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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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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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