The42 uses cookies. By continuing to browse this site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Click here to find out more »
Dublin: 0 °C Saturday 25 March, 2017

Mma - Saturday 31 December, 2016

'Donald Trump's other blood sport' and more of the year's best MMA writing

Also featuring Kevin ‘Kimbo Slice’ Ferguson, Nate Diaz and, of course, Conor McGregor.

AND STILL! Sensational Nunes ends Ronda Rousey's comeback in just 48 seconds

Cody Garbrandt stuns Dominick Cruz in an unforgettable finish to the UFC year.

The absolutely essential phrases that powered sport in 2016

Sure we might have said nothing at all if it wasn’t for the O’Donovans.

Blood, sweat and tears in the UFC and elsewhere: The MMA year in pictures

Take a look back through the highs and lows of 2016.

Mma - Friday 30 December, 2016

How's your memory of these UFC events?

This will separate the debutants from the veterans.

There's much more to tonight's UFC 207 card than Ronda Rousey's return

The UFC signs off on 2016 with a stacked card from Las Vegas which features two title fights.

Mma - Thursday 29 December, 2016

'Conor McGregor is not in my plans for the next 10 months'

“I’m not even thinking about Conor,” says Dana White amid uncertainty over what’s next for McGregor.

Dana White defends Ronda Rousey's refusal to speak to the media

Rousey has insisted on a media blackout ahead of her comeback fight tomorrow night at UFC 207.

Mma - Wednesday 28 December, 2016

Her return is just 2 days away but Ronda Rousey is only conspicuous by her absence

Once an untouchable champion, Rousey hasn’t fought since a KO loss 13 months ago against Holly Holm.

Mma - Tuesday 27 December, 2016

Quiz: Test your memory of the UFC in 2016

Let’s see how well you remember the past 12 months in MMA’s leading organisation.

Mma - Monday 26 December, 2016

'I’ve been spending a lot of time playing the UFC video game so I think that has prepared me well'

John Kavanagh on the origins of Straight Blast Gym Ireland.

Mma - Sunday 25 December, 2016

Only a rescheduled bout with Ian McCall stopped Neil Seery from retiring

The Irish flyweight postponed his plans to call it a day for a fight he’s been keen on for a long time.

Mma - Saturday 24 December, 2016

Mma - Friday 23 December, 2016

Cyborg reveals the drug she tested positive for but insists she wasn't doping

Justino says she used spironolactone to counter the effects of extreme weight cutting.

Recognition of MMA in Ireland, mandatory brain scans for SBG and what's next for McGregor

John Kavanagh brings us his latest exclusive column.

Mma - Thursday 22 December, 2016

UFC star Cristiane 'Cyborg' Justino gets potential Anti-Doping Policy violation

A statement from the organisation confirmed the news earlier this evening.

Blood, sweat and tears: The images that sum up the UFC year

Let these pictures provide a recap of an eventful year of action for MMA’s largest organisation.

Mma - Wednesday 21 December, 2016

Quiz: How well do you remember Conor McGregor's year?

How well were you paying attention to Conor McGregor’s year?

Aldo claims his next fight will be for an interim UFC lightweight title

The featherweight champion had been expecting to fight Max Holloway in a unification bout in February.

Mma - Tuesday 20 December, 2016

John Phillips becomes the latest SBG fighter to be signed by the UFC

The middleweight knockout specialist will make his debut for the organisation next month.

6 Christmas gift ideas for the UFC fan in your life

Still mulling over what to get? We’ve got you covered.

Mma - Sunday 18 December, 2016

Waterson announced herself on UFC stage with submission win over VanZant

The No. 11 ranked strawweight controlled the contest from the outset.

Mma - Saturday 17 December, 2016

Conor McGregor crowned 2016 RTÉ Sports Person of the Year Recognition This post contains videos

Conor McGregor crowned 2016 RTÉ Sports Person of the Year

The winner was selected by a public vote.

SBG's James Gallagher steps up and delivers against Anthony Taylor at Bellator 169 in Dublin

The ambitious 20-year-old feels he will have a shot at the featherweight title inside 12 months.

Mma - Friday 16 December, 2016

Final fight on Joseph Duffy's UFC contract to take place in London on St Patrick's weekend

The Donegal native looks set to return at UFC Fight Night 108.

An Olympic gold medallist, 'King Mo' and a big night in Dublin for Irish MMA

Bellator 169 and BAMMA 27 will take place this evening at the 3Arena in Dublin.

Mma - Thursday 15 December, 2016

After years spent being battered by corruption, Sinead Kavanagh is still fighting for the dream

Former national boxing champion is quickly establishing herself one of Ireland’s top MMA fighters.

SBG veteran Fields bids to become Ireland's first BAMMA champion

The Dubliner takes on England’s Andy Clamp for the light-heavyweight title at the 3Arena tomorrow night.

Mma - Wednesday 14 December, 2016

Neil Seery has a new date for his UFC retirement fight

Anyone fancy a trip to Brooklyn?

UFC finally set up women's featherweight division - but Cyborg won't get first title shot

Holly Holm vs Germaine de Randamie set for UFC 208 in February.

Mma - Monday 12 December, 2016

No budging in UFC contract impasse but Duffy prepared to make 'wise decisions'

“There’s plenty of options so I’ll fight out this last fight and go from there,” says the Donegal lightweight.

Mma - Sunday 11 December, 2016

Conor McGregor got the full Saturday Night Live treatment last night SNL This post contains videos

Conor McGregor got the full Saturday Night Live treatment last night

UFC lightweight champ featured in a skit called “Where’d Your Money Go?”

McGregor comparisons have helped but Gallagher now ready to forge his own path

The 20-year-old featherweight will aim to keep his undefeated record intact next weekend at the 3Arena.

Devastating Holloway stops Pettis to set up featherweight unification fight against Aldo Ufc 206 This post contains videos

Devastating Holloway stops Pettis to set up featherweight unification fight against Aldo

New interim champion targets Aldo fight in early 2017.

Mma - Saturday 10 December, 2016

MMA Fighter bizarrely gets a haircut between rounds at UFC Albany

This gives ‘winning in style’ a whole new meaning.

UFC 206 at risk of being overshadowed by MLS and Conor McGregor absence

How the event is shaping up after disaster struck at yesterday’s weigh-in.

Mma - Friday 9 December, 2016

Pettis misses weight for UFC interim featherweight title bout

The former lightweight champion is scheduled to face Max Holloway tomorrow night in Toronto.

Ballymena's Alan Philpott ready to upset 'the best prospect in the world' MMA This post contains videos

Ballymena's Alan Philpott ready to upset 'the best prospect in the world'

The 24-year-old bantamweight aims to quell the hype surrounding Tom Duquesnoy at BAMMA 27.

Mma - Thursday 8 December, 2016

Dana White says McGregor will appear in Game of Thrones

A cameo in HBO’s fantasy drama Game of Thrones is in the offing for UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor, says Dana White.