By In Mixed Martial Arts

An MMA Thanksgiving: 2015 All-Turkey Team

“One wonders what it was like to be in Jones’ inner circle in January — other than awesome, since being able to party hard on the dime of a successful friend is pretty ideal on the face. No, what we’re getting at is this: What were New Year’s resolution talks like?

Jones is not like the rest of us. Things like “eat less junk food, exercise more and don’t avoid my parents’ calls as much” probably didn’t come up in his resolutions. One would imagine things like “fight more than once, clear out the light heavyweight division and take a heavyweight fight” were more to the point…”

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By In Mixed Martial Arts

In Love with Useless

“Let’s talk about love.

All of us love this sport, in varying degrees of psychopathy. It’s easy to get cynical about MMA, to be sure, but we keep coming back for one reason or another. Sometimes fights happen or narratives manifest that are so compelling that we fall back in love with it all over again. Sometimes, no such thing evokes our emotions, yet they continue to churn anyway. This is what is called being “in love with useless,” and right now, we should all feel the love…”

 

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By In essay

What I’ve Learned About Being Local

“Before I left home last year to move to Korea, my nostalgic flashbacks to my life in Hawaii became particularly acute.

My parents still live close to my elementary school in Aikahi, and I remember how stoked everyone in the neighborhood was when the new playground was built — and how terrified we were when it almost burned down.

I would get out early on Wednesdays and go to Dave’s Ice Cream with my dad and my brother. I remember the liberation I felt when I got my first bus pass. I remember it all: There was the beach park where I got in my first fight, and the fence my friends and I used to hop over in middle school to smoke in secrecy…”

 

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By In Mixed Martial Arts

What We Learned from UFC 193

“UFC 193 was every bit the historic event it was billed as being. It set the new all-time attendance record for the Ultimate Fighting Championship; it hosted the first former boxing champion to cross over and win UFC gold; and oh yeah, Ronda Rousey lost…

It’s said that experience is something you don’t know you don’t have until you get it, and that failure is the best teacher. Both of these lessons apply to Rousey, who crumpled under the record-setting stadium lights. Still, there are more lessons to be learned from the event. Here are some of them…”

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UFC 193 Statistical Analysis

“For all the hyperbole surrounding UFC 193 on Saturday at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia, the headliner represents about as compelling a women’s bantamweight bout as the Ultimate Fighting Championship can put together.

It is difficult to avoid the talking points of a female-anchored card breaking the all-time attendance record. Lost in the noise is a stylistic matchup that could possibly be the stiffest test to date for the Empress of MMA…”

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