The Main Event Preview: Fabricio Werdum vs. Mark Hunt @ UFC 180

  UFC 180, which sees the UFC make its long-awaited debut in Mexico this weekend, is something to behold and one to mourn at the same time. On the one hand, the original main event between heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, who would be headlining the promotion’s first event in his ancestral homeland, and a resurgent Fabricio Werdum who has been unbeatable since returning to the UFC, was one to relish when you consider Cain Velasquez’s last five fights came against two men (Junior Dos Santos and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva). On the other hand, while Velasquez’s latest injury is devastating when […]

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The Main Event Preview: Luke Rockhold vs. Michael Bisping @ UFC Fight Night Sydney

  Don’t you just love it when a legitimate, no bullsh*t grudge match comes along? Sure there are often fights where the competitors force themselves into hating their opponent in order to gain that edge. But MMA fans are intelligent and can see right through it all. Not this fight though. Sure, many of these grudge matches invariably involve the Marmite Man of the UFC, Michael Bisping (25-6, 15-6 UFC), and the case could be made that ‘X + Bisping = a grudge match’. His bouts with Cung Le, Dan Miller and Yoshihiro Akiyama for instance weren’t your typical build-up […]


The Main Event Preview: Gunnar Nelson vs. Rick Story @ UFC Fight Night Stockholm

  The UFC weekend just gone and the one coming this Saturday are of stark contrast to one another in terms of the calibre of stars on show and the significant narratives that each fight brings. With UFC 178 it was all about a champion and who might become the next champion in several different divisions. It was about triumphant returns from the sidelines, whether from injury or tragedy. It was about seeing whether the underdog could do it again and it was about whether or not the world would finally jump on board the hype train and believe that […]


The Main Event Preview: Robbie Lawler vs. Matt Brown @ UFC Fight Night San Jose

With the UFC Fight Night Dublin hangover still very much pounding, one could be forgiven for almost forgetting that there’s another UFC this weekend. Not just any UFC, but one who’s main event is potentially a fight of the year candidate. UFC Fight Night: Lawler vs. Brown takes place live from San Jose, California this Saturday night/Sunday depending on where you are on the globe, and is headlined, if you didn’t guess already by the event name, by a welterweight bout between “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler (23-10, 8-4 UFC) and Matt “The Immortal” Brown (19-11, 12-5 UFC). It is a colossus […]


The Main Event Preview: Conor McGregor vs. Diego Brandao @ UFC Fight Night Dublin

“There is no opponent”. That is Conor McGregor’s mantra going into each fight and it is no different this weekend. Except there is an opponent. His name is Diego Brandao (18-9, 4-2 UFC) and he is very much a dangerous man to stand across the Octagon from. McGregor’s (14-2, 2-0 UFC) initial opponent for this weekend’s UFC Fight Night Dublin main event was of course Cole Miller (21-8, 10-6 UFC), and represented an entirely different set of skills for McGregor to worry (or not worry) about. Where Miller’s bread and butter was his excellent Brazilian jiu-jitsu skills, Brandao’s is of […]


The Main Event Preview: Chris Weidman vs Lyoto Machida @ UFC 175

Aaaaand finally we have a UFC pay-per-view that we can truly get excited about. There’s been an awful lot of stuff coming from the UFC lately. Between double-header weekends and cards that just don’t get the MMA juices flowing, one could be forgiven for thinking it’s all just a little too much. Thankfully however, July is here and with it are some of the most exciting fights and stacked cards to reinvigorate even the most exhausted fan of this beautiful sport of ours. It all begins this weekend at UFC 175 when middleweight champion Chris Weidman (11-0, 6-0 UFC) takes […]


The Main Event Preview: Rampage Jackson vs King Mo @ Bellator 120

This weekend’s Bellator 120 event had originally been earmarked as the promotion’s biggest night to date as they ventured forth for their second attempt into the murky world of pay-per-view. What has happened however is similar to what happened the last time as one of the fighters in their showpiece main event has pulled out injured, jeopardising the whole event. What is most surprising of all is it wasn’t Tito Ortiz, but Eddie Alvarez who was set to defend his lightweight title against Michael Chandler to conclude their epic trilogy. With Alvarez out, the co-main event between Quinton “Rampage” Jackson […]


The Main Event Preview: Matt Brown vs. Erick Silva @ UFC Fight Night 40

After taking the weekend off last weekend, the UFC returns this Saturday night/Sunday morning with UFC Fight Night 40 live from the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio. The event is headlined by a welterweight contender’s bout between #7 ranked Matt “The Immortal” Brown (18-11, 11-5 UFC) and #14 ranked Erick “Indio” Silva (16-4, 4-3 UFC). With the semi-retirement of long-reigning divisional champion and future UFC Hall of Famer Georges St-Pierre, the welterweight division has been blown wide open with a number of potential champions in a division that was for so long dominated by one man. Robbie Lawler’s close […]