1. Methods to Improve MMA Judging: Part Two

    After a slew of razor-thin decisions at the past few UFC events (read: Franklin-Silva, Fisher-Uno, Davis-Hardy, Sanchez-Guida, Hughes-Serra, Blackburn-Garcia, Guillard-Tibau), I feel that now ...

    Jad Semaan Written by Jad Semaan about over 5 years ago 248 reads 17 comments

  2. New Rules, Part One: Methods To Improve The Judging System In MMA

    The scoring system in North American MMA is a highly contentious topic that has been discussed numerous times by various writers across the board...

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  3. Top 10 Most Underused Techniques in MMA

    Undoubtedly one of the best aspects of MMA is the sheer variety of techniques that fighters can use during a match and this is what makes it so exciting and different from every other combat sport...

    Jad Semaan Written by Jad Semaan about over 5 years ago 4,935 reads 46 comments

  4. Which Martial Art Is Best Suited for MMA?

    Martial arts have been practiced for thousands of years. The word “martial” comes from the Latin Mars, referring to the Roman god of war (Ares in Greek mythology)...

    Jad Semaan Written by Jad Semaan about 6 years ago 10,135 reads 107 comments

  5. Is it Finally Time for an MMA World Cup?

    This summer’s historical Olympic Games and FIFA World Cup must have raised a number of questions in the mind of MMA fans worldwide, such as: will we ever see a mixed martial arts equivalent ...

    Jad Semaan Written by Jad Semaan about 6 years ago 981 reads 11 comments

  6. Is Rousimar Palhares the Man to Beat Anderson Silva?

    If you keep an eye on just one fighter in the near future, make sure it’s the man known as “Toquinho,” a.k.a. Rousimar Palhares...

    Jad Semaan Written by Jad Semaan about 6 years ago 2,023 reads 26 comments

  7. In MMA, Is Refusing To Submit Disrespectful?

    In the realm of professional sporting competition, the concept of sportsmanship entertains a wide range of concrete expressions...

    Jad Semaan Written by Jad Semaan about 6 years ago 1,028 reads 27 comments

  8. Antonio "Big Nog" Nogueira: UFC's Unsung Champion

    Though he holds the interim heavyweight belt, for all intents and purposes, Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira may soon be known as the undisputed UFC Heavyweight Champion...

    Jad Semaan Written by Jad Semaan about 6 years ago 1,615 reads 34 comments

  9. Art of War: The Rise of MMA in China

    Among the world’s preeminent nations, China retains perhaps the oldest and richest martial-arts legacy and warrior culture...

    Jad Semaan Written by Jad Semaan about 6 years ago 2,802 reads 12 comments

  10. Jon Fitch - How Can He Beat Georges St. Pierre?

    As all MMA fans should know, anything can happen in a fight. Who could have predicted the unheralded Gabriel Gonzaga knocking out top 5 heavyweight Mirko Cro Cop via head kick, the latter’s ...

    Jad Semaan Written by Jad Semaan about 6 years ago 435 reads 8 comments

  11. MMA: Fedor to Fight Arlovski

    The French website Fightsport.fr revealed that Fedor Emelianenko's next opponent will be Belarusian fighter Andrei Arlovski. The source: Fedor himself...

    Jad Semaan Written by Jad Semaan about over 6 years ago 1,308 reads 12 comments

  12. Will Hermes Franca Be Able To Stump "The Answer?"

    For athletes with a relatively short career span, such as mixed martial artists, one year is an awfully long time. It feels even longer if you’re inactive...

    Jad Semaan Written by Jad Semaan about over 6 years ago 332 reads 9 comments

  13. MMA: Will the "True" Andrei Arlovski Appear at Affliction: Banned?

    There was a time when the adjectives violent, fearless, dangerous, aggressive, and lightning-quick were but a few of the words that accurately described the Belarusian phenom known as Andrei Arlovski...

