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Stewart Dollery Blog: Battle Zone 11

Battle Zone 11 is going to be a pretty special event. Most Battle Zone events are and the promotion has been an integral part of the rapid rise of Irish MMA. This event however has me, Stewart Dollery, especially excited with three of the fights determining the welterweight, lightweight and bantamweight slots on Team Ireland travelling to Vegas at the …

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Jon Jones OK with proposed uniforms

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has stated he is OK with the planned introduction of official UFC fighter uniforms. In an interview with MMAjunkie.com he said that he hoped the move would mean that fighters who struggle to get sponsorship would be looked after. “I think it will be good for the mass, for all the fighters who aren’t …

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Ben Forsyth Blog: The Sport of Art

The term ‘Martial Arts’ is used to describe the methods of self defence and combat.  This term stems from ‘Mars’ the god of war and essentially means the art of war or combat.  Today, however, Martial arts has become an elite competitive sport as much as a traditional form of combat.  An ongoing conflict I have is in which manner …

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UFC – Ultimate Fight Night 39

The massive expansion the UFC has undergone in recent years has resulted in more and more lacklustre cards. Take Ultimate Fight Night 39 for example. Roy Nelson and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira headline the April 11th card. With the exception of Clay Guida, they are the only fighters with real name recognition. Clay Guida may well be fighting to keep his …

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Cyborg loses more than just a fight

Cris Cyborg

Last Friday night Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino was defeated in a kickboxing bout. Her opponent was Jorina Baars, an undefeated Dutch standout. Cyborg gave her opponent all she could handle as the two battled to become the inaugural Lion Fight champion. Justino came forward relentlessly as she always does, but the veteran of thirty-eight fights used superior timing and movement to …

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Ben Forsyth Blog: Learning to Learn

Ben Forsyth’s popular blog continues this week with a look at learning and how it is important to remove egos and negativity if you are serious about reaching your full potential. The ‘process’ is something that I like to refer to often when speaking about the path to success.  It essentially refers to the process of learning and how you …

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Johny Hendricks can wear the crown

The post GSP era began in style this past weekend. The main event at UFC 171 featuring Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler couldn’t have been more different from what we had become accustomed to during the reign of the former champion. Indeed, Lawler and Hendricks couldn’t be more dissimilar to the Canadian. With the vacant championship up for grabs, the …

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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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