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The Fight Opinion Five: The Regulators and The Drug Cheats

Saturday, December 26th, 2009

The past decade saw an explosion of States and countries regulating Mixed Martial Arts. Now the focus is on the regulatory bodies and whether or not they’re going to live up to their end of the bargain and enforce the rules, including proper and effective drug testing.

The Fight Opinion Five: The Pro-Wrestling Connection

Friday, December 25th, 2009

Antonio Inoki understood what was going on with the MMA boom in the early part of the 2000s. The problem was that he didn’t know how to properly execute his vision and where things would go. He couldn’t predict the future, even though his gut told him where things were heading.

Text of lawsuit filing between Fedor & M-1 versus Affliction

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

Here is the text of the lawsuit filed by M-1 & Fedor against Affliction in late October.

Josh Stein’s PRIDE history series: The Power Vacuum in the East (Part 4)

Monday, April 6th, 2009

There is something to be said for the metaphor of the Japanese Sengoku Period, in the fifteenth century, a way of expressing the vacuum created by the removal of the Japanese titan.

Josh Stein’s PRIDE history series: Free Agents & Mercenaries (Part 2)

Monday, April 6th, 2009

Before the fall of PRIDE, a fighter who was ranked in the top ten was a fighter who had a contract, simply by virtue of his position. Fighters were built into their organizations, branded like ten thousand cattle. If a fighter was any good, organizations would bite the head off of anyone trying to change that athlete’s allegiance.

Chase Beebe no-shows weigh-in for UWC fight

Friday, February 20th, 2009

Chase Beebe did not appear for a weigh-in for a UWC fight he was originally booked for.

A video lesson for fans: Don’t attack a boxer, MMA fighter, or pro-wrestler

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

Don’t get into an altercation with someone whose profession involves boxing, pro-wrestling, or MMA.

Sengoku 11/1 Saitama Super Arena card

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

Update: Jordan Breen has an event preview here. As it stands today: Light Heavyweights: Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Moise Rimbon (just added to the fight card) Lightweight GP Series (Reserve Match): Jorge Masvidal vs. Bang Seung Hwan Lightweight GP Series semi-final #1: Satoru Kitaoka vs. Eiji Mitsuoka Lightweight GP Series semi-final #2: Kazunori Yokota vs. […]

K-1: Hey, maybe Yoshihiro Akiyama won’t fight on NYE for us

Saturday, October 18th, 2008

I love how K-1 plays out any sort of bad news coming from their camp — they send out former PRIDE PR guy Sasahara to deliver it. Big fighter cancelation for a DREAM show or anything MMA-related? Have Sasahara deliver some bad news to the Japanese media. And make sure it happens a lot at […]

You’re all 13 year olds who never have fought in MMA before…

Monday, June 2nd, 2008

No, really. Nick Lembo recently was interviewed by Full Contact Fighter regarding some of the questionable happenings at EXC’s show last Saturday in Newark.

Using Matt Lindland To Break New York

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

Despite his status as a former Olympic medallist and the fact that he is widely regarded top five middleweight in the sport, the UFC appears to have no interest in recalling Matt Lindland to compete in their octagon. They seem to have no such qualms though in using his pedigree as a competitor to reflect […]

My personal outlook on the Japanese MMA scene

Friday, December 21st, 2007

Warning: This is a very long post. For the last couple of months, I’ve stayed relatively quiet in terms of talking about the Japanese MMA scene and how things are lining up. For starters, I’m bored with a lot of it. Secondly, I don’t see a lot of positives right now. Here is my breakdown […]

Disappear? TUF S**t!

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

I wish The Ultimate Fighter would just disappear. That’s right. Cease to exist. I don’t want to hear how it’s declined, or how it never was, any more. I don’t want to hear how it built the sport, or how it builds a mainstream fan base anymore. Let’s just cancel the contracts, go our separate […]

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