    Jad Semaan Written by Jad Semaan about over 6 years ago 1,227 reads 8 comments

  14. Bruce Lee and Jeet Kune Do: the Origins of MMA, Part Four

    Continuing with my series on the history of MMA (part three can be found here: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/33398-rebirth-of-modern-pankration-the-origins-of-mma-part-three), this article ...

    Jad Semaan Written by Jad Semaan about over 6 years ago 2,864 reads 13 comments

  15. Rebirth of Modern Pankration: The Origins of MMA, Part Three

    Picking up where my last article on the history of MMA left off (part two can be found here: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/30004-roman-gladiator-games-the-origins-of-mma-part-two), this ...

    Jad Semaan Written by Jad Semaan about over 6 years ago 4,184 reads 10 comments

  16. UFC 86: A Case Study in Questionable Matchmaking?

    I give Joe Silva, the UFC’s matchmaker, a lot of credit for the great fights that he has set up over the past several years...

    Jad Semaan Written by Jad Semaan about over 6 years ago 1,138 reads 16 comments

  17. Roman Gladiator Games: the Origins of MMA, Part Two

    Continuing the series that I started last week on the history of MMA (part one can be found here: http://bleacherreport...

    Jad Semaan Written by Jad Semaan about over 6 years ago 8,168 reads 6 comments

  18. Ancient Greek Pankration: the Origins of MMA, Part One

    Inspired by my colleague Derek Bolender and his article on MMA for newcomers(http://bleacherreport.com/articles/27230-MMA-Get-to-Know-the-Fastest-Growing-Sport-in-America-040608), I felt that ...

    Jad Semaan Written by Jad Semaan about over 6 years ago 9,333 reads 6 comments

  19. MMA: A New Breed of Fighter is Leading the Revolution in Combat Sports

    A unique kind of warrior is making his mark in the world of MMA: the hybrid striker/jiu-jitsu fighter who can finish a fight both on the feet and on the ground, is very exciting in the process, and can compete effectively against all other styles...

    Jad Semaan Written by Jad Semaan about over 6 years ago 954 reads 22 comments

  20. Tito Ortiz vs. Lyoto Machida at UFC 84 on May 24: It's the Beginning of the End

    The fight between Tito Ortiz and Lyoto Machida at UFC 84 on May 24 lends itself to a fair bit of irony. Ortiz will be making his final appearance in the UFC, while Machida prepares for his coming out party...

    Jad Semaan Written by Jad Semaan about over 6 years ago 2,152 reads 8 comments

  21. Point of No Return: Wanderlei Silva vs. Keith Jardine at UFC 84 on May 24

    For professional fighters Wanderlei Silva and Keith Jardine, there is no time like the present. Their fight at UFC 84 on May 24th promises to have monumental consequences for the heavily-contested ...

    Jad Semaan Written by Jad Semaan about over 6 years ago 2,122 reads 9 comments

  22. MMA: Affliction Reveals First Card, Includes Arlovski-Rothwell and Barnett-Rizzo

    According to several reliable sources, Affliction has confirmed many rumoured match-ups while adding several new ones to its inaugural event set for July 19 in Anaheim, Calif...

    Jad Semaan Written by Jad Semaan about over 6 years ago 2,289 reads 7 comments

  23. MMA: Affliction's First Card with Sylvia-Fedor No Longer in Dallas or on HDNet

    The scheduled location for Affliction’s inaugural MMA event on July 19 no longer appears to be Dallas. Sources close to the negotiations between Affliction and HDNet have reported that ...

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  24. Ill Will Mixed with Bad Blood: Sean Sherk vs BJ Penn at UFC 84

    The rivalry between UFC fighters Sean Sherk and BJ Penn has escalated to a point beyond that of a minor playground scuffle...

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  25. The Path to Redemption: Rich Franklin vs Travis Lutter at UFC 83

    It’s always a little clichéd to call a fighter’s next match the most important of his life. But in the cases of Rich Franklin and Travis Lutter, nothing could be closer to the truth...

    Jad Semaan Written by Jad Semaan about over 6 years ago 1,319 reads 4 comments