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UFC Fight Night 66: Preview and Picks

The UFC travels to The Philippines for the first time this weekend as Fight Night 66 takes place in the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, part of the greater metropolitan region of Manila. It’s a middle of the road card with a great main event and plenty of potential for some fun fights throughout. Viewers in Ireland will be able to watch the entire event live on Fight pass starting at 12 noon with the main card kicking off at 15:00. The Main event In the main event Urijah Faber will return to featherweight to take on perennial […]

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UFC Berlin: Luke Barnatt vs. Sean Strickland Fight Recap

A fight for the ages this one, he said in absolute jest. The first round was a chore to watch with both men very tentative in the stand-up throwing little in the way of offence. Strickland though did land the more significant strikes, despite Barnatt being slightly busier. 10-9 to the American, begrudgingly. The second round began with Barnatt being a bit busier but it was Strickland who got the takedown first. Barnatt looked threatening from the bottom, attempting an armbar but they eventually resumed on the feet. Again, they were hesitant in the exchanges, with Barnatt stalking. The Brit […]

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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). […]