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Phil Harris Explains Rollercoaster Re-signing with UFC, Vows to Finish Neil Seery In Dublin [Exclusive]

Phil Harris will become a part of Irish MMA history when he fights on the UFC Fight Night 46 card in Dublin on July 19. However, the British flyweight had a rather unusual path to getting a bout on the promotion’s highly anticipated return to Irish shores. On April 5, Harris was cut from the UFC after suffering two successive losses in the promotion, to John Lineker and Louis Gaudinot respectively. Later that day, Harris signed a five-fight deal with Cage Warriors and was set to fight Kurban Gadzhiev on April 18. Then, in a strange turn of events, it […]

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Paddy Holohan Becomes Ireland’s Newest UFC Fighter, Will Fight Sampo in Dublin

  Undefeated Irish mixed martial artist Paddy “The Hooligan” Holohan is set to face Josh Sampo at UFC Fight Night 46 on July 19 in Dublin’s O2 Arena. The bout will mark the first of four fights in the UFC for the Dubliner as per the terms of his contract. Holohan’s fellow SBG teammates and UFC colleagues Conor McGregor and Cathal Pendred as well as his coach John Kavanagh congratulated him on Twitter. My man ‘The Hooligan’ @PaddyHolohanMMA signs with the @UFC!!! I told you you’d be seeing more of this Jobstown head!! #Beast #SBG — Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) June […]

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The Nightmare Split Decision at Fight Night 42

Holding Kevin Mulhall’s hand in the centre of the Octagon while awaiting the judges’ decision must have been an emotionally gruelling experience for Diego Sanchez on Saturday night. The Dream was comprehensively beaten for three rounds in the co-main event of the first UFC card in his home town. He was staring down the barrel of a three-fight losing streak which would have likely resulted in him being cut from the promotion. “The judges score the contest 30-27 Pearson”, Bruce Buffer bellowed. Sanchez was on the verge of losing his job after yet another lacklustre performance in which he was […]

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Cole Miller Believes “Mental Midget” McGregor is Training to Survive His Ground Game

Cole Miller proclaimed that Conor McGregor has been training to cope with his jiu-jitsu prowess, ahead of their fight at UFC Dublin. Miller remarked that the Irishman knows his own ground game is weak and he’s been taking steps to rectify it, speaking on Newstalk’s Off the Ball. “That’s why he’s going to Iceland to train with Gunnar Nelson. If he thought that his ground game was all cool he’d just be chillin’ training in Ireland. Right?” The stumped presenter responded, “I’m not sure” but Miller was adamant that McGregor’s sessions with the highly rated Icelandic welterweight was to fix […]

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James Krause Expects Fireworks at UFC 173, Says Tim Elliott is Champion Material

When James Krause steps into the Octagon in the MGM Grand Garden Arena at UFC 173, he will face an opponent in Jamie Varner who will be fighting for his future in the promotion. Varner is staring down the barrel of his third straight defeat, which few fighters survive in the world’s largest MMA promotion. Krause revealed he has prepared for a lionhearted performance from “C-4” when he spoke to TalkingBrawls host Niall McGrath. “You have to train for the best. I’m just assuming that the best Jamie Varner that’s ever walked the face of the Earth is going to […]

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Undefeated Swede Niklas Backstrom to Face Tom Niinimaki in Berlin

The UFC has confirmed that Niklas Backstrom will make his promotional debut against Finland’s Tom Niinimaki at UFC Fight Night 41 in Berlin. The Swede, who holds a perfect 7-0 record, replaces Thiago Tavares who pulled out of the bout due to injury. 24 year old Backstrom has been pegged as a hot prospect in the sport by some of the MMA cognoscenti, including fellow countryman and training partner Alex Gustafsson. The former national grappling champion is coming into the fight off a spectacular 15 second TKO win over Max Coga at the inaugural Europa MMA Fighting championships (video below). […]

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Pickett and McCall Eagerly Anticipating Grudge Match in Dublin [Exclusive]

Flyweights Brad Pickett and Ian McCall are due to lock horns when the UFC returns to Dublin in July. The fighters have developed a rivalry through their exchanges via social media which should make for an exciting battle in the O2. McCall ensured fans that the bout will live up to the hype, speaking to Niall McGrath of TalkingBrawls. We’re going to beat the crap out of each other. That’s a no-brainer. He always comes to fight. I always come to fight. We’re going to go at a good pace. The two were originally set to fight at UFC Fight […]

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Ian McCall Responds to Heated Comments Made by Rob Emerson [Exclusive]

The feud between friends turned enemies Ian McCall and Rob Emerson is at an all time high after McCall revealed his plans to annihilate his former friend in the Octagon on the last TalkingBrawls podcast. Cracks in their relationship became known to the public after McCall posted a tweet claiming he had caught the former TUF contestant sleeping with his wife. Recently, the perhaps, inappropriately named “The Saint”, announced that he holds McCall indirectly responsible for the untimely passing of former UFC fighter Shane Del Rosario. McCall found Del Rosario at his home after he suffered cardiac arrest and rushed […]

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Sonnen and Silva Brawl “Orchestrated” by Production Team According to TUF Coach [Exclusive]

It was revealed that the infamous brawl between Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva was provoked by members of the show’s production team. TUF Brazil 3 coach Jamie Huey made the startling revelation in an interview with Niall McGrath on this week’s TalkingBrawls podcast. “I’ll kind of break something here, that’s not really a story being told. Everybody wants to know if that was a set up. Not in regards to Chael or Wanderlei. Kind of something that was being said and done. Production had told Wanderlei, and you can see it after the brawl, Wanderlei goes up to our team […]