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Seamus Raftery

Seamus Raftery
Seamus is the Lead MMA Writer at Pundit Arena and you can reach him via [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @SeamusRaftery

Exciting British Lightweight Marc Diakiese To Face Fellow Unbeaten Fighter Drakkar Klose In July

Today, the UFC announced that British lightweight Marc Diakiese will return to the octagon on July 7th. ‘Bonecrusher’ will face fellow unbeaten prospect Drakkar Klose at The Ultimate Fighter: Redemption Finale in Las Vegas, Nevada. Two undefeated records on the line! Brit @Marc_Diakiese vs. @drakkarklose at #TUFFinale! pic.twitter.com/PIdujBAzT1 — UFC Europe (@UFCEurope) April 26, 2017 Since signing with the promotion …

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‘Raging’ Al Iaquinta Launches Yet Another Twitter Tirade

After his epic rant on The MMA Hour on Monday night, in which he lambasted UFC president Dana White and claimed that the promotion’s performance bonuses are merely a way for company brass to control their underpaid fighters, Al Iaquinta launched yet another tirade on Tuesday, this time via Twitter. Though it was expletive-laden, Iaquinta’s speech on Monday was impassioned …

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Watch: Highlights From SBG Ireland Featherweight Brian Moore’s Stoppage Win At Bellator 177

SBG Ireland’s Brian Moore scored his first win under the Bellator MMA banner on the 14th of the month, stopping Michal Horejsi of the Czech Republic in the second round of a featherweight contest at Bellator 177 in Budapest. Pundit Arena reported on the victory the following day, but no video footage of Moore’s Hungarian exploits was available at the time. However, …

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After UFC Nashville, ‘Rumble’ Johnson Urges Peers To Know When To Hang Up The Gloves

Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson’s sudden retirement at UFC 210, coming immediately after he was submitted by UFC light-heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, was a real shocker for those outside of the fighter’s inner circle. At 33 years old, Johnson had bounded into the fight on the back of 3 straight victories and 12 wins in his last 13 outings. He seemed very …

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Two Irish And Two English Internationals Make Shortlist For EPCR European Player Of The Year

Wales v England - RBS Six Nations

In March, the EPCR released a 15-strong list of nominees for their 2017 European Player of the Year. Today, 10 of those players were dropped, as the organisation announced a 5-man shortlist. Eliminated from the running were Wasps flanker Thomas Young, Clermont Auvergne’s Noa Nakaitaci, Glasgow lock Jonny Gray, Leinster prop Tadhg Furlong, Wasps standout Joe Launchbury, Munster scrumhalf Conor …

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John Kavanagh Shares Hilarious Conor McGregor/Floyd Mayweather Terminator 2 Parody

Floyd Mayweather Jr. faced a few indefatigable, indomitable sorts over the course of his 19-year professional boxing career. On the nights that he fought them at least, Jose Luis Castillo, Oscar De La Hoya and Marcos Maidana were not unlike Robert Patrick’s famous T-1000 character in their pursuits of the always elusive Mayweather. Though few are giving Conor McGregor a …

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Watch: Fans Show Appreciation For Leinster’s Gutsy Semi-Final Display With Airport Ovation

Leinster may have lost to Clermont Auvergne today in Lyon and exited the European Champions Cup at the most agonizing of stages, but with words like ‘courageous’, ‘brave’ and ‘valiant’ or their synonyms being used to describe the side’s performance in just about every media headline, fans of the eastern province have plenty of reason to feel proud of their …

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