1. TJ Dillashaw: A Year and a Full Circle Later, Barao Still Champ's 1st Test

    There’s a symmetry with rivals. Anderson Silva ’s UFC tenure could easily end in the same way as his greatest foe, Chael Sonnen: with a failed drug test and an unceremonious exit from the sport...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 6 days ago 4,361 reads 23 comments

  2. UFC Fight Night 72: Thales Leites and the Anatomy of a Constructive Loss

    In MMA , there are split decisions and then there are split decisions . The former often come on nights when the judges are aloof, uninterested, uneducated or all of the above ...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 13 days ago 9,086 reads 30 comments

  3. UFC Fight Night 71: Loss to Frank Mir Makes Todd Duffee an Unfortunate Never-Was

    Not every prospect pans out. You see some guys and are sure they’re going to hold a championship, and maybe hold it for a very long time. UFC 102 in August 2009 was a night where one of those guys was seemingly born...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 15 days ago 25,237 reads 79 comments

  4. Conor McGregor vs. Chad Mendes: What We Learned from UFC 189 Interim Title Fight

    One of the most hotly anticipated featherweight bouts in MMA history headlined UFC 189 , when Conor McGregor met Chad Mendes in a raucous Las Vegas-turned-Dublin-for-a-night match...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 19 days ago 36,034 reads 164 comments

  5. UFC 189 Results: What We Learned from Dennis Bermudez vs. Jeremy Stephens

    Dennis Bermudez hit the cage at UFC 189 looking to right the ship of his featherweight contendership, as his 30-month run of seven consecutive wins came to a halt with a loss in November of last year...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 19 days ago 8,150 reads 9 comments

  6. UFC 189 Results: What We Learned from Thomas Almeida vs. Brad Pickett

    Amidst a slick new graphics package making its debut on pay-per-view, UFC 189 kicked off on Saturday with a classic battle of a veteran versus an up-and-comer, as popular Englishman ...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 19 days ago 6,941 reads 5 comments

  7. Mendes vs McGregor: Keeping Down, Not Taking Down, May Decide UFC 189 Main Event

    It’s easy to get lost in promotional bluster when it comes to a Conor McGregor fight. Anything from a life-changing book-on-DVD to controversial rib fractures to testicles ...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 20 days ago 8,603 reads 27 comments

  8. UFC Fight Night 70: With Lyoto Machida, Timeless Does Not Mean Ageless

    Everyone’s time comes. In everything. In work, in life, in general. The clock is ticking on every person, all the time, in one way or another...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 1 month ago 16,087 reads 64 comments

  9. Kimbo vs. Shamrock: The Attraction To, and Business Of, an MMA Freak Show

    There's a unique appeal to MMA . For all of the UFC's aims of streamlining clothing suppliers and eliminating unseemly sponsors , the sport is bigger than just its aspirations, and it catches eyes for reasons beyond them...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 1 month ago 20,580 reads 23 comments

  10. UFC 188: Cain Velasquez Isn't Your Dad's Mexican Wrestler

    The '90s is remembered with a romanticism duly earned, a time when grunge was king before it gave way to Britpop and pro wrestling was larger-than-life camp before it gave way to the Attitude Era...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 1 month ago 14,988 reads 47 comments

  11. 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 4 months ago 8,057 reads 76 comments

  12. 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 5 months ago 12,482 reads 26 comments

  13. 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 5 months ago 10,013 reads 82 comments

  14. 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 5 months ago 8,656 reads 26 comments

  15. 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 5 months ago 4,864 reads 33 comments

  16. 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 6 months ago 7,083 reads 14 comments

  17. 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 6 months ago 19,777 reads 38 comments

  18. 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 6 months ago 15,614 reads 126 comments

  19. 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 6 months ago 15,679 reads 33 comments

  20. 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 6 months ago 3,407 reads 6 comments

  21. 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 6 months ago 7,228 reads 62 comments

  22. 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 6 months ago 10,929 reads 70 comments

  23. 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 6 months ago 11,808 reads 45 comments

  24. 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 7 months ago 18,379 reads 38 comments

  25. 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 7 months ago 16,240 reads 31 comments