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Dan Hardy buoyant ahead of Clipper race, remains confident of Octagon return

Dan Hardy sets sail today with Team GB on the ‘Clipper’ world Yacht race, hoping to complete a 3-and-a-half-week battle with the elements but a potential return to the Octagon is still very much in his thoughts. Hardy hasn’t been cleared to fight since September 2012 after being diagnosed with Wolf –Parkinson-White syndrome. Wolf –Parkinson-White syndrome is a heart defect where the extra electrical pathway between your heart’s upper chambers and lower chambers causes a rapid heartbeat. Hardy described the challenge as something very much in line with his competitive nature. Now that he’s not currently fighting competitively, he sees the battle […]

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Episode 87 of the Talking Brawls MMA.com Podcast featuring: Catherine Costigan & Dan Hardy

Andreas Georgiou joins Niall McGrath as co-host on this week’s show. First up on the show we look back at UFC Saskatoon and talk about the major talking points from the card. Next up we talk about the recently announced fight between Frankie Edgar vs. Chad Mendes Catherine Costigan  stops by to talk about her fight at BAMMA 22 against Simona Soukoupova, Irish MMA & bouncing back from the first loss of her career at Invicta FC 13. (18 mins) Next up, we talk about what’s next for Urijah Faber in the UFC featherweight division, and the recent retirements of two young […]

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Jake Shields’ Release Shows Entertainment Value Outweighs Ability in the UFC

The UFC have released former Strikeforce middleweight champion and welterweight contender Jake Shields. The decision highlights the importance the UFC places on entertainment over technical ability in MMA. Shields is coming off a decision loss to Hector Lombard at UFC 171 and compiled four wins, three losses and one no contest during his UFC tenure. Despite being completely outclassed for three rounds against Lombard, it was Shields’s first loss inside the Octagon in four fights. His last defeat before Lombard came in 2011 when a barrage of Jake Ellenberger’s knees earned “The Juggernaut” a TKO victory within the first minute […]