Conor McGregor: “I’m just a normal guy with a curious fascination for unarmed combat”

Conor McGregor sits down with RTE Sport and covers how growing up in Crumlin prepared him for life in the octagon, his 18 months as an apprentice plumber, and why for him, prize fighting is all about the glory, and the money!

McGregor faces Jose Aldo for the Featherweight title on July 11th in Las Vegas

VIDEO: Trailer for Episode 5 of The Notorious

The latest trailer for The Notorious has been released.

According to RTE “episode five see Conor top the bill for the upcoming UFC Fight Night in Boston where he will fight German MMA star Denis Siver. As everyone else prepares for Christmas, Conor is working hard in the gym. As he flies to Boston Conor knows a win against Siver will make him the No.1 contender”

Episode 5 airs on Monday, March 2nd at 10pm on RTE2

UFC Porto Alegre Result: Frank Mir knocks out Bigfoot Silva (Video)

Frank Mir recorded his first win in over 4 years last night in Porto Alegre.

The former UFC heavyweight champion knocked out Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva at 1:40 of the first round in the main event of UFC Fight Night 61. Mir came out in an orthodox stance — he’s typically a southpaw — and landed a jab-left hook combination that sent Silva reeling. Mir finished on the ground with elbows.

The 14-year UFC veteran now has the most finishes (12) in UFC heavyweight history and the fourth most in any division.

This marks ‘Bigfoot’s’ third loss in a row with two of those defeats coming by way of knockout.

After nearly a year away from the cage, Michael Johnson came back better than ever, and he was just too good for Edson Barboza in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Johnson outstruck and outwrestled the Brazilian en route to a unanimous decision win (30-27, 30-27, 29-28).

Mendes would love to “beat the crap” out of Conor McGregor

Chad Mendes, the #3 ranked Featherweight in the world, recently sat down with Inside MMA alongside fellow Team Alpha Male Urijah Faber. It was no surprise that Conor McGregor came up in conversation, given that the Irishman is the name on everyone’s lips at the moment. Mendes explains the bad blood between McGregor – or as “Money” calls him: “Conrad McGillicutty” (If you haven’t seen Ricardo Lamas’ video of this, you can check it out here). Chad also states that he would to love show McGregor what it is like to fight a “top-level wrestler.”

Mendes is slated to face #4 Featherweight Ricardo Lamas on April 4th. A win for both him and McGregor could see them face off before the end of the year.

 

Fight Night Porto Alegre: Official Weigh-In Video

The UFC is back this Sunday live from Porto Alegre in Brazil. The main event is a heavyweight clash between former champion Frank Mir and Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva. This is a crucial fight for Mir who is on a 4 fight losing streak. One more loss could spell the end of his time in the UFC. Silva is looking to bounce back from a loss to Andrei Arlovski back in September.

The co-main event features lightweight contenders Michael Johnson and Edson Barbosa

Main Card

Antonio Silva (264) vs. Frank Mir (261)
Edson Barboza (156) vs. Michael Johnson (155)
Cezar Ferreira (185) vs. Sam Alvey (186)
Rustam Khabilov (156) vs. Adriano Martins (156)
Iuri Alcantara (136) vs. Frankie Saenz (136)
Santiago Ponzinibbio (171) vs. Sean Strickland (171)

Preliminary Card

Jessica Andrade (135) vs. Marion Reneau (134)
William Macario (168) vs. Matt Dwyer (170)
Tiago dos Santos (146) vs. Mike de la Torre (146)
Wendell Oliveira () vs. T.J. Waldburger () – Cancelled

Preliminary Card

Douglas Silva (135) vs. Cody Gibson (135) – Now on Fox Sports 1 broadcast
Ivan Jorge (155) vs. Josh Shockley (155)

Fight Night Porto Alegre can be viewed live on BT Sport on Sunday night. Pre-lims start at 11pm Irish time with the main card starting at 1am

CM Punk V WWE Feud – Far From Over

As the song goes – “it’s only just begun”.

CM Punk announced that he had signed for the UFC back in December 2014 and we all thought that was the end of his beef with WWE and any chance he would be returning to the pro-wrestling promotion.

Prior to the announcement, CM Punk appeared on his good friend Colt Cabana’s podcast and made some derogatory remarks regarding his former employer, and more specifically, their head physician Chris Amann (skip to the 1hr 16min mark on the video below).

Rumour has it that the doctor in question has filed a lawsuit against CM Punk and Colt Cabana in the amount of $1 million.

WWE responded yesterday (2 months later) with the below statement:

In light of CM Punk’s allegations regarding WWE’s medical staff and the subsequent defamation lawsuit filed by Dr. Amann against CM Punk, WWE continues to have the utmost confidence in the ability and expertise of our world-class team of physicians, including Dr. Amann.

CM Punk claimed this past November that during the Royal Rumble pay-per-view event on January 26, 2014, he performed with a baseball-sized, purple lump on his back located near the waistband of his tights.

WWE’s investigation has shown the following:

  • CM Punk did not discuss this alleged condition with WWE’s team of physicians and trainers, nor did he discuss it with anyone in our Talent Relations department.
  • Subsequently, WWE has no medical records documenting this alleged condition.
  • The first time WWE was made aware of this alleged condition was when we received a letter from CM Punk’s attorney on August 22, 2014, after WWE terminated his contract.
  • There is clear video evidence from the 2014 Royal Rumble, which allows all to decide whether there is any appearance of a baseball-sized growth on CM Punk’s back.

Watch the video and decide for yourself

CM Punk is currently training with Roufusport Gym for his MMA debut for later in the year with so this will be a distraction for sure. His wife, current WWE Diva AJ Lee has been off WWE TV since December.

UFC 184 Countdown Video

UFC 184 takes place next Saturday from the Staples Centre in Los Angeles. The main event pits long time reigning women’s champion Ronda Rousey against Cat Zingano.

In the co main event Holly Holm makes her UFC debut against Raquel Pennington. Holm, a 3 time world boxing champion, has a lot of hype surrounding her debut and a convincing win could seal a title shot against the winner of the main event.

Countdown takes an in depth look at a card which could shape the future of the 135 women’s division.