October 20, 2017

UFC Fight Night 118: Darren Till Seeks To Make His Name Off Donald Cerrone

By Adam Martin

Welterweight prospect Darren Till will get the biggest fight of his career to date this weekend when he takes on Donald Cerrone in the main event of UFC Fight Night 118, which takes place Saturday at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland. It's a huge step up for Dill, as the unranked prospect will take on a consensus top-10 welterweight in Cerrone, who is ranked #6 in the UFC's rankings, not to mention one of the most exciting fighters in the sport.

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Darren Till Looks To Use Donald Cerrone To Punch His Ticket To The Next Level

By Raphael Garcia

The underdog is an interesting specimen in mixed martial arts. While all sports offer the compelling story of an expected loser pulling out a way to win under the biggest lights, this is a frequent occurrence in MMA. There’s something special about seeing fighters rise above the odds to get their hands raised. Darren Till is attempting to do that on Saturday, as he’s facing perennial contender Donald Cerrone at UFC Fight Night 118 in Gdansk, Poland.

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October 19, 2017

MMA Ratings Podcast: Bellator 185, UFC Fight Night 118, Holm-Cyborg, and MMA News (Episode 61)

By Raphael Garcia

Raphael Garcia and Schwan Humes are back to talk all things MMA, including Bellator 185, UFC Fight Night 118, and the news from this week.


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October 17, 2017

Mark Hunt, the UFC, and the Cause For Concern With CTE

By Raphael Garcia

Last week the UFC made headlines when Mark Hunt was removed from a bout against Marcin Tybura that was planned for UFC Fight Night 121. This was due to comments that Hunt made in an article published by Players’ Voice, an Australian sports media outlet. Concussions and CTE remain a major topic of discussion in contact sports, so it wasn't surprising that the UFC took such an action regarding the heavyweight competitor. However, the question remains as to whether the promotion will take similar action in the future.

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October 13, 2017

UFC 218 Is Looking Stacked

By Adam Martin

The UFC hasn’t been to the Detroit area since UFC 123 back in 2010, but when the promotion returns to Motown on December 2 at Little Caesar's Arena in downtown Detroit, it will do so on the strength of one of the most stacked pay-per-views of the year. Barring injury -- or USADA sanctions -- this card looks to be one of the most promising UFC events in a long time. 2017 overall has been a down year to the company, but with the big fights coming up at UFC 216 and UFC 217 that I highlighted in a recent article, plus this ridiculous card in Detroit and another card in Vegas to close out December, the UFC looks poised to finish the fourth quarter with a bang.

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October 12, 2017

MMA Ratings Podcast: UFC 216 Recap, Tony Ferguson, Conor McGregor, Mark Hunt, MMA News (Episode 60)

By Raphael Garcia

Raphael Garcia and Schwan Humes are back to talk all things MMA. We look back to UFC 216 and Demetrious Johnson's historic win, Tony Ferguson as champion, Mark Hunt and his beef with the UFC, and all the other MMA news from the week.


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October 10, 2017

UFC 216: The Weirdness That Was

By Adam Martin

UFC 216 turned out to be a very strange card. Between a last-second injury reshuffling several fights on the card, two fights being scored draws, and numerous upsets taking place, it was truly one of the oddest cards in quite some time.

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October 6, 2017

UFC 216: Kevin Lee Is Ready For A Breakthrough Moment

By Raphael Garcia

UFC 216 is a card with fights may not draw immediate attention or generate the biggest stories in mixed martial arts, but still present compelling reasons to watch. Kevin Lee is one of those reasons, as he battles Tony Ferguson for the interim lightweight title in the main event. As this fight draws closer, we get closer to seeing whether “The Motown Phenom” has the star power he claims to tout.

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October 5, 2017

Bellator 184: Eduardo Dantas vs. Darrion Caldwell Is A Can't Miss Fight

By Raphael Garcia

Bellator MMA doesn’t boast the super deep roster that the UFC does, but that doesn’t mean it can’t present action-packed and intriguing fights. At Bellator 184, two of the best bantamweights that you may not know will step into the cage. Eduardo Dantas defends his 135-pound title against Darrion Caldwell, and for those who enjoy technical and dynamic mixed martial arts, this is a fight to see.

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October 2, 2017

UFC 216: UFC Made the Right Call In Setting Demetrious Johnson vs. Ray Borg As the Co-Main Event

By Adam Martin

A mini-controversy emerged last week when the UFC announced the bout order for this weekend’s UFC 216 card, which takes place Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Instead of setting a late addition bout featuring Demetrious Johnson vs. Ray Borg for the flyweight title as the main event, the original headliner, a bout between Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee for the interim lightweight title, kept its spot, with Johnson vs. Borg named as the co-main event. There are arguments for and against the UFC’s decision, but ultimately I do believe that the promotion made the right call.

