Watch: Conor McGregor’s Entire Interview With Caroline Pearce In Glasgow Has Been Released – Pundit Arena

Last month, UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor sat down with Caroline Pearce in front of a packed house at the SEC Armadillo in Glasgow for his first really in-depth interview post-MayMac.

Reports from various MMA media outlets have since revealed many of the most significant quotes from the interview, but on Friday the event’s promoters released McGregor’s entire hour-long chat with Pearce to YouTube.

On August 26th, McGregor made his professional boxing debut against the 49-0 former pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather Junior. The Irishman predictably succumbed to a stoppage defeat, but not before entering a far more competitive showing than had been forecast by most knowledgeable observers and lasting into the tenth round. This fight, which resulted in the biggest payday of McGregor’s combat sports career, was obviously a major talking point during the interview.

Most noteworthy within this context was the fact that McGregor kept returning to the topic of referee Robert Byrd and his handling of the contest throughout the conversation.

“Even when Robert Byrd came into the changing room to give me the rules, I was looking to engage and he wouldn’t even look at me,” said McGregor. “He was like, ‘Who’s your head coach?’”

“The first thing he said was, ‘Look, I’m not here to wrestle and grapple with you guys.’ I just kept my mouth quiet because the fight was 20 minutes away. Out he walks. I just went over to John [Kavanagh] and was like, ‘Why is he after saying [that]? Why is he even talking like that? I’m here as a boxer tonight.’

“I’m after giving this rule-set so much respect and so much time to study these rules and learn these rules. And straight off the bat he is giving me that kind of energy. And then he did fucking wrestle and grapple me. Anytime we got tied up he grabbed me by the head and… he threw me half way across the ring in that ninth round.”

“All these things start playing on my mind and I start watching [the fight] back under a different lens and start thinking I got the hard end of the stick,” added ‘The Notorious’ one.

Interestingly, many in the boxing community were also critical of Byrd, but they argued that he had been too lenient towards McGregor and allowed the MMA star to get away with frequent rabbit punches.

McGregor also chatted with Pearce about his future options, his time in Ibiza after the Mayweather fight and more, all while enjoying some vitamin C-packed vodka and orange juice.

You can watch ‘An Evening with Conor McGregor’ below…

Seat’s Arona is a good contender in compact SUV arena – Irish Examiner

What is it?

In what began as a steady stream, the new Seat Arona joins a veritable tidal wave of new compact crossovers set to flood the market. Using the platform from the current-generation Ibiza, the Arona offers that all-important high seating position but in a more compact package, ideal for those who don’t fancy larger SUVs like the Volkswagen Tiguan or Seat’s own Ateca.

A wide range of engines is available, along with a sizeable choice of trim levels — all giving plenty of customisation options.

What’s new?

It’s a mixture of the familiar and not-so familiar with the Arona. The exterior looks much like that of the larger Ateca, while the interior will be instantly recognisable to anyone who has driven a current-generation Seat product. That’s not to say it’s bad — all the main switches operate with a good amount of solidity and, save for a few scratchier plastics, it’s a nice place to be.

Engine choices start with a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol in three different power outputs, rising to a 1.6-litre diesel — again, with a trio of power choices. There’s also the option of a five-speed, six-speed or dual-clutch automatic gearbox.

What’s under the bonnet?

With a variety of engines to choose from, there should be a powertrain for everyone with the Arona. That range starts with a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol with either 94bhp or 114bhp, sending power to the front wheels via a five-speed, six-speed or dual-clutch automatic — though the auto box is only available with the more powerful engine.

There’s also a more powerful 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol with 148bhp, as well as one 1.6-litre diesel pushing out either 94bhp or 114bhp. The smaller petrols are more than up to the challenge of powering the little Arona along, though of course, if you’re planning on undertaking more motorway miles then we’d opt for the diesel.

The 1.5-litre engine is only available in FR-spec cars.

What’s it like to drive?

