UFC Welcomes Back Alleged Domestic Abuser Thiago Silva With Open Arms

After UFC light heavyweight Thiago Silva was arrested and charged with attempted murder back in February following a string of incidents that began with him allegedly forcing a gun into his wife's mouth and ended in a confrontation between the fighter and a SWAT team, UFC president Dana White said flatly that Silva… » 9/06/14 5:41pm 9/06/14 5:41pm

War Machine Hit With 32 Charges, Including Attempted Murder

Clark County (Nev.) prosecutors threw everything they had today at War Machine, filing an amended criminal complaint that levies 32 felony charges against the former MMA fighter for his alleged brutal attack on then-girlfriend Christy Mack and another man. The charges include attempted murder, kidnapping, and sexual… » 9/03/14 5:55pm 9/03/14 5:55pm

UFC Runs Disastrous, Embarrassing Card, Blames Fighters And The Media

On Thursday, UFC 177 was positioned to be a terrible pay-per-view event, just really bad by any objective standard. At the risk of being accused of doing what promoter Dana White calls "the most disgusting fucking despicable thing," I would have discouraged fans from purchasing it, if asked. It was thin from top to… » 8/31/14 12:22pm 8/31/14 12:22pm

The UFC Fucked Up Badly This Weekend, Says The UFC

On Saturday, the UFC held a fight card in Macau, which would in no way be notable if not for the fact that UFC figurehead Dana White, not liking the way judge Howard Hughes scored the first two bouts, actually made him stop judging during the event. Hughes didn't work any more fights for the rest of the evening. » 8/26/14 2:23pm 8/26/14 2:23pm

Documents Reveal Disturbing Details Of War Machine's Alleged Assault

Clark County (Nev.) prosecutors released documents today outlining MMA fighter War Machine's alleged attack on "on-again, off-again" girlfriend Christy Mack and another man, backing up Mack's harrowing personal account of the incident while adding more brutal details. According to the documents, War Machine beat and… » 8/18/14 5:17pm 8/18/14 5:17pm

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

Christy Mack Posts Photos, Account Of Alleged Beating By War Machine

MMA fighter War Machine (born Jonathan Koppenhaver) is wanted by Las Vegas police in connection with the alleged beating of his ex-girlfriend Christy Mack and another unnamed victim on Friday. Today, Mack released a statement on what happened, along with photos of her injured face and body. The images, which follow… » 8/11/14 6:15pm 8/11/14 6:15pm

Robbie Lawler Returned From Oblivion To Impose His Will On The World

Sometime shortly after Robbie Lawler started hitting Matt Brown unreasonably hard in San Jose, Calif. Saturday night, a low rumble shook my apartment. It felt and sounded strangely like—and turned out actually to be—fireworks. This was silly, entirely too literal, but given that the fight featured Lawler, a man far… » 7/29/14 7:36pm 7/29/14 7:36pm

Donald Cerrone And John Lineker Are What's Right With Fighting

I love body shots. There is a horrible, wonderful noise generated when a professional athlete hits another professional athlete in the torso, a thudding slap of skeleton and meat. It sounds like a Foley artist's garish exaggeration of what you think a body shot should sound like. I love this sound. » 7/17/14 3:23pm 7/17/14 3:23pm

How The UFC's Biggest Show Of The Year Turned Into A Fiasco

If you follow mixed martial arts long enough, even at a casual level, and if you are capable of feeling shame or outrage, the sport will eventually embarrass you. For those of us who follow the sport intently, especially those of us who deeply love it, this is a regular, sometimes daily, occurrence. Awful,… » 7/03/14 1:47pm 7/03/14 1:47pm