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October 1, 2017

UFC Looking For A Strong Fourth Quarter To End 2017

By Adam Martin

This definitely hasn’t been the best year for the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A year after WME-IMG took over operations, the promotion has had a down year, with sub-standard pay-per-view buys for sub-standard cards such as UFC 208, injuries to big name fighters like Khabib Nurmagomedov, retirement announcements from star athletes like Ronda Rousey, Diaz brothers sitting out, and a pound-for-pound champion getting busted for failed drug tests in Jon Jones. The Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather boxing match helped the company somewhat, but not as much as if the UFC Lightweight Champion was actually fighting in the Octagon. Overall, this has been a down year for the UFC.

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September 28, 2017

MMA Ratings Podcast: MMA News, Bellator 183, UFC Fight Night 117, and more (Episode 59)

By Raphael Garcia

Raphael Garcia and Schwan Humes recap a weekend of action that included Bellator 183 and UFC Fight Night 117, and discuss all the news from the week.


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The Jump To Bellator Is No Longer A Sure Bet For Success

By Raphael Garcia

There was a time when fighters competing outside of the UFC were all considered “inferior” in some fashion. The Octagon was the end all, be all for professional mixed martial artists; make it there and you’ve essentially reached the top of your sport. Now, one wonders if that’s still the case. The UFC inarguably has the most top shelf athletes within the sport, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to write off the fighters competing in other MMA promotions.

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September 27, 2017

Bellator 183 Was A Big Hit For the UFCs Biggest Rival

By Adam Martin

The best MMA card of last weekend really flew under the radar in the weeks and months leading up to it, but once it was all said and done, Saturday night’s Bellator 183 card in San Jose proved to be a much better card than the UFC’s offering in Saitama, Japan on Friday night. The five fights on the main card at Bellator 183 lived up to the billing and then some, and I would argue that in totality it was one of Bellator’s strongest cards in company history, and certainly since president Scott Coker and matchmaker Rich Chou took over operations a few years ago.

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September 21, 2017

MMA Ratings Podcast: UFC Fight Night 117, Bellator 183, MMA News (Episode 58)

By Raphael Garcia

Raphael Garcia and Schwan Humes are back to talk all things MMA, including UFC Fight Night 117, Bellator 183, and more.


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Claudia Gadelha and Jessica Andrade Need A Win At UFC Fight Night 117 To Remain Relevant

By Raphael Garcia

Imagine being stuck in second place without any clear path to overtaking your rival. That is where Claudia Gadelha finds herself heading into her UFC Fight Night 117 bout against Jessica Andrade. The Brazilian is widely recognized as the second best woman in the 115-pound division, and her chance to become the top fighter in the weight class largely hinges on what happens with Joanna Jedrzejczyk.

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September 20, 2017

UFC Fight Night 116: Luke Rockhold's Domination of Branch Makes 185 Interesting Again

By Adam Martin

One of the top middleweight fighters in MMA returned to the cage last Saturday night in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania when Luke Rockhold came back after a 15-month layoff to dominate David Branch and make him tap to strikes in the main event of UFC Fight Night 116. Rockhold is now 6-2 overall in the UFC with finishes in all six of his victories.

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September 17, 2017

Rafael Dos Anjos: The Brazilian Fighter Is A Contender To Make UFC History

By Raphael Garcia

UFC 215 became a welcoming party of sorts for Rafael Dos Anjos in the UFC welterweight division, as he joined the ranks of title contenders with his dominant victory over Neil Magny, adding himself to the list of men vying for the next shot at Tyron Woodley and the 170-pound title. And based on what’s likely next for the former lightweight champion, Dos Anjos also positioned himself to become one of the best Brazilians to ever compete in mixed martial arts.

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Alvarez vs GGG: Saturday's Split-Draw Raises Questions

By Raphael Garcia

Saul "Canelo" Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin was the biggest and most important boxing bout of 2017. The middleweights carved through their competition to set up a fight to determine who is the pound-for-pound best in professional boxing today. Twelve rounds later the answer to that question became clearer, but the official decision on the docket caused people to shake their head in disbelief. Alvarez and Golovkin were forced to settle for a split draw, a verdict that doesn’t immediately create excitement for their next contest, if and when it happens.

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September 16, 2017

UFC Fight Night 116: Middleweight Has Changed A Lot Since Luke Rockhold's Last Fight

By Adam Martin

This weekend at UFC Fight Night 116, which goes down tonight at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, former UFC Middleweight Champion Luke Rockhold returns to the Octagon when he faces former multi-division WSOF champ David Branch in the main event. It’s Rockhold’s first fight since June 2016, when he was brutally knocked out by Michael Bisping at UFC 199 to lose his title in shocking, upset fashion. It goes without saying a lot has changed in the middleweight division since Rockhold last fought.

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