Exclusive | WSOF Featherweight Champ Georgi Karakhanyan “If Rick Glenn gives me the slightest opening for a submission or knockout, I’m going to take it.”

Before Jesse Taylor and David Branch compete for the inaugural middleweight title at WSOF 10 this Saturday, the company’s first champion Georgi Karakhanyan will look to further cement his claim as the best featherweight in the world. Karakhanyan was crowned champ at WSOF 7 back in December with a slick submission victory over top-contender Lance … Read more

Nick Smiley Blog – Reboot!

April 26th versus Adrian Henderson — loss via KO, one minute 59 seconds into the first round. The bitter taste of defeat! It had been since June of 2010 and I really didn’t miss this feeling. After probably one of the best camps of my career, having put some awesome new tools in the toolbox, … Read more

Interview: King Mo on what really happened at Bellator 120

  Bellator 120, the company’s first pay-per-view event, may be in the past for many fight fans and viewers but the painful loss of that night is still very fresh for Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal. Lawal lost to fellow light heavyweight, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson in the main event and after the fight Lawal bluntly accused Bellator MMA … Read more

Exclusive | Tony Ferguson Talks Katsunori Kikuno and UFC 173: ‘I’m Going To Steal The Show’

With all the buzz surrounding the main card at UFC 173 this weekend, it’s easy to forget the potential for fireworks in the talent-rich preliminary broadcast on FOX Sports 1. Before TUF alum TJ Dillashaw challenges the dominant champion Renan Barão for the bantamweight strap live on PPV, another prospect produced by The Ultimate Fighter … Read more

Between Rounds: Drama and Consistency

MMA cutman David Maldonado

My life in MMA is one that has me near some of the excitement and talk of the sport, both inside the cage and out. Significant injuries, controversial fighters, questionable decisions, I seem to be magnetized to such sources of conversation. You won’t hear me complain, but I’m definitely in the wrong position if I’m … Read more

Ten questions with TUF 20’s Tecia Torres

Twenty-four-year-old Tecia Torres is undefeated in her mixed martial arts career. She went 7-0 as an amateur and is currently 4-0 as a pro, with wins over such names as Paige VanZant, Rose Namajunas, and most recently, Felice Herrig — all inside the Invicta FC cage. Torres is one of the strawweight female fighters the … Read more

Exclusive | Tim Boetsch Prospecting for Gold, Wants to Make Statement In Rockhold Fight

UFC 172: Jones vs Teixeira goes down live tonight with an incredibly stacked card that has the potential to be the best UFC event to date. From the headlining title fight between champion Jon Jones and Glover Teixeira, to the return of Takanori Gomi and Anthony Johnson, fight fans should anticipate a night of fireworks. … Read more

Preparing for Conflict: Nick Smiley blog #3 – Turning the Corner

Monday morning I realized how sick I was after coughing all night. In talking with Todd Duffee, we decided it would be best for me to go back to Savannah to see my primary care doctor. I didn’t want to risk getting guys like Glover Teixeira sick before his UFC light heavyweight title shot. Bright … Read more

Preparing for Conflict: Nick Smiley blog #2 — Realization!

After working a five-day stint as security in Savannah’s City Market District on St. Patrick’s Day — for those who are uninformed, it’s the world’s second largest St. Patrick’s Day celebration — and everything that could go wrong did go wrong. I had to get two molars cut out following an errant haymaker from a … Read more

Between Rounds: Between Extremes

I’m told often by colleagues in MMA that I like to travel even more than they do. It’s true, but let me clarify: I like to help this sport and its fighters wherever I can regardless of stateliness or borders. The locations, the talent, the ethical behavior, the promotion quality, it’s been truly interesting to see each what differences the sport brings from extreme to extreme.