Every sport has sleepers.
In mixed martial arts, a sport defined by its depth, sleepers exist in the darkest of corners.
They are the lurkers in the night. The unseen forgers of violence and beauty. Unheralded souls capable of doing the impossible just to be noticed.
Whether it's an undefeated rising star looking for his breakout performance or a veteran five years removed from a world title shot who has now found his true groove, the UFC offers plenty of sleepers.
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It wasn’t so long ago that hating on Michael Bisping was the sport within the sport of mixed martial arts. Only one person at a time could fight him, but there was always a fleet of middleweights who believed they had a mute button in the form of some power hand or other. Bisping inspired a kind of hate that started at the Mancunian accent and ended at his audacity. And all of it was actually kind of brilliant. So long as Bisping was in so many crosshairs, he would always have viability. So long read news >>
Mixed martial arts is an unforgiving sport by its very nature. Tides turn quickly, momentum can be stopped in a flash and a fighter's ascension up the rankings toward potential title contender status can collapse into a free fall that is difficult to recover from. Some stretches are so treacherous that a fighter never recovers, but George Sotiropoulos is determined to prove he has what it takes to get back up on his feet.
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A few years ago, Gray Maynard was near the pinnacle of the UFC’s lightweight division, but following a third consecutive knockout loss, “The Bully” may be nearing the end of his career. read news >>
UFC lightweight Ross Pearson tells BBC Sport he has had to put his nuptials on hold while he prepares for Gray Maynard at UFC Fight Night Bangor this Saturday. read news >>
The fourth installment of jiu-jitsu's most popular superfight organization continues Saturday evening with a card filled with some of the sport's rising talents as well as popular MMA figures trying their hand at a different kind of competition. In the main event, now retired UFC middleweight contender Chael Sonnen takes on nine-time world champion Andre Galvao while UFC heavyweight Josh Barnett tries his hand against leglock master Dean Lister.
Will Sonnen pull the major upset and put Galvao aw read news >>
Anyone (dis) agree with "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy?" If there's anyone who knows a thing or three about mixed martial arts (MMA) rivalries, it's former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion, Tito Ortiz.
His past quarrels with Ken Shamrock and Chuck Liddell helped the Las Vegas, Nevada-based promotion get on the map in the sports world as well as the pay-per-view (PPV) business early on; as his battles with both men generated tons of views (and cash) for the company.
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Joe Rogan thinks that the brawl between Jon Jones and Danial Cormier is 'a weapon to be used against MMA.'
As the buzz from the press conference brawl between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier begins to die down, there are still some people who are particularly worried about the incident being used by some sort of anti-MMA forces.
The Bloody Elbow staff discussed the idea that the brawl was somehow "bad for the sport" earlier in the week. To recap my personal stance, I don't really see a way that it read news >>
UFC lightweight Mark Bocek has decided to hang up the gloves, and like his teammate in Georges St. Pierre, he says it has in part to do with not wanting to compete against opponents on performance enhancing drugs anymore.
Mark Bocek has decided to hang up the gloves, and unlike most fighters he's retiring coming off a win. The 32-year-old has compiled a 12-5 record overall, winning 8 fights in the UFC, including 3 out of his last 4 bouts. While it certainly seems that he still has a lot in the t read news >>
Kid Nate of BloodyElbow.com reacts to the Jon Jones vs Daniel Cormier brawl at yesterday's UFC 178 media day. read news >>
Check out live replies, as the Bloody Elbow staff discuss the infamous brawl between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier.
Brent Brookhouse: Matt Hughes was one of many who claimed that Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier's brawl was "bad for the sport."
So, I pose the question to you, Bloody Elbow staffers. Is the brawl actually "bad for the sport?"
I submit that the idea is fairly ridiculous as there is no measurable way for it to be "bad."
Interest in the fight is at an all-time high, I have no doubt that t read news >>