Mixed martial arts

Mixed martial arts (MMA) is a full-contact combat sport that allows striking and grappling, both standing and on the ground, using techniques from other combat sports and martial arts. The first documented use of the term mixed martial arts was in a review of UFC 1 by television critic Howard Rosenberg in 1993. The term gained popularity when newfullcontact. com, then one of the largest websites covering the sport, hosted and republished the article.
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  • Ronda Rousey nearly loses finger while filming TV show
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    Ronda Rousey nearly loses finger while filming TV show

    While Ronda Rousey is out of the UFC she is not avoiding injury. That was made clear in an Instagram post on Tuesday in which the former UFC bantamweight champion showed off a near-severed finger she sustained while filming a TV show. "So the word is out I nearly lost my finger shooting @911onfox," Rousey wrote. "Freak accident, first take of the day a boat door fell on my hand, I thought I just jammed my fingers so I finished the take before looking (I know it sounds crazy, but I'm used to live audiences and never showing pain unless I'm supposed to) after a break in the action I told our director the situation and was rushed via ambulance to the hospital where they promptly reattached my bone

  • Nate Diaz, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Jorge Masvidal? Conor McGregor talks future foes
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    Nate Diaz, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Jorge Masvidal? Conor McGregor talks future foes

    After attempting to put recent controversies behind him, Conor McGregor is itching to get back into the octagon. In an interview with ESPN on Thursday, McGregor (21-5 MMA, 9-2 UFC) spoke at length about the different options for his next bout. Over the course of a wide-ranging, at times rambling interview, the former lightweight and featherweight champion named current UFC lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov, Nate Diaz, Jorge Masvidal, interim lightweight champ Dustin Poirier, former interim champ Tony Ferguson, Justin Gaethje, former featherweight champ Jose Aldo, and featherweight champ Max Holloway as potential next opponents. Front and center was Diaz, who defeated Anthony Pettis last week

  • Bellator President Scott Coker Hopeful Cris Cyborg Will Join Promotion; Fight For Title
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    Bellator President Scott Coker Hopeful Cris Cyborg Will Join Promotion; Fight For Title

    It sounds as if Cris Cyborg is officially free from the UFC's tendrils.  Not long after Cyborg fought out her deal with the UFC, that promotion's president, Dana White, said that he was going to get out of the Cris Cyborg business. White claimed he was going to send a letter to the former UFC women's featherweight champion that waived the UFC's exclusive 90-day negotiating period. That letter would presumably allow Cyborg, who defeated Felicia Spencer by decision on July's UFC 240 fight card, to sign with any other promotion. On Thursday, Bellator president Scott Coker told MMA Fighting he had received notice of that fact. He added that the promotion was interested in signing Cyborg and that

  • UFC anti trust lawsuit docs reveal the tactics ZUFFA used to choke out their competition
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    UFC anti trust lawsuit docs reveal the tactics ZUFFA used to choke out their competition

    The expert report of Dr. Hal J. Singer, an expert witness for the plaintiffs in the UFC anti trust class action lawsuit, has produced a bevy of interesting information regarding how the UFC does business. Revelations from Singer's report, which recently had a number of passages unredacted, include: Brock Lesnar's championship pay-grade Lyoto Machida's massive stoppage bonus The formula used to determine pay-per-view revenue sharing with fighters Joe Silva's negotiation toolbox, including contracts that were extremely favorable to the UFC The report also includes plenty of information regarding how the UFC strategized to compete against other promotions, such as Bellator, Strikeforce (before ZUFFA

  • Slice of life: The fight in me
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    Slice of life: The fight in me

    I was 18 and had just dropped out of high school when my cousin brought home a DVD of mixed martial arts fighters who were fighting at a boxing gym in Cyrildene. One of the guys in the video was quite a big deal back then as MMA was just starting to become interesting as a sport to watch. I was so fascinated to see how strong and agile the fighters were. It was not a messy fight. I loved it. The video was the first time I had heard of MMA and, because I was no longer at school and I am not the kind of person to simply sit and do nothing, I thought this would be something for me to do. I went to gym and the trainer asked me if I had any kind of similar training before. I said I had, when I was

  • Kenny Florian: Ryan Hall can beat Khabib Nurmagomedov
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    Kenny Florian: Ryan Hall can beat Khabib Nurmagomedov

    Kenny Florian has a hot take: Ryan Hall can beat Khabib Nurmagomedov. Florian recently spoke with Kajan Johnson and Shakiel Mahjouri on the Pull No Punches podcast. The three-time UFC title challenger was asked to name the fighters who could present the most potent threat to Nurmagomedov's undefeated streak. “Ryan Hall,” Florian stated. “It sounds crazy because he's a 145-pounder, but you either need to be an absolute ninja on the ground, right? You need someone who can always put you on defense — someone like a Ryan Hall on the ground. Or you need someone who can absolutely keep it on the feet.” Florian and Hall have been working closely for years now. Florian served as one of the cornermen

