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 […]


#64 Talking Brawls Podcast: featuring Mike Bohn of & Sebastian Vendel-Martinez of

It’s somewhat of a review show this week as there is no UFC action until UFC 179. First up Niall is joined by Mike Bohn of to look back at the fights from UFC Fight Night Halifax & more. Next up Niall welcomes Swedish MMA reporter Sebastian Vendel-Martinez of MMA, Sebastian joins me to review all the action and talking points from UFC Sweden 3. We also talk Aldo vs. Mendes 2, what’s next for Conor McGregor & more. 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 . You […]


Video: UFC 174 Johnson vs. Bagautinov Extended Preview

Reigning UFC flyweight champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson (19-2-1, 7-1-1 UFC) defends his belt against Russian contender Ali “Puncher” Bagautinov (13-2, 3-0 UFC) on June 14 from the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC at UFC 174. A welterweight contender bout between Rory “Ares” MacDonald (16-2, 7-2 UFC) and Tyron “The Chosen One” Woodley (13-2, 3-1 UFC) will be the co-main event of the evening. Here’s an extended video preview of both fights. Enjoy!   Video Credit: YouTube / UFC – Ultimate Fighting Championship


John Kavanagh on Why He Wants to See Gunnar Nelson vs Rory MacDonald

Last week on Fox Sport’s ‘UFC Tonight’, head coach of SBG Ireland John Kavanagh revealed that he would love Rory MacDonald to be Gunnar Nelson’s next opponent inside the Octagon, and in July in Dublin to boot. While many may have been surprised that Kavanagh would want Nelson to take on one of the UFC’s elite fighters and many people’s favourite to be next in line for a shot and the welterweight title, others saw the reasoning, and he explained as much to during the week. “I think they’re quite comparable,” Kavanagh explained. “He’s [MacDonald] obviously got a lot […]


Hendricks Injury Gives UFC Chance to Find Challenger

On Saturday night, Johny Hendricks went to war with a resurgent Robbie Lawler to decide who’d be the successor to GSP’s welterweight throne. The heavy-handed fighters did not disappoint the Texan crowd and stood toe-to-toe for 25 minutes, consistently landing bombs, most of which would put the average mixed martial artist to sleep. After sharing the spoils of the first four rounds, Hendricks scored a vital takedown in the fifth and emerged victorious with his swollen, bloodied hand clutching the UFC belt. What made his feat more impressive was that he did it all which a torn bicep. Hendricks told […]


Countdown To UFC 170: Rousey vs. McMann

UFC 170: Rousey vs. McMann takes place this Saturday night/Sunday morning live from the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas with women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey defending against fellow Olympic medallist Sara McMann. In the co-main event, former Strikeforce World Grand Prix Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier takes on newcomer Patrick Cummins at light heavyweight, while top Rory MacDonald takes on Demian Maia in a welterweight contender bout. For the all the build-up to these three huge fights, look no further than the Countdown to UFC 170 videos below, featuring all three fights.