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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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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Tonight: United Teachers of Dade and Ronin Pro Wrestling benefit school nonprofit

Tonight, the United Teachers of Dade (UTD),  Ronin Pro Wrestling, the Florida Education Association and the PTA/PTSA of Miami-Dade County are joining forces to deliver an evening of exciting, high-flying pro wrestling competition to benefit My Life My Power (MLMP), an anti-bullying and youth development nonprofit  founded by undefeated mixed martial arts competitor and WWE Tough Enough inaugural champion, Daniel […]

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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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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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