  • Missed Fists: Everybody dance now with Stamp Fairtex, more
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    Missed Fists: Everybody dance now with Stamp Fairtex, more

    Welcome to the latest edition of Missed Fists where we shine a light on fights from across the globe that may have been overlooked in these hectic times where it seems like there's an MMA show every other day. Unfortunately, we have to start on a down note as the law dogs put the hammer down on beloved MMA archivist Jolassanda, who has been an invaluable part of providing footage and information for this feature. Make sure to give their new account a follow. @Jolassanda is dead; long live @Jolassanda1! AL: Two words: Out. Standing. JM: Okay... So I have some thoughts. First of all, I have no idea what that was but I'm incredibly here for it. Secondly, is Stamp coming for Valentina Shevchenko's

  • Max Griffin vs. Alex Morono, JJ Aldrich vs. Lauren Mueller official for UFC Tampa
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    Max Griffin vs. Alex Morono, JJ Aldrich vs. Lauren Mueller official for UFC Tampa

    Two more bouts have officially been announced for UFC Tampa. A welterweight bout between Max Griffin (15-6) and Alex Morono (16-5, 1 NC), and a flyweight bout between JJ Aldrich (7-3) and Lauren Mueller (5-2) were officially added to the upcoming Oct. 12 card, per a press release Wednesday. The Griffin-Morono bout was previously reported by MMA Junkie, the Aldrich-Mueller bout by the Tampa Bay Times. Griffin recently snapped a two-fight losing streak, defeating Zelim Imadaev by majority decision at UFC 236 in April to improve his record inside the Octagon to 3-4. Morono has won two straight, finishing Zak Ottow with strikes in March and outpointing Kenan Song last November. He owns a 5-2 UFC

  • Filipe Esteves wins title in Brazil, donates purse to opponent
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    Filipe Esteves wins title in Brazil, donates purse to opponent

    Filipe Esteves improved to 7-0 as a MMA fighter and captured the Brazil MMA flyweight title Saturday night in Salvador, but that's not the reason why he's making headlines in Brazil. In his post-fight interview inside the cage, Esteves announced he decided to donate his entire purse to his opponent Rildeci Dias after finding out that Dias had to pay for his own bus ticket to compete at Brazil MMA, a 35-hour journey from Belem to Salvador. “I saw his situation, such a humble man, leaving Belem to Salvador to make only R$ 500 (around 120 dollars), and that touched me,” Esteves told MMA Fighting. “He's an experienced fighter who fought all around the world, has more than 30 fights, and his situation

  • Royce Gracie's advice to son Khonry: 'Whatever you do, you've got to be the best'
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    Royce Gracie's advice to son Khonry: 'Whatever you do, you've got to be the best'

    Befitting his legendary surname, there's no surprise what strengths Khonry Gracie will play up when he returns to the cage at Bellator 225. The son of Royce, Khonry Gracie (1-1 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) is set to square off with Oscar Vera (0-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) in a preliminary card matchup. Jiu-jistu is in Gracie's game plan, but he said he feels ready to show off his ever-improving wrestling and striking, too. The former was a main focus of his camp. The latter, he believes, has progressed a quick rate naturally. “I've always been more than half decent at my standup,” Gracie told MMA Junkie. “Whether it be kickboxing, muay thai, or boxing. I've been doing pretty well with that. The biggest thing for me

  • McGregor: Retirement? I'll fight until the day I die
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    McGregor: Retirement? I'll fight until the day I die

    Conor McGregor – who boasts a 21-4 record in the UFC – is eager to return following March's shock retirement announcement.

  • Joanne Calderwood says title shot hopes took focus away from her last fight
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    Joanne Calderwood says title shot hopes took focus away from her last fight

    Joanne Calderwood was potentially one step away from a shot at flyweight gold. She fell short in a unanimous-decision loss to Katlyn Chookagian at UFC 238, and she attributes that loss due to a lack of focus. On the same night, flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko defended her title against Jessica Eye, in what resulted in a devastating first-round finish in favor of the titleholder. And sharing the card with the champion diverted the attention away from Calderwood's task at hand. “So my last fight, I felt like I was focusing on oh maybe I can get the title shot,” Calderwood told reporters, including MMA Junkie, on Tuesday. “Like we were on the same card and I focused too much on the possibility

  • RIZIN boss contacts Conor McGregor for 'really weird' sporting competition on New Year's Eve
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    RIZIN boss contacts Conor McGregor for 'really weird' sporting competition on New Year's Eve

    Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champion, Conor McGregor, is the biggest draw in mixed martial arts (MMA), so there's zero chance that “Notorious” would compete for another organization without a co-promotion deal with the boys at Endeavor. Like this, for example. That's probably why RIZIN CEO, Nobuyuki Sakakibara, is cooking up something “really weird” for the “Notorious” Irishman on New Year's Eve in Japan. Like a new type of competition that would not involve fighting or professional wrestling, according to Karaev_Fan, who confirmed the former PRIDE executive was “in contact” with McGregor. “We can do something together,” Sakakibara told Tokyo Sports about McGregor