Jake Shields vs Yoshihiro Akiyama

Jake Shields’ Release Shows Entertainment Value Outweighs Ability in the UFC

The UFC have released former Strikeforce middleweight champion and welterweight contender Jake Shields. The decision highlights the importance the UFC places on entertainment over technical ability in MMA. Shields is coming off a decision loss to Hector Lombard at UFC 171 and compiled four wins, three losses and one no contest during his UFC tenure. Despite being completely outclassed for three rounds against Lombard, it was Shields’s first loss inside the Octagon in four fights. His last defeat before Lombard came in 2011 when a barrage of Jake Ellenberger’s knees earned “The Juggernaut” a TKO victory within the first minute […]


Hendricks Injury Gives UFC Chance to Find Challenger

On Saturday night, Johny Hendricks went to war with a resurgent Robbie Lawler to decide who’d be the successor to GSP’s welterweight throne. The heavy-handed fighters did not disappoint the Texan crowd and stood toe-to-toe for 25 minutes, consistently landing bombs, most of which would put the average mixed martial artist to sleep. After sharing the spoils of the first four rounds, Hendricks scored a vital takedown in the fifth and emerged victorious with his swollen, bloodied hand clutching the UFC belt. What made his feat more impressive was that he did it all which a torn bicep. Hendricks told […]


UFC 171 – What’s on the line?

This weekend the UFC is back on PPV (On BT Sport in the UK & Ireland). Tonight the UFC will crown a new UFC Welterweight Champion for the first time in nearly six years. The only possible spanner in the works would be the unlikely result of a draw. The last time this happened was in 2003 when BJ Penn & Caol Uno for the then vacant Lightweight title went to a controversial tie which ended up putting that belt on ice for over three years. Although the Welterweight title is highly unlikely to face a similar sentence in MMA […]

Carlos Condit vs Johny Hendricks

UFC 171 and How the Welterweight Division May Shape Up

This weekend one of the more stacked and impressive cards of the MMA calendar year takes place in Dallas, Texas as the UFC welterweight title is on the line for the first time since Georges St-Pierre vacated the throne. UFC 171 is headlined by the number one and number three ranked welterweights in the UFC, Johny “Bigg Rigg” Hendricks (15-2) and “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler (22-9) in what is sure to be a spectacular world championship bout. Not only will the new champion be decided though, but the next challengers are to be decided in the co-main event as number two […]