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A mural in memory of MMA fighter João Carvalho in Pragal near Lisbon. Photograph: Malachy Clerkin

I Tufts of weeds poke up through the cobbles all the way down Rua São Miguel Nascente. Brick square tower blocks stand sentry on either side, eight-s(...)

The great Michael ‘Ducksie’ Walsh in action in 2007. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

  The bell tolled for many sporting greats in 2016, including the greatest of them all. Muhammad Ali – originally Cassius Clay – departed this ea(...)

Aidan Mulligan at Kyuzo Mixed Martial Arts and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu club. Photograph: Fergal Phillips

Inside Kyuzo Gym, in an industrial estate in Dublin’s Glasnevin, a booming reverberation overhead ebbs and flows so that it sounds like rolling thunde(...)

 Conor McGregor: While the tie-up appears to make sense in terms of the product, which is aimed at body-builders, it sits uneasily with Glanbia’s preferred corporate image as a clean purveyor of dairy products such as Avonmore milk and Kilmeaden cheese. Photograph:  Steve Marcus/Getty

Glanbia may live to regret jumping on the Conor McGregor bandwagon in light of recent events, which have once again cast a shadow over his sport, if i(...)

The sport of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) arrived at a tragic but inevitable point in its evolution this week, tragic because the death of 28-year-old Por(...)

A pool of blood stains the canvas after a UFC bout:  Mixed martial arts brings people into a world that is more closely associated with assault and violence than any other sport. Photograph: David Dermer/ Diamond Images/Getty Images

The death of Joao Carvalho plays out to the back drop of an orchestra of screaming, excited fans, many of them children. Some leave their seats to run(...)

Portuguese MMA fighter Joao Carvalho (right) during his fight with Charlie Ward at the National Stadium in Dublin. Photograph: Dave Fogarty

Conor McGregor has described Portuguese fighter João Carvalho, who died following an mixed martial arts (MMA) event in Dublin on Saturday, as a “hell (...)

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