MMA Blog

  • You Make the Call: Was This a Cheap Shot by Walt Harris? By: Mike Fridley

    Mark Godbeer was on the wrong side of an apparent low blow and then a head kick with questionable intentions. Do you feel it was a cheap shot by Walt Harris?

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  • UFC 217 Highlight Video: Watch Ovince St. Preux Land Perfect Head Kick on Corey Anderson By: Mike Fridley

    Watch Ovince St. Preux connect flush with a beautiful fight-ending head kick of Corey Anderson at UFC 217.

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  • Dave Doyle Joins Press Row By: Jordan Breen

    On Thursdays, Administrative Editor Jordan Breen welcomes a member of the mixed martial arts media into “Press Row” on the Sherdog.com blog. This week, Breen is joined by MMAFighting and Yahoo Sports’ Dave Doyle.

    UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor sparked controversy this past weekend at UFC Fight Night 118 in Gdansk, Poland, not just for his rambunctious, non-credentialed cornering of teammate Artem Lobov, but for a postfight video that surfaced in which “The Notorious” one repeatedly uses a gay slur to refer to Lobov’s victorious opponent Andre Fili. The video was quickly scrubbed from UFC social media accounts, but in the wake of the footage, the promotion and McGregor himself have remained mum on the topic.

    Breen and Doyle dig into how notions of “locker room” talk have infected MMA, the bizarre and vitriolic ways in which some MMA fans have come to both defend McGregor while decrying a “social justice” media conspiracy and the fact that McGregor and UFC parent company Endeavor CEO Ari Emanuel have fashioned themselves allies for gay, lesbian and trans people in the public spotlight, making their silence all the more disconcerting.

    The two also discuss how the “sky is falling” mentality among MMA fans has changed as fighters’ antisocial misdeeds become more public, what the UFC’s public stance should be as a sports franchise in these situations and its implications for a sport and promotion actively pushing women’s divisions, which are increasingly populated by gay, lesbian and trans athletes.

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  • John Pollock Joins Press Row By: Jordan Breen

    On Thursdays, Administrative Editor Jordan Breen welcomes a member of the mixed martial arts media into “Press Row” on the Sherdog.com blog. This week, Breen is joined by The Fight Network’s John Pollock.

    We are still just over two weeks away from UFC 217 and Georges St. Pierre’s historical return to the Octagon. Breen and Pollock break down the past conditions of the Ultimate Fighting Championship that helped make St. Pierre a star, how they have changed and why “Rush” seems out of place in the modern UFC era. The two look at Canada’s unique cultural identity, the country’s immigration and changing demography over the last 30 years and how those factors have both helped and hurt sports properties like the UFC in Canadian mass culture.

    Breen and Pollock also investigate whether or not Canada has fallen off in terms of producing elite fighting talent, why GSP is a unique outlier and how the UFC’s swollen roster and international schedule reveal past romanticizing of the “Great White North’s” importance to the UFC product.

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  • Erik Magraken Joins Press Row By: Jordan Breen

    On Thursdays, Administrative Editor Jordan Breen welcomes a member of the mixed martial arts media into “Press Row” on the Sherdog.com blog. This week, Breen is joined by Sherdog and Combat Sports Law’s Erik Magraken.

    A month ago, Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight contender Mark Hunt wrote an article for Players Voice entitled “If I Die Fighting, That’s Fine,” in which “The Super Samoan” admitted to several troubling early signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). This week, the essay came to the attention of UFC officials, who pulled Hunt from his scheduled UFC Fight Night 121 main event in his home of Sydney, Australia.

    Breen and Magraken dig into the situation, discussing whether or not the UFC has the legal authority to pull fighters on medical grounds, the role of athletic commissions in situations such as this, what makes Hunt’s case unique and whether or not the 2001 K-1 World Grand Prix champion’s fraught and litigious history with the promotion played a role in the UFC’s decision.

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  • Royce Gracie Bobblehead Giveaway to Take Place at Bellator 185 on Oct. 20 By: Tristen Critchfield

    The first 5,000 fans to enter the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., for Bellator 185 will walk away with a keepsake featuring one of mixed martial arts’ most revered pioneers.

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  • Video: Watch Mackenzie Dern Earn Unanimous Verdict vs. Katherine Roy at LFA 6 By: Tristen Critchfield

    Mackenzie Dern will make her fourth mixed martial arts appearance – and first at 125 pounds – when she faces Mandy Polk at Legacy Fighting Alliance 24.

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  • Vlad Tuinov vs. Rhassan Muhareb: The Fight for 71kg Supremacy! By: Gary Randall

    (SPONSORED CONTENT) -- On September 16, 2017 in Koper, Slovenia the young superstar Vlad Tuinov will step into the ring to fight Danish great Rhassan Muhareb.

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  • Boxing’s Greats of the States | Washington, D.C.: Mark Johnson By: Mike Sloan

    “Too Sharp” captured multiple world championships and finished his career with a 44-5 record and 28 knockouts. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2012.

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  • Video: UFC 215 Countdown ‘Johnson vs. Borg’

    In “Countdown to UFC 215,” UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson and women's bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes put their final touches on training at home in Washington and Florida, respectively. Johnson and Nunes both defend their UFC titles Saturday night at UFC 215 at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, with Johnson facing Ray Borg, while Nunes rematches Valentina Shevchenko.

    Meanwhile, their challengers aren't just finishing fight prep: they're shooting as well. “The Tazmexican Devil” Borg takes to an archery course to work on his bow and arrow skills while predictably, “Bullet” Shevchenko loads up her pistol and takes to some tactical shooting in the great outdoors.

    Watch “Countdown to UFC 215” in full after the jump.

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