Rashad Evans: Undervalued But Not Forgotten

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By the time Rashad Evans finds himself in the octagon to face off against Ryan Bader this October, it will be just over a month shy of the two year anniversary of his last fight. His long layoff is only one of the many variables that make his next contest so intriguing. For one, where […] READ MORE


Jon Jones: Still Dominant Even in Absence

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The MMA world has been without one of its best fighter for a few months now, and yet even in his absence we are being reminded of dominant Jon Jones really is. It occurred to me when, yet again, we began debating whether or not Alexander Gustafsson deserved to leap frog Ryan Bader for a […] READ MORE


The UFC Is Headed For Another Golden Era

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During my time here at Last Word on Sports, I’ve written a lot about drawing power in MMA. From stars to PPV numbers to popularity trends, MMA is a sport where these types of numbers are especially intriguing. When discussing these aspects, it seems that all we keep talking about is the lack of success this sport […] READ MORE


Frank Mir: A History of Evolution in MMA

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It’s been a week since Frank Mir downed Todd Duffee in the first round of their heavyweight battle in San Diego, and I haven’t stopped replaying the image in my head. What image would that be? The image of Mir, the veteran UFC heavyweight who seems to break a new record with every fight he […] READ MORE


Conor McGregor vs Jose Aldo: The Biggest Fight of All Time

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With less than a minute remaining in the second round of the interim title fight between Conor McGregor and Chad Mendes, it seemed as though the UFC’s worst nightmare was about to become a reality. Every second that Mendes held down the charismatic Irishman and every punch he landed in McGregor’s guard was like watching […] READ MORE


Why UFC 189 Needs to Be Successful

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This Saturday, Conor McGregor will take on Chad Mendes in the main event of UFC 189 for the interim UFC featherweight championship. In what was originally a bout between McGregor and pound for pound great and undisputed champion Jose Aldo, the UFC has been forced to settle with plan B due to a rib injury […] READ MORE


Lyoto Machida and the Demise of The Dragon

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The concept of an athlete’s career taking a nosedive is an interesting one, as fans expect it and yet are shocked when it actually comes about. We all talk about that night where fighter X will enter the octagon and finally look old. Yet, when it happens, fans rush to find any excuse they can […] READ MORE


Yoel Romero and The Importance of Good PR

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When all was said and done at the end of Saturday’s main event between Yoel Romero and Lyoto Machida, things were looking pretty good for the former silver medalist wrestler. In a sudden burst of violence — something that is becoming a trademark for him — Romero had taken down and smashed a former light heavyweight […] READ MORE


UFC 189 Hype Has Slowed Due to Injury

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The UFC’s most anticipated fight of a loaded summer is finally coming in a little over two weeks, and the buzz around it mirrors that. It has maintained its position in the minds of fans and the news since its world tour ended in March. UFC 189: Aldo vs McGregor will take place on July […] READ MORE