One for the fans: Werdum vs. Velasquez in UFC rematch

Former world heavyweight champions, Cain Velasquez and Fabricio Werdum, will fight at UFC 207 according to Yahoo Sports.

Their previous bout took place at UFC 188 where Werdum took the heavyweight belt home with a submission in the third round in Mexico City.

Subsequent to UFC 188, both fighters took on number nine ranked fighter in the heavyweight division , Travis Browne.

The rematch will be on a stacked card, taking place on December 30th, featuring the return of Rowdy Ronda Rousey against UFC bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes in Las Vegas. 

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Dominick Cruz vs. Cody Garbrandt maybe happening at UFC 205

MMA journalist Ariel Helwani reported today on MMA Fighting that, UFC bantamweight champion, Dominick Cruz’s next bout is in the works.¬†

His adversary is very much looking like it is going to be Cody Garbrandt who is 10-0 and 5-0 inside the octagon.

Cruz’s last loss was in 2007 due a submission by MMA veteran Urijah Faber.

This would be a very interesting matup

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Dana White says McGregor will never fight in Las Vegas again

Dana White in an interview on The Herd¬†with Colin Cowherd has said that the “Notorious” Conor McGregor will never fight in Las Vegas again.¬†

Conor has broken PPV records in the MGM Grand, the UFC venue where he has fought the most, and White believes that the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) has made a foolish move:

“Conor McGregor hit me yesterday and said, ‚ÄėI don’t ever want to fight in Nevada again. Ever,'” White said. “How does that make sense for the state of Nevada? That you’re gonna try to fine this kid and Nate that kind of money, it just makes people not want to come fight in our state. And that’s not a good thing.”

White’s comments come on the back of McGregor’s fine of $150,000 and 50 hours of community service.

What do you think? Is this penalty to the fighters too harsh?

by Emmet Banahan

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John Byrne : Looking for his 4th Title on Cage Legacy in October !

John Byrne from SBG will take on Makinde Adeyemi for the Cage legacy Welterweight Belt on 28th October 2016. John trains in SBG under world class coach John Kavanagh.

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John Byrne & Conor McGregor

Byrne is Now 7-1 in his MMA Career and already has 3 championship Titles in other organisations  and will be looking to add another in October when he faces Makinde Adeyemi for the Cage Legacy Welterweight Title in the TLT Drogheda, Ireland.

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John Byrne from SBG put on a world class performance in Liverpool recently when he put away undefeated Next Gen hometown fighter Jack Flynn via submission in the second round. Helping John win the Shinobi Lightweight Championship to add to his collection.

Byrne vs Makinde will be a rematch after both fighter squared of on June 26th and John took the win to help him become WCFC Welterweight Champion. Full video below…

Byrne is ranked 3rd in Ireland and England in the Lightweight Division on Tapology

Cage Legacy spoke to Byrne recently: “No plans for the future just yet, obviously aiming to turn professional in 2017 but I just focus on the present. I take each fight as it comes and enjoy the experience. Looking forward to being apart of the inaugural Cage Legacy show and collecting my 4th amateur title. There are some big fights on the card which and it’s shaping up to be a good night”

John is without doubt one of the countries most exciting MMA prospects.


Tickets are on sale now for Cage legacy Fighting Championship. 28th October 2016, TLT Drogheda, Ireland.

John Byrne Vs Makinde Adeyemi – Ammy WW Title .


Nathan “The Cobra” Kenna believes Europe is too small for him

” I want to run Ireland. I want Ireland to be recognised like America and China, the biggest fighting countries out there.”

It’s hard to know what to ask to someone, when they have already answered your question before you have asked it. In this case, the “Cobra” is that someone with all the answers…

The 19 year-old Nathan Kenna, is one of the most exciting MMA fighters in Ireland, and is ‘one to watch’ as he currently holds the UK’s amateur BattleArena Bantamweight championship.

