1. Johny Hendricks Isn't Quite Back, but He's Not Gone Yet Either

    There’s a curiosity in changing weight classes. Guys do it all the time hoping to reinvigorate a stagnant career, and as soon as there are more weight classes available to them in the UFC you can bet that women will be doing it too...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 3 days ago 3,848 reads 0 comments

  2. Yes GSP Is Back, but for a Time It Looked Like Canada Would Be TJ Grant's

    The biggest star in the history of Canadian MMA —possibly in the history of MMA, period —is back ...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 6 days ago 6,433 reads 0 comments

  3. Fighting Fedor Is a Level Matt Mitrione Would Never Have Seen in the UFC

    More and more guys are leaving the UFC to fight for Bellator. And as much as the former's president, Dana White , will tell people that it doesn't bother him , it should. It probably does...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 7 days ago 4,196 reads 0 comments

  4. Not a Surprise, Donald Trump Is Bigly a Fan of Fedor Emelianenko

    Saturday night will mark the return of mixed martial arts' Last Emperor to American soil, as legendary heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko makes his Bellator debut against Matt Mitrione in San Jose, California...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 11 days ago 9,621 reads 0 comments

  5. UFC 208 Could Be a Last Stand for Black House MMA

    Saturday night in Brooklyn, New York, the UFC will hit pay-per-view airwaves with an eye on creating a new women’s featherweight champion more or less out of thin air...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 14 days ago 9,082 reads 0 comments

  6. Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor: Booking the Biggest Card in Combat Sports

    By now it’s no real secret: Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor is on the table. It’s on the table to the extent Dana White has publicly made a first offer to ...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 17 days ago 23,332 reads 0 comments

  7. The UFC Is Missing the Point in Trying to Book Nick Diaz

    People love Nick Diaz. Sure, there might be a few detractors here and there, but that is largely a measurable objective fact...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 19 days ago 30,001 reads 0 comments

  8. UFC: The Demise of the Super Bowl Weekend Megacard

    "The Super Bowl of MMA " is a term you’ve probably heard before. It’s one that’s been kicking around for years, a tongue-in-cheek proclamation that people cling to when it’s time to talk about the UFC...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 21 days ago 10,778 reads 0 comments

  9. Jorge Masvidal Talked to Donald Cerrone's Grandma After KO Win on Fox

    After years of slugging it out against the nastiest dudes in the backyard, ring and cage, Jorge Masvidal scored a massive win Saturday night when he pounded Donald Cerrone on his way to a stoppage early in the second round...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 25 days ago 24,396 reads 0 comments

  10. UFC on FOX: Cerrone and Masvidal Are Elite Welterweights That Were Lost at 155

    At any point in their respective careers, people would have been happy to see Donald Cerrone and Jorge Masvidal square off...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 28 days ago 11,140 reads 0 comments

  11. 7 Fighters the UFC Should Build Its Future Around

    One of the main criticisms often levied at the UFC is that the promotion struggles to create stars. For years, the focus has been on the brand and the idea that those three letters will forever mean more than any individual who enters the cage...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 1 month ago 40,387 reads 0 comments

  12. Dear Bellator: Thanks for Making the Fights That the UFC Shouldn't

    Saturday night at The Forum in Inglewood, California, at Bellator 170, a legend will make his walk one last time, while another will return to the ring for the first time in over three years...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 1 month ago 31,660 reads 0 comments

  13. BJ Penn Reminds Us Stars Burn Out, but Star Power Never Does

    Sunday night in Phoenix, there will be a rising from the ashes. Surely there isn’t a more appropriate city in the world for it to occur...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 1 month ago 12,957 reads 10 comments

  14. Conor McGregor: 7 Potential Fights for His UFC Return

    Conor McGregor is the biggest star in the UFC—perhaps even more so now that Ronda Rousey has suffered a much-publicized fall from grace...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 1 month ago 88,324 reads 63 comments

  15. Love Her or Hate Her, Ronda Rousey Shattered the Ultimate Glass Ceiling

    “How was your New Year’s Eve party?” “Pretty good.” “That’s good, did you have fun?” “I did, yeah.” “That’s good too...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 1 month ago 10,615 reads 55 comments

  16. Cody Garbrandt vs. T.J. Dillashaw Is Fixing to Be Seriously Interesting

    We all got kind of caught up there for a few minutes, didn't we? UFC 207 was mostly on the radar for Ronda Rousey's return , and once she spent 48 seconds serving as Amanda Nunes' ...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 1 month ago 14,145 reads 48 comments

  17. UFC 207 and the Mishandled Return of Ronda Rousey

    It's a hot night in San Francisco in 2004. The Fillmore Auditorium is abuzz with laughter. People wipe away tears and roll in the aisles as stand-up comedian Dave Chappelle knocks ...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 1 month ago 58,349 reads 76 comments

  18. Too Much Talk, Not Enough Action in UFC Featherweight and Lightweight Divisions

    Years ago in the lead-up to UFC 123, talking about the elusiveness of Lyoto Machida was all the rage. He was fighting Rampage Jackson that night, and Jackson, a legend in a number ...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 2 months ago 9,078 reads 47 comments

  19. The UFC Women's Featherweight Title Is a Conspiracy in the Making

    It’s been the better part of a week now, and still none of this is sitting right. The UFC announced last week UFC 208 would feature a women’s featherweight title fight, ...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 2 months ago 27,136 reads 54 comments

  20. UFC on Fox 22: White Hats, Black Hats and How to Make a Star

    HBO's prestige sci-fi Western, Westworld , has been a hot property over the past few months. There's been lots of internet chatter and editorial pieces on what it all meant. It was with good reason too; the show was weird, but not inaccessibly so...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 2 months ago 6,974 reads 6 comments

  21. In Light of His Suspension, Was Brock Lesnar Ever Really Back?

    Well that was fun while it lasted. It was revealed on Thursday that former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar was heavily fined and suspended for a year for his doping violations at UFC 200 in July...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 2 months ago 18,662 reads 27 comments

  22. Francis Ngannou Is the First True Heavyweight Prospect in MMA This Decade

    Never has a kimura against a journeyman on a fight card no one cared about ever meant so much. A week ago in Albany at UFC Fight Night 102, Francis Ngannou took on Anthony Hamilton in a Fight Pass co-main event that not many fans were anticipating...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 2 months ago 11,358 reads 16 comments

  23. 6 UFC Fighters Who Should Change Weight Classes

    Sometimes all a person needs is a change. Things aren’t going well for one reason or another, so they change something up and all of a sudden everything clicks. In MMA , that change is oftentimes centered around weight...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 2 months ago 66,809 reads 66 comments

  24. UFC 206: Beginning the Road Back to a Credible Featherweight Champion

    Conor McGregor is no longer the featherweight champion. Well, maybe he is. He says he still has the belt to prove otherwise, and he never lost as a UFC featherweight, but whatever...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 3 months ago 3,994 reads 7 comments

  25. 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 3 months ago 61,065 reads 215 comments