On Episode 4 of UFC 206 Embedded … •Welterweight Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone replaces his sparring gloves with soccer, basketball and rock-climbing, then reconnects with former opponent Anthony “Showtime” Pettis; •Middleweight Tim Kennedy reveals a newfound love of MMA; •At open workouts in Toronto, welterweight Matt Brown has harsh words for his opponent; •Featherweight title contenders
Hair pulling is prohibited under the Unified Rules of mixed martial arts. However, in the wild early days of the sport, hair pulling was legal. As a consequence, most fighters kept their hair close-cropped. However, Erik Paulson went to the World Combat Championship in 1995 with long hair, due to the requirements of his work as a stuntman
Conor McGregor had a good year. He and longtime partner Dee Devlin found out they are having a baby in May. He became the first UFC fighter, ever, to hold two belts at the same time; he still literally holds them, too. He made Forbes’ 100 paid athletes list. He has a role in Game
The ADCC (Abu Dhabi Combat Club) Submission Wrestling World Championship is the world’s most prestigious grappling event. Founded by H.E. Sheikh Tahnoun Bin Zayed Al Nahyan in 1998, “The ADCCs” have been held every two years. The first four events, which were then held on an annual basis, were in Abu Dhabi. Like the Olympics, the event
Bellator 168 takes place Saturday, December 10th in Florence, Italy, and the main card will air live on Spike TV. The main event features a middleweight bout between Alessio Sakara and Joey Beltran.
UFC 206 takes place Saturday, December 10th in Toronto, Canada and the main card airs exclusively on PPV.
There was a time when boxing has eight weight divisions and eight champions, and a fan might well be able to recite the linear heavyweight champion back to John L. Sullivan. Last year at one point boxing recognized 74 different world champions, and four vacant titles, in 17 weight divisions, from the WBA, WBC, IBF
UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor also literally holds a featherweight belt, is trying to set up a boxing match with Floyd Mayweather Jr, and has a role in Game Of Thrones. Filming for the latest season is ongoing in Belfast, Ireland, and also in Iceland, both of which are near gyms McGregor regularly trains out of
Fighters at UFC Fight Night events are compensated several ways. There is a fixed amount to show and another fixed amount to win, usually identical. There is 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
UFC Fight Night 102 took place Friday, December 9th in Albany, NY and aired exclusively on UFC Fight Pass. The main event featured a heavyweight fight between Derrick ‘The Blackbeast’ Lewis and Russian Shamil Abdurakhimov.
Former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis had the opportunity Saturday night to become only the fourth fighter in UFC history to hold belts in two divisions, after Randy Couture, BJ Penn, and Conor McGregor. However, he failed to make the contracted weight for the first time in his ten-year career. If opponent Max Holloway wins, he
Former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis had an extraordinary opportunity at UFC 206 on Saturday night. With a win vs. Max Holloway at featherweight, he would become only the fourth fighter in UFC history to hold belts in two divisions, after Randy Couture, BJ Penn, and Conor McGregor. Pettis lost his belt to Rafael dos Anjos
UFC 206 will be held on December 10, 2016, at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The main card is broadcast on pay per view television, while the late prelims are broadcast on FOX Sports 1, with the early prelims streaming on UFC Fight Pass. The ceremonial, public weigh-in and faceoff takes place on
Viking can’t catch a break in Ontario. First, Norway’s Emil ‘Valhalla’ Meek couldn’t bring his trademark axe to the UFC media event and was told he couldn’t walk out with it, either. Now the Ontario Athletic Commission, which is notorious for strict adherence to unusual rules, says he has to shave off his beard in order to fight Jordan
UFC middleweight champion Tyron Woodley is a wise man. Most fighters winning the world championship offer bloody praise for God and scream. But those brief post-fight moments are an extraordinary opportunity to advocate for whatever the champion determines is in his or her best interests. Before Woodley left the Octagon after defeating Robbie Lawler at
Although there is only one definitively diagnosed case of CTE in MMA there are many suspected cases (which can only be certainly diagnosed with brain autopsy upon death). On Thursday, Dr. Ann McKee, a neurologist and Director of the CTE Center at the Boston University School of Medicine gave sobering testimony to Congressional Subcommittee on
In May, Norway’s Emil ‘Valhalla’ Meek came to widespread attention at Venator FC when he crushed Rousimar Palhares, and did so looking exactly like one of his viking ancestors. There is no one in the mixed martial arts space with a more incongruous last name. “Chop the Heads off the” might be an apt nickname. The
Denmark’s Anna ‘Panda’ Elmose had her first amateur fight in March of 2014. Her next fight, in November, was pro. She won two more, and was signed by the UFC. Bad news, her first fight in the big league was vs. ferocious kickboxer Germaine de Randamie at UFC Fight Night 87 on May 8, 2016. A knee
On 11/30 the greatest welterweight in UFC history, Georges St-Pierre, appeared as one of the faces of the Mixed Martial Arts Athletes Association, an organizing group that seeks to address a long list of grievances, most prominently the portion of income that fighters receive. In a recent interview with TSN’s Michael Landsberg the fighter said he is
In the annals of combats sports, martial arts, and combatives, there are few stories as compelling as this documentary on Regimental sergeant major John Cleese teaching a class on self-defence against an assailant armed with a piece of fresh fruit. It first appeared in “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” Series 1, Episode 4 – “Owl Stretching Time”