McGregor is not a good role model By Danny Keown Like the Lyons vs Barry’s argument, the subject of Conor McGregor has divided the Irish public since his meteoric rise through the world of combat sports. Whether it’s respect for his superb performances in the octagon, or dislike for his over-the-top public persona, everyone seems to have a strong opinion on the … [Read more...] about Head to Head: Is Conor McGregor a good role model?
By Gary Elbert The history of vale tudo is the history of grapplers testing and besting various striking based martial arts disciplines. Royce Gracie’s early UFC success showcased the dominance of ground fighting when faced with stand - up fighters. The lineage persists throughout this embryonic period of televised MMA, with dominant champions all working off a wrestling - … [Read more...] about Wrestling becomes dominant style in MMA once again with McGregor loss
By Darragh Nolan Khabib Nurmagomedov mauled Conor McGregor on 6 October, but managed to come out much worse off than his opponent. His two million dollar purse is still being held by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, his status with the UFC is uncertain and he’s staring down the barrel of a lengthy spell on the side - lines. As for McGregor? He’s taking home a … [Read more...] about Where do the UFC, Conor McGregor and Khabib go from here?
Martin O'Neill (Photo credit: Dagur Brynjólfsson on Flickr, Creative Commons license CC BY-SA 2.0) Attention of late has turned to relationship ruptures between sports figures and organisations and the media whose role is to cover them. MTK Global’s pugnacious boycott of Irish media along with high profile spats with Joe Schmidt and Jim Gavin, and Martin O'Neill’s utter … [Read more...] about An analysis of the strained relationship between Ireland’s sports stars and the media
You wouldn’t know it if you limited yourself to Ireland’s mainstream media outlets, but the fighting landscape of 2018 offers diverse rays of hope for the long-neglected Irish fans. As is often the case the warriors of Ireland are largely ignored in favour of provincial rugby matches and English soccer matches, despite being our best sporting global presence. Emerging prospects … [Read more...] about Irish fighting in 2018: a preview