1. David Branch Looking to Make Dominant Title Defense Against Yushin Okami

    By his own admission, David Branch is a late bloomer. While that term is most often directly tied to a fighter's success in mixed martial arts—something Branch has found in ...

    Duane Finley Written by Duane Finley about 10 months ago 3,374 reads 4 comments

  2. The Fighting Life: Isaac Vallie-Flagg Emerges from the Storm

    "Never mind how my car looks." Those words—and numerous other combat sports-related items—were thrown about the trunk space as veteran lightweight Isaac Vallie-Flagg scrambled through the rubble...

    Duane Finley Written by Duane Finley about 10 months ago 5,213 reads 10 comments

  3. Luke Rockhold Has Found His Rhythm, Eyeing Championship Run in 2015

    It doesn't take much observation to notice Luke Rockhold is a very talented fighter. As a prospect on the rise, the American Kickboxing Academy staple steamrolled his way through ...

    Duane Finley Written by Duane Finley about 10 months ago 8,812 reads 45 comments

  4. UFC Fight Night 55: Al Iaquinta Ready for Big Opportunity Against Ross Pearson

    Al Iaquinta has been waiting a long time for a big opportunity to come his way. Since his time on season 15 of The Ultimate Fighter , the Long Island-based powerhouse has been ...

    Duane Finley Written by Duane Finley about 10 months ago 3,492 reads 8 comments

  5. Carlos Condit Aiming to Return in Early 2015

    When the cage door closes and the action goes live, there are few fighters with more intensity than Carlos Condit ...

    Duane Finley Written by Duane Finley about 10 months ago 8,872 reads 41 comments

  6. Aljamain Sterling Fulfilling His Potential 1 Fight at a Time

    As the current slate of champions and superstars are competing on the biggest stages and showcases in MMA , another wave of fighters are battling their way up the proverbial ladder to break through...

    Duane Finley Written by Duane Finley about 10 months ago 4,162 reads 4 comments

  7. Title Shot Situation Has Cub Swanson Fired Up Going into Bout with Frankie Edgar

    The past two years have been remarkable for Cub Swanson. The longest-tenured featherweight under the Zuffa banner has run the proverbial table, as he's found victory in all six of his bouts since January 2012...

    Duane Finley Written by Duane Finley about 10 months ago 11,903 reads 46 comments

  8. Dropping Knowledge: Daniel Cormier Analyzes Card for UFC 179

    The team of analysts for the UFC on Fox Sports 1 and Fox broadcasts has been providing the most in-depth coverage that mixed martial arts has seen in its 20 years of existence...

    Duane Finley Written by Duane Finley about 10 months ago 8,071 reads 9 comments

  9. Chad Mendes Expecting a 'War' in Rematch with Jose Aldo at UFC 179

    Mixed martial arts is a chaotic sport where two athletes step into a cage to battle for physical supremacy, and it is the competition of it all that drives Chad Mendes . The Team Alpha Male standout and current No...

    Duane Finley Written by Duane Finley about 10 months ago 8,264 reads 28 comments

  10. Glover Teixeira Looking to Get Back on Track Against Phil Davis at UFC 179

    A fighter's success is what helps them elevate their profile and earn bigger opportunities, but oftentimes, setbacks and adversity show the true measure of who they really are...

    Duane Finley Written by Duane Finley about 10 months ago 5,263 reads 18 comments

  11. UFC Fight Night 56: Shogun Rua Focused on Jimi Manuwa, No Thoughts of Retiring

    Few fighters in the history of mixed martial arts can match resumes with Mauricio "Shogun" Rua. The MMA legend has won both Pride and UFC titles over the course of his storied ...

    Duane Finley Written by Duane Finley about 11 months ago 6,797 reads 15 comments

  12. The Fighting Life: Discovering the Miller Brothers

    "Those woods are filled with black bears." This was the tidbit of information Mike Miller decided to casually throw out there as I followed his son, lightweight standout Jim Miller, ...

    Duane Finley Written by Duane Finley about 11 months ago 8,060 reads 9 comments

  13. The Fighting Life: Live Blogging Chapter 3 of B/R's 'MMA Road Trip 2014'

    There are always more stories waiting to be told from the road. That's the beautiful part about that twisting, winding, curving thing; there is always something to be found when one has the courage to set about looking...

