26 signs that you're an Irish MMA hipster

You predicted the UFC boom years ago, right?

1. You’re adamant that Owen Roddy and Paul McVeigh would be superstars in the UFC by now if they hadn’t decided to retire.

Roddy Source: Dolly Clew

2. When someone mentions Joe Duffy, you think of this guy… 

Joseph Duffy Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Not this guy…

Dr Pat Tubridy Funeral Scenes Source: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

3. You first heard of John Kavanagh and Andy Ryan when they were headlocking each other in a shed.

John Kavanagh 12/8/2014 Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO & Dolly Clew

4. You knew Norman Parke would win The Ultimate Fighter before the cast for the show was even announced.

Norman Parke 18/7/2014 Source: James Crombie/INPHO

5. You used to buy your tickets for Conor McGregor’s fights from Conor McGregor.

Conor Tickets Source: Tommy Lakes

6. You used a younger sibling as a crash-test dummy to perfect Paul Redmond’s signature toe-hold.

CW51 Source: Dolly Clew

7. You knew Cathal Pendred was unbreakable long before he fought Mike King at UFC Dublin.

Source: Cage Warriors TV/YouTube

8. You’ll argue all day that John Donnelly versus Philip Mulpeter was the greatest MMA fight ever to take place.

Mul Source: Dolly Clew

9.  You’ve seen half of Steve McCombe’s fights live. Unfortunately you weren’t able to make it to the other 200.

CW55 Source: Dolly Clew

10. You think Cage Contender 2 was the best MMA event in Ireland in 2009, not UFC 93.

Dan Henderson Source: James Crombie/INPHO

11. Aisling Daly brought women’s MMA to your attention before anyone had heard of Ronda Rousey.

Aisling Daly (pink hair) fighting Majanka Lathouwers 29/9/2007 Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

12. You preferred coffee to tea until Paddy Holohan made his UFC debut.

Patrick Holohan Source: Rodrigo Romos/INPHO

13. You know which rugby team Dana White supports.

Dana White

14. When Conor McGregor jumped out of the cage after beating Dennis Siver at UFC Boston, you’d seen it all before.

Source: Cage Warriors TV/YouTube

15. You’ve seen Neil Seery compete in 17 different weight classes.

Neil Seery with Phil Harris Source: Rodrigo Romos/INPHO

16. You went searching for a Dublin-to-Amman route on when Chris Fields fought Pavel Kusch for the Cage Warriors title.

CEO of Ryanair held press conference - Zadar Source: Press Association Images

17. You know that Peter Queally is a fighter, not a hurler.

Peter Queally Source: INPHO

18. You only joined Twitter to give grief to Jim Alers before he was due to fight Conor McGregor.

CW59 Cardiff Source: Dolly Clew

19. You only skip watching UFC events live when you’re heading out for the night to a domestic show.


20. The Helix is your favourite place for a New Year’s Eve party.

Source: Cage Warriors TV/YouTube

21. You know your Brian Moores from your Karl Moores.

Moores Source: Dolly Clew

22. You know that Gunnar Nelson is as Irish as the Angelus.

Gunnar Nelson celebrates winning Source: Rodrigo Romos/INPHO

23. You’ve tormented Sean Shelby on Twitter.

24. When you see an injury pull-out from a fight, you always know of a guy who’d be willing to step in.

CW63 Dublin Source: Dolly Clew

25. You couldn’t stop yourself from saying ‘I told you so’ after Conor McGregor’s UFC debut against Marcus Brimage.

Source: UFC - Ultimate Fighting Championship/YouTube

26. With Paddy Holohan, Neil Seery, Damien Rooney and Andy Young, you’d fancy Ireland’s chances in an international flyweight Survivor Series match.

CW70 Source: Dolly Clew

A version of this piece was originally published on 10 April.

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