UFC 136 and my love/hate relationship with MMA

UFC 136 was one of those events that showed how mixed martial arts has evolved into a enthralling athletic competition and how it hasn’t. Let’s start with the bad news, the antics that show how the sport’s fan base is still very much a pro wrestling fan base, willing to toss facts and reason toContinue reading “UFC 136 and my love/hate relationship with MMA”

Lightweightpalooza: The 60-something UFC/WEC fighters now joined by merger

In terms of sheer numbers, the lightweight class is certainly UFC’s deepest after the merger with WEC. The UFC Web site lists 46 lightweights (for comparison: 53 welterweights, 41 middleweights, 35 light heavies and 29 heavyweights). That’s an inexact measure — the site doesn’t always keep up with every roster change — but it givesContinue reading “Lightweightpalooza: The 60-something UFC/WEC fighters now joined by merger”

Edgar-Penn UFC lightweight bout: Tell it to the judge

Depending on whom you ask, last night’s lightweight title fight at UFC 112 was either a thrilling win for a heavy underdog, a travesty of MMA judging or a fight that was too close to call. The official decision: Frankie Edgar upset BJ Penn to win the UFC lightweight belt, with scores of 50-45, 49-46Continue reading “Edgar-Penn UFC lightweight bout: Tell it to the judge”