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Fighter Of The Week: Jimi Manuwa

In this week’s edition of Pundit Arena’s  ‘Fighter Of The Week’ we’re going to take a closer look at the man who could well possess the best lead left-hook in the business, Jimi ‘Poster-Boy’ Manuwa. Jimi Manuwa brought a lot of well-deserved and completely overdue attention to himself when he demolished the former Ultimate Fighter-winner Corey Anderson at last weekend’s UFC …

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Fighter Of The Week: Georges St-Pierre

In this edition of Pundit Arena’s Fighter of the Week, we take a closer look at the man who many consider to be among the greatest to ever compete in mixed martial arts, the Canadian superstar, Georges St-Pierre. What exactly is it that makes the former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre as remarkably good as he is? For years, we watched in awe as …

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The League Of Ireland’s Greatest Graduates: Paul McGrath

In part one of a series celebrating Irish football’s most successful League of Ireland graduates, we take an in-depth look at the role the LOI had to play in the early years of Republic of Ireland legend Paul McGrath’s career. From George Best and Bobby Charlton to John Giles, from Dixie Dean and Jimmy Johnson to Damien Duff, many of …

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Fighter Of The Week: Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson

In this edition of Pundit Arena’s ‘Fighter Of The Week’, we’ll be taking a closer look at the man who is scheduled to appear in this weekend’s UFC 209 main event, Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson. There has always been a certain air of inevitability about Stephen Thompson’s title aspirations. On the back of a decorated career as a kickboxer, he made the switch …

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Exclusive: SBG’s Blaine O’Driscoll Ready To Show Fans Who He Really Is At Cage Warriors 81

This Saturday night at the 3Arena in Dublin’s docklands, the recent spate of top quality MMA shows to visit Ireland’s shores continues. Just a couple of months after North American giant Bellator MMA made it’s first foray into the Irish market alongside the well established presence of BAMMA at the same venue, and mere weeks after the promotional pair lit …

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Fighter Of The Week: Johny Hendricks

In this edition of Pundit Arena’s Fighter Of The Week, we’ll be taking a closer look at a man whose name has fallen in stature somewhat in recent times, last weekend’s UFC Halifax co-main-event victor, Johny “Bigg Rigg” Hendricks. Defeat can come in many forms in the world of mixed martial arts. On the mat, a stray limb or an open neck …

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Exclusive: ‘I Never Feel Like I’m That Guy Who Is Going To Break’ – SBG’s Will Fleury Talks BAMMA 28

At some point over the last few months, even the least superstitious member of MMA’s international community must have briefly wondered what vengeful deity is intent on sapping the remaining glow from the twilight of poor Ian McCall’s career, such is the unfathomable nature of his recent run of bad luck. Similar thoughts must have popped into the heads of …

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Has Eddie Jones’ England Team Peaked Too Soon?

CARDIFF, WALES - FEBRUARY 11: England line up during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and England at the Principality Stadium on February 11, 2017 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

If England beat Italy this weekend, they will go level with the great South African side of the late 1990s and New Zealand’s World Cup-winning heroes of 2015, who fell at the 18th hurdle as they put together stunning winning runs that ended in 1998 and 2014 respectively. England have won their last 16 matches and have won all 23 …

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Conor McGregor And Co. Claim So, But Does Floyd Mayweather Really Struggle With Southpaws?

Over the last couple of months, we have become accustom to hearing members of the Conor McGregor camp and some other people in the MMA world talk about Floyd Mayweather’s past troubles in dealing with southpaws. Trying to make a case for his charge in a much talked about potential showdown against the undefeated boxer, McGregor’s striking coach Owen Roddy …

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Cork City Won The Battle Against Dundalk; Now They Must Win The War

2017 President's Cup, Turner's Cross, Cork 17/2/2017 Cork City vs Dundalk Cork's Kevin O'Connor celebrates scoring their second goal from a free kick with Karl Sheppard and Sean Maguire

If last season’s President’s Cup taught us anything, it’s that what happens is not necessarily indicative of what will follow for the league season. In that particular match, Cork City defeated Dundalk 2-0 at Turners Cross – but while Stephen Kenny’s Lilywhites lost the sprint, they still won the marathon in the form of a third consecutive Premier Division title. In …

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