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UFC Dublin Fight Recap: Aisling Daly VS Ericka Almeida

Aisling Daly finally got the chance to fight at home as she was living in The Ultimate Fighter house the last time the octagon descended upon Dublin. The Irish Strawweight looked to be in the best shape of her life at the weigh-ins, as she made her way to the cage tonight, she sang along with her entrance music, taking in the atmosphere and loving every second of it. Under the cheers of ‘Ole, ole ole ole,’ The two women engaged early and often, Almeida managed to secure the Thai clinch and deliver some knees to the body before Aisling […]

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Fantasy Matchmaking – UFC Dublin 2015

The UFC will return to Dublin on October 24th 2015. The 3Arena will again play host to the event and after last years incredible success, there are no shortage of fighters clamouring for a spot on the card. No bouts have been announced thus far, however with the majority of Ireland’s UFC talent having competed in the last two weeks, we can expect the official announcements to begin soon. Until then we take a look at how the card might shape up, from the fights we expect to see, to the fights we want to see. Some may be more […]

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UFC 186 Preview and Picks

UFC 186 takes place this Saturday night at the Bell centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. As cursed as any UFC card in recent memory, this event is the embodiment of the caveat ‘card subject to change.’ Due to an injury, TJ Dillahaw will no longer be defending his bantamweight title against former champion Renan Barão and until very recently a court injunction looked to keep Rampage Jackson from making his return to the UFC to take on Fabio Maldonado. In a bizarre last minute reversal by the courts, it now looks like Rampage will be returning to bring some much […]

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TUF 20 Episode 10 Recap

This week Ireland’s own (5) Aisling Daly of Team Pettis & Jessica Penne (4) of Team Pettis went to battle in the second quarter final of the competition. A welcomed familiar face would turn up out of the blue to give Ais “The Bash” a boost going into the match up. Jessica, a natural recluse, found solace in her friendship with Justine Kish. Justine helped the quiet Jessica come out of her shell. Ais felt disenfranchised in her preparation with the absence of her home team coupled with the fact that Team Pettis was now divided within itself. While Ais […]

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#63 Talking Brawls MMA.com Podcast: featuring Aisling Daly & Nicolas Dalby

This week on talkingbrawlsmma.com podcast we kick things off with “TUF 20” as we welcome in Ireland’s own Aisling Daly as she talks about her experience on the show and what to expect in the season ahead. Next up on the show we welcome on for the first time, CWFC welterweight champion and one of the hottest prospects on the European scene, Nicolas Dalby, as he prepare to defend his Cage Warriors title this Saturday in Wales against Gael Grimaud. We also look back at Invicta FC 8, UFC Fight Night: Mousasi vs. Jacare and preview UFC Fight Night 51 […]

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Aisling Daly Ahead of TUF 20 Premiere: “I know I’m going to come across well; I know how I am as a person”

The fabled Ultimate Fighter house has for years brought the most hardened athletes down to their knees in submission, whilst at the same time bringing out the best in those that choose to embrace the struggle of sharing a house with people you’ll be fighting for six weeks. Aisling Daly has chosen to do the latter, admitting the trials and tribulations she faced for six weeks will ultimately make her a better fighter, and more importantly, a better person for it. “It was definitely the toughest thing I’ve ever done,” Daly admitted to TalkingBrawlsMMA.com this week. “It was a really […]

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TUF 20 Full Cast Revealed, Features SBG’s Aisling Daly

The full cast for the upcoming 20th season of The Ultimate Fighter has been finalised with eight new contestants named today, one of which is Ireland’s Aisling Daly. Aside from Irish WMMA pioneer Daly (14-5), seven others were announced including Jessica Penne (11-2), Randa Markos (4-1), Angela Magana (11-6), Justine Kish (4-0), Heather Jo Clark (6-4), Angela Hill (1-0) and Lisa Ellis (15-8). Already announced for the show were Joanne Calderwood (8-0), Tecia Torres (4-0), Emily Peters Kagan (3-1), Alex Chambers (4-1), Carla Esparza (9-2), Felice Herrig (9-5), Rose Namajunas (2-1) and Bec Rawlings (5-3). TUF 20 will see the […]

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John Kavanagh on MMA in Ireland: “We’re just getting started”

Head coach of SBG Ireland and the “Grandfather of Irish MMA” John Kavanagh is adamant that the sport of mixed martial arts is only going to go from strength to strength in 2014. Speaking to Niall McGrath on the Talking Brawls MMA podcast, Kavanagh spoke of how special it is to see how far the sport has come in the last 18 months. “I still when I see a guy walking down the street with a Tapout t-shirt on give him a nod because I assume I must know him,” Kavanagh told Talking Brawls. “Even when I see other teams […]