The highs and lows: Retirements and comebacks in MMA

In recent weeks, the MMA world has seen several high-profile fighters announce their retirements from the sport, admitting that their time has come and gone. First, former UFC Middleweight Champion Michael Bisping walked away, citing health concerns.  Then, former Light Heavyweight Champion Rashad Evans called it quits, following his fifth consecutive loss.   After that, former…

Is CM Punk’s UFC 225 loss the end of the road?

“It should be a wrap…” That is the opinion of UFC President Dana White regarding the promotion’s ‘CM Punk experiment.’ Punk, the former WWE Superstar lost a one-sided decision to journeyman fighter Michael Jackson this past Saturday night at UFC 225 in front of his hometown crowd in Chicago.  The loss brings his career record…

Pennington’s corner failed her in loss to Nunes at UFC 224

  At UFC 224 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Amanda Nunes successfully defended her bantamweight title for the third time, finishing Raquel Pennington with strikes in the fifth and final round.  The bout also marked the first time two openly gay athletes competed for the UFC title.  These are things worth talking about.  Instead, we’re…

Dern’s victory highlights weigh-in flaws of MMA

Saying that weight cutting is an issue in MMA and combat sports at this point is really like beating a dead horse. Amateur wrestlers have struggled for generations, and boxers and MMA fighters have seemingly followed suit.  Athletes have long cut dangerous amounts of weight, all for the slightest competitive edge. This year alone, it…