Clermont’s Viktor Kolelishvili in action against the Ospreys. The Georgian backrow has been suspended for 14 weeks for pushing referee Wayne Barnes. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

‘You don’t ever, ever f****** touch a referee, ever. You’re done here.” So said Ultimate Fighting Championship supremo Dana White in June 2014 after o(...)

 Conor McGregor celebrates after a first-round knockout victory over Jose Aldo in their featherweight title fight during UFC 194. Photograph: Steve Marcus/Getty Images

Conor McGregor looks set to get his shot at becoming only the UFC’s third ever two-division champion - with overnight reports in the US claiming he wi(...)

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady chats with Donald Trump. Photograph:  Donna Connor/WireImage

Even in this most shrill and casually offensive American presidential election campaign, arguably the most perplexing statement of all came from an NF(...)

Conor McGregor prior to his featherweight title fight against Jose Aldo during UFC 194  in Las Vegas. Photograph:  Steve Marcus/Getty Images

It’s always fun to watch worlds colliding. When GAA President Aogán Ó Fearghail was put on the spot over the weekend out in Texas as to whether or not(...)

Conor McGregor (left) knocks out  Jose Aldo during a featherweight championship mixed martial arts bout at in Las Vegas. Photograph: AP

After 14 months of build-up and 13 seconds of combat, Conor McGregor is the undisputed featherweight champion of the world after levelling the legenda(...)

Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor square up in Dublin ahead of their proposed meeting at UFC 189, a fight that was cancelled after the Brazilian picked up an injury. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

1. Jose – gone in 60 seconds? John Kavanagh not only teaches Conor McGregor but learns from him too. His gut feeling that the fight could be over wit(...)

Holly Holm strikes defending champion Ronda Rousey in the Women’s Bantamweight Bout during the UFC 193 Australia event at Etihad stadium in Melbourne. Photograph: EPA

Ronda Rousey’s unbeaten record was ended on Saturday night, in emphatic style by Holly Holm - the new UFC Women’s Bantamweight champion. Holm took the(...)

Ireland’s Aisling Daly in action against Ericka Almeida during the UFC Fight Night at the  3 Arena in Dublin. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The UFC’s Fight Night in Dublin ended, as expected, with UFC president Dana White telling the Irish fans: “I’ve travelled the world putting on these e(...)

Conor McGregor will fight Jose Aldo next December in Las Vegas. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Conor McGregor is now so rich and famous that he doesn’t have to roll out of bed before two o’clock on any hot August afternoon in Las Vegas. This (...)

 UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey accepts the best female athlete award at the 2015 ESPYS  in Los Angeles, California. Photograph: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

At the ESPYs (America’s rather lame attempt at a sporting Oscars) earlier this month, Ronda Rousey collected the “Fighter of the Year” gong and the(...)