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Video: Jon Jones body language breakdown
Video: Jon Jones body language breakdown
Mark Bowden of TRUTHPLANE is back to discuss the body language of another MMA star; this time it’s the fascinating, and unpredictable, Jon ‘Bones’ Jones. Bowden usually works with politicians and CEOs, but he had a lot of fun looking at the micro-movements of fighters. We’ve already released his take on Ronda Rousey and Conor […]
UFC Hidalgo: Tommy Toehold’s top fighter picks
UFC Hidalgo: Tommy Toehold’s top fighter picks
Fight Night is once again upon us, Number 94 in the UFC’s series of “free” events. This happens to be one of their better non-PPV offerings, with several bouts that promise to be action-packed firecrackers. The only drawback is that it takes place in Texas, and if we visit our mind palaces, we know that […]
UFC 203: Tommy Toehold’s full card breakdown
UFC 203: Tommy Toehold’s full card breakdown
UFC 203 had 12 great fights on Monday. Today, there are only 10. Ian McCall’s fight was scrapped on Wednesday due to Ray Borg’s sudden illness, and last night, in a freak elevator accident, CB Dollaway injured his back and was forced to withdraw, as well, leaving fans two fights short from the original dozen. […]
UFC On FOX 21: Tommy Toehold’s Top 5 fighter picks
UFC On FOX 21: Tommy Toehold’s Top 5 fighter picks
UFC On FOX 21 will be upon us tomorrow night via the friendly city of Vancouver, Canada. Crowd pleasing favorite and Number 5 welterweight contender, Carlos Condit will be plying his excellent standup against the Number 4 ranked ground wizard, Demian Maia in the main event, and the rest of the card features a veritable […]
UFC 202: Dan Henderson’s analysis and prediction of McGregor vs. Diaz
UFC 202: Dan Henderson’s analysis and prediction of McGregor vs. Diaz
Tomorrow, we’ll finally get to see who wins the battle for bragging rights. The highly anticipated rematch between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz has got the kind of hullabaloo around it that the big boxing matches of the 90’s used to have. When you get this kind of excitement, you end up with lots of […]
UFC 202 Video: Tommy Toehold’s Top 5 fighter picks
UFC 202 Video: Tommy Toehold’s Top 5 fighter picks
UFC 202 is just two days away and after yesterday’s press conference hijinx, anticipation for the rematch between featherweight champion, Conor McGregor and Number 4 ranked lightweight contender, Nate Diaz has reached or surpassed the furor surrounding the first fight. Fans are split on who they’re picking to win the fight and there are more […]
UFC Fight Night 92: Tommy Toehold’s Top 5 fighter picks
UFC Fight Night 92: Tommy Toehold’s Top 5 fighter picks
In what has been a jam-packed summer of events, the UFC offers up their seventh card in just five weeks. This time, we go to one of the last remaining untapped U.S. markets in Salt Lake City, Utah. With so many events happening, the roster is getting a real workout. Tomorrow’s card features some veterans […]
UFC On FOX 20: Tommy Toehold predicts 5 winners & 2 fights to avoid
UFC On FOX 20: Tommy Toehold predicts 5 winners & 2 fights to avoid
UFC on FOX 20 is a very unassuming event which might have been better suited as a Fight Pass card. Once it lost its original main event of Glover Teixeira vs. Anthony Johnson, the women’s bantamweight offering of Valentina Shevchenko vs. Holly Holm slid into the headlining position, marking just the 11th time a female […]
UFC Fight Night 91: Tommy Toehold predicts 5 winners & 2 fights to avoid
UFC Fight Night 91: Tommy Toehold predicts 5 winners & 2 fights to avoid
UFC Fight Night 91 goes down later today from a brand new location, Sioux Falls, SD. The card seems fairly modest on paper, especially in light of the fact that we lost our main event a few weeks ago when Michael Chiesa had to pull out of his scheduled contest with Tony Ferguson due to […]
UFC 200: Tommy Toehold’s full card breakdown
UFC 200: Tommy Toehold’s full card breakdown
UFC 200 is being touted as the biggest card since, well, UFC 100 (makes sense, right?). The promotion has pulled out all the stops with a rumored $10M advertising budget, and stacking the card so efficiently, that even the loss of the Cormier/Jones bout didn’t completely upend the event. When you factor in that the […]
UFC Fight Night 89: Tommy Toehold’s picks & predictions
UFC Fight Night 89: Tommy Toehold’s picks & predictions
Saturday is going to be an action packed night for Ottawa and the rest of the MMA community. UFC Fight Night 89 is yet another great card with fantastic match-ups from the curtain-jerker all the way to the main event. There is a pair of women’s fights that promises fireworks, a surefire barn-burner with Cerrone […]