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His excitement comes from his wild style, his fighting talk and his telepathic skills. One of these predictions is that the amateur championship title he holds will turn into a UFC world championship in times to come, but he is not to fussy either, if Bellator come knocking beforehand.

What comes before all the stardom and the bright lights of Vegas is Cage Legacy One, and the amateur bout facing David Moore, where he promises new changes and ‘exciting things for the cobra’.

These exciting things happen in training in Full Power Gym where Kenna plots to dismantle his opponent in the first round with his stand up

“I think I will finish him in the first round, no bother, with a knockout, he is going to try take me down like in all of his fights, but I am comfortable on my back. I am just to slick for him.”

When asked if there was any bad blood between him and David he made sure to let me know that there was not. Kenna’s work does not stop after training and assures me that he has done more homework on David Moore than he has in school.

But where does a character like “The Cobra” draw inspiration from? I looked back on interviews, and the aura of confidence around Nathan. It was clear that he is his own motivator.

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Sometimes there is more to a fighter’s confidence than his own self belief. A back story.¬†His inspiration not only comes from the fighting greats but also his family.

“It’s looking back on my videos and putting a smile on my Mam’s face.

The cobra’s venom where he spits his fight talk, and his poisonous martial art skills comes from his family. Make no mistake, this journey is not an individual one.¬†

words by Emmet Banahan



Coach Kavanagh says in theory McGregor could make UFC New York

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Well if you still have not caught your breath from UFC 202 where McGregor won a majority decision against Nate Diaz, you’d want to be grabbing you inhaler soon as Kavanagh has just dropped some sick tweets…



What do you think, should McGregor defend his title or move to 155lbs and fight for the lightweight title?

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“I travel three hours a day and train five times a week”- Daryl Clarke on what it takes…

“John [Kavanagh] is one of the best trainers in the world…The level is unbelievable; you are training with Paddy Holohan, Aisling Daly, Dylan Tuke, Alex Brophy, the list goes on.”

A man to be feared for his record and dedication struts towards us with a smile under his grey hood, maybe giving us an early look (minus the drizzling rain) at his walkout for Cage Legacy One on the 28th of October. One thing was sure, Daryl Clarke was taking everything in his stride.

The 19-year-old ‘Drog’, an exciting MMA prospect, made it seem like nothing that fifteen hours of his, and brother Ciaran’s week was dedicated towards just travelling to John Kavanagh’s SBG on the Naas Rd, nevermind the graft of training:

“We get the bus into town, then we jump on to the Luas and get out to bluebell and then SBG is right there. It takes about, door-to-door an hour and a half.”

Mostly when working with Coach Kavanagh, Clarke explains that most sessions are technique, but the benefit of of SBG comes that it is a full-time gym, where martial artists can benefit from meeting up with team mates and training conveniently.

This was clear that the training was paying off, as Clarke represented Ireland in Las Vegas in the IMMAF. ¬†I can imagine that the Clarke brothers were the most comfortable of all the Irish fighters who travelled, considering they only had to travel 13 hours this time…

Daryl, who hopes to make it big in the likes of Vegas for the UFC by his 25th birthday, ¬†can make it through hard work and grind. That’s how he predicts he will beat his up coming Irish MMA competitor in Vegas turned opponent P√°draig ‘Pythagoras’ Magee ¬†for Cage Legacy One.

“I think he [P√°draig ‘Pythagoras’ Magee]¬†is one of the best bantamweights there is in the country, I have a lot of respect for him and his ground game and he is very flashy. “

So, how does Daryl beat P√°draig?

“You grind him out, and take him into deep waters.”

If there is any predicitng sentence to described Daryl Clarke at Cage Legacy One it would be this: ‘He makes hard work and grind look like fun’.¬†So basically: Daryl Clarke = Workhorse.¬†

From the ways these two fighters are preparing for one another, this is going to be one hell of a war in Daryl’s first fight in his hometown, and with his brother Ciaran.

words by @emmetbana

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