1. Maia Please Have a Title Shot?

    On November 15, 2008 at UFC 91, Demian Maia will enter the octagon for the fourth time since joining the UFC in 2007...

    Derek Bolender Written by Derek Bolender about over 5 years ago 316 reads 12 comments

  2. 48 Hours at UFC 90

    Friday, October 24th (Weigh In Day): My brother Drew and I purchased tickets to UFC 90 and also decided to drive to downtown Chicago to view the weigh-ins the day before the event and take in as much of the UFC festivities as possible...

    Derek Bolender Written by Derek Bolender about over 5 years ago 228 reads 8 comments

  3. The Pitbull Is Kos For Concern

    Expect Thiago “The Pitbull” Alves to take one step closer to fighting for the welterweight championship belt with a victory over Josh “Kos” Koscheck at UFC 90 on Saturday, October 25thin Rosemont, IL...

    Derek Bolender Written by Derek Bolender about over 5 years ago 162 reads 9 comments

  4. Random Thoughts From UFC 89

    The UFC is back across the pond once again and Joe Rogan's beard is in full effect. I have already resisted the temptation to check the results of the fights on the Internet prior to the airing on Spike...

    Derek Bolender Written by Derek Bolender about over 5 years ago 299 reads 6 comments

  5. Generation Next: The Top 10 MMA Fighters Under 25

    The sport of mixed martial arts is in good hands. With kids honing their skills at younger ages and new gyms popping up all over the world, there will be no shortage of MMA talent in the pipeline for many years to come...

    Derek Bolender Written by Derek Bolender about over 5 years ago 6,004 reads 26 comments

  6. Random Thoughts From EliteXC: Heat

    EliteXC: Heat proved to be one of the most interesting and circus-like events in recent memory. This was the third installment of EliteXC's version of MMA on CBS...

    Derek Bolender Written by Derek Bolender about almost 6 years ago 969 reads 4 comments

  7. Filho Ready to Wreak Havoc in the UFC

    With the recent announcement that the WEC will be getting rid of the light heavyweight and middleweight classes it means that WEC middleweight champion and MMA superstar Paulo Filho will soon become a prominent member of the UFC middleweight division.

    Derek Bolender Written by Derek Bolender about almost 6 years ago 342 reads 10 comments

  8. Anderson Silva: The Final Chapter Begins

    Anderson "The Spider" Silva is now entering the last chapter of his storied mixed martial arts career. Since his first professional fight in 2000, a split decision loss to Luiz Azeredo, ...

    Derek Bolender Written by Derek Bolender about almost 6 years ago 792 reads 29 comments

  9. Machida/Shogun Makes Perfect Sense

    Lyoto "The Dragon" Machida and his representation have found themselves in quite a predicament. UFC 84 was supposed to be his time to shine against one of the most beloved fighters of all-time in former light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz...

    Derek Bolender Written by Derek Bolender about almost 6 years ago 381 reads 3 comments

  10. Lorenzo Fertitta: The UFC's Secret Weapon

    Since being purchased by Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta in January 2001 the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has been on a constant ascension and is slowly making its way into the sports mainstream in the United States...

    Derek Bolender Written by Derek Bolender about almost 6 years ago 131 reads 15 comments

  11. Fabricio Werdum: Odd Man Out

    The 2008 UFC final four has officially been set, sort of. The UFC no longer has tournament formats but this is about as close as one might ever come to fruition...

    Derek Bolender Written by Derek Bolender about almost 6 years ago 564 reads 20 comments

  12. The Aftermath: Random Thoughts on UFC 88

    UFC 88 proved to be one of the most exciting and shocking fight cards in recent memory. The fight card was filled with a nice mix of veterans looking to prove they still belong and some up and coming fighters looking for a breakthrough...

    Derek Bolender Written by Derek Bolender about almost 6 years ago 433 reads 4 comments

  13. UFC 88: Hit or Miss for "The Hitman"?

    With each passing event the UFC middleweight division seems to be getting more and more complicated. There are two questions that seem to be constantly floating around: · ...

