ufc review

July 12th, 2015
Brad Taschuk

It was a slow start for Ireland on Saturday night, but Conor McGregor sent all of the travelling fans home happy after dispatching Chad Mendes in the second round of their interim featherweight title bout, and capped off one of the greatest UFC cards in recent memory. McGregor has been calling himself a future champion…

June 28th, 2015
Brad Taschuk

Saturday night saw the UFC take their efforts back to Florida for a card that went through as many changes as any in recent memory. The event was originally supposed to be held in Brazil, then was to feature fighters from TUF Brazil 4, then just became an amalgamation of random Brazilians, and whatever Floridians…

June 14th, 2015
Brad Taschuk

The UFC’s second card in Mexico City brought a very different feel from it’s debut, but in the end the same man had his hand raised and a belt wrapped around his waist. Fabricio Werdum went into the title unification bout against Cain Velasquez as a nearly 4-to-1 underdog, but quickly proved that he belonged…

May 31st, 2015
Brad Taschuk

It was a long wait for MMA fans, but Saturday night saw the return of arguably MMA’s most consistently entertaining fighter. The main event of the Goiania event saw Carlos Condit step back in the Octagon for the first time since February 2014 to take on Thiago Alves. The opening round was extremely competitive, with…

May 24th, 2015
Brad Taschuk

Before Spike TV, Fox Sports, UFC Fight Pass, Facebook, and any other channels the UFC has shown preliminary fights on, pay-per-view events used to be judged just by the fights that took place on the main card. By that scale, UFC 187 was the best PPV in a long, long time. Each of the five…

April 26th, 2015
Brad Taschuk

Saturday night saw Montreal’s Bell Centre play host to UFC 186. What wasn’t the most enthralling card heading into the event turned out to be rather entertaining for those who tuned as, as four of the five main card fights featured excitement in one way or another. Other than being a good evening for viewers,…

April 19th, 2015
Brad Taschuk

Saturday night’s UFC on Fox 15 from the Prudential Center played host to three of the top five middleweight fighters in the world, and there were a pair of performances worthy of that standing. While Chris Weidman is scheduled to defend his 185lb title against Vitor Belfort in a little over a month, both Luke…

April 5th, 2015
Brad Taschuk

The UFC put on a rare afternoon event in North America on Saturday, even though some of the fights were prime time quality. UFC Fight Night 63 showcased a pair of top five featherweights in the main event, and saw two talented lightweight strikers put forth an entertaining — albeit controversial — bout in the…

March 22nd, 2015
Brad Taschuk

UFC Fight Night 62 ended up being a throwback to some of the early Brazilian events in terms of the sheer dominance of the hometown fighters. The 12-fight event featured 10 bouts with Brazilians taking on foreigners, and the locals won 9 of those bouts. Only Christos Giagos was able to head back home from…

March 9th, 2015
Brad Taschuk

It’s a bit late with March already being a week old, but here is the recap of February’s MMA action (particularly from a money-making perspective). As usual, the UFC led the way in lined fights. This month they hosted 32 (and a pair more that were cancelled either the day of, or day prior). Bellator…

March 1st, 2015
Brad Taschuk

UFC 184 was sold on the back of Ronda Rousey, and her performance in the main event will likely be what resonates with MMA fans above all else from this event for a long time to come. It took all of 14 seconds for Cat Zingano to employ the worst possible strategy for a bout…

February 28th, 2015
Brad Taschuk

UFC 184 Closing Odds and Results On Saturday night, the Octagon returned to Los Angeles for the first time since 2012, and for its first pay-per-view event since all the way back in 2009. UFC 184 was the first time a PPV had been headlined by a pair of women’s bouts, and the card delivered….

