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  • June 29, 2012
    Double Turn, All The Way

    There was nothing scripted about the recent Clay Guida-Gray Maynard fight in Atlantic City. Which made it all the more amazing that the fight, and the fighters, couldn't have followed a classic wrestling script any more perfectly.

  • Dana White is more than the commissioner of the UFC and a human energy drink. He is a valuable source of convoluted, condescending and unconvincing explanations for his league's lousy television ratings, if only you dummies would listen up.

  • The Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey is maybe 60 percent full for UFC on Fox 3, but that’s about how full the Izod Center should be for any event. The crowd that did show up is not satisfied with the offerings.  A fighter gets poked in the eye and the fans boo, for reasons known only to them. 

  • From its goofball beginning to its glorious/brutal/gloriously brutal end, UFC 145 embodied more or less everything good, bad, hilarious and amazing about MMA circa now. Our resident experts have it out about the relative merits of Jon Jones, former NFL practice squad dudes, and wine in a box.

  • In some ways, Mixed Martial Arts has never been better. But those record revenues and must-watch fights come at a cost—and until the sport acknowledges and addresses its rotten culture, it will never be what it could and should be. That would be a shame. In fact, it already is.

  • March 7, 2012
    The Queen Of Elbows

    Ronda Rousey, formerly packaged as a heel with a thing for elbow-mangling armbars, revealed herself as more than that in her last bout. She's not just a far better fighter than advertised—she's a much more interesting one.

  • Thanks to Dakota Cochrane's inclusion in the next season of The Ultimate Fighter, UFC is getting high-fives for not discriminating against a fighter who dabbled in gay pornography. That says more about our expectations in re: UFC than it does about anything else.

  • Tuesday's biggest MMA story was also its gnarliesta photo of a mangled leg that was purportedly a result of a sparring session gone wrong. It was also totally fake.

  • January 24, 2012
    Growing Pains

    With Gina Carano departed for Hollywood, and Cristiane Santos tainted by steroids, women's MMA is pretty threadbare right now. But there is Strikeforce women’s 135 lb. champion Miesha Tate. There is 2008 Olympic judo bronze medalist turned arm-breaking savant Ronda Rousey. There is the scheduled March 3 title fight between them. Whoever wins will be the sport’s most visible face.

  • January 5, 2012
    The Great and the Large

    Star power aside, Brock Lesnar never quite became what he could've been. Alistair Overeem, who ended Lesnar's career last weekend and added another major accomplishment to his own, could become something that no MMA heavyweight has ever been.