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Nick Diaz Slams Conor McGregor’s SBG Training Camp And Teammates

In a recent interview with BJPenn.com, Nick Diaz echoed the pre-UFC 196 sentiments of his brother Nate by questioning the quality of Conor McGregor’s SBG training partners. Actually ‘questioning’ might be putting it mildly. “I’m just saying he’s (Nate) had f**king matches with top blacks belts all over,” started the always abrasive Diaz. “This guy is one of best f**king …

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John Kavanagh Speaks About Conor McGregor’s Reaction To Rafael Dos Anjos Injury Drama

The initial impact of the news that Rafael dos Anjos had withdrawn from UFC 196 must have caused a few manic, anger-filled moments in the Conor McGregor camp. UFC president Dana White’s interview with Yahoo! Sports on Tuesday evening seemed to back up that assumption. “When we told Conor, he said, ‘Come on! This [expletive] guy! Oh my God! He’s pulling …

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Conor McGregor’s Personality Hasn’t Changed Since His First Day At SBG Says John Kavanagh

John Kavanagh has long been saddled with the thankless task of explaining and defending MMA to the Irish public, as well as the mainstream media. In days past, Kavanagh’s appearances on radio or television may have been weighted more towards the former, but in the wake of Conor McGregor’s rise to prominence less explanation is necessary. Or so one would …

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Watch: Gunnar Nelson Absolutely Hammers Some Unfortunate Sparring Partners

Gunnar Nelson is an intense individual. The Icelandic fighter, who splits his time between Dublin’s Straight Blast Gym and Mjölnir MMA in Reykjavik, had spent some time helping good friend Conor McGregor prepare for his upcoming super-fight with Rafael dos Anjos over the last couple of weeks, a fact evidenced by several posts from the social media accounts of both fighters. …

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John Kavanagh Takes A Not-So-Subtle Dig At Jose Aldo And His Drug Test “Selfies”

John Kavanagh wasn’t about to let Jose Aldo get away with slinging false accusations around regarding the drug testing that Conor McGregor has undergone in the lead up to UFC 194. Last week, in an interview with Combate, the Brazilian expressed his belief that, whilst training in Dublin, McGregor was not being subjected to the same stringent level of drug testing …

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Cathal Pendred Drops A Bombshell On Twitter

Straight Blast Gym’s Cathal Pendred has announced his retirement from MMA. The 28-year-old, who is still under contract with the UFC, broke the news on Wednesday, via Twitter. Explaining how he had arrived at the decision, Pendred simply stated – “I now find that my passion is no longer what it was and I feel like it is time for …

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Irish Fighters Win Big At The European Open Championships Of Amateur MMA

The first ever IMMAF European Open Championships of Amateur MMA took place in Birmingham over the weekend, and a number of Irish fighters turned in medal winning performances. The IMMAF was formed in Stockholm, Sweden in February of 2012. According to the organization’s official website, their mission statement was to “further the development and recognition of the sport of Mixed …

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John Kavanagh Is Looking For Some Wimps To Turn Into Warriors

John Kavanagh is recruiting contestants for a new MMA based reality show, the creator’s of which are labelling it “The Ultimate Human Experiment!” Wimp 2 Warrior originated in Australia, where it was dreamed up by MMA coach and former fighter, Richie Cranny. According to the official website, the show features “regular people” who are “thrown into a 6 month professional MMA …

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Gunnar Nelson Seems Concerned For Conor McGregor’s Long-Term Health Due To Steep Weight Cuts

Gunnar Nelson doesn’t approve of his teammate Conor McGregor’s severe, but habitual, weight cutting. Nelson’s father, Haraldur, is the president of Iceland’s MMA Federation and he recently expressed his disdain for the practice, ubiquitous within his sport, of cutting large amounts of weight in the lead-up to fights. In a lengthy post on social media, Nelson detailed his issues and …

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Tweet: Bitter Rival Of Conor McGregor Puts The Boots To Paddy Holohan After UFC Dublin Loss

Paddy Holohan riling the crowd at the weigh-ins before his Main Event fight in Dublin last year.

One of Conor McGregor’s longtime verbal sparring partners took a cheap shot at Paddy Holohan after his defeat at UFC Fight Night 76. After Louis Smolka released the fight ending rear-naked choke from around Paddy Holohan’s neck, the hometown fighter rolled onto his back and stared up at the bright lights that adorned the ceiling of the 3Arena. The sight …

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Tweet: John Kavanagh Gives Reebok An Ultimatum After The Release Of “Insensitive, Stupid, Divisive” T-Shirt

John Kavanagh has reacted angrily to Reebok’s new “UFC Ireland Map Tee”, and has given the sportswear giant an ultimatum. The controversial item of clothing, which was released in anticipation of this Saturday’s UFC card in Dublin’s 3Arena, has been roundly criticized online. The t-shirt features an incomplete map of the island of Ireland, leaving a gap where the 6 …

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Conor McGregor’s Meteoric Rise Summed Up In One Tweet By John Kavanagh

Conor McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh has summed up his fighter’s exceptional rise to prominence in one epic tweet. After Conor McGregor made extremely short work of Marcus Brimage in his UFC debut he famously gestured to the company’s president, Dana White, to bestow upon him a “Knockout of the Night” bonus. “Hey Dana! 60 g’s babayyy!”. The comment, made to post-fight …

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Video: Duane Ludwig Believes He Has Solved The Conor McGregor Riddle

Duane Ludwig, coach of current UFC bantamweight champion T.J Dillashaw, believes that he has solved “the Conor McGregor riddle”. The trainer has been at the the centre of quite a bit of controversy as of late. His feud with Team Alpha Male has turned particularly nasty, with Urijah Faber recently accusing Ludwig of making racist comments and being altogether unprofessional on …

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“I Couldn’t Stand-Up Straight” – Conor McGregor Reveals The Severity Of His Pre-UFC 189 Knee Injury

During last night’s interview with Ariel Helwani, Conor McGregor revealed the true extent of his pre-UFC 189 injury troubles. “The Notorious” Irishman’s coach, John Kavanagh, had divulged information about the situation in the past. The Straight Blast Gym Ireland head man stated that Conor had been unable to engage in any “live” MMA or wrestling training during camp. According to the fighter himself, …

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