December 22nd, 2011

“Ladies and gentlemen…welcome to the Horse Meat era!” No, I don’t expect to hear Joe Rogan make that call next Saturday. “Eras” typically begin once you win a title and become invincible and end when you lose your next fight. But let’s be real here: if Overeem beats Lesnar in his UFC debut, fans will […]

December 15th, 2011

The emergence of mixed martial arts and the Ultimate Fighting Championship in the mainstream media has put its president Dana White, who became a central figure in the company’s promotional efforts, under the spotlight. Enjoying glamour almost as much as his employees[1], he created for himself an image of a Vince McMahon-like soap opera character, […]

December 14th, 2011

There are times when being an MMA fan is awesome. Like this past Saturday, at a sold-out (I think) Air Canada Centre, when Little Nog crumpled Tito Ortiz with that knee and every Brazilian within 50 feet of me (and there were more than you’d think) exploded. Or when Frank Mir made the impossible happen […]

December 10th, 2011

Anyone who’s followed MMA news recently knows what a PR sh*tstorm the UFC has been navigating (or not, to go by some folks) these last couple of days. Rape jokes. More rape jokes. Penn State jokes. Moral indignation and outrage. Miguel Torres, getting fired because of said indignation and outrage. More outrage, over Torres getting […]

December 7th, 2011

The UFC is back in Toronto for the second time in 2011 as they make their way to the Air Canada Center on December 10th. The undercard includes seven bouts, four of which are live on Ion Television (three of those including Canadians) and the final three bouts airing live on Facebook (two of those […]

December 6th, 2011

If you are Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney, you really do have every reason in the world to be smiling a big ol’ sh*t eating grin right about now. Your upstart MMA promotion – which most experts predicted would be dead within a year – is continuing forward into year four of operations. Among a veritable […]

December 5th, 2011

Stéphane Patry and his Instinct MMA promotion brought their brand of combat to Quebec City for their second event Friday. A few injuries later, 13 bouts took place, a majority of them ending in severely one-sided beatings. While most cards include at least a massacre or two, the slaughter at Instinct MMA 2 was virtually […]

November 25th, 2011

Maybe it’s because I didn’t get much sleep last night. Maybe it’s because I skipped breakfast this morning. Maybe it’s because I’m on my third cup of coffee. Or maybe, just maybe, I picked the wrong week to stop sniffin’ glue. For some reason, I’m feeling crazy this morning. Really crazy. Just how crazy are […]

November 23rd, 2011

Did anyone else feel the need to light a cigarette after all the fights were over Saturday night? I exaggerate of course, but holy freakin’ crap. Holy freakin’ crap. I realize I’m speaking with all the eloquence of a 5 year old on a Skittles binge, but so what? Holy. Freakin’. Crap. It’s such a rarity […]

November 15th, 2011

This past Saturday night was perhaps the biggest night for combat sports all year. If you consider yourself any kind of fight fan, chances are you were in front of a TV that night. So of course, I missed all of it. Live, anyways. See, I was covering Bellator 57 at Casino Rama, so the […]

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