1. Can Anthony Pettis Take the Lightweight Division to New Heights of Popularity?

    When Anthony Pettis submitted Benson Henderson to claim the UFC lightweight title, it was done with an authority that the division hadn’t seen since BJ Penn destroyed Joe Stevenson at UFC 80...

    Levi Nile Written by Levi Nile about 1 year ago 10,656 reads 132 comments

  2. MMA: The 12 Greatest Individual Rounds in MMA History

    It’s been theorized that the most dangerous round in any fight is the first round. So new is the moment, so unfamiliar, that a lapse in judgment (based on assumption) can see a fighter finished quickly...

    Levi Nile Written by Levi Nile about 1 year ago 14,482 reads 54 comments

  3. Jon Jones 'Standing Guillotine' and the 10 Coolest Submissions in MMA History

    When Jon Jones faced Lyoto Machida at UFC 140, he found himself in a fight more difficult than most anticipated. He adapted to the situation and managed to secure a fight-ending submission via a standing guillotine choke...

    Levi Nile Written by Levi Nile about 1 year ago 32,579 reads 105 comments

  4. UFC: Charting Lyoto Machida's Course to a Middleweight Title Fight

    Although I’ ve never been fond of fighters moving down a division, the idea of Lyoto Machida fighting at middleweight just seems right...

    Levi Nile Written by Levi Nile about 1 year ago 13,369 reads 112 comments

  5. UFC: 10 Worst Title Fights in UFC History

    So, what does it take for a UFC title fight to be labeled as “bad?” Sometimes it is a lack in action; two men who simply won’t engage with the energy due the moment, ...

    Levi Nile Written by Levi Nile about 1 year ago 34,642 reads 96 comments

  6. UFC: Has Conor McGregor Begun to Believe His Own Hype?

    Perhaps one of the biggest prerequisites to succeed in MMA is confidence, and the way Conor McGregor has been fighting and talking, he has that in abundance...

    Levi Nile Written by Levi Nile about 1 year ago 7,149 reads 26 comments

  7. UFC: Why Jose Aldo vs. Anthony Pettis Superfight Isn't Super Just Yet

    By most accounts, when Anthony Pettis defeated Benson Henderson to claim the lightweight title at UFC 164, the final puzzle piece fell into place for a “ Superfight ” with Jose Aldo...

    Levi Nile Written by Levi Nile about 1 year ago 13,619 reads 56 comments

  8. MMA: Where Would MMA Be Without Dana White?

    When Zuffa took over the reins of the UFC, way back in 2001, we were first introduced to Dana White . He would become the most aggressive advocate for the company and the sport; that came later...

    Levi Nile Written by Levi Nile about 1 year ago 3,535 reads 35 comments

  9. Why Pound-for-Pound Means so Much in MMA

    During the 1950s, there was one fighter in the sport of boxing so incredible at all areas that the term “pound-for-pound” was created. It came to be simply because this boxer, Sugar Ray Robinson, was the perfect wrecking machine...

    Levi Nile Written by Levi Nile about 1 year ago 3,142 reads 51 comments

  10. Theater of the Bizarre: Glorious Fights That Never Could Have Happened

    Forget, if you can, that sad and limited group of considerations that say two fighters from different sports and weight classes can never meet in anger...

    Levi Nile Written by Levi Nile about 1 year ago 3,635 reads 19 comments

  11. 15 MMA Fighters Who Took the Most Damage in Their Careers

    If there is one tangible byproduct of a fighter’s career that will last far beyond glory, it is that of damage. As fans, we grimace in empathy as our favorite fighters get caught with that blow that puts them on wobbly legs...

    Levi Nile Written by Levi Nile about 1 year ago 28,579 reads 136 comments

  12. 5 Improvements Alistair Overeem Needs to Make After Last Defeat

    Ever since Alistair Overeem took a vacation from his senses in his stunning defeat against Antonio “Big Foot” Silva, I have been wondering: “Why?” Obviously, he thought Silva was nothing but a slow-footed, limited fighter...

    Levi Nile Written by Levi Nile about 1 year ago 6,402 reads 53 comments

  13. UFC: What a Loss to Chael Sonnen Would Mean for Shogun Rua

    In 2005, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua was a man who would not be denied. He took the Pride FC middleweight division by storm, defeating Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, ...

