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Anderson Silva: A Man Taking On His Own Legacy

LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 9: Anderson Silva exit the Octagon after his fight against Daniel Cornier during the UFC 200 event at T-Mobile Arena on July 9, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)

Five years ago this week we witnessed the greatest finish ever inside the octagon when Anderson Silva front-kicked Vitor Belfort in the face. That was the hugely anticipated UFC 126 and one that put the cherry on the cake that celebrates Silva as the greatest mixed martial artist of all time. Five years on and things aren’t quite the same …

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A Commendation For The Much-Maligned Africa Cup Of Nations

Cameroon's forward Jacques Zoua kisses the winner's trophy after Cameroon beat Egypt 2-1 in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations final football match between Egypt and Cameroon at the Stade de l'Amitie Sino-Gabonaise in Libreville on February 5, 2017. / AFP / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

Rewind your mind back to February 2015. Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea were stampeding their way to the Premier League crown in an almost ceremonial manner, a pre-deflate gate Tom Brady had just helped the New England Patriots to their fourth ever Super Bowl and Novak Djokovic had just steamrolled his way to a fifth Australian Open title. It’s fair to assume that the …

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Exclusive: Chris Fields “If A Fight Goes To A Decision That Just Means The Teacher Broke It Up”

Later this month, and nearly a year to the day since his last fight, SBG’s Chris Fields will headline Bellator MMA’s first show in Belfast against former Bellator Light Heavyweight champion Liam McGeary. Fields, who defeated Dan Konecke in his Light Heavyweight debut at BAMMA 24 last February, will face McGeary in the main event of Bellator 173, in what will be McGeary’s first fight since …

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Exclusive: James Gallagher Talks New Money, Online Hate And Chasing World Titles

December 16 2016 was the biggest night of James Gallagher’s blossoming young career. ‘The Strabanimal’ submitted the wildly unorthodox Anthony Taylor with a rear-naked choke 1:52 into the third round to secure his fifth professional win and his fourth pro victory via submission. As Gallagher leapt up off the canvas following referee Marc Goddard’s intervention, the 20-year-old sprinted towards the opposite side of …

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Why Not Selecting Ian Madigan Points To A Wider Issue Within Irish Rugby

Ian Madigan Irish rugby transfers

It is difficult to find fault with the IRFU’s strategy upon initially introducing professionalism to Irish rugby. Despite calls from certain quarters for Ireland’s AIL teams of today to have been Ireland’s professional sides from the mid-1990s, the IRFU were quick to identify the hazardous consequences such a move would have guaranteed. Clubs such as Shannon and Blackrock College R.F.C. …

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Why Ireland Captain Seamus Coleman Doesn’t Require A Big Move

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 21: Seamus Coleman of Everton celebrates scoring his sides first goal with his Everton team mates during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Everton at Selhurst Park on January 21, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

As the transfer window reached its climax, Seamus Coleman’s name appeared in more and more transfer headlines. A move to Manchester United has been touted for years now with the full-back’s odds slashed over a move to Old Trafford in the dying embers of the transfer window on Tuesday night. The rumours never developed into reality with Coleman himself confirming that no …

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Opinion: Why Tony Ferguson Is A Much Scarier Matchup For Conor McGregor Than Khabib Nurmagomedov

UFC 209’s co-main event has finally been set in stone. Khabib Nurmagomedov will face off against Tony Ferguson for the interim lightweight championship but out of the two, who exactly poses the greatest threat to the undisputed champ, Conor McGregor? At UFC 205 late last year, the featherweight champion Conor McGregor made history when he dismantled top-tier lightweight veteran and …

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British And Irish Lions 2017: Outside Centre Options

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 03: Jonathan Joseph of England passes the ball during the Old Mutual Wealth Series match between England and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on December 3, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

In the eleventh article in this series, we analyse the options Warren Gatland has at outside centre for the British and Irish Lions 2017 tour of New Zealand. This article will attempt to conclude which two outside centres are the best options for Gatland to select in his initial squad, with the list including a mixture of experience and youth …

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GAA Reform: Does Hurling Need A Change As Well As Football

As an organisation GAA caters for hurling, football, rounders and handball, while camogie and ladies football operate under their own separate identities. Change and reform and two words being brandished in conjunction with each other at an alarming rate. Proposals are being put forward but one thing that stands out is that all of the proposals are geared towards football. …

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