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Scott Coker Pencils In James Gallagher For 2017 Title Fight

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Bellator CEO Scott Coker has tentatively penciled in SBG’s James Gallagher for a featherweight title fight in 2017 after the Strabanimal’s third-round stoppage of Anthony Taylor at the 3 Arena on Friday night in Dublin. Gallagher extended his professional record to 5-0 against Taylor at Bellator 169 stopping the brash American with a rear-naked choke 1:52 into the the third round. …

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Watch: Dominick Cruz Bestows Cool Retirement Gift Upon Urijah Faber

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On a night when boxing legend Bernard Hopkins ended his storied career flat out on the floor of the Forum in Inglewood, California, MMA legend Urijah Faber’s tale came to a much more satisfying and fitting conclusion 600km or so up the road in Sacramento. ‘The California Kid’, who has often been credited with changing the way the masses thought …

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Watch: Conor McGregor Talks Titles, Boxing And Questions Dana White’s Ten-Month Break Claim

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During the week, the PSG Sponsorship commissioned Sports and Sponsorship Sentiment Index for 2016 listed Conor McGregor as Ireland’s ‘Most Admired Sports Star’ based on a survey of 1,000 Irish sports fans. It was a small sample size, but it was still telling. In the wake of these findings, it didn’t come as a huge surprise when McGregor was declared …

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A Bandwagoner’s View: The Rise And Rise Of Conor McGregor

12 December 2015; Conor McGregor celebrates defeating Jose Aldo to win the UFC Featherweight Championship title. UFC 194: Jose Aldo v Conor McGregor, MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, USA. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE (Photo by Sportsfile/Corbis via Getty Images)

As Conor McGregor scooped the top prize at last night’s RTÉ Sports Awards, this writer felt almost obliged to document the rise of the UFC champion from the perspective of the McGregor “bandwagon fan”. This is a new breed of fight fan which refers to the group of people who chart MMA only from the birth of McGregor’s UFC career. Which …

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Why Conor McGregor Will Never Be Accepted By The Mainstream In Ireland

TORRANCE, CA - FEBRUARY 24: UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor speaks 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 RTÉ Sports Person of the Year awards take centre stage tonight with a host of Ireland’s best athletes nominated. This award recognizes 12 of the country’s highest achievers in sports from soccer through to sailing. Certainly the appearance of Conor McGregor on the list should not be surprising given his accolades this past year – the first UFC fighter to …

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Bellator 169/BAMMA 27 – John Kavanagh’s Celebrity, James Gallagher’s Rising Star & A Great Night Of Fights

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There was a lot of hype surrounding the arrival of Bellator 169 in Dublin. The card featured a host of young Irish fighters including the highly touted James Gallagher, it brought a solid headliner in Muhammed ‘King Mo’ Lawal, but most importantly, it delivered, and it also further solidified Dublin’s status as a major fight city in the process. Since …

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