Tommy Toehold’s UFC 199 picks & predictions
Tommy Toehold’s UFC 199 picks & predictions
It’s finally here. Fight day. UFC 199. So much has been made of UFC 200, that this event has been coasting well below a fever pitch, despite the fact that it’s a great card. Yeah, we lost Weidman from the festivities, but we gained something important, Michael Bisping’s first title shot. At 37-years-of-age and after […]
Tommy Toehold’s UFC Fight Night 88 Picks & Predictions
Tommy Toehold’s UFC Fight Night 88 Picks & Predictions
Later this evening, fight fans will be treated to the 88th UFC Fight Night card. It’s a very solid offering of lighter weight class talent with a few fights that absolutely have title eliminator implications. The Fight Pass prelims will feature a firecracker of a match-up between Aljamain Sterling and Bryan Caraway, and the card […]
UFC 194: Stephie’s main card picks/predictions & free Kountermove game
UFC 194: Stephie’s main card picks/predictions & free Kountermove game
This Saturday night might just be the biggest UFC event of the year. With two title fights in the main and co-main events, one of which features Irish mega-star, Conor McGregor, as well as a solid supporting card, you have a recipe for Ironman numbers. With 2015 being such a big year for the promotion, […]
Crooklyn’s UFC 188 breakdown & FREE Kountermove fantasy tourney
Crooklyn’s UFC 188 breakdown & FREE Kountermove fantasy tourney
UFC 188 is just around the corner, and with match-ups like Cain Velasquez vs Fabricio Werdum and Gilbert Melendez vs Eddie Alvarez, it looks like it will deliver a very solid event. As is the norm for the numbered, pay-per-view events, Crazy Aaron from Kountermove goes a little off his rocker and starts slinging out […]
Crooklyn’s UFC 187 main card breakdown + FREE Kountermove tourney
Crooklyn’s UFC 187 main card breakdown + FREE Kountermove tourney
This Saturday night, UFC 187 will be taking over the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The card features an exceptional line-up, chock full of intriguing fights. From the long-awaited bout between Chris Weidman and Vitor Belfort (keep your fingers crossed!), to the return of John Dodson, there’s a little something for everyone to enjoy. As usual, […]
Crooklyn’s UFC 185 main card breakdown & free Kountermove $250 fantasy tourney
Crooklyn’s UFC 185 main card breakdown & free Kountermove $250 fantasy tourney
After a two-week hiatus, the UFC is back this weekend with card number 185. The event takes place in Dallas, TX and features a pretty talent-rich line-up. Typically, I would just come in and dump off a tourney for our readers, but this time, I’m actually going to present my first main card breakdown with […]
UFC: Chael breaks down Hunt/Werdum, discusses Anderson’s future & lists his favorite fighters to watch
UFC: Chael breaks down Hunt/Werdum, discusses Anderson’s future & lists his favorite fighters to watch
In this, the second installment of my 3 part series with former UFC middleweight superstar, Chael Sonnen, we get his breakdown of Mark Hunt vs. Fabricio Werdum, as well as who happens to be impressing him the most from the UFC roster and his thoughts on Anderson Silva’s future return to action. Werdum vs. Hunto […]
Bloody Elbow presents Brawls & Beers with Robin Black: A look ahead to Rockhold/Bisping
Bloody Elbow presents Brawls & Beers with Robin Black: A look ahead to Rockhold/Bisping
It’s fight week again, and nothing goes better with fights than an ice cold beer with friends and a solid breakdown by Fight Network’s Robin Black. In this, our fourth installment, we take a look forward to Luke Rockhold vs. Michael Bisping. The smack talk and hype machine is finally going to pay dividends in […]
Bloody Elbow Presents Brawls & Beers with Robin Black: Diaz vs. Gomi
Bloody Elbow Presents Brawls & Beers with Robin Black: Diaz vs. Gomi
Pride 33 was a special event in that the promotion, for one night only, ventured across the globe to put on the show in Las Vegas, instead of its Japanese home base. The card was filled with fascinating match-ups that produced historic results, and was sadly their penultimate event. Just a month later, news broke […]
Bloody Elbow Presents Brawls & Beers with Robin Black
Bloody Elbow Presents Brawls & Beers with Robin Black
If you’re one of those diehard fans like the rest of us, you’ve been following MMA for more than a decade, and probably find it very difficult to be wowed by fights. These days, there is a virtual watershed of new promotions and events are plentiful, so it’s easy to become almost numb to the […]
