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Free Fight: Junior Dos Santos vs Mark Hunt

May 25, 2013: The co-main event at UFC 160, Junior Dos Santos vs Mark Hunt was a high tension technical brawl that saw the former UFC champion Dos Santos establish himself as the #2 in the heavyweight division, but not before 2001 K-1 Grand Prix champion Mark Hunt tested his striking credentials (despite breaking his right […]

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Richie Walsh Interview: Ups and downs of the fightlife and the end game

In Australia after a breakout performance at UFC Japan against Kiichi Kunimoto and on the end of a controversial split decision loss, ‘Filthy’ Rich Walsh sat down with Fight Sport Asia to discuss the good and bad of living the dream as a UFC fighter. The conversation ranged across a number of issues, dealing firstly with the loss […]

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UFC and Reebok Partner for Uniform Deal

The UFC and Reebok held a press conference today to announced the signing of a 6 year sponsorship with the UFC to provide gear, shorts and sponsorship to every fighter signed with the UFC on fight week.  This deal will see the days of fighter provided sponsorships long gone, as the fighters will get all […]

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Victorian state election opens door to UFC mega-event in Melbourne

It’s not often a state election has had such meaning to the MMA community, but in the Australian state of Victoria the election on November 29, 2014 (local time) was fought not just over conservative and union based political lines, but this time it was also about the cage ban. Ironically, The Victorian Labor Party, […]

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Judo or Judon’t: Officials Move to Prohibit Combat Sports Crossover

The International Judo Federation (IJF) has taken the extraordinary step of formally stating a ban exists on crossover grappling and combat sports competition for ranked Judoka in international competition, unless permission is granted. In an email circulated to IJF affiliates globally the wording is explicit Any Judoka classified in the <<IJF rankings list>> is not […]

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UFC Fight Night 55 Results: Luke Rockhold Hurts, Submits Michael Bisping

TUF Season 3 winner Michael Bisping (25-6) fought former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion Luke Rockhold (12-2).  Luke Rockhold took control of the center of the octagon.  A clash of heads opened a cut on Michael Bisping’s head.  A strange reset after the head butt and the men were separated.  A solid left body kick landed for […]

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UFC Fight Night 55: Third times a charm, Richie Vaculik to meet Louis Smolka

Richie ‘Vas’ Vaculik (surfing ‘The Right’ courtesy of stabmag.com) has had a rotating roster of match-ups for the November 8 card. He will now face young gun Louis ‘Da Last Samurai’ Smolka in a flyweight battle on the preliminary card of UFC Fight Night 55, in Sydney, according to MMA MAD. Initially without a match-up, […]

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Marco Gigante Villela Interview: Mark Hunt is a real fighter

Fight Sport Asia had the privilege of sitting down with Marco Gigante Villela in Sydney’s northern beaches to discuss Mark Hunts upcoming title fight against Fabricio Werdum at UFC 180 and the impending visit of Grandmaster Relson Gracie for the first time to Australia. There are few better qualified to assess the skills of Hunt and Werdum, as […]

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The China Issue: Contending Dragon, Fighting Tiger

The growth of MMA in China is seen as a ‘no brainer’ as MMA promotions around the world line up to compete for the hearts and minds of the Chinese people. The landscape is no picnic though. Fight Sport Asia looks at what it will take for the sport to flourish in the home of traditional […]

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UFC 179: Jose Aldo vs Chad Mendes

This Saturday, October 25th from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, UFC 179 is headlined by the UFC Featherweight Championship.  Jose Aldo (24-1) will defend his Featherweight title in Maracanazinho Gymnasium against the American Chad “Money” Mendes (16-1).  Jose Aldo has yet to taste defeat under Zuffa employ, racking up 14 straight wins in the WEC/UFC, including […]

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