Topic: MMA

March 7, 2012

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.

March 2, 2012

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.

February 13, 2012

Warrior may look like MMA propaganda, but it's nearly the opposite. If anything, it goes out of its way to make the sport seem like a sad accident of some people's lives. Despite its contrived plot, the film just may have found a new way to use sports in cinema. 

February 1, 2012

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

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.