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Author: Ryan Hobbs

Paige VanZant Book Review: Rise – Surviving the Fight of my Life

Before reading Paige VanZant’s book, Rise: Surviving the Fight of My Life, I did not know how well I would relate to her story. After all, aside from our affinity for mixed martial arts, there wasn’t much that I knew we had in common. It wasn’t long before I realized that I didn’t need to share commonality with her to appreciate everything she had been through. Like everyone else, VanZant has her own unique story. Her life came with its fair share of challenges—challenges that I feel she overcame admirably. Surviving the Fight of my Life VanZant was sexually...

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Frank Mir Weighs in on Latest Jones Controversy

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 20: Frank Mir of the United States prepares to enter the arena before facing Mark Hunt of New Zealand in their heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on March 20, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) There have been a battery of fighter responses to Jon Jones’ latest atypical drug test. Many fighters who have previously fallen victim to USADA punishments seem to think that there is a clear double-standard being enacted in their testing protocols. The common theme implies that fighters...

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UFC 232 Change of Venue on One Weeks Notice

American UFC heavyweight champion Jon ‘Bones’ Jones gestures outside SiriusXM Studios on August 07, 2017 in New York City. (Photo courtesy of Brazil Photo Press) Up until today, the plan has been for UFC 232 to take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, On Saturday, December 29th, 2018.  Per Dana White and Jeff Novitzky, the fight card will now be held at The Forum in Inglewood, California. That’s right. On one week’s notice, one of the largest fight cards of 2018 is changing venues. The reason for this is about as complicated as you might expect....

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UFC 231: The Corner of Dysfunction

(Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) Joel Suprenant is a former mixed martial artist who was a large part of the original Team Quest. He previously worked closely with Chael Sonnen as a voice on the podcast ‘You’re Welcome – With Chael Sonnen.’ He contacted MMASucka and asked to share his thoughts regarding UFC 231. In November of 1987, as my father’s time on earth was coming to an end (he was in the final stretch of losing a battle against lung cancer) he wrote down something I often revisit. “It is a shame you can’t...

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