Posts Tagged ‘ UFC ’

Five Films That May Have Slipped Through Your Radar


The most anticipated film of the summer, Guardians of the Galaxy, makes its debut this week. While Guardians will undoubtedly enjoy the same success as this year’s previous blockbuster hits such as The Lego Movie, X-Men: Days Of Future Past, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and the more recent Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, it is worth taking a look at some of this year’s lesser know cinematic entries.

The film industry currently churns out more big screen outings a year than ever before, which sadly means we have to trawl through mountains of sparkly vampire love stories and Michael Bay presents too-many-explosions-for-its-own-good movie fluff, to uncover the real diamonds in the rough. Fortunately, you don’t have to, because since the invention of the internet, others can do the trawling for you and tell you what’s hot and what’s not. Continue reading

Irish Dominate At UFC Dublin Fight Night


UFC made their return to Ireland tonight with Fight Night Dublin at the O2 Arena, a show that featured the return of Dublin’s own “The Notorious” Conor McGregor.

McGregor made his return to the Octagon from surgery by successfully defeating Diego Brandao with a first round technical knockout stoppage in front of a wild Dublin crowd.

Fellow Irishmen Patrick Holohan, Cathal Pendred, Neil Seery and Norman Parke also won their bouts while adopted Irishman Gunnar Nelson impressed as he emerged victorious against Zak Cummings.

But it is McGregor who will be the name on everyone’s lips as he fulfilled his promise of beating his Brazilian opponent Diego Brandao in the first round. Continue reading

Five Reasons To Watch UFC Fight Night Dublin

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Looking for reasons to watch Fight Night Dublin? We’ve got five of ’em!The action is live tonight at 8pm on 3e.

1. Notorious C.M.G.
Irish featherweight Conor McGregor makes his third appearance in the Octagon after back-to-back impressive performances. McGregor, fighting in his hometown of Dublin, has built a following with his confidence and brashness but faces a stiff test in Diego Brandao, winner of three of his last four. Notorious is all but guaranteeing a knockout victory, so tune in Saturday on UFC FIGHT PASS to watch all the action.

> Watch: #AskAFighter with Conor McGregor

2. Gunnar Stay Undefeated?
Conor McGregor and Icelandic training partner Gunnar Nelson are polar opposites. Calm, collected, and relatively quiet, Nelson lets his fist and feet do the talking. Gunni, who is unbeaten in his last 13 fights, has finished two of his last three opponents and has yet to be taken down in the Octagon. Sitting at 12-0-1, the No. 13-ranked welterweight Nelson hopes to jump into the top 10 with a win over Zak Cummings at Fight Night Dublin. Continue reading

American Football Returns To Dublin In 2014

cpcUCF and Penn State, in conjunction with the Gaelic Athletic Association, will travel across the Atlantic Ocean to open the 2014 football season with The Croke Park Classic on Saturday, August 30th, 2014 at Croke Park.

The announcement was made during the GAA Leinster Football Finals at the Dublin venue with members of each institution present, including UCF Vice President and Director of Athletics Todd Stansbury and Head Coach George O’Leary. Continue reading

Shogun And Sonnen To Headline In Boston

shogLight Heavyweights Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua and Chael Sonnen have been announced as the main event fight when the UFC returns to Boston.

Rua was expected to face Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC 161 but ‘Lil Nog’ was forced to withdraw from the fight due to injury.  Sonnen was expected to replace Nogueira at the event but it was decided that they would headline the UFC’s first event on Fox Sports 1. Continue reading

Tate Replaces Injured Zingano For TUF 18


Cat Zingano has been forced to pull out of the upcoming series of The Ultimate Fighter and has been replaced by Miesha Tate.

Zingano suffered a knee injury in preparation for the show and subsequent fight against UFC Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.  The promotion has announced that due to the injury Tate will now coach against Rousey in the 18 series of the show, and will fight the champion in December. Continue reading

Velasquez Retains Title At UFC 160


Cain Velasquez retained his UFC Heavyweight title in devastating fashion defeating Antonio ‘Big Foot’ Silva in the first round.

Velasquez dominated the fight and made quick work of ‘Big Foot’ when referee Mario Yamasaki stopped the fight after one minute and twenty one seconds.  Following the fight Silva called for the referee to be punished as he believes that the fight was called to early.

He said: “”I do agree the fight was stopped too early.  My way of thinking is that the same that applies to athletes who are penalized when they do something wrong or illegal, should also apply to referees when they do something wrong. They, too, should be penalized.” Continue reading

Velasquez And Silva Ready For Rematch At UFC 160

ufcThe UFC returns to Las Vegas this weekend when Cain Velasquez hopes to defend his heavyweight title against Antonio ‘Big Foot’ Silva at UFC 160.

