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Looking Back At The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time

7 Aug , 2020,
A. J. Riot

If you were to take all the boxers in the middleweight category and pitted them against each other, betting on your champ would be an exciting but tough challenge. As the standard male falls into the 160-lbs weight category, it is unsurprising that this is a weight division with a huge depth of talent.

Which of the greats in this weight bracket would demolish the field with their might? Here we run through some of the possibilities for the top spot, so you can begin to make your choice who to put your money on.

Stanley Ketchell

It is difficult to take different generations of boxers and compare them. Ketchell, in 1908, dispatched Sullivan as World Champion with an ease that few could have predicted. He then went on to floor the heavyweight champion Jack Johnson, which was billed as David against Goliath. This talented boxer was murdered in 2020 at the age of 24, so who knows what his potential would have been. Also, imagine if he had the input of today’s psychologist, physiotherapists and professional trainers! He would have been an unstoppable force!

Emile Griffin

Griffin spent a lot of his career in the welterweights, where he would have come in as the greatest of all time without a doubt. However, he also deserves to rank in the greats of the middleweights, as he was the first native of the US Virgin Islands to take the world title. While you might look at his record and think it is nothing special, it is because he carried on fighting way too long. He cemented his talent and skill by becoming a world-class training, helping to train Wilfred Benitez and Juan LaPorte.

Dick Tiger

Born in Nigeria but an immigrant to Liverpool, England, Dick Tiger beat Fullmer to win the world title, retaining the title three times in meetings with this classy boxer. In the third match-up, Tiger knocked Fullmer out. He has made many lists for the best boxer in any category, so deserves a high place in the greats of the middleweights.

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Four of the Most Educated MMA Fighters

26 Jul , 2020,
A. J. Riot

MMA has become widespread in the world since the 90’s of the last century, but the roots of mixed fights go back many centuries. The BC Olympic Games included Pankration, the oldest recorded example of a combat sport. MMA has become quite common among college students. This is absolutely normal, as a career in MMA is associated with high incomes and provides considerable popularity to fighters. Besides, MMA training is great for physical fitness. Regular workouts will help you get in good physical shape, all major muscle groups are utilized in martial arts classes and decent cardio is given. The psychological stress of sparring has an additional effect. However, with all the advantages of studying MMA, you should not drop out of university. We have compiled a list of a few MMA fighters with a higher education diploma.

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Top 3 Fights That We Need To See In The UFC This Year

23 Jul , 2020,
A. J. Riot

It has been a remarkable year for all sports, but no sport has been able to adapt in the way that the UFC has. Dana White has consistently reiterated that he wants to continue putting on events for fans, despite audiences not able to be present.

Fight Island is one of the most exciting additions to UFC in recent years and has made for must-see sporting action. Fans will once again be treated to another blockbuster event this weekend as Darren Till, and Robert Whittaker go head to head, but what fights are fans all hoping to see at some point this year?

Conor McGregor vs Khabib Nurmagomedov

The obvious fight that all fans want to see at some point in the future is the rematch between Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov. Tensions between the two have refused to go away, and the scene has been set for two years fro a rematch. There were fears earlier this year that fans may never get the rematch that they craved when McGregor revealed that he was retiring from UFC action.

However, it isn’t the first time that the Irishman has pulled this stunt and he will likely be tempted back into the octagon. The fight between the two in 2018 was a thrilling affair, as Khabib ruthlessly beat McGregor by forcing him to tap-out.

The fact that these two fighters really don’t like each other means that it is bound to sell. However, whether the UFC are likely to stage one of their biggest ever fights without fans in attendance looks very unlikely.

After all if Conor and Khabib were in horse racing, they would be equaled to Triple Crown winners and you want to cash on winning horses don’t you?

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MMA Stars That Originally Tried Their Hand At Other Sports

Jul , 2020,
A. J. Riot

There aren’t many other sports that can claim to have as many athletes that have tested out multiple sports more so than the UFC. There have been a number of fighters throughout the history of UFC that have dabbled in other sports before carving out a career in the octagon.

Some of the stars that have moved to the UFC have enjoyed excellent careers in the MMA world, while others haven’t achieved anything. But, which fighters started their sporting careers in other sports before landing in the octagon?

Greg Hardy

Greg Hardy began his sporting career in the NFL as he was drafted in round six in 2010. During his career playing American Football, he played for the Carolina Panthers and the Dallas Cowboys. Hardy played 75 times in the NFL and was a renowned defensive end. If you are familiar on how NFL odds work, you are probably familiar with his name.

His performances on the picture saw him named in the Pro Bowl in 2013, and he was also selected in the All-SEC first team in 2007. However, in 2016 he revealed that he would be having a change in career as he started in the world of MMA.

Within two years he was signed by the UFC, and he fought against former NFL star Austen Lane in Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series. Hardy won by KO in that fight. Hardy has naturally fitted into the world of MMA and has won six of his eight fights in UFC. The most recent of those came in May as he beat Yorgan De Castro via unanimous decision.

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Cormier and Miocic Closely Matched Ahead of Final Encounter

21 Jul , 2020,
A. J. Riot

Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic have traded wins and the UFC Heavyweight Championship over the last couple of years. At UFC 252 on August 15, they will meet again, and we will find out who is the better man inside the Octagon.

