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(...)

Conor McGregor, who fights for the interim UFC featherweight title against Chad Mendes in Las Vegas, throws a high kick during his open workout session in the MGM Grand. Photograph: Getty Images

Conor McGregor likes to give the impression that no external force can possibly affect the serene course of his ship of destiny. “The ship was sailing(...)

 Andy Lee defeated Matt Koborov to claim the WBO world middleweight title in Las Vegas. He will defend his title against Peter Quillin in Saturday’s big televised fight. Photo:  David Becker/Getty Images

Andy Lee’s first defence of his WBO world middleweight title against Peter Quillin in Brooklyn on Saturday night is likely to draw at least four times(...)

New England Patriots star Rob Gronkowski and Tom Brady celebrate their side’s victory over the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX. Photograph: Rob Carr/Getty Images

At Miami’s Ultra Music Festival last weekend, 3LAU, the progressive house DJ, was in the middle of his set when the stage was invaded by a man in a ne(...)

 Ireland’s Conor McGregor at a press event at the Convention Centre in Dublin ahead of his UFC world featherweight title fight against Brazilian Jose Aldo in the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, in July. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

The story’s out. Ireland’s king of pain Conor McGregor can do restrained-normal. There were no roundhouse kicks aimed at the throat of Jose Aldo, his (...)

 Ireland’s Conor McGregor salutes the Boston crowd. Photograph: Emily Harney / Inpho

Seconds after Sunday’s Ultimate Fighting Championship fight with Dennis Siver was mercifully stopped, the victorious Conor McGregor leapt over the (...)

UFC Fight Night 59: The near sell-out crowd was treated to an exhibition of McGregor’s exceptional mixed martial arts talent. Photograph: Inpho/Emily Harney

With odds of 1-12 in his favour, a victory for Conor McGregor on Sunday should have been considered a mere formality. But such is the Irishman’s star (...)