Posts From Tom Heffernan

UFC announce first three fights for their return to Glasgow in July

The first three match ups set to take place when the UFC returns to Glasgow on Sunday, July 16 at The SSE Hydro. Scotland’s own Paul Craig (9-1; fighting out of Coatbridge, Scotland) is the first name to be confirmed for the event. He will collide with finalist of UFC’s long-standing reality TV series, The Ultimate Fighter, Khalil Rountree (6-2) in a light heavyweight bout that is sure to excite

Scotland’s Paul ‘BearJew’ Craig dominates in UFC debut

As far as UFC debuts go, Scotland’s Paul Craig (9-0) couldn’t have dreamt of a better start to his career with the world’s premier mixed martial arts promotion. The former BAMMA light heavyweight champion headlined the prelims on Fox Sports, handed Brazilian Luis Henrique da Silva his first professional loss and picked up the $50k Performance of the Night bonus for his efforts. On paper it could have seemed that

UFC205: The greatest of all time

It’s the arena where legends of the fight game are made, a who’s who of boxing royalty has fought there; Ali, Frazier, Ray Leonard, Holmes, Holyfield, Duran, and now on November 19th a new dawn rises for combat sports as the legendary Madison Square Garden welcomes the UFC for the promotion’s first ever visit to New York City. UFC205 is expected to smash the company’s PPV records as Dana White

BAMMA light heavyweight champ, Paul Craig, signs for UFC

BAMMA light heavyweight champion Paul Craig has become the latest Scottish fighter to be snapped up by the Ultimate Fighting Championship, making him the fourth Scot to step inside the world famous Octagon behind Robert Whiteford, Joanne Calderwood and Stevie Ray. Craig, 29, has been a sensation in his MMA career thus far and boasts an impressive undefeated record of 8-0, with 7 of those victories coming by way of

Scotland’s Stevie Ray plans to make a statement against ‘sloppy’ Alan Patrick at fight in Brazil

It has been almost a year since Stevie Ray last stepped inside the Octagon but the lightweight contender is set to make his long awaited return to action when he faces Alan Patrick at UFC Fight Night: Cyborg vs Lansberg in Brazil on Saturday night. Injury setbacks have kept Stevie on the sidelines since he dismantled Mickael Lebout in Dublin last October but Scotland’s finest is now 100% healthy, raring to

Relive 15 of the best Conor McGregor quotes

UFC featherweight world champion, Conor  “The Notorious” McGregor , returns to action on August 20, as he looks to avenge his loss to Nate Diaz  at UFC 202 inside Las Vegas’ T Mobile Arena. Ahead of the much-anticipated welterweight bout, we look back at some of McGregor’s most iconic quotes, which have helped transform him into one of the sport’s most polarizing athletes: “I said football stadiums. I said world

Absolute Championship Berkut to debut in Glasgow this October

One of the world’ fastest growing MMA promotion’s, Absolute Championship Berkut (ACB), makes it’s UK debut in Glasgow on Saturday October 1 with the now iconic SSE Hydro Arena set to stage this historic event. Headlining the event is Scottish MMA star Robert Whiteford who will once again have the opportunity to walk out to a spine tingling rendition of Flower Of Scotland – one of the most memorable moments

Jojo Calderwood set to face Jessica Andrade at UFC203

Joanne Calderwood’s destruction of top ranked Valerie Letourneau at UFC Fight Night 89 back in June was easily the finest performance of her UFC career to date, and rightly shot the Kilmarnock fighter back into the strawweight division’s top 10. Joanne is desperate to build on that momentum as soon as possible and the UFC have moved quick to grant Calderwood’s wishes by matching the popular Scot with Brazillian Jessica Andrade

Valarie Leourneau & Joanne Calderwood talk to Tom Heffernan ahead of UFC Fight Night 89

UFC FightNight 89 takes place on Saturday night at the TD Place Arena in Ottawa, Canada and sees Joanne Calderwood square off against Canada’s Valarie Letourneau in a specially commissioned flyweight (125-pounds) contest. Letourneau’s last fight was a five-round battle with Polish superstar Joanna Jedrzejczyk for the strwawweight title, but despite losing a unanimous decision, Valarie impressed with a resilient toe-to-toe performance against the former six-time Muay Thai world champion.  Calderwood

Tom Heffernan speaks to Joanne Calderwood ahead of her bout with Valerie Letourneau

Joanne Calderwood believes her UFC Fight Night89 bout with Valerie Letourneau will be “absolute war”. The pair will meet at the TD Place Arena in Ottawa , Canada on June 18th in what has all the makings of an epic battle between two of the UFC’s top female fighters. Scottish standout Calderwood has been out of action since her Fight of The Night victory in Glasgow last July due to injury,