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Watch: Hilarious Rener Gracie Demonstrates Some ‘Drag Defences’ In Wake Of United Airlines Incident

Here at Pundit Arena we love us some Gracie Breakdown, with Rener and, sometimes, Ryron Gracie. The series, which breaks down fights both in various combat sports arenas and in real life, can be really insightful and often educational. However, it’s when the videos are downright silly that we love them the most. In the past, we have turned your …

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New York Commission Confirm Instant Replay Legally Used To Determine Outcome Of UFC 210 Controversy

On Saturday night, as controversy unfolded and confusion reigned during what turned out to be the closing moments of the Chris Weidman vs Gegard Mousasi fight at UFC 210 in Buffalo, New York, the UFC commentary team sought some clarification on a number of issues from the promotion’s Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, Marc Ratner. In his subsequent comments, Ratner, …

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Michael Bisping Lays Into Chris Weidman Over UFC 210 Controversy

In August of last year, on an episode of The MMA Hour, Chris Weidman told Ariel Helwani that he found it “embarrassing” to tell people of Michael Bisping’s status as UFC middleweight champion. A couple of months later, in October, Weidman went on the same show and used that word again, when talking about Bisping’s performance in a successful title …

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Anthony Johnson’s Coach Explains Why He Wasn’t In The Cage For Fighter’s Retirement Speech

When he made his emotional retirement speech after a second-round submission defeat to UFC light-heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier at UFC 210 in Buffalo on Saturday, Anthony Johnson called for head coach, Henri Hooft, to join him at the centre of the octagon. But Hooft was nowhere to be seen. When a transcript of the conversations being had in, and the …

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Watch: UFC Fighter And BJJ Star Ably Demonstrate The Now Infamous Weigh-In Towel Trick

Daniel Cormier told Ariel Helwani on last night’s edition of The MMA Hour that the weight cut he endured ahead of UFC 210 was “the hardest” of his career to date. Surprising really, considering how quickly those last 1.2lbs came off. When ‘D.C’ first weighed in on Friday morning, he was 206.2lbs. Moments later, the UFC light-heavyweight champion stood atop the …

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Johnson Team Seeking 20% Of Daniel Cormier’s Purse In Appeal Over UFC 210 Weigh-in Controversy

Despite his initial nonchalance regarding the incident, it has emerged that Anthony Johnson’s team are preparing to file an official appeal with the New York State Athletic Commission over Daniel Cormier’s controversial UFC 210 weigh-in. Cormier hit the scales at 206.2lbs in Buffalo on Friday morning, 1.2lbs over the light-heavyweight championship limit, but arrived back a couple of minutes later …

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BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 13: Irish featherweight Conor McGregor interacts with media after holding an open training session at Peter Welch's Boxing Gym on August 13, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

John Kavanagh Reveals ‘Secret Dojo’ Planned For Conor McGregor’s Mayweather Camp

In an interview on Australian television last week, SBG Ireland head coach John Kavanagh revealed that his most famous student UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor has already started training for a possible boxing bout with Floyd Mayweather Jr. “In my mind, it’s on,” Kavanagh told Fox Sports Australia. “That’s the mentality we’re in. Like you said, there’s a lot of fingers in …

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Extraordinary Footage Suggests Weidman Didn’t Know What Month It Was After Eating Mousasi Knees At UFC 210

A video that has emerged online and includes some enhanced audio from Chris Weidman’s corner at UFC 210 may lend some insight into refereee Dan Miragliotta’s decision to halt the American middleweight’s fight with Gegard Mousasi on Saturday night in Buffalo. After Mousasi delivered a pair of punishing knees to the head of a hunched over Weidman in the second …

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Corner Transcript Shows Anthony Johnson’s Coaches Were Baffled By Decision To Wrestle D.C, Not To Mention Infuriated

On a couple of occasions in recent months, UFC light-heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier claimed that he planned to eschew his wrestling game in favour of standing and trading with terrifyingly explosive striker Anthony Johnson in their UFC 210 rematch. On the night, however, it was Johnson who neglected to use his strengths and chose instead to play to those of …

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Inevitable Comparisons Between Katie Taylor And Nicola Adams Flood Twitter After Latter’s Pro Debut

Two-time Olympic gold medallist Nicola Adams made a successful professional debut on Saturday night, beating Argentina’s Virginia Noemi Carcamo on points over four rounds at the Manchester Arena. As a match-up on paper, it was exactly what one would expect for the maiden pro outing of a hyped prospect, with Adams’ opponent coming into the bout sporting a modest 4-2-1 …

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