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Exclusive: Spike O’Sullivan – “I Signed The Contract, Expect Announcement Soon”

Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan spoke exclusively to Pundit Arena about getting a deal done for his upcoming fight, being promised the winner of Canelo/GGG II as well as his hopes of bringing the show back home to Ireland. Sometimes a window of opportunity comes along that can seem like it is a ‘make-or-break’ for your career. Corks O’Sullivan was in negotiations to …

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Exploring Irish MMA: Part IV – Richard Kiely

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In this edition of Exploring Irish MMA, we speak to one of the finest strikers in this country, Bellator’s newest welterweight signing, Richard Kiely. The dreams and goals of a professional fighter often revolve around the glory that comes with hoisting a championship belt over your shoulder or the immortality that a picture-perfect finishing sequence can bring about. But even though these thrills are …

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Fiona Coghlan: Parents Prioritise Boys When It Comes To Sport

Former Ireland Women’s Rugby captain, Fiona Coghlan says parents need to take more responsibility for the development of grassroots women’s sport in Ireland.  The 37-year-old believes efforts to promote and improve women’s rugby at an international level are futile without first addressing issues at a grassroots level. There was widespread public anger earlier this summer when it was discovered that the IRFU …

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“Do Something Outside Of Rugby, No Matter How Good You Are”

Sudden retirements in rugby are becoming more and more prevalent.  Sam Warburton is the most recent example of this. A professional career which lasted less than 10 years, Warburton made his debut for the Cardiff Blues in 2009 – the days of players staying at the highest level of the game in the mid-teens seem to be gone. The size …

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MacKenna On Monday: McGregor A Microcosm Of A Sickly Society

Money talks. It also tends to walk when dealing with the justice system, be that in the United States or most other places for that matter. Conor McGregor and his designer wallet know better than most. On Thursday morning in a courthouse in New York, it was confirmed that the Dubliner’s legal team had struck a deal with the district …

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Khabib Vs. McGregor – All The Questions You Want Answered

In a time where absolutely nothing is certain and virtually everyone is confused, I tried to lay out a few things worth knowing about Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor, as we wait patiently for the fight to be signed. When and where could it take place? Well, obviously, nothing is yet confirmed but if the rumour-mill is to be believed, the …

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The Stakes: Eddie Alvarez Vs. Dustin Poirier II

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We break down the stakes as two of the UFC’s most violent men meet in a rematch of their UFC 211 thriller at UFC Calgary tonight. UFC Calgary is finally upon us and with that, we take a look at what exactly is on the line as its headlining matchup draws closer.   Eddie Alvarez in three words: Gritty, Experienced, Underdog …

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George Hook: “She Almost Had A Breakdown In Front Of Me”

In an exclusive with Pundit Arena, George Hook has spoken candidly for the first time about the fallout from his controversial rape comments last year that dominated the headlines for weeks.  The 79-year-old was suspended by Newstalk in September 2017 after comments he made on his show claiming that victims of rape should share blame for their situation. The broadcaster was …

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Making The Cut: Spotlight On Rising Irish Amateur Rob Brazill

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Naas Golf Club has been churning out champions at an extraordinary rate in recent seasons. Robert Brazill is the latest to emerge during a remarkable run and, like those who have gone before him, his breakthrough came at the West of Ireland. Brazill won the West earlier this season, becoming the third winner from Naas in five years, joining Jack …

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Kids Before Clubs – Family Comes First For Bubba Watson

Two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson hasn’t let golf stand in the way of life’s simple joys, his roles as husband and father outweighing that of being a major winner. The fact that he failed to make the cut at last week’s British Open is unlikely to trouble the 39-year-old American left-hander, a three-time US PGA winner this year. His focus …

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Weekly MMA Catch-Up: UFC Hamburg, Schaub, Dana & More

We round up all of the noteworthy MMA stories of the past week to keep you up to date as we move into what should be another busy seven-day period for the sport. Fans of the veteran Antrim-native, Norman Parke were delighted to see that their man was signed to Bellator MMA on a multi-fight deal. Some impressive showings saw him go (4-1, …

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UFC Fight Night Dublin 2014: Where Are They Now?

We take a look at where the stars of 2014’s pivotal night for Irish MMA are right now after the event reached its four-year anniversary this week. UFC Dublin in 2014 will forever stand as one of the greatest events – not only in European MMA – but also in the organisation’s history. Fans, fighters and media members who have …

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Where Do The Premier League Top Six Still Need To Strengthen?

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With just three weeks remaining until the close of the transfer window, Premier League clubs will soon begin rushing to get deals over the line. The shortened transfer window, coupled with the distraction of the World Cup, has meant that most clubs have not been able to be as active in the market as they would have liked – leaving …

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Who Will Hold Each UFC Belt Exactly One Year From Now?

We have a stab at predicting who exactly will hold each UFC belt in 365 days time on July 18, 2019. 115lbs (W) Current champ: Rose Namajunas Rose proved that her UFC 217 win over Joanna Jedrzejczyk was anything but a fluke with a masterful victory over her great rival once again at UFC 223. A well-rounded fighter who seems to be …

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