To say Leo Santa Cruz was comfortable in Belfast yesterday may be misleading, but the Mexican former three-weight world champion was certainly taking comfort from personal events away from the hype that goes with prize-fighting.
New location, same old Conor McGregor. The self-anointed king of combat sports hit New York City last night with all of the trademark ferocity and farce we have come to expect, turning the final pre-fight press conference for UFC 205 into an off-Broadway pantomime.
The shocking death of 28-year-old Portuguese MMA fighter Joao Carvalho last Monday following a bout in Dublin has thrown Ireland’s lack of regulation of mixed martial arts firmly into the spotlight, writes
ean-Baptiste Seckler is from France, a country that until September had never hosted a commissioned mixed martial arts event. The Ultimate Fighting Championship has yet to brought bring its all-swinging, all-dancing, seemingly all-conquering circus to French shores.
Avenida Atlântica might just be the most picturesque thoroughfare on the planet. It’s only four kilometres long so the best way to appreciate the majesty of it all is to just get out and walk it.
On December 12th, two of UFC’s most feared fighters will finally lock horns in one of the most anticipated clashes of the year, if not in UFC history. Aldo and McGregor will battle it out for UFC featherweight championship title on the biggest stage, the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
In a city where standing out from the crowd is the surest-fire way to survive, he’d get lost in a phone box. But contrary to the goading trash talk of his opposite number, that has nothing to do with his height. Chad Mendes is just simply not the stander-outer type. He’s a blender-iner.
Mayweather turned one of the richest fights of all time into just another $41.5m (€31.2m) payday Saturday night, dominating Alvarez from the opening bell and winning a majority decision in a masterful performance that left no doubt who the best fighter of his era is.
Despite the lofty reputation of Irish boxing wherever there happens to be a ring and a bell, if undefeated Tallaght featherweight Patrick ‘The Punisher’ Hyland wins in Las Vegas on Saturday night, he would join a small and exclusive club of world champions.