MMA Musings: Royce Gracie to Bellator, Korean Zombie Out & The Injury Dilema

Royce Gracie: MMA trailblazer, UFC Hall of Famer, Bellator spokesman. …Wait, what?! Last week, it was announced that Ultimate Fighting Championship Hall of Famer Royce Gracie accepted a role with Viacom’s Bellator MMA—the UFC’s closest current competitor—under the title of “promotional brand ambassador.” Though he has yet to act publicly since signing on with the company, it […]

Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson: 4 Ways the UFC Can Boost His Popularity

The sentiment leading up to UFC 178: Johnson vs. Cariaso was resoundingly fervent, but, to employ an admittedly oxymoronic descriptor, anomalously uniform when regarding its main event. UFC flyweight champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson—among the most talented, well-rounded, entertaining and consistently improving fighters in the entire organization—was once again being overshadowed by his supporting cast. […]

UFC Double-Header Saturday: Five Fights to Focus on (and How They’ll End)

Unless they really have absolutely nothing else going on in their lives, UFC fans have something of a love/hate relationship with the increasing number of double-headers that are occurring as part of the company’s mission towards “World Fucking Domination.” Dana White and company have now put on several back-to-back Saturday events (one often airing through their […]

UFC 174: Johnson vs. Bagautinov – Main Card Preview and Predictions

UFC 174: Johnson vs. Bagautinov Saturday, June 14, 2014 Main Card: 10 p.m./7 p.m. ET/PT FX Prelims: 8 p.m./5 p.m. ET/PT UFC Fight Pass Prelims: 7 p.m./4 p.m. ET/PT After spending all of 2013 as the UFC’s Fox programming spearhead, Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson is, at long last, finally headlining his first pay-per-view since becoming […]

UFC Roundup: Analyzing Every Title Challenger (Part 3)

There’s a delusion that many fight fans enjoy – that although guys like Jose Aldo, Renan Barao, Demetrius Johnson, Anthony Pettis and even Johny Hendricks are the best there is at what they do in their particular weight classes, if you’re considerably bigger than them, someone who walks around at 250-odd pounds, they likely won’t be […]

UFC Roundup: Analyzing Every Title Challenger (Part 2)

Alright folks, it’s been exactly one week since I began opining on the state of the UFC and its title pictures. In the first installment, we examined the women’s bantamweight division and the men’s flyweight and bantamweight categories and, suffice it to say, things looked outright grim for each class’ respective next title hopefuls, with no […]

UFC Roundup: Analyzing Every Title Challenger (Part 1)

It’s amazing how much things have changed in less than a year. Chris Weidman is now the Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight champion after beating Anderson “The Spider” Silva not once, but twice. Renan Barao shed the “interim” modifier and became the undisputed champion when yet another injury prevented Dominick Cruz from returning for their unification bout. Johny Hendricks […]