1. Hector Lombard Undeserving of Fight with Rory MacDonald but May Get It Anyway

    Some fighters seem allergic to the idea of calling another fighter out. Others are all about that. Dana White is certainly a fan of the call-out ...

    Brian Oswald Written by Brian Oswald about 7 days ago 11,371 reads 68 comments

  2. Vitor Belfort Scoffs at Machida's Notion That Weidman Can Stand with Him

    If anyone knows just how good Chris Weidman is, it's Lyoto Machida . The former light heavyweight champion went toe-to-toe with the current middleweight champion for 25 minutes and came up on the losing end...

    Brian Oswald Written by Brian Oswald about 9 days ago 21,738 reads 132 comments

  3. Long-Absent TJ Grant Wants Nate Diaz or Donald Cerrone for Return Fight

    The last time we saw surging lightweight T.J. Grant inside the Octagon, he was carving up Gray Maynard en route to a first-round TKO. That beyond-impressive performance set Grant up for a title shot vs...

    Brian Oswald Written by Brian Oswald about 10 days ago 7,106 reads 38 comments

  4. Power Ranking the 12 Can't-Miss MMA Fights Left in 2014

    When Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson was booked in September 2013, nobody thought the Swede stood much of a chance against the light heavyweight champion, whom many were already calling the greatest mixed martial artist of all time...

    Brian Oswald Written by Brian Oswald about 1 month ago 10,456 reads 66 comments

  5. UFC in ABQ Features 2 Top Contenders and a Pioneer of the Sport

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — For the first time in its 20-year history, the UFC will host a fight card in the city most recently known for being the backdrop of the hit TV show Breaking Bad...

    Brian Oswald Written by Brian Oswald about 3 months ago 13,878 reads 4 comments

  6. Benson Henderson Plans to Get 'His Belt' Back, Retire at 33

    Albuquerque, N.M. — Former lightweight champion and perennial contender Benson Henderson has a main event fight this weekend when he steps into the cage opposite unheralded but tough-as-nails Rustam Khabilov...

    Brian Oswald Written by Brian Oswald about 3 months ago 23,918 reads 73 comments

  7. Renan Barao Might Be the Best MMA Fighter You May Have Never Heard Of

    In the 20-plus years since UFC 1 introduced the world to mixed martial arts, only three have been able to string together a nearly innumerable 30-plus-fight win streak ...

    Brian Oswald Written by Brian Oswald about 3 months ago 7,339 reads 26 comments

  8. For Urijah Faber, Hard Work and a Positive Attitude at the Heart of All He Does

    Urijah Faber was born in a house in Isla Vista, California. A house, not a hospital. He fondly recalls being raised in a hippie environment, lying around naked until he was two, having a good time...

    Brian Oswald Written by Brian Oswald about 7 months ago 15,184 reads 32 comments

  9. Is Chris Weidman Simply Confident (and Honest) or Being a Bit of a Jerk?

    Chris Weidman carries confidence — and American flags —i n spades, into the cage. He had confidence before knocking out Anderson Silva in their first fight at UFC 162...

    Brian Oswald Written by Brian Oswald about 8 months ago 28,211 reads 372 comments

  10. Anderson Silva, Chris Leben and This MMA Thing That Keeps on Rolling Along

    June 8, 2006 may not be a date that will live in infamy, but it's a day that an undone Chris Leben will likely never forget —one that, despite the hellacious amount of beatings ...

    Brian Oswald Written by Brian Oswald about 8 months ago 20,276 reads 46 comments

  11. Weidman vs. Silva 2: Breakdown, Predictions for UFC 168 Main Event

    You know nothing about how the rematch will play out. Then again, you probably know everything. Normally in the fight game, so called "experts," and the lay fan too, have at least a modicum of insight into how a fight might play out...

    Brian Oswald Written by Brian Oswald about 8 months ago 15,271 reads 25 comments

  12. Junior Dos Santos Fighting 'Out on His Feet' Gives Us Pause...But Then What?

    If 19th century German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche had been around to give Junior dos Santos a post-fight pep talk after the beating he took from Cain Velasquez, he might have said something like, "that which does not kill us makes us stronger...

    Brian Oswald Written by Brian Oswald about 10 months ago 29,107 reads 70 comments

  13. Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson and All That It Gave Us

    For 25 minutes, Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson traded punches, elbows, knees and kicks as if their lives hung in the balance. Even if it had been two no-names duking it out on the prelims, it would have easily been fight of the night...

