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Conor McGregor (top) and Catherine Noone TD

[Catherine Noone TD] said: “I have written to the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport seeking his views on allowing this vile so-called sport to be given a platform and an audience here and fully believe that this event should not be licensed…”
The senator’s comments come ahead of [Conor] McGregor and fellow Irish fighter Cathal Pendred preparing for their respective bouts in Boston early on Monday morning.
A McGregor win could see a potential title fight in Dublin, possibly in Croke Park in front of 80,000 fans.

Ultimate FIGHT!

Senator wants to ban Conor McGregor’s ‘vile’ UFC fight from Dublin (Robin Schiller, Independent.ie)

(Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland)

Update:
An earlier version of this post used an image of Senator Michelle Mulherin. Sorry.

102 thoughts on “No, No, No Notorious

      1. Jock

        When it’s not followed or practiced by a majority of knackers. A very particular type of one as well both in Ireland and the states.

      2. R

        Actually the pioneers of MMA in Ireland were mainly graduates. In the early days amongst the most active clubs were in TCD, Queens and UCD.

        There were and are a lot of professionals and graduates training.

        Not that it should matter really…?

        The sport has opened up a lot and there are people from all walks of live involved now – including working class people. Not met any travellers yet but given the success they’ve had in boxing I’m sure eventually they will cross over.

    1. scottser

      martial arts form the oldest sports. the olympics is full of boxing, karate, shooting, throwing spears, archery etc. only knacker round here is you, jock.

        1. Mani

          This isn’t a combat sport. It’s two men in nappies trying to get each other on the ground and hug each other into submission. Like what you saw that time you came home early from school and caught yer Da with Maurice from Accounts.

  1. ReproBertie

    Senator Catherine Noone leaping at an opportunity to demonstrate her complete ignorance of both the sport and the sport’s history in Ireland.

  2. Sheila

    Is that Catherine Noone with Enda? Hardly recognised her, looks very different to the leaflets I got in the door for her council seat campaign a few years back.

  3. JimmytheHead

    UFC is a great sport, combining the most effective parts of all the major disciplines of martial arts as well as boxing and traditional wrestling. By some twist of fate, one of the most talented athletes in this genre is Irish!

    But yea, some D-list political opportunist is offended by it so we should probably ban it immediately and pretend it never happened.

      1. JimmytheHead

        Yes Jock. McGregor is a former CWFC Featherweight Champion and Lightweight Champion, which made him the first professional Irish fighter to hold titles in two separate divisions. Out of the 18 professional MMA fights hes been in hes won 16, 14 of which through knockout.

          1. Jock

            Are you going down the mcgregor route of looking for street fight those who disagree. Mma guys are always looking for trouble.

      2. Del McG

        Jock, you appear to have detailed knowledge of this “knacker” sport, given you have only a few posts back derided anyone who follows it

        Make up your mind, petal…

    1. mauriac

      the fighters always seem to end up on the floor ,immobile and impersonating a Henry Moore sculpture. boxing will always be the sweeter science.

  4. Owen

    What time is this on at on Monday, and how might one watch it? I’d like to look at it in detail to help make up my mind if I hate it or not.

    1. ZeligIsJaded

      T’is full of strategy and cunning – like chess, or darts.

      And your blood lust will be off the charts.

          1. Owen

            Novices. Yes, the info is available. The useful info is never easy to find. Thought someone here might be of use. VIP sports is now gone, Boxing Guru also gone. Also, the ‘time’ relates to fight time, not walk in, not event start, not advertisment start.

  5. DD

    She was on Tubs show this morning. She’s never seen a UFC fight. In fact, she knew next to nothing about it apart from what a friend had told her about the sport.
    She also said it’s banned in the majority of US states, which it’s not.
    Daft woman.

      1. Del McG

        Exactly! After all, there are seagulls in need of culling, ice cream vans in need of banning, train tickets in need of dodging and fornicators in need of burning… THESE are the core tenets of the Seanad & she’d do well to remember that.

  6. Bingo

    I’m not a fan of UFC or that arrogant git McGregor but I’ve even less time for ‘Mammies’ like Catherine Noone.

    1. rotide

      Although this is an obvious troll, it does hit the nail on the head with regards to my biggest reservation about this sport.

