On Episode 5 of UFC 206 Embedded … •Headliners Max Holloway and Anthony Pettis answer questions at media day as welterweights Donald Cerrone and Matt Brown share a tense faceoff; •Featherweight Dooho Choi says hello to UFC President Dana White, who is excited to watch Choi take on Cub Swanson; •Friday morning, Anthony Pettis is
UFC welterweight Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone appeared alongside a group of fellow notables, during the announcement of the MMAAA debut. The group seeks to bargain with the UFC, and aims eventually see an anti-trust exemption for the league, and a union. Cerrone recently expressed some ambiguity about the debut, but was clear, too, on what he wanted.
Today’s Sean Gannon interview is a little unusual: It won’t have Sean Gannon in it. After his superiors learned he went to the media and the FBI to expose an alleged child sexual assault by a senior Boston Police official, and its subsequent alleged cover-up by other senior Boston Police officials, Sean Gannon has been officially
Tonight’s UFC 206 card does not resemble last night’s card when it comes to the overall talent level, and should give us some pretty entertaining fights to fill our need for hand to hand combat with.
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
There currently are at least three efforts underway to organize fighters. The first was the Mixed Martial arts Fighters Association (MMAFA), founded by attorney Robert Maysey in 2009. It is run by individuals with deep personal integrity and has broad goals across the sport at its professional level. The MMAFA is involved in a massive, multi-million dollar
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
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
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