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  • Why sports fans should like pro wrestling Sports fans are often quite snobby about professional wrestling. “It’s just fake fighting!” is the familiar refrain. “Why don’t you watch MMA instead? That’s real.” Well, the lines are becoming increasingly blurred. Brock Lesnar and Dave Bautista have both flitted between MMA and professional wrestling in WWE; and Bellator have been working with TNA for ages, attempting ...
  • The Ultimate Fighter 20, Episode 11: No quarter My enthusiasm for this one was diminished ever so slightly when I saw a headline with more fights announced for the TUF finale. Obviously, the fighters with new matchups are the ones who lost in this episode. Note to self: Just stay up and watch this show live. But we’ve got two fantastic matchups here. This ...
  • Friday Myriad: USA-England II, Liddell-Franklin I, Track-Field II No, we’re not going to forget the rest of the sports world during the big month in South Africa. That said, I’m backing off from the chronological viewing program this week and doing a more basic linking spree. Enjoy. SOCCER TV NEWS World Cup: DirecTV has everything in HD, some in 3D and a total of seven ...
  • UFC: Your unofficial guide to survival as a reporter Dana White can make things very difficult for those who cross him in any way. Rival promotions are left in the dust. Fighters are cut. And reporters, even entire news organizations, can be tossed into the cold. The funny thing is that I still like him on a personal level, and I respect what he and ...
  • 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 ...
  • ‘The Ultimate Fighter': Season 11, Episode 7: Medic! We’re reminded right away that last week’s decision was pretty dumb. Nick Ring looked tentative, and Court McGee should’ve earned a third round. The early hints are that McGee might be back as the wild card or as a replacement for the injured Rich Attonito. Ring endures some teasing from Tito Ortiz about being tentative, but ...
  • The Ultimate Fighter Live, Episode 1: You’ve got five minutes Yes, the entire first episode is live. For once, I might have my recap posted before everyone else. How will they fit 16 fights on one show? Dana drops the surprise: The fights are ONE five-minute round. Dang. Granted, a lot of these prelim fights tend to be short. But click the “Read more” — this is ...
  • 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, Episode 7: Close shave (Incidentally, apologies for lack of recent posts — been “on assignment,” as it were. In a related note, next week’s recap will be one day late.) A quick reminder: Javier Torres and Chuck O’Neil are in the wild card, and Len Bentley is not happy. Len chases Dana White, eager to get a rematch with Ryan McGillivray ...
  • ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ tryouts and the soul of MMA fighters Can you look into a mass of humanity and find something wonderfully human? Yesterday in Newark, I shared a long table with Dana White, Joe Silva, ESPN’s Franklin McNeil and other people who had more business being there than I did for tryouts of The Ultimate Fighter. The hotel as a whole was a stunning sight ...
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