“MMA Matthew” Gaither strives to give Florida the combat sports coverage it deserves

Florida journalist Matthew Gaither’s dedication to covering mixed martial arts came about as organically and honestly as possible. The 29-year-old Tampa resident always had a natural penchant for the written word, however his focus tightened when he returned to the Sunshine State in 2008 and discovered that he lived across the street from a verifiable MMA star: the late former […]

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The life, death and afterlife of Caught Inside, one of Miami’s most beloved ’90s punk outfits

Hyperkinetic and exuberantly active in the South Florida punk scene during their brief but eventful tenure, the origins of Caught Inside can be traced back to a West Kendall group named Forehead comprised of vocalist Andy Malchiodi, bassist Justin Brackett, drummer Sidney Goldberger and guitarist John Moore. When Moore departed abruptly to form what would later become Out of Focus, […]

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#Debauch2015 Interview: Party Flag

Party Flag is (L-R) Doug Cammarota, Justine Iukine, Chuck Loose and Jared Earl. (Photo by teajayphoto.)  NOTE: This interview is part of a series of pre-show interviews leading up to TuffGnarl.com’s 2nd Annual Rock & Roll Debauch at Churchill’s Pub this Saturday, August 22. With a name like Party Flag, you can’t take yourself too seriously. Comprised of guitarist Jared Earl (Gravetree, McFisty, Cabrini Green), […]

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Author Eric Simpson examines mind over matter in “The Mental Side of Sports Workbook”

Regardless of whatever it is that fuels your passions, if you’re doing things the right way you are spending the majority of your time adding to your legacy. What your legacy becomes is entirely up to you—it can be spiritually based, monetary, vocational, familial, etc.—but ultimately it becomes whatever it is you spend your time on. For many years, Eric […]

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MSC 2 headliner Alan Arzeno on fighting: “If the crowd is screaming, I’m good”

The ground of the Miccosukee Resort & Gaming Entertainment Dome practically shook from the impact of Whitney Waddell’s body hitting the canvas. Standing over him at Mixed Striking Championship (MSC) 1, pacing predatorily like a cat waiting for its prey to right itself before pouncing on it once more, was Alan “The Rebel” Arzeno. Seconds earlier—and merely seconds into their […]

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HOF 3 headliners Preston Parsons and Mike Perry agree to winner-take-all purse

Sometimes the product of longstanding tension and other times the result of a brief exchange of words, there are few things in sports as consistently tantalizing as a good grudge match. In combat sports, where the stakes are already high enough to make most competitors in other forms of competition queasy, it elevates the stakes even more so. After all, the feuding […]

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Clarification on Yoel Romero’s controversial post-fight speech by a Miami native

It’s been a few days since Cuban Olympic silver gold medalist turned UFC middleweight contender Yoel “Soldier of God” Romero all but confirmed what many had been dreading since April: that fan favorite fighter Lyoto Machida has indeed lost a step and, since his style relies so heavily on reflexes and speed, his career is in steep decline. However, instead […]

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UFC 188: Velasquez vs. Werdum – Shortcut predictions for the entire card

UFC 188: Velasquez vs. Werdum Arena Ciudad de México | Mexico City, Mexico Saturday, June 13, 2015 Before we get started, here’s a little bit of history, for contextual purposes. If you don’t need it, please go ahead and skip down to my predictions. (I won’t be offended, I promise.) Six years ago to the day (June 13, 2009), Cain […]

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UFC 187: Johnson vs. Cormier – Shortcut predictions for the entire card

In the photo above: (L-R) Daniel “DC” Cormier, Anthony “Rumble” Johnson, UFC middleweight champion “The All-American” Chris Weidman, and “The Phenom” Vitor Belfort. The shadow of Jon “Bones” Jones looms large over the main event at UFC 187: Johnson vs. Cormier. After all, were it not for Jones’s serial bad decision making, it would be him and not Daniel Cormier […]

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12 things that need to stop happening on social media

These things just need to stop. 1. The four-frame photo that says what one sentence could. Hey, people who do this… Did you know that uhm, You’re trying to make stupid Seem cool and edgy. (It’s not. It’s still stupid.) Stop. 2. Snarky comments over generic memes. Because why ever preoccupy yourself with figuring out something worthwhile to say when there […]

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TuffGnarl.com’s 50 must-play Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 titles: Part 1

Yes, I know… we are now in the era of Playstation 4, Xbox One (remind me how that numbering system works again?) and Wii U. However, for those of us who aren’t yet ready to part ways with our beloved previous generation Sony and Microsoft consoles, there are still plenty of games that even the most dedicated gamers may have overlooked. […]

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UFC on Fox 15: Machida vs. Rockhold — Shortcut predictions for the entire card

UFC on Fox 15: Machida vs. Rockhold Prudential Center–Newark, NJ Fox main card: 8PM/5PM ET|PT Fox prelims: 6PM/3PM ET|PT UFC Fight Pass early prelims: 4:30PM/1:30PM ET|PT Through no fault of their own, the UFC are apparently undercutting their own pay-per-view, UFC 186: Johnson vs. Horiguchi, by airing an inarguably superior card just a week earlier. Granted, no titles are on the line, but, based […]

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