UFC Replica Belt Review – 2016 Edition

I recently picked up the new version of the UFC replica belt. This is the 2016 version of the belt.

This updated (2016) version of the title has next generation style 3D plates that range in thickness from 5-7mm with stacked plates as part of the design, reaching a total thickness of 12mm. This makes the new UFC Championship adult size replica belt the thickest UFC replica ever. The simulated leather strap measures 49.75 inches long, and can fit up to a 46 inch waist. The centre logo plate measures 11 inches high, and the belt weighs in at 7.8 pounds.

McGregor’s New Entrance Music – Foggy Dew / I Get Money Remix

Conor McGregor is known making bold statements, and he set the tone yet again at UFC 205 this past weekend in Madison Square Garden with a new entrance song.

“The Notorious One” stuck with his traditional prelude of “The Foggy Dew” by Sinéad O’Connor & The Chieftains, and aptly transitioned into “I Get Money” by 50 Cent.

You can listen to the entire song above.

A Notorious Entrance Song

I’m a big fan of entrance themes songs. I was at UFC Fight Night Dublin in July 2014 to see Conor McGregor decimate Diego Brandao in the first round of their main event clash.

Conor entered to a remix of “Foggy Dew” (by Sinéad O’Connor & the Chieftains) and Hypnotize (by the Notorious B.I.G). He continued to use the song in his fights against Dustin Poirier and Denis Siver.

McGregor will face the reigning, defending, undisputed UFC featherweight champion of the world José Aldo on Saturday July 11th in Las Vegas. I’ll be there to hear him march to the cage to this adrenaline pumping tune.

The songs themselves were pretty easy to come by separately, but I couldn’t find Conor’s catchy version. Who’d have knew a famous Irish ballad would work so well with Biggie’s famous beat.

So, I mixed them up myself and here is the result. Enjoy!

UFC 189 – Press Conference Dublin

The UFC ended their promotional World Tour for UFC 189 today in Dublin.

It was a wild one – the vocal Dublin crowd barely let José Aldo utter a word while Conor McGregor was obviously given a heroes welcome.

Skip to the 9 minute mark to see “The Notorious” grab the Featherweight strap right from under Aldo’s nose!

At 17m30s, young Irish upstart Nate Kelly gets on the mic to announce his future UFC intentions and gets a few digs in at “Junior” along the way.

Well worth a watch folks!

[VIDEO] Finn Balor v Cesaro at NXT Cleveland

Triple H has taken NXT out on the road recently, and while the matches aren’t being taped thankfully some fans are putting some of them on YouTube.

One such match was everyone’s favourite Bray native Fergal “Finn Balor” Devitt as he took on Cesaro at NXT Cleveland.

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It’s not the whole match, just the entrances and the last four minutes, but it’s still interesting to see Devitt Balor take on WWE main roster opposition. It can’t be too long surely before Devitt moves up to the big show, he’s crazy over and one of the most exciting wrestlers in the company.

Also interesting to note that at last night’s show in Columbus, Ohio, Balor and Kevin Owens wrestled with Owens getting the win. Owens and Balor will compete for the NXT Championship on the March 25th episode of NXT. This was how WrestlingInc.com described last night’s match.

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You can watch the latest episodes of NXT on the WWE Network

[VIDEO] Finn Balor v THE Brian Kendrick

It’s no secret that NXT is great. As I mentioned in my first article for Deck.ie, it’s what’s gotten me watching professional wrestling again. And it’s why I kept my WWE Network even after “Free February” finished.

One of my favourite things about NXT is Finn Balor, AKA Fergal Devitt from Bray. He took on THE Brian Kendrick on NXT this week, and the highlights (and spoilers) are below. Don’t click on the video above if you don’t want spoilers

Besides some terrible commentary from Kevin Owens, it was a decent match. It was the kind of match whereby you knew Balor wasn’t going to lose – they have to keep his momentum going ahead of his bout with Owens after all. Interesting to see the likes of Kendrick and Rhyno in NXT. NXT hinted at a potential Rhyno v Balor match last week…

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… which to me anyway would suggest that Balor will lose to Owens and go into a programme with Rhyno. It’ll be interesting to see how that develops.

You can watch the full match between Balor and Kendrick on the WWE Network HERE

Gracie Breakdown – Rousey v Zingano

If you blinked you probably missed it – Ronda Rousey’s armbar on Cat Zingano was a thing of absolute beauty.

And of course, it gets the Gracie Breakdown treatment from Rener and Ryron – the guys break it down in detail. So if you want to know EXACTLY how “Rowdy” did it, and add the move to your jitz arsenal, click play above.

And just in case you haven’t seen it yet, the fight in all its 12.83 second glory