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Fighter Of The Week: Johny Hendricks

In this edition of Pundit Arena’s Fighter Of The Week, we’ll be taking a closer look at a man whose name has fallen in stature somewhat in recent times, last weekend’s UFC Halifax co-main-event victor, Johny “Bigg Rigg” Hendricks. Defeat can come in many forms in the world of mixed martial arts. On the mat, a stray limb or an open neck …

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Has Eddie Jones’ England Team Peaked Too Soon?

CARDIFF, WALES - FEBRUARY 11: England line up during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and England at the Principality Stadium on February 11, 2017 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

If England beat Italy this weekend, they will go level with the great South African side of the late 1990s and New Zealand’s World Cup-winning heroes of 2015, who fell at the 18th hurdle as they put together stunning winning runs that ended in 1998 and 2014 respectively. England have won their last 16 matches and have won all 23 …

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The Epic British And Irish Lions XV Based On Six Nations Form To Date

Lions And All Black Jersey Logos For The 2005 Brit

The 2017 Six Nations Championship is now two rounds old and, much like last year, it is England who are rumbling towards a series victory, with Ireland leading the chase to catch the streaking Red Rose. In the first season where bonus points are being employed in the marquee test championship, it is shaping up to be another enthralling tournament. …

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Conor McGregor And Co. Claim So, But Does Floyd Mayweather Really Struggle With Southpaws?

Floyd Mayweather Jr. v Andre Berto

Over the last couple of months, we have become accustom to hearing members of the Conor McGregor camp and some other people in the MMA world talk about Floyd Mayweather’s past troubles in dealing with southpaws. Trying to make a case for his charge in a much talked about potential showdown against the undefeated boxer, McGregor’s striking coach Owen Roddy …

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Cork City Won The Battle Against Dundalk; Now They Must Win The War

2017 President's Cup, Turner's Cross, Cork 17/2/2017 Cork City vs Dundalk Cork's Kevin O'Connor celebrates scoring their second goal from a free kick with Karl Sheppard and Sean Maguire

If last season’s President’s Cup taught us anything, it’s that what happens is not necessarily indicative of what will follow for the league season. In that particular match, Cork City defeated Dundalk 2-0 at Turners Cross – but while Stephen Kenny’s Lilywhites lost the sprint, they still won the marathon in the form of a third consecutive Premier Division title. In …

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Fighter Of The Week: Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza

In this, the first edition of Pundit Arena’s Fighter Of The Week, we’ll be taking a closer look at the only competitor who managed to take home a finish at last weekend’s relatively flat UFC 208, Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza. It has been said on several occasions by the UFC’s colour commentator Joe Rogan that there are three Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioners in …

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