Five years ago, John Kavanagh and a swarm of his students funneled through the doors of Dublin's O2 arena to watch Dan Henderson eek out a split decision over Rich Franklin at the UFC's now-infamously raucous debut in Ireland's capital. At the time, Conor McGregor was just 20 years old, a 3-1 baby to mixed martial arts and light years removed from the countrywide superstardom that awaited him.
"That night, Conor said to me he was going to main event it when [the UFC] came back," Kavanagh, who's more
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Five years ago, Tom Egan was the first (true) Irishman to fight in the UFC. His debut coincided with the UFC’s inaugural visit to Dublin, the capital city, at UFC 93. When Egan came out for his fight with Brit John Hathaway, he was given a hero's welcome from the partisan crowd. Until then, and even after, Irish MMA presented itself in the surrogate form of Marcus "The Irish Hand Grenade" Davis, an American.And in a sense, the UFC’s return to Dublin this past Saturday at UFC Fight Night 46 had a more
Joe Riggs is back.
Eight years after being released from the UFC, the longtime MMA veteran has re-signed with the promotion and will replace injured Mike Rhodes against Paulo Thiago at the UFC Fight Night 51 card in Brasilia, Brazil, on Sept. 13. Sources confirmed the change to MMAFighting.com following a report from Combate.
Riggs (40-14, 1 no-contest) returns to the Octagon riding a six-fight win streak, capped off by a decision victory over Mike Bronzoulis at Bellator 106. The other five wins more
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Technically, we’re just past the year’s midway point. But on the UFC’s event schedule, July’s pay-per-view offering is one of two big happenings when it comes to talent and prestige. Unfortunately, the event’s luster took a bit hit when a highly (...) more
Their heavyweight rematch is expected to serve as event headliner.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is giving former heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski a chance at redemption against heavyweight slugger Antonio Silva, as the pair will reportedly hook 'em up for a second time inside the cage at UFC Fight Night 51, which takes place on Sept. 13, 2014 inside Nilson Nelson Gymnasium in Brasilia.
Globo reported the news (via MMA Fighting) on Thursday night.
Arlovski (22-10) lost to the Brazilia more