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Liam McGeary Opens Up On Prison, Running Through Jungles In St. Lucia and Getting His Belt Back

When Liam McGeary walks into a room people tend to sit up and take notice. At 6’4, and hovering in and around 100 kilograms, McGeary naturally has an aura about him that fits the persona of what you would typically imagine when you picture a world champion in MMA. Last Thursday, the former Bellator Light Heavyweight champ arrived in Belfast from …

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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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A Commendation For The Much-Maligned Africa Cup Of Nations

Cameroon's forward Jacques Zoua kisses the winner's trophy after Cameroon beat Egypt 2-1 in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations final football match between Egypt and Cameroon at the Stade de l'Amitie Sino-Gabonaise in Libreville on February 5, 2017. / AFP / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

Rewind your mind back to February 2015. Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea were stampeding their way to the Premier League crown in an almost ceremonial manner, a pre-deflate gate Tom Brady had just helped the New England Patriots to their fourth ever Super Bowl and Novak Djokovic had just steamrolled his way to a fifth Australian Open title. It’s fair to assume that the …

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Fear Of Decline Is Not A Good Enough Reason For Arsenal To Persist With Arsène Wenger

SWANSEA, WALES - JANUARY 14: Arsene Wenger, Manager of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Arsenal at Liberty Stadium on January 14, 2017 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)

In many ways, it was fitting that Arsenal’s title challenge for this season ended just two days after Groundhog Day. The 1993 film starring Bill Murray that the American holiday shares its name with provided the perfect backdrop to the conclusion of yet another feeble attempt by an Arsène Wenger side to end the now twelve-year league drought. What started …

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Exclusive: Chris Fields “If A Fight Goes To A Decision That Just Means The Teacher Broke It Up”

Later this month, and nearly a year to the day since his last fight, SBG’s Chris Fields will headline Bellator MMA’s first show in Belfast against former Bellator Light Heavyweight champion Liam McGeary. Fields, who defeated Dan Konecke in his Light Heavyweight debut at BAMMA 24 last February, will face McGeary in the main event of Bellator 173, in what will be McGeary’s first fight since …

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Exclusive: James Gallagher Talks New Money, Online Hate And Chasing World Titles

December 16 2016 was the biggest night of James Gallagher’s blossoming young career. ‘The Strabanimal’ submitted the wildly unorthodox Anthony Taylor with a rear-naked choke 1:52 into the third round to secure his fifth professional win and his fourth pro victory via submission. As Gallagher leapt up off the canvas following referee Marc Goddard’s intervention, the 20-year-old sprinted towards the opposite side of …

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