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 Yesterday 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

HIV, Hepatitis C, And More: New York's Amateur MMA Scene Is A Disaster

Things get bloody not long after the fight goes from technical battle to all-out brawl, and the former Hofstra wrestler and the kickboxer from Brooklyn up the tempo, mixing thudding kicks to the thigh with straight shots to the face. The venue—an event space in Chinatown called the Capitale—echoes with cheers. A… » 5/21/14 2:43pm 5/21/14 2:43pm

Matt Brown Got Violent This Weekend, And It Was Awesome

On Saturday night in Cincinnati, Ohio, Matt Brown and Erick Silva beat the hell out of each other for a while, and then things turned. In the end, it was Brown delivering and Silva absorbing a frightening thrashing, to the delight of nearly all, both his local fans in the arena and all those watching at home. This was… » 5/13/14 1:52pm 5/13/14 1:52pm

Jon Jones Defends Light Heavyweight Title With A Perfect Fight

Going into last night's title defense, the question for UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones wasn't whether he'd win, but how. His opponent was Glover Teixeira, a tough but limited fighter whose main attributes are heavy hands and a hard chin, and whose principal skill is working inside with a set of basic but… » 4/27/14 2:56pm 4/27/14 2:56pm

UFC Champ Jon Jones (Apparently) Calls Some Guy A "Fag," Blames Hacker

The other day, a Swedish guy posted some images purporting to show that after he trolled UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones—he is, roughly, the Kevin Durant or Mike Trout of his sport—on Twitter, Jones went through his photos on Instagram and tagged them with homophobic comments. » 4/17/14 6:21pm 4/17/14 6:21pm