Seat had a lot of success instilling a level of sporty handling into the Ateca, and it would appear that it has cracked it once again with the Arona. The steering has a surprising amount of weight to it, and when combined with the car’s low weight and eagerness to grip, is quite a lot of fun to drive, particularly on twisty roads like those on our Spanish test route.

There’s not all that much body roll, and yet it manages to remain soft and supple over inconsistencies in the road surface. On the motorway, it feels composed and stable — far more so than you’d expect in a car of this size. Wind and tyre noise are kept impressively low, and it all gives the impression of a far larger car than it truly is.

We tested all three engines in various outputs. The most popular is likely to be the 1.0-litre, as it provides the best combination of power and economy. Acceleration is hardly what you’d call brisk, with the sprint to 60mph taking around 11.4 seconds — but there’s more than enough grunt for nipping in and out of traffic.

Seat also claims that the 1.0-litre will return 57.6mpg on a combined cycle and emit just 111g/km CO2 — ideal for those looking to keep fuel costs down.

How does it look?

In our eyes at least, the Arona is a very handsome car. There’s a considerable amount of design influence from the larger Ateca, but it translates to the smaller car well. Sporty FR trim cars benefit from a sportier look, while Xcellence models feature a glitzy chrome grille — a good way of differentiating the trim level from the rest of the range.

Inside, it’s quite spec-dependent. Lower models still get an impressive five-inch colour touchscreen, but the cabin is brought down by a large slab of hard plastic on the dashboard section in front of the passenger. This is replaced by leather-effect material on higher-spec models, and this really does improve the overall feel of the cabin.

There is a huge number of customisation options available with the Arona, with nine exterior body colours alongside three roof colour choices to pick from. We’d opt for one of the brighter colours — ‘Eclipse Orange’ is a particular highlight, and really helps the car stand out.

What’s it like inside?

Given the compact chassis upon which it is based, it’s quite remarkable how much space is on offer in the Arona. Those sat in the front are well catered for in terms of head and shoulder room, while those in the rear are equally looked after. Even with our seat set in place for a 5’11” driver, there was more than enough room for a similarly sized passenger to sit behind.

There’s also 400 litres of boot space to play with, and this can be increased to 823 litres by lowering the rear seats. The space itself is square and, although there is quite a high load lip, it is easy to access. A variety of different storage options are dotted through the cabin, which will no doubt please family buyers looking to keep their cabins clutter-free.

What’s the spec like?

Buyers have plenty of options in terms of spec choices — there are six to pick from. The range starts with SE, and this brings with it 17-inch alloy wheels, a five-inch colour touchscreen and air conditioning; SE Tech adds to this with a full media package, including satellite navigation and rear parking sensors.

From there, FR trim contributes a sporty look and feel to the Arona, with large 17-inch alloy wheels and a sports bodykit giving added presence on the road. FR Sport then brings 18-inch alloy wheels and chassis control.

Lastly, Xcellence and Xcellence Lux get the bumper crop of options, with additions including a chrome front grill, rear view parking and machined alloy wheels.

The Verdict

There’s no doubt the compact SUV market is booming — this month we’ll see a new release in the segment from nearly every manufacturer.

However, Seat has provided a serious offering with the Arona. It’s well styled, good to drive and competitively priced. In short, it’s well worth considering and can more than handle any competition it has coming its way from the likes of Volkswagen and Hyundai.

At a glance:

Model: Seat Arona Xcellence 1.0-litre

Engine: 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol

Power (bhp): 94

Torque (Nm): 175

Max speed (mph): 107

0-60mph: 11.4s

MPG: 57.6

Emissions (g/km): 111

Copa del Rey two-leg format unfair on clubs like Formentera and a waste of time for Barcelona – The National

Although the political climate remains hot, temperatures have started to cool in Spain this week as the tourist season closes.

Nowhere notices the contrast more than the tiny Balearic island of Formentera, a fashionable holiday destination in the high summer, with turquoise waters and white sandy beaches.

In winter, the nearly 20-kilometre slip of an island which sits 6.4km off the coast of Ibiza and does not have its own airport shrinks back to its 11,000 population. The remote, idyllic, location made it popular with hippies in the 1970s.

