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UFC Featherweight Division – Past, Present, Future

With UFC Fight Night Mendes vs. Lamas taking place this weekend and in anticipation of the title bout between Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor in July, Pundit Arena takes a closer look at the UFC Featherweight Division. Number 1 ranked contender Chad Mendes takes on number 4 ranked Ricardo Lamas in the main event of UFC Fight Night in Fairfax, Virginia this Saturday, as another two bouts in the most talked about …

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The Good, The Bad And The Ugly Of The UFC 189 World Tour

In theory, the World Tour was a great idea. They hype will certainly last. But in truth, the UFC’s maiden voyage in to the ultimate hype game, a World Tour, was often more farcical than fascinating.     Eight cities in 12 days is an awful lot of mileage to cover for any human being but when you are promoting …

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Dublin, Make Some Noise When McGregor Comes To Town

If you were one of the 5,000 people to get a ticket for the Dublin leg of the UFC 189 press tour, I envy you. The energy in the Convention Centre on Tuesday promises to be riot like as Conor McGregor again faces off against UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo.  In a drawn out but superb public relations move, Dana White …

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Shots Fired – McGregor and Aldo Face Off At UFC 189 Conference

The pandemonium is beginning to crank up with Aldo and McGregor coming together for the first official press conference ahead of their title fight.   The UFC’s World Tour Press Show, which aims to hit 5 countries in 12 days, kicked off today in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil and featured UFC 189 headliners Conor McGregor and Jose Aldo. The two …

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UFC Announce UFC 189 World Tour: Dublin, 31st March

UFC 189 takes place this coming July in Las Vegas, Nevada as Irish #1 contender Conor McGregor (17-2) takes on Jose Aldo (25-1) for the UFC Featherweight Championship. UFC president Dana White made the announcement of a world tour ahead of the massive fight card at the beginning of the UFC 185 post-fight press conference. This tour will take place …

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Joseph Duffy KO’s Jake Lindsey In UFC Debut

“The Irish Take Over” continued in devastating fashion last night at UFC 185 in Dallas, Texas as Donegal native, “Irish” Joe Duffy made his Octagon debut. Much hype surrounded Duffy when he was signed to the big leagues of MMA earlier on this year. Billed as “the last man to beat Conor McGregor”, it is a moniker that Duffy will …

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Sports Documentary of the Week – Ten Thousand Hours

Continuing our series of sports documentaries, this week we look into the world of MMA.    There is no doubting the commitment and dedication it takes to rise to the highest level of mixed martial arts and compete in the UFC. In this 25 minute short, we are given an insight into the psychology behind the dedication. What motivates a …

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Preview: Invicta FC 11

MMA’s premier women’s organisation ‘Invicta’ returns this Friday night with four main card bouts, culminating with featherweight champion Cris “Cyborg” Justino defending her belt against Charmaine Tweet. UFC Fight Pass is the exclusive broadcaster for the event but Irish viewers will have to wait until 5am GMT to catch the main card. That being said, the action is well worth …

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Preview: Bellator 134

Bellator’s “English Invasion” takes place this Friday night with talented British fighters, Linton Vassell, Paul Daley and Liam McGeary all in action. Shane Saunders previews all the action. Paul Daley (35-13) takes on submission specialist Andre Santos (37-9) in an intriguing welterweight match up. Daley will have to be wary of Santos’ dangerous anaconda choke, a technique he has used 15 …

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UFC 189 – McGregor V Aldo: Ticket Information

All you need to know about getting those precious Aldo vs McGregor tickets.   UFC 189 takes place in the MGM Grand this coming July with Dubliner Conor McGregor looking to claim UFC gold from Brazilian featherweight champion, Jose Aldo. With many travelling fans from Ireland having booked flights and accommodation for ‘sin city’ this summer, UFC officials have today …

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The Top 10 Sports Stars You Should Follow Right Now On Instagram

Here are the top ten athletes you (yes, you!) should be following on Instagram right now! (UPDATE: If you cannot see the pictures you can click on each individual post to open on Instagram) Ronda Rousey: The main attraction in women’s UFC certainly put the term ‘weaker sex’ to rest, with a mixture of photo shoots to get heart racing …

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UFC Proposes New Drug Testing Policy

With high profile fighters such as Jon Jones, Anderson Silva and Nick Diaz testing positive for illegal substances and performance enhancing drugs, UFC officials decided to hold a press conference to address the issues surrounding substance abuse and how they plan to eradicate the problem. UFC President Dana White, CEO Lorenzo Fertitta and COO Lawrence Epstein were on hand in …

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Tuesday Takedown: WSOF 18, Bellator 133, UFC Bloomfield

With so much focus on illegal substances and PEDs surrounding mixed martial arts over the last couple of weeks, it was a welcome return for all that we had so much action on offer to digest this past weekend with three very entertaining cards to sink our teeth in. NBC’s ‘World Series of Fighting’ started-off proceedings with three nights of exciting …

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UFC: Claudia Gadelha vs Aisling Daly Scheduled For April

The UFC makes its long-awaited debut in Poland this coming April 11th. UFC Fight Night 64 or ‘UFC Poland’, as it is being dubbed, features the return of Mirko Cro Cop vs Gabriel Gonzaga in the event’s featured bout of the evening.       UFC officials have announced the addition of a women’s strawweight bout for the Krakow card. …

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Preview: World Series Of Fighting 18

NBC’s premier MMA showcase – ‘World Series of Fighting’ returns for the 18th time to kick-off three big days of mixed martial arts action. A four-fight main card kicks-off on NBC at 1am GMT, which culminates in a tasty looking bantamweight title bout between champion Marlon Moraes (13-4-1) and unbeaten challenger Josh Hill. (10-0) A previous competitor on the UFC’s …

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UFC And The War On Drugs

MMA and it’s crown jewel, the UFC will struggle to be taken seriously as a sport unless it can win it’s war on drugs.   In what should be an exciting time for mixed martial arts fans, attention has been taken away from mouth watering fights and the gaze has been fixated on top level athletes testing positive for performance …

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Anderson Silva AND Nick Diaz Fail Drug Tests

It’s been a tough 2015 for the UFC, with a number of high-profile fighters failing drug tests. However, things have gone from bad to worse this morning as it was revealed that both Anderson Silva and Nick Diaz have also been up to no good. The revelation was first publicised on Twitter and on SevereMMA, a popular MMA website, who reported the …

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Incredible Trailer Released For McGregor vs Aldo

It’s not like this one doesn’t have enough hype already but all the same, this clip has just been posted on one of McGregor’s biggest fan pages and it is spine tingling.  July 11th, the MGM Grand. This is going to be one of the biggest bouts in the history of the UFC. The build up has already begun but this clip …

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