From its earliest days, determining the best MMA fighter in the world has never been a particularly easy task. Even as Royce Gracie dominated the initial UFC tournaments in 1993 and 1994, challengers to his throne emerged overseas, his own brother Rickson at the front of the pack.
As the years have gone by and the sport has become more diverse—in size, technique and geography—winnowing a pool of hundreds down to one has become more and more difficult. How do you compare lightning-quick submissio more
MMA Fighting's Esther Lin takes a look back at her most memorable photos during UFC 174 fight week.
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When Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson was booked in September 2013, nobody thought the Swede stood much of a chance against the light heavyweight champion, whom many were already calling the greatest mixed martial artist of all time.
But the two went toe-to-toe for 25 back-and-forth minutes in what ended up being one of the best scraps in the history of the sport. In hindsight, it was a can't-miss fight.
Thankfully, the two will rematch later this year at UFC 178, in what is one of the 12 can' more
... in the most Nick Diaz way possible. Though based on his latest round of contract talks with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), we may see Anderson Silva return from his shattered shin before Diaz emerges from his self-imposed retirement. And what of the chatter that he'll eventually throw down against "The Spider?" Just rumors for now, but if there is one thing we've learned in the fight game, never say never. Well, usually. more
For years, light heavyweight has been the UFC's marquee division. While there is a certain cache in being the heavyweight champion of the world, with due respect to the likes of Tim Sylvia and Andrei Arlovski, this was the division that mattered most.
Frank Shamrock got the stone rolling nicely with a memorable dark-ages reign. But it was Tito Ortiz who brought the sport into the light, dominating in the cage and becoming the first star of the Zuffa era. His were enormous shoes to fill, but Chuc more
UFC strawweight Paige VanZant revealed that Ken Shamrock was her head coach and a "big support" in the early portion of her career.
Paige VanZant may be too young to legally take part in The Ultimate Fighter but she was not too young to learn leglock from UFC heavyweight Ken Shamrock at an earlier age at the Lion's Den.
The Nevada native, who is one of the women signed to the UFC's newly created stawweight division, may train out of Team Alpha Male the majority of the time, but she credits Shamr more
Titan Fighting Championship on Tuesday announced that title bouts will take place on the promotion’s upcoming cards in August and September. more
In the prime of his fighting career, Georges St-Pierre—the former welterweight king and pound-for-pound great—walked away from MMA just eight months ago, citing personal issues. Months after his departure, the MMA community gained greater insight on what St-Pierre’s concerns were partially hinged upon: the use of performance-enhancing drugs in MMA and the UFC. As the months went by, it became readily apparent that those sentiments were not unique to St-Pierre. Several other fighters, such as Bri more