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  • A modest proposal on The Ultimate Fighter’s format Still working on my book, and I’m to the point of comparing different tournament formats that have been used over the years in The Ultimate Fighter. The show has a few issues: 1. Overkill. With one weight class and the fights to get in the house, fighters can have five fights — more, if they use ...
  • UFC gives Chael Sonnen a title shot he simply does not deserve Updated below with more comments … Boxing and MMA promoters have to walk a fine line between hucksterism and sports. The UFC has long walked it better than most. Dana White didn’t build up Kimbo Slice as one of the world’s best heavyweights — EliteXC did that. White and company instead gave Kimbo a chance to work ...
  • 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 Live (TUF 15), halfway: Somebody needs a tickle! Yes, I’m a little late with last week’s recap. And yes, the headline is a shoutout to The Mr. Men Show. But I’ve also decided that recaps aren’t really getting it done in this new live era. The Ultimate Fighter is no longer a soap opera that evolves through the weeks, with storylines carefully laid out by ...
  • The Ultimate Fighter: Season 14, Episode 4: You know the matchup, but can you stop it? Who decided that a bantam was lighter than a feather? Never really understood that. Next matchup: Stephen Bass (Bisping featherweight) vs. Dennis Bermudez (Miller). We learn this from Louis Gaudinot, who tells his coach Bisping, who heard it from (sigh) John Dodson. My man. The mole. Stephen doesn’t want to do a third round in training. Bisping ...
  • Tuesday’s headlines: Moscow mourns, Man U in Munich - The Champions League continues today at 2:30 p.m. ET with Bayern Munich-Manchester United (FSN) and Lyon-Bordeaux (FSC), but Wednesday’s action will have a somber tone as CSKA Moscow takes the field two days after a subway bombing that killed 39 people. The club has asked to wear black armbands (Reuters). (TV listings – Soccer ...
  • The Ultimate Fighter: Season 13, Episode 4: Underestimate this Team Lesnar’s remaining fighters are “The Four Horsemen”: Tony Ferguson, Chuck O’Neil, Clay Harvison and Charlie Rader. But Clay struggles in practice and says his head isn’t in it. Brock says Charlie also is lollygagging. Great Bull Durham shoutout. To the house, where we’ve seen few shenanigans. Chuck is the jokester, clowning around with his buddy Charlie. ...
  • 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 ...
  • Edgar-Penn UFC lightweight bout: Tell it to the judge Depending on whom you ask, last night’s lightweight title fight at UFC 112 was either a thrilling win for a heavy underdog, a travesty of MMA judging or a fight that was too close to call. The official decision: Frankie Edgar upset BJ Penn to win the UFC lightweight belt, with scores of 50-45, 49-46 ...
  • Smack talk from the workforce, TUF-style Chris Cope gives us the first “Oh, snap!” moment of this season of The Ultimate Fighter, responding to Lew Polley’s accusation that he’s less serious about training because he has a full-time job: I may be one of the few guys that fights that also has a 40-hour-a-week job, but I’ve trained with and outworked guys ...
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