The Ballad of CM Punk

Move over Alistair Overeem and Curtis Blaydes, CM Punk is scheduled to return to the octagon at UFC 225 on June 9th against Mike Jackson. The buildup to this fight has come with a lot less media hype, which is probably a good thing seeing how bad things went for CM Punk in his first outing 20 months ago at UFC 203. To put things into perspective, Travis Browne also fought on that card in a unanimous decision loss against Fabricio Werdum in the co-main event. Browne is no longer…

Is Kamaru Usman for real?

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UFC #7 ranked welterweight Kamaru Usman has all but 7 fights under the promotion, but he feels he’s been deserving of a ranked opponent for the longest time. Tonight at UFC Chile he gets what he’s been asking for, but where will a victory over Demian Maia put him? Kamaru Usman, 31, has been in the UFC for nearly three years, but the self described most avoided fighter in the welterweight division has been itching for a ranked opponent for some time now. The problem is that five of his…

Case against Gustafsson vs Rockhold

Brazil’s Combate reported that the UFC is closing in on a bout between Luke Rockhold and Alexander Gustafsson in the near future. Michael Bisping claimed that the rumored bout is set to crown an interim light heavyweight champion with Daniel Cormier challenging Stipe Miocic for the heavyweight title at UFC 226. Both Rockhold and Gustafsson have traded barbs back and forth, which started the night Rockhold was knocked out by Yoel Romero at UFC 221 in February. Rockhold’s first fight in the light heavyweight division will be a literal tall…

UFC 214 Bones vs DC: Ring IQ vs Solid Game Planning

UFC 214 was a not a night of upsets, but it was definitely a night that did not go to expectations on many accounts. Evinger surviving into the third round, Oezdemir’s prompt knock out of odds favourite Manuwa and the satisfyingly close, long awaited Cerrone vs Lawler war. But of course, the shocker and the curtain call for the night, Jon Jones’ knockout win of long time rival Daniel Cormier is the one that has people talking. Not only was this DC’s first time being finished, but against a long…

Fight Spotlight: Nurmagomedov vs Michael Johnson

Welcome to our very first free fight film club, where we rewatch old fights sober with the benefit of hindsight. In preparation for UFC 209 next weekend the UFC has uploaded Khabib’s last fight against Michael Johnson which took place November in Madison Square Garden. This was the night McGregor won the Lightweight belt and in just over a week Khabib will fight El Cucuy for the now interim lightweight belt. Watch now before you read on. After rewatching it, this fight went a lot differently then I remembered. You can never trust…