This is the second encounter between the two with Velasquez dominating Silva in their previous encounter which he won due to TKO in the first round at UFC 146.  Since then Big Foot knocked out Alistair Overeem in February at UFC 156 in one of the biggest upsets of the year so far. Continue reading

McGregor Puts Irish MMA On The Map With Devastating KO Debut


Irish fans had a new sporting achievement to celebrate last Saturday, as Crumlin native Conor McGregor took the Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) world by storm. Making his debut in the UFC, the biggest MMA organisation in the world, McGregor became only the second Irish fighter ever to compete in the company, and the first to score a victory. The win was also a statement to the rest of the fighters in the featherweight division of the UFC, as McGregor needed only 67 seconds to KO his opponent Marcus Brimage. The 24 year old McGregor surprised many who claimed that he would struggle against the higher level of competition in the organisation. Despite being a highly touted prospect in MMA, McGregor would not be the first fighter who had dominated in a smaller organisation but then struggled when it came to performing on the big stage. Continue reading

The Shamrock Clan-Irish By Name, How About Nature?

Two brothers, both legends of the Octagon and the squared circle in their own right, yet neither related by blood.

Kenneth Kilpatrick and Frank Juarez both had similar upbringings. Ken came from a broken family and was often left to fend for himself without the supervision or guidance of his parents. He was eventually abandoned by his parents and placed in a foster home at 10 years old. From the age of 12, Frank was placed in various foster homes, group homes, and crisis centres. He also had a few run-ins with law enforcement.

When it seemed that there was little hope left for both they would eventually find a saviour in the form of Bob Shamrock. Shamrock was a guiding light in the lives of the future mixed martial arts legends, and welcomed both Ken and Frank into his “Shamrock Boys Home” in Susanville, California, a haven for delinquent youth.

His influence on everyone he encountered was said to be lasting none more so on the duo of Ken and Frank, both of whom he adopted and both who would change their surname as a mark of respect to their new father. The Shamrock Boys Home was a place for rehabilitating those who hadn’t had the kindest of upbringings and sport was seeing as a great outlet to nurture and develop these children. It was here in the backyard of a Susanville home that the fortunes of MMA and to an extent the World Wrestling Federation would be forever changed.

The Irishness of the trio is something that has always been questionable. It is widely held that Ken does hold Irish ancestry, owing both to his birth to the Kilpatrick family and indeed his adoption by Bob. The Kilpatrick family are believed to have been descendents of Scottish born Irish settlers. Meanwhile Bob’s family does in fact possess Irish heritage according to sources in Susanville but this cannot be traced.

Both Ken and Frank would embark upon their careers in Japan with Ken, the eldest of the duo, training his brother in submission fighting.

Ken would return home to America after a brief stint in Japan and immediately linked up with the newly formed Ultimate Fighting Championship. It was a match made in heaven as Ken would go on to become one of the greatest ever MMA fighters thanks in large part to his rivalry with the famed Royce Gracie, the innovator of modern day MMA. Indeed the duo would become the first ever inductees into the UFC Hall of Fame. With a record of 23 wins, 5 draws and 2 defeats Ken upped sticks in 1997 for pastures new which would come in the form of the WWF.

Shamrocks two year tenure in the WWF would prove to be fruitful yet demanding, winning the Intercontinental Championship and the Tag Team Championship with The Big Boss Man. Shamrock also won the prestigious King Of The Ring tournament much to the shock of the wrestling world. He would return to MMA but a later venture into Total Non Stop Action Wrestling (TNA) would see him win the NW World Heavyweight Championship, thus making him the first champion in the organizations history. Ken’s return to MMA was somewhat blighted by injuries he picked up in the WWF and many argue he has never been the same since. He did however go on to feud with Tito Ortiz, a rivalry many regard as one of the greatest ever seen.

Ken’s career eventually petered out with many calling for his retirement, while not officially retired he hasn’t fought competitively in some time. The World’s Most Dangerous Man as he was widely known is no longer regarded as the physical and combative specimen he once was.

Frank’s early career was somewhat determined by his brothers. Ken left Pancrase (Japan) over a dispute with management  and Frank would soon follow, being sacked in retaliation. Frank returned home and would eventually link up with the UFC, capturing the Middleweight championship in the process. He too would go on to feud with Ortiz and though regarded as the underdog in the fight he managed to come out on top, getting some retribution for his brother, although he had left his brothers famed Lion’s Den stable beforehand. After an industrious and eventful MMA career Frank knew his time was up and downed his ring gear in June 2010.

While Frank’s MMA legacy was over, a new legacy was just beginning in the Shamrock family as both of Ken’s sons Ryan and Sean made their debuts in the Octagon.

Ken and Frank Shamrock have an estranged relationship; Ken has claimed that Frank mistreated their foster father Bob, while Frank claims that the real reason for the fallout with Ken is due to his feeling that Ken was trying to keep Frank’s career down. Frank asserts that he and Ken have never been close and that his attempts to mend their relationship were rejected by Ken.

Bob Shamrock passed away two years ago at the age of 68. His death has done nothing to resolve the issues between his adopted sons.