Fighters Sue The UFC, Alleging Massive Violations Of Federal Law

A group of mixed martial arts fighters held a press conference today to announce that they had filed an antitrust suit against the UFC, alleging that fighters "are paid a fraction of what they would earn in a competitive marketplace." The suit, filed by fighters Nate Quarry, Cung Le, and Jon Fitch, seeks class-action… » 12/16/14 10:00pm 12/16/14 10:00pm

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

ESPN Hires "The UFC's Skip Bayless" As MMA Analyst

Disgraced former UFC fighter Chael Sonnen—who has retired and is banned from fighting by the Nevada Athletic Commission until mid-2016 because of two failed drug tests (which also cost him his job as a UFC broadcaster for Fox Sports)—is joining ESPN as an MMA analyst, the AP reported Tuesday. ESPN says he will debut… » 11/11/14 8:44pm 11/11/14 8:44pm

Thrown Is The Only MMA Book Anyone Ever Needs To Write

Nearly no one writes really well about fighting, which I've always thought was less because of the sport itself than because of the institutions around it. Promoters, matchmakers, agents, sponsors, and reporters are, after all, at all times engaged in a conspiracy to deny the essential humanity of the fighters, who… » 10/21/14 4:37pm 10/21/14 4:37pm

Former UFC Champ Dominick Cruz Returns From Oblivion, Waxes Opponent

Before last night, Dominick Cruz, the UFC's one-time 135-lb. champion, hadn't fought in nearly three years due to an awful run of injuries. Then he turned up against Tayeka Mizugaki, the UFC's no. 5-ranked bantamweight, somehow looking at least as good as he ever has. Fighting is a strange sport. » 9/28/14 2:29pm 9/28/14 2:29pm

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

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

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