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  • The Ultimate Fighter 17, episode 2: We believe in you … maybe What we learned from episode 2 of The Ultimate Redesigned Fighting Show … – The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ cover of Higher Ground, which replaced the original TUF theme as the show’s intro music, has been replaced by … pretty much nothing. No montage of the fighters smiling and grimacing for the cameras. Just quick pictures of Jon ...
  • The Ultimate Fighter: Season 13, Episode 1: Unlucky 13th “They said he didn’t belong in the UFC” are the first words we hear. They’re referring to Lesnar? Who said that? Dana is wearing a Saturday Night Live shirt. Is he bidding to host? Quick glimpses of a couple of fighters. Nordin Asrih is the first German, but unlike the English fighters, he doesn’t get subtitle treatment. Dana ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 14, Episode 10: A punchy farewell to Spike And we bid a fond farewell to The Ultimate Fighter on Spike. This is the final episode (not counting the finale, which is basically a “Fight Night” card) that will air before the UFC takes its programming over to the Fox networks. Spike and the UFC have had seven years of remarkable brand-building together. This one ...
  • Monday Myriad: Feb. 4 Yes, this will be more of an evening thing from now on. The week’s headlines: – Jose Aldo defended his UFC featherweight title as Frankie Edgar suffered yet another close decision loss. The rest of the UFC 156 card scrambled the title chases in ways I’m still working out. Rashad Evans was supposed to fight for the ...
  • MMA wrap: Bisping drops, Markes climbs Following up on the weekend preview with this week’s changes to the UFC ladders, especially in middleweight, which had the main event and co-main event of the UFC on FX card: HEAVYWEIGHT Gabriel Gonzaga def. Ben Rothwell, Sub-2. Not that much at stake, though Gonzaga looked impressive. Back to contender status with another win? LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT Ildemar Alcantara def. Wagner Prado, ...
  • The Ultimate Fighter 16, Episode 8: Lots of bark, a little bite We recap last week’s fight, and Dana is still mad about the decision. But he’s also mad about the fights. If the judges suck, he says in roughly so many words, don’t let the fight go to a decision. And these fights have been d-u-l-l. Last week’s winner, Michael Hill, and his coach, Roy Nelson, aren’t ...
  • Wednesday now officially renamed Messiday The top news from yesterday: The story from Barcelona quickly changed from “Hey, can Arsenal really win at the Nou Camp?” to “Do we go ahead and put Lionel Messi alongside Pele and Maradona?” The young Argentine, just three years removed from being hyped alongside Freddy Adu as one of the potential stars of the ...
  • The Ultimate Fighter, Episode 7: The worst fight in TUF history? We’ve seen a bunch of decisions so far this season, two of them questionable. And we’re promised more controversy tonight. It’ll be hard to top tonight’s Bellator card on that front. Yeesh. Roy Nelson’s team has control again. And again, he does it randomly, this time using the “Pick a number between 1 and 20″ philosophy. ...
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