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Mamed Khalidov: The UFC's One That Got Away

Fightland Blog<p>Image via Instagram/mamed_khalidov<p>Absolute Championship Berkut (ACB) had their first event in England on Saturday, with ACB 54: Supersonic acting as its landmark show and the famed Manchester Arena playing host. With ACB already garnering more attention than M-1 ever did in the West, …

MMA & UFC

The Big Interview: After a year of change for the UFC, Dana White remains unfazed and unfiltered

Even by industry standards, it’s been a tumultuous stretch for the UFC. In July, the promotion was purchased by WME/IMG for $4.5 billion, the largest …

Conor McGregor

The Curious Case of Holly Holm

Fightland Blog<p>Artwork by Gian Galang<p>The fight game is all about questions. After all, when there seem to be no challengers left to fight, no questions left to answer, people get bored. But it seems as though UFC 208 has people asking all the wrong questions. Why is one of the top contenders for the …

Martial Arts

A closer look at the UFC’s 2017 schedule

When WME-IMG purchased the UFC last year, rumors swirled that they would cut back on the number of events the promotion put on in 2017.However, …

MMA & UFC

Travis Browne Is Still Training With Edmond Tarverdyan, so Let's Talk About Why That Sucks

Fightland Blog<p>Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports<p>Rumors of UFC heavyweight Travis Browne leaving Edmond Tarverdyan have been greatly exaggerated. Speaking with ESPN, Browne said he’s still training weekly with the Glendale Fighting Club coach ahead of his Feb. 19 bout with Derrick …

MMA & UFC

Travis Browne: Edmond Tarverdyan is still my coach

For his upcoming fight against Derrick Lewis at UFC Fight Night 105, Travis Browne will not be training at the Glendale Fighting Club. Instead, he …

UFC's Matt Brown considering a full-time transition into coaching

LAS VEGAS -- Looking back at his most recent fight, a knockout loss to Donald Cerrone at UFC 206 in December, Matt Brown can point out two obvious …

Las Vegas

In (Possibly) Retiring Young, Ronda Rousey Has Nothing to Answer for

Ronda Rousey’s transcendence as a mixed martial arts superstar survived the loss of her aura. That’s evidenced by the public reaction generated by UFC president Dana White when he revealed on the <i>UFC Unfiltered</i> podcast what many of us who follow the sport closely had assumed: that she was done …

Martial Arts

Morning Report: Travis Browne puts to bed rumors he left coach Edmund Tarverdyan

For the last few weeks, internet rumors have been circulating that ninth-ranked heavyweight Travis Browne had left Glendale Fighting Club and the …

MMA & UFC

Mind the Glap: One Man's Love Affair with the Thai Spinning Elbow

Fightland Blog<p>Photo courtesy of the author<p>"Mind the Gap" is an audio and visual warning on the London Underground subway system urging passengers to be cautious when crossing the horizontal spatial gap between train doors and the station platform. The gaps at some stations on “the Tube,” the ones …

Martial Arts

Masvidal vs. Cerrone: Controlling the Inside Line

Fightland Blog<p>Photo by Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports<p>UFC Fight Night: Shevchenko versus Pena was a decent night of scraps with a couple of cracking finishes. Valentina Shevchenko emerged as the next challenger for the women’s bantamweight title, Francis Ngannou added a tenth knockout loss to Andrei …

Martial Arts

Aisling Daly retires from MMA due to brain scan abnormality

One of the pioneers of women’s MMA in Europe has called it quits.<p>Citing an abnormality found in a recent brain scan, Aisling Daly has retired from …

MMA & UFC

McCall sees 5th straight booking fall through after Seery pulls out of UFC 208

Some cruel, otherworldly being is doing everything it can to keep Ian McCall from returning to the Octagon.<p>The longtime flyweight is without an …

Ireland

Full media scrum: Valentina Shevchenko unconcerned with opponent's claims ahead of UFC on FOX 23

DENVER – Valentina Shevchenko has spent a lifetime training and competing in martial arts, and she’s owned world titles in the striking arts. So …

UFC FOX 23 Fight Card: ‘Cowboy’ Vs. ‘Gamebred!’