    Duane Finley Written by Duane Finley about 11 months ago 19,466 reads 5 comments

  14. The Good, Bad and Strange from UFC Fight Night 54

    The welterweight division is one of the most talent-rich collectives in the UFC, and two of the top fighters in the 170-pound fold collided when Rory MacDonald and Tarec Saffiedine squared off at Fight Night 54...

    Duane Finley Written by Duane Finley about 11 months ago 8,986 reads 6 comments

  15. Tarec Saffiedine's Time to Shine Arrives at UFC Fight Night 54

    Tarec Saffiedine may just be the best-kept secret in the UFC welterweight division. Over the past several years, the Belgian striker has quietly climbed the 170-pound rankings to solidify himself as one best fighters in the weight class...

    Duane Finley Written by Duane Finley about 11 months ago 2,197 reads 2 comments

  16. Rory MacDonald Focused on Tarec Saffiedine, Believes Title Shot Will Come

    Rory MacDonald's rise to title contention has been something special to watch. When the Firas Zahabi-trained fighter emerged onto the UFC scene back in 2010, he did so with buzz and excitement surrounding him...

    Duane Finley Written by Duane Finley about 11 months ago 4,278 reads 17 comments

  17. UFC Fight Night 54: The Calculated Chaos of Gunnar Nelson

    When it comes to competing under the bright lights of the UFC Octagon, Gunnar Nelson is a paradox of sorts...

    Duane Finley Written by Duane Finley about 11 months ago 5,762 reads 20 comments

  18. Max Holloway Continues to Be 1 of the Featherweight Divison's Top Prospects

    There are several talent-rich collectives under the UFC banner but none that are currently hotter than the featherweight division...

    Duane Finley Written by Duane Finley about 11 months ago 2,195 reads 12 comments

  19. Raphael Assuncao Putting Title Shot Frustrations Aside, Focused on Bryan Caraway

    Raphael Assuncao isn't sure how title shots are doled out in the UFC, but he is confident he's going to get there eventually...

    Duane Finley Written by Duane Finley about 11 months ago 3,298 reads 13 comments

  20. Rick Story Looking to Derail Gunnar Nelson's Rise at UFC Fight Night 53

    Rick Story knows what it feels like to have momentum in the UFC welterweight division. The Washington-born powerhouse rose to prominence in the 170-pound ranks on the strength ...

    Duane Finley Written by Duane Finley about 11 months ago 4,225 reads 8 comments

  21. The Good, Bad and Strange from UFC 178

    There was a lot of anticipation in the buildup to UFC 178 , and expectations were set as high as any card in recent memory...

    Duane Finley Written by Duane Finley about 11 months ago 31,231 reads 40 comments

  22. Khabib Nurmagomedov Feels He's 'Smashed Everyone,' Wants Title Shot

    Khabib Nurmagomedov has carved a path of destruction through the competitive ranks of the UFC lightweight division...

    Duane Finley Written by Duane Finley about 11 months ago 4,891 reads 41 comments

  23. Tim Kennedy Believes Vitor Belfort Is Nothing Without His 'Magic Juice'

    Tim Kennedy has never been one to mince words. The brash talking Texan keeps busy when he's not mixing it up inside the cage as he's engaged in multiple beefs with his fellow middleweights over a multitude of public formats...

    Duane Finley Written by Duane Finley about 11 months ago 4,804 reads 29 comments

  24. Chris Cariaso Is Determined to Capitalize on Dream Opportunity at UFC 178

    Chris "Kamikaze" Cariaso doesn't pay any mind to the odds going into a fight. It would be impossible for the 33-year-old Californian to escape the fact he's a heavy underdog going ...

    Duane Finley Written by Duane Finley about 11 months ago 695 reads 1 comments

  25. UFC 178's Tim Kennedy: Underrated No Longer

    Tim Kennedy has carried a chip on his shoulder for quite some time. The gritty veteran has been consistently mixing it up with the best middleweight fighters in the world for the past four years and has been largely successful while doing so...

    Duane Finley Written by Duane Finley about 11 months ago 6,206 reads 31 comments