Conor McGregor wins UFC title in just 13 seconds

Sport360 staff 12:02 13/12/2015
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The Irishman inflicted Aldo's first defeat in 18 bouts.

Conor McGregor claimed the fastest victory in UFC history as he knocked out long-reigning champion Jose Aldo in just 13 seconds to claim the featherwight title in Las Vegas.

The Irish fighter ended Aldo’s undefeated run, which dated back to 2005 – catching the Brazilian with a left-hook in the opening moments of the fight.

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It proved to be more than enough as the 27-year-old soon celebrated victory in front of a capacity crowd at the MGM Grand Garden.

“He’s powerful and he’s fast, but precision beats power and timing beats speed,” McGregor reacted.

“He deserved to go a little bit longer, but it was going to happen eventually.”

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Beaten Ronda Rousey faces up to six months out for full recovery

Sport360 staff 09:42 08/12/2015
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Mending the wounds: Ronda Rousey.

Fallen UFC world champion Ronda Rousey has revealed it could take up to six months to fully recover from injuries sustained in her brutal knockout defeat to Holly Holm last month.

Rousey told the upcoming edition of ESPN Magazine she had suffered damage to her teeth in the stunning loss to Holm which would prevent her getting back in the octagon for several months.

"It might be three to six months before I can eat an apple, let alone take an impact," Rousey said in brief excerpts of the interview released Monday.

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Rousey's defeat to Holm in Melbourne was one of the biggest shocks in the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Both fighters have expressed optimism for a rematch once Rousey has recovered and fulfilled several longstanding commitments including filming a Hollywood remake of the 1980s movie "Road House."

Rousey, 28, meanwhile insisted that despite the disappointment of the defeat she planned on returning to reclaim her crown while she remained in peak physical condition.

"Maybe I can't do it all before my prime, before my body is done," Rousey said. "But… maybe I can."

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UFC Gym to open first Middle East branch in Dubai in 2016

Sport360 staff 11:54 06/12/2015
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George Yiasemides (l) will head up the Gym.

UFC Gym, the franchise that combines mixed martial arts (MMA) and fitness, on Sunday announced the expansion of its global footprint into the UAE with the impending opening of a new signature gym in Dubai.

The new location, launching in early 2016, considerably expands the geographical reach of the franchise and is the first of several gyms scheduled to open throughout the Middle East.

Since debuting in 2009, UFC Gym has opened more than 120 locations throughout the United States, Australia and Canada. The fitness franchise has continued to grow at a pace, opening more than 50 locations in the past two years and more than 100 clubs expected to open in the next year.

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“The exponential growth we have experienced to date and the overwhelming response to our fitness concept and brand proposition has been incredible,” said UFC Gym CEO, Brent Leffel.

“Our Middle East partnership marks a huge milestone for our company. We are excited to build on this momentum with the continued development of new UFC Gym locations with strong partners around the world.”

Based in the UAE, Fitness Master Franchises has signed an exclusive development agreement to open UFC Gyms throughout the Middle East.

“This expansion speaks to the international appeal of UFC’s brand,” UFC President Dana White said.

“From our athletes to our fan base, we have seen significant growth throughout international markets. We are thrilled UFC Gym is expanding to the emirates and bringing signature MMA styles of training and fitness to a new region.”

UFC Gym offers a full-range of functional fitness classes, group and private MMA training, group fitness, personal and group dynamic performance-based training, plus MMA youth programming, providing training programmes to fit all ages and fitness levels. 

Membership includes unlimited access to UFC Octagon and signature classes such as Daily Ultimate Training (DUT), TRX, Muay Thai, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, kickboxing, boxing, mixed martial arts conditioning, women’s self-defense, as well as group fitness classes such as Zumba, yoga, Cycle Circuit and more.

“UFC Gym provides the opportunity for people to improve their shape, strength and fitness while learning a variety of self-defence disciplines in a group or one-on-one environment,” added UFC Gym Middle East Chief Operating Officer (COO) George Yiasemides. 

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