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Darragh O’Donoghue previews the NBA Playoffs 2009 for Yellow Roman Candles.
The stronger of the two conferences in the last few years, the West’s iron grip on the NBA title has slipped in recent years, with first the Detroit Pistons, Miami Heat and then last year’s Boston Celtics denting their decade-long dominance.
In a break from bickering politicians Darragh O’Donoghue takes a look at the evolution of the Ultimate Fighting Championship and Mixed Martial Arts in the last few years as the sport continues its growth in the US and throughout the world.
Of all the titanic battles which have taken place in MMA, the ongoing fight for respect and acceptance among the public has been the toughest. It could finally be nearing an end though, as MMA blossoms from its beginnings as a cult freakshow to its current status as a legitimate and well-respected sport. As it stands, professional events are being hosted in front of enthusiastic crowds all over the world, television networks are beaming events into living rooms free of charge, and fighters are being recognised by mainstream journalists as the dedicated athletes they are.