    Levi Nile Written by Levi Nile about 1 year ago 12,777 reads 111 comments

  14. Why the UFC Must Do Away with the Sponsor Tax

    If one issue infuriates the powers that be at the UFC, it’s that of money . The way the UFC manages and maintains its “bottom line” has always been a touchy subject...

    Levi Nile Written by Levi Nile about 1 year ago 5,547 reads 29 comments

  15. Weidman vs. Silva 2: What's the Best Result for the Future of the UFC?

    When Chris Weidman defeated Anderson Silva to become UFC middleweight champion, most fans were stunned. It was a shocking upset for many to say the least. But now that we have some distance, it seems that most are wondering if it is permanent...

    Levi Nile Written by Levi Nile about 1 year ago 4,383 reads 32 comments

  16. How Much Time Does Anderson Silva Have Left?

    After his defeat at UFC 162, Anderson Silva must have realized the enormity of his legend, his legacy. As soon as the talk of a rematch with Chris Weidman began, he was placed as a heavy betting favorite without a second thought...

    Levi Nile Written by Levi Nile about over 1 year ago 10,198 reads 115 comments

  17. Will Canelo Upset Mayweather Like Sanchez Upset Gomez?

    Fighting an undefeated pound-for-pound king isn’t the easiest thing in the world to do. Sure, you can show up and assume the role of punching bag while they cut your check; in fact, that's what seems to happen more often than not...

    Levi Nile Written by Levi Nile about over 1 year ago 4,617 reads 28 comments

  18. 3 Reasons Boxing Is Beating MMA at the Promotion Game

    On September 14 of this year, Floyd Mayweather Jr. will be taking on rising star Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. It’s a bout that will probably set the record for pay-per-view buys for combative sports in 2013...

    Levi Nile Written by Levi Nile about over 1 year ago 14,068 reads 89 comments

  19. UFC 162: What Went Right for Chris Weidman

    With Chris Weidman ’s knock out of Anderson Silva at UFC 162 , another great champion was removed from the lofty perch of “unbeatable...

    Levi Nile Written by Levi Nile about over 1 year ago 1,571 reads 7 comments

  20. 10 Bouts of Boxing Every MMA Fan Should See

    Sometimes, when a sport has garnered so much attention in such a short period of time, fans can find themselves suffering a kind of tunnel vision; a happy byproduct of being so thoroughly ...

    Levi Nile Written by Levi Nile about over 1 year ago 1,979 reads 15 comments

  21. Junior Dos Santos vs. Mark Hunt: Key Takeaways from UFC 160's Co-Main Event

    Heading into his bout with Junior dos Santos, Mark Hunt, for all the support he and his incredibly entertaining style of fight have received of late, was thought by many to be in over his head...

    Levi Nile Written by Levi Nile about over 1 year ago 5,982 reads 11 comments

  22. 3 Questions We Have About Gray Maynard Ahead of UFC 160

    It’s been a long time since we’ve seen Gray Maynard in the cage. Since his last bout (an uninspiring affair with Clay Guida), Maynard has been on the sidelines, rehabbing ...

    Levi Nile Written by Levi Nile about over 1 year ago 1,340 reads 1 comments

  23. UFC: 10 Fighters We'd Love to See as Coaches on TUF

    When The Ultimate Fighter series was first aired on Spike TV, it was perhaps one of the greatest oddities in the sport: a reality show built around a sport that was violent yet sophisticated, savage yet subtle...

    Levi Nile Written by Levi Nile about over 1 year ago 1,728 reads 19 comments

  24. MMA: The Role of Promoters, Managers and Trainers in the Sport

    If you ask most MMA fans what the role of a manager to a fighter consists of, most would not know, but happily hazard a guess: “To get a fighter signed to the UFC...

    Levi Nile Written by Levi Nile about over 1 year ago 2,435 reads 4 comments

  25. Rich Franklin vs. Michael Bisping Head-to-Toe Breakdown

    Even though Rich Franklin is seeing his storied career wind down, there are still some good fights waiting to be made for him, and one in particular—a bout against Michael Bisping —has the former middleweight champion smiling...

    Levi Nile Written by Levi Nile about over 1 year ago 611 reads 40 comments