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MMA things I’d like to see happen in 2021 but, like, no pressure

Remember when 2020 was arriving and we were all like “Hey, let’s make plans and create expectations like we do every year because why wouldn’t we?” via GIPHY In any case, you don’t really need to me tell you about how much this year sucked, do you? Not when you…

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Totally Normal, Not Weird At All UFC Guide to Thompson vs. Neal

*clears throat* I just want you for my own More than you could ever know Make my wish come true All I want for Christmas is some reprieve from the crushing weight of existence and maybe a vaccine so I can finally go to an overcrowded confined area and have…

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Facts On UFC 256 Fighters So You Can Sound Smart Without Really Trying

Being a legitimately smart person with actual knowledge and useful information on a thing is cool, but you know what’s even cooler? Kind of knowing some random stuff about a thing and sounding smart anyway. That’s right. At a time when reality is subjective and there isn’t a basic scientific…

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Mirko Cro Cop’s Documentary: A Magical And Slightly Confusing Journey

Being on the internet isn’t always great. It is on the internet, after all, that we get complete strangers telling us that we actually don’t know anything about the things that we know about. The internet is where Steven Crowder lives. It is on the internet that you get to…

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Valentina Shevchenko And Some Thoughts On Greatness

There is being good at fighting. There is being great at fighting. And then, about nine levels above that, in that fine line between being a human and an indestructible piece of machinery sent from the future to save (or destroy) mankind, there is what Valentina Shevchenko is at fighting.…

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Van Damme’s Leading Men as MMA Fighters: Part Two

Yesterday, we began our quest through Jean-Claude Van Damme’s incredible filmography, to see how his badass characters would make it in the modern MMA game. Today, we’ll continue and finish that journey. The Quest (Christopher Dubois) If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to take conscience-altering drugs but…

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Van Damme’s Leading Men As MMA fighters: A Very Scientific Study

Have you ever got done watching a Jean-Claude Van Damme movie for the 38th time and thought to yourself, “I wonder how this fictional character from the early 90s would do as a professional fighter in modern-day MMA?” If you haven’t, congratulations: You might just be a reasonable person with…

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Five MMA Things That Aren’t Awful

There are a lot of bad things happening right now, so I wrote about five things that are not bad and in fact might actually be good. via GIPHY All that sappy human stuff It’s easy to forget when you’re looking at identical shots of black-and-white floating heads awkwardly delivering…

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The Totally Normal, Not Weird At All UFC Guide to Hall vs. Silva

Roses are red, violets are blue, I’m bad at these intros so please just skip this and dive straight into the pre-fight guide I have lovingly made just for you. via GIPHY Anderson Silva and Pets in Hats: An Exploration of Meaning After three days of deep reflection and exhaustive…

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In MMA, It’s so Hard to Say Goodbye

This past Saturday, after beating Justin Gaethje to add a 29th win to his perfect professional record, UFC lightweight champion and crusher of wills Khabib Nurmagomedov announced he was retiring from MMA. The news followed an atypically emotional post-fight reaction from Nurmagomedov, who had lost his father and trainer, Abdulmanap…

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UFC Featherweight Champion Alex Volkanovski’s mustache, a review

Alexander Volkanovski, our current featherweight UFC champion (and former small-but-utterly-jacked Rugby star) is considering repeating this look from the past for Movember this year. Maybe this review is the encouragement he needs?

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A Totally Arbitrary, Not at All Complete List of UFC ‘Fight Island’ Moments

This Saturday, Khabib Nurmagomedov will put the UFC lightweight title on the line against Justin Gaethje in what will be the last of the currently scheduled* events at “Fight Island” — which I know sounds like the type of badass setting where high-school kids armed with katanas would engage on…

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The Totally Normal, Not Weird At All Guide to Ortega vs. Korean Zombie

Tired: Putting energy and thought into an introduction that will endear the readers to you and motivate them to continue reading the sub-par, but well-meaning content that you took an embarrassing amount of time to produce. Wired: Not doing any of that and using a meme format that was successful…

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UFC Fight Night Ortega v The Korean Zombie: Weigh-Ins

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Anatomy of a Mildly Successful Fight Tweet

Content warning for misogyny, sexism, transphobia, slut-shaming, and people generally being awful on Twitter. Being a woman who covers sports and exists on the internet is not something I would recommend. Alas, thanks mostly to my professional choices but also to my inexplicable tendency to gravitate towards emotional self-harm, that…

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Perusing The Fine Art of Violence

Content warning for a mention of domestic abuse. MMA doesn’t necessarily have the best reputation in every circle, something I’ve learned as I’ve trained in aspects of the sport and become a huge fan, at least of the sport itself if not some of the organizations promoting it. But the…

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SportsMiddle 11: Crossword for Losers

You can download this episode directly right here. Otherwise, check out the player above, or head to iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, or Google Podcasts. While you’re there, consider rating us or leaving a review. It helps. Seriously!

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Fanfyte 8: That Old Face and Heel Energy

This week on the Fanfyte podcast, LB brought Danielle a wildly fun AEW match in Orange Cassidy vs. Pac, a classic fresh-faced babyface vs. buff heel kind of situation. Then Danielle brought the explosive UFC headliner from October 2018, Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor lightweight championship. That was an intense…

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Fanfyte 6: MMA Rules Extravaganza

This week, we’re talking about MMA rules and Jon Jones’ wildly controversial fight with Mark Hamill: his only loss, due to a 12-6 elbow. A 12-6 elbow? What’s that, you ask? Well we have a special guest to guide us through the wild and wooly history of MMA rules: Jaime…

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SportsMiddle 3: Owning the Post-Game

On the third episode of the new sports podcast that we started just as sports… ended, we have a number of incredible revelations, including young Niki’s thoughts on dog health and some surprising assertions about esports. Then we go into some of our all-time favorite post-game interviews, from across the…

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Fanfyte 5: The Sweetest Beast

Welcome again to the Fanfyte podcast, where Fanbyte Editors Danielle Riendeau and LB Hunktears come together, share an MMA fight, a pro wrestling match, and enjoy the knowledge. This week, we have two action-packed events: WWE’s Asuka vs. Charlotte Flair, a “green mist”-spewing, sliding and high-flying match from last November.…

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