Even God Cheats: How Anderson Silva Shocked Us By Doing The Expected

The Nevada State Athletic Commission is a bumbling, soulless government agency, and so a strange agent for the delivery of the message that our gods have forsaken us. They never have been particularly diligent messengers in any event, but for whatever reason—bureaucracy, incompetence, something more nefarious—they… » 2/19/15 9:15pm 2/19/15 9:15pm

MMA Fighter Suffers Seizure After Getting Viciously Knocked Out

At an Oplot fight card held in (we believe) Russia earlier today, a fighter went into a seizure after being knocked out with a kick to the head. The footage, as seen above—it starts at about the 56:30 mark—is difficult to watch, not least because of a seemingly confused response from the referee, who immediately… » 2/14/15 8:09pm 2/14/15 8:09pm

Serbian MMA Fighter Chokes His Opponent Out, Then Helps Save His Life

The Serbian Battle Championship 4—which occurred earlier this month—saw a crazy end to this fight between Dusan Dzakic and Sebastijan Emini. At the 4:20 mark in the video above, you can see Emini frantically tapping out. The reason? Dude's starting to choke to death. Lucky for him, both Dzakic and the referee… » 12/23/14 12:20am 12/23/14 12:20am

UFC Gets A Reebok Deal, Possibly No Longer Aesthetically Destitute

The UFC just got in bed with Reebok, and in doing so, threw out a load of its old sponsors. It's the sort deal a grown-up company makes, and also the sort of deal that reminds you that the UFC has some growing up left to do. » 12/02/14 5:03pm 12/02/14 5:03pm

Amateur MMA Fighter Attempts Showtime Kick, Fails Gloriously

If you've ever seen an amateur MMA event, you know that they're filled with men and women who dare to attempt the impossible. At a Warrior Camp's event held just outside Spokane, Wash., on Friday, one man showed off just how impossible as part of an incredible exhibition highlighted by the above attempt to pull off… » 12/01/14 4:19pm 12/01/14 4:19pm

UFC Card Features Gruesome Exploding Ear, Dude Maybe Shitting Himself

Leslie Smith fought on the prelims of tonight's UFC card in Mexico, and she is inhumanly tough. After a shot from contender Jessica Eye came damn close to entirely shearing her ear off, referee Herb Dean immediately called in the ringside doctors, who called the fight off only to be met with vigorous protests from… » 11/15/14 9:11pm 11/15/14 9:11pm

In Defense of Button Mashing

The first time I played Tekken 3, I was hilariously bad. I was used to 2D fighting games, where the buttons corresponded with attack strength, and tapping 'Up' meant 'Jump.' This new, 3D genre, where each button corresponded with an attacking limb and tapping 'Up' meant 'Sidestep' (pressing 'Up' still meant 'Jump'),… » 10/23/14 1:18pm 10/23/14 1:18pm

Here Is What a Double-KO to the Nuts in a Christian Fight Looks Like

"Fight Church" is a new documentary about the counterintuitive subculture of Christian mixed martial arts fighting. The clip above gives you a taste of what a full contact Muay Thai fight night in a Christian church looks like. » 9/15/14 3:21pm 9/15/14 3:21pm

Russian MMA Card Features Armored Knights Battling With Swords

We're ... not entirely sure what this is, but we watched, rapt, after learning it was happening via Twitter user @grabakahitman. This battle took place on the undercard of a show being held today by M1, a more or less reputable (?) Russian fight promotion, and features dudes in armor battling with swords and shields,… » 8/15/14 1:03pm 8/15/14 1:03pm

Our guy Josh Tucker has a nice piece over at The Classical about the weekend's terrific UFC card, which featured a terrifying Ronda Rousey performance and a classic middleweight title fight. Head over and check it out. [The Classical] » 7/10/14 4:32pm 7/10/14 4:32pm

Jon Jones Trolls The UFC, Fans, The World

Last year, Jon Jones, the best fighter alive, defended his light heavyweight title against Alexander Gustafsson. It was great! The Swede couldn't pull out the win, but he became the only challenger ever to give Jones real trouble. Everyone wanted to see a rematch. » 6/04/14 2:17pm 6/04/14 2:17pm

MMA Fighter Blacks Out In Corner, Sent Right Back In To Fight More

Last night, Matt Manzanares and Junior Maranhao fought for the Resurrection Fighting Alliance flyweight title at an event in Cheyenne, Wyo. The bout was going along normally enough after four rounds when Maranhao suddenly collapsed, falling off his stool and onto his face. » 4/12/14 10:23am 4/12/14 10:23am

The UFC Has A Human Rights Problem

One curious fact about the UFC of which a lot of people aren't aware is that the repressive government of Abu Dhabi owns a substantial minority stake in it. With the promotion staging a fight card there tomorrow, Bloody Elbow's Brent Brookhouse rightly figured it would be a good time to remind fans of what that means. » 4/10/14 2:50pm 4/10/14 2:50pm

If MMA Doesn't Change, Someone Is Going To Die

No one needed to see Marlon Moraes continue beating on Josh Rettinghouse. Moraes had outclassed his opponent in every facet of the game for 15 minutes, piling on abuse and bludgeoning his lead leg. Rettinghouse could barely support his own weight, let alone continue to defend himself, and as he hobbled back to his… » 4/02/14 2:05pm 4/02/14 2:05pm

Brutal Hockey Fight Ends With A High Five And A Hug

This is a hockey fight happened in the Ligue Nord-Américaine de Hockey, a semi-pro league that we last checked in on when a guy got his face slashed open by a skate. The fight begins with Joel Theriault and Gaby Roch pummeling the crap out of each other while heavy metal music plays throughout the arena, and it ends… » 3/13/14 10:31am 3/13/14 10:31am

Could Ronda Rousey Take Floyd Mayweather, Jr.?

Here is a video in which UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey claims she could beat up Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (It's from a while ago, but just came to our attention.) In keeping with the animating spirit of the Kinja platform, we throw the question to you, our readers and collaborators: Could Rowdy Ronda take Money… » 3/10/14 6:32pm 3/10/14 6:32pm

Ronda Rousey And The UFC's Long Con

A few thoughts, in no particular order, on last night's UFC fight card, which featured Ronda Rousey's successful defense of the bantamweight title against Sara McMann and Daniel Cormier knocking out a guy from off the street: » 2/23/14 6:08pm 2/23/14 6:08pm

The Trouble With Ronda Rousey

One year ago, Ronda Rousey made her heavily-hyped UFC debut, which was basically promoted as The Ronda Rousey Show, Featuring Ronda Rousey—The Girl Who's Just Like A Bro, Bro—And Some Other Lady, Who Will Be Fighting Ronda Rousey. With the UFC returning to this well ahead of Rousey's bantamweight title defense against… » 2/21/14 4:10pm 2/21/14 4:10pm

How Greg Jackson Is Changing The Parameters Of Coaching

Last year, we spent a week with Greg Jackson, a top fight trainer, as he and his team prepared four athletes to compete in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. We were granted unusual behind-the-scenes access so that we could answer a fairly straightforward question: Just what does a great coach do, and why does it… » 1/24/14 1:21pm 1/24/14 1:21pm