At this point in the Reebok-UFC partnership, you'd be hard-pressed to convince us that the former *isn't* trying to intentionally tank the deal through sheer incompetence, ala Springtime for Hitler. You could probably go so far as to say that the company never really wanted to partner with the UFC in the first place, but were simply called a dummy by Dana White so often and so vociferously that they were eventually forced to cave in.
In either case, it would be hard to remember a sports organization-apparel partnership in recent memory that so negatively affected both parties involved. The payouts for the fighters themselves have been abysmal, the outcry on Reebok's social media pages vociferous (there's that word again!), and the apparel designs themselves uninspiring at best and shameful at worst.
But if Reebok's incompetence hadn't already reached new heights following the much-scorned release/immediate recall of its "Ireland" shirt, they've surely done so now with the work of art that awaits you after the jump.
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Former Strikeforce champion Josh Thomson returns to San Jose this Friday night in the main event of Bellator 147. Thomson will highlight the card from the San Jose State University Arena on Spike TV against Pablo Villaseca. Along with the lightweight contest between Thomson and Villaseca, Daniel Weichel takes on Georgi Karakhanyan in a key […]
I'll be honest with you, Nation: Not much of note happened at last weekend's Fight Night event from Seoul, South Korea, so much so that the UFC hasn't even released any actual fight highlights from the event. In the main event of the evening, Benson Henderson did his Benson Henderson thing and outpointed Jorge "GAMEBRED" Masvidal en route to a split decision victory, then both symbolically announced he was leaving the UFC and called out Georges St. Pierre. At least I think he did. It was all a bit confusing, so you'll have to watch his post-fight interview above to get some sense of it.
What else? Oh right, guys named "Dong" -- of which there were 3 on the Fight Night 79 card -- went a solid (or perhaps firm) 2-1 on the evening, with Dong Hyun Kim scoring a first round TKO over Dominic Waters in the evening's co-main event, Dongi Yang defeating Jake Collier via second round TKO in the "featured prelim," and the other, debuting Dong Hyun Kim suffering a hellacious KO via slam to Dominique Steele in the first bout of the night. So basically, two dongs stood proud while one wilted under the pressure. Not a bad ratio, amiright ladies?
Video of Steele's brutal slam and the full results from Fight Night 79 are after the jump.
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After a lightning fast start to his UFC career, Conor McGregor was suppose to be tested by Dustin Poirier. That didn’t happen, though, as “Notorious” dominated and quickly finished “The Diamond.” Now, before he meets Jose Aldo at UFC 194, check out the fight replay between Poirier and McGregor in the video below:
Stepping up on short notice, Jorge Masvidal pushed former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson Saturday at UFC Fight Night 79. In the end, though, it was Henderson scoring the split decision as the Octagon debut in Seoul, South Korea. The entire card aired live on UFC Fight Pass and marked the first official UFC trip […]
For the first time, the Octagon will set up shop in South Korea this Saturday for UFC Fight Night 79. The entire card airs live on UFC Fight Pass, with Benson Henderson taking on Jorge Masvidal in the main event. Courtesy the UFC, check out the media and event notes below: IT’S TIME… Korea is […]
Next month, Jose Aldo returns to the Octagon to face Conor McGregor at UFC 194. Before that takes place, though, enjoy a special treat in the video below as Aldo defends his title against Chan Sung Jung – better known as “The Korean Zombie.”
Being that he's currently on trial for some 34 charges including the attempted murder and sexual assault of his former girlfriend, Christy Mack, we could pretty much close the book on former UFC/Bellator fighter War Machine undergoing a series of personal changes that completely redeemed him in our eyes. That said, recent developments in the trial of one John J. (for Jerkface) Koppenhaver have managed to somehow lower our previously un-lowerable opinion of the man.
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[VIDEO] Jon Jones Finally Speaks About Accident, Suspension, + Vitor Belfort’s “Sketchy” UFC 152 Drug Test
(While not without his faults, Jones remains a much better role model than Peyton Manning.)
It has been an...eventful six months for former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, or at least, that's how he describes them in his recent interview with Ariel Helwani. I'll spare you all the readily available details, but suffice it to say, Jones has screwed up, repeatedly, and it's cost him nearly everything.
But finally, it appears the maybe, just maybe, his past mistakes are having an effect on his present mindset. With his UFC suspension now lifted and his court case settled, Jones has rededicated himself to recapturing his belt, and the results thus far have been astounding. He may have a long way to go still to earn back our respect, but with the lengthy interview after the jump, he's at least taking the first step and accepting the blame for what he's done.