      As far as the vast majority of sports fans are concerned, the sport is ‘ufc’ not mma. It’s run by a single commercial company and again, to the majority it’s run by one man. He decides who gets a go, who fights who etc. This is not how sports should be run.

      I’m obviously aware that there are other MMA organisations and yer man Dana doesn’t run the thing himself. But like it or not, UFC is the main show in town.

      Take the Darts for comparison. They run the sport for profit like UFC, there are other organisations but they are the big boys and they run their premierleague in a similar manner to UFC. However, their biggest product, the world championships is open to anyone who qualifies. That’s the big difference.

  7. John E. Bravo

    I like McGregor’s schtick, to be honest, but what I like most of all about this is that he’s doing a passable impression of Mr Tayto holding up a packet of Taytos on the Tayto-packet design. Or those kids on the Tús na Gramadaí textbook. Visual regress ftw.

  8. john

    she’s copped on a bit
    Sen Catherine NooneVerified account ‏@senatornoone

    Hands up – jumped the gun re UFC/MMA – lots of offers of training/education which I’ll take up!

  9. Mr. T.

    UFC is a scumbag sport with virtually no rules so that really thick people can follow it.

    Fine Gael don’t like things that scumbags enjoy so that why Senator No One is trying to ban it.

    Although I hate Fine Gael with a passion, I hate scumbags more. And by scumbag, I mean aggressive uneducated uncultured knuckle draggers who intimidate and threaten others. F*ck them.

    1. Vman

      Well, you’ve certainly shown you’re uneducated on the sport. So everyone who practises/watches martial arts is a scumbag? And you come across like 100 times more aggressive than anyone I know who is involved in the sport. Just because you don’t understand form or ability, there’s no need to call people who do appreciate it ‘thick’. Sounds like you’ve a major chip on your shoulder – maybe try some vigorous sport to burn up that extra energy. Can I recommend MMA?

    2. italia'90

      Don’t worry T. I’ll have a word with your Mom when she gets
      back from Mani’s and see if I can get her to give you the keys to the Micra.
      If not, I’ll bring you to JumpZone myself. No need to thank me.

  10. 15 cents

    ya hear his interviews? sayin as a lad in dublin ur given two choices, football or fightin. its effin dublin, mate, not gangs of new york.

  11. Nialler

    Did some of the Trolls above perhaps start an argument with the thin lightweight looking bearded dude with glasses in coppers one night only to find he was ripped and an MMA expert I wonder hence their hatred of them. I’m not a fan of arrogance hence not a fan of mcgregor but it may be his character and if he believes that much in himself I’ve no doubt he’ll go all the way.

  12. Joe

    There are plenty of homegrown Irish so called sports involving innocent animals that had no choice in their participation that she should be getting angry about. Prob because her friends take part in em.

    The fighter aren’t forced into participating in the sports they decide to enter and train for it. Every physical sport has an element of risk even a sport as tame looking as golf.

  13. Kieran NYC

    Thank gawd Ray D’Arcy is off the radio for this. I don’t think I could listen to his passive-agressive sighing on the subject again.

    1. ReproBertie

      Fighting is our species most basic form of competition. When two footballers get over excited they fight. When two fighters get over excited they do not break into a game of football. It makes perfect sense to make a sport out of our most basic competition. Just because you don’t understand it doesn’t mean it’s stupid.

      I’ve trained (and competed) in martial arts for over 25 years and I can count on one hand the number of aggressive knuckle-draggers I’ve encountered in training during that time.

      1. scottser

        i got to blue belt in karate when i was younger. to get any way decent at martial arts takes incredible dedication, discipline and skill. i’d suggest anyone who wants to knock it give it a go first.

  14. The Old Boy

    It’s funny how people who presumably think “I don’t care for this sport” express that by declaring its adherents to be knackers and knuckle-draggers.

    I don’t care for this sport. Let them at it.

  15. Inopro

    Ireland is regularly ridiculous, but banning this sport is a new whole level of embarrassing and PC-brigading it really makes me cringe

  16. MKFla

    Help. I have been bound and gagged by a gang of knackers and one them has taken a dump on my breasts. I don’t know what to do. Anyone ?

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