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Is This The Best Knockout Ever?

We think this has to be one of the best knockouts of all time by Uriah Hall during an episode of The Ultimate Fighter. Fortunately, Hall’s opponent Adam Cella gets back to his feet soon after the knockout kick. At the end of the video Dana White, UFC President, describes it as, “One of the nastiest knockouts I’ve ever seen …

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UFC Fight Night 55 (Sydney) – Where Has The Atmosphere Gone?

Ricky Walsh describes the atmosphere, or lack thereof, at UFC Fight Night 55 in Sydney.   11am 8th of Nov 2014, All Phones Arena, Sydney It was quite an unusual fight experience to escape the midday sunshine and 30 degree heat and settle down cageside to enjoy the latest offering of UFC fights in Sydney, Australia.  The sport continues to …

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UFC Boston: SBG Duo Join McGregor On Card

Irish MMA fans who have already purchased their flights for Boston in January will be happy to hear that two more home grown fighters will be making the journey stateside early next year. Conor McGregor (16-2) headlines the event against German kickboxer Denis Siver (22-9) and the Dubliner will be joined by fellow SBG team mates, Cathal Pendred and Paddy …

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Fight Night Preview: UFC Fight Night 55 & 56

Another weekend of hard-hitting action is upon us once again as the UFC hosts not one, but two events. Fight Night 55 takes place this Friday from Australia while Fight Night 56 rounds off a jam packed weekend in Brazil; Pundit Arena previews the standout bouts. Michael Bisping (25-6) vs Luke Rockhold (12-2) – UFC Fight Night 55 – Friday …

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Harte Ready For Title Tilt In The Cage

On Saturday November 1st some of the biggest names in Thai boxing will descend on Cork. “Cage Kings” will be a mixed event with some of Ireland’s top amateur MMA talent taking on a French team. In the pro stakes Sean Tobin returns to the cage after a stint training in America with Ed Herman and Ryan Schultz. Darren O’Gorman …

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Fight Night Preview: Cage Warriors 73, Invicta FC 9

It’s that time of the week again folks. Fighters are stepping up to the scales, going over last minute techniques and preparing for battle. Yes, it’s Pundit Arena’s weekly preview of all the best MMA fights on offer this weekend. Cage Warriors and Invicta are on the menu this weekend with the former dishing up two main card attractions on …

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Tuesday Takedown: UFC 179, Bellator 130

The Tuesday Takedown takes a look back at some of the biggest bouts and the biggest talking points from both Bellator 130 and UFC 179.  There’s only one place to start really and that is in Brazil as Jose Aldo (25-1) successfully defended his featherweight belt against Chad Mendes (16-2) in a very entertaining scrap. The second meeting between Aldo …

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Fight Night Preview: Bellator 130, UFC 179

After what seems like two weeks – mainly because it has been two weeks – Pundit Arena’s MMA fight night preview returns with a new format and some very exciting fights from MMA’s elite promotions. It has been a very interesting week for the UFC with all the focus on UFC 180 and three withdrawals in as many days. With …

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UFC 180 Takes Another Heavy Shot

The UFC’s much anticipated debut in Mexico next month has been hit with two heavy blows in quick succession this week. News broke late on Tuesday night that current UFC heavyweight and current ‘TUF: Nations” coach, Cain Velasquez (13-1) has had to withdraw from his bout against Fabricio Werdum (18-5-1). It was unclear for a while as to the extent …

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Irish MMA: Future Shines Bright

With a fairly bare weekend for mixed martial arts, Shane Saunders switches his focus to the rise of Irish MMA in such a short space of time. It’s hard to argue that Conor McGregor has not single-handedly dragged MMA from a seemingly underground sport to a towering pedestal for all to see. Well, in this part of the world anyway. A …

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Mendes: I Want To Punch Conor McGregor In The Face

Chad Mendes has not held back when speaking about Conor McGregor, expressing his desire to “punch (him) in the face”. Speaking to Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour, Mendes spoke about his upcoming bout with Jose Aldo and a potential match-up for the winner with Conor McGregor. The Notorious is riding the crest of a wave at present following his first-round TKO …

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Tuesday Takedown: Bellator 127, UFC Fight Night 53 & 54

It’s Tuesday yet again and as is now customary on Pundit Arena, we take a look at the best mixed martial arts action from this past weekend. Bellator 127 kicked things off and the main event produced a 54 second TKO victory for Daniel Straus. Straus, a former featherweight champion had his eyes firmly focused on retaining his belt and may …

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UFC: Cathal Pendred Starts Irish Takeover With Win

The Irish takeover of the UFC continued this evening with Cathal Pendred overcoming a resilient Gasan Umalatov challenge. The SBG fighter earned the victory thanks to a split decision during the UFC Fight Night 53 preliminary card. In what was a battle of attrition, both fighters traded blows and it was unclear who the judges would favour. Luckily for Pendred, …

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Fight Night Preview: Bellator 127, UFC: Holohan, Pendred, Nelson

It’s been almost seven days since Conor McGregor defeated Dustin Poirier but the ‘Irish Take Over’ continues this weekend with Cathal Pendred, Paddy Holohan and adopted son, Gunnar Nelson all in action this Saturday night. Bellator’s latest season continues this Friday night and the most intriguing fight takes place in the main event. Former Bellator featherweight champion Daniel Straus (22-5) …

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UPDATE: Conor McGregor Announces Fight, Dana White Says No

Despite Conor McGregor announcing that he will be fighting Diego Sanchez on November 15th in Mexico, UFC President Dana White has said that it isn’t true. McGregor is full of confidence following his stunning victory over Dustin Poirier in Las Vegas last weekend and announced via social media that he is fighting Sanchez:   I am fighting @DiegoSanchezUFC in Mexico, November …

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Cathal Pendred Out To Prove A Point

Cathal Pendred is looking to make a statement at welterweight on Saturday when he faces Gasan Umalatov in Stockholm. Pendred, who recorded victory at UFC Fight Night Dublin at middleweight, is now fighting at welterweight and wants to prove that this is the division where he belongs. Speaking to UFC.com, Pendred said the following: “I’m making my UFC debut in MY …

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Gunnar Nelson Looking To Finish Story’s Chapter

Ireland’s favourite adopted MMA son, Gunnar Nelson, is in confident mood ahead of his headline UFC clash with Rick Story in Stockholm on Saturday. Nelson faces a tough opponent in Story, a veteran of the MMA game that has recorded wins over some big fish, most notably current champion Johny Hendricks. ‘Gunni’ is aware of the challenge he faces, but the rising welterweight …

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