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MMA as we know and see it today does not need to be in the Olympics.
In between all the chatter this week after the International Olympic Committee announced it intends to drop wrestling from the Summer Games in 2020 resides the notion of MMA one day becoming an Olympic sport.
Sure, many of the sports that comprise mixed martial arts -- boxing, wrestling, judo, taekwondo -- are already...Read more »
A combination of anonymously sourced reports and some rumors point to Strikeforce promoting its final event on Jan. 12, 2012, in Oklahoma City. If true (and it is widely believed that it is), it will mark the culmination of a slow (then quick) fall from No. 2 MMA promotion since being purchased by Zuffa, the parent company to UFC. There are likely many factors that contributed to this point, some...Read more »
For those of you MMA fans without power at home who are returning to work today, or who finally found an empty seat near an outlet at the local Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts or Panera, here's what you've missed this week:
- Jose Aldo will defend his featherweight title against Frankie Edgar during the UFC's Super Bowl Weekend card in February 2013 in Las Vegas. - Season 17 of "The Ultimate...Read more »
Oh, the fickleness of the MMA fight fan. Last month, Alexander Gustafsson won the plurality of the vote in our massively (un)scientific poll seeking the answer to this question: Which fighter was most deserving of a title shot against Jon Jones at UFC 152? Well, three weeks later, when the question became this -- Who do you want to see Jon Jones fight next? -- the answer was not Gustafsson.
Here...Read more »
Champion Jon Jones is close to cleaning out the UFC light heavyweight division, UFC president Dana White said after Saturday's win over Vitor Belfort.
It's a cute turn of phrase that indicates he has beaten every worthy contender at 205 pounds. Whenever a top-tier champion makes a few consecutive title defenses, MMA folks love to list the rest of the worthy contenders left.
Whether it's...Read more »
UFC president Dana White sat down for a full-length interview on "UFC Tonight" that aired Tuesday night on UFC broadcast partner Fuel TV.
Among the highlights:
- He has no regrets about the quotes he gave regarding Jon Jones and the UFC 151 cancelation.
- He says Dan Henderson deserves some of the blame as well, yet he still bashed Greg Jackson once more.
- Anderson...Read more »
UFC 151 should be taking place this Saturday night in Las Vegas just as Zuffa, its fighters and its fans had planned.
But Dan Henderson injured his knee, Jon Jones turned down a fight against replacement Chael Sonnen on 10 days' notice and UFC canceled the entire card for the first time since Zuffa bought the company in 2001.
So where does that leave the 22 fighters on that non-existent...Read more »
First, the quote that lead to the ensuing train of thought:
“When the fans speak, we listen," UFC president Dana White said in a statement. "So whoever scores the best win, whoever gets the fans excited by going out there on Saturday and looking the most impressive, he will get the winner of Jones vs. Henderson. It is down to what these four guys do Saturday night in the Octagon....Read more »
As far as promotional tie-ins go, this one between Ultimate Poker and the UFC is a bit out of the ordinary and rather impressive for a hardcore fan.
All you have to do is win Ultimate Poker's free online poker tournament (ends July 22) and then you can be the guy who straps the belt around the waist of the winner of UFC 151's main event between light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and challenger...Read more »
We are now officially one month away from the start of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
As the Games approach, expect to hear MMA executives mention how they think mixed martial arts should be an Olympic sport. Debate that on your own time.
For now, here's a look at former U.S. Olympians who turned their athletic endeavors into an MMA career....Read more »