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Khabib Nurmagomedov: Alcohol and Women 'Spoil' Fighters and Make Them 'Weak'

UFC lightweight contender Khabib Nurmagomedov has an old-school approach when it comes to fighting: Alcohol and women are a no-no if you want to be the best in the world.<p>Speaking with Russian media outlet ProSports.ru, (translated by MixedMartialArts.com), "The Eagle" explained why he has sworn off …

Khabib Nurmagomedov

Spong: Israel is ‘wiping out Palestine’

GLORY kickboxing competitor Tyrone Spong took to Instagram to express his concerns regarding the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Gaza.<p>"This …

Fantasy Fights: UFC strikers vs GLORY kickboxers

Having grown up in the days when Japanese MMA was more than a page in the history books of our sport, I fondly remember such things as watching PRIDE …

Complete beginners guide to Muay Thai

Ancient battles, military coups, Mafia godfathers, foreign invaders and innumerable great fighters make up the history of Muay Thai, which is the …

Ranking the 10 Best Camps in MMA Right Now

Link to Media<p>MMA is about individuals, but most UFC champions are forged in strong camps that bring in many great fighters. In some cases, as with Jose Aldo and Renan Barao, steel sharpens steel, and two titleholders are born from the same team.<p>In a very different atmosphere from boxing, MMA hardly …

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UFC champ Anthony Pettis confident he'll KO Melendez

Anthony Pettis still has a long ways to go before he'll be back in action after repeatedly injuring his knee, but eventually he will take on Gilbert …

Worried Mom Jumps into Cage for Unconscious Son

We've seen some crazy things over the years.<p>Broken shins, lacerated foreheads, illegal groin shots, post-fight staredowns and unprecedented performances have graced mixed martial arts cages from every corner of the earth.<p>But when a mom scales a chain-link fence to protest her son's defeat, the MMA …

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NAGA Fighter Loses Grappling Match in Disgusting Fashion

One unlucky man’s run in the North American Grappling Association (NAGA) tournament came to a smelly end over the weekend, after his opponent allegedly farted in his face.<p>MMA and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fans are familiar with the omoplata technique, a shoulder lock typically used for either submitting …

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Mirko Cro Cop: Anderson Silva 'Will Never Be the Same Fighter' After Leg Injury

Former Pride and K-1 champion Mirko Filipovic believes former UFC middleweight top dog Anderson Silva will never be the same dominant force after suffering a broken left tibia and fibula late last year.<p>Despite the fact the Brazilian fan favorite resumed training less than two months after the …

Anderson Silva

Cro Cop: 'I just failed in the UFC'

Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic takes on Remy Bojansky in a kickboxing bout this Saturday at Glory 14 Zagreb. To hype the fight he came on Ariel Helwani's …

UFC Fight Night 37's Igor Araujo began MMA journey with Alistair Overeem

UFC welterweight Igor Araujo practiced taekwondo as a kid, but it was soccer that consumed his life until he was 19.<p>During the Brazilian’s teenage …

Mirko 'Cro Cop' Filipovic in 5 Moments

This weekend, Glory 14 will take place in Zagreb, Croatia, and the card will be headlined by a bout between Remy Bonjasky and Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic. This intriguing match caps off a great card, which also features Glory's middleweight grand prix and defending lightweight champion Andy …

Martial Arts

MMA Psychology: The Psychology of Losing in Mixed Martial Arts

“Winning isn't everything; it’s the only thing.”<p>The above quote, often attributed to the great Vince Lombardi, is a distillation of the competitive athlete’s major ethos. History is unkind to those who would accept second best. Winners are celebrated; everyone else is mere scenery for someone …

Martial Arts

UFC 173: Lyoto Machida Faces Chris Weidman After Belfort Withdraws

On the heels of Nevada's surprising and historic Thursday ban of testosterone replacement therapy in combat sports came something a little less surprising: Vitor Belfort, long considered the poster child of the controversial TRT movement, has been replaced by Lyoto Machida at UFC 173.<p>Belfort …

Lyoto Machida

UFC Heavyweight Roy Nelson Continues to Travel His Own Path

Mixed martial arts is a sport based on individual talents, and few fighters are more tuned in to that notion than Roy Nelson.<p>The heavy-handed knockout artist has consistently marched to the beat of his own drum throughout his decade-long career in MMA. And while his insistence on doing so has …

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Randy Couture: More Than 30 Countries Want MMA in the Olympics

Link to Media<p>UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture believes we aren't that far away from seeing some form of mixed martial arts in the Olympic Games.<p>Speaking briefly with TMZ Sports, The Natural explained that somewhere between 34 and 39 countries have signed a petition to include a new combat sport in …

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LiverKick

Jeez. For the longest time Jean-Claude Van Damme was the talk of the town in possible heading into professional kickboxing. The legendary fight with …

Martial Arts

MMA: The Cruelty of the Combative Sport

It is odd how the viewing public has romanticized combative sports to the point that one would think it’s a glorious, glamorous life—all positive and little negative. As with all sports, our perception is clouded by assumption and comfortable distance, which is the norm for nearly all sports.<p>Of all …

Martial Arts

Pat Barry signs with Glory, makes debut in May

Former UFC Heavyweight Pat Barry has announced his next two fights. On the MMA Hour and twitter today, Barry announced that he would return to the …

Pettis wants Aldo fight

Dana White all but guaranteed that he would make a UFC champion vs. champion bout between lightweight champion Anthony Pettis and featherweight …

Roy Nelson envisions a future career in politics

The economy is a tricky beast and has been for the last several years. One minute it's stable, the next minute it's through the floor. Keeping that …

Jones hopes Anderson 'just stays away' from MMA

The main event of 168 ended in spectacular and shocking fashion as middleweight challenger Anderson Silva snapped his leg across the shin of champion …

UFC 169: Jose Aldo Shifting Focus to Superfight with Anthony Pettis

Fresh off of his win over Ricardo Lamas at UFC 169, Jose Aldo is finally gearing up for a superfight with lightweight champ Anthony Pettis.<p>It was another masterful blend of striking and grappling put on display by Aldo Saturday night, as he extended his win streak to 17 and defended the UFC …

Jose Aldo

Fighting JDS Not the Right Move for Alistair Overeem

Alistair Overeem saved his job by defeating Frank Mir at UFC 169.<p>Overeem looked the best he has in years. He seemed lighter, more active on his feet and had more cardio. All positive signs for the heavyweight as he tries to move back into title contention.<p>Following the fight, Twitter seemed to …

Martial Arts

Fighting through poverty helped make Jose Aldo the champion he is

Jose Aldo got his first glimpse of Rio de Janeiro when the young Brazilian Jiu Jitsu student was sent to the Brazilian fight capital to represent his …

Picking Champions: Who the UFC Would Choose to Wear the Belt

A UFC belt is worth a lot. Not just to the fighters, but to the promotion.<p>Having a championship bout on top of a card increases sales while boosting the marketability and drawing power of an event. It isn't until the UFC combines a belt with an already popular fighter that it gets a true …

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Dana White Says Anderson Silva Wants the Belt Back

To hear UFC president Dana White tell it, we may get to see a third fight between Chris Weidman and Anderson Silva after all.<p>It's a notion many consider impossible. Weidman owns two victories over Silva, after all, even though both of them weren't exactly what White (or anyone else) considers …

Anderson Silva