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight warriors Donald Cerrone and Jorge Masvidal will collide this Saturday (Jan. 28, 2017) at UFC on FOX …

UFC signs TV deal to broadcast in MENA region

The UFC signed its first major broadcasting deal of the WME-IMG era Thursday.<p>All of the promotion's content, including their pay-per-views, will soon …

Abu Dhabi

“Big” John McCarthy, MMA’s Ultimate Authority, Is Okay With Weed

Fightland Blog<p>Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports<p>Next month marks a decade since the night in Las Vegas when Nick Diaz boxed up Takanori Gomi at his peak, called him a bitch when he came out for the second round, and submitted him with a gogoplata shortly thereafter. He had been an antihero …

Cannabis

Jack Slack Profiles Three More Strikers for the Fighting Connoisseur

Jack takes a look at the styles of three very different strikers from three different combat sports.<p><i>This article was originally published by FIGHTLAND</i><p>Every few months we like to put together a list of strikers in the hope that we can expand the horizons of fight fans. When there is breathing room …

Martial Arts

Bisping not committing to Romero match, seeks 'biggest fight'

Michael Bisping is happy to let Yoel Romero stew for as long as possible.<p>With Bisping expecting to be on the sidelines until at least May following …

Yoel Romero

Nate Diaz calls out UFC for placing him 'on the shelf'

Just because Conor McGregor is taking a self-imposed hiatus to await the May birth of his first child doesn't mean McGregor's top adversary, Nate Diaz, wants to join him at the hip on the sideline.<p>"I know what this is: I'm being put on the shelf," Diaz told the Los Angeles Times on Saturday night …

The first face of women’s MMA: How Rousey should decide future

Before she was starring in award-nominated films such as “Deadpool,” Gina Carano was hailed as the face of women’s mixed martial arts and one of the …

Ronda Rousey

Dear Bellator: Thanks for Making the Fights That the UFC Shouldn't

Saturday night at The Forum in Inglewood, California, at Bellator 170, a legend will make his walk one last time, while another will return to the ring for the first time in over three years.<p>Tito Ortiz, he of the flaming shorts, bleached blonde hair and wild run as one of the UFC's first true …

Top 10

A motivated Vitor Belfort takes aim at colleagues who hand-pick fights – including champ Bisping

Following a TKO loss to Gegard Mousasi that had him on a two-fight skid, Vitor Belfort wrote a rather enigmatic Instagram post that spoke of his need …

MMA & UFC

Tyron Woodley believes he’s the ‘worst-treated champion’ in UFC history

LOS ANGELES -- Tyron Woodley isn’t happy with the UFC, or some of its fans it appears, calling himself the “worst-treated champion” in the history of …

Chael Sonnen: New grounded fighter definition makes MMA ‘extremely more dangerous’

LOS ANGELES — Chael Sonnen has reservations about the new definition of a grounded fighter in MMA.<p>Sonnen, a 20-year veteran of the sport, feels like …

Johny Hendricks moves to middleweight, meets Hector Lombard at UFC Fight Night 105 in Halifax

Never fear, fight fans. Even if the UFC continues to not have success finding an opponent for Junior Dos Santos to remain on next month’s UFC Fight …

MMA & UFC

Woodley, Thompson Squabble On SportsCenter

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight champion Tyron Woodley will begrudgingly rematch Stephen Thompson at the upcoming UFC 209 …

MMA & UFC

Technique Talk: Lawal on MMA’s homogenization, judging impact, future

As the new year is upon us, it’s natural both to take a look back at the year that was as well as the year ahead. In thinking about that task, MMA …

Retired Tim Kennedy vows to seek change in more ‘significant fight’

Tim Kennedy has rolled with the punches for his entire MMA career, which began in 2001 in Oroville, Calif. on the regional circuit, and ended nearly …

Kelvin Gastelum