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SD Formentera have long been a local team, playing for the majority of their history against fellow island sides in front of 100 spectators, until in 2012 they rose to Spain’s regional fourth division.

After four play-off attempts, they were promoted to the third tier for this season.

Away matches include a ferry to Ibiza then one or even two flights to Spain’s mainland or to one of the two Mallorcan teams. Even with subsidies, travel costs can be so prohibitive that teams prefer not to get promoted.

Formentera are now playing Mallorca, Elche and Murca, who can all attract five-figure crowds.

Formentera’s municipal stadium had two tiny stands holding 500 until this season, when five temporary stands were erected to boost the capacity to 3,000. There are markings for other sports on the artificial surface.

Players, most of whom come from the mainland, share lodgings.

This season, Formentera were paired with Athletic Bilbao in Spain’s Copa del Rey. With memories of a 14-2 aggregate hammering from Sevilla last season still fresh, nobody was getting too excited.

Formentera, with two wins from their 10 league games so far this season, are in a fight to stay up, but a club record crowd of 2,376 came to the tie. The population of Sant Francesc Xavier, where Formentera play, is 2,790. Former Athletic midfielder Joseba Garmendia helped the unfancied Formentera hold Athletic to a 1-1 draw, their greatest ever result.

The King’s popularity varies greatly around Spain at present, but every Spanish team want to win the King’s Cup. There is a problem with the format of the Copa del Rey, though.

The last 32, when the biggest clubs enter and are paired against the smallest, is over two legs. That gives the biggest clubs two chances to beat the minnows and kills the chance of one-off cup upsets, especially as the giant is at home in the second leg.

Not only that, the second leg is a non-event if the giants win the first leg.

Athletic Bilbao will have to be on form to overcome Formentera, but Barcelona won their away game 3-0 at third-tier Real Murcia. What is the point of the second leg at Camp Nou at the end of November?

Barca will lower ticket prices and season-ticket holders will be able to watch the game as part of their ticket, but the result is a foregone conclusion.

Instead, it is an opportunity to try out B team players like Jose Arnaiz, the 22-year-old winger who joined Barca in the close season for a fee of €3.4 million (Dh14.7m) from Real Valladolid. There are echoes of Real Madrid signing Marco Asensio from then second-tier Mallorca for a similar fee.

Purists of the Barca system note that buying a player who was already proven in Spain’s second division hardly makes him a product of the youth system. He turned down offers to play for Getafe and Leganes in the Primera Liga in order to continue his development at Barca, but he is 22, not 18.

Arnaiz has been excelling for Barca B in Spain’s second tier and was given his first team debut in Murcia on Tuesday, scoring in the 64th minute. He is fast and uses two feet.

It will be difficult for him and other exciting B team players – including Carlos Alena, a 19-year-old Catalan midfielder who has been with the club since the age of seven and who made his debut last season – to establish themselves. Alena already has a release clause of €75m.

Hopes are high for Arnaiz and Alena, but they have been for three or four players each season, most of whom have had good careers, but not at Barca.

Malvern’s Jayne qualifies for ETU duathlon championships in Ibiza – Malvern Gazette

MALVERN Triathlon Club’s Jayne Ackroyd competed in the ETU qualifier duathlon event at Bedford Autodrome.

The non-drafting event designed by F1 driver Jonathan Palmer involved a daunting mass start with entrants vying for a place in the championship event in Ibiza next year.

Ackroyd secured her Ibiza place in the 50 to 54 age group with times of 52 minutes 14 seconds for the 10-kilometre run, one hour 17 minutes 44 seconds for the 39km bike section and 26.22 for the 5km run, making a total of 2.38.44.

Twelve club members Jim Hancox, Tim Day-Thompson, Roy Hart, Gulab Chauan, Andrew Rickard, Chris Grubb, Martin Reed-Derby, Henry Walker, Paul Cope, Alex Innocent, Stephen Clarke, John Bryan participated in Worcestershire’s Malvern Hills Beacon Race alongside 200 local competitors.

