The Shack Blog

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Conor McGregor Retires Amid Legal Woes

Early this morning, Conor McGregor issued a brief statement in which he proclaimed his retirement from mixed martial arts. Hey guys quick announcement, I’ve decided to retire from the sport formally known as “Mixed Martial Art” today. I wish all my old colleagues well going forward in competition. I now join my former partners on […]

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Another Mediocre Fight Night

This marks 2 weeks in a row where we’ve had what ended up being a pretty dreary UFC event that was saved, at the very last minute, but the outcome of the main event. In this case, Anthony Pettis showed he still has some gas left in the tank as he starched Stephen Thompson after […]

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TJ Dillashaw Suspended By NYSAC And USADA

Former flyweight title challenger and bantamweight champion, TJ Dillashaw, released a statement today, revealing that he has been suspended for 1 year by both USADA and the New York State Athletic Commission. The suspension is due to an “adverse finding” on a test administered for his bout with Henry Cejudo, but no other details have […]

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UFC Moves All US Pay-Per-Views To ESPN+

This came out of nowhere, but it’s actually very big news. The UFC announced that US customers will have to purchase the company’s pay-per-view events exclusively through ESPN+. Customers outside of the United States — which includes me, a Canadian — will see no change to the current ordering process. This is good for me, […]

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Good Fights Today

Man, the ESPN era of the UFC is starting off on the right foot. So far, we’ve had mostly hits in terms of events, good pacing on the broadcasts, and today’s midday show — emanating from London, England — was both fun and over by 7:10pm EST. I could not ask for much more! I […]

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UFC 235

This was certainly a big improvement over the last pay-per-view, UFC 234, but I still felt a little underwhelmed after the show was over. I’d give the show, as a whole, the grade of “strong B.” The co-main was a one-sided drubbing that still managed to be unexciting; the main event was decent, but after […]

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Matt Hughes Served With Restraining Orders From Wife And Brother

While I have never been a fan of Matt Hughes, even after his truck was hit by a train, but the recent developments surrounding the former UFC welterweight champion are rather disturbing. According to Bloody Elbow, reporting on information initially released by TMZ, Hughes was served with a restraining order from both his wife and […]

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UFC Fight Night 145

It’s just now settling in that it’s a Saturday night and the UFC event of the week has been over for about 2 hours now. The combination of the early start time, a result of the show taking place in Prague, Czech Republic, and the much improved pacing o UFC events made for a perfect […]

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Cain Wasn’t Able

Well, UFC On ESPN 1 was pretty good. As planned, I made it home in time to catch the whole main card. I was also able to catch all the fights I missed thanks to an effectively nonexistent delay in the fights being added to Fight Pass. As such, I was able to update the Fight Notes […]

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Busy Weekend

I tend to keep my Sundays totally free, and don’t do much on them except maybe pay a visit to my folks — and get in a few games of Magic: The Gathering with my mom. This week, I had a family birthday to attend and will end up missing most of the UFC On ESPN 1 […]

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