Photograph: Rui Santos/Getty

Irishmen did not used to be ripped. They could be brawny. They could be teak. They could be hardened by labour, toughened by the fields, made steely b(...)

Conor McGregor took his professional MMA record to 15-2 with a TKO of Dustin Poirier at MGM Grand in Ls Vegas.  Photograph: Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

Conor McGregor announced the dawn of “the new era of the fighting Irish” after his patented left hook brought an end to his bout with Dustin Poirier (...)

Dubliner Conor McGregor (left) has entralled the Irish public when he beat Diego Brandao of Brazil at the O2 Arena, Dublin, in a UFC fight in July. Photograph: Inpho.

On New Year’s Day 2011, Dustin Poirier made his UFC debut and began the journey towards his showdown with Conor McGregor at the MGM Grand Arena in Las(...)

Kerry’s James O’Donoghue reacts after missing a point in the drawn semi-final against Mayo. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

Perspective is everything. Late in the draw between Kerry and Mayo, James O’Donoghue went for glory. He missed. Declan O’Sullivan spat bile at him.On(...)

Conor McGregor: adept at pre-fight ‘trash talk’. Photograph: David Sleator

TV3 Group isn’t the only broadcaster looking to pull in viewers via the mixed martial arts magic of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Setanta Spor(...)

A pumped-up Conor McGregor prepares to face Diego Brandao at the O2 Arena earlier this month. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Is it possible to not know who Conor McGregor is? The diminutive Crumlin centaur with that Pan-goatee and kick-like-a-mule is unavoidable. In the medi(...)

 Ireland’s Conor McGregor with Diego Brandao of Brazil at the UFC Fight Night Dublin in the 02. Photograph: ©INPHO/Rodrigo Romos

Three days after his four-minute win over Diego Brandao in Dublin last week, Conor McGregor’s next fight was confirmed for 10 weeks later (Sept 27th) (...)

Box office: Conor McGregor defeated Brazil’s Diego Brandao at UFC Fight Night in the O2, Dublin. Photograph: Rodrigo Romos/INPHO

Saturday night’s Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Fight Night garnered an average of 257,500 viewers for TV3 Group’s 3e, with the audience peaking(...)

 Conor McGregor lands a left hand on  Diego Brandao at the O2 Arena in Dublin. Photograph: Rodrigo Romos/Inpho

Ireland’s Conor McGregor once again delivered on the hype tonight, this time on home soil at the O2 Arena in Dublin, with a first round stoppage of(...)

Dublin’s Conor McGregor at the weigh-in for his fight with Diego Brandaoat the O2 Arena. Photograph: James Crombie / Inpho 1:39

Conor McGregor sees himself as something of prophet, a man who at various stages has foreseen the future and is leading his people along that prede(...)