Win, lose or draw, Cormier has said he will retire from MMA following this third bout with Miocic. Whether he will ride off into the sunset as a two-time UFC Heavyweight champ remains to be seen.

DC took less than five minutes to knock Miocic out at UFC 226 in July 2018 and end his two-year reign but had three warnings from the official about eye-gouging. This nasty undercurrent to the fight also reared its ugly head again in the rematch at UFC 241 held in the old Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, California.

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Miocic vs Cormier III: Why It’s All on the Line in Heavyweight Scrap for the Ages

15 Jul , 2020,
A. J. Riot

There’s an old maxim that “good things come in threes”, which anyone who has sat through the third part of the Back to the Future, Rocky and The Godfather trilogies will have solid ground to disagree with. But just occasionally triple headers can deliver the goods, and the hope is that Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier’s third encounter adds to that pantheon.

The Heavyweight Championship will be on the line when the two are scheduled to meet at UFC 252 on August 15 in the UFC’s APEX production facility in Las Vegas, but there’s much more than just gold and bragging rights at stake here.

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Would Reclaiming the Title from Stipe Miocic Cement Daniel Cormier’s Status as the UFC’s Greatest Heavyweight?

23 Jun , 2020,
A. J. Riot

The world of heavyweight mixed martial arts is full of action-packed, adrenaline-fueled, one-punch drama. In turn, this unpredictability is what creates a lack of clarity regarding naming the division’s all-time great. So, let’s take a look at whether Daniel Cormier would cement his status as the heavyweight GOAT should he win his trilogy fight with Stipe Miocic.

The Need to Make Adjustments for Their Trilogy Fight at UFC 252 

After a perfectly-timed right-hand shot landed on the exit of a clinch in the closing stages of round one during their UFC 226 superfight, Cormier claimed the heavyweight title for the first time with the Las Vegas-based organization. Following the triumph, which saw him become a champion in two different weight classes, Cormier established himself as an all-time great within the 265-pound division, having gone undefeated at heavyweight throughout his career.

However, during the highly-anticipated rematch at UFC 241, Miocic took revenge on the two-time light-heavyweight champion as he secured a fourth-round finish to reclaim the title from his opponent. Because of that, many now believe that their trilogy bout will determine who the greatest heavyweight of all time is. Fundamentally, this is down the fact that, if Cormier can avenge his defeat, his heavyweight record will include 16 victories and one loss.

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The 5 Best Fighting Video Games Ever

14 Jun , 2020,
A. J. Riot

Boy, have video games changed over the years. Today’s video game technology has made it seem as if the player has been transported into the actual game, in real-time, no less. That makes playing casino games more fun. It’s completely insane. Thankfully, MMA video games have been fortunate enough to take advantage of the improvement of gaming technology and use it to make the best fighting games possible, all for your vicious bloodlust. There are lots of MMA/fighting games out there. MMA video games have been rising on popularity in recent times, another reason you might want to try them out. Here are my five favorite fighting video games in history – in no particular order.

UFC Undisputed 3

It was developed by Yuke’s and published by THQ in 2012 for PS3 and Xbox 360. This game is hands down the best MMA game till date. It is a sequel to UFC Undisputed 2010 and has been one of the most popular MMA games in recent years. It contains the well-known “Pride Mode.” This mode was added after the game was released, with its own rules and fighters. It also includes the Pride Grand Prix, so that you can have more than one fight in the same night, and move on to the next fight retaining your damage score.

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A Look Back on Our Favourite Weigh-In Antics

9 Jun , 2020,
A. J. Riot

The build-up to a big fight is made even more exciting because of press conferences and media coverage of both camps. But the pinnacle of the anticipation is felt at the weigh-in when both fighters come toe to toe with each other. After weighing in, the two fighters are presented into each other. This serves as a way to stare into each other’s eyes and intimidate each other. Most times it is amicable while other times it gets a little heated. Let’s take a look back at the most entertaining weigh-ins.

Why Is There a Stare Down After a Weigh-In?

Most of the time, the staredown is all part of the production as a way to get people interested in the fight. Sometimes there is genuine hatred and animosity between the fighters, which makes the stare down a real affair. Other times, the staredown is exacerbated to make the fight more interesting and increase ticket sales or people purchasing the bout at home. The origins of these antics go back decades. Lots of fans point to Muhammed Ali’s teasing and hostility towards his opponent (which was often just an act and part of his tactics).

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Top 5 Benefits of Mixed Martial Arts

7 Jun , 2020,
A. J. Riot

Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)  is a sport that pits two participants against each other in physical combat. A typical MMA match  involves striking, grappling, and ground fighting. MMA fights take place in an enclosed arena such as a cage or a ring. During mixed martial arts training, individuals are capable of increasing both their physical and mental strength in a non-combat environment. The history of mixed martial arts is traced back to the Olympics of ancient Greece, even before starburst was discovered. The sport of MMA originated as hand to hand combat. It has since then been used for financial, physical fitness, and mental benefits.

Read on for some of the benefits of mixed martial arts:

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