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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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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UFC Fight Night 63: Mendes vs. Lamas — Shortcut predictions for the entire card

This Saturday, April 4, UFC fans are being treated to a rare matinee fight card capped off by what’s likely a number one contender match between #1-ranked featherweight Chad “Money” Mendes and #4-ranked Ricardo “The Bully” Lamas. Both men are looking to get another crack at champion Jose Aldo, who will have his hands full against Conor McGregor in July. […]

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UFC Fight Night 62: Maia vs. LaFlare — Shortcut predictions for the entire card

Welcome back. The UFC is back again this Saturday to put on a night of fights full of intriguing matchups between mostly unranked fighters. Combine that with the fact that this is a Brazilian-heavy card taking place in the heart of Rio de Janeiro and you can be sure things will play out far better than they appear on paper. […]

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UFC 184: Rousey vs. Zingano – Shortcut Predictions for the Entire Card

  I’m breaking protocol this time around: less pictures, stats, odds and… well, words. Here are my predictions for every fight at UFC 184: Rousey vs. Zingano, in five sentences or less per fight. MAIN CARD—Pay-Per-View—10PM/7PM ET|PT (C) “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey vs. #1 “Alpha” Cat Zingano – Were this to have occurred when it was originally scheduled two years ago, I’d […]

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UFC 183: Silva vs. Diaz — Preview/Predictions for the Entire Card

UFC 183: Silva vs. Diaz January 31, 2015 – Las Vegas, NV PPV Main Card: 10 p.m./7 p.m. ET|PT Fox Sports 1 Prelims: 8 p.m./5 p.m. ET|PT UFC Fight Pass Prelims: 6:30 p.m./3:30 p.m. ET|PT For years, UFC fans have clamored for a legitimate superfight, and though they won’t exactly be getting one this weekend, there’s still a lot to get […]

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Best of the Squared Circle: A 2014 Wrestling Observer Awards Ballot

By the time you read this the annual awards issue of Dave Meltzer’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter will be published. The Wrestling Observer Awards, which date back to 1980, are based on results of ballots submitted by subscribers of the newsletter. Aside from some awards that are exclusive to Japan, the Wrestling Observer Awards get more mainstream coverage that any other pro […]

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UFC Fight Night 59: McGregor vs. Siver — Main Card Preview/Predictions

UFC Fight Night 59: McGregor vs. Siver January 18, 2015 | The TD Garden – Boston, MA Fox Sports 1 Main Card: 10PM/7PM ET|PT Fox Sports 1 Prelims: 7PM/4PM ET|PT UFC Fight Pass Early Prelims: 6PM/3PM ET|PT The meteoric rise of Conor McGregor has been among the most interesting developments in mixed martial arts over the last year and a […]

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