February 23rd, 2015
Brad Taschuk

The UFC put on a rare Sunday night offering from Porto Alegre, Brazil, and there wasn’t much fanfare heading into the event. The topic of discussion quickly shifted from the lackluster event on paper to the stunning turn of events that saw 10 of the 11 bouts on the card end via upset, a new…

February 1st, 2015
Brad Taschuk

UFC 183 concluded the biggest month for the promotion in over a year. The card saw the return of former middleweight champion Anderson Silva, as well as former welterweight title challenger Nick Diaz in a main event that seemed delightfully offbeat heading into the fight, and played out exactly that way. The fight wasn’t exactly…

January 25th, 2015
Brad Taschuk

When the UFC booked the biggest European venue to hold the Octagon, this probably wasn’t what they had in mind. Swedes went 0-3 on home soil at UFC on FOX 14 — after pitching a shutout on the UFC Fight Night 53 main card back in October — and another blue and yellow crowd went…

January 20th, 2015
Brad Taschuk

The talk about UFC Fight Night 59 was all about Conor McGregor heading in, and it is largely about ‘The Notorious’ following the event as well. The Irishman came in to Boston in front of a partisan crowd and did what many expected against Dennis Siver — although it took a bit longer than many…

January 4th, 2015
Brad Taschuk

UFC 182 had more mainstream attention than any event the organization has put on since Anderson Silva’s rematches with Chris Weidman and Chael Sonnen, and to be frank, the card did not deliver. Most people certainly tuned in for the main event between reigning light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and his rival Daniel Cormier, and…

December 22nd, 2014
Brad Taschuk

The UFC’s final card of 2014 pretty much went to plan, much like the organization’s earliest efforts in reopening the Brazilian market. The event from Barueri featured a six-fight main card, and the hometown fighters were large favorites in three of those. All three came through with stoppage victories — two inside the first round…

December 15th, 2014
Brad Taschuk

This weekend was an interesting one in the two extremes of UFC weight classes. Friday night’s TUF 20 Finale focused almost exclusively on the women’s strawweight division, crowning the first champion at that weight. Saturday things went to the completely opposite end of the spectrum, as heavyweights more than double the size of the women…

December 7th, 2014
Brad Taschuk

12 years, 6 months, and 27 days. That was the amount of time between Robbie Lawler making his UFC debut (a decision victory over Aaron Riley on May 10th, 2002) and finally capturing UFC gold. Lawler winning a belt was something that up until a year ago nobody had seriously considered. He was a fashionable…

November 17th, 2014
Brad Taschuk

As so often is the case, the UFC’s first venture into a new market resulted in a memorable atmosphere, and a largely entertaining show. While UFC 180 didn’t necessarily draw fans in droves (outside of Mexico), those who did tune in got solid efforts and a decent representation of the UFC’s product in 2014. The…

October 26th, 2014
Brad Taschuk

Last night was one of the worst UFC cards not just in recent memory, but of all time… until suddenly it wasn’t. UFC 179 will not be remembered for its lackluster preliminary bouts, nor its yawn-inducing undercard. Instead, once Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes entered the cage for their rematch, they put on the type…

September 28th, 2014
Brad Taschuk

UFC 178 was one of the most anticipated cards of the year, and it completely lived up to expectations. The main card featured four finishes in five fights, but it was more the way the fights played out that made the event memorable. Each main card result will have a direct impact on its division’s…

September 20th, 2014
Brad Taschuk

For the first time in nearly two years, MMA fans had the opportunity to stay up all night watching fights from Japan. The card looked like it was going to be fun on paper, and in practice it was even better. Personally, I had no intention of staying up until 6am watching fights and foregoing…

September 14th, 2014
Brad Taschuk

On Saturday night in Brasilia, former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski looked as spry as he has in years, earning a first round knockout over Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva. The victory will go down as one of the bigger upsets in 2014, and moved Arlovski to a surprising 8-1, with 1 no contest over his past…

September 13th, 2014
Brad Taschuk

The UFC returned to Brazil on Saturday as UFC Fight Night 51 gave us an 11-fight card from Brasilia, Brazil. All told, seven favorites came through on the evening, while three underdogs cashed, including a big upset by Andrei Arlovski in the main event. The eleventh bout was one of the rare fights that closed…

