Nevada will adopt the new Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), but not with the same definition of a grounded opponent. They are not the only state to carve out this exception. Other state athletic commissions make adjustments to other rules, all of them involving hugely difficult, complex and consequential aspects of about, leaving the fighter to worry about an array of competing rule sets.
Ben Askren’s first UFC fight will reportedly be against former welterweight champion Robbie Lawler in January at UFC 233 in Anaheim. While many are happy to see Askren make his UFC debut, some others hate this fight for Askren. I don’t. It’s not the perfect or even best fight for Askren, but plenty useful. Here’s why Colby Covington or Darren Till can wait.
UFC heavyweight and light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier joined me to discuss his UFC 230 win over Derrick Lewis, turning a corner as a popular figure in the sport, why wrestlers aren’t becoming fighters as often, pursuing a broadcasting career after fighting and more. A fun interview where I don’t mention Jon Jones or Brock Lesnar once.
UFC heavyweight Derrick Lewis spoke to me at Thursday’s UFC 230 media day. We discussed his new Popeye’s sponsorship, why he has a hard time accepting the good things in his life, facing Daniel Cormier and so much more. In truth, even if he loses in the main event on Saturday, he’s already won in perhaps the most important ways.
UFC lightweight and South African newcomer Don Madge made his Octagon debut at UFC Moncton, winning via vicious second-round KO head kick against top prospect Te Edwards. I caught up with Madge to discuss his victory, proudly being from South Africa, what he’ll do with the bonus money, how the drought in Cape Town affects him and so much more.
UFC President Dana White is catching heat for comments made about former UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson not being accepted by the fans. While White has a role to play in not promoting Johnson as he could’ve been (and throwing him under the bus as a failed pay-per-view draw), it’s not true the UFC never pushed him on big platforms or with meaningful campaigns.
At UFC Moncton, Artem Lobov lost to Michael Johnson via unanimous decision. In the wake of his loss, MMA Fighting writer Chuck Mindenhall wrote about the curiosity of Lobov’s ability to stay on the UFC roster. SBG Dublin coach John Kavanagh responded to the piece, arguing Lobov did deserve a place in the UFC and not merely because he’s Conor McGregor’s training partner. What’s the truth? Here’s my take.
ESPN reported Wednesday that Ben Askren would be ‘traded’ from ONE Championship to the UFC for Demetrious Johnson. The former Bellator and ONE welterweight king will likely be headed to the UFC while the former UFC flyweight and pound-for-pound great Demetrious Johnson will take his talents to Asia. Why is this deal happening? Here’s my theory.
Eddie Alvarez, the former UFC lightweight champion, spoke to ESPN this week and told them he’d signed an eight-figure deal with Asian-based ONE Championship. Alvarez engaged in a Twitter back and forth with writer Jonathan Snowden, who questioned the the truth of the claim. So, what’s the truth?
Martial arts movie is a genre of cinema Hollywood has largely abandoned, but in Indonesia, that style of movie is thriving. With movies like The Raid, stars have emerged and the genre has asserted itself. The latest offering in this vein is Netflix’s ‘The Night Comes For Us’, which features many of the same stars and choreographers who made The Raid as well as other martial arts movies. This is a can’t-miss opportunity to watch unapologetic gore, action, martial arts fighting and more.
UFC President Dana White spoke to ESPN about Khabib Nurmagomedov’s next fight and who it should be against. In his answer, he stated the ‘fight fan’s’ preference is Tony Ferguson, the former interim champion, which is correct. But as a promoter – not a fight fan – what is he going to do? And as a promoter, what would it say if he didn’t make this bout in favor of a Conor McGregor rematch?