Bellator 120: Rampage vs. King Mo Dissection
Bellator 120: Rampage vs. King Mo Dissection
Tonight at 10:00 p.m. ET, Bellator Fighting Championships will launch their inaugural pay-per-view (PPV) with a bad-blood bout between Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal in the headlining role. After wanton expression of their excessive distaste for each other, the bickering pair will go head to head in the Season 10 Light-Heavyweight Tournament […]
Bellator 120 PPV: Michael Chandler vs. Will Brooks Dissection
Bellator 120 PPV: Michael Chandler vs. Will Brooks Dissection
In the co-main event of tonight’s Bellator 120 pay-per-view event, “Ill” Will Brooks will substitute for the injured Eddie Alvarez in a scrap with Michael Chandler for the Bellator Interim Lightweight Championship. The battle between the once-beaten athletes will set the stage for the show’s headlining bout, which pits Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Muhammed “King […]
Bellator 120 preview: Shlemenko vs. Ortiz, Volkov vs. Ivanov, Page vs. Rainey
Bellator 120 preview: Shlemenko vs. Ortiz, Volkov vs. Ivanov, Page vs. Rainey
Despite another last-minute fallout with a main-event fighter, Bellator Fighting Championships will launch their inaugural pay-per-view (PPV) event this Saturday with Bellator 120: Rampage vs. King Mo. Atop the five-piece lineup is former UFC champion Quinton Jackson versus former Strikeforce champion Muhammed Lawal in what should be a heated conclusion to the Season 10 Light-Heavyweight […]
Bellator 120 PPV: Spike TV preliminary card Dissection
Bellator 120 PPV: Spike TV preliminary card Dissection
Though once again plagued by the misfortune of a main-event fighter withdrawing due to injury, Bellator Fighting Championships will trudge ahead with their first foray into the pay-per-view (PPV) business this Saturday with Bellator 120: Rampage vs. King Mo. The five-fight PPV consists of this season’s Heavyweight Tournament finals (Blagoi Ivanov vs. former champ Alexander […]
Jim Alers, Alan Omer, and the Prospect’s Road Less Traveled
Jim Alers, Alan Omer, and the Prospect’s Road Less Traveled
The clash between featherweights Jim Alers and Alan Omer might be buried deep on the prelims of this Friday’s Abu Dhabi Fight Night, but don’t be fooled by the bout’s position on the card: these are two of the very best prospects at their weight in the world. Alers was sixteenth on my Searching for […]
Bellator 110: Rampage vs. M’Pumbu fight card preview
Bellator 110: Rampage vs. M’Pumbu fight card preview
Season 10 launches tonight on Spike TV at 9:00 p.m. ET with Bellator 110: “Rampage vs. M’Pumbu” from The Mohegan Sun arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. The nucleus of the 11-fight event is this season’s opening round in the light-heavyweight (four-man field) and featherweight (eight-man field) tournaments, with half of the latter spilling into the seven-fight […]
MMA Vivisection: UFC 169 – Barao vs. Faber preview and predictions with Nate, Dallas and Connor
MMA Vivisection: UFC 169 – Barao vs. Faber preview and predictions with Nate, Dallas and Connor
Vivisection: [viv-uh-sek-shuhn] 1. the action of cutting into or dissecting a living body.2. the practice of subjecting living animals to cutting operations, especially in order to advance physiological and pathological knowledge. 3. What Kid Nate is making us calling this show. Bloody Elbow’s most prestigious meatheads — Kid Nate, Dallas Winston and Connor Ruebusch — […]
UFC on Fox 10: Key match up elements for Henderson vs. Thomson
UFC on Fox 10: Key match up elements for Henderson vs. Thomson
The following elements could have significant influence, decide the fight’s outcome or — since “anything can happen” and sometimes fighters just get punched square in the face — play absolutely no role whatsoever. Ben Henderson vs Josh Thomson Thomson’s explosiveness and agility: There has been quite a noticeable disparity in Thomson’s quickness and ability to […]
UFC Fight Night 35: Luke Rockhold vs. Costa Philippou Dissection
UFC Fight Night 35: Luke Rockhold vs. Costa Philippou Dissection
WHO: Luke Rockhold vs Costa PhilippouWHAT: UFC Fight Night 35WHERE: Duluth, GeorgiaWHEN: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 Luke Rockhold Basics: Former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion 10-2 record Wins: 2 TKO’s, 6 submissions, 2 decisions Losses: 2 TKO’s Notable Wins: Ronaldo Souza (UD), Tim Kennedy (UD) Notable Losses: Vitor Belfort (TKO via spinning hook kick) Fight Team: American […]