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The Perils of a Unified Talent Pool, Part 1

(The beginning of an ongoing series as events dictate.) I write a lot about the insular nature of the hardcore MMA universe, but it’s because so much of the discourse is so alien to the vast majority of casual sports fans...
 
 
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My 2013 Christmas MMA Wish List

There are a number of things I love about MMA Owl. There’s my boss, Marlene, my co-workers Mike Fagan and Jesse Scheckner, the money – oh my god, the MONEY – and the freedom to tell certain people to eat shit ...
 
 
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Another Spastic MMA Media Cycle: UFC 167 Edition

By Derek Suboticki, November 26th, 2013 Occasionally – and this isn’t an excuse for laziness or torpor – it’s useful to abstain from instant reaction and, instead, let the collective fallout from other s...
 

 
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Bigg Rigg’s Ride: How Johny Hendricks Earned His UFC 167 Title Shot

By Derek Suboticki, November 16th, 2013 This is pretty nice, right? Instead of mocking Rafael Natal headlining a weak card held in front of 3,000 people, replete with awful pacing (that’s MMA fandom in a nutshell, by the ...
 
 
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TRT Or Not To TRT: A Fighter’s Dilemma

By Derek Suboticki, November 12th, 2013 The ratings for UFC Fight Night 32 reflect… well, they reflect a card that didn’t have a lot of American impact. Outside of the hardcore MMA community, Brazil and (possibly) T...
 
 
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Lil Nog Injured: Inside MMA’s Most Repeated Headline

By Derek Suboticki, November 7th, 2013 While last weekend’s tremendous rematch between Michael Chandler and Eddie Alvarez captured the hearts, minds and eyes of approximately 1.4 million viewers, it didn’t alter my ...
 

 
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Cheerleader, Protector, Partner: What Is The Corner’s Role?

By Derek Suboticki, October 31st, 2013 The month of October was, for most MMA fans, a violent triumph. The great unwashed masses, displeased by decisions and wary of the ground game (or, in layman’s term, “quit bein...
 
 
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Bellatorn: Why You Shouldn’t Buy Their (Only) PPV

By Derek Suboticki, October 25th, 2013  Eight days from now, Bellator Fighting Championship will attempt to make the leap from free tv to Pay Per View. Leaving aside the debate over the merits of co-promotion and competition (...
 
 
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Dos Santos-Velasquez today, Dos Santos-Velasquez tomorrow, and Dos Santos-Velasquez forever

By Derek Suboticki, October 21st, 2013  [I tried to do way too much here and I'm completely okay with that. I'm writing about MMA again! - Derek] I’m worse than a TUF noob. That’s not a subjective judgment, either....