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Mark O' Connor

Qualified Journalist from Griffith College Cork. Founder and Presenter of Injury Time Radio Show on UCC 98.3FM. This past year I was the presenter on a number of different shows on 88.7 Juice FM. Huge interest in sports, mainly UFC, soccer and hurling. I played hurling for many years with Blackrock NHC and currently play soccer with The Sextant FC.

Has Conor McGregor Dodged A Bullet With Frankie Edgar?

Conor McGregor and Jose Aldo Jr. will go toe to toe for the UFC Featherweight Championship on July 11th, in what is built up to be the fight of the year, but has the trash-talking Dubliner got away with one, by having a title shot without really being tested by a the top 3 contender, including Frankie Edgar. Frankie Edgar, a former …

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Is this the end for Renan Barao?

Renan Barao’s nine-year unbeaten streak came to an unexpected and dramatic end at the hands of TJ Dillashaw at UFC 173. Baroa was last defeated in 2005, since then the Brazilian went on a 34-fight unbeaten streak, including a 22 fight WIN streak. The world witnessed one of the most stunning upsets in sporting history since James ‘Buster’ Douglas dethroned heavyweight champ Mike …

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Anderson Silva: The Road To Recovery

There must be something in the water down in Brazil, as the greatest of all time Anderson Silva is well on the road to a full recovery after he snapped his leg in the highly anticipated rematch with Chris Weidman at UFC 168. It’s been just over five months since Silva was defeated in December and all the talk has …

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UFC 173 Preview

UFC 173 is the most exciting card of the year so far. Bantamweight champion Renan Barao puts his title and his nine-year unbeaten streak on the line against up and coming TJ Dillashaw. In the co-main event, 43-year-old light heavyweight, Dan Henderson is looking for a second straight win over another title contender, Daniel Cormier. While ‘Ruthless’ Robbie Lawler is …

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Where does former UFC Bantamweight Champ Dominick Cruz go from here?

One has to go all the way back to October 2011, to see former UFC Bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz’s last victory over current Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson. In December of 2011, Dominick Cruz was selected to coach in The Ultimate Fighter opposite fierce rival Urijah Faber, with the grudge match between the two fighters to take place in July 2012. In May, …

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Anderson Silva vs Chris Weidman II: The World Awaits

Mark O’ Connor looks ahead to the fight of the year, Anderson Silva vs Chris Weidman II. On July 6th 2013, 9-0, Chris Weidman accomplished the impossible by knocking out the UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva. At UFC 168 Silva gets a shot at redemption, as the world will be watching the most highly anticipated rematch in the history of …

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Top Five Pound-For-Pound UFC Fighters

Mark O’ Connor lists the Top Five Pound-For-Pound fighters currently operating in the UFC. 5. Renan Barão With Barão’s first professional fight came his first professional defeat at Heat FC 3 all the way back in April 2005. Since then he has gone on one of the longest unbeaten streaks in mixed martial arts history, with a 31-1-1 record. (No …

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