Full Preview – Is Lara Too Slick for Canelo?

In many ways, Erislandy Lara (W19, KO12, L1, D2) may be the best fighter that Canelo Alvarez (W43, KO31, L1, D1) has yet faced in his career, including Floyd Mayweather Jr. We will find out for sure when they step into the ring on July 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas to battle each other in a highly anticipated junior-middleweight bout.

The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale Preview & Predictions

One of the most influential fighters in mixed martial arts history will try to go out on a high note on Sunday night as the legendary B.J. Penn drops all the way down to 145 pounds in his quest for redemption against two-time conqueror Frankie Edgar.

In addition, “The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale” will crown two season winners, as Corey Anderson and Matt Van Buren collide at 205 pounds, while Eddie Gordon and Dhiego Lima vie for the middleweight six-figure contract.

UFC 175: Weidman vs. Machida Preview & Predictions

The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to the fight capital of the world for one of the busiest weekends in promotional history as back-to-back events emanate from the Mandalay Bay Events Center for the first time ever, bunched in with UFC International Fight Week and Fan Expo festivities.

The main course will be served up on Saturday night as the pay-per-view presentation of UFC 175: Weidman vs. Machida features the best lineup of the year, headlined by a pair of championship fights.

KounterMove Picks – UFC 175: Weidman vs. Machida

UFC 175 promises its own stars and fireworks this July 4 weekend when one of 2014’s premier UFC cards unfolds at the Mandalay Bay Events Center this Saturday in Las Vegas. With three stellar main card match ups including the likes of UFC mainstays Chris Weidman, Lyoto Machida and Ronda Rousey, along with an undercard bursting of TUF superstars, much is anticipated for the holiday weekend event.

SHIFT Review – Transformers: Age of Extinction

Since the advent of the internet, people have taken movies a lot more seriously — dead seriously in a lot of ways. Materials such as comics, action figures, cartoons and so forth have become golden, infallible deities. When some film studio dares adapt one of these supreme spiritual beings to the big screen, the level of scrutiny is beyond anything we’ve ever seen in time’s past. And you know what? I’m guilty of this at times. Because of my depth of knowledge, I’ll never fully be able to take my fanboy goggles off, but sometimes you just have to dial down their intensity.

I say all this because I find the ‘Transformers’ series to be one of the most heavily scrutinized and ridiculed out there, and not always fairly. And believe me, I used to be a huge hater, because it’s one of those series that is cool to hate. It’s like a hipster thing, I swear. No matter how much good director Michael Bay does, he is just imbued with this reputation as a man who bastardizes people’s childhoods. I can’t defend the second ‘Transformers’ film, ‘Revenge of the Fallen’. It was the first I had seen in theatres, and I actually felt bad afterwards. I think I apologized to my date.

Video Highlights & Recap – Crawford Stops Gamboa in Nine

It was a fight fought in two acts at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb. before an enthusiastic sold-out audience. The fight lasted nine rounds and the fifth round was the turning point in the match. It was an exciting fight. Native Nebraskan Terence Crawford (W24, KO17) wowed his boisterous hometown crowd by successfully defending the WBO lightweight title he recently won from Ricky Burns in Scotland, with a scintillating performance against the usually formidable Cuban expat Yuriorkis Gamboa (W23, KO16, L1).

KounterMove Picks – UFC Fight Night Doubleheader

Whether you’re up at the unholy hour of 2:30 a.m. to watch UFC Fight Night 43 in Auckland or decide to hold off until UFC Fight Night 44 in San Antonio — 21 bouts, across two UFC Fight Night cards, are coming our way Saturday for another UFC doubleheader!

Once more, we’re dishing up a few stars & bargain picks to get your Kountermove fantasy MMA team on it’s way to the top.

UFC Fight Night: Te Huna vs. Marquardt Preview & Predictions

In the first half of a UFC doubleheader this Saturday, the promotion makes its highly anticipated debut in New Zealand.

Headlining UFC Fight Night 43 from Auckland’s Vector Arena, we’re treated to a rare instance of two fighters switching weight classes and meeting in the middle, in this case Nate Marquardt returning to the middleweight ranks from his stint at 170 pounds to collide with hometown hero James Te Huna, who drops to 185 pounds following his tenure as a light heavyweight.

