The MMA game giveth, and the MMA game taketh away. This cruel and cold lesson has been learned by far too many in this sport.
There comes a time in any athlete's career where he realizes it's time to hang it up. In team sports, that time is usually preceded by a lack of athleticism, maybe an injury or two.
Unfortunately, in MMA that time tends to be preceded by some vicious knockout or bone-crushing submission loss. Far too many of MMA's legends from "the old guard" have gone down in devastating more
At RFA 15 in June, the MMA world was given a rare opportunity courtesy of Daniel Aguiar. The Brazilian talks about his DQ loss for “timidity” with MMAjunkie.Filed under: AXS TV Fights, News more
Before a Florida bill dropped that disallows access to these records, John S. Nash was able to procure various revenue details and payout records from every major MMA promotion that hosted shows in the state for the past few years. Yesterday, July 1st, marked the first day that the provisions in Florida bill HB 775 took effect. (A summary of HB 775 can be found here.) If you had read an earlier post I did on the contents of the bill, when it was known as HB 808, and Zuffa's lobbying efforts to s more
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 President Dana White set the MMA world on fire when he defended the decision of the UFC and Fox Sports to terminate Chael Sonnen's broadcasting contract, but if he plays his cards right, "The American Gangster" could be back. In an interview with MMA Fight Corner's Heidi Fang (at the 5:58 mark), White explained that while the chips are down for Sonnen right now, he could feasibly return to working for the promotion (transcription per Mixedmartialarts.com): "It breaks my heart," [White] said. more
The 2014 MMA calendar is 50 percent completed, so it is time to look back at the highlights of the past six months.
Many outstanding performances have already gone down inside and outside the Octagon. From Ronda Rousey's first knockout win against Sara McMann to TJ Dillashaw's surprise victory over Renan Barao, MMA fans have been treated to some memorable showings.
On Saturday, UFC 175 will kick off the back end of 2014 with a bang. Rousey will attempt to earn an even more impressive victory aga more
On the third episode of UFC 175 Embedded, Ronda Rousey shows that her multitasking skills are just as sharp as her fighting skills, Chris Weidman sneaks in a late-night workout, and the main card fighters conduct Open Workouts. more
There are a lot of discussions going on as to how to fix the judging problems in MMA today. By and large, the judging of many fights is simply below the efforts of the fighters, who deserve much better.
This isn’t a dismissive accusation. There are a lot of good judges out there, but by and large it seems that far too often a close fight is apt to be scored wrong.
One obvious answer would be for the commissions to recruit, train and employ a group of retired fighters as judges.
This is an idea t more
The MMA Hour is back in your life on Tuesday. Here's a rundown of who will be stopping by and when:
1:00 p.m. -- Pat Miletich will discuss getting inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.
1:25 p.m. -- Jens Pulver will discuss his retirement from MMA.
1:45 p.m. -- Ronda Rousey's coach Edmond Tarverdyan will look back at Rousey's dominant win over Alexis Davis.
2:05 p.m. -- Chad Mendes will discuss Jose Aldo pulling out of UFC 176 and where he goes from here.
2:25 p.m. -- BJ Penn's boxing coach Jason P more