1. UFC Fight Night 62 Results: It's Time to Pay Attention to Amanda Nunes

    A funny thing happened on the way to booking Ronda Rousey against some poor girl who’s fixing to eat every word she ever spoke about the champion: People overlooked one of the more notable contenders in the division...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 1 month ago 8,036 reads 76 comments

  2. Phoenix Jones: What Ben Fodor Signing with WSOF Means to MMA

    If one were to tell you that Batman existed for real and was going to unmask for the sake of taking a mixed martial arts fight on a Saturday night in Connecticut, that would probably get your attention...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 1 month ago 12,431 reads 26 comments

  3. UFC 185 Results: Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Kicking Down the Door to Stardom

    The UFC has its newest star. They weren ’t even trying to find her. She made herself impossible to ignore, though, and by the time the arena had cleared after UFC 185 , she’d ...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 1 month ago 9,992 reads 82 comments

  4. UFC 185 Results: Don't Rush Henry Cejudo, and He May Be the New Flyweight Champ

    Although Henry Cejudo was quick to tell Joe Rogan after his win over Chris Cariaso at UFC 185 that he’ll fight champion Demetrious Johnson next time out if ...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 1 month ago 8,637 reads 26 comments

  5. UFC 185: Sergio Pettis Can Be a Force at Flyweight

    The bigger they are, the harder they fall. That’s what they tell you anyway. It seems like the perfect thing to tell David as he prepares to fight Goliath, or it's what ...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 1 month ago 4,851 reads 33 comments

  6. MMA: February Has Become the Polar Opposite of January

    You can probably relate to the idea of "robbing Peter to pay Paul." Given how tough the past decade has been for many people around the world, m ost of us have done such a robbery at some point in our lives...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 3 months ago 7,080 reads 14 comments

  7. UFC 183: Grades for Every Main Card Fighter

    UFC 183 is in the books, and it will go down as an event certainly worthy of its main event designation in terms of the weird and wonderful...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 3 months ago 19,733 reads 38 comments

  8. Tyron Woodley vs. Kelvin Gastelum: What We Learned from the Welterweight Tilt

    By the time Kelvin Gastelum and Tyron Woodley entered the Octagon at UFC 183 , it had been quite a week. Gastelum had missed weight by an almost comically large amount , while Woodley stood to be the biggest test of his young career...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 3 months ago 15,599 reads 126 comments

  9. Miesha Tate vs. Sara McMann: What We Learned from the Bantamweight Tilt

    Miesha Tate and Sara McMann squared off to conclude the UFC 183 prelims on Saturday night in Las Vegas in a scrappy exchange between two of the best 135-pound women in the sport...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 3 months ago 15,446 reads 33 comments

  10. UFC 183: Nick Diaz vs. Anderson Silva and Making MMA Fun Again

    There have been more downs than ups for the UFC in the past year or so. Really, back so far as 2012 and a television deal with FOX that has been more damaging to product quality than anyone would have anticipated at the time, things have been tough...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 3 months ago 3,402 reads 6 comments

  11. It's OK for Nick Diaz to Lose to Anderson Silva at UFC 183; He's Still Nick Diaz

    Some people are beyond reproach. It can be at the office, at the schoolyard, even in team sports. You’ ve seen the guy or gal: boss’ favorite, teacher’s favorite, coach’s favorite...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 3 months ago 7,219 reads 62 comments

  12. UFC on FOX 14: Controversy or Not, Dan Henderson Is Not What He Once Was

    We all get old. It’s OK. It’s part of life. That’s pretty much all life is: A march from youth to old age, and a bunch of stuff happens in the interim...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 3 months ago 10,911 reads 70 comments

  13. Dan Henderson vs. Gegard Mousasi: What We Learned from Middleweight Tilt

    Dan Henderson returned to the middleweight ranks at UFC on Fox 14, his first UFC fight at that weight since 2009 and his legendary eradication of Michael Bisping. Unfortunately for the 44-year-old legend, this time didn’t play out so favorably...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 3 months ago 11,763 reads 45 comments

  14. UFC 182: Grades for Every Main Card Fighter

    UFC 182 served as the exclamation point to one of the promotion’s greatest rivalries ever, with Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier meeting in the main event on Saturday night in Las Vegas...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 4 months ago 18,360 reads 38 comments

  15. Donald Cerrone vs. Myles Jury: What We Learned from the Lightweight Tilt

    In his continued march toward a lightweight title fight, Donald Cerrone showed the world just how good he can be against a very game Myles Jury at UFC 182 ...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 4 months ago 16,220 reads 31 comments

  16. UFC 182: Jon Jones, Daniel Cormier and a History of the Blood Feud

    Bad blood. It’s so often sold in MMA that it’s become a cliche. To have the UFC tell it, nearly every guy on the roster hates every other guy and they’re ready to beat them into a living death at the drop of a hat...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 4 months ago 18,708 reads 0 comments

  17. UFC 182: Daniel Cormier, Wrestling and Jon Jones' Kryptonite

    It’s no secret to anybody that Jon Jones is pretty good at this whole mixed martial arts thing. He’ll roll into UFC 182 on Saturday as an essentially unbeaten champion who has almost never been seriously tested in his career...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 4 months ago 6,665 reads 51 comments

  18. UFC in 2014: What We Learned from the Year That Was

    2014 was not the best year for MMA . In particular, it wasn’t the best year for the UFC, but as goes the biggest tree in the forest, so goes the rest of the forest...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 4 months ago 22,720 reads 23 comments

  19. Brock Lesnar: Tempering Expectations on a Potential UFC Return

    It’s looking more and more likely: Brock Lesnar is coming back to the UFC. His present employers in the world of staged combat are preparing to lose the former heavyweight ...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 4 months ago 32,172 reads 101 comments

  20. UFC: Gilbert Melendez Is Officially Stuck in No Man's Land

    Sometimes it’s go big or go home. In MMA , more often than not, that attitude sees something spectacular happen in the cage...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 4 months ago 16,028 reads 27 comments

  21. UFC Fight Night 58: Lyoto Machida Ain't Going Anywhere, Folks

    Upon reviewing the tape of the UFC Fight Night 58 main event, we can barely make out Lyoto Machida’s left leg moving at the speed of light and planting firmly into CB Dollaway’s side, doubling him over and ending the bout in seconds...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 5 months ago 12,617 reads 35 comments

  22. UFC Fight Night 58: The Real Winners and Losers

    The UFC made its final trip to Brazil for 2014 on Saturday night, pitting Lyoto Machida against CB Dollaway at UFC Fight Night 58...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 5 months ago 32,237 reads 50 comments

  23. UFC on Fox 13 Results: Grades for All Main Card Fighters

    UFC on Fox 13 hit Phoenix on Saturday night, offering up a thrilling heavyweight headliner between Stipe Miocic and Junior dos Santos...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 5 months ago 9,795 reads 25 comments

  24. Nate Diaz vs. Rafael Dos Anjos: What We Learned from the Lightweight Title Fight

    Most people expected that Rafael dos Anjos vs. Nate Diaz was going to go one of two ways: A disgruntled Diaz would get routed, or a disgruntled Diaz would prove to be surprisingly sharp in his return to action...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 5 months ago 15,361 reads 51 comments

  25. UFC 181 Results: Grades for Every Main Card Fighter

    Perhaps the hottest UFC card of the year went down on Saturday night in Las Vegas, as UFC 181 offered up a pair of title fights and a series of wild finishes beginning on the prelims and rolling into the pay-per-view portion of the evening...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 5 months ago 15,772 reads 49 comments