May 2010 Quick Hits

The Return of El Matador

This might go without saying, but Bellator Fighting Championships got the right guy for its lightweight tournament in Roger Huerta. El Matador is made for television, whether it’s Telemundo, ESPN Deportes, or otherwise. He’s an open book and his soundbites are genuinely intense. He is good looking, his back-story is tragic, and he feeds pop [...]

Desert Heat

The Nevada desert isn’t the kind of place you’d want to get lost. It’s hot, dry, and dusty, and if you’re not careful, you could end up a permanent resident. Of course, it’s not so bad if you run into someone like Elly Brown. The Las Vegas native was such a sight for sore eyes [...]

Putting Penn To Paper

For MMA legend BJ Penn, the fire still burns since first competing professionally in 2001. In his new book Why I Fight (Harper Collins), co-authored with David Weintraub, Penn tells the inside story of how a kid from Hilo conquered the UFC and beyond. From getting in trouble in high school to the events that [...]

Three’s A Charm

You’ve probably heard the old adage: “Bad things happen in threes.” However, as far as MMA is concerned, a trilogy is a thing of beauty. Ultimately, the goal is to decide the better fighter. When the series is tied at one victory a piece, the winner of the rubber match can rest assured that he [...]

World Domination

“UFC will be the biggest sport in the world by 2020.” So claimed UFC head honcho Dana White in a column he wrote for the Las Vegas Sun at the end of 2009. If world domination is White’s ultimate goal, the UFC will have to continue conquering the globe one city at a time. Here [...]

Sun Devil Shining

Born in Colorado, Aaron “A-Train” Simpson spent his youth in Nebraska with parents, who were both teachers, before relocating to Arizona at 12 years of age. Their emphasis on education molded him into a star student, but his blue-collar blood—both of his granddads were coal miners—kept his wheels greased during the grind of wrestling season. [...]

5 Minutes With Paul Daley

Two UFC fights. Two knockouts. Are you enjoying the hype?   I’m trying to avoid it really. I’m trying to stay grounded, stay chilled, and ignore all the hype going on all around me.   How did you get started in MMA?   I came across a UFC 1 DVD. I keep saying that shit. [...]

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