1. If You're Stripping Conor McGregor, Can It Be for a Less Stupid Reason, Please?

    It’s funny how things unfold in MMA . UFC 206 lost its headliner this week when Daniel Cormier pulled out of his light heavyweight title defense against Anthony Johnson, ...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 11 days ago 61,011 reads 215 comments

  2. Bellator's Competitive Excellence on Display with Michael Chandler

    Bellator has been getting itself a little more respect over the past little while. Sure, you have Tito Ortiz and Chael Sonnen exchanging cringeworthy barbs in the name of selling ...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 19 days ago 3,017 reads 4 comments

  3. Precedent Shows UFC Must Do Right by Stephen Thompson

    Let’s not forget that we’ve been here before. A wild, hotly contested world title fight provides 25 minutes of the purest athletic unruliness one could imagine—right ...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 25 days ago 21,733 reads 62 comments

  4. Chris Weidman vs. Yoel Romero Results: Winner and Reaction from UFC 205

    Well it looks as though we have ourselves a top contender for the middleweight title. With Luke Rockhold hurt and Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza in some weird, paid-to-cut-weight-but-not-actually-fighting-this-weekend ...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 25 days ago 20,771 reads 42 comments

  5. Frankie Edgar vs. Jeremy Stephens Results: Winner and Reaction from UFC 205

    Frankie Edgar waited too long to let this opportunity get away from him, and Saturday night at UFC 205 the New Jersey native made good on his first fight at Madison Square Garden by way of a unanimous-decision win over Jeremy Stephens...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 25 days ago 3,564 reads 7 comments

  6. UFC 205: Eddie Alvarez Is a Foil Creeping Up on Conor McGregor

    New York is finally in play for the UFC. Saturday night at Madison Square Garden the promotion will reach the summit of its greatest fight by putting on some of its greatest ...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 26 days ago 10,883 reads 51 comments

  7. UFC 205: Joanna Jedrzejczyk Is the Substance to Ronda Rousey's Style

    If you didn’t know anything about MMA and you heard about a ferocious women’s champion, whom would you imagine? If you heard about a savage no one could beat, who had built ...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 26 days ago 7,730 reads 22 comments

  8. UFC: In Another Life, Tony Ferguson Could Have Been King

    Tony "El Cucuy" Ferguson is pretty good at this MMA thing. Going into his headlining bout Saturday against Rafael Dos Anjos at UFC Fight Night 98 in Mexico City, he sits at 21-3-0 ...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 1 month ago 9,319 reads 21 comments

  9. The 5 Scariest Fighters in the UFC

    The octagon is a scary place. The chain link fence, the screaming fans, the canvas probably smeared with the blood of those who entered before you, the anything-can-happen-at-any-moment ...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 1 month ago 29,529 reads 85 comments

  10. UFC 206: Examining Canadian Disenchantment with the Promotion

    Rory MacDonald has gone to Bellator . Tom Wright got axed . Georges St-Pierre might never have an organized fight outside of a courtroom again. Canadian fans are outright boycotting an event in the nation’s biggest city...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 1 month ago 9,742 reads 41 comments

  11. Georges St-Pierre's Final UFC Fight May Be in the Name of Contractual Freedom

    The greatest welterweight of all time appears to be headed toward the biggest fight of his career. And no, it's not a return at UFC 206 in Toronto...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 1 month ago 32,647 reads 85 comments

  12. UFC: A History of Cancelled Events in the Zuffa Era

    It’s funny, if you’re reading this on Saturday morning over a coffee or some breakfast, you weren ’t supposed to be...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 1 month ago 13,932 reads 13 comments

  13. Bellator Aiming to Capitalize on Ready-Made UFC Feuds

    There’s no shame in being second-best. Depending on how many are running the proverbial race you’re in, second-best can be pretty good...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 1 month ago 15,322 reads 29 comments

  14. Bisping vs. Hendo: An Exclamation Point on the End of Adolescence

    Remember being 16? Not that great. And don’t sit there in your adulthood and pine for it or act like it was, either...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 2 months ago 12,455 reads 17 comments

  15. The 7 Biggest UFC Fights That Never Happened

    MMA is a fickle mistress. More than any other sport, it giveth and taketh away seemingly on a whim. Fights are booked and unbooked based on injuries or drug test failures or pretty much all the things that have happened to Jon Jones...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 2 months ago 53,332 reads 52 comments

  16. Did the UFC Get It Wrong in Booking McGregor vs. Alvarez?

    There's just no pleasing some people. In a sport that, perhaps to the UFC's chagrin, is entirely driven by stars, the biggest names matter the most. That's not any particular brand of rocket science by any stretch of the imagination...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 2 months ago 15,965 reads 142 comments

  17. 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 3 months ago 14,583 reads 53 comments

  18. 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 3 months ago 23,694 reads 121 comments

  19. 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 3 months ago 20,788 reads 29 comments

  20. 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 3 months ago 19,998 reads 26 comments

  21. 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 3 months ago 4,534 reads 9 comments

  22. 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 3 months ago 11,317 reads 40 comments

  23. 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 3 months ago 10,852 reads 42 comments

  24. 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 3 months ago 5,629 reads 10 comments

  25. 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 4 months ago 24,341 reads 113 comments