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7 Ireland v Brazil battles that will be settled once and for all at UFC 194

It’s not this weekend’s headline fight that is on the line here.

SATURDAY NIGHT SEES two cultures collide as Conor McGregor and Jose Aldo do battle for the UFC featherweight title in Las Vegas. 

It’s not the only rivalry Ireland and Brazil share, however, as our totally comprehensive and utterly serious list proves. 

Samba v Irish dancing

The traditional dance styles of both nations. One generally involves wearing more clothes than the other.

Samba dancing

Irish dancing

Winner: Samba

Carnival v St Patrick’s Day

Two very different annual festivals, Carnival takes place in the days running up to Ash Wednesday, while Paddy’s Day is 17 March every year.

Rio de Janeiro 

Brazil Carnival Source: AP/Press Association Images

Brazil Carnival Source: AP/Press Association Images


St Patrick's day celebrations 2015 Source: PA Archive/Press Association Images

Ireland St Patricks Day Source: AP/Press Association Images

Winner: Carnival

Christ the Redeemer v The Holy Stone of Clonrichert

Rio’s most famous statue stands 38 metres tall and sits on top of Corcovado mountain overlooking the city.

Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro Source: David J. Phillip

Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro Source: David J. Phillip

Okay, so the Holy Stone of Clonrichert isn’t strictly a real thing but it did play a pivotal part in one of the classic Fr Ted episodes.

Hole Stone Fr Ted

Jack Stone

Winner: The Holy Stone

The Seleção v The Boys in Green

Glenn Whelan with Kaka Glenn Whelan has Kaka in his pocket. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

So Brazil have won the World Cup more times (5) than Ireland (3) have qualified for the tournament, but we’ll always have Liam Brady’s winner at Lansdowne Road in 1987.

Source: FatherTed2006/YouTube

Winner: Let’s call it a draw

Copacabana v Dingle

Both beautiful beaches in their own right.

Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro

23/6/2011. Dingle Country Scenes Source: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Winner: Too tough to call.

Wagner v Mary Byrne

Sorry, who? Contestants in the 2010 X Factor who were romantically-linked during the filming of the reality show. How could you forget?

Wagner drums

X Factor's Mary Byrne returns to Ballyfermot - Dublin Source: PA Archive/Press Association Images

Winner: Mary Byrne

Aldo v McGregor

Originally due to take place last July, this is sure to be one of the most highly-anticipated bouts in UFC history.

McGregor Aldo UFC 194

Winner… Takes all

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Ben Blake

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