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UFC Is Now On ESPN

Tonight’s UFC Fight Night 143 marks the ESPN debut of the UFC. It’s hard to believe that it’s already been 7 years since the UFC ran its first show on FOX. I wrote up a small piece about this new chapter in the organisation’s history (link). I’m curious to see what happens now that the UFC is […]

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UFC Closes Out 2018 With A Bang

Wow, UFC 232 was an impressive show! There were some dull moments on the undercard, but overall it was one of the best shows of the year. The fourth quarter of 2018 was packed with 3 incredible events, some great fights, and a whole lot of poorly paced television, but at least it ended right. I […]

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UFC 232

Despite all of the drama surrounding Jon Jones and his continuing saga with USDA, I am still stoked for the pay-per-view. MMA is a carnival sport, and this week did well to elucidate that fact. I wrote a bunch of stuff about how terrible the whole USADA situation looks (link) and I’ll be posting my […]

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Jon Jones Is At It Again

If you thought we were going to get to UFC 232 without some sort of nonsense transpiring, then think again. I just wrote up a small piece for The Shack (link) about Jon Jones’ latest drug-testing adventure. The TL;DR is that a test came back with an “atypical finding” and so now the UFC is […]

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UFC Sells Some Diaz ‘Wolf Tickets’

In typical fashion, UFC President Dana White claimed that he’d booked  fighter — in this case one Nick Diaz — in a bout that had actually not been agreed upon. This is a common tactic used by the promoter, to then leverage fan pressure on the fighters to force match-ups they want — at price-points […]

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Final UFC On Fox Show

Although the UFC’s run on FOX has been an interesting experiment — and ultimately cemented MMA in the mainstream — I think there’s a nearly equal amount of bad mixed in with the good. The pacing of the majority of the broadcasts was a grind, and as the UFC’s deal progressed we got fewer and […]

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Jessica Rose-Clark Pulled From UFC On FOX 31

After passing out during her weight cut, Jessica Rose-Clark was deemed “medically unfit to compete” (no shit) and her bout with Andrea Lee has been pulled from tomorrow’s UFC On FOX 31 event. As commonplace as it is for fighters to be pulled due to disastrous weight cuts, there seems to be no sign of the […]

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The UFC Cancels UFC 233

It looks like the UFC loading up the final quarter of the year with multiple title fights, and 2 pay-per-view shows, is coming back to bite them in the ass. The UFC announced that UFC 233 was cancelled, and they are also still without a main event for their ESPN and ESPN+ debuts. Rumblings from the […]

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Veteran MMA Writer Outed As Paedophile

I’m not normally a fan of inside baseball stuff; I don’t work in the MMA media and don’t really care to discuss what I may or may not know about its inner workings. That said, it was revealed in the late hours of Friday, December 7th that Iain Kidd, of Bloody Elbow, was in fact […]

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UFC 231 Delivered The Goods

Not the greatest fight card the UFC has put on this year, but the Fight Pass prelims and main card were quite good. We got a Round Of The Year candidate from Jimi Manuwa and Thiago Santos, and the main event saw Max Holloway put on a boxing clinic in his successful title defence over […]

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