UFN 41 & TUF Brazil 3 Finale: Official TalkingBrawls Staff Picks

The results of this current stretch of UFC events has left many an oddsmaker scratching their heads. This past UFC 173 event was no different and it has also had it’s effect on our staff picking accuracy of late. Last weekend Keith Fitzpatrick finished up an unusual losing result of 2-3 (Lawler & Cormier), Niall McGrath & Ben Kiely on the other hand finished up with an impressive 4-1 record (Krause, Mizugaki, Lawler & Cormier) & finally I had a less than stellar 3-2. The overall rankings have likewise been affected. Keith & I are currently tied at the top […]

mousasi Podcast – UFC Berlin Special

This week’s edition of the Podcast comes  to you from the fighter Hotel in Berlin, Germany where we (Niall and Keith) discuss Saturday’s UFC Fight Night Berlin event as well as previewing some of the bouts taking place in Brazil for the TUF Brazil 3 Finale. Also, we discuss some of the breaking news that came from Dana White’s epic media scrum after the UFC Berlin weigh-ins at the O2 World Arena on Friday afternoon. You can also listen to the show by subscribing to The Talking Brawls Podcast on iTunes: audio feed here; Download previous episodes here , via TuneIn here & via Stitcher here . Image Credit: UFC / Zuffa LLC


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). […]