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Conor McGregor, UFC 200 and the tweet that started a war.

It all began with a tweet. Less than 150 characters were enough to send the MMA world into turmoil, the McGregor effect in action. Here are the now infamous words,  165,770 retweets later: ‘I have decided to retire young. Thanks for the cheese. Catch ya’s later.’ – Conor McGregor. The immediate reaction was one of amusement mixed with a dash of bewilderment. It wasn’t long before various sources were confirming that it wasn’t a joke. Something was going down up in Iceland. Later that night, UFC president Dana White went on live television to announce that he was pulling Conor McGregor […]

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Exclusive: Paul Redmond vs. Jack McGann set for BAMMA 26

Dublin’s Paul Redmond will make his BAMMA debut against Jack McGann in a lightweight bout at BAMMA 26. The event takes place in Dublin’s 3Arena, June 4th. BAMMA officials confirmed the news exclusively with Talking Brawls. Redmond hasn’t fought since losing to Robert Whiteford at UFC Fight Night Glasgow, last July. The UFC veteran (10-6 MMA, 0-0 BAMMA) went 0-2 in his stint with the promotion, competing in the featherweight division. Video: Talking Brawls Youtube Redmond now returns to lightweight for the fight with Liverpudlian, McGann. The Team Ryano stand-out believes it’s a fantastic fight for the fans. “He’s a highly touted […]

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Ian McCall on Octagon return: “I’ve made peace with the fact that I may never fight again.”

Speaking on this week’s Talking Brawls MMA.com podcast, Ian McCall (13-5-1 MMA, 3-2-1 UFC) said he is still unsure if he will ever return to the Octagon. The top-ranked flyweight said it’s probably ‘wishful thinking,’ but is still aiming at getting back in the cage. McCall joined Niall McGrath to talk about an number of issues, including; Jon Jones, business, Demetrious Johnson, family life & more. The Orange County native has endured a number of injuries since his UFC debut back in 2012, and has also undergone the knife on his hip, hand and most recently, shoulder. “We have really […]

Video: Paul Redmond on signing with BAMMA, weight cutting, returning to 155lbs & more

Video: Paul Redmond on signing with BAMMA, weight cutting, return to 155lbs & more

You can listen to the full episode of #101 of the Talking Brawls MMA Podcast below. Featuring Paul Redmond, Art Davie & Petesy Carroll: You can also listen to the show by subscribing to The Talking Brawls MMA.com Podcast on iTunes: audio feed here; Download previous episodes here , via TuneIn here & via Stitcher here . (for mobile phone listening download the Podomatic, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio or iTunes apps) You can follow us on twitter here Make sure you subscribe to our Youtube channel here for exclusive video interviews with some of the world’s top fighters. Two of this […]

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Extended preview: Conor Mcgregor VS Nate Diaz

The next chapter of the McGregor era will be written this Saturday night, live once again from the MGM Grand Garden arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Conor McGregor will now face UFC veteran and fan favourite Nate Diaz, at welterweight. The eyes of the combat sports world are firmly set on UFC 196. Nate Diaz has competed in the UFC since 2007, he is 18-10 overall in MMA. He’s gone 2-3 in his last five fights and is currently ranked number 5 in the Lightweight division after an impressive win against Michael Johnson in December. Nate possesses high level technical […]

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Preview: Anderson Silva VS Michael Bisping

Saturday February 27, London England, a legend returns and we finally get to see a fight ten years in the making. European MMA trailblazer Michael Bisping will take on the long time middleweight king, Anderson Silva in a bout with more at stake than meets the eye. Legacy, legitimacy, title shots and history will be contested, and it’s all live and exclusive on UFC Fightpass. Michael Bisping has been called the best UFC fighter ever not to receive a title shot. Coming off the ultimate fighter, Bisping has had a very successful run in the UFC, he has only ever […]

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Mike Winkeljohn on BJ Penn: “So far, so good”

  BJ Penn is 3-6-1 in his last ten fights and is coming off (what we were lead to believe was his last outing in the Octagon) a vicious TKO loss to Frankie Edgar at ‘The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale’ back in July 2014. Now, Penn has decided he wants to get back in the Octagon. The 37 year-old Hawaii native is back training in Alburquerque, New Mexico with Jackson/Winkeljohn MMA Academy. Talking Brawls MMA.com spoke with Coach Mike Winkeljohn from Jackson/Wink MMA about the Penn’s return. BJ Penn has verbally agreed to the opponent. Dana White says the ball […]

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Podcast: Talking Brawls Radio Live with Niall McGrath & Simon Head

Niall McGrath & Simon Head look back at the major talking points of 2015 and look forward to the year ahead in MMA. Make sure you subscribe to our Youtube channel here for exclusive video interviews with some of the world’s top fighters. You can also listen to the show by subscribing to The Talking Brawls MMA.com Podcast on iTunes: audio feed here; Download previous episodes here , via TuneIn here & via Stitcher here . (for mobile phone listening download the Podomatic, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio or iTunes apps) You can follow us on twitter here

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One Night in Vegas: Conor McGregor and UFC 194

It was a special night in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Irish had travelled in force, again. It was finally time, Conor McGregor had reached the top of the featherweight mountain, ready to rumble with the long time king. What the hell just happened? Conor McGregor faced Jose Aldo for the undisputed UFC featherweight title. The crowd at the MGM were on their feet from the moment the Irishman made the walk, and they never sat back down. In just 13 seconds, McGregor toppled the number one ranked pound for pound fighter in the UFC. It was the left hook heard […]

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A Brief History of Aldo Part 3: Frankie Edgar

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 […]