December 2011 Names in the Game

New Blood

Mixed martial arts is the fastest growing sport in the world. It garners more attention and new fans daily. The emergence of so many new athletes sometimes makes it hard for fans to notice some of the fighters on the verge of making it to the next level. takes you deep inside the sport [...]

Big Fight Breakdown

Brock Lesnar vs. Alistair Overeem UFC 141, Dec. 30 You have to hand it to Brock Lesnar. For all the criticism he’s received for his quick—some would say unwarranted—push to championship level in the UFC, Lesnar has never hesitated to accept whatever challenge has been placed in front of him. Even upon returning from career-threatening [...]

Bellator’s Ben Askren is…The Computer That Wore Wrestling Shoes

An odd thing happened in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, this summer. Bellator’s Welterweight Champion Ben Askren challenged his younger brother Max to a wrestling match in the gym on the campus of Bucknell University. The brothers—both of whom were NCAA Champions at the University of Missouri—were in town to teach a wrestling clinic to local youth wrestlers. [...]

Slicing And Dicing

After Ovince St. Preux started his career with a 3-4 record, the Haitian- American went on a freakish run, going 6-0 in 2010 and transforming from meandering journeyman to full-blown contender who will face former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion Gegard Mousasi on December 17. The difference between the 2009 version of OSP and the bigger, [...]

Insurance, Anyone?

The X-ray brings bad news: broken hand. The bones will have to be held in place by a titanium plate. Then a cast. Then a brace and months of physical therapy. It’s 2006 and MMA is starting to boom. However, he can kiss those contract offers goodbye for now. “Mr. Swanson, how would you like [...]

December 2011 Rankings

HEAVYWEIGHT 206-265 RANK FIGHTER PTS HIGH 1 Junior dos Santos 7.332 7.332 2 Alistair Overeem 6.785 6.785 3 Cain Velasquez 6.662 7.662 4 Josh Barnett 6.438 6.438 5 Brock Lesnar 6.205 7.205 6 Fabricio Werdum 5.785 6.335 7 Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira 5.763 6.875 8 Frank Mir 5.586 5.919 9 Shane Carwin 5.332 6.291 10 Daniel [...]

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