UFC’s potential on pay-per-view has never looked brighter, but nothing is a lock

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Due to the monster numbers of the two Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz fights, the UFC is on the verge of record-setting annual pay-per-view revenues.

UFC has sold an estimated 6.35 million buys on nine shows so far this year. With four shows remaining, as long as the company gets one fight between now and the end of the year withConor McGregor, Ronda Rousey or Georges St-Pierre, it’s a lock that this year’s total will easily top the estimated 7.2 million buys in 2016. Last year, due to highest price per order, would have grossed more revenue than 2010, which did closer to 8 million buys at a lower price point.



Wushu Watch: Why Aren’t People Getting Thrown Around By The Wrist in MMA?

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If you have grappled for any decent length of time you have experienced it: the guy who comes in with a little bit of experience in Aikido or classical Jujutsu. He’s helpless on his back—as anyone who has never grappled before is, no shame there—but perhaps he drives a few ippon-ken thrusts into ‘pressure poins’ as you try to secure your pass. You think “fair enough” and introduce him to the Shoulder of Justice. You take the mount and get to work sneaking a hand into the collar when suddenly you find yourself on the receiving end of a wrist lock. With both hands on your attacking your would be collar grip, the aikidoka flexes your wrist towards you and then turns it violently to the outside and you tumble to bottom position. That centuries old staple of martial arts, the kote-gaeshi, strikes down yet another unsuspecting or even unbelieving victim. Except that has never, ever happened anywhere.



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How do you say yes to fighting ‘Cyborg’ – and tell yourself it’s a good idea? Lina Lansberg explains


The call to join the UFC didn’t come the way Lina Lansberg thought it would.

She pictured it being more of a singular moment. A call comes. A contract appears. There’s validation in that moment. The world’s largest MMA promotion has seen your work and wants to hire you.

But instead the moment arrived gradually over the course of weeks, first carried on whispers, and then with a strange, though telling request: Would she be willing to fight at 140 pounds?

If you’re a female MMA fighter on the UFC’s radar and you hear those words, it can only mean one thing.


Illuminating the Fighting History of Ancient Africa

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In the history of the scholarship of history, we, as academics, have privileged cultures with writing, even though advanced societies existed that relied on oral tradition rather than the written word. Excavating, both metaphorically and physically, the history of a particular culture group requires looking into all of the artifacts that articulate the morays of that society. Art and sculpture, architecture and tombs, songs and dancing and even fighting sports can provide historians with a depiction of a society that is rich and intricate and interesting. The Greeks may have written about their ancient fighting sports, but many African tribes and countries live their history as their martial arts traditions have passed on, through oral history, rituals, and the actual arts themselves, through hundreds of generations.



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Marc Diakiese – Grinding for the Spectacular

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A colleague of mine, Graeme McDonnell, recently spent time in the UK with newly signed UFC lightweight, Marc Diakiese. When he got home he was blown away by the 23-year-old’s work ethic as he launched into a multi-destination journey each day for training.

When I get talking to Diakiese at around lunchtime he has already travelled from his hometown of Doncaster to Sheffield, and then to Leeds—a four hour round trip for two training sessions.



What Does Everyone Else Deserve When Jon Jones Returns?

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Jon Jones has reduced the UFC’s 205-pound weight class to a supporting cast of characters, and he’s done it by barely fighting at all. The long-reigning light heavyweight champion lost his belt for out-of-the-cage infractions in 2015, hid out for a year, and won a shiny, meaningless interim belt with a lackluster decision over an overmatched Ovince St. Preux in April. Before a planned rematch with nemesis and current 205-pound champion Daniel Cormier in July, Jones tested positive for a pair of banned substances and pulled the rug out from UFC 200 just days out, shed some tears at a press conference, and faced a potentially years-long suspension in the aftermath.



Following in the Footsteps of Donald Cerrone and Neil Magny, Sam Alvey Takes His Fourth Fight in Five Months

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For all their skill and dominance, fighters like Cain Velasquez, Chris Weidman and Dominick Cruz often find themselves on the receiving end of some fairly venomous fan criticism. The reason for that criticism is pretty easy to identify: these fighters simply have a hard time staying healthy, and as such, spend long stretches on the bench, often holding up entire divisions as a result.



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