Gallagher gathers more momentum at Bellator 173 in Belfast
Bellator 173 began with the curious case of confused weight classes and ended with, once again, an MMA card in foreign territory catering to a US TV audience.
Bellator 173 began with the curious case of confused weight classes and ended with, once again, an MMA card in foreign territory catering to a US TV audience.
MMA expert Fergus Ryan reviews the action from BAMMA event in Belfast this evening
The US promotion Bellator MMA touched down for its debut show in Ireland in the 3Arena last night. John Kavanagh’s SBG gym had four athletes in the...
UK promotion BAMMA touched down in Dublin again for their 4th event in the 3Arena. Though they lost some shine with hometown favourites Paul...
Just over two weeks ago, the UFC and MMA celebrated a historic moment.
The UFC have announced a women’s bantamweight fight for the UFC Belfast card on November 19.
Dubliner Neil Seery has confirmed he will retire from the UFC after the Belfast show in November.
2016 has been a standout year for the business of MMA. The resurgent Pay-Per-View numbers and the sale of Zuffa LLC, the UFC’s parent company, for $4 billion suggest the rise from the underground of freestyle fighting will continue for some time.
All the talking - and bottle throwing - is done. Conor McGregor steps into the octagon for the highly-anticipated rematch with Nate Diaz. Fergus Ryan brings you all the action from Las Vegas.
It was announced tonight that the UFC will return to the city of Belfast on Saturday November 19th, 2016.
There was a period where Conor McGregor spoke and it happened. He narrated his career from being a dual weight champion on the regional circuit...
The president of the Irish Amateur Pankration Association, John Kavanagh, has posted on Facebook that a process has begun with the...
This week’s MMA column looks at some more unqualified MMA coverage and reviews last weekend’s UFC on Fox: Teixeira vs. Evans in...
In the aftermath of the tragic death of Joao Carvalho what we really needed was a period of calm.
All the talking is done and now it's time for action. Conor McGregor makes his UFC welterweight debut when he takes on Nate Diaz in the MGM in Las Vegas. Join Fergus Ryan as he brings you all the...
Coming into UFC Belfast there was an absence of the usual UFC hype train. The event was the first in a long time not to be a sell-out come fight day. After losing the Neil Seery v Ian McCall bout interest seemed to be waning.
With dual weight world champion Conor McGregor looking on, SBG team mate Artem Lobov delivered the performance of his career so far to take a unanimous decision win over Teruto Ishihara.
Get the lowdown from the preliminary bouts at UFC Belfast right here.
UFC Belfast goes down this weekend in the SSE Odessy Arena. Given all the excitement and historic achievements of Conor McGregor last weekend, this one has flown a little under the radar.
It's a huge night of action from Madison Square Garden. MMA expert Fergus Ryan will describe it all for you. Can Conor McGregor become the UFC's first dual-weight champion?
It’s been a whirlwind few days in the MMA world. This week’s column looks back at a sensational UFC 199, Michael Bisping’s title win and some strong-arm tactics used on the media.
On February 27 this year in the O2 Arena in London, UK MMA had its finest moment to date. But it wasn’t all plain sailing.
This week’s MMA column reviews UFC 198, the potential sale of the UFC company and the rescheduling of BAMMA 26.
This weekend Neil Seery makes his sixth UFC appearance at UFC Rotterdam against a highly ranked Japanese fighter in Kyoji Horiguchi. At one point it looked like Seery would never make it to the UFC; now that he’s in there, he has lasted longer than most.
Independent.ie can exclusively reveal the UFC will announce today that Joseph Duffy will make his return to the Octagon against Canada’s Mitch Clarke on the 7th of July.
The MMA world was rocked with the announcement that Rafael Dos Anjos has pulled out of his scheduled UFC 196 appearance on March 5th. But who will replace the Brazilian?
One of my favourite stand-up comedians is Bill Burr. Reading JP O’Malley’s article ‘Conor McGregor: Sporting genius or corporate sellout?’ I was reminded of one of Burr’s funniest bits.
Fergus Ryan casts his eye over everything Mixed Martial Arts.
Artem Lobov is well known on the European MMA circuit as for being the guy to take a fight against anybody, anywhere and even at any weight. More recently we’ve seen him grace UFC video content as the ever present training partner of Conor McGregor.
