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  • The single-sport future A few days ago, I set up a second Twitter feed at @duresportmma. That’s not something I plan to do often. You won’t see @duresportchess, @duresportbiathlon or @duresportmodernpentathlon. I just sensed that, despite a rush of interest from some MMA buddies in the World Cup, I had little overlap between MMA followers and those who know ...
  • The Ultimate Fighter 17, episode 1: Sonnen-chanted evening … Funny: I Googled “sonnen chanted” to see if anyone else had used that, and Google asked me if I meant “sonnen cheated.” Yes, it’s The Ultimate Fighter‘s 17th season, in which we’ll see if a move to Tuesday nights can re-invigorate the ratings. First, let’s clear up one misconception: Season 16 was not the worst season of the show. Last ...
  • Welcome to the big leagues, UFC MMA has a long-standing paradox. A monopoly of power would be a good thing in the sense that fans would have true world champions to celebrate. Yet it could be a bad thing in the sense that fighters could have little leverage over their pay and treatment, and MMA-related businesses could be pushed around. And so ...
  • Monday Myriad, July 28: Sprinter’s paradise We begin this week with a view of a cycling sprint finish from the winner’s perspective. Sounds like that would be “nothing,” but Marianne Vos didn’t take the lead until the last few meters: https://twitter.com/jasonWSJ/status/493851076874223616 And another point-of-view video from a winning cyclist, this time from BMX women’s world champion Mariana Pajon. Nibali cares not for your dropped ...
  • ‘The Ultimate Fighter,’ Season 12, Episode 8: It’s a trap! We open with a training session for Georges St. Pierre’s team, which seems a little deflated by the fact that Dane Sayers won’t be in the wild-card fight. Dana White defends the decision, saying Marc Stevens is the better fighter and the obvious pick. This despite his lightning-fast loss to Cody McKenzie through a colossal tactical ...
  • Friday Myriad: Must be better than Thursday Time to have a good weekend of actual sports after a nasty day of news — cycling scandals, St. Louis soccer problems, etc. FRIDAY 5 p.m.: Cycling, Stage 6, Tour of California. A very tough mountain stage should shake up the standings. Versus 11 p.m.: MMA, Strikeforce. Veteran Matt Lindland vs. up-and-comer Kevin Casey in the main event. ...
  • UFC 136 and my love/hate relationship with MMA UFC 136 was one of those events that showed how mixed martial arts has evolved into a enthralling athletic competition and how it hasn’t. Let’s start with the bad news, the antics that show how the sport’s fan base is still very much a pro wrestling fan base, willing to toss facts and reason to the ...
  • The Ultimate Fighter: Season 14, Episode 5: Bisping’s bad, he’s bad, you know it Really not a fan of the mouthpiece shots in the opening credits. Arlovski has creative. These guys? No. Mayhem calls in his team for a quick huddle after Dustin Pague’s win over Louis Greenhairnot. Dustin asks if they can yell “Glory to God!” Mayhem is not one for religion, but he grants the wish with no ...
  • ‘The Ultimate Fighter': Season 11, Episode 2: Get off my back! We met our 14 fighters last time as they won their way into the house. Now we’ll see what they’re really like. Clayton McKinney, who stands out with the brightly dyed hair typical of the Tom Lawlor-Seth Petruzelli Jungle MMA camp, leads the charge into the house. Did Lawlor tell him which room to pick? Injury update: ...
  • How old is too old to fight? Jordan Breen raises a question along those lines on Twitter today, linking to video of a dreadful performance by MMA/kickboxing veteran Gary Goodridge and wondering how promoters can keep trotting him out into the ring. The fight’s horrible — opponent Catalin Morosanu seems to enjoy landing shots at will through the first round but later seems ...
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