New Video Game Lets You Live the Life of an MMA Manager

02 Sep 2015 12:27 pm Posted by jjwakrat

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Far off on in the dark corners of the Internet there are video games about the cold, meaningless realities of existence. Games about office life and mindless repetition and nothingness. Online simulators of the Sisyphysian pointlessness of human life and the thousand and one tiny plagues that mar it. The Graveyard, for example, features an old woman doing little more than walking through a cemetery, contemplating death. In Papers, Please players control a customs agent grimly examining the documents of travelers hoping to enter the fictional country of Arstotzka. And in A Dark Room, new players are greeted with the words “awake. head throbbing. vision blurry. the room is cold. the fire is dead,” and then given one prompt to contemplate: “light fire.” Click the button or don’t: It makes no difference




Weighing the Options of Fedor Emelianenko (In the UFC)

01 Sep 2015 8:44 am Posted by jjwakrat

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We’ve all heard the rumors: Fedor Emelianenko is apparently in serious talks with the UFC. After years of waiting and a 2012 retirement that choked the life from whatever hope we had left, the legendary heavyweight’s pen now floats just inches from the dotted line.

Of course, until that pen touches paper, this all remains speculation. Yes, Fedor has personally confirmed his planned return to competition. And yes, Bellator president Scott Coker—the only other man in the running for Fedor’s services—has confirmed that his organization is currently not pursuing the Russian great. And finally, it’s true that on Monday morning, UFC president Dana White left a cheeky little winky face in the comment section of an Instagram post by an unverified Fedor Emelianenko account. But, as fight fans, we know better than to get too excited about such things until they’re actually, truly, 100% confirmed. We don’t offer up our trust so easily. We’ve been hurt before…



Someone’s Finally Doing Something About MMA’s Weight-Cutting Epidemic

31 Aug 2015 2:08 pm Posted by jjwakrat

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For two decades now parents and politicians and other professional and part-time hand-wringers have been warning us about the dangers of mixed martial arts, but it turns out all that time they were howling about the wrong dangers. MMA, we know now, will not distort the minds of our children or fill the streets with tattoo-covered killers or drag our society back to the dark days of the gladiators. Even most of the injuries fighters incur during the course of a fight are reparable—some blood spilled here, a broken hand there—and the ones that aren’t are no worse than those incurred during the course of a football game: that is, no worse than what we as a society have agreed we will tolerate.

No, the real terror of MMA—the thing we should have been worrying about all along instead of wasting our time with societal doomsday predictions and other bugbears—happens before the fighters start punching and kicking each other, before they even step into the cage. The real danger comes when they’re sucking all the liquids out of their bodies 48 hours before a fight in an absurd attempt to gain an advantage over an opponent who is doing the exact same thing. In a sport where men and women willingly throw themselves into each other’s fists and knees for a little money and some glory, the only true absurdity is the weight-cut. And now, at last, it appears someone is trying to do something about it.




Cain Velasquez: The Absentee King Returns

12 Jun 2015 1:05 am Posted by jjwakrat

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Cain Velasquez is a paper champion.

He hasn’t fought in almost two years, and he hasn’t fought anyone not named Junior dos Santos or Antonio Silva since 2010. In fact, the great Fedor Emelianenko—hallowed be his name—retired after losing a step or three in 2012, and yet has as many wins over currently ranked top ten heavyweights as Velasquez. In fact, Velasquez has just fourteen fights to his name and a third of them were against the same two Brazilians. Baddest Man on the Planet? My arse.

Fightland has the full story by MMA’s premiere technical writer, Jack Slack

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ONE Championship seeks to expand in Middle East, India

25 May 2015 3:28 am Posted by jmorley

ONE Championship – Asia’s largest MMA or Mixed Martial Arts organisation – sets its eyes on the Middle East and India as it continues to expand its influence in Asia.

SINGAPORE: Finding new talent is crucial for ONE Championship – Asia’s largest MMA or Mixed Martial Arts organisation – as it continues to expand its influence in Asia.

Its focus is now on China, with more events set to be held across the country, but it has already set its eyes on the Middle East and India.

The intensity, technique and sheer power – that’s the winning formula for Singaporean Benedict Ang.