As 2015 drew to a close there was a great deal of speculation about the UFC 200 events in Las Vegas in July.
Since his return to MMA Joseph Duffy had looked nothing short of brilliant. At UFC 195 though, he ran into his toughest challenge and came up short.
Ireland's Joe Duffy was beaten on points by Dustin Poirier at UFC 195 tonight. Here is how it happened.
Those who beat the night and persevered until the wee hours of last Sunday morning to watch UFC 194 witnessed the closest thing to sporting perfection.
After nearly a year in the making last night's UFC 194 featherweight title fight shocked the entire MMA world.
Join Fergus Ryan from midnight for all the action from UFC 194 and the explosive main event between Conor McGregor and Jose Aldo at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Our MMA expert Fergus Ryan previews the Fight of the Year.
It was a disappointing start to the weekend for the for John Kavanagh's Straight Blast Gym in Las Vegas last night.
Last night at UFC Fight Night 80 the headliner between Rose Namajunas and Paige VanZant took place as a prelude for a bumper weekend of MMA. Fighter Tim Means described it best by saying the event was ‘the fuse to the dynamite’.
This week’s MMA column looks at some of the reasons, beyond the fight, why Aldo v McGregor is the biggest deal in the UFC’s calendar.
In a mixed week for Irish MMA, we reflect on the career of Cathal Pendred, some up and coming amateurs look to make their mark and where next for Paul Redmond?
This week’s MMA column looks back at historic UFC 193 in Australia and a changing of the guard in the ladies bantamweight division.
It should have spelled disaster, but luckily the withdrawal of Joseph Duffy from the main event at UFC Dublin worked out well for everyone.
UFC Dublin proved you can never judge a fight card until it’s over. Despite losing the main and co-main event fights the event was a resounding success. Every fight had something to it and the action was superb for the first to the last.
Join Fergus Ryan for in-depth coverage of UFC Dublin from a packed 3 Arena.
He may not be involved in UFC Dublin tonight, but this week has been very much about Conor McGregor.
The UFC Dublin weigh-in took place in the 3Arena this afternoon. As you'd expect with half starved athletes, it was a pretty tense affair.
The highlight of today's UFC Dublin weigh-ins was the very heated exchange between Norman Parke and Reza 'Mad Dog' Madadi.
UFC star's Conor McGregor's track record at speaking things into MMA reality is second to none.
Even though we only got five minutes with the Notorious' Conor McGregor he managed to put most of the UFC roster on blast.
At the UFC Dublin media day all the fighters were given an opportunity to talk to the world’s press about their upcoming bouts Saturday night.
‘Stormin’ Norman Parke from Bushmills, Co. Antrim has the pleasure of welcoming back Reza Madadi to the UFC this Saturday night.
When news broke late last night that Joe Duffy was being removed from the UFC Dublin card the backlash from fans was natural and to be expected.
UFC today announced the appointment of James Elliott as Vice President and General Manager of Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).
UFC Fight Night: Barnett vs. Nelson or UFC Fight Night 75wentdown in the Saitama Super Arena, Japan late in the wee hours of Sunday morning.
Last Saturday night proved that there are more than just UFC fans in Ireland as thousands poured into the 3Arena for BAMMA 22.
This weekend sees MMA return to the 3Arena as UK promotion BAMMA hold their 22nd event there. The card is a stacked who’s who of Irish MMA fighter not signed to the UFC. There is a very real chance that some of the victorious fighters at BAMMA 22 could grace a UFC card in 2016.
This Saturday the 3Arena will play host to some non-UFC MMA in the form of BAMMA 22.
We spoke to Urijah Faber about coaching alongside Conor McGregor and how he thinks McGregor v Jose Aldo will go at UFC 194.
When the UFC signed WWE crossover hopeful CM Punk aka Phil Brooks, a slew of fighters offered their 'services' to introduce the pro wrestler to the finer points of MMA.
We caught up with Aisling Daly, Cathal Pendred, Paddy Holohan and Norman Parke to get their forecast on how Conor McGregor v Jose Aldo will go down at UFC 194.
We spoke to Aisling Daly, Cathal Pendred, Paddy Holohan and Norman Parke about their memories of UFC Dublin 2014 and what they expect for this year’s event in October.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship are gonna #GOBIG for the rest of 2015 and a little bit of 2016.
