Mike Straka's MMA Articles

August 2013 // Last Call
Last Call – Welcome to Lamestream MMA

One of the negative by-products of MMA becoming a part of the mainstream consciousness in this UFC on Fox era is the sheer amount of stupidity coming from some pundits and journalists who find themselves having to cover a sport they don’t understand…and don’t try to. The aftermath of the shocking UFC 162 main event [...]

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February 2013 // Last Call
Two Women Enter

UFC 157: Thunderdome I don’t remember watching a bad women’s MMA bout. I’ve seen some mismatches that resulted in one-sided beatdowns, but those beatdowns were always extremely entertaining. I will never forget the sight of Kim Couture fighting through a broken jaw in her professional debut at the Thomas and Mack Center against Kim Rose. [...]

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November 2012 // MMA Life
Somehow I Manage

Three MMA Managers, Three Different Approaches It’s Friday night after weigh-ins, and I’m sitting at the lobby bar at the Sheraton Harbour Castle in downtown Toronto at UFC 152: Jones vs. Belfort, when Jon Jones’s manager Malki Kawa walks in. As soon as he’s noticed, a man calls him over and the two start talking [...]

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October 2012 // Last Call
Rocky Raccoon

The Dark Knight Rises may have shattered box office records at theaters around the world this summer, but when MMA legend Renzo Gracie was approached by two would-be muggers on the west side of Manhattan one balmy September morning, he shattered orbital bones instead. After eating at a restaurant with some friends in NYC, the [...]

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June 2011 // MMA Life
The Year of the Rousey

The Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Champion is taking MMA by storm. What is it that makes a star in mixed martial arts? Is it an undefeated record or a 15-fight winning streak? Is it the ability to trash talk like Ric Flair or make headlines on TMZ like Kim Kardashian? The truth is, it’s not any [...]

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May 2012 // Last Call
Welcome to Twitterspere

Do U Know How Many Followers I have? “ Imagine everything you write will appear as a headline in USA Today with your name next to it.” That’s what Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney tells fighters when it comes to interacting on Twitter and Facebook. It’s good advice that even seasoned media professionals sometimes forget. Unfortunately, [...]

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February 2012 // Last Call
Unleash The Beast

MMA Is Exploding in 2012. Dana White said that 2011 was the best year in the history of the UFC. Bjorn Rebney might agree when it comes to Bellator. ProElite is making a comeback, and Strikeforce has been re-upped on Showtime. The UFC’s milestone deal with FOX will bring millions of mainstream fans and millions [...]

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January 2012 // Quick Hits
5 Minutes With Frankie Edgar

After epic clashes with BJ Penn and Gray Maynard, UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar is finally getting the admiration that an elite fighter deserves. As he gets ready for his fourth title defense against Benson “Smooth” Henderson, we wanted some answers from “The Answer.” You recently visited Japan for the first time for a UFC [...]

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November 2011 // Last Call
UFC Undisputed

Frankie Edgar When you see the words “UFC Undisputed,” I wouldn’t blame you if you immediately thought of the THQ video game of the same name. However, just this once, I want you to think of UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar. Think about Edgar’s two 2010 wins over BJ Penn. Then think about his January [...]

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