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Jonathan Dunne

Jonathan Dunne is a Dublin journalist, crime novelist and martial arts enthusiast. He holds a black belt in Tae Kwondo and is currently a BJJ student. He is an Editor's assistant with Outsider Magazine and a regular MMA columnist.

Disbelief In UFC Belfast As Neil Seery’s Opponent Pulls Out

Neil Seery of Ireland

It looked like a fitting send off for Irish MMA legend Neil Seery. However news just arrived that it wasn’t to be. Ian McCall has pulled out with a stomach complaint. UFC Belfast will be all the poorer for the absence of Seery and it appears the UFC are scrambling for a replacement; but the chances are devastatingly slim. Ian …

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Has McGregor Got Under His Opponent’s Skin At Just The Right Time?

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 11: UFC president Dana White seperates UFC Featherweight Champion Conor McGregor of Ireland (R) and UFC Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez during UFC 205 Weigh-ins at Madison Square Garden on November 11, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

For a time Eddie Alvarez didn’t move as the Conor McGregor juggernaut raced towards him. He smiled at the barbs and looked grounded as the tornado surrounding his opponent gathered momentum. However, in the final press conference before UFC 205 Alvarez blinked. McGregor was once described as the ‘Irish Muhammad Ali’ but his latest escapades were closer to the Macho …

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Conor McGregor Vs Eddie Alvarez: Fight Breakdown

LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 12: UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor sits to do promotional spots during an open workout at his gym on August 12, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. McGregor is scheduled to fight Nate Diaz in a welterweight rematch at UFC 202: Diaz vs. McGregor 2 on August 20, 2016 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images)

As Conor McGregor gets ready for his unification bout with lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez there is an unsettling confidence in the demeanour of his latest opponent. Madison Square Garden hosts the inaugural New York UFC show this November. In a blitz of media interviews and major press conferences, Alvarez appears clear-eyed and unfazed by the bright lights and bombastic behaviour …

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Michael Bisping, The Underdog At UFC 199… Really?

After a three-fight winning streak, it looks like Michael ‘The Count’ Bisping may have his moment in the sun. His last loss, in 2014, was against Luke Rockhold, who he now faces at UFC 199. Bisping has gone on a two-year winning tear since the defeat with a number of solid performances. This is a shot at the world champion …

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Conor McGregor Vs Floyd Mayweather: Just The Facts Please!

Conor McGregor

Pin a poster on Twitter and the fighting world goes crazy. Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor have the midas touch when it comes to publicity. They are THE biggest names in the fight game and they control the hysteria like Don Corleone pulling the strings of the Cosa Nostra. So let’s strip away the click bait crap and try to …

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Embattled Neil Seery Continues To Inspire

It was the fight that could have launched Neil Seery into title contention. The culmination of years of hard work and perseverance leading to this point. Unfortunately Kyoji Horiguchi showed why he is one of the very best fighters in the flyweight division. Horiguchi slipped in at acute angles and landed his shots with devastating power. Round one looked to …

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Paddy Holohan’s Legacy

As the Irish contingent of UFC fighters dwindles you could be forgiven for feeling somewhat gloomy. Cathal Pendred retired in November and Paul Redmond was dropped from the roster a month later. Aisling Daly, Neil Seery, Conor McGregor, Joe Duffy and Paddy Holohan remained within the rank and file of the UFC. Ireland was still going strong and McGregor was …

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