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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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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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 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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