Tim Elliott came close to the greatest upset in UFC history on Saturday night, sinking not one but two chokes on flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson the greatest pound for pound fighter in mixed martial arts. Elliott had been released by the UFC after losing three in a row and returned via winning TUF 24. His remarkable performance promised some exciting
The UFC has struggled to find someone to fight the best pound for pound fighter in the sport, Demetrious Johnson. They created the 24th season of The Ultimate Fighter to generate one by having 16 regional champions battle at the Finale for a title shot. That ended up with an excellent fight. The two TUF
Although after 23 years, mixed martial arts is becoming a sport on its own, as the name implies, many fighters draw from distinct martial arts. That has rarely been as clear lately as it was at The Ultimate Fighter 24 Finale, when Ryan Hall faced Gray Maynard. Maynard employs a high percentage wrestling/boxing game. He also
The first, last, and only UFC flyweight champion Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson is the best pound for pound fighter in mixed martial arts, with no holes in his game. Johnson has tremendous wrestling, tremendous striking, and a tremendous submission game. He needed it all to defeat Tim Elliot on Saturday night at The Ultimate Fighter
UFC fighters are compensated several ways. There is a fixed amount to show and another fixed amount to win, usually identical amounts. Fighters also get Reebok pay based on tenure, for wearing the distinctive apparel during fight week and in the Octagon. Sometimes fighters get “locker room” bonuses of varying amounts; despite their name locker
These things happen in mixed martial arts. It began when Jake Ellenberger threw a right knee at Jorge Masvidal. He may have slipped or was perhaps trying to execute a jump knee, but his left, trail leg slid across the canvas and as his weight came down on it, it wedged between the mat and the
The show featured the tournament champion, Tim Elliot fighting Demetrious Johnson for the flyweight championship as well as coaches Henry Cejudo and Joseph Benavidez fighting.
#JusticeForGannon Part 1 of the Sean Gannon interview was rightly described by a number of UGers as the best thing they ever read in the UG Blog. Part 2, too, is must read. Gannon is a member of MENSA, a UFC vet, with championship experience in amateur boxing, grappling, and Judo. He famously beat Kimbo
Conor McGregor won the featherweight title at UFC 194, on December 12, 2015, and the lightweight title at UFC 205 on November 12, 2016. That made him the first person to ever hold two UFC belts at the same time. The problem is, he doesn’t seem interested in defending either of them. McGregor and partner
Jeff Sherwood and Josh Gross have launched a new weekly podcast, available via subscription, called ‘The Outsiders’. Episode 4: MMA Fighter Pay and Bjorn Rebney’s MMAA Association, published recently. Here is a sample of the guys talking about the new Mixed Martial Arts Athlete Association led by Bjorn Rebney. Gross and Sherwood also discuss what
Markwayne Mullin, retired MMA fighter, successful entrepreneur, and congressman (R) representing the 2nd District of Oklahoma has introduced H.R.5365, Federal legislation amending the Ali Act, so that it expands to cover professional MMA, and even kickboxing. The Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act, widely known as the Ali Act, is a federal law enacted in 2000 in response to
There are a lot of records in MMA. Most UFC Belts at the Same Time is Conor McGregor, with two (briefly). Fastest KO is held by Mike Garrett who headkick KOed Sam Heron in 1.13 seconds. Now there may be a new record, one that appears ready to stand the test of time – Greatest Bro
The one that got away from UFC president Dana White was Fedor Emelianenko. Ask the UFC boss what fighter he wishes he had brought into the Octagon, it’s Fedor, vs. … anyone. The fight that got away may be Ronda Rousey vs. Cris Cyborg. Cyborg is the Invicta FC featherweight champion, but her contract is with the
Resurrection Fighting Alliance and Legacy Fighting Championship are merging into Legacy Fighting Alliance, which is intended to be the “NCAA of MMA.” LFC held its final fight on Friday night – Legacy FC 63: Harris vs. Cobb. The main event, Gerald Harris vs. Aaron Cobb, was contracted to be held at welterweight. In what may be a profoundly
Tito Ortiz fights Chael Sonnen in the main event of Bellator MMA 170 on January 21, 2017. Ortiz began fighting in 1997. Now 41, he said recently on his social network that the Sonnen fight will be his last. The reference below is to the rescheduling of UFC 208 to another date. It had been
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Conor McGregor won the featherweight title at UFC 194, on December 12, 2015. Then he fought at welterweight twice, and won the lightweight championship. He and partner Dee Devlin are expecting a baby in May, and he plans to take a break until then. So that is a year and half at the earliest before
The new UFC owners, WME-IMG, want a return on their four billion dollar investment. One of their first prominent acts was to lay off around 15% of the staff, some 70-80 employees in total, including some of the league’s top executives. Late in October MMAjunkie’s Steven Marrocco and Ben Fowlkes obtained a 58-page UFC investor document that
The Eddie Bravo Invitational 10 streamed live from Mexico City, Mexico on Friday, December 10, live on UFC Fight Pass. EBI featherweight champion Eddie Cummings was part of the 16-man bracket to determine the promotion’s bantamweight champion. The bracket also includes current champion, 10th Planet’s own Geo Martinez, setting up a potential Danaher Death Squad vs. 10th
Bellator 166 took place Friday, December 2nd in Thackerville, Oklahoma and aired on Spike TV. The main event featured a bantamweight title fight between Joe Warren and Eduardo Dantas.