    Brian Oswald Written by Brian Oswald about 11 months ago 19,251 reads 82 comments

  14. Should Fighters Be Limited in Number of Significant Strikes They Can Sustain?

    At UFC 161 in June, Roy Nelson was transformed into a human pinata at the hands of Stipe Miocic. A pinata that was more than willing to bend, but ultimately unwilling to break...

    Brian Oswald Written by Brian Oswald about 12 months ago 2,193 reads 11 comments

  15. Johny Hendricks Wants to Break Something...Will It Be Enough to Beat GSP?

    Rory MacDonald vs. Jake Ellenberger has got the MMA world yammering about '"exciting versus boring" in the context of what takes place when the door to the Octagon is slammed shut...

    Brian Oswald Written by Brian Oswald about 1 year ago 9,660 reads 153 comments

  16. Despite the Boo Birds, Rory MacDonald Proved He Is a Legit Contender

    "Who sh*t in your cereal?" is a question Rory MacDonald could be asking the entire MMA world following his win over Jake Ellenberger in the co-main event on UFC on Fox 8 ...

    Brian Oswald Written by Brian Oswald about 1 year ago 7,508 reads 127 comments

  17. Power Ranking All 9 UFC Title Fights Based on Interest Factor

    I have been thinking a lot about the upcoming title fights. Like, a lot. While you shouldn't care what I think, I'm going to tell you anyway. How do you like them apples? Enough about fruit...

    Brian Oswald Written by Brian Oswald about 1 year ago 14,849 reads 106 comments

  18. Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson: Does Anyone Care About This Fight?

    Jon Jones is set to defend his light heavyweight belt against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165 , this September from Toronto, Canada...

    Brian Oswald Written by Brian Oswald about 1 year ago 18,648 reads 159 comments

  19. 2nd Half of 2013 Set to Offer One of the Sweetest Stretches in UFC History

    The UFC is fueled by its biggest stars competing on the center stage. While there are literally hundreds of fights now over the course of a calender year, it is the champions of ...

    Brian Oswald Written by Brian Oswald about 1 year ago 7,012 reads 59 comments

  20. Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman and the Weirdness That Was

    I stood directly in front of Anderson Silva following his open workout for UFC 162 . The greatest mixed martial artist of all-time sat on stage in front of a motley crew of media that included myself...

    Brian Oswald Written by Brian Oswald about 1 year ago 44,568 reads 282 comments

  21. Does UFC Want Jon Jones for UFC on Fox Sports in Boston or UFC 164 in Milwaukee?

    When you hear the name Jon Jones these days, one of the first things that comes to mind is a horrific visual of the nasty toe injury he suffered in his fight against Chael Sonnen at UFC 159...

    Brian Oswald Written by Brian Oswald about 1 year ago 4,800 reads 24 comments

  22. Anderson Silva vs. Jon Jones: Can Dana White Make the Fight Happen?

    Anderson Silva does not want to fight Jon Jones (listen to the "Spider" speak great English in his post-fight interview with Ariel Helwani )...

    Brian Oswald Written by Brian Oswald about almost 2 years ago 13,473 reads 60 comments

  23. UFC 152: Why Is Vitor Belfort Fighting Jon Jones and Not Chael Sonnen?

    They say truth is stranger than fiction. They were right. So everyone thought that a Jon Jones vs. Lyoto Machida rematch was a lock for UFC 152 in Toronto, right? On the media ...

    Brian Oswald Written by Brian Oswald about almost 2 years ago 8,121 reads 128 comments

  24. Will Anderson Silva vs. Jon Jones Be the Biggest UFC Fight That Never Happens?

    All hail the king. Last night, at UFC 148, Anderson Silva usurped any psychological claim Chael Sonnen had to his belt, thus r estoring order to his middleweight kingdom ...

    Brian Oswald Written by Brian Oswald about 2 years ago 19,277 reads 143 comments

  25. Silva vs. Sonnen 2: What Does Silva (and Seagal) Have in Store for Sonnen?

    On the UFC 148 media call last week, Anderson Silva went off on long-time nemesis Chael Sonnen; the volume of his verbal venom was turned up so high, it had UFC President Dana ...

    Brian Oswald Written by Brian Oswald about 2 years ago 2,202 reads 19 comments