Danny Garavito, two-division ammy MMA champ debuting this Friday: “[My greatest strength is] toughness”

Halfway through his three-hour nightly training regimen, Danny Garavito allows himself a five-minute break. It’s 7:30 on Thursday, Aug. 18. Only six people remain at Evolution MMA, a mixed martial arts gym in Kendall, and half are there to help him finish his penultimate week of training before his professional debut this Friday. Garavito stands arms akimbo inside a small […]

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INTERVIEW: “Felony” Charles Bennett talks Wanderlei Silva, going to jail, nicknames and Island Fights

Before there was ever a “Florida Man,” there was Charles Bennett. Among the most athletically gifted fighters to grace MMA in its history, Bennett, despite a mediocre professional record, remains one of the most dangerous competitors in the lower weight divisions. A veteran of PRIDE Fighting Championships, King of the Cage, EliteXC, ShowXC, CFA and, more recently, Rizin Fighting, Bennett’s almost […]

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INTERVIEW: Lopez Radio and the search for truth, comfortable silences and conversational unpredictability

When you love doing something, you put in the time. You plug away, digging your heels in when laziness tempts. You watch the clock tick past midnight for the umpteenth time as you try to find better ways to ply your trade and more refined methods with which to reach your next set of goals. You trudge towards that “10,000 […]

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Sabah Homasi predicts a “long but short night” for his Titan FC 40 opponent this Friday

It’s been a good year for Sabah Homasi. Since returning to the regional circuit after an unsuccessful bid at the Ultimate Fighter crown in 2015, the 27-year-old American Top Team member has remained busy, rattling off three fights since and going undefeated in 2016 with back-to-back first-round knockouts. He’s looking to make it three in a row—and two in a row […]

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UFC Fight Weekend Part 1 of 3: Breaking down dos Anjos vs. Alvarez

In the span of three days the UFC will hold five title bouts, starting on Thursday with a matchup between former Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez and current UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos at UFC Fight Night 90 and concluding at UFC 200 with a gangbusters rematch between UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier and consensus pound-for-pound king Jon […]

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The Second Annual TuffGnarl.com MMA Awards

It can be argued with much substantiating evidence that 2015 was the best year yet for mixed martial arts. Seven UFC titles changed hands, legends and forgotten veterans of the sport made successful comebacks and further progress was made with longstanding problems such as weight cutting and performance enhancing drug use. Records, both in-cage and out, were broken. Now that we’re […]

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UFC Fight Night 77: Belfort vs. Henderson 3 — Shortcut predictions for the entire card

This Saturday, Old Man Hendo and TRTitor are going to do the punchy dance for the third and likely last time. It’s a fight that has little bearing on the division. There is close to zero chance of it being pretty. But, it at least adheres to the Scott Coker philosophy: vets with name value still put asses in seats.  Main event aside, the under card is rock-solid. The time […]

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“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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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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