The first of five 10km run events comprising the winter tempo series was held at Ilmington Sports Club.

Among the 221 competitors were Ackroyd, Dave Dutton and Vikki Sivertsen.

Sivertsen came first in the over 45 year age group and third female overall in 47.56.

Ackroyd completed in 54.56 and Dutton in 48.15.

Malvern’s Jayne qualifies for ETU duathlon championships in Ibiza – Malvern Gazette

MALVERN Triathlon Club’s Jayne Ackroyd competed in the ETU qualifier duathlon event at Bedford Autodrome.

The non-drafting event designed by F1 driver Jonathan Palmer involved a daunting mass start with entrants vying for a place in the championship event in Ibiza next year.

Ackroyd secured her Ibiza place in the 50 to 54 age group with times of 52 minutes 14 seconds for the 10-kilometre run, one hour 17 minutes 44 seconds for the 39km bike section and 26.22 for the 5km run, making a total of 2.38.44.

Twelve club members Jim Hancox, Tim Day-Thompson, Roy Hart, Gulab Chauan, Andrew Rickard, Chris Grubb, Martin Reed-Derby, Henry Walker, Paul Cope, Alex Innocent, Stephen Clarke, John Bryan participated in Worcestershire’s Malvern Hills Beacon Race alongside 200 local competitors.

The first of five 10km run events comprising the winter tempo series was held at Ilmington Sports Club.

Among the 221 competitors were Ackroyd, Dave Dutton and Vikki Sivertsen.

Sivertsen came first in the over 45 year age group and third female overall in 47.56.

Ackroyd completed in 54.56 and Dutton in 48.15.

Malvern’s Jayne qualifies for ETU duathlon championships in Ibiza – Malvern Gazette

MALVERN Triathlon Club’s Jayne Ackroyd competed in the ETU qualifier duathlon event at Bedford Autodrome.

The non-drafting event designed by F1 driver Jonathan Palmer involved a daunting mass start with entrants vying for a place in the championship event in Ibiza next year.

Ackroyd secured her Ibiza place in the 50 to 54 age group with times of 52 minutes 14 seconds for the 10-kilometre run, one hour 17 minutes 44 seconds for the 39km bike section and 26.22 for the 5km run, making a total of 2.38.44.

Twelve club members Jim Hancox, Tim Day-Thompson, Roy Hart, Gulab Chauan, Andrew Rickard, Chris Grubb, Martin Reed-Derby, Henry Walker, Paul Cope, Alex Innocent, Stephen Clarke, John Bryan participated in Worcestershire’s Malvern Hills Beacon Race alongside 200 local competitors.

The first of five 10km run events comprising the winter tempo series was held at Ilmington Sports Club.

Among the 221 competitors were Ackroyd, Dave Dutton and Vikki Sivertsen.

Sivertsen came first in the over 45 year age group and third female overall in 47.56.

Ackroyd completed in 54.56 and Dutton in 48.15.

Malvern’s Jayne qualifies for ETU duathlon championships in Ibiza – Malvern Gazette

MALVERN Triathlon Club’s Jayne Ackroyd competed in the ETU qualifier duathlon event at Bedford Autodrome.

The non-drafting event designed by F1 driver Jonathan Palmer involved a daunting mass start with entrants vying for a place in the championship event in Ibiza next year.

Ackroyd secured her Ibiza place in the 50 to 54 age group with times of 52 minutes 14 seconds for the 10-kilometre run, one hour 17 minutes 44 seconds for the 39km bike section and 26.22 for the 5km run, making a total of 2.38.44.

Twelve club members Jim Hancox, Tim Day-Thompson, Roy Hart, Gulab Chauan, Andrew Rickard, Chris Grubb, Martin Reed-Derby, Henry Walker, Paul Cope, Alex Innocent, Stephen Clarke, John Bryan participated in Worcestershire’s Malvern Hills Beacon Race alongside 200 local competitors.

The first of five 10km run events comprising the winter tempo series was held at Ilmington Sports Club.

Among the 221 competitors were Ackroyd, Dave Dutton and Vikki Sivertsen.

