1. UFC on Fox 20 and the Continuing Trend of Bad Fox Shows

    UFC on Fox 20 is bad. Go ahead and talk about obscure prospects and unranked women and heavyweights who’ve combined for two total UFC fights; if you love those things, Saturday night is going to be the best night of your life...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 6 days ago 20,024 reads 49 comments

  2. UFC 200: Meet the New Cain Velasquez, Same as the Old Cain Velasquez

    Lots happened at UFC 200: A title changed hands and an interim one was minted , a pro wrestler smashed a kickboxing world champion in a wonderful Pride-like piece of matchmaking, ...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 17 days ago 29,654 reads 137 comments

  3. UFC 200: The Fights Weren't the Problem, but the Pacing Was

    As we sit here in the afterglow of a week when the UFC flat out bludgeoned its fans into veritable submission with nearly an entire day’s worth of fistfights spread across three ...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 19 days ago 18,957 reads 20 comments

  4. UFC 200: The Ultimate in Failing Upward

    UFC 200 is the greatest card in the history of mixed martial arts. Full stop. Nothing else comes close...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 20 days ago 1,161 reads 1 comments

  5. UFC 200 Is the End of a Long Road to Cashing in for Miesha Tate

    Back when nobody cared, Miesha Tate was a champion. When women's combat was almost as far underground as MMA itself, Tate was renowned for her grit and tenacity, her grappling ...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 21 days ago 8,338 reads 12 comments

  6. UFC 190: Shogun Rua Isn't Back, but He's Not Done Either

    Mauricio “Shogun” Rua has had a pretty volatile run in the UFC. He’s a former champion who has fought the absolute best of the best since he first showed up in ...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 12 months ago 1,311 reads 7 comments

  7. UFC 190: A Case for No More TUF Fights on Pay-Per-View, Ever

    Some people are quite fond of the modern direction of the UFC, where the product is omnipresent on the sports landscape thanks to regular appearances on FOX and its satellites...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 12 months ago 9,358 reads 34 comments

  8. Rousey vs Cyborg: Considering the Stakes, It's Hard to Separate Fact and Fiction

    Ronda Rousey just torched another overmatched challenger in a matter of seconds. This time it was Bethe Correia, who found her face on UFC 190 posters opposite the undisputed ruler of female combat sports in the modern era...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 12 months ago 10,992 reads 41 comments

  9. UFC 190 Results: What We Learned from Jessica Aguilar vs. Claudia Gadelha

    UFC 190 kicked off with an important contender bout in the other women’s division, as Jessica Aguilar and Claudia Gadelha met to determine who would likely be next for a strawweight title shot...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 12 months ago 18,725 reads 30 comments

  10. UFC 190: Ronda Rousey's Legacy Is That of a Show(wo)man

    Ronda Rousey is among the biggest stars in MMA . Maybe the biggest star . As a champion , though, she's beating overmatched foes in seconds and parading around the Octagon ...

    Matthew Ryder Written by Matthew Ryder about 12 months ago 83,671 reads 98 comments

  11. 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 1 year ago 4,427 reads 24 comments

  12. 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 1 year ago 9,123 reads 30 comments

  13. 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 1 year ago 28,090 reads 80 comments

  14. 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 1 year ago 37,937 reads 164 comments

  15. 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 1 year ago 9,082 reads 9 comments

  16. 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 1 year ago 7,745 reads 5 comments

  17. 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 1 year ago 8,704 reads 25 comments

  18. 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 year ago 16,188 reads 64 comments

  19. 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 year ago 20,717 reads 23 comments

  20. 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 year ago 15,094 reads 47 comments

  21. 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 over 1 year ago 8,171 reads 76 comments

  22. 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 over 1 year ago 12,623 reads 26 comments

  23. 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 over 1 year ago 10,047 reads 82 comments

  24. 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 over 1 year ago 8,709 reads 26 comments

  25. 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 over 1 year ago 4,935 reads 33 comments