On Friday, the 19-year-old had his first professional MMA match. He won with a unanimous decision in front of a sold out crowd of 15,000 spectators at the Singapore Indoor Stadium who paid between S$38 and S$158 for a standard price ticket.

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BJ Penn To Be Inducted Into UFC Hall Of Fame

23 May 2015 10:26 pm Posted by jmorley

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BJ Penn will be inducted in the UFC’s Hall of Fame, in the modern era wing.

The big news came during the FOX Sports 1 Prelims, where the UFC shared a highlight video of ‘The Prodigy’.


ONE Championship 27 Shinya Aoki keeps his Lightweight title after 5 rounds with Koji Ando

22 May 2015 12:21 pm Posted by jjwakrat

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ONE Championship 27 Lightweight Champ Shinya Aoki

ONE Championship 27 Lightweight Champ Shinya Aoki

ONE Championship 27 took place on May 22, 2015 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore. Shinya Aoki successfully defended his Lightweight belt against Koji Ando.

While Ando’s stiff jab kept Aoki at bay, it wasn’t nearly enough to earn him points to get ahead. Aoki employed a good game of single legs, kept Ando on his back, and worked on him with punches and elbows. Aoki’s high kicks were employed more than any other time in his career, however he didn’t need his stand up to earn the decision.

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Shinya Aoki vs Koji Ando

Aoki shoots twice, Ando stuffs it. Aoki holds it against the cage, tries for trips, back on a single leg, gets Ando on his back. Aoki pulls Ando’s back from his cage by the ankle, and onto the top. Ando recovers half guard. Aoki holding Ando’s right hand to the canvas effortlessly. Ando gets his arm back and tries to tie up Aoki. From the top, Aoki drops forearms. Aoki stands out, Ando recovers butterfly guard. Stand at the bell.

Rd 2. Aoki tries to throw an elbow. Aoki kick. Ando is looking for distance, eats a head kick. Aoki body kicks. Ando lands a punch. Ando’s jab is coming out. Ando’s big right hand hook counters not landing but big. Ando’s jab still landing right up to the bell.



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MayPac’s Live Gate Numbers Are in and They’re Big

12 May 2015 12:36 pm Posted by jjwakrat

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The kind of numbers Mayweather vs. Pacquiao was going to put on the boards have been the subject of heavy speculation ever since that initial “US$ 300 million” price tag was hooked onto the fight’s toe. Some might call it the corpse of boxing, but others say it was truly the fight of the century and a display of the highest caliber boxing anyone has ever seen. Forget history, MayPac is history. What everyone can agree with is that, holy shit, did some people take some money home that day.

The fight, as expected, shattered records, exceeded expectations and gave the people of the world fodder for their everyday conversational arsenal. To give you a taste, the May 2nd live gate numbers multiply the all-time boxing live gate record by more than three times. The Nevada State Athletic Commission revealed on Tuesday that the fight coughed up US$ 72,198,500 from 16,219 tickets sold.

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Jon Jones suspended, stripped of title; Daniel Cormier fights Anthony Johnson at UFC 187

28 Apr 2015 11:41 pm Posted by jmorley

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In a bombshell announcement on Fox Sports Live, UFC president Dana White confirmed that Jon Jones has been stripped of his belt, which will now be contested between Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson at UFC 187.

The hammer has dropped on what is now FORMER UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. On the 11 PM ET episode of Fox Sports Live on Tuesday night, UFC president Dana White confirmed an indefinite suspension for Jones as well as the immediate stripping of his belt. Jones was scheduled to faceAnthony Johnson at UFC 187 on May 23rd, but now Johnson will instead fight Daniel Cormier for the vacant belt — I stress vacant instead of interim — in Las Vegas, Nevada.



Fight Night Newark Quick Results: Rockhold Shines, Prospects Rise

18 Apr 2015 9:42 pm Posted by jjwakrat

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UFC on Fox 15, which went down in Newark, New Jersey, sticks out as one of the most exciting cards in recent memory. And while it was highlighted by the impressive performances by Luke Rockhold and Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, perhaps the most memorable storyline of the event was the emergence of several seriously intriguing prospects—each at the expense of a veteran competitor.

Complete with dominant decisions, big knockouts, and a slew of slick subs, it was a card we won’t soon forget. Here’s a recap of the action for those who missed it!


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