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Watch: There Were A Couple Of Very Early Contenders For ‘KO Of The Year’ On Friday Night

While neither of North America’s top two promotions has begun their 2018 campaign yet, the year’s live televised MMA action got underway in the United States on Friday night as Legacy Fighting Alliance brought LFA 30 and two absolutely cracking KO’s to AXS TV.  The first of those finishes came just 27 seconds into a lightweight bout between Christian Aguilera, …

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Rockhold Gets New Opponent After Whittaker Withdraws From UFC 221, Will Fight For Interim Belt

This morning, just weeks after Georges St-Pierre vacated the UFC middleweight title he ripped from Michael Bisping at UFC 217 and Robert Whittaker was promoted from interim titlist to true champion, the promotion has revealed that it will toss yet another interim belt into the 185-pound mix at UFC 221 in Perth, Western Australia next month. The UFC made the …

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Khabib’s Coach Responds To Claims His Fighter Will Struggle To Close Distance On McGregor

Khabib Nurmagomedov’s performance against Edson Barboza on December 30th at UFC 219 was his most eye-catching since April of 2014 when he rag-dolled and dominated Rafael dos Anjos at UFC on Fox 11. Nurmagomedov was extremely aggressive, rushing at Barboza and pressuring him relentlessly but doing so behind a decent jab that had been absent in many of his previous …

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Report: Munster Targeting Argentine International To Replace Departing Zebo

Just hours after Racing 92 finally revealed the worst-kept secret in rugby and confirmed that Irish full-back Simon Zebo will join them from Munster next season, a report has emerged suggesting that the southern province are looking far afield for Zebo’s replacement. According to Colm Kinsella of the Limerick Leader, Munster are targeting 24-year-old Argentine international and Jaguares back Santiago …

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Cyborg Provides Some Context For Video Of Coach Slapping Her In The Face Before Holm Fight

On December 30th, at UFC 219, Holly Holm landed 44 significant strikes on Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino according to FightMetric. 75% of those, or 33 significant strikes, were to the head of the Brazilian. However, while we have no doubt that those shots were slightly more venomous, none were any cleaner than the one that Justino’s own coach Jason Parillo landed …

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DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 2: Max Holloway stands in the Octagon prior to his bout against Jose Aldo during the UFC 218 event at Little Caesars Arena on December 2, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Max Holloway Vs. Frankie Edgar Has Been Rebooked

Max Holloway will make his second defence of the UFC featherweight title against former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar in the main event of UFC 222 in Las Vegas on March 3rd.  MMAJunkie reported the news on Monday evening, quoting a source “with knowledge of the situation” who wished to remain anonymous, but the UFC has since confirmed the booking. #UFC222 …

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Footage Of Tony Bellew & Eddie Hearn Headbutting Each Other After AJ’s Win Over Klitschko Is Pure Gold

Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko might not have been the only ones to wake up with headaches the morning after their titanic tussle last April, as a clip of the post-fight celebrations that has been doing the rounds online shows a hilarious clash of heads between AJ’s jubilant promoter Eddie Hearn and former WBC cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew. Joshua had …

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Woodley Waxes Lyrical On Nurmagomedov, Thinks Russian Is Top 5 Pound For Pound

UFC welterweight champion and FOX Sports analyst Tyron Woodley had surprisingly never seen an entire Khabib Nurmagomedov fight prior to UFC 219 last weekend, but after watching him brutalize Edson Barboza for fifteen minutes ‘T-Wood’ has already bought into the hype surrounding the Russian lightweight in a big, big way. In fact, during a recent appearance on TMZ’s The Hollywood …

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The Top 5 Irish MMA Prospects To Watch Out For In 2018

As week one of 2018 draws to a close, we present a list of the most promising Irish professional MMA talents you should be keeping an eye out for over the next fifty-one and beyond. Note: The list below is one of the country’s best prospects, so the likes of James Gallagher, who has already established himself as a legitimate …

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Cyborg Claims She Has Already Accepted A Big Fight For Next Month

UFC 221, which is scheduled to take place in Perth, Western Australia on February 11th, might be about to get a second title bout, as Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino claims she has agreed to fight Invicta FC featherweight champion Megan Anderson at the event. Justino is only days removed from a taxing five-round unanimous decision win over former UFC bantamweight queen …

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