Video after the jump.
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If you are in need of some early morning MMA action, UFC Fight Night 79 has you covered. The card takes place this Saturday morning from Seoul, South Korea and begins on UFC Fight Pass at 4:45 a.m. ET with seven prelim bouts. In the headline act, Benson Henderson takes on Jorge Masvidal. The four-fight […]
When Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort first met in the octagon, the former was an unstoppable, arrogant-bordering-on-cocky champion and the latter was a battle-tested veteran who would supposedly serve as his toughest test to date. They shared many similarities beyond their penchant for knocking people out (they're both Brazilian!), but when push came to shove, Silva emerged as the clearly superior fighter.
Four years later, Silva has lost his title, broken his leg in the cage, and been popped for PED's which may or may not have been caused by Thai black market sex pills, while Belfort himself has also lost a title bid and done pretty much everything within his power to deflect criticism from his PED-riddled past. Again, the similarities are striking here, which is perhaps why the two former champions have once again been booked to throw down.
Details after the jump.
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There was no Cain Velasquez or Fabricio Werdum this time around, but the UFC still delivered a crowd-pleasing night of fights Saturday in Mexico for UFC Fight Night 78. Stepping up on short notice, Neil Magny earned a split decision in the main event over Kelvin Gastelum. Magny replaced Matt Brown and earned his UFC-leading […]
Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of UFC Fight Night 78. Tonight’s event comes to us from the Arena Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico. In the headline bout, welterweights Neil Magny and Kelvin Gastelum compete to move up the ladder. Originally, Gastelum was scheduled to face Matt Brown, but a training injury knocked Brown out. Magny (16-4) […]
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(UFC 193: The Thrill and Agony, via the UFC's Youtube)
The Complete Guide to UFC Fight Night 78: Gastelum vs. Magny (Bleacher Report)
We have quite the weekend fill of MMA on tap, as the UFC, Bellator, WSOF and even ONE Championship all present live action for our viewing pleasure. Things get started Friday night with Bellator 146, followed by WSOF 25 later that evening. On Saturday, ONE Championship heads to China, while UFC Fight Night 78 completes […]
By Chris Huntemann, Columnist
Shock. Disbelief. Speechlessness. You can insert your own emotion here to sum up your feelings about Holly Holm’s upset win over Ronda Rousey at UFC 193 on Saturday night. But please refrain from invoking another emotion: Despair.
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(GOOD GAWD. via Jones' Instagram.)
Good afternoon, Nation. After a much-needed vacation, it feels good to be back.
As a matter of fact, that's probably a sentiment being shared by former light heavyweight champ Jon Jones right about now, what with him recently being reinstated into the UFC and all. As you might've noticed via the Instagram post above, it appears that Jones has spent his involuntary off-time following the Alistair Overeem diet of horse meat, push-ups, the meat of horses, and even more push-ups. Seriously, dude looks YOKED.
But if the idea of Jon Jones 2.0 (UberJones?) wasn't already scary enough, the troubled G.O.A.T also took to Instagram last night to announce the date that he will return to the octagon.
Details after the jump.
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The Octagon heads south of the border to Mexico this Saturday night for UFC Fight Night 78. Set from the Arena Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico, the main event features a welterweight contest between Kelvin Gastelum and Neil Magny. Originally, Gastelum was to face Matt Brown, but a training injury sidelined Brown. Also, Ricardo Lamas battles […]
Holly Holm’s upset at UFC 193 wasn’t just a win, it was a wrecking of Ronda Rousey’s world. It was the equivalent of throwing a cold glass of water on the shared superstar dreams of Rousey and UFC president Dana White.
Fighters suffer big losses on a fairly regular basis in the UFC; it happens and the good ones always bounce back. But this time was different.
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Ronda Rousey needed to get knocked out, to put it bluntly. She had let all the hype go to her head and was recently acting like a cross between a brat and a bully.
Enter Holly Holm. She came into this fight as a 14-1 underdog and the No. 7 fighter in the division – and she annihilated Rousey from the opening bell until her lights-out kick.
Holm beat Rousey so ridiculously bad that Dana White was in full defensive mode in the post fight press conference. His cash cow didn’t just get caught with a lucky punch, she got torn apart in the ring to the point she literally looked like a drunk throwing punches. That’s not good for business.
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