2014 First Half UFC Awards

It’s late June, which means the calendar year midway point in upon us.

It’s been a hectic year in the world of mixed martial arts to say the least, especially for the sport’s biggest promotion.

Lomachenko Too Much for Russell Jr. on Showtime

His second attempt at a world title was a charm for Vasyl Lomachenko (W2, KO1, L1) as he captured the WBO featherweight title by a surprising majority decision (he should have been awarded a unanimous decision) by dominating Gary Russell Jr. (W24, KO14, L1) for twelve consecutive rounds at the StubHub Center in Carson City, Calif. this past Saturday night.

Journey to Thailand Blog – Muay Thai in Malaysia

After my last fight, I took a few days off from training to lick my wounds. I also had to renew my Thai visa, which involves leaving the country. I’ve always wanted to see Malaysia, so I took the opportunity to spend three days in Kuala Lumpur. I packed a small backpack along with my boxing gloves, and headed out to KL.

The Fight of the Year: Guerrero Outlasts Kamegai

In what has to be a candidate for Fight of the Year honors, welterweights Roberto “The Ghost” Guerrero (W32, KO18, L2, D1) and Japanese challenger Yoshihiro Kamegai (W24, KO21, L1, D1) spent 12 punishing rounds using each other’s heads for batting practice. They engaged in a furious fistic war that had fans on the edge of their seats for the entire fight. There were no down or dull moments at anytime in the fight. These guys meant business and went to war with the pugilistic gifts that God gave them. They were both there to fight their respective hearts out or, at the very least, die trying.

Bellator MMA Changes Course; Coker Replaces Rebney

Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney is leaving the company he founded, according to a press release from Spike TV on Tuesday.

The move comes as a bit of a surprise, at least on the surface.

Rebney has lead Bellator from an obscure start-up to the world’s number two MMA organization in the world in a span of five years. He founded the promotion in 2008 with the help of hedge fund capital, rapidly built the Bellator brand and subsequently sold a majority stake in the company to Viacom in 2011.

Algieri Upsets Provodnikov on HBO Boxing After Dark

In what has to be the upset of the year, unheralded hometown fighter Chris Algieri (W20, KO8) from New York City stunned the boxing world by scoring a split decision victory over the defending WBO junior-welterweight world champion Ruslan “The Siberian Rocky” Provodnikov (W23, KO16, L3) after 12 rounds of exciting action at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

SHIFT E3 2014 Round-Up: Best and Worst Of

I may not have physically been in Los Angeles for 2014’s E3 Expo, but I was there in spirit and in mind. My apartment has been a little warm, so it’s been kind of like a mock LA. I also haven’t had much reason to shower or shave or wear clean clothes. I’ve been sitting, sometimes laying, watching press conference after press conference, trailer after trailer. I went 12 hours straight the one day. If someone reading this article could kindly go grocery shopping for me and bring me to the laundromat, I would greatly appreciate it.

KounterMove Picks – UFC 174: Stars, Sleepers & Duds

The UFC heads north of the border this weekend when Demetrious Johnson and Ali Bagautinov headline a stacked night of fights at UFC 174.

Demetrious Johnson, the UFC’s first flyweight champion, defends his title for an impressive fourth consecutive outing when he faces Dagestani fighter, Ali Bagautinov in the main event. If able to put a stop to the reigning champ, Bagautinov would be the first Russian to snag a UFC title.

UFC 174: Johnson vs. Bagautinov Preview & Predictions

The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to Vancouver’s Rogers Arena on Saturday night for UFC 174: Johnson vs. Bagautinov, headlined by a flyweight championship clash between reigning king Demetrious Johnson and surging Russian contender Ali Bagautinov.

Despite some meaningful fights in various weight classes, the fight card ultimately lacks the star power typically associated with pay-per-view caliber shows and the buyrate will undoubtedly suffer as a result.

A Brief History of Canadian UFC Title Fights

When Demetrious Johnson squares off with Ali Bagautinov this Saturday in Vancouver at UFC 174, it will mark the 15th UFC title fight to take place on Canadian soil in the promotion’s history.

Cotto Shines at Middleweight, Destroys Martinez

This past Saturday, June 7 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, Miguel Angel Cotto put on a performance for the ages that will long be remembered for many years to come. Cotto knocked down the heavily favored undisputed world middleweight champion Sergio Martinez thrice in the opening round.

