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  1. Kingpin

    Official Mixed Martial Arts Thread

    I think if McGregor wins, it will be in round 1 or 2. If it goes beyond that, Khabib will probably win a UD. I'm rooting for Conor in all honesty - Khabib can go do one between being a personality vacuum, his nefarious ties, the video of him taunting the homeless, his backwards nonsense (how dare they have a rap concert in Dagestan) and so on. I know you'll kill me here, but his list of victories leading up to being the champ isn't exactly amazing - is 155lb RDA his best win if you consider the calibre of opponent? I know he's very good but I am not convinced yet - he strikes me as a throwback fighter who has one trick in the bag and is limited in other areas. However, that one trick has been good enough so far and arguably could be good enough to win here if he can avoid running in with his chin up.
  2. First episode was interesting. I didn’t know anything before watching and I like the weird 80s futuristic past vibe that it has. Intrigued so far.
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    Official Mixed Martial Arts Thread

    It stinks overall, but did you see the point that suggests Jones has turned informant in this situation? https://www.mmafighting.com/2018/9/19/17880798/jon-jones-given-15-month-suspension-after-arbitration-in-usada-case
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    Kindle shop Recommendations

    Iain M Banks - Player of Games 99p https://www.amazon.co.uk/Player-Games-Culture-Novel-Book-ebook/dp/B002TXZT4I/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1537315999&sr=1-1&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&dpPl=1&dpID=415EAQz8e6L&ref=plSrch
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    Official Mixed Martial Arts Thread

    Shelby took over Joe Silva’s weight classes after he left as far as I know.
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    What are you reading at the moment?

    Oh yeah, I was already interested in that one, but even more so once I realised that Ed Burns is one of the detectives from Homicide. It's on the list.
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    What are you reading at the moment?

    I'm almost finished with Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets by David Simon. I've owned the book for years (probably bought while The Wire was still in progress) but had been putting it off. It's unbelievably good, as you would expect from David Simon. The fact that it's non-fiction wouldn't be obvious if you didn't know going in. It reads like gritty meandering epic following the characterful detectives from the Baltimore homicide department throughout 1988. There's obviously quite grim and tragic moments in some of the murders covered, but some of the cases are so satisfying as the detectives piece together the evidence and witness interviews to charge a suspect. There are also moments where I've genuinely laughed on the train at some wonderful gallows humour. I can't recommend it enough.
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    Better Call Saul!

    Is this the first time that they’ve done a
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    What are you reading at the moment?

    The Handmaid’s Tale was an uncomfortable read, felt very tense throughout and I’ll be happy to move onto something a bit lighter. I don’t really have the desire for dystopia any more, even though it was excellent. My wife read it around the same time and the bit that struck her was when: She has since gone on to start watching the TV adaptation but I don’t have any urge to relive the book just yet.
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    What are you reading at the moment?

    I've just polished off Fool's Fate by Robin Hobb, which is the end of the second Fitz Farseer trilogy. I had read the first two over the past few months and they're like an old pair of comfy slippers at this point. I love this series and I'll be gutted whenever I get to the end of the next one. My wife has one book left in the final trilogy but she can't bring herself to read it and is saving it. I might take a break before I get started on Fool's Assassin. I had previous posted about loving Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer, so I followed that up with Authority and Acceptance. I wish I had stopped after Annihilation. The last 2 books were a bit of a slog and somewhat ruined the experience of the first book. Annihilation worked really well as a standalone, so my recommendation would be to stop there. I also read Holding by Graham Norton. It was a nice little palate cleanser between trilogy books - quite a nice, gentle little story about a mystery in a small town. Another "in between" book was Win Or Learn by John Kavanagh. I am biased in this case, as I was a member of his gym in 2012 before his most famous student took over the MMA world, and the time period covered in the book between 2012 and 2016 is already very nostalgic for me personally (including the great UFC event in Dublin in 2014). I'm currently rehabbing a knee injury and itching to get back to training so this was a good one for my motivation. Currently reading Flash Boys by Michael Lewis. I really enjoy his financial stuff like The Big Short and Liar's Poker, and this one is up there as well. I won't claim to understand everything that's going on in these books but they're so well written, and he does a great job of still telling a story around the more technical aspects of the financial world. In Flash Boys, it's a story where a team of renegades are taking on a broken, corrupt system and trying to close the loopholes where the average investor is getting skinned.
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    Kindle shop Recommendations

    Or getting a different price because we’re in Ireland maybe. Annoying to be us I guess.
  12. Kingpin

    Kindle shop Recommendations

    Hex is showing as a tenner for me, but Bird Box is 99p, and also mentioned on the thread. Picked up BB and added Hex to the wishlist.
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    Your unearthed gems

    Happiness is another one of my all time favourites. Pitch black and hard to imagine it being made today. Can’t remember much about Storytelling, must revisit.
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    Your unearthed gems

    I don’t meet many people who share my love for Best In Show. It’s up there with Spinal Tap as my favorite Christopher Guest film. The ensemble cast is absolutely brilliant, so many great moments and lines throughout.
  15. Kingpin

    Official Mixed Martial Arts Thread

    Delighted for Poirier too. Eddie was foolish for throwing that elbow - he could have rode that position out for the rest of the round. Great win for Aldo too. There’s some sadistic satisfaction from seeing a body shot lead to the end.
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