The Shack Blog

Words and things, mostly words.

Jon Jones Can Fight This Year

Aside from a comically embarrassing appearance in front of the California State Athletic Commission, we haven’t seen any developments in Jon Jones’ arbitration with USADA. He failed a drug test that was administered on July 28th, one day before UFC 214, and as a result had his title stripped and his KO win over Daniel Cormier […]

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Johny Hendricks Is Fighting Again

After announcing his retirement from MMA back in June of this year, Johny Hendricks has announced that he will be competing in the upcoming debut show for World Bare Knuckle Fighting Federation. Hendricks faces Bellator veteran Brennan Ward — who just recently ‘retired’ from MMA — on November 9th, in a bout contested at 185 […]

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The 2018 Mr. Olympia

Over the past few years, I’ve cultivated a mild interest in the competitive bodybuilding world, and I was actually somewhat excited to see the results of this year’s Mr. Olympia contest. For the past 7 years, Phil Heath has dominated the contest, although his last few wins have been somewhat controversial depending on who you […]

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Mark Hunt

I’ve posted the edition of Fight Notes for the UFC Moscow card (link), and the major takeaway from the event is that I really think Mark Hunt should retire. Oleksiy Olinyk managed to rock him with a single punch — something inconceivable even just a few years ago — that ultimately set up the fight-ending sequence of […]

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Fabricio Werdum Suspended For 2 Years

In case you’re wondering what UFC heavyweight Fabricio Werdum has been up to lately, the answer is failing a drug test and going through the USADA arbitration process. Today it was announced that the former heavyweight champion has been suspended 2 years. Werdum failed a drug test conducted on April 25, 2018, after testing positive […]

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MMA Fans

After making what I thought was a fairly well-crafted troll trap post, I ended up exceeding my wildest expectations by a wide margin. I figured I’d get a few zero-follower trash accounts looking to argue with people in popular search terms but … well, here: Most of the replies were people who were clearly not […]

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UFC 228 Was Indeed A Thing

I am still digesting everything that went down at UFC 228, to be honest. What looked to be okay-to-decent at first glance ended up being one of the best UFC events in the promotion’s history. The whole fight card, minus another atrocious showing from John Dodson, was packed with finishes of all stripes, including two instances of […]

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Nicco Montano Pulled From UFC 228

It is with absolutely zero surprise that I announce yet another fighter has been pulled from a UFC card on the day of the weigh-ins. In this case, women’s flyweight champion Nicco Montano was taken to the emergency room and will not be defending her title against Valentina Shevchenko on September 8th. I can’t wait […]

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UFC 228 Is A Thing

I’m not feeling any real sense of anticipation for UFC 228, and it’s a little sad since the main event is actually a very good fight. I’ll be putting up a Pre-Fight Thoughts column over at The Shack on this one, so I won’t say anything else about that fight right now. Right now I’m waiting […]

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Colin Kaepernick / Nike Campaign

I’ll admit, I didn’t see this one coming: on Labour Day it was announced that former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick would be the face of a new ad campaign, and that Nike would be producing apparel branded with Kaepernick’s image. Here is the official image from Colin’s tweet announcing the new advertisement. The campaign makes […]

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