinster prop Tadhg Furlong, Wasps standout Joe Launchbury, Munster scrumhalf Conor …

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John Kavanagh Shares Hilarious Conor McGregor/Floyd Mayweather Terminator 2 Parody

Floyd Mayweather Jr. faced a few indefatigable, indomitable sorts over the course of his 19-year professional boxing career. On the nights that he fought them at least, Jose Luis Castillo, Oscar De La Hoya and Marcos Maidana were not unlike Robert Patrick’s famous T-1000 character in their pursuits of the always elusive Mayweather. Though few are giving Conor McGregor a …

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Watch: Fans Show Appreciation For Leinster’s Gutsy Semi-Final Display With Airport Ovation

Leinster may have lost to Clermont Auvergne today in Lyon and exited the European Champions Cup at the most agonizing of stages, but with words like ‘courageous’, ‘brave’ and ‘valiant’ or their synonyms being used to describe the side’s performance in just about every media headline, fans of the eastern province have plenty of reason to feel proud of their …

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Watch: SBG Fighter Luka Jelčić Scores Savage Finish To Successfully Defend FFC Title

While Saturday was a disappointing day for one of SBG Ireland’s foreign-born fighters, it proved a pretty successful day for another. Before ‘The Russian Hammer’ Artem Lobov lost to Cub Swanson in a cracking scrap at UFC Fight Night 108 in Nashville, Tennessee, Croatian-born SBG lightweight Luka Jelčić was in action on a Final Fight Championship card in Slovenia. Jelčić claimed the …

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Twitter Reacts To Cub Swanson’s Cracking Scrap With Artem Lobov At UFC Nashville

Artem Lobov wasn’t able to cause a seismic division shaking upset at UFC Fight Night 108 in Nashville on Saturday night, but ‘The Russian Hammer’ acquitted himself admirably over the course of five enthralling rounds with Cub Swanson to send his stock soaring in spite of defeat. Lobov made a very positive start, mixing his striking attacks beautifully. His left-hand …

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Watch: ‘Platinum’ Perry Scores Shockingly Brutal ‘KO Of The Year’ Contender At UFC Nashville

Brash and explosive welterweight Mike ‘Platinum’ Perry successfully rebounded from the first defeat of his professional career tonight, finishing Jake Ellenberger in the second round at UFC Nashville. The conclusion of the fight was genuinely shocking in it’s brutality. With blood streaming from his nose, which had been badly damaged by a punch in the competitive opening round, Perry first …

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Pic: Feast Your Eyes On New Jersey Tipperary Hurlers Will Wear In League Final

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Champions Tipperary will attempt to win their first National League title since 2008 when they take on Galway at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick on Sunday and the Premier county’s finest stick-wielding men will do so bedecked in brand new jerseys. Tipp FM presenter Jackie Cahill revealed via Twitter on Friday that Michael Ryan’s side will be …

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Watch: Hibbard Decked By Monstrous Punch During Challenge Cup Semi, Accused Of Simulation By Ref

In a recent article, Wales Online writer Mark Orders described Gloucester hooker Richard Hibbard as “fearless, combative and with zero regard for his own personal safety”. It was a fitting description of one of rugby’s true warriors. Given his well-earned reputation for toughness, it came as a big surprise today when the former Wales international was accused of simulation during …

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