The biggest sports economist conference of the year just ended. Out of 70+ projects, sadly only one was on MMA. Paul Gift discusses his project on fight night bonus awards as well as some of the interesting work being done in other sports.
WARNING: Unlike other pieces where it's toned down, I don't hold back the nerd-speak today. You will see phrases like "rank-order competition," "non-linear compensation" and "optimum effort levels." Read at your own risk...but read anyway.
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UFC 175 headlined the biggest weekend of the year for MMA. It didn't disappoint either, as fun fights and incredible finishes made for a great event.
In the main event, Chris Weidman defended his middleweight title against Lyoto Machida via unanimous decision. It was a great effort that further exemplified his star power.
In the co-feature, Ronda Rousey made quick work of Alexis Davis, earning a sub-20-second knockout. It continued to show the evolution of Rousey and her continued place in the s more
Saturday night was UFC 175, the biggest event of the year for the world's largest MMA promotion. In the main event, Lyoto Machida challenged Chris Weidman for his UFC Middleweight Championship in an attempt to be just the third fighter to hold belts in multiple weight classes.
Machida came up short in his effort to become champion, dropping a unanimous decision to Weidman. It was a fight that was largely contested on the feet and excited the fans throughout.
In examining Machida's performance, i more
With three major shows in two days, it was a weekend of both the happy and the sad watching fights. Reality struck Nick Newell and B.J. Penn, Chris Weidman was tested like never before, and Ronda Rousey showed that her ability may have exceeded her hype.
Emotions ran the gamut the past few days in what was the biggest weekend of the year for MMA in the United States. We got one of the fastest championship fights in UFC history followed immediately by one of the year's best fights on Saturday. Bu more
Check out the best of the UFC’s “Fight Motion” video highlights from the first half of the year, then weigh in with what you think has been the top moment from the first six months of 2014.Filed under: News, UFC, Videos more
Recent UFC flyweight title challenger Ali Bagautinov has been suspended for a year after he failed his UFC 174 pre-fight drug test, becoming the latest fighter to test positive for EPO.
Big news coming in today from the British Columbia Athletic Commission, who oversaw UFC 174 in Vancouver last month. Flyweight contender Ali Bagautinov, who fought in the night's main event and lost to champion Demetrious Johnson, tested positive for erythropoietin (EPO) prior to fight night. The BCAC tested Baga more
Recent flyweight title challenger Ali Bagautinov has been suspended for one year after testing positive for Recombinant Human Erythropoietin (EPO) in a June 2nd out-of-competition drug test prior to his championship fight against Demetrious Johnson at UFC 174, British Columbia athletic commissioner Dave Maedel revealed on Thursday.
EPO, one of the four banned substances recently found in Chael Sonnen's system, is typically used as a method to increase athlete stamina and endurance, and is genera more
Talita Nogueira was the 2013 Female Fighter of the Year at the Brazilian MMA Awards, and she wants to continue to prove her talent inside the Octagon in 2014.
A multiple-time jiu-jitsu world champion, "Treta" is in talks with the UFC and hopes to sign a deal with the promotion after racking up a perfect 6-0 record with four submissions and a pair of knockout victories.
"My manager is talking to Sean Shelby and the UFC, that’s why I’m staying in shape and training hard already," Nogueira told MMA more
They will meet again in September.
Pat Curran will put the Bellator featherweight title on the line on September 5, when he finally meets two-time tournament winner Patricio "Pitbull" Freire at Bellator 123. Combate first reported the bout, and MMAFighting.com confirmed the news with sources close to the situation.
Curran (20-5) first fought Freire in January 2013, defending his title via split decision on Bellator's first live event on Spike TV. Curran lost his belt to Daniel Strauss ten months more