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A Brief History of Aldo Part 2: Chad Mendes (1)

December 12th, 2015. Conor McGregor will finally get his shot at the long time featherweight king, Jose Aldo. Aldo hasn’t lost an MMA fight in over 10 years, he’s the only featherweight champion in UFC history and he has successfully defended his title 7 times against the best competition in the world at 145 pounds. In short, he’s really good at fighting. In the run up to UFC 194, we are taking a look back at some of Aldo’s prior UFC match ups. To separate the facts from the fiction, the stats from the hype, and the man from the […]


Irish MMA Media Predict Conor McGregor VS. Chad Mendes

Conor McGregor will face Chad Mendes for the interim featherweight title this Saturday night at UFC 189. In the run up to the biggest night in the history of Irish MMA, I spoke to some of Ireland’s top MMA writers to get their thoughts on the main event. Check out their predictions and breakdowns below along with my own. _________________________________________________________________________ Sean Sheehan, MMA writer, analyst and podcaster with Twitter: @SeanSheehanBA “Like many MMA fights, this will all come down to where it takes place. If Mendes can get it to the floor multiple times, and more importantly hold it there, […]


UFC 189 – What’s On the Line?

   After a hiatus of sorts, TalkingBrawls’ resident column is back. This Saturday, is undoubtedly the biggest fight in Irish MMA history. #3 UFC Featherweight “The Notorious” Conor McGregor attempts to be the first Irish fighter & fourth European to win a UFC title. Featherweight #1 contender Chad “Money” Mendes steps in on two & a half weeks notice for the Champion Jose Aldo due to the latter having to withdraw from the contest due to a controversial rib injury. Despite the fight being relegated from a Featherweight World Championship to an Interim Championship match up, the bout has retained […]


Conor McGregor VS Chad Mendes – Extended Preview

Conor McGregor takes on Chad Mendes this Saturday night in Las Vegas, Nevada for the interim UFC featherweight title. It’s the biggest fight in Irish MMA history, the largest U.S. gate for the UFC ever, the biggest MMA card of the year and one of the most anticipated events in the entire history of the sport. The Irish have travelled in their thousands to ensure Conor is the crowd favourite in his opponents homeland, Sinéad O’Connor is singing the walk out music live and even the weight-ins are set to break records. It’s kind of a big deal. Regardless of […]

New UFC 189 Promo for Mendes vs. McGregor

UFC 189 Preview and Picks

This is the big one. UFC 189 is finally here, live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas this Saturday night, July 11th. Conor McGregor will look to become the first Irish fighter in the history of the UFC to win a championship belt as he takes on the American Chad Mendes. There is more Irish interest throughout the card and with a phenomenal welterweight title contest as the co-main event, UFC 189 is definitely the biggest event of the year. The Main Event With Jose Aldo withdrawing from the fight due to a broken rib, Conor McGregor […]


Jose Aldo out, Conor McGregor will now face Chad Mendes at UFC 189

Early on Wednesday morning, UFC fans across Ireland will wake up to the news many have been dreading since last week. The now infamous injured rib has proven to be more serious than originally reported and featherweight champion Jose Aldo has pulled out of his scheduled UFC 189 bout with Conor McGregor. Just hours after Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta gave interviews in New York, talking about their supreme confidence in the fight going ahead, the former appeared on ESPN’s SportsCenter along with McGregor to reveal the news that will break Irish hearts. Video: Fancy M This will be the […]