MMA has had an uneasy relationship with performance enhancing drugs for years, and lately it's become downright hostile. In the 90's, what was known more commonly as “no holds barred” cage fighting was essentially a free for all of performance enhancing drug users. Men with bulging biceps, taking their 'skills' straight from the weight bench to the Octagon. As the sport moved forward and looked to gain it's place in the public eye, mixed martial arts adopted athletic commission drug testing standards. That meant administering pre & post-fight drug tests, but during the months between fights, MMA was still largely free of oversight. That didn't mean there weren't still some high profile drug test
The close relationship between literature and boxing is so well-known that it's barely worth mentioning. That doesn't mean that it doesn't matter, of course: boxing fans know that our love has been affirmed, clarified, and deepened by a proud literary lineage – Homer, Hemingway, Mailer, Liebling, Plimpton, Schulberg, Oates, Jones, and so on. Even in just the last few decades, there've been enough great fight books to fill a dedicated bookstore. (Heaven help my family if one ever opens; they'll be lucky to see me evenings and weekends.) Mixed martial arts hasn't caught up yet. The world's most interesting sport has produced plenty of fine journalism, but very few great book-length works. Here,
As a potential featherweight superfight between UFC champions Cris Cyborg and Amanda Nunes continues to heat up, oddsmakers have begun to throw their hats into the cage. According to recent odds released by Bovada, Cyborg has opened as a -300 favorite to take care of the current UFC women's bantamweight champion, while Nunes comes in at +230 to upset the greatest female fighter in mixed martial arts (MMA) history. Do those odds come as a surprise? If they do, they probably shouldn't. Cyborg, 33, hasn't lost a single fight since her professional debut over 13 years ago. That streak includes three stops at prominent MMA promotions (UFC, Invicta FC, and Strikeforce) and three world titles. The menacing
Mendes is 17-4 heading into a featherweight bout Saturday in Boise against Myles Jury and is eager to make another run at the title after a 2-year suspension.
Raoni Barcelos has finally arrived. The former RFA featherweight champion signed with the UFC back in 2017, but it took a while before he finally entered his first UFC fight week. Now set to debut against Kurt Holobaugh at Saturday's UFC Boise card, Barcelos wants to show it was worth the wait. Barcelos experienced a roller-coaster of emotions over the past 12 months. After successfully defending his RFA belt for a second time in 2016, Barcelo first had his subsequent LFA bout cancelled, then was offered a short-notice UFC chance to replace an injured Augusto Mendes, however his opponent ultimately pulled out with an injury. Now, after being under contract with the company for nine months, Barcelos
The dust has all but settled on an eventful UFC 226. But not quite. So before we get back onto the conveyer belt of MMA events, let's take a look at a few lingering items from last week, as well as a bit of a look forward. How bad was Lewis vs. Ngannou? @TannerRuss2: Is Derrick Lewis vs. Francis Ngannou the Melvin Guillard-Jeremy Stephens of heavyweight fights? That's one way to look at things. When Joe Rogan proclaimed toward the conclusion of the now-infamous Derrick Lewis vs. Francis Ngannou fight at UFC 226 last weekend that the bout was the worst heavyweight fight he'd ever seen, nothing jumped to my brain immediately to refute it. But now that I've had some time to think about it, a fight
We always seem to be talking about a B.J. Penn comeback, don't we? Well, believe it or not, the former UFC lightweight and welterweight champion is again talking about a return to professional mixed martial arts (MMA). I guess the fire inside “Prodigy” is back. While Penn's legendary resume speaks for itself, the 39-year-old probably shouldn't fight again. Not only has Penn lost five-straight Octagon appearances, including a decision loss to Dennis Siver back at UFC Fight 112, but he hasn't tasted victory since knocking out Matt Hughes back in 2010. No plans have been made for “Prodigy” to make his return to fighting, but the Hawaiian legend still isn't closing the door on his career. “I don't
Shahbazyan's last win came on April 21 in Burbank when he blew through Daniel McWilliams in 30 seconds. All of Shahbazyan's bouts have been held in Southern California so he and Jones will each be making their Las Vegas debuts. Shahbazyan, who made his pro debut in February of 2017, will be facing his most highly regarded opponent yet as he has yet to face an opponent with a current record over .500.
Joanne Calderwood is back and this time at 125 pounds. “JoJo” will compete for the first time since July 2017 when she fights Kalindra Faria in a women's flyweight bout at UFC Lincoln on Aug. 25 at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Neb. Sources confirmed the bout with MMA Fighting's Guilherme Cruz, and the UFC officially announced the bout on Friday. ESPN was first to report the matchup. In her last appearance vs. Cynthia Calvillo at UFC Glasgow, a strawweight affair, Calderwood (11-3) missed weight by two pounds and went on to lose a unanimous decision. She now moves up to the 125-pound division, where she has competed once in the UFC. Calderwood and Valerie Letourneau fought in the promotion's
Jeremy Kennedy will return to action in August. The Canadian prospect is scheduled to make his Brave Combat Federation debut against Danyel Pilo on Aug. 18, promotion officials told MMA Fighting. The featherweight bout will headline Brave 14 in Tangier, Morocco. Kennedy (11-1) parted ways with the UFC earlier this year after a 3-1 run in the Octagon. Kennedy defeated Alex Ricci, Rony Jason and Kyle Bochniak before suffering his first MMA loss to Alexander Volcanovski in February. Pilo (10-1-2), a fellow Brave newcomer, enters the cage riding a four-fight winning streak in the Italian circuit. Brave 14 will mark the company's first trip to Africa. The fight card also includes Felipe Efrain vs.
Blagoy Ivanov has defeated Fedor Emelianenko in Sambo, survived a stabbing, won a World Series of Fighting (WSOF) championship, and now he's going to face the most decorated Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight knockout artist, Junior dos Santos, this Saturday night (July 14, 2018). Ivanov and dos Santos headline UFC Fight Night 133 in Boise, Idaho, leading a FOX Sports 1-televised main card that includes Sage Northcutt, the return of Chad Mendes, and what should be a bonkers slugfest between Dennis Bermudez and Rick Glenn. If UFC 226 and its ridiculous number of underdog victories cleared you out, here's how to get back on track. What Went Wrong at the TUF 27 Finale and UFC 226?
Today, the Professional Fighters League (PFL) and Kiswe Mobile (Kiswe) announced that the PFL will leverage Kiswe’s technology to stream their 2018 Thursday night fight events in multiple languages around the world.