1. Before Conor McGregor: 7 MMA Fighters Who Would've Been Great Boxing Headliners

    It's only days away now. Soon, all the hyperbole and hype in the world won't matter a lick, because Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor will enter the ring and throw hands Aug...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 14 hours ago 4,034 reads 0 comments

  2. That Time Conor McGregor Really Sparred the Mountain from Game of Thrones

    Conor McGregor was allegedly very close to throwing his hat in the ring for a crack at taking over Westeros. Yup. Westeros, the fictional land concocted in the mind of George R...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 1 day ago 37,719 reads 0 comments

  3. McGregor vs. Malignaggi Is the Perfect First Fight for Zuffa Boxing

    Conor McGregor and Paulie Malignaggi do not like each other. They never have . Even when they tried to get along in the name of iron sharpening iron, it lasted somewhere ...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 2 days ago 14,079 reads 0 comments

  4. Daycare Owner Recounts Using MMA to Thwart Attempted Child Abduction

    While the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Conor McGregor circus continued Wednesday, a daycare owner in Prince George, British Columbia, was telling her tale of heroism to a local news station...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 4 days ago 262,283 reads 0 comments

  5. Conor Has All He Needs to Shock Floyd and the World—Except Boxing Acumen

    Acumen. Noun ; the ability to make good judgments and quick decisions, typically in a particular domain. Synonyms include astuteness, shrewdness, acuity and sharpness...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 5 days ago 40,077 reads 0 comments

  6. That Time Floyd Mayweather and Nate Diaz Trolled Conor McGregor on FaceTime

    As the old saying goes: The enemy of my enemy is my friend. And who better to indulge in such an iconic statement on battle and warfare than the gladiators of modern times? Enter ...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 6 days ago 16,718 reads 0 comments

  7. Conor McGregor and Ariel Helwani View the Malignaggi Footage Dana White Leaked

    Ariel Helwani has always had pretty good access to the stars of MMA. As one of the foremost journalistic presences in the sport, it's no wonder Conor McGregor would handpick him ...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 10 days ago 50,403 reads 0 comments

  8. On Conor McGregor's Unfathomable Rise in Modern Sports Culture

    There was a moment when it became clear Conor McGregor was an undeniable force. It was a little over three years into his UFC run...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 10 days ago 219,035 reads 0 comments

  9. Conor MMA's Biggest Rags-to-Riches Story Yet—He Just Needed Boxing to Do It

    "We're not here to take part— we're here to take over ." Those words—which Conor McGregor uttered after knocking out Diego Brandao in July 2014 — birthed ...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 12 days ago 23,541 reads 0 comments

  10. Did Rashad Evans' Career Just End in Mexico City?

    On a hot summer night in a land far from his home and way above sea level, a once-great champion lost to a divisional afterthought...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 16 days ago 249,022 reads 0 comments

  11. Meet Tyron Woodley, the UFC's Most Hated Champion

    Imagine a guy. He is well-educated. Went to the University of Missouri, in fact. He is articulate, a reflection of that education. He has done well as a television personality—even as an actor ...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 25 days ago 56,111 reads 0 comments

  12. The 5 Most Famous Pullouts in UFC History

    UFC 213 kind of stumbled over itself, swallowed up by the hoopla surrounding a war between Justin Gaethje and Michael Johnson and a carousel of withdrawing headliners...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 1 month ago 79,230 reads 0 comments

  13. Conor McGregor Steals the Show in Round 2 of the Mayweather-McGregor World Tour

    Conor McGregor figures out these boxing pressers in a hurry. Wednesday afternoon in Toronto was proof of that. After a tough go of things Tuesday in Los Angeles at the Staples Center and a protracted wait as Floyd Mayweather Jr...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 1 month ago 95,328 reads 0 comments

  14. Floyd Mayweather Surprisingly Bests Conor McGregor in First Press Conference

    If the outcome of the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor megafight is as surprising as the outcome of the first press conference, it might be time to put every dollar you have down on McGregor...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 1 month ago 163,274 reads 0 comments

  15. UFC 213 Should Have Been Cody Garbrandt's Crack at Stardom

    International Fight Week has been a bit blah this year. The 2017 iteration of the event the UFC has built around its vaunted early July shows has been duly lacking in attention ...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 1 month ago 16,505 reads 0 comments

  16. Despite Setbacks, Fabricio Werdum and Alistair Overeem Are Championship Material

    UFC 213 is hiding a pretty good heavyweight tilt on the pay-per-view portion of the event. No, not Daniel Omielanczuk and Curtis Blaydes. You are probably getting what you pay for in that one...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 1 month ago 8,551 reads 0 comments

  17. That Time Amanda Nunes Smashed Ronda Rousey in Under a Minute

    It's hard to imagine, but this time a year ago, Amanda Nunes was entering a bantamweight title fight as a challenger...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 1 month ago 17,222 reads 0 comments

  18. Bellator NYC vs. UFC OKC: Who Won the Weekend?

    It’s a rare thing that Bellator gets out in front and really, truly pushes the UFC. It’s even more rare that it all happens on the same weekend, with both promotions reeling off fight cards in hopes of securing fan interest...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 1 month ago 20,386 reads 0 comments

  19. That Time Kevin Lee Brought Up Michael Chiesa's Mom and Started a Brawl

    The moms. Oh, buddy, you better not go after the moms. There might be nothing in the world that will rile a guy up quicker than a comment about their mom, and that very much ...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 2 months ago 11,832 reads 0 comments

  20. Win or Lose vs. Wanderlei Silva, Chael Sonnen's Shtick Is Getting Old

    Chael Sonnen fights on Saturday, and the whole damn thing is getting pretty old. All of it. The flexing, the witticisms that have been in the can for nearly a decade, the proclamations ...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 2 months ago 15,110 reads 0 comments

  21. Something's Gotta Give with All These Raging UFC Fighters

    If you've been watching MMA for any amount of time, you'll barely recognize the UFC as it presently exists. Interim titles are cascading out of the front office like water over a cliff...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 2 months ago 17,829 reads 0 comments

  22. The Time Is Now for a Jose Aldo Reinvention

    The smoke has cleared, and Jose Aldo is no longer the UFC featherweight champion. He's no longer champion thanks to being on the wrong end of one of the crispest one-two combinations ...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 3 months ago 12,401 reads 0 comments

  23. Vitor Belfort's UFC Swan Song Is a Bridge to the Cheap Thrills of Bellator

    1998 is a long time ago. Brazil is a far way away. It was there that the world first saw Vitor Belfort...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 3 months ago 5,290 reads 0 comments

  24. That Time Jose Aldo's Flying Knee KO'd Cub Swanson in 8 Seconds Flat

    MMA is often swift with its violence. One second you're on the couch with nachos, making your way toward the dip; the next, the guy you were rooting for is on his back hugging an invisible entity and you have no idea how it happened...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 3 months ago 11,344 reads 0 comments

  25. Sliding Doors: 5 Fight Outcomes That Would Have Changed the UFC Forever

    Ever wonder what life might be like if a defining moment had turned out differently? If some memorable thing had been spun entirely in the opposite direction? Surely you have...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 3 months ago 43,650 reads 0 comments