E. Spencer Kyle's MMA Articles

January 2013 // Features
The Rise and Fall of Strikeforce

In early November 2012, after the cancellation of back-to-back events, Strikeforce announced their plans for a star studded return to the cage on January 12, 2013, at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City. Before the day was out, rumors circulated that the action-packed event would be the company’s last. With the final curtain expected [...]

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December 2012 // Features
British Invasion

And this time, they’re taking no prisoners Before fixing its global expansion plans on places like China, Australia, and going back to Brazil, the UFC invested heavily in England. During a three-year stretch between April 2007 and November 2009, the Octagon made its way across the Atlantic seven times, playing to packed houses in Birmingham, [...]

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June 2012 // Features
Fading into the Limelight

Tito Ortiz and Forrest Griffin are two of the most popular and polarizing figures in the UFC. With Ortiz making his MMA exit and Griffin looking to get back into the win column, the duo have agreed to match wits and skills for a final 15-minute showdown to decide their trilogy. After his TKO loss [...]

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April 2012 // Names In The Game
Straight Out Of Fightville

Over the last 15 months, Dustin Poirier has gone from being a relatively unknown, late replacement fighter at UFC 125 to a standout name on the short list of featherwieght contenders. While such a rapid climb up the ranks might compel some to label the Lafayette, Louisiana, native an “overnight success,” proof of how Poirier [...]

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March 2012 // Names in the Game
Live Action

When things heat up between Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber on this season of The Ultimate Fighter, it won’t be “Made for TV” tension. UFC Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz and number one contender Urijah Faber have a long history together—a rivalry that stretches back five years—and it won’t be resolved until the two fighters meet [...]

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January 2012 // Names In The Game
4 Flyweights And Then Some

In 2012, the UFC’s smallest fighters look to make the newest division the biggest show in town. In 2011, the bantamweight and featherweight divisions announced their presence in the UFC with electric performances, explosive finishes, and frenetic action from January through December. As the featured weight classes on Season 14 of The Ultimate Fighter, the [...]

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