    Derek Bolender Written by Derek Bolender about almost 6 years ago 457 reads 12 comments

  14. EliteXC Circus: Coming Soon to a City Near You

    What do you get when you put the "baddest man on the planet" and the "world's most dangerous man" in the same cage together? An epic showdown between two of the greatest mixed martial arts fighters today...

    Derek Bolender Written by Derek Bolender about almost 6 years ago 371 reads 12 comments

  15. The UFC's Most Wanted List

    There is no doubt that the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is the gold standard for MMA organizations. One of the reasons it is the premiere league in the sport is because it has the most talented group of fighters collectively in the world...

    Derek Bolender Written by Derek Bolender about almost 6 years ago 1,441 reads 23 comments

  16. UFC 88: Uh Oh Hendo?

    On March 15, 1998 Dan "Hendo" Henderson was crowned the UFC 17 middleweight champion after defeating Allan Goes and Carlos Newton back-to-back that same evening. Those two victories ran his professional MMA record to 4 - 0 and his UFC record to 2 - 0...

    Derek Bolender Written by Derek Bolender about almost 6 years ago 357 reads 16 comments

  17. Ironically, Cro Cop-Groomed Reljic Primed for UFC Success

    In 2003, Goran Reljic was a 21 year old college kid growing up in Croatia when he met and befriended a fellow countryman and national hero named Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic...

    Derek Bolender Written by Derek Bolender about almost 6 years ago 497 reads 21 comments

  18. Kenny Florian Deserves Criticism Too

    Roger "El Matador" Huerta has been the subject of intense criticism leading up to his UFC 87 fight against Kenny "KenFlo" Florian for a number of reasons by MMA fans and the media...

    Derek Bolender Written by Derek Bolender about almost 6 years ago 825 reads 14 comments

  19. UFC in Chicago a Very Big Deal

    The Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL will no longer only be home to Chicago Rush Football, Chicago Wolves Hockey, and DePaul Men's Basketball...

    Derek Bolender Written by Derek Bolender about almost 6 years ago 609 reads 5 comments

  20. Jon Fitch Ready for His Close Up

    Jon Fitch is in the final stages of preparing for his UFC welterweight championship fight against the current champion and No. 1 ranked Georges St. Pierre at UFC 87 on August 9, 2008...

    Derek Bolender Written by Derek Bolender about almost 6 years ago 390 reads 11 comments

  21. MMA: Eddie Alvarez-DREAM Interrupted

    The best American-born fighter not fighting in the United States is lightweight Eddie Alvarez. The DREAM Lightweight Grand Prix being held in Japan was the opportunity of a lifetime to finally make a name for himself on a grand stage...

    Derek Bolender Written by Derek Bolender about almost 6 years ago 627 reads 6 comments

  22. MMA: Rampage's Troubles Good For Business?

    The arrest of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson on felony evading, hit-and-run, and reckless driving in Costa Mesa, CA came as a shock to most mixed martial arts fans and media when it came across the news wire...

    Derek Bolender Written by Derek Bolender about almost 6 years ago 1,063 reads 4 comments

  23. UFC: Will the Real Brandon Vera Please Stand Up?

    After back to back losses inside the octagon for the first time in his career Brandon “The Truth” Vera is looking for a fresh start at a new weight class...

    Derek Bolender Written by Derek Bolender about almost 6 years ago 404 reads 3 comments

  24. EliteXC: Jake Shields Is the Golden Boy, Not Kimbo

    EliteXC’s relentless marketing machine fueled by Kimbo Slice has done of great job of distorting the truth to fair-weathered MMA fans across the United States...

    Derek Bolender Written by Derek Bolender about almost 6 years ago 457 reads 6 comments

  25. UFC: How Do You Squash A Spider?

    Anderson Silva, the UFC middleweight champion, is currently the best pound-for-pound mixed martial arts fighter on the planet. That is no longer debatable...

    Derek Bolender Written by Derek Bolender about 6 years ago 635 reads 11 comments