August 31st, 2014
Brad Taschuk

Last night, one of Dana White’s favorite rallying cries picked up momentum, even though it had no business doing so. White always proclaims that you can’t judge a fight card before the fights actually take place, which is of course an absurd assertion. Regardless of how Saturday night’s bouts played out, UFC 177 would still…

August 24th, 2014
Brad Taschuk

Although it took a while for the ball to get rolling on Saturday, by the end of the day the marathon of MMA almost seemed worth it. UFC Fight Night 49 in Tulsa finished with four consecutive TKOs, as the fighters must have sensed the restlessness growing amongst their audience to have 10 hours of…

August 17th, 2014
Brad Taschuk

Perhaps it was due to the fight inexplicably airing until 1am ET, or the fact that most relevant bout on the card took place approximately three hours earlier, but the end of the UFC’s first trip to Maine seemed like a downpoint. Ryan Bader controlled Ovince St. Preux for the majority of their 25 minutes…

August 17th, 2014
Brad Taschuk

The UFC’s first trip to Maine took place on Saturday night, as UFC Fight Night 47 went live from the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. The ten fight docket appeared to be well-matched on paper, and the majority of the bouts ended up being competitive in the cage as well, with several come-from-behind victories throughout…

July 28th, 2014
Brad Taschuk

Last night the UFC went back to some old Strikeforce stomping grounds in San Jose, and brought some of the promotion’s biggest names with it. Josh Thomson and Clay Guida were both champions in that organization, while Robbie Lawler and Jorge Masvidal had solid runs under the banner. Those fighters saw mixed success on Saturday…

July 20th, 2014
Brad Taschuk

The biggest talking point coming out of the UFC’s most recent trip abroad was definitely the crowd which filled the O2 Arena in Dublin, Ireland from the very first fight until Conor McGregor finished off Diego Brandao and delivered as good a performance on the mic as he did in the cage. It was the…

July 17th, 2014
Brad Taschuk

The last time the UFC hosted a card at the Revel Hotel and Casino it was memorable for the wrong reasons. Last night the UFC returned to the venue — which will prove to be the last MMA card held in the confines — and gave it a card that will be remembered as one…

July 7th, 2014
Brad Taschuk

The Ultimate Fighter 19 may be an experience that BJ Penn (16-10-2) would simply rather forget. Last time he was featured on the show, his fighters didn’t perform particularly well, but at least he made amends by dominating Jens Pulver in the coaches fight. This time around it was Penn who played the part of…

July 6th, 2014
Brad Taschuk

When a champion steps into the Octagon to defend their belt, one of two things can happen: they can leave with their belt after the fight, or without it. Both reigning champions walked out of the Mandalay Bay with their titles still strapped around their waist, but their defenses couldn’t have been more different. In…

June 29th, 2014
Brad Taschuk

Even though Saturday’s two UFC events were separated by more than 12 hours and 7,000 miles, they did share one common trait: featherweights ended up being the most exciting fighters on the card. In San Antonio, Cub Swanson and Jeremy Stephens breathed some life into a very stale main card, while in Auckland Charles Oliveira…

June 15th, 2014
Brad Taschuk

The first time the UFC travelled to Western Canada back in June 2010, the event was a huge hit. That card featured Chuck Liddell’s final MMA bout, a fantastic fight between Carlos Condit and Rory MacDonald, and a rare Mirko Cro Cop submission victory. The organization’s last four trips out west however, have not been…

June 1st, 2014
Brad Taschuk

Saturday was a first for the UFC, as they held two events in two locations on the same day. Germany and Brazil played host to a marathon of 22 fights that began at 12:30pm EST and didn’t end until the wee hours on Sunday morning. Although it was a trial for fans to watch every…

