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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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The Hooligan – Irish UFC Focus Switches To Paddy Holohan

Irish MMA fans will switch their focus to Paddy Holohan this weekend as he looks to make it two wins on the bounce in the UFC. With Conor McGregor dominating the media after his heroics last weekend, one could be forgiven for forgetting that Paddy Holohan is fighting this Saturday night. ‘The Hooligan’ is unbeaten in eleven professional fights and will …

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10 Brilliant Quotes From Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor Mania has gone into overdrive following the Dubliner’s stunning first round KO of Dustin Poirier over the weekend. While he is known for his bite, McGregor’s bark is just as powerful. Here’s a selection of quotes from the man being dubbed the Irish Plato. Quote #1 _____ Quote #2 _____ Quote #3 _____ Quote #4 _____ Quote #4 …

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UFC Rankings: Conor McGregor Surges To Top 5

The latest UFC rankings are out and Conor McGregor has broken into the top five thanks to his devastating destruction of Dustin Poirier. McGregor’s rise through the featherweight rankings has been nothing short of mesmeric, as the Dubliner continues to make light work of everything Dana White throws in front of him. It’s no secret that The Notorious is after that …

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MMA Memories: Conor McGregor’s Stunning Cage Warriors KO

What a week it has been for Conor McGregor. The Dubliner’s Las Vegas win over Dustin Poirier has elevated the SBG fighter to UFC superstardom. Many people believe McGregor’s rise to the forefront of mixed martial arts was the result of an overnight success. The opposite could not be more true. Check out this stunning KO over Ivan Buchinger from Cage …

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Tuesday Takedown: UFC 178 Special

Usually, the Tuesday Takedown would take into account Bellator action but given the stellar nature of what was a truly epic UFC 178, Shane Saunders has decided to give his full attention to the main card from Saturday night.  There’s only one place to start and that’s in Las Vegas where, on Saturday night, a large travelling support witnessed “The Notorious” …

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