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Author: Ryan Wagner

Kyogi Horiguchi: Adjusting the Point Karate Metagame

SAITAMA, JAPAN – DECEMBER 29: Kyoji Horiguchi of Japan enters the ring in the bantam weight bout during the RIZIN Fighting World Grand-Prix 2017 2nd Round at Saitama Super Arena on December 29, 2017 in Saitama, Japan. (Photo by Etsuo Hara/Getty Images) Kyoji Horiguchi was never really given a fair shake of things in the UFC‘s flyweight division. Thrust into a title shot against one of the greatest fighters of all time after only five years of professional competition, coming off a win over Louis Gaudinot, the conditions of his failure were set up from the start. Horiguchi was...

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UFC 219 Breakdown: Khabib Nurmagomedov’s relentless pressure

For Khabib Nurmagomedov, the most difficult aspect of dominating world-class fighters in MMA’s strongest weight class has always been making the weight. His seemingly effortless victories over top lightweights have long been marred by withdrawals. Whether due to injury or a failed weight-cut. Although Nurmagomedov has had difficulty building momentum or sustaining interest–UFC 219 marked only his third fight in nearly four years–it’s always a special occasion when we get to see him compete in the octagon. Many pundits (including this writer) pegged Edson Barboza as a tough stylistic matchup for Nurmagomedov. Barboza’s fluency with pivots and his urgency in breaking...

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