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Combat Sport Leaders Pledge Financial Support for Brain Injury Study

This week a number of powerful figures from boxing, MMA and politics came together on Capitol Hill to announce new financial support for brain injury research. This is clearly a positive step, though doctors have confirmed that actionable science is still years away, writes Padraig Martin.   Leaders from the UFC, Viacom (owners of Bellator MMA and Glory kickboxing), Golden …

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Mir and Overeem on two very different paths

“He comes out with a crappy performance, then he calls out a guy who doesn’t fight anymore. Not a great night for Alistair”. Those were the words of UFC President Dana White after Alistair Overeem’s unanimous decision win at UFC 169 last Saturday evening. That “crappy” performance was enough to see off former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir, who now …

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Anderson Silva vs Roy Jones Jr Makes More Sense Now Than Ever

 Anderson Silva wants to fight Roy Jones Jr. before returning to MMA, writes Padraig Martin. The former UFC middleweight champion said so himself during a chat with fans on his official Facebook page: “When I get better, that’s my biggest goal, especially because I won’t be able to fight MMA too soon. Fighting in boxing is in my plans, yes, …

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Lesnar to make UFC return?

Rumors of Brock Lesnar potentially resurrecting his MMA career have been circulating for a while now, writes Padraig Martin. Many speculated that it was all a publicity stunt to build interest for his recent return to the WWE, but when Dana White interjected that a return to the UFC for the former Heavyweight champ was a definite possibility it was …

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UFC announce card for UFC on Fox 11

The UFC has officially announced its eleventh UFC on Fox card via Twitter, writes Padraig Martin. The event will take place on April 19 in Orlando, Florida and gives fans plenty to be excited about. Featured are two huge bouts between top ten fighters, Travis Brown vs Fabricio Werdum and Miesha Tate vs. Liz Carmouche. The former is a huge …

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Weidman defeats Silva again – No room for doubt

Chris Weidman was fully deserving of both victories over Anderson Silva, writes Padraig Martin. Chris Weidman defeated Anderson Silva last weekend in the main event of UFC 168. The fight pitted arguably the greatest pound-for-pound fighter in the sport’s history against the man who took his title from him in their initial meeting at UFC 162 last November. That makes …

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UFC: Tate vs Rousey

Next weekend one of the most hotly anticipated rematches in UFC history will take place when Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman square off for the second time. The co-main event, however, has also generated a lot of hype as Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate prepare to add the second instalment in one of the most heated rivalries in the sport. …

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PA’s Top 5 Irish Sporting Moments of 2013

It’s that time of year; Christmas parties, yuletide joy and all sorts of Top 10/Top 5 lists of the year. A Top 10 list may have diluted the quality somewhat, so here are James Clancy’s Top 5 Irish Sporting Moments of 2013: 5. Conor McGregor keeps unbeaten UFC record intact Dubliner McGregor had just two fights during 2013 but they …

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Rousey vs Holm: A fantasy fight?

Padraig Martin talks about the possibility of a super-fight between Ronda Rousey and Holly Holm. The possibility of a fight between UFC Women’s Bantamweight titleholder Ronda Rousey and former three division boxing champion Holly Holm has been discussed as a fantasy fight on MMA forums for many months. Over the past week or so the possibility of a clash between …

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Anderson Silva vs Chris Weidman II: The World Awaits

Mark O’ Connor looks ahead to the fight of the year, Anderson Silva vs Chris Weidman II. On July 6th 2013, 9-0, Chris Weidman accomplished the impossible by knocking out the UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva. At UFC 168 Silva gets a shot at redemption, as the world will be watching the most highly anticipated rematch in the history of …

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Top Five Pound-For-Pound UFC Fighters

Mark O’ Connor lists the Top Five Pound-For-Pound fighters currently operating in the UFC. 5. Renan Barão With Barão’s first professional fight came his first professional defeat at Heat FC 3 all the way back in April 2005. Since then he has gone on one of the longest unbeaten streaks in mixed martial arts history, with a 31-1-1 record. (No …

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Female MMA Fighters To Take Centre Stage in 2014

2014 will be a momentous year for female MMA fighters, writes Deirbhile Nic A Bhaird. In 2014 we will see many firsts for the female athletes of MMA. With the UFC’s recent announcement of a 115 pound women’s division there is a fresh excitement in fans and fighters alike as the straw weights are finally given the opportunities and recognition …

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Exclusive Interview With John Kavanagh of Straight Blast Gym

Pundit Arena caught up with John Kavanagh of Straight Blast Gym; a major player in the world of Mixed Martial Arts. SBG is home to the UFC’s Conor McGregor and Cathal Pendred among others and trainer John Kavanagh is the man behind all of the success. What a whirlwind twelve months it has been for John Kavanagh and Straight Blast …

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UCMMA 37 Review

UCMMA 37

Chamtkar Sandhu of MMAMount reviews the recent instalment of UCMMA 37. What: UCMMA 37 Where: Troxy, London – UK When: Saturday December 1st 2013 Paul Taylor vs Darren Towler (Heavyweight) Cancelled due to an injury to Darren Towler Chris Harman vs Ben Smith (Light Heavyweight) Ben Smith locked on the Kimura and tapped Chris Harman in the first round in …

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Rory McDonald on GSP: “I don’t think he’s gone for good.”

Ever since that post fight interview at UFC 167, the MMA world has been wondering and speculating on when, if at all, welterweight kingpin Georges St-Pierre will return to the octagon. While UFC president Dana White is confident a rematch between St-Pierre and John Hendricks will happen, there has been no confirmation as of yet. Appearing on the latest episode …

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George St-Pierre vs Johny Hendricks: What happens?

LegitMMA previews this month’s UFC 167 headliner: George St-Pierre vs Johny Hendricks. Johnny Hendricks is considered by most to be the biggest threat to the welterweight champion, George St-Pierre. His train of a right hand has been putting opponents to sleep on a run to the title. His only loss comes to Rick Story in which he was beaten on …

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Bellator 106 Review: Alvarez & Chandler produce another thriller

MMA Mount review a fascinating night of action from Bellator 106. Eddie Alvarez reclaimed the Bellator lightweight championship controversially edging his rematch with Michael Chandler at Bellator 106. Emmanuel Newton and Daniel Straus also produced upsets in Bellator title fights against Muhammed Lawal and Pat Curran respectively in a memorable night in Long Beach California. Alvarez earned a split decision …

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