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UFC 205 Preview: Tyron Woodley Vs Stephen Thompson

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 11: UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson face off during UFC 205 Weigh-ins at Madison Square Garden on November 11, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Although a lot of the attention surrounding this weekend’s UFC 205 event has been focused on the historic super-fight sitting atop the card, the co-main event – a welterweight showdown between champion Tyron Woodley and Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson – may well prove to be the most interesting match-up of the night. Tyron “The Chosen One” Woodley shocked the world last …

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Opinion: Why Joanna Jedrzejczyk Is The True Face Of Women’s MMA

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 11: Joanna Jedrzejczyk reacts during UFC 205 Weigh-ins at Madison Square Garden on November 11, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

The landscape of women’s MMA is constantly changing. It has gone from not even being present in the world’s premier mixed martial arts organisation to now being almost level to the drawing power of its male equivalent.  The last year in particular has seen some of the discipline’s biggest names travel through a series of peak of valleys. Ronda Rousey, Holly Holm and …

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Inside SBG – ‘If You Don’t Want To Be The Best I Don’t Even Want To Talk To You’

UFC Featherweight champion Conor McGregor has done an awful lot of great things for the sport of mixed martial arts in a relatively short space of time. He has set UFC records for both gate receipts and pay-per-view sales, he has redefined what is financially and commercially possible for a mixed martial artist, and he’s also paved the way for fellow Irish fighters …

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Eddie Alvarez vs Conor McGregor: Breaking Down The Super-Fight

Anticipation has now officially reached fever pitch. This weekend we will finally get to see the long-awaited super-fight between UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez and the man with history firmly in his sights, ‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor, the current champion of the featherweight division. Madison Square Garden will finally host its first MMA event, and given the historic nature of this …

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Video: The Top Five Definitive Eddie Alvarez Performances

BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 17: Eddie Alvarez (R) fights Anthony Pettis in their lightweight bout during UFC Fight Night 81 at TD Banknorth Garden on January 17, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

The career of Eddie Alvarez is one that deserves to be mentioned alongside some of the best to ever compete in the lightweight division. A perennial underdog, he has made a living out of defying the odds, odds that are stacked against him once more ahead of his upcoming super fight with featherweight champion Conor McGregor. It’s the perfect time …

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Wes Hoolahan: A Case Of The Grass Always Being Greener?

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 13: Wes Hoolahan (L) of Republic of Ireland celebrates scoring his team's first goal with his team mate Glenn Whelan (R) during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group E match between Republic of Ireland and Sweden at Stade de France on June 13, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

With Ireland set to face Austria in a pivotal clash in Vienna on November 12, the public are guaranteed to hear either Eamon Dunphy lament to exclusion of Wes Hoolahan from the starting line-up or quiver with excitement in the wake of his favourite Irish player starting in a crunch game. Hoolahan is by far Ireland’s most creative player and has …

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