MMA Fighting Senior Luke Thomas discusses the ongoing beef between Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones, Jones' injury and the delay of UFC 178, whether Gina Carano will go to Bellator, the manhunt for War Machine, a recap of Metamoris 4 and more.
John Danaher-black belt Eddie Cummings, winner of the fourth Eddie Bravo Invitational and ADCC 2015 participant, spoke to me about a range of topics related to grappling. Notably, he calls himself a 'scathing indictment' of how the sport has treated the training and use of leg locks.
UFC 189: Chad Mendes vs. Conor McGregor is in the books and it may have been the best mixed martial arts (MMA) event of all time. We'll break down the main event plus Robbie Lawler vs. Rory MacDonald, Gunnar Nelson vs. Brandon Thatch, Dennis Bermudez vs. Jeremy Stephens and more. This is the Monday Morning Analyst with Luke Thomas.
UFC 178 proved Conor McGregor is a featherweight divisional threat, Cung Le tested positive for HGH, Dominick Cruz and Cat Zingano made triumphant mixed martial arts (MMA) returns, Donald Cerrone moved up at lightweight and more. We break down these topics on episode 106 of The Promotional Malpractice Live Chat.
UFC featherweight, jiu-jitsu black belt and ADCC bronze medalist Ryan Hall looks at the state of grappling in mixed martial arts and examines whether all the developments in play are necessarily positives for MMA or sport jiu-jitsu.
At UFC 193, Holly Holm KO'd Ronda Rousey to become the UFC women's bantamweight champion. How did she do it? Did Rousey have a bad game plan or was just overmatched? What happened? We break the entire fight down on the Monday Morning Analyst with Luke Thomas.
UFC 194: Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor is days away, as is UFC Fight Night: Rose Namajunas vs. Paige VanZant. Sage Northcutt returns to the UFC, plus Frankie Edgar takes on Chad Mendes at the finale for The Ultimate Fighter. There's a Fight Pass, Fox Sports 1 and pay-per-view show, all in three days time. We'll discuss all of this on the Promotional Malpractice Live Chat.
Jacob 'Stitch' Duran says he was fired for making comments about the UFC's Reebok deal this week, Saturday is UFC on FOX 16: T.J. Dillashaw vs. Renan Barao 2 and HBO's Real Sports aired a segment saying the UFC and MMA have a domestic violence problem using Christy Mack and War Machine as an example. We'll talk about all of these issues on today's episode of the Promotional Malpractice Live Chat.
Senior Editor Luke Thomas breaks down the brawl between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier at Monday's media tour stop for UFC 178 in Las Vegas, discusses the future of Chael Sonnen at Metamoris and answers a host of reader questions and comments.
At UFC 232, Jon Jones defeated Alexander Gustafsson via third-round TKO while Amanda Nunes became the featherweight champion by knocking out Cris Cyborg. In the feature bout of the evening, Michael Chiesa jumped up to welterweight and defeated Carlos Condit with a one-armed kimura. Elsewhere on the card, Corey Anderson scored a solid win over Ilir Latifi, Alexander Volkanovski defeated Chad Mendes, Ryan Hall submitted BJ Penn and so much more. I'll cover all of these results and more on my UFC 232 post-fight special.
Cain Velasquez's injury has him out of UFC 180, but what does that mean for Mark Hunt, Fabricio Werdum and the Mexican mixed martial arts (MMA) market? UFC 179: Jose Aldo vs. Chad Mendes 2 is Saturday, we'll preview that fight card. UFC middleweight Cung Le's HGH-related punishment was rescinded by the UFC before arbitration. We'll get to the bottom of that issue and others. This is episode 108 of the Promotional Malpractice Live Chat.
From Michael Bisping vs. Cung Le to Benson Henderson vs. Rafael dos Anjos, we'll recap UFC Fight Nights from the weekend. We'll also preview UFC 177: T.J. Dillashaw vs. Renan Barao 2, Ben Askren's return to ONE FC and much more on this week's Promotional Malpractice Live Chat with Luke Thomas, episode 103.
In the first part of this two-part series ahead of UFC 209, we focus on the what makes UFC lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov special and unique ahead of his interim title showdown with Tony Ferguson. In this edition, ONE welterweight champion and U.S. Olympian Ben Askren helps explain the method behind Nurmagomedov's success, what it means that he comes from Dagestan, Russia, what he needs to do against Ferguson, how he'd fare against Conor McGregor and more. In part two, we'll do the same for Ferguson by exploring his strengths and unique approach to mixed martial arts.
Phil Daru is a strength and conditioning coach at American Top Team (ATT), an elite mixed martial arts (MMA) team. I decided to speak to Daru about his work with premier athletes for two reasons. First, he has competitive experience in MMA, bodybuilding and powerlifting, three very different sports that physically require hugely varied athletic needs. Second, in a sport like MMA where cardio is king, cardio training does nothing to prevent injury. Strength training does. As it turns out, training to prevent injury in MMA has lead to improved training overall. In this conversation, we discuss those developments, where strength and conditioning is headed and more.
At UFC 228, Tyron Woodley fought Darren Till for the UFC welterweight championship. Elsewhere on the fight card, Karolina Kowalkiewicz battled in the co-main event that didn't last very long. Zabit Magomedsharipov scored the second Suloev Stretch submission of the night, getting past Brandon Davis. Jimmie Rivera and John Dodson fought to a lackluster decision while Abdul Razak Alhassan knocked out Niko Price in under a minute.