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  • MMA and karate questions: What have UFC and IOC learned? The increasingly indispensable Morning Report at MMAFighting.com is a fun read today that also raises a lot of questions: – Jon Jones says the UFC has “learned a lesson” about offering “full cards” in the wake of the UFC 151 cancellation. We’ll have to see whether that’s true. Blame Jones, blame Dan Henderson, blame anyone in ...
  • UFC 152: Expectations vs. reality A good, strong pay-per-view card was exactly what the UFC needed after a summer of injuries, other bad news and the first major cancellation in the promotion’s history. Attendance in Toronto was a puzzler — a couple thousand and a couple million less than the UFC’s December visit to the same venue. But it likely ...
  • MMA has answered its fundamental question UFC founding father Art Davis has written a book (with fellow soccer/MMA commentator Sean Wheelock) on the early days of the UFC — Is This Legal?: The Inside Story of The First UFC from the Man Who Created It. Bloody Elbow, always interested in MMA history, took advantage of the opportunity for a long conversation with Davie in ...
  • Matchups to make in wake of Rampage-Tito announcement In a mixed martial arts landscape dominated by the UFC, Bellator has made inroads with an alternate approach — mixing just a couple of UFC alumni with some younger or lesser-known fighters in tournaments broadcast for free, now on former UFC channel Spike. So it’s a little strange to see their big announcement yesterday of a ...
  • ‘The Ultimate Fighter': Season 13 cast Spike just released the cast list for the new season, and so like every other MMA blogger without a full-time office job, I’ve been scouring Sherdog and elsewhere for info about each guy. Here’s what we have — good luck pinning those the records on any TUF cast: – Nordin “Fists of Tangier” Asrih: 16-5-1 (he ...
  • The Ultimate Fighter 20, Episode 10: No talk, just fight Previously on The Ultimate Fighter … Hey! Do you remember Jessica Penne? Yes, she’s a pretty good fighter. MMARising puts her 12th in the global pound-for-pound rankings. She’s seeded fourth in the tournament on The Ultimate Fighter. Oh, you didn’t remember she’s on the show? Well, she is. No, really. And she’s fighting fifth seed Aisling Daly, another fighter ...
  • The UFC’s curious response to ESPN’s piece (Editing a little after listening to the Josh Gross podcast with Outside the Lines reporter John Barr.) I have to start with a disclaimer, of course. If there’s a dispute between the UFC and ESPN, then I’m in the bad situation of being beholden to both sides. I’ve done some freelance work for ESPN, though none ...
  • ‘The Ultimate Fighter': Season 11, Episode 3: Not that there’s anything wrong with that Two weeks ago, we wondered if Rich Franklin would be replacing Tito Ortiz sometime during this season, and we were all assured otherwise. Chuck Liddell vs. Tito Ortiz, and Chuck is excited! Last week, we got confirmation from the UFC: Chuck Liddell will be facing … Rich Franklin??!! We’ll have to watch to find out how. So let’s ...
  • A farewell to Fedor? Plus other Strikeforce thoughts One unfortunate aspect of being a latecomer to MMA is that I clearly missed some of the best fighters in their prime. I know Chuck Liddell dominated for years, but the first time I saw him in person, Rashad Evans knocked him unconscious. A couple more KOs later, he’s done. Fedor Emelianenko is a more complicated ...
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