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# Proper 12
Retired Russian MMA fighter sues Conor McGregor over allegedly defamatory Twitter posts
Artem Lobov claims the most damaging post about him is one where he is allegedly referred to by McGregor as being a ‘rat’.
# Conor McGregor
Conor McGregor charged with additional driving offence
The case is due back before the courts on November 24 for mention.
# UFC London
Tom Aspinall forced to quit after 15 seconds of UFC London main event
The English heavyweight’s knee gave way during the opening exchanges of his fight against Curtis Blaydes.
# blockbuster
Benson Henderson v Peter Queally to headline Bellator Dublin
The event will air live in Ireland on Virgin Media Two and Virgin Media Sport.
# success
Charles Oliveira seals first-round win over Justin Gaethje
The Brazilian overcame his American rival, causing him to submit with a rear-naked choke.
# Cage Warriors
'Unfinished business' for McKee as Cage Warriors confirm headline title fight in Belfast
Ballymena’s McKee will meet England’s Justin Burlinson for the vacant Cage Warriors welterweight title on 25 June.
# Wrap
Sinead Kavanagh and Gegard Mousasi among the winners at Bellator Dublin
There was also success on the night for Drogheda fighter Ciaran Clarke
# And Still...
Adesanya retains UFC middleweight crown with decision win over Whittaker
Adesanya made his fourth successful defence with scores of 48-47, 48-47, 49-46.
# UFC 270
Ngannou sees off Gane challenge to retain UFC heavyweight title
Victory for the champion on a card that also saw the flyweight title change hands once more.
All time
# factcheck
FactCheck: No, Conor McGregor wasn't correct to say vaccines 'have not worked' to stop Covid-19
The MMA athlete-turned-businessman claimed “The vaccines have not worked to stop this whatsoever.”
Holloway defeats Rodriguez after epic battle in main event at UFC Vegas 42
The final scorecards read 49-46, 48-47 and 48-47 for Holloway.
# opportunity knocks
Kavanagh determined to stun dominant champ Cyborg in tonight's world title bid
The 35-year-old Dubliner is in Florida as she aims to inflict a rare defeat on Brazilian veteran Cris Cyborg.
# Bellator 270
Second-round stoppage ends Queally's dream of becoming Ireland's first Bellator champion
Peter Queally and James Gallagher were both stopped in the main events at Bellator 270 in Dublin’s 3Arena.
# UFC 264
Leg injury to Conor McGregor ends trilogy bout against Dustin Poirier
The fight ended via doctor’s stoppage after McGregor’s leg buckled under him during the first round.
# imitation
Czech star says goal celebration a tribute to MMA fighter
Patrik Schick is a big fan of Nate Diaz.
# mexican standoff
Adesanya retains middleweight title but new flyweight champ crowned at UFC 263
Deiveson Figueiredo was dethroned by Brandon Moreno in Arizona.
# Houston Rocket
Second-round KO sees Oliveira crowned new UFC lightweight champion
The BJJ master had arrived in Texas boasting more submission wins than anyone else in UFC history.
# Nigerian Nightmare
Welterweight champ Usman knocks out Masvidal as US fans return to UFC events
Valentina Shevchenko kept her flyweight belt and Rose Namajunas regained the strawweight strap at UFC 261.
# round three
McGregor-Poirier trilogy fight confirmed for Las Vegas with capacity crowd
The fight will take place as part of UFC 264 at the T-Mobile Arena.
# frankie knuckles
Francis Ngannou claims heavyweight UFC title with knockout of Stipe Miocic
Ngannou overwhelmed his opponent to avenge a 2018 defeat.
# The Future
Rising Irish star Ian Garry makes major statement with head-kick KO
The 23-year-old Dubliner stopped two-time UFC fighter Rostem Akman last night in London.
# Blach and gold
Adesanya suffers first loss of his career in bid to become two-weight UFC champion
Defending champions Jan Blachowicz and Amanda Nunes both retained their titles at UFC 259 in Las Vegas.
# Reaction
McGregor vows to bounce back but admits Poirier loss is 'hard to take'
The 32-year-old Dubliner suffered the first knockout defeat of his career in the Abu Dhabi rematch.
# Running it back
Revenge for Poirier as McGregor is stopped in second round of UFC rematch
Dustin Poirier got the better of Conor McGregor in the UFC 257 main event in Abu Dhabi.
# Winning
Jose Aldo defeats Marlon Vera at UFC Fight Night
The 34-year-old was deemed the victor by all three judges by a score of 29-28.
# the eagle has landed
Katie Taylor misses out as Khabib Nurmagomedov wins BBC's World Sport Star award
The UFC star and the Bray boxer were among the nominees for an award decided by a public vote.
# The Sniper
UFC confirm the signing of Irish fighter Dean Barry
The 28-year-old Dubliner is preparing to make his debut on the biggest stage in MMA in 2021.
# run it back
Conor McGregor signs deal for UFC rematch with Dustin Poirier
The Irish mixed martial arts fighter defeated Poirier when the pair met in a featherweight bout in 2014.
# The fight before Christmas
Rising Irish prospect Ian Garry booked for December return in London
The 23-year-old will aim to keep his unbeaten record intact when he faces English opponent Lawrence Tracey.
# Time to go
Khabib Nurmagomedov retires from octagon with perfect record after UFC 254 win
The Russian has retired unbeaten with an unbeaten professional record of 29-0.
# UFC 254
'If Khabib beats Justin on Saturday, he’s the number one pound-for-pound fighter in the world'
Nurmagomedov defends his UFC lightweight title tomorrow night.
Adesanya retains UFC middleweight title as a new champion is crowned at light-heavyweight
Abu Dhabi played host to UFC 253 overnight.
# Pac Man
Manny Pacquiao says he wants to fight Conor McGregor next year
The fight could be staged in the Middle East though a deal is far from agreed.
# Fight night
Covington dominant en route to victory over former UFC champion Woodley
Tyron Woodley later revealed he suffered a rib injury during his Las Vegas defeat to Colby Covington.
# fright night
Former champion Anderson Silva booked for potential UFC swansong at 45
According to UFC president Dana White, it could be the Brazilian veteran’s final professional bout.
# UFC 252
Cormier retires after defeat ends UFC heavyweight trilogy with champion Miocic
The 41-year-old complained that he was blinded by an eye poke before losing out by unanimous decision.
# Undisputed
UFC confirm Khabib Nurmagomedov's lightweight unification bout for October
In his first fight for over a year, the undefeated Dagestani will take on interim champion Justin Gaethje.
# Rhys lightning
Ballymena's Rhys McKee out to cause an upset in tonight's short-notice UFC debut
‘I’m really not here to get a nice new tracksuit,’ the 24-year-old says. ‘I’m here to take the win.’
# abu dhabi do
Irish MMA star Rhys McKee set for UFC debut on one week's notice
He’ll take on Khamzat Chimaev on Fight Island next weekend.
# End of the road
Duffy announces retirement after UFC loss: 'I haven’t got what it takes anymore'
The 32-year-old Donegal man was beaten by Joel Alvarez via submission at UFC Fight Night 172.