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Shane Saunders

Shane is an avid fight fan bordering on obsessive. When he's not watching others dish out punishment, he's usually found receiving emotional punishment watching his beloved Bohemians or Newcastle United in an on going love/hate relationship between the two. He can also be found on Twitter talking nonsense to anybody who will listen. @ShaneSaunders88

UFC 189 Preview #3: Cody Garbrandt vs Henry Briones

We now move on to UFC 189’s televised prelim fights featuring unbeaten prospect Cody “No Love” Garbrandt and TUF Latin American competitor Henry “Bure” Briones.  The UFC’s bantamweight division has seen a lot of movers and shakers recently and with TJ Dillashaw causing one of the biggest upsets in MMA history to dethrone former champion Renan Barao, Cody Garbrandt is …

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UFC 189 Preview #2: Neil Seery vs Louis Smolka

With fellow Irishman Conor McGregor now fighting Chad Mendes for the interim featherweight title at UFC 189, Dubliner Neil Seery will look to have Irish fans singing early as he faces Louis Smolka in Las Vegas in less than two weeks. After much social media influence, Neil Seery has finally gotten his wish to compete in the ‘fight capital of …

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UFC 189 Preview #1: Yosdenis Cedeno vs Cody Pfister

With the MMA world taking a slight breather ahead of a huge showdown between Conor McGregor and Jose Aldo at UFC 189, Shane Saunders has decided to take an in depth look at each of the 11 fights on the stacked card starting with lightweights Yosdenis Cedeno and Cody Pfister, who kick off an enthralling night of fights on July …

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Is This The Most Vicious KO Ever In MMA?

Bellator 139 may have been originally centered around heavyweights Cheick Kongo and Alexander Volkov but in just 34 seconds, Japan’s Hisaki Kato may have become a household name after a brutal finish over Joe Schilling. Schilling, a fan favourite was the odds on favourite to beat Kato who made his Bellator debut last night in Virginia. Having fought solely in …

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Ken Shamrock Looks in Phenomenal Shape… No Really.

Bellator 138 takes place on June 19th and culminates with one of the more bizarre main events in modern mixed martial arts between Ken Shamrock (28-15-2) and Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson (4-2). It is certainly a brave move from Bellator President Scott Coker to announce this supposed “super fight” after the laughing stock that was Stephan Bonnar vs Tito Ortiz …

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Ben Rothwell’s Post-Fight Speech was a Bit… Strange.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship returned to New Orleans for the first time in four years this past Saturday night with an action packed card and a strange post-fight speech from Ben Rothwell. Ben Rothwell (35-9) featured in the UFC Fight Night co-main event against fellow heavyweight Matt Mitrione (9-4). An impressive performance from Rothwell saw him claim victory via guillotine …

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Newcastle United: A Fan’s Perspective

Shane Saunders gives his views on the current situation at Newcastle United, from a fan’s perspective.  It’s not very often that this writer discusses football on Pundit Arena. In fact, this is my first article on the subject and while this writer usually pens stories about MMA and combat sports, whatever fight that may have been left in Newcastle United Football …

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Here’s How Aisling Daly Beats Randa Markos At UFC 186

With the sudden influx of Irish fighters making their way into the UFC’s Octagon over the last year, we now have one of our very own competing for a world title shot in Conor McGreogr. Fellow SBG teammate Aisling ‘Ais the Bash’ Daly is also seeking gold of her own when she takes on Randa Markos at UFC 186 this weekend. …

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Bellator 136: Brooks Remains Lightweight Champion

Bellator 136 took place in Irvine, California this past Friday night, culminating in a hard-fought lightweight title fight between Will Brooks and contender Dave Jansen.   Will Brooks (16-1) successfully defended his belt for the first time since becoming the undisputed title holder and earned a unanimous decision victory over Dave Jansen (20-3). It was the challenger Jansen who started …

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VIDEO: 62-Year-Old Man KOs Opponent Half His Age

It is quite rare to see an elderly member of the public step into a ring for an MMA fight these days. It is even rarer to see an older gentlemen execute a spinning back fist to a competitor half his age. A video clip from 2012 has found its way onto the internet and shows 62-year-old Wayne Smallwood executing …

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What To Look Out For At UFC Fight Night Krakow

The UFC breaks new ground this weekend as the Octagon hits Poland for the first time in company history. The MMA giant brings with it a heavyweight rematch eight years in the making.   Mirko Cro Cop (30-11-2) returns for a third stint inside the Octagon as he takes on the man who beat him 8 years ago, Gabriel Gonzaga …

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What To Look Out For At Bellator 136

Bellator’s latest offering of hard hitting MMA action hits California this weekend which features an interesting lightweight title fight in the evening’s main event.   Will Brooks (15-1) looks to defend his lightweight title against 35 year old contender (Dave Jansen. (20-2) Jansen is on an 8 fight winning streak inside the Bellator cage and despite many not giving him …

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UFC Announce UFC 189 World Tour: Dublin, 31st March

UFC 189 takes place this coming July in Las Vegas, Nevada as Irish #1 contender Conor McGregor (17-2) takes on Jose Aldo (25-1) for the UFC Featherweight Championship. UFC president Dana White made the announcement of a world tour ahead of the massive fight card at the beginning of the UFC 185 post-fight press conference. This tour will take place …

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