In recent weeks, a number of UFC fighters have made the decision to test the open market following the expiration of their current UFC deal. Fighter such as Alistair Overeem, Matt Mitrione and Ben Henderson are all currently free agents who are able to talk to other promotions about jumping ship from the UFC.
Every sport has its characters; those brave enough to shun the rules, to turn a blind eye to ethics and morality, to do whatever it takes to get the win. Or the DQ, either is fine. The circus of MMA needs the bad guys and gals, the heel that gets the hero over with the crowd. No promotion can survive without a pantomime villain or two, but what if the entire roster was made up of them? That would be solid gold, wouldn’t it? Welcome to the Badman Fight League, or ‘BFL’ for short.
We look at the very worst the sport has to offer and decide whether or not to sign them into our prestigious organisation.
There’s more than one way to tell a story, how you choose to do so can greatly influence the number of people that choose to read it. This is especially true in the world of MMA.
Sorry, Cage Fighting…
For the first time ever, #TeamKnee go head-to-head, offering up their picks for UFC Fight Night – Dillashaw vs. Cruz.
Dominick Cruz will finally get the opportunity to compete in a championship fight for the first time in nearly FIVE years this weekend, when he faces champion TJ Dillashaw for the UFC bantamweight title. Cruz will get the chance to show the world that he hasn’t lost that ability that took him to the top of the division between 2010-2011.
Team Titan fighters Nathaniel Wood, Corrin Eaton and Luis Gonzalez have headed out to American Top Team in Florida, ahead of their upcoming fights in February. Read about their trials and tribulations stateside, in part one of their EXCLUSIVE blog for The Phantom Knee.
Many athletes are making the decision to join the ever-growing sport of mixed martial arts – some already made that transition and have become very successful, such as Ronda Rousey. One athlete that comes to mind who is more than capable of making that transition is Kent-born muay Thai fighter, Charlie ‘Boy’ Peters.
This isn’t a Mark Lawrenson opinion – it’s much worse, it’s mine.
With the Dana White ego vehicle “Looking For A Fight” debuting on Fight Pass, one motive is that the UFC hope to find an opponent for former WWE star Phil ‘CM Punk’ Brooks’ MMA debut. His impending debut though, doesn’t appear to be as crucial as it once was… And that could be a good thing for both Brooks and the UFC.
Since Tom ‘Kong’ Watson’s release from the UFC in 2015, he’s remained inactive – a return is imminent. With MMA promotions growing in Europe there are more opportunities than ever for a fighter to compete. The questions concerning ‘Kong’ are where will the former UCMMA and BAMMA middleweight champion fight next, and against whom.
It’s entirely possible to both love Robbie Lawler’s reign as UFC welterweight champion, and believe that he should be 1-3 in his four title fights to date, right?