1. UFC Fight Night 95: What If Cris Cyborg Lost?

    No one is anticipating Cris Cyborg will suffer an upset at the hands of Lina Lansberg this weekend at UFC Fight Night 95...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 2 days ago 14,404 reads 53 comments

  2. UFC: Predicting the Champions a Year from Now

    The business of being a UFC champion is pretty chaotic. You work for years to become an expert in your craft...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 5 days ago 23,254 reads 121 comments

  3. CM Punk: UFC 203 Is the Culmination of a Martial Artist's Journey

    When you hear people talk about UFC 203, they’ll tell you about CM Punk before long. They’ll ignore the heavyweight title fight anchoring the card almost completely, hotly stating an opinion on Punk as idiot or inspiration...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 16 days ago 20,685 reads 29 comments

  4. Attention, Mickey Gall: Beat CM Punk, Call out Sage Northcutt, Get Rich Fast

    The UFC’s resident lottery winner, Mickey Gall, has played his cards right as an MMA neophyte. He parlayed time training under the Miller brothers in New Jersey into an ...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 16 days ago 19,932 reads 26 comments

  5. CM Punk, Tim Tebow and the Differences in Sport Cultures

    On Thursday morning, it was announced that Tim Tebow , the polarizing quarterback who hasn’t touched a football in any way that matters since 2012, signed with the New York Mets to play minor league baseball...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 17 days ago 4,495 reads 9 comments

  6. Gustafsson vs. Blachowicz: Results and Reaction from UFC Fight Night 93

    It was 11 months in the making for Alexander Gustafsson , but when he finally returned to the cage at UFC Fight Night 93 on Saturday against Jan Blachowicz, he did so in style...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 22 days ago 11,277 reads 40 comments

  7. UFC Fight Night 93: What's Troubling Alexander Gustafsson?

    This summer has been bittersweet for Canadian music fans. Yes, that’s an odd place to start in discussing a Swedish mixed martial artist, but give it a second...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 24 days ago 10,540 reads 42 comments

  8. UFC on FOX: Winning Ugly, Losing Pretty, and What It Gets You in the End

    In this life you get out what you put in, right? That seems like Day One karmic thought. If you’re willing to put in work, you’ll get results...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 30 days ago 5,601 reads 10 comments

  9. Conor McGregor's Next Matchup Will Reveal Who's Running Things

    The next time you see Conor McGregor enter the famed Octagon, you'll know who's the boss before he ever throws a punch...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 1 month ago 24,122 reads 113 comments

  10. UFC 202 Results: Anthony Johnson's KO Is Great, but Did It Show Anything New?

    Anthony Johnson knocking people out is great. It’s just the best . Some poor guy goes in there, brimming with confidence that he’s The One, that his path to victory ...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 1 month ago 52,634 reads 7 comments

  11. UFC 202 Could Make Nate Diaz the Richest Loser in MMA History

    UFC 202 is going to be quite the spectacle. Once the lights dim and leather meets chin, things are going to build to a frenzy by the time Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor rematch at centre cage...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 1 month ago 118,696 reads 11 comments

  12. The Harmless Harm of a UFC 202 Loss for Conor McGregor

    For a long time there was a sense the so-called “fun fight” was extinct, that rankings and network television deals and the very seriousness of it all would forever ...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 1 month ago 7,886 reads 30 comments

  13. CM Punk: We Have Training Video, Folks, and It's Not Looking Great

    The proverbial early polls have closed, and the first data has begun to trickle in. The verdict: Tug at your collar, clench your teeth through a mouth slanted sideways and make a noise approximating "eeeeeeeeggggghhhhh...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 1 month ago 101,392 reads 74 comments

  14. GSP vs. Ronda Rousey: Who Are We More Likely to See Back in the UFC First?

    On November 16, 2013 the UFC’s biggest star left with his hand raised. Georges St-Pierre, battered at the end of a fight with Johny Hendricks that many felt he lost, left UFC 167 on a split decision to retain his welterweight title...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 1 month ago 7,639 reads 40 comments

  15. UFC: Does the Promotion Finally See What It Has in Cris Cyborg?

    Never in the history of MMA has a promotion been so reluctant to accept a contracted fighter’s stardom as the UFC was to accept that of Cris “Cyborg” Justino...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 1 month ago 48,886 reads 110 comments

  16. On the Nuanced Brilliance of Nick Diaz and His UFC Return

    Nick Diaz is back, and he’s bringing the savviest mind in the fight game with him. With all the excitement surrounding his return, one probably wouldn’t expect to read that sentence before he even had a fight booked...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 1 month ago 37,999 reads 56 comments

  17. The UFC's Polish Invasion Is Official After UFC 201

    Don’t look now everyone, but here comes…Poland? Yes, after years of producing gritty, rugged characters who generally amounted to enhancement talent, Poland has become something of a little country that could in the MMA space...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 1 month ago 3,696 reads 3 comments

  18. Matt Brown vs. Jake Ellenberger: Results and Reaction from UFC 201

    Wow. Anyone else need a cigarette after that? No one would blame you if you did. Welterweight action fighters Matt Brown and Jake Ellenberger brought some thunder to Atlanta ...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 1 month ago 5,639 reads 9 comments

  19. UFC 201 Is Another Night in the Lost Reign of Robbie Lawler

    If a Robbie Lawler opponent falls but no one is watching, does he make a sound? If you’re one of the ones who has been watching the past few years, you’d probably say so...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 1 month ago 18,654 reads 48 comments

  20. UFC on Fox 20 and the Continuing Trend of Bad Fox Shows

    UFC on Fox 20 is bad. Go ahead and talk about obscure prospects and unranked women and heavyweights who’ve combined for two total UFC fights; if you love those things, Saturday night is going to be the best night of your life...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 2 months ago 20,179 reads 49 comments

  21. UFC 200: Meet the New Cain Velasquez, Same as the Old Cain Velasquez

    Lots happened at UFC 200: A title changed hands and an interim one was minted , a pro wrestler smashed a kickboxing world champion in a wonderful Pride-like piece of matchmaking, ...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 3 months ago 30,879 reads 137 comments

  22. UFC 200: The Fights Weren't the Problem, but the Pacing Was

    As we sit here in the afterglow of a week when the UFC flat out bludgeoned its fans into veritable submission with nearly an entire day’s worth of fistfights spread across three ...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 3 months ago 19,064 reads 20 comments

  23. UFC 200: The Ultimate in Failing Upward

    UFC 200 is the greatest card in the history of mixed martial arts. Full stop. Nothing else comes close...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 3 months ago 1,251 reads 1 comments

  24. UFC 200 Is the End of a Long Road to Cashing in for Miesha Tate

    Back when nobody cared, Miesha Tate was a champion. When women's combat was almost as far underground as MMA itself, Tate was renowned for her grit and tenacity, her grappling ...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 3 months ago 8,572 reads 12 comments

  25. UFC 190: Shogun Rua Isn't Back, but He's Not Done Either

    Mauricio “Shogun” Rua has had a pretty volatile run in the UFC. He’s a former champion who has fought the absolute best of the best since he first showed up in ...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 1 year ago 1,314 reads 7 comments