The story of how Alexis Vila got to the U.S. and what the journey did to him are details that show his journey shares a common thread with many Cubans who defect, one which necessitates as much understanding as it does compassion.
ESPN radio host and columnist - as well as occasional troll - Dan Le Batrard made a compelling argument in defense of surging baseball star Yasiel Puig last season. The Cuban phenom was widely celebrated for his remarkable talents, but condemned by members of the press read news >>
The UFC has signed longtime Japanese regional veteran and bantamweight star, Masanori Kanehara.
Not everyone's journey to the UFC is the same and for Masanori Kanehara, that journey was an especially long one. Although no official debut date has been announced (it could be assumed he'll be fighting on the Saitama card) and no opponent has been lined up, the UFC made his signing official last week with the addition of Kanehara to their bantamweight roster.
Who is Masanori Kanehara?
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In part two of the objective retrospective, we reflect on BJ Penn's journey to Japan, and his bout the members of the Gracie family. Was this where Penn lost the allure, or strengthened it?
In Part 2 of this trip down memory lane, I'll focus primarily in his detour following his debut, and his time spent in Japan and outside the UFC. Check out Part 1 if you can't read enough about Penn. Fans who weren't familiar with Pride Fighting Championships wouldn't understand the allure of going to Japan i read news >>
Ronda Rousey's journey from interesting novelty act to UFC superstar and champion has been meteoric. She's put women's mixed martial arts on the map, which is good news, but her level of dominance against everyone else isn't doing anyone any favors anymore. The UFC women's bantamweight champion is a great marketing tool to have on late-night talk shows, SportsCenter, Fox Sports and other programs because she's always good for a quote. She's got movie roles to increase her celebrity, starting wit read news >>
Derrick Lewis made his UFC debut in April. It was the first fight on the card, and the crowd had not yet filled into Amway Arena in Orlando. He scored a TKO victory over Jack May, himself a newcomer to the heavyweight division. It was not all that memorable; just a couple of bull figures slapping clay. They were locked in a grappling battle initially -- too much grappling for the bloodthirsty early crowd -- but May went for a takedown and ended up pulling Lewis on top of him. That mistake was th read news >>
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What happens when the UFC squeezes two full events into one Saturday? A little bit of everything, writes Ben Fowlkes, and a long journey for the hardcore fight fans who dared to make the trip.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>
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A trek into forgotten realms of the unreal. Journey back into the past for a look at UFC 172... last weekend.
UFC 172 was a pretty good card for me as a picker of fights and a prognosticator of outcomes. I went 8-2. When I was wrong, I was really wrong. But, mostly I wasn't that wrong. So I've got a few surprises to write about, and then I can talk a bit about reinforcing some previous positions and the performances that more firmly rooted my in those positions. Whether I'm right or not, there's read news >>
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From Yahoo Sports: Teixeira has overcame quite a bit to get to this point in his career, so don't expect a wide-eyed challenger on Saturday. read news >>
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One of the UFC's newest lightweights, Germany's Nick Hein, talks about his road to the UFC and his projects outside the cage.
Germany's Nick Hein is one of the newest additions to the UFC roster. Hailing from Cologne, Germany, the former national team Judoka was the 2006 U-23 European Judo champion as well as the 2006 and 2007 German national champion. After a failed bid for the 2008 Olympics in China, as well as a bad leg injury, Hein made the decision to turn his attention to his longtime seco read news >>
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Brennan Ward’s journey from preliminary card prospect to middleweight title contender may have surprised some observers, but do not count the fighter among those startled by his quick ascent. read news >>
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Talk to people who have been beside Robbie Lawler on his journey from hot prospect to beatable bruiser to UFC welterweight contender and you’ll hear the word “maturity” often.Filed under: Featured, News, Only on Junkie, UFC Tagged: Robbie Lawler, UFC 171 read news >>