Contact Training Continues To Put MMA Fighters At Risk of COVID-19

Contact is necessary for an MMA fighter to get an adequate training camp. In exchange for that, fighters and trainers put themselves at risk of contracting COVID-19. The damage COVID-19 has inflicted on the MMA world has been huge. Infections around fighters and their coaches have run rampant, causing numerous fights to get cancelled every … Continue reading Contact Training Continues To