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Neál Martin

Sports Writer / Journalist from County Derry, Ireland. Mainly writing about MMA, Football and Gaelic Games. But have been known to dabble in other areas of sport also.

Joe Duffy: Fighting To Prove His Worth

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On Saturday night ‘Irish’ Joe Duffy will headline the UFC Fight Pass prelims against the good but not top class Reza Madadi. Which begs the question what is Duffy worth to the UFC. It’s a question we will get the answer to post-Saturday night as the Donegal man will be competing in the final fight of his current UFC contract. …

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Anderson Silva: A Man Taking On His Own Legacy

LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 9: Anderson Silva exit the Octagon after his fight against Daniel Cornier during the UFC 200 event at T-Mobile Arena on July 9, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)

Five years ago this week we witnessed the greatest finish ever inside the octagon when Anderson Silva front-kicked Vitor Belfort in the face. That was the hugely anticipated UFC 126 and one that put the cherry on the cake that celebrates Silva as the greatest mixed martial artist of all time. Five years on and things aren’t quite the same …

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Boxing Vs MMA: Dream Match-Ups From Seven Different Weight Classes

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 10: Anthony Joshua (L) of London in action against Eric Molina of the United States during their IBF World Heavyweight Championship fight at Manchester Arena on December 10, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Having followed both boxing and mixed martial arts for as long as I can remember, I have learned that just about anything is possible once the opening bell sounds. Having said that, I feel that it’s highly unlikely for a fighter to make a successful transition from one elite level to the other. I’m convinced a top mixed martial artist …

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Opinion: Give Conor McGregor The Homecoming He Deserves

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: Conor McGregor of Ireland takes Eddie Alvarez's lightweight belt during the UFC 205 press conference at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on November 10, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Conor McGregor made history on Saturday night, becoming the first man in UFC history to hold two titles in two different divisions simultaneously. What better way to reward the man than to honour him with what would be a truly spectacular homecoming? It is now time for him to headline a major event at the iconic Croke Park stadium in his …

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Four Reasons Why Daryl Horgan Should Start For Ireland In Austria

Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup Final, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 6/11/2016 Cork City vs Dundalk Dundalk’s Daryl Horgan Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Republic of Ireland head out to Vienna this coming Saturday for a crunch 2018 World Cup qualifying game. Three points could put some invaluable daylight between themselves and the hosts in the fiercely competitive Group D. With two home games up next in 2017, Martin O’Neill’s men could find themselves in an ideal position to push on and not only …

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Who Will Replace Conor McGregor As Featherweight King?

TORRANCE, CA - FEBRUARY 24: UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor holds up the championship belt during a news conference with lightweight contender Nate Diaz at UFC Gym February 24, 2016, in Torrance, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

The word on the street is that should Conor McGregor make history on November 12 and become the first UFC two-weight world champion, he will shortly after relinquish his featherweight title. Even if McGregor is defeated by the current lightweight champion, Eddie Alvarez, it is still unlikely we will see Ireland’s favorite son return to the 145lb division. The simple …

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Opinion: Provincial Draws Highlight The Need For A Two-Tier All-Ireland

The Sunday Game Championship Draw 2017, RTE Studios, Dublin 13/10/2016 Marty Morrissey, Munster GAA Chairman Jerry O'Sullivan and Tipperary Football manager Liam Kearns make The Sunday Game Championship Draw Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

During last week’s provincial football and hurling draws it was evident that perhaps a revamped structure would not only help the inter-county game, but also make it a lot easier to promote. Hurling already operates through a two-tier structure, but it’s the removal of the provincial segment I would suggest. Kerry and Galway hurlers are already competing in the Leinster …

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