But insists the releases were done prior to the hiring of former Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker.
Bellator MMA, which fired Bjorn Rebney just last week, has also said goodbye to 19 fighters under contract for the Viacom-owned mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion, including former title challengers Eric Prindle (heavyweight) and Anthony Leone (bantamweight).
Here is the complete list of releases (via MMA Fighting): Eric PrindleAnthony LeoneRodrigo LimaFrank BacaNick KirkTravis MarxHiroshi NakamuraSerge more
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
Your favorite fighters are cheering on their countries in the 2014 FIFA World Cup and posting pics of it all, and Katie Winter has collected them here just for you.
Welcome to the special 2014 FIFA World Cup Week Two edition of MMA on Instagram. Fighters share a lot of pics and love to show their allegiance to their respective countries so you know they've been busy with all the soccer/football/futbol happening lately. Here is what they've been up to.
Braulio Estima was cheering on Brazil: "Game 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 Paradise Warrior will bring UFC world champions and MMA legends to the San Jose convention Center this weekend allowing the fans of Mixed Martial Arts a chance of a lifetime to learn from the best in the fighting game the "secrets." more
On this edition of Shameless MMA, the guys are joined by the UFC's Brandon "RUKUS" Thatch, Fabricio Camoes and Lauren Murphy. Topics include a look in the new cast of challengers for champion Ronda Rousey, and more. more
Regardless of why they became focal points of scrutiny, or if it the criticism was justified, MMA fans just enjoy seeing certain fighters vilify themselves.
While they don't share the same flaws or talents, the most heavily targeted heels in MMA have one bond in common: The sound of their names routinely invokes scowls from fans.
Strangely, this list of immortal MMA misfits consists primarily of a blend of convicted felons and UFC champions.
Here are the 10 most loathed fighters in MMA history. more
Father Time hates MMA fighters. He hates almost all athletes, really (except NFL kickers), but he's especially unkind to the select few who choose to fashion their careers inside a steel cage.
In basketball, when a player ages and slows down, he starts missing routine layups. He starts getting burned on defense. He can't finish that breakaway dunk with the same pizzazz.
He turns into 2014 NBA Finals Dwyane Wade.
In MMA, however, an aging fighter's shortcomings become painfully obvious once the d more
The UFC is home to an overwhelming majority of the best fighters in MMA. However, many elite competitors still do battle outside the Octagon.
Although most fighters would gladly take less money to compete on the sport's biggest stage, the UFC has missed out on some high-profile free agents like Eddie Alvarez and Ben Askren recently. It also made surprising decisions to part ways with former title challengers Jake Shields, Yushin Okami and Jon Fitch.
With Viacom, NBC Sports Network and CBS Sports more