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The Cards That Weren't: UFC 176

By Luke Irwin | April 8, 2020 (During the global pandemic and the halt of live combat sports, we’ll be running features a little outside the box.  In “Cards That Weren’t”, we’ll look at famous [or infamous] fight cards that never took place for one reason or another and discuss what was booked, what may have happened if it took place, and if the fighters ever faced off in the future.) The Promotion: After UFC 151, the UFC was familiar with cancelling events, and with Aldo pulling out over a month before the card, the UFC just decided to...

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Quarantine Theater: Edition II

By Luke Irwin | April 6, 2020 (With all combat sports ground to a halt and stay home orders enacted, you’re stuck inside, we’re stuck inside, let’s watch some fun fight stuff on YouTube.) [embedded content] With respect to his extensive fighting career, this is truly Yoshihiro Akiyama’s crowning achievement, as a mafia boss in a K-Pop music video. Sexyama shines through the damned screen. Also, shoutout to Dong Hyun-Kim for his cameo as a henchman. [embedded content] In the second-ever women’s UFC fight, the goddamned TV crew missed Cat Zingano’s emotional entrance, as nothing captured the sense of...

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Quarantine Theater: Edition I

By Luke Irwin | April 1, 2020 (With all combat sports ground to a halt and stay home orders enacted, you’re stuck inside, we’re stuck inside, let’s watch some fun fight stuff on YouTube.) [embedded content] In the year of our Lord 2003, MMA legend, PRIDE color commentator, and incredible personality Bas Rutten released perhaps the finest instructional video ever created, the “Bas Rutten Lethal Street Fighting Self Defense System”. This gem, that appears to take place in my local Max & Erma’s, uses Bas’s history not only as a mixed martial artist, but bouncer and street fighter extraordinare,...

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The Cards That Weren't: UFC 151

By Luke Irwin | March 30, 2020 (During the global pandemic and the halt of live combat sports, we’ll be running features a little outside the box.  In “Cards That Weren’t”, we’ll look at famous [or infamous] fight cards that never took place for one reason or another and discuss what was booked, what may have happened if it took place, and if the fighters ever faced off in the future.) The Promotion: If you’ve even accidentally clicked on this site, you know what the UFC is, there’s no need to dive into its history. This card, however, merits...

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The Cards That Weren't: Strikeforce: Cormier vs. Mir

By Luke Irwin | March 26, 2020 (During the global pandemic and the halt of live combat sports, we’ll be running features a little outside the box.  In “Cards That Weren’t”, we’ll look at famous [or infamous] fight cards that never took place for one reason or another and discuss what was booked, what may have happened if it took place, and if the fighters ever faced off in the future.) The Promotion: Strikeforce. Dear, sweet, blessed Strikeforce, how I loved you. Strikeforce was actually started as a San Jose-based kickboxing promotion in 1985, but got into the MMA...

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Fighters of the Week (Believe it or not)

By Luke Irwin | March 24, 2020   1. Minoru Kimura: Bulldozed his way through the K-1 70kg tournament. Three straight first-round knockouts crowned him the king of the tournament that the Japanese government didn’t even want them to put on.   2. Mason Jones: The new Cage Warriors lightweight champion after defeating Joe McColgan by TKO in the first round at Cage Warriors 113.   3. Takeru: The phoenom took care of business and gave the folks what they wanted, wholesale violence, knocking out Petchdam Petchkiatpetch just inside the second round in the co-main of K’Festa 3.  ...

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