This weeks MMA column talk Aisling Daly and her opponent at UFC Dublin. BAMMA 22 is coming to Dublin in September. We take a look at the recent UFC Fight Night 74 and saw a fond farewell to comrade Johnny Lyons.
UFC Dublin has edged another week closer and the fight card is almost complete. There are currently four fighters from this island paired against international opposition. Time may be running out for the few ‘Fighting Irish’ who haven’t been matched.
With just ten weeks to the UFC’s return to the 3Arena the ‘UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs Duffy’ card is starting to fill out nicely.
Brace yourselves MMA fans, we’re about to do it all again… After all the hype that went into Aldo v McGregor in the first half of 2015, you’d be forgiven for thinking the fight announced for UFC 194 in December is a rematch. There may be some folks out there who think it is.
After 15 previous visits to the UK, the UFC broke ground in Scotland for the first time last night. Similar to UFC Dublin last July, the event was an overwhelming success for Scottish MMA.
Paul Redmond realised his one of his sporting ambitions when he made his UFC debut in Stockholm, Sweden in January but the experience was a bitter sweet affair.
In the midst of the euphoria surrounding Conor McGregor’s championship victory at UFC 189, Paul Kimmage bucked the trend by describing MMA as "barbaric" and claiming to be "repulsed" by the sport.
This week’s MMA column focuses on the business side of UFC 189. In particular we’ll take a look at estimating what sort of a pay day UFC 189 was for Conor McGregor.
Fergus Ryan watched the title fight against Chad Mendes - see how it went down here.
Love him or hate him, it looks like Conor McGregor has brought enough attention to UFC 189 on Saturday to break records across the board.
The arena was full, the card was stacked. Neil Seery and Conor McGregor were both on the card and are well known and well respected in MMA circles. Both fighters lived up to expectation and both delivered wins.
In August 2013, Jose Aldo beat Chan Sung Jung to retain the UFC featherweight title. It was his fifth defence of the title to go with his three WEC championship victories.
It was supposed to be the biggest fight of the year, the biggest fight in the history of the featherweight division even.
Last week was a particularly wild MMA rollercoaster. News broke that an injury sustained in training may prevent Jose Aldo from fighting Conor McGregor. While all around him were losing their heads, one man stayed calm and collected throughout.
This week’s MMA column reviews the UFC 188 heavyweight title fight, Cathal Pendred’s curious career progression and gives a round-up of some Irish MMA news stories.
This weekend UFC 188 takes place in Mexico City. Headlining the card is the heavyweight title unification bout between interim champ Fabricio Werdum and the real champ Cain Velasquez, who is returning from a long injury layoff.
Last weekend Norman Parke kicked off an incredible summer of action for Irish MMA. Leading the charge this week is SBGi man Pater ‘The Showstopper’ Queally.
This weekend ‘Stormin’ Norman Parke from Bushmills, Co. Antrim fights at UFC Fight Night 67 in Goiânia, Brazil. Norman UFC record boasts four wins against and Englishman, an American and two Japanese fighters. His record also shows a draw and a loss against Brazilian opposition.
The shadow of disgraced former champion Jon Jones looms large over the UFC’s light-heavyweight division.
This week’s MMA column focuses on the story lines behind some of the main card fighters at UFC 187 this weekend.
The UFC heads to the Philippines this weekend for UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. Faber. The event is significant for many reasons.
Last December Reebok and the Ultimate Fighting Championship joined forces in a six-year partnership worth $70 million.
After being involved in a hit and run car accident, UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones eventually turned himself in to the Albuqurque Police Department for arrest. Most within the sport have agreed the right course of action has followed.
Despite losing some big name fighters and bouts to injury the card served up some superb MMA action, while Jon Jones continues to make headlines for all the wrong reasons.
Tonight at UFC 186 Aisling Daly will battle local favourite Randa Markos in Montreal, Canada at UFC 186. The ladies straw-weight division has been thrown wide open after some recent results. The winner of Saturday's bout could be sling shot into a title fight.
For the Irish MMA fans travelling to Las Vegas for Jose Aldo vs Conor McGregor on July 11th, things got a little more interesting.
