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Alexander Gustafsson needs to impress at UFC Fight Night 37

The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to London on Saturday night with UFC Fight Night 37. The event features a tasty lightweight scrap between Melvin Guillard and Michael Johnson, a showdown between two up-and-coming welterweights in Gunnar Nelson and Omari Akhmedov and of course, there’s the return of Alexander Gustafsson. The Swede will need to look impressive against Jimi Manuwa to …

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Ben Forsyth Blog: What is your biggest fear?

The popular Ben Forsyth Blog continues this week with an emotional insight into the fear that Ben has struggled with throughout his career. Marianne Williamson famously said “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.” Quite a difficult concept …

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Nate Diaz asks to be released from UFC

The Diaz brothers have never been the type to stay silent when they have something to say. Recently, the younger of the Stockton duo has become increasingly vocal on a whole range of issues. He has even managed to get himself fined $20,000 and suspended for three months for using a homophobic slur to describe a fellow UFC fighter a …

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Who can realistically challenge Ronda Rousey?

The main event at UFC 170 may have had a slightly different ending than every other Ronda Rousey fight, but the result was the same. Another first round stoppage in favor of the champion – the eighth in nine fights – only this time victory came via strikes and not from her trademark armbar. Sara McMann had been touted as …

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Ben Forsyth Blog: A Professional Approach To Being An Amateur

Ben Forsyth’s blogging continues this week with a discussion on the benefits of taking a professional approach to being an amateur fighter. The term ‘amateur’ is often used when talking about someone who is of a lower level than that of a ‘professional’, but this does not always have to be the case.  The true meaning is essentially someone who …

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Top Five UFC Olympians

This weekend the UFC showcased its first ever contest involving two undefeated former Olympic medalists. Judo bronze medalist Ronda Rousey defended her UFC bantamweight title against Sarah McMann who captured a silver medal for freestyle wrestling. Also, the co-main event featured former USA freestyle wrestling team captain Daniel Cormier. The fact that three former Olympians were involved at UFC 170 …

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Ben Forsyth Blog – What Motivates You?

In the first of a new series of blogs from big names in the MMA sphere, Ben Forsyth of Straight Blast Gym speaks candidly about his life and the decision to pursue a career in Mixed Martial Arts. Confidence is one thing that Ben has in abundance and aims to be considered one of the greatest of all time.  “Two roads …

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UFC 170 Cormier vs Cummins

The UFC went from losing its UFC 170 co-main event last Wednesday night to putting together a new one the following morning. When Rashad Evens pulled out with a knee injury, UFC President Dana White told Daniel Cormier there was no way anyone would fight him on ten days notice, that was until he heard about Patrick Cummins. Cummins is …

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Stewart Dollery Blog: The Evolution of Irish MMA

In the first of a new feature, Battle Zone’s Head of Operations, Stewart Dollery, will provide an insight into life inside and outside the octagon. Stewart will examine all angles of mixed martial arts, while also discussing the burning issues in Ireland’s fastest-growing sport. I have been involved in Irish MMA for less than four years,  a ‘blow-in’ by all …

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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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