May 25th, 2014
Brad Taschuk

UFC 173 was another night that the mixed martial arts world won’t soon forget, and T.J. Dillashaw (10-2) is to thank. The unheralded challenger came into his UFC bantamweight title shot against Renan Barao (32-2, 1 NC) overlooked by most fans and pundits. Dillashaw closed as a +710 underdog (bet $100 to win $710) at…

May 11th, 2014
Brad Taschuk

There’s been one big theme so far this year when it comes to betting on the UFC, and that is: favorites have been dominating. Aside from UFC Fight Night 38 — which saw underdogs go 9-1-1 — favorites have been winning close to 75% of the time in 2014, which is well above the historical…

May 10th, 2014
Brad Taschuk

This week is back to the usual formula for the MMA Analysis, with a UFC and Bellator card on tap there were plenty of fights for your hosts to break down. Listen here: Picks: Direct download: MMA Analysis – May 9th, 2014

May 5th, 2014
Brad Taschuk

This Saturday, the US Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio will play host to a massive 13-fight card as UFC Fight Night 40 comes to town. The main card on Fox Sports 1 looks like it will provide a great deal of entertainment with fighters like Matt Brown and Erick Silva headlining, while entertaining strikers like…

May 2nd, 2014
Brad Taschuk

It seems like UFC matchmakers are hoping to provide some violence when the octagon returns to Cincinnati in less than two weeks. The main card of UFC Fight Night 40 should provide some very exciting bouts, and it seems heavily weighted towards fighters who are willing to keep things on the feet and strike. In…

April 27th, 2014
Brad Taschuk

UFC 172 was in a strange place prior to the fight card actually taking place on Saturday. The main event of Jon Jones attempting to defend his light heavyweight title for the seventh consecutive time was sold as his biggest test ever, despite being far from it. Likewise, the event itself was deemed to be…

April 20th, 2014
Brad Taschuk

While the UFC on Fox 11 card didn’t deliver the type of all-time violence some had projected, it was still a highly entertaining event for the organization on the big network. One title contender was definitively crowned, while a few others made very strong cases for themselves over the course of the 13-fight event. In…

April 12th, 2014
Brad Taschuk

Early on Friday the UFC put on an entertaining card from Abu Dhabi which certainly made Zuffa and their partners at Flash Entertainment happier than their last trip to the Emirates almost exactly four years ago. While the name power was nowhere near the level of that event, the action surpassed it despite only being…

March 24th, 2014
Brad Taschuk

In what will likely go down as one of the most statistically anomalous UFC events in history, Dan Henderson stole the show in the third round of his rematch with ‘Shogun’ Rua. After being on the verge of getting stopped in the first round and hurt badly once again in the second, Henderson landed a…

March 16th, 2014
Brad Taschuk

Life in the post-Georges St-Pierre welterweight division truly began on Saturday night, and the two top contenders in the division did everything they could across 25 minutes to make onlookers forget about the former champion. Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler stood in the pocket for nearly their entire bout, throwing all manner of punches, and…

March 9th, 2014
Brad Taschuk

The Octagon travelled to London, England for a Saturday matinee event, but the locals didn’t get much to cheer about across the nine fight card. Brits took on visiting fighters in six bouts and only emerged with two victories. Included amongst those losses was a vicious knockout suffered by Jimi Manuwa (14-1) at the hands…

March 2nd, 2014
Brad Taschuk

For those who were up in the early hours on Saturday morning for ‘The Ultimate Fighter: China’ finale which was one of the least anticipated UFC cards of all-time, you certainly got your money’s worth out of the first month of your UFC Fight Pass membership. The Asian-catered start time also makes it feel like…

February 16th, 2014
Brad Taschuk

UFC Fight Night 36 would go down as possibly the most forgettable card in recent UFC memory, if only anybody cared enough to remember it. The organization’s most recent trip to Jaragua do Sul in Brazil was met with a mixed reaction from the Brazilian crowd. When I say that, I mean mixed in the…

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