Tim Sylvia retires
Former UFC heavyweight champion Tim "The Maineiac" Sylvia was scheduled to fight tonight at Reality Fighting 53, but was not medically cleared to fight. While the reason was not provided, Sylvia announced at the event that there was an issue with his MRI, and he was retiring.
'Diablita' retired from combat sports but suffering cognitive symptoms
In a recent profile on AXS.com by Eric Holden titled "Michele Gutierrez feeling long-term effects of MMA fighting" the fighter talks about health issues she is having that could be traced to head trauma from combat sports.
The only figure from MMA with a publicly confirmed diagnosis for CTE is Gary Goodridge, and he explicitly attributes it to the damage he took in kickboxing.
Tim Sylvia Weights in at Career High for Reality Fighting
I don't have a link, but word from weigh-ins for Reality Fighting at Mohegan Sun is that Tim Sylvia has weighed in at a career high of 371lbs for his main event bout against Juliano "Banana" Cuitanho.
For your viewing pleasure, here is a list of pivotal Tim Sylvia weigh-ins throughout the last few years:
UFC 61 2006: 258lbs
Affliction 2008: 263lbs
Moosin 2010: 305lbs
Titan 16 2011: 311lbs
One FC 2013: 271lbs
Reality Fighting 2014: 371lbs
He's gained 100lbs this year and is actually up 20lbs from his last training camp; a fight with UFC veteran Christian Morecraft that Morecraft pulled out of at last minute.
Robin Black give personal insight to 'Gossip MMA Media' and how they are ruining the sport
As I watch the gossip monger hold his microphone in front of a famous entertainer while hanging on every word in "anticipation" of his UFC debut (despite the fact that the famous entertainer has never sparred), I wonder how we got here.
Mixed Martial Arts is such a beautiful sport. It pits the greatest athletes against each other in poetic mortal combat. It is the greatest sport on planet Earth. It is simple yet complex, violent yet elegant, terrifying yet inspiring.
How did we get to the point that spectacle is more important than this incredible sport and art?
I honestly blame the "journalists".
ESPN hires ex-UFC fighter/FOX Sports broadcaster Chael Sonnen
Chael Sonnen has found a new home for his broadcasting and analyst work.
The retired UFC fighter and former title challenger, who was fired from his job with FOX Sports earlier this year, has signed on with ESPN as an MMA analyst. ESPN officials today announced the signing following an initial report from the AP...
Joe Lauzon: Injuries Suck
I have been training for close to 15 years… and I have dealt with a LOT of injuries. I think as your knowledge of the sport grows as a coach and competitor, so does your knowledge grow of dealing with and training around injuries. At this point in my life, its not IS something going to hurt today but WHAT is going to hurt the most and how am I going to train around it.
Thiago Silva free, all charges against him dropped.
Thiago Silva, the former UFC light heavyweight contender who was arrested in early-February and subsequently cut from the UFC, is once again a free man.
A Florida judge dropped all charges levied against Silva stemming from an alleged altercation with Silva's estranged wife, Thaysa Kamiji, and her partner, Pablo Popovitch, outside of Popovitch's mixed martial arts school in Fort Lauderdale, MMAFighting.com confirmed on Thursday following an initial report by TMZ.
Hallman: Rousey is like ‘a 14-year-old boy trapped in a woman’s body’
Ronda Rousey is no stranger to the news, and while most news is related to her training, appearances, or talent in general, one too many stories involve anecdotes from coaches or fellow fighters detailing her strange out-of-the-ring behavior. Former UFC fighter Dennis Hallman gave an interview for MMA Crypt and spoke about Ronda and her time on The Ultimate Fighter.