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  • MMA judging: A modest proposal What should be valued most in MMA judging? Supposedly, it’s some mix of striking, grappling and Octagon control, but the definitions seem elusive to fans and losing fighters. (Winning fighters, of course, always find some way to interpret the scorecards.) MMA fans and writers have many pet solutions for tweaking the judging process. This one attempts ...
  • MMA weekend: Fast and furious Can Bellator keep up the momentum after a strong Spike debut last week? Who’s the fastest flyweight in the world? Can UFC get a bang for its marketing buck, particularly with a main card that would stack up quite well against some of the recent pay-per-views? BELLATOR (main card 10 p.m. ET Thursday on Spike) Ben Askren ...
  • What’s up at SportsMyriad in 2013 When I left USA TODAY in 2010, I immediately embarked on two projects: 1. A book on The Ultimate Fighter. 2. This blog, SportsMyriad, with the intent to “flip the sports page inside-out.” Those projects were sidetracked a bit, in a good way. USA TODAY kept giving me a lot of freelance work, particularly in its new magazine division. ...
  • The Ultimate Fighter 16, Episode 9: Friends and fighting In life and The Ultimate Fighter, stepping up and apologizing is a Good Thing. From a utilitarian perspective, apologies add much to the greater good. They free society of the need to do excessive policing, allowing that society to focus on more positive efforts. They also establish norms of decency that reduce the risk of ...
  • Strange things about the Unified Rules of MMA The legend says that Ken Shamrock has long had a beef about UFC 1, griping that he wasn’t allowed to bring his wrestling shoes into the cage because they were deemed a “weapon,” while Royce Gracie was allowed to wear the gi he used to choke Shamrock into submission. In the years that followed, mixed martial ...
  • ‘The Ultimate Fighter,’ Season 12, Episode 5: Nam better Josh Koscheck’s team has lost three fights, so he’s serious now. He brings in American Kickboxing Academy teammate Jon Fitch. Then he makes reference to his team’s lack of balls. Foreshadowing the Axe ad later in the broadcast? Back at the house, Michael Johnson is doing laundry. Alex Caceres confesses that he put bleach in Nam ...
  • ‘The Ultimate Fighter': Quarterfinal catchup Quick look at the quarterfinal matchups, posted here so I can focus on the Tito drama in tonight’s recap (if the previews are to be believed): * Court McGee (Liddell) def. James Hammortree (Ortiz), submission * Kyle Noke (Liddell) vs. Kris McCray (Ortiz) * Brad Tavares (Liddell) vs. Seth Baczynski (Ortiz) * Josh Bryant (Liddell) vs. Jamie “Crabman” Yager ...
  • 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 ...
  • Friday Myriad: Enjoy the USA-Ghana game for what it is At some point, it’s just about the game. If Landon Donovan scores a hat trick in a crushing 5-2 win over Ghana tomorrow, it won’t suddenly fill every MLS stadium and push Fox Soccer Channel’s MLS broadcasts to NFL levels. Nor would a 3-0 loss send U.S. soccer back to 1985. (The year, not the excellent ...
  • UFC contracts laid bare, marginally fair Ever see something that used to be top-secret, then wondered why it was so secret? That’s what happened today when Bleacher Report flexed its investigative muscle (No, I don’t mean that sarcastically — they’re making progress) and came up with a UFC fighter’s contract. Then they got comments from Dana White, Lorenzo Fertitta, UFC general counsel ...
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