Sivertsen came first in the over 45 year age group and third female overall in 47.56.

Ackroyd completed in 54.56 and Dutton in 48.15.

Malvern’s Jayne qualifies for ETU duathlon championships in Ibiza – Malvern Gazette

MALVERN Triathlon Club’s Jayne Ackroyd competed in the ETU qualifier duathlon event at Bedford Autodrome.

The non-drafting event designed by F1 driver Jonathan Palmer involved a daunting mass start with entrants vying for a place in the championship event in Ibiza next year.

Ackroyd secured her Ibiza place in the 50 to 54 age group with times of 52 minutes 14 seconds for the 10-kilometre run, one hour 17 minutes 44 seconds for the 39km bike section and 26.22 for the 5km run, making a total of 2.38.44.

Twelve club members Jim Hancox, Tim Day-Thompson, Roy Hart, Gulab Chauan, Andrew Rickard, Chris Grubb, Martin Reed-Derby, Henry Walker, Paul Cope, Alex Innocent, Stephen Clarke, John Bryan participated in Worcestershire’s Malvern Hills Beacon Race alongside 200 local competitors.

The first of five 10km run events comprising the winter tempo series was held at Ilmington Sports Club.

Among the 221 competitors were Ackroyd, Dave Dutton and Vikki Sivertsen.

Sivertsen came first in the over 45 year age group and third female overall in 47.56.

Ackroyd completed in 54.56 and Dutton in 48.15.

Malvern’s Jayne qualifies for ETU duathlon championships in Ibiza – Malvern Gazette

MALVERN Triathlon Club’s Jayne Ackroyd competed in the ETU qualifier duathlon event at Bedford Autodrome.

The non-drafting event designed by F1 driver Jonathan Palmer involved a daunting mass start with entrants vying for a place in the championship event in Ibiza next year.

Ackroyd secured her Ibiza place in the 50 to 54 age group with times of 52 minutes 14 seconds for the 10-kilometre run, one hour 17 minutes 44 seconds for the 39km bike section and 26.22 for the 5km run, making a total of 2.38.44.

Twelve club members Jim Hancox, Tim Day-Thompson, Roy Hart, Gulab Chauan, Andrew Rickard, Chris Grubb, Martin Reed-Derby, Henry Walker, Paul Cope, Alex Innocent, Stephen Clarke, John Bryan participated in Worcestershire’s Malvern Hills Beacon Race alongside 200 local competitors.

The first of five 10km run events comprising the winter tempo series was held at Ilmington Sports Club.

Among the 221 competitors were Ackroyd, Dave Dutton and Vikki Sivertsen.

Sivertsen came first in the over 45 year age group and third female overall in 47.56.

Ackroyd completed in 54.56 and Dutton in 48.15.

Malvern’s Jayne qualifies for ETU duathlon championships in Ibiza – Malvern Gazette

MALVERN Triathlon Club’s Jayne Ackroyd competed in the ETU qualifier duathlon event at Bedford Autodrome.

The non-drafting event designed by F1 driver Jonathan Palmer involved a daunting mass start with entrants vying for a place in the championship event in Ibiza next year.

Ackroyd secured her Ibiza place in the 50 to 54 age group with times of 52 minutes 14 seconds for the 10-kilometre run, one hour 17 minutes 44 seconds for the 39km bike section and 26.22 for the 5km run, making a total of 2.38.44.

Twelve club members Jim Hancox, Tim Day-Thompson, Roy Hart, Gulab Chauan, Andrew Rickard, Chris Grubb, Martin Reed-Derby, Henry Walker, Paul Cope, Alex Innocent, Stephen Clarke, John Bryan participated in Worcestershire’s Malvern Hills Beacon Race alongside 200 local competitors.

The first of five 10km run events comprising the winter tempo series was held at Ilmington Sports Club.

Among the 221 competitors were Ackroyd, Dave Dutton and Vikki Sivertsen.

Sivertsen came first in the over 45 year age group and third female overall in 47.56.

Ackroyd completed in 54.56 and Dutton in 48.15.