1. A UFC Fan's View: What We Find So Appealing About MMA

    There's a lot I could say about the sport of mixed martial arts. To me, the UFC is athletic competition at its purest. Two men (or thanks to the great Ronda Rousey, two women) step into the Octagon and the world melts away...

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  2. The 10 Best MMA and UFC Knockouts of 2012

    Hardcore MMA fans talk a lot about the "casual fan." What does he or she like? What is their heart's desire? Which fighters are they willing to put money down to watch and who will ...

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  3. Ranking the 10 Greatest MMA Heavyweight Slugfests of All Time

    Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos at UFC 155 doesn't qualify as a slugfest. For that to have been possible, dos Santos would have needed to, you know, do some slugging...

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  4. UFC 155: Junior dos Santos Shows the True Face of Courage in Cain Velasquez Loss

    Thirty minutes after entering the cage against challenger Cain Velasquez , Junior dos Santos was smiling. His face may have been grotesquely swollen. He may have just endured a five-round beating for the ages...

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  5. UFC 155 Results: The Real Winners and Losers from Velasquez vs. Dos Santos

    A lot of sports fans are all too familiar with heavyweights Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos, or at least as familiar as you can be after just 64 seconds...

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  6. UFC 155 Fight Card: Velasquez, Dos Santos, and the Appeal of the Big Boys

    My curmudgeonly friend Alan was skeptical today when the topic of UFC 155 came up in conversation. Skeptical not just of the heavyweight title fight between Cain Velasquez and ...

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  7. Second Time Is the Charm: Can Cain Velasquez Beat Junior Dos Santos at UFC 155?

    Last time they stepped into the cage, it took Junior dos Santos just 64 seconds to irrevocably change not just the heavyweight landscape, but our entire perception of deposed champion Cain Velasquez ...

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  8. UFC 155 Preview: Kountermove Picks for Junior Dos Santos Versus Cain Velasquez

    When it comes to making MMA picks, I'm bad. Notoriously bad. Epically bad. The problem, I think, comes from my background as an amateur historian...

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  9. UFC 155's Erik Perez, Lucha Libre, and MMA's Continuing Pro Wrestling Connection

    Thousands lined the streets of Mexico City one cold February morning in 1984 to pay tribute, one final time, to their hero...

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  10. 5 Ways Ultimate Fighter Winner Colton Smith Is a Bad Representative of Our Army

    Lt. Gen. Donald Campbell Jr., then commander of the Army's III Corps and the top man at Fort Hood in Texas, must have seen an opportunity for the entire Army when he released Staff Sgt...

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  11. Why Do UFC Middleweight Stars Like Hector Lombard All Hate Michael Bisping?

    Rousimar Palhares made himself easy pickings for former Bellator champion Hector Lombard in Lombard's adopted homeland of Australia, circling into the powerful Cuban's power hand time after time and paying a steep price for his low fight I...

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  12. Brock Lesnar and the Most Hated Champions in UFC History

    Brock Lesnar 's appearance in the UFC left no room for fence sitters. UFC fans either embraced the former WWE champion, enjoying his over-the-top persona and oversized corn-fed ...

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  13. The Ultimate Fighter 16's Roy Nelson and the Fattest Fighters in MMA History

    This weekend, Roy Nelson will waddle on down to the cage for eighth time in his UFC career. Blaring in the background, if everything holds to form, will be Weird Al Yankovic's classic parody, " I'm Fat ...

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  14. Disastrous Debut Costs IFL Millions: The History of MMA on Television, Part 2

    You'd probably never heard of MyNetworkTV, at least not until they shocked the cable world by acquiring WWE Smackdown in 2008...

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  15. Deja Vu: The UFC on Fox and a History of MMA on Television, Part 1

    The entire MMA world was buzzing when the announcement came, sudden as a heart attack, that the Ultimate Fighting Championship would soon make a huge leap forward into the mainstream...

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  16. Manny Pacquiao vs. Marquez 4 Knockout: Why Floyd Mayweather Is the Real Winner

    It took Juan Manuel Marquez 39 rounds to drop Manny Pacquiao to the canvas for the first time in their epic quartet. When he knocked him down again three rounds later, it was more than Pacquiao's unconscious body that plummeted to the ground...

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  17. The Real Main Event: Why BJ Penn Is the Fighter Who Matters Most at UFC on Fox 5

    When UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson stepped to the scales in Seattle the day before the UFC's fifth event on Fox, the reaction from the fans was best described as "polite...

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  18. Family Matters: High Stakes Behind the UFC's Shogun Rua vs. Alex Gustafsson Bout

    Last year Alexander Gustafsson , a kid from Aborga , Sweden—a town of just 10,000 souls famous for almost nothing at all in its 900 years of existence—found himself on a luxury boat...

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  19. Ronda Rousey, Nick Diaz UFC Title Shots Show MMA More Entertainment Than Sport

    If any questions remained about whether the UFC brass awarded title shots based on merit, they were answered—and answered definitively—by president Dana White at a pre -fight press conference in Seattle...

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  20. Nate and Nick Diaz: 10 Most Controversial Moments from the UFC's Diaz Brothers

    It's no secret that I love the Diaz brothers. Maybe it's because I come from a place as far from Stockton, California as you could possibly imagine? Maybe it's because my brother ...

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  21. Most Overrated Champs in UFC History

    When you think of overrated champions, Matt Hughes doesn't usually come to mind. After all, many people consider him the greatest welterweight of all time, or, at the very least, the second best behind Georges St-Pierre...

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  22. UFC on Fox 5 Fantasy Preview: How to Score Big with Your Henderson-Diaz Picks

    Sure, they are stigmatized as a haven for nerds and misfits. They are mocked widely by athletes, television commentators, even by soft drink commercials (how dare you Dr. Pepper)...

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  23. BJ Penn: The 10 Most Memorable Moments from the Career of the UFC 'Prodigy'

    BJ Penn 's story, in many ways, is the story of modern MMA . His debut back in 2001 was on the undercard of the first UFC event completely masterminded by Zuffa and UFC president Dana White ...

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  24. Spike TV and Bellator Make Their First Move in Upcoming War with the UFC and Fox

    There's a chill in the air when the man formerly known as Jon Koppenhaver steps out of prison, tasting fresh oxygen for the first time in nine months...

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  25. Riots, Racists and More: The Worst of MMA Fandom

    Don't get me wrong— MMA is the greatest sport in the history of the world. It was great when the Greeks created it for the ancient Olympics, was great when the Gracies brought it to Brazil and is still great today all over the world...

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