Gilbert Melendez: Accepting responsibility without accepting responsibility

Having fought at UFC 188, Gilbert Melendez was scheduled to make a quick return and fight on the upcoming UFC Fight Night 71 card on July 15. Plans changed when it was revealed that Melendez tested positive for a banned substance following his UFC 188 performance and that he had been suspended for one year. … Read more

This is why we’ll be watching Kimbo Slice vs. Ken Shamrock at Bellator 138

Bellator returns to action this Friday with Bellator 138 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, MO. The televised card features a number of potentially exciting fights – Daniel Straus vs. Henry Corrales, Bobby Lashley vs. Dan Charles, Michael Chandler vs. Derek Campos (lightweight title fight), and Patricio “Pitbull” Freire vs. Daniel Weichel (featherweight title … Read more

Boxing isn’t dead, but that’s okay

It was an odd sight to see numerous people on Twitter claiming that boxing was dead alongside reports of Floyd Mayweather getting his fight-night check for $100 million. Think about that. $100,000,000. One hundred million dollars. The real kicker is that check is only his first payment on the fight – he still has sponsorship … Read more

What does it really cost to be an MMA fighter? (Part 2)

In the first of this two-part series about what it costs to be a fighter, I discussed things like training camp, food costs, and supplements. Now we’re back for Part 2 to talk about more expenses that come up as the fight gets closer. Every pro fighter is familiar with the medical tests required for … Read more

What does it really cost to be an MMA fighter? (Part 1)

I think even the top level fighters in the UFC would tell you that being a fighter is a labor of love. In addition to working their bodies as hard as possible nearly everyday, the toll that being a fighter takes moves beyond the physical and mental into the financial. While I’m sure many of … Read more

Toothpickgate – who is to blame?

When Benson Henderson popped up after submitting Brandon Thatch, an observant viewer took a screenshot that showed Henderson with a toothpick sticking out of his mouth. This is not the first time that Smooth has been spotted with the now infamous toothpick. Fans first noticed it after his win over Nate Diaz, and then again … Read more

What’s next for Lyoto Machida?

Lyoto Machida bulldozed C.B. Dollaway at UFC Fight Night 58 last month with a devastating body kick before ending it with punches in the first round. While the win doesn’t put “The Dragon” back into immediate title contention, it will certainly begin his journey back up the ladder after dropping a decision to 185-pound champion Chris … Read more

Beard Advice Vol. 1 – So you want to grow a beard, now what?

As part of the content expansion here on Pro MMA Now, I have been asked to syndicate some content from my website, TitleBeard.com. TitleBeard is a men’s lifestyle site focused on reviews of facial hair products. Each Thursday, I’ll be publishing an article from TitleBeard here on Pro MMA Now. This week, we start with the first article in a series I recently started, Beard Advice.