Divya Kakran: The future of women’s wrestling in India

Divya Kakran was the youngest medal winner, from India, at the Asian Wrestling Championships held in Delhi earlier this month. She at the age of 19 is one of the brightest Indian women’s wrestling prospects. However, her journey to the top has not been a smooth one. Divya’s father and brother both were wrestlers. Hence, … Read more

One last dance: Tito Ortiz on wrestling, redemption and legacy ahead of Bellator 170 fight with Chael Sonnen

Bellator 170‘s main event features Tito Ortiz against Chael Sonnen in a destined battle on Jan. 21 in the city of Los Angeles at the Forum, but this is not the first time the two fighters have confronted each other in the combative arts. On Jan. 23, 1998, nearly 20 years ago, Ortiz and Sonnen first clashed heads in … Read more

UFC fighter gets oil-checked in the Octagon

The much-dreaded “oil check” is an old wrestling/grappling move where one competitor actually penetrates his opponent’s rear-end with a finger(s) during the match. The rarely seen move made a big stage appearance at UFC 122 in 2010 when Krzysztof Soszynski went to third base with fellow light heavyweight Goran Reljic inside the Octagon. Krzysztof ended up winning … Read more

On the verge: Calie ‘The Honey Badger’ Cutler

Calie “The Honey Badger” Cutler (5-3) is a 26-year-old fighter out of Michigan who recently signed on with Big Fight Management, according to president Wade Hampel. Wade informed Pro MMA Now Calie has graduated to the big leagues and a major matchup is expected to be announced shortly. So we figured this was the perfect time to catch up with … Read more

4xNCAA champ Joey ‘Black Ice’ Davis talks pro MMA debut win – Part 1

After going 133-0 and claiming four NCAA Division II wrestling titles, Compton, California’s Joey “Black Ice” Davis made the transition to professional mixed martial arts last month when he scored a unanimous decision win over Keith Cutrone at Bellator 160 in Anaheim. It was a dominating performance from the 22-year-old who showed impressive striking and … Read more

Dana White makes the case for MMA as an Olympic sport

Ahead of this weekend’s epic UFC 202 Nate Diaz-Conor McGregor rematch, UFC President Dana White shares his thoughts on MMA becoming an Olympic sport in the near future. The leading man of the mixed martial arts revolution tells SportsCenter it’s something they’ve been working on for several years now. “We’ve been working on that probably like three … Read more

India’s Bharat Kandare has his eyes on the big stage

MMA in India is at its very inception, it is a very new concept and a very new sport to the Indian masses. The sport is however developing with great speed and has hence seen many superstars on the rise. One such pioneer of the sport in India is Maharashtra’s Bharat “Daring” Kandare. Bharat is a … Read more

The betting odds for Brock Lesnar vs. Mark Hunt are closer than you think

When it was announced Brock Lesnar would be returning to the world of MMA and to the Octagon on July 9 against Mark Hunt at UFC 200, the mixed martial arts community was baffled. No one saw it coming — well, except Ariel Helwani, and that turned into a big mess, didn’t it? As far as … Read more

Bellator signs three-time All American wrestler Jarod Trice

Bellator MMA has announced the signing of three-time All American wrestler Jarod Trice to an exclusive, multi-fight contract. “We’re excited to be adding yet another world-class wrestling talent to our ever-growing roster of fighters here at Bellator,” stated Bellator President Scott Coker. “I’ve always taken great pride in our ability to identify and build stars … Read more

Westside MMA celebrating 10th Anniversary

A little more than 10 years ago, Roli Delgado and Matt Hamilton set their sights on bringing high-level MMA training to their hometown, Little Rock, Ark. A decade later, the former UFC fighter’s vision — Little Rock’s Westside MMA — is stronger than ever. Arkansas’ largest martial arts academy, Westside MMA fighters have competed in the UFC, … Read more