This year was jam packed with UFC events, 39 in total. The UFC really out did themselves with pay-per-views and fight nights almost every weekend. They kicked off the year with a card headlined by legend BJ Penn facing off against up-and-coming prospect from Mexico Yair Rodriguez and ended the year with a card that featured Cris Cyborg vs “The Preacher's Daughter” Holly Holm, and also had the comeback of the undefeated lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov.
UFC 204 will see Michael Bisping defend his Middleweight Championship for the first time against none other than Dan Henderson.
Now of course, boxing has been around for some time now and has produced some of the greatest champions the sport has ever seen, from Julio Cesar Chavez, one of the best—if not the greatest Mexican boxers—of all time, to one of the greatest to ever lace them in — Floyd Mayweather Jr. But who has the potential to claim their seat at the top and make history of their own?
Man have I had a crazy life! I lost my rock, my best friend, and the love of my life who is my mother and that's when things for me didn't go how I wanted it to go. I was young and very dumb! When my mother passed away, I had to go live with my older brother who became my parent and had the responsibility of bringing me up. That didn't go well because my brother was also young and dumb so a majority of the time I would be alone. Wake up in the morning, alone, go to sleep at night, alone. And this is at the tender age of 10 years old. Things had to change. Now my mum and dad split up when I was a baby so my dad had moved on and created a new family of his own. I had to go live with him and his new family. The moment I moved in I knew I wasn't welcome. My bed was in the kitchen. My dad, bless him, knew I didn't like it there, but I had no choice. It is what it is.
Every now and again a handful of fighters emerge and stake their claim as the very best in the sport, and the boxing world begins to discuss who the very best P4P's are. These men are usually chosen based on skills, accomplishments, and the whose who on their "rap sheet" so to speak.
The latest news of Jon "Bones" Jones being removed from the main card of UFC 200 has come with some unforeseen consequences, for Jones that is. Since his removal from the fight on Wednesday (July 6th), many have questioned why Jones was removed, and now that the whole story is out on Jon Jones being removed from the fight for a doping violation, Jones could be in for more than he bargained for when he decided to ingest banned supplements during training for his fight with Cormier at UFC 200. Jon Jones was originally placed at the top of the main card against Daniel Cormier in a match-up that would have united the two Interim UFC Light-Heavyweight titles. Jones now has more to think about than training for a fight, he has to contend with possible sanctions imposed by the USADA, impeding his ability to fight for up to two years.
Not often do we hear about a crossover between mixed martial mrts and nerd culture, yet recently it's become more common for people in any of the common fandoms like #popculture, #anime, #gaming or even #cosplay to become MMA fans. The draw of MMA has a lot to do with the intense nature of the sport and the massive followings that several fighters have built while MMA rose to become one of the most watched sports, surpassing Major League Baseball with over 300 Million worldwide fans.
In a recent appearance on The Herd with Colin Cowherd, Dana White made some astounding comments which could be the first step to setting up a fight between the UFC's Conor McGregor and boxing star, Floyd Mayweather.
Four years ago, an Irishman with a dream debuted in the UFC. In that debut, he won by knockout in the first round and earned his first "Knockout of the Night" award. This man's name was Conor McGregor.