UFC: CM Punk banks $500K in MMA debut-report CM Punk’s octagon debut may not have gone the way he planned, but he still collected a hefty pay envelope in the process. Despite not having any martial arts background or amateur MMA fights under his belt, the 37-year-old former WWE superstar stepped inside the cage against
Punch Drunk Sports contributor Alexander Johnson watched UFC 202 all by his lonesome. Now he shares his thoughts on the big event. Tim Means def. Sabah Homasi A great match to start off UFC 202. Tim Means is a bad man. Sabah Homasi looks like one. The way someone looks means nothing in the UFC.
UFC Fight Night 88 vaulted one prospect into the bantamweight title picture, and sent another, at least for now, tumbling out of it. That and more in this edition of Fight Fallout. Cody Garbrandt: When it comes to bantamweight prospects, Cody Garbrandt and Thomas Almeida are top of the list. Both men were undefeated going
A week has passed, and there is still bickering about who actually won between Dominick Cruz and T.J. Dillashaw at UFC Boston. Dillashaw was being touted as a better Cruz: a man that could dance around opponents, avoid all takedowns and knock people out late in fights. Through 25 exciting minutes both men glided around the Octagon trying
Sunday night UFC fans will be treated to one of the most highly anticipated match-ups in bantamweight history, when T.J. Dillashaw defends his title against the the first bantamweight king, Dominick Cruz. Cruz lost his belt to injury and has only fought once in the past four years, but he has done plenty of damage to the division from
Before reading this article, take a moment of silence to thank the lord for the return of the Stockton slap and the anti-hero of MMA. The man we know and love as Nick Diaz has had his suspension reduced to 18 months by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, and will be able to fight on or
The Preacher’s Daughter is Granted a Miracle Apparently pigs do fly. If you haven’t heard by now, Ronda Rousey, aka the baddest woman on the planet, aka Mike Tyson, aka the best thing since sliced bread lost her UFC bantamweight title to Holly Holm at UFC 193. Not only did she lose, but she looked
Muhammad Ali was an unparalleled sports figure. Ali possessed quick feet and hands for a man his size, amazing boxing technique and was a three-time heavyweight champion. Today he is brought up for his presence outside the ring as much as he is for his boxing accomplishments. When Ali was in the prime of his
Demetrious Johnson dominated John Dodson in their second meeting for the flyweight title at UFC 191. Johnson pressured Dodson, controlling him against the cage in the clinch, which totally sapped Dodson’s energy. His control and striking should have given Johnson unanimous 50-45 scorecards. Dodson’s performance left more to be desired. Dodson rarely threw more than one or two
At UFC 191 we have the return of arguably the most technical fighter on the UFC’s roster, bantamweight champion Demetrious Johnson, rematching with the man who desperately wants to be his rival, John Dodson. Before the main event we have a couple showcase fights, a match between two legends, and a battle of newcomers trying
Less than four months after submitting David Michaud at UFC 186, Olivier Aubin-Mercier returns to the Octagon Sunday to face Tony Sims at UFC Fight Night 74. While it’s only Aubin-Mercier’s fourth match in the UFC, his fight roots are deep, set firmly in his hometown of Montreal, Quebec. I first met Olivier in 2013, not a
For nearly six years Jose Aldo has ruled the UFC’s featherweight division. Before the merger, Aldo was the WEC champion, and collected major wins in Brazilian jiujitsu competitions. Aldo has been nigh unstoppable for a long, long time. Now, due to circumstances outside of the cage, fans and pundits alike are betting against the veteran. Since fellow featherweight Conor McGregor burst onto the scene,
This weekend fight fans were treated to hours of free fights. Not only did the UFC host a card in Nashville, but Glory held a kickboxing card in Las Vegas as well. The weekend had no shortage of finishes, aesthetically pleasing technique and questionable judging. The judges that almost caused Xavier Vigney to lose his
If you’re a fan of mixed martial arts you’ve undoubtedly heard someone say MMA is “the fastest growing sport in the world.” That might be technically correct, but it is misleading and incomplete. Growth has a limit. At some point everything reaches a size where expansion is no longer possible. While the UFC may be the fastest
T.J. Dillashaw and Renan Barao fought an anticipated rematch in Chicago last Saturday, and their thrilling performance had interesting implications for the future of the bantamweight division. Overall, the UFC’s trip to Chicago yielded a great main card of fights with some impressive finishes, but the rematch between Dillashaw and Barao was what we all tuned in to see.