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UFC 172: What’s On the Line?

Last week, the Zuffa brass treated us to two cards. TUF Nations in Quebec City, Quebec & UFC on Fox 11 in Orlando, Florida. Between them we got nine fights (three & six respectively) that affected the ranking landscape of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Interestingly, we transition from a network TV offering to a PPV this weekend. Both these mediums come second & first respectively in the pecking order of quality, in that the UFC typically reserves it’s top fights for PPV with Big Fox being a close second. Practically the difference could be a number one contender main event […]

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UFN 37 – What’s on the line?

This weekend the UFC returns to the UK as part of its International tour that will also include Germany & Ireland in the coming months. Globally this offering is being broadcasted exclusively on UFC Fight Pass, while locally it airs on BT Sport & Channel 5. The main event has a lot at stake in the prestigious Light Heavyweight division, but before we look at that in more detail let’s have a look at what else is on the line in some of the other weight classes on display at Ultimate Fight Night 37 live from the o2 arena in […]

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Today’s MMA – Sport, Entertainment or a mixture of both?

After I first watched the Ultimate Fighting Championship in 2001, Mixed Martial Arts soon became my favourite sport. MMA had just gotten sanctioned in Nevada. Zuffa & the International Fighting Championships had worked to gain acceptance in various states by introducing more rules to ensure fighter safety. Although I always appreciated good grudge matches like Tito Ortiz vs. Ken Shamrock & Chuck Liddell vs. Tito Ortiz etc. I was always a purist at heart. I was fascinated by the game itself. I loved to watch Pride, the UFC & any small event I could get my hands on. Today media […]