The departure of Benson Henderson from a juggernaut promotion such as the UFC raises a variety of questions regarding the promotion itself and the fighters within its grasp.
Everyone loves a great heavyweight slugfest. It’s not a matter of favouring technique over strength, heart over heavy hands or underdogs over favourites. It’s a matter of attraction to the idea of the biggest, baddest dog in the yard asserting its dominance. When you’re in the UFC’s heavyweight division, you’re always someone’s pick to win. So why is it then, that we’re all so eager to throw them under the bus at every opportunity?
Putting his recent third-round submission loss to champ Daniel Cormier aside, Anthony “Rumble” Johnson enters Saturday’s UFC Fight Night main event with wins in four of his past five outings — three by way of KO. “Rumble” faces No. 4-ranked light heavyweight mainstay Ryan Bader, who holds a five-fight win streak — all by way of decision. This bout may determine the next light heavyweight title challenger.
The undisturbed look across the face of Sergej Juskevic prior to the echo of the bell in the octagon is one that tells of a storied career, in and out of North America. But the cool demeanor that the Lithuanian fighter exudes in the cage, regardless of the man standing across from him, is only a mere facet of the Hard Knocks Fighting welterweight champion.
The culmination of some of mixed martial arts’ greatest competitors has come into fruition through various avenues. Perhaps on the coat tails of sacrifice, unique talent, utter determination or a recipe involving all of the above. Yet, what builds fighters into potential contenders, talented brawlers or continuous journeymen is the long withstanding commitment and desire to simply compete.
Fight Network presents a pair of stacked live mixed martial arts events this Saturday, Jan. 23, beginning at 6:30 a.m. ET with a live broadcast of ONE: Dynasty of Champions from Changsha, China. Later, at 10 p.m. ET, Fight Network presents WSOF 27: Future Champs live from the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tenn.
So much of sports these days is image-building. Not for world champion boxer Tim Bradley. He spends exactly zero time even thinking about that.
UFC Fight Night: Dillashaw vs. Cruz airs live on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016 from TD Garden in Boston, Mass. It will feature FOX Sports’ first UFC title fight with former champ Dominick Cruz challenging current bantamweight titleholder T.J. Dillashaw.
The glaring difference between those who cover general sports and those who cover combat sports is that very few general reporters, if any, can understand the tangible sensations that a fighter experiences within, before and after battle. That invaluable experience is simply unrealistic for most media members, but in many ways it is a loss of dimension to legitimately critique and praise.
Part of the brilliance that the polarizing Conor McGregor sustains is his ability to recognize self-value. In a sport where risk and damage often outweigh reward, the means of pride and glory end up filling the void where financial incentives go astray.
Recently at a bar with my significant other and several friends, I was asked to justify my love of our beautiful bloodsport pass time and came up a little short.
Happy New Year, fight fans! Shake off that hangover, wipe the Doritos from your chin and, for the love of god, go have a shower. Once you’re all done that, join me in breaking down all the main card bouts of the very first pay-per-view of 2016 in the latest installment of “How it Should Have Ended:” The Lawler v. Condit Edition.
In the whirlwind of mixed martial arts, there seems to be no definitive measure of success other than the prospect of gold. In a sport so compact with various facets, disciplines and outcomes, to find the distance between glory and falling short is for some fighters the place of grey that defines parts of their career.
Get ready for UFC 195 on January 2nd! In the main event, Robbie Lawler will look to defend his UFC welterweight championship against former interim UFC welterweight champion Carlos Condit.
It’s been close to a year lapse since Josh Hill enforced his will upon current World Series of Fighting bantamweight champion Marlon Moraes for five gritty rounds at WSOF 18.
On this month’s How it Should Have Ended, we get into an in-depth recap of the most anticipated fight of the year on the last big card of 2015. This one was a doozy, quickly living up to the hype and once again swapping out the division leaders.
Conor McGregor was simply dancing. His posture erect and his vision clear; it took him a mere 13 seconds to demolish the stature of a 10-year empire built by Jose Aldo. Although the finish felt anti-climactic, it also felt laced with the idea that a sport that has been practiced a certain way for so long is finding itself in a state of flux.
It’s often stated that gyms take on the qualities of their owners. It’s then no surprise that upon stepping into Toronto’s Black Devil MMA you’ll notice this no-gimmick gym is built on passion and a positive work ethic. Sipping coffee in a downtown cafe, I’m joined by a grinning man who can’t contain an infectious laugh as he sits across from me.
Hey there, 2015. Do you have a moment? We need to talk. It’s not you, it’s me. Well actually, it was mostly you. You were interesting and all, but sometimes a fan just needs a bit of consistency, you know?
As a precursor to the overtly inflated meeting between featherweights Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor at UFC 194, the world’s premier mixed martial arts promotion will open the gates to another landmark in mainstream female MMA.
The culmination was over. Conor McGregor stood with his arms above his head, a gash upon his left brow and a blanket of tears in his eyes.
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Greg Desrochers let the curtain fall upon his amateur MMA career with a sensational first round KO of stand-up vet, Jonny Tello at Ace Fighting Championship 3. When Desrochers had the promotion’s silver-studded belt wrapped around his waist, it signified the laying to rest of one part of his career and the introduction of the most important part.
When Chris Weidman emerged victorious at UFC 162 against the mercurial Anderson Silva, and again defended the gold in devastating fashion at UFC 168, it felt as though a new era dawned upon the middleweight division.
Working at Fight Network, it goes without saying I’m exposed to a lot of combat sports; probably more in one day than even the most avid of fans see in one week.
Welp. That happened. By now you’ve already chatted with strangers, braved the Internet storm and undoubtedly debated with friends over what Ronda ‘really’ did wrong at UFC 193.
As the mixed martial arts world finally begins to unclasp their stronghold on the outcome of UFC 193, the promotion unfolded its latest Fight Night in Monterrey, Mexico this past Saturday with headliners Neil Magny and Kelvin Gastelum. In the underestimated main event, Magny emerged the victor via split decision despite finding himself in danger during the final rounds of the clash.
It’s no secret that Ronda Rousey’s overtly aggressive personality has been difficult for fans and colleagues alike to swallow. The former bantamweight champion has left no ear free of her colourful and often times revealing honesty.
The dust has just begun to settle for Ronda Rousey after her devastating loss to massive underdog Holly Holm at UFC 193. And as the former champion emerges from the shadows of her fellow victor on that fateful night in Melbourne, the grieving period will overwhelm, her surroundings will settle and she will soon be left with plenty of questions regarding her legacy.
There is a grave difference between exuding confidence and relying on aggression. At UFC 193, there was a reoccurring theme between champion and challenger that saw each woman’s difference in stature carry them through towards the ultimately unthinkable outcome.
John Pollock looks at the stunning win by Holly Holm, defeating Ronda Rousey to become the UFC women’s bantamweight champion and the questions that Rousey will forced to answer in the weeks to come.