SHIFT Review – Edge of Tomorrow

I’m a huge movie guy. I’m really quite content seeing a movie every weekend — even more than that if it’s a competitive release window. And even with my “will watch anything” attitude, I nearly passed on seeing ‘Edge of Tomorrow’. That’s how bad the marketing has been, in my opinion: it was able to turn a man who loves Tom Cruise and sci-fi indifferent.

UFC Fight Night: Henderson-Khabilov Preview & Predictions

The Ultimate Fighting Championship finally touches down in the fight hub of Albuquerque, N.M. for the first time on Saturday night, as UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Khabilov emanates from Tingley Coliseum.

Greg Jackson’s Albuquerque-based camp has produced numerous world champions and top contenders throughout the years, so it’s only fitting one of its highly touted prospects tops the bill.

Cotto’s Last Chance for Glory Saturday Against Martinez

Two future Hall of Fame fighters are meeting each other this coming Saturday, June 7 in New York City at the original Mecca of professional boxing, Madison Square Garden. WBC world middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (W51, KO28, L2, D2) will defend his crown against the very eager but rather faded Miguel Cotto (W38, KO31, L4) in a fight that most experts believe has virtually no chance of going the distance. Or, more to the point, most experts believe that Cotto has no chance of going the distance. This time those experts may very well be right.

SHIFT Round-Up: Doctor Strange Update, Arkham Knight Delayed

​Marvel has about one thousand… and nine films in production between now and the end of times, one of which is the debut theatrical adventure of one Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange. I’ll admit to not knowing much about the character, a guy who goes from surgeon to battling otherworldly foes, but he sounds interesting — particularly because he’s a different brand of superhero.

Khabilov, Bagautinov and UFC’s Dagestani Invasion

Detractors say it’s pointless, but the “pound for pound” argument persists among the water cooler fight fans nonetheless.

Instead of applying the argument to fighters, let’s apply it to countries and regions of the world. As far as generating MMA talent goes, what part of the world is the “pound for pound” best?

Froch Removes All Doubt, KOs Groves in Rematch

There can be no controversy this time around concerning the rematch between Carl “The Cobra” Froch and his arch nemesis George “Saint George” Groves. The defending WBA/IBF super middleweight world champion Froch retained his titles and ended the fight by pulverizing Groves with one single devastating straight right hand that dropped Groves to the canvas in round eight as if he had been shot at close range.

Full Preview – Groves Gets His Second Chance at Froch

This coming Saturday at Wembley Stadium in London, England, a grudge rematch for the ages will take place with both combatants expressing genuine dislike for each other. The current and immensely popular IBF/WBA super middleweight world champion Carl “The Cobra” Froch (W32, KO23, L2) will defend his world titles once again in a rematch with fellow Brit, the formidable George “Saint George” Groves (W19, KO15, L1).

The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 Finale Preview & Predictions

Part 2 of the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s doubleheader on Saturday takes place at Ibirapuera Arena in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Boxing standouts are showcased in the main event on FOX Sports 1, as Stipe Miocic welcomes late fill-in Fabio Maldonado to the heavyweight ranks.

And of course, The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 Finale will crown “TUF” champions in the middleweight and heavyweight divisions.

UFC Fight Night: Munoz vs. Mousasi Preview & Predictions

The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to Germany for the first time in nearly four years as UFC Fight Night: Munoz vs. Mousasi emanates from Berlin’s 02 World Arena this Saturday, exclusively on UFC Fight Pass.

In the middleweight main event, Filipino-American “Wrecking Machine” Mark Munoz battles Dutch-Armenian former Strikeforce champion Gegard Mousasi.

SHIFT Review – Wolfenstein: Is Multiplayer a Must?

I’m a weird guy. I like to sit alone in a room and immerse myself in a single player game. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll play the occasional round of ‘Super Smash Bros.’, ‘Mario Kart’ or ‘Call of Duty’ with a buddy, but nothing quite hooks me like playing by myself… you know, in reference to video games. I remember one time when I was living with a buddy of mine, I was in my room playing ‘Ni No Kuni’ (Google it, if you’re not familiar). Buddy walks in my room, takes one look at the screen, looks to me and says, “Man, do I have to call the police?”