MMA Health and Science

Gordon Ryan facing new health troubles
Gordon Ryan facing more health trouble
One of BJJ's biggest stars, Gordon Ryan, isn't returning to competition anytime soon.
Injury Report: The bloody aftermath of a UFC ‘Fight of the Year’ candidate (Dec. 15 – Dec. 22) 
Injury Report: The bloody aftermath of a UFC ‘Fight of the Year’ candidate (Dec. 15 - Dec. 22) 
In the third edition of the Injury Report, we have some cuts, broken bones, and the aftermath of a UFC 'Fight of the Year' candidate. Check it out!
Injury Report: Freak accidents happen in MMA (Dec. 8 – Dec. 15) 
Injury Report: Freak accidents happen in MMA (Dec. 8 - Dec. 15) 
We are back with another edition of the Injury Report, which features some legs snapping, eyes bulging, and more from the world of MMA!
Injury Report: UFC 296 drafts in Bryce Mitchell, Jan Blachowicz heading to the sidelines
Bloody Elbow Injury Report: UFC 296 drafts in Bryce Mitchell (Dec. 1 - Dec. 8) 
In our first edition of the Bloody Elbow Injury Report, we dissect the injuries that have happened in the UFC, BKFC, and more!
Health, MMA, and the risks of experimenting
Health, MMA, and the risks of experimenting
William Watts of Open Note Grappling explores the overlaps of wellness, MMA and con-artistry.
UFC vet & former MMA champ talks toughest opponent: cancer
UFC vet & former MMA champ talks toughest opponent: cancer
UFC vet Poliana Botelho has used social media to share her experiences with fans.
Graphic: Bellator MMA champ’s forehead gashed open in winning effort 
GRAPHIC: Bellator champ's forehead gashed open in win
Bellator champion Johnny Eblen walked away with more than his belt after Bellator 299 this past Saturday.
Graphic: MMA fighter suffers the worst leg break at Combate Global 
Graphic: MMA fighter Dylan Reischman suffers the worst leg break at Combate Global 
MMA fighter Dylan Reischman has suffered one of the worst leg breaks we have ever seen.
Paddy Pimblett’s weight gain isn’t funny
Paddy Pimblett's weight gain isn't funny
UFC star Paddy Pimblett got real about his weight gain recently, something which symbolizes how alone fighters are when they aren't in the cage.
Vicente Luque cleared for UFC after brain hemorrhage
UFC headliner cleared to fight after brain bleed scare
Vicente Luque will make his Octagon return with the specter of a serious brain injury hanging over him.
UFC 290’s Josiah Harrell gives statement on brain disease diagnosis
Josiah Harrell gives statement on brain disease diagnosis
Recently signed UFC fighter Josiah Harrell was diagnosed with a rare brain disease during his pre-fight medicals.
Chris Curtis reveals significant injuries after accidental headbutt at UFC 289
Curtis reveals significant injuries after accidental headbutt at UFC 289
Chris Curtis' streak of bad luck continued at UFC 289, where he suffered some serious injuries in his fight with Nassourdine Imavov.
How to fix weight cutting in MMA
How to fix weight cutting in MMA
Combat sports are already plenty damaging enough without adding the soul sucking practice of weight cutting to the mix.
UFC fight may have resulted in multi-ligament knee injury, here’s why
Explained: How a UFC fight resulted in a possible multi-ligament knee injury
Ketlen Souza suffered a serious injury at this weekend's UFC fight night card. Physical Therapist Kevin Nicholson explains how it happened.
MMA fighter with horrifying staph infection gets good news
MMA fighter with horrifying staph infection gets good news
MMA fighter Tim Schultz has returned to Australia and underwent surgery to save the leg nearly lost due to serious staph infection.
UFC Hall of Famer BJ Penn makes outlandish claim about CTE
BJ Penn makes outlandish claim about CTE
UFC Hall of Famer BJ Penn made a short yet incendiary claim about CTE, a brain injury that's long been associated with fighting and contact sports.
Horrifying: This is the worst staph infection we’ve ever seen in MMA
NSFW: This is the worst staph infection we've ever seen in MMA
UFC fighter Casey O’Neill needs all hands on deck to help her friend and fellow MMA Fighter Tim Schultz deal with one of the worst staph infections you’ll ever see.
Losing stinks! Literally – The science of odor cues in MMA competition
Losing Stinks! Literally
Maybe we could harness this science to fix MMA judging. Who needs a 10-point must system when we can find the loser based on smell alone?
UFC 288’s Aljamain Sterling not medically cleared to fight in New York
UFC 288's Sterling can't fight in New York
UFC 288's Aljamain Sterling is not medically cleared to fight in his home state.
Are you willing to die for your BJJ school? | MMA Science Weekly
Are you willing to die for your BJJ school? | MMA Science Weekly
Belt whipping is still a common practice in some BJJ schools, but does it build the kind of loyalty instructors hope for?
Artificial intelligence is coming for martial arts | MMA Science Weekly
AI is coming for martial arts
Your regular rundown of the studies, experiments, and hard science going on in the world of mixed martial arts. This week focusing on the growing field of artificial intelligence.
UFC Fight Night: Holloway vs. Allen — Billy Q, Nicolau both get 60-day suspensions
Billy Q, Nicolau get 60-day suspensions after UFC KC
Three fighters were hit with 60-day suspensions at UFC Fight Night: Holloway vs. Allen.
Graphic: Amateur fighter Joel Sanchez Paredes eats knee, gets jaw scrambled 
Graphic: Amateur fighter eats knee, gets jaw scrambled 
Joel Sanchez Paredes is officially on the list of ‘Worst MMA Injuries’ in 2023.
T.J. Dillashaw re-confirms retirement, announces second shoulder surgery
T.J. Dillashaw confirms retirement, reveals reason why
T.J. Dillashaw revealed why he is calling it a career.
Extreme weight cutting helps fighters win, we have the proof
Extreme weight cutting helps fighters win, we have the proof
Everyone knows weight cutting is a big problem in MMA, but it also produces clear results.
MMA Science Weekly: Volume 1 – This is your brain on MMA
MMA Science Weekly: V.1 - This is your brain on MMA
A weekly update on the current state of MMA science.
Muhammad Mokaev provides update on knee injury after UFC 286
Muhammad Mokaev provides update on knee injury after UFC 286
Muhammad Mokaev has avoided some serious damage after UFC 286 this past Saturday. The UFC flyweight was on his way to a win against Jafel Filho when he found himself caught in a near fight-ending kneebar. Despite having his knee bent backward and wincing in pain, the ‘Punisher’ survived. And with seconds remaining in the […]
‘I was only training with one arm’ – Merab Dvalishvili reveals hand injury before Petr Yan fight
‘I was only training with one arm’ - Merab Dvalishvili reveals hand injury before Petr Yan fight
The UFC bantamweight was injured heading into his fight with Yan earlier this month.
Brain damage feared after amateur MMA fighter collapses in cage
Brain damage feared after amateur MMA fighter collapses in cage
Isaiah Abels, a 21-year-old amateur MMA fighter collapsed in the cage during a recent Southern Indiana Combat Production fight card at The Coliseum in downtown Evansville, IN, on March 4.  According to 44 News, Abels collapsed to his knees during the second round of the fight. On-site medical staff administered CPR to the unconscious fighter for […]