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.
The word ‘debut’ seems unfitting for bantamweight, Lyndon Whitlock. This is despite the fact that he will walk onto the Hard Knocks Fighting Championship canvas for the first time on Nov. 13.
On the brink of a historical event such as UFC 193 in Melbourne, Australia, it comes as no surprise that the world’s most prestigious mixed martial arts promotion would feed into the overwhelming momentum of Ronda Rousey in “UFC Embedded.”
John Pollock brings us his Live Audio Wrestling Sept. 8, 2015 update including Kurt Angle not renewing his deal with TNA Wrestling and more.
Misha Cirkunov’s mixed martial arts career has been defined by years of trying to reach the summit.
The Latvian – Canadian’s continued pursuit reached its newest heights this past June when he signed with the UFC – the sport’s most prestigious league. Despite the fact that many whisperers argue his debut was long overdue, the explosive light heavyweight feels as though for him, it was flawless timing.
The UFC is only a few weeks away from ending its Canadian series of events for 2015 on Aug. 23 in Saskatoon. The card features an overwhelming amount of home-based talent, including the country’s first Ultimate Fighter victor, Chad Laprise.
The former welterweight will be continuing his pursuit of greatness in the lightweight division against veteran Francisco Trinaldo, prior to his TUF coach Patrick Cote’s clash with Josh Burkman. Laprise, who is 3-0 in the UFC and can boast a perfect record of 10-0, is not only hungry for a win against the Brazilian, but also a spectacular finish.
Just three days removed from an action-packed doubleheader weekend, the Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to San Diego, Calif. for a special Wednesday edition of UFC Fight Night: Mir vs. Duffee.
In the main event, former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir collides with red-hot knockout machine Todd Duffee, plus Josh Thomson battles Tony Ferguson in a clash of top 15 lightweights.
The Ultimate Fighter 21: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians has come to an end, but we still need to determine which team wins $300,000 and a “TUF” trophy on Sunday night, as The Ultimate Fighter 21 Finale emanates from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
A raucous sell-out crowd is expected to pack the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday night for UFC 189: Mendes vs. McGregor, the highest-grossing live event in the promotion’s storied Las Vegas history.
In the main event, the interim featherweight championship will be contested as former two-time title challenger Chad Mendes steps in on short notice to battle Irish superstar Conor McGregor. Another title is on the line in the co-feature, as welterweight kingpin Robbie Lawler rematches top-ranked Canadian contender Rory MacDonald for the division’s top prize.
Let’s take a closer look at Saturday’s stacked line-up:
Despite a bevy of visa issues forcing a number of fight cancellations, the show will go on this Saturday night when the Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to Hollywood for UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Romero, emanating from Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to pay-per-view on Saturday night with the undisputed heavyweight championship up for grabs.
Headlining UFC 188, the promotion’s sophomore event in Mexico City, heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez takes on interim beltholder Fabricio Werdum, while the co-feature pits Gilbert Melendez against Eddie Alvarez in a long awaited lightweight showdown.
Deception can sometimes be the greatest of tools.
In fighting, deception is the kind of feature that can inspire an opponent to frame their plan for fight night on all the wrong fronts. For Josh Hill, deception has aided him in his gradual rise to being elite. The Hamilton native is arguably one of the most successful fighters to showcase on the Global Warriors 2 card and the wave of momentum that will bring him towards the cage on May 30 is exactly what will grip audiences.
It is not often that the elegance of a fighter can exude as well in their words as it does in their craft. Alex Ricci, the former Thai boxer and accomplished mixed martial artist, is a prime example of that display.
Stand and bang.
Some of the most alluring displays in MMA have come from a fighter’s striking game. A brawl that’s peppered with swift combinations and wobbling heads is sure to engross any audience. Its appeal has been the longstanding format for brilliance not only in MMA, but also in the ever-prestigious art of Muay Thai; a craft that Denis Puric has found immense success in.
If time can’t stop him, then nothing can.
The story of Dave Hale is a weathered one. The Burlington native boasts a basis of Muay Thai brilliance. It is one that has served him immensely as he walked onto the steps of his MMA career almost five years ago. Yet, since then Hale has endured one of the most difficult battles a fighter can face – the hindrance of time.
A combination of silent confidence, versed skillset and experience, is what has helped make up the overwhelming presence of Lyndon Whitlock.