UFC coming to a stadium in Ireland is still a real possibility according to Dana White.
This week’s MMA column takes a look back at UFC Krakow, sees the Republic of Ireland join IMMAF and the UFC announce the appointment of a drug Czar.
This weekend at UFC Krakow / UFC Fight Night 64 sees Scotland’s Joanne Calderwood and Steven Ray looking to take a step further in the UFC. Both fighters are firmly focused on their Saturday night fights. But, in the back of their minds they’ll be hoping two wins will give them momentum towards the UFC’s debut event in Scotland in July.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship will break new ground in Europe this weekend with a trip to Krakow, Poland.
UFC Fight Night 63: Mendes vs. Lamas went down last weekend and no doubt there would have been plenty of Irish eyes on the main event between the top featherweight contenders.
The UFC touched down in Dublin yesterday for the final leg of the UFC 189 press tour. It's been a tense 12 days across ten cities between the champion Jose Aldo and challenger Conor McGregor.
This week’s MMA column looks the UFC 189 press tour and the psychological warfare being waged.
John Kavanagh announced that the Straight Blast Gym network is set to expand in Ireland.
From the moment Conor McGregor touched down in the UFC, the doubters had a list of reasons as to why he wouldn’t succeed: "He hasn’t fought at UFC level", "He hasn’t fought an elite level grappler", "He hasn’t fought an elite level striker".
It was a pretty tense affair. Conor McGregor and Jose Aldo threw verbal jabs at each other before squaring off for the first of many face to face encounters over the next two weeks.
Joe Clifford is well known in the combat sports circles for his dedicated service to athletes.
This week’s MMA Column looks at how European MMA shined with Joanna taking home gold from UFC 185. Joe Duffy proved he’s UFC grade and Conor is coming to Dublin. Plus a roundup of some Irish MMA stories.
On Saturday night Joseph Duffy will get to show the MMA world why he’s in the UFC. Many will know his name as the last fighter to beat Conor McGregor. But at UFC 185 Duffy plans on proving he is there on merit and not riding any ones coat tails.
In this week’s MMA column we look at the rise and rise of Ronda Rousey. Is she the greatest MMA fighter ever?
This week’s MMA column reviews UFC Fight Night 61, how to get ahead in the female ranks of MMA’s top flight and a quick look at some Irish MMA stories.
In our first weekly MMA column we discussed the recent spate of drug test failures. At their ad hoc press conference yesterday the UFC unveiled their plans about how they are going to tackle this issue.
In his weekly column Fergus Ryan looks at the thorny issue of drugs in the sport, UFC Broomfield, Cork man Graham Boylan's departure from MMA and Aisling Daly's next fight.
As the dust settles after UFC Boston, Irish MMA fans have a lot to be proud of. Paddy Holohan and Cathal Pendred edge closer to the vaunted top 15 with wins. Norman Parke, though he lost a hard fought three-rounder, proved he belongs fighting the top tier fighters in the UFC.
Join Fergus Ryan as Paddy Holohan, Cathal Pendred and headline act Conor McGregor look to make it a night to remember for the Fighting Irish in Boston at UFC Fight Night 59.
UFC president Dana White has confirmed that Conor McGregor will fight Jose Aldo in Las Vegas this May.
Let’s face it, if Dennis Siver wasn’t on the UFC’s promotional event poster many would struggle to pick Conor McGregor’s opponent out of a line-up.
Irish UFC eyes will be glued to events in Boston this weekend and there is good reason (or eight of them) to believe that Monday morning will provide a great start to the week.
For two years Paddy Holohan was out in the MMA wilderness without an official fight. A recurring back injury that required surgery just wouldn’t behave during the healing process.
John Kavanagh says that 2015 promises to be even bigger for SBG with a whole host of fighters aiming to emulate the exploits Conor McGregor, Cathal Pendred and Paddy Holohan.
John Kavanagh says he has no worries that Conor McGregor might make similar bad choices as Jon Jones because the Irish fighter doesn't lack motivation.
Conor McGregor headlines the UFC event in Boston next week and while the Irish star believes he will win in less than two minutes against Dennis Siver, his coach is confident it won't last that long.
Aisling Daly returned to her roots to get a first round submission win in her UFC debut last night, though her victory was overshadowed by missing the weight limit beforehand.