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first_imgBurtonport MMA star Joseph Duffy makes his UFC debut this Saturday in Dallas against Jake Lindsay.Donegal UFC star Joseph Duffy makes his long-awaited UFC debut on Saturday night when he faces Jake Lindsay at UFC 185 in Dallas.Duffy is the latest in a long-line of Irish fighters to fly the Irish flag in the UFC octagon.However, Duffy will also have the Donegal flag draped around him when he goes into battle on Saturday. Duffy has enjoyed a dizzying nine months since making his return to Cage Warriors after a three-year sabbatical from MMA.He destroyed Damien Lapilus at The Helix in Dublin in his comeback fight then a simply stunning KO of  Frenchman Julien Boussuge with a knee to his face put him firmly back on the UFC radar.It had been well documented how Duffy was the last fighter to defeat current UFC stars Conor McGrgeor and Norman Parke.So the UFC offered Duffy a lucrative contract and his dream move to the UFC was sealed. Duffy has been in an intense training camp at Tristar Gym in Montreal, Canada for the last six weeks.The world-famous gym took Duffy on-board once he signed for the UFC and that’s where he will be based from now on.Tristar coach Eric O’Keefe has been impressed with Duffy and believes the Burtonport man is destined for great things in the sport.O’Keefe said, “From all we’ve seen of Joe, he can take it to the top.“I think he’ll be a force to be reckoned with in the UFC,. “The sky is his limit.Duffy’s opponent has a decent record he win his first nine bouts in the UFC and was regarded as a future world champion.However, consecutive defeats have meant Lindsay is now fighting to save his career.Duffy knows he’ll faces a top-class opponent and there’s no such thing as an easy fight in the UFC. However, he’s confident he can do the business and get his UFC career off to a dream start in Dallas on Saturday night.A huge following of from Ireland and Wales are expected to descend on the venue and that will only add to Duffy’s armour.DUFFY DOES DALLAS – BURTONPORT MMA STAR READY FOR UFC DEBUT was last modified: March 12th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BowburtonportCareerDallasDebutdonegalIrelandJake LindsayJoseph DuffyMMASaturdayUFCUFC 185last_img read more

Sourav Ganguly to coach junior cricketers of Tripura

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first_imgTripura cricket could be about to get a boost with former India captain Sourav Ganguly announcing on Monday that he would train junior teams from the state.”I would come here (Agartala) soon to coach the Under-16 and Under-19 cricket teams of Tripura,” Ganguly announced amidst huge applause at a function here on Sunday night.The function is organised by the Tripura Cricket Association (TCA) every year to felicitate prominent cricketers.Ganguly asked the TCA to organise more tournaments consisting of three-day or five-day matches in order to improve the skills of budding cricketers.”Test cricket is the real cricket competition for the all round development of cricketers and cricket,” he said.Also read: Kohli and I share words, but nothing is taken to heart – Ashwin Ganguly, who is also the joint secretary of the Cricket Association of Bengal, requested young cricketers to use the available infrastructure and fully devote themselves to the game with all sincerity to improve their efficiency.TCA secretary Saurav Dasgupta said that Ganguly would come to Tripura in November to coach the Under-16 and Under-19 teams of the state.”He would help the TCA to improve the talents of Tripura cricketers and cricket infrastructure as well,” Dasgupta added.Tripura chief minister Manik Sarkar, who also spoke at the function, felicitated Ganguly.The state’s sports minister Sahid Chowdhury said that the central government recently changed the funding pattern of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan (RGKA) scheme.Also read: Fearless Team India ready for formidable South Africa – Ashwin advertisement”Earlier the central government had provided 100 percent grant under the RGKA to develop various sports infrastructure and traditional sports in the states across the country. Recently, the union government changed the funding patter to 50:50 where the centre and state would contribute equal amounts to execute various projects and schemes under the RGKA,” he said.The minister said that all the north-eastern states have strongly opposed this changing of the funding pattern.”With the central government’s various decisions, the development of sports would be hampered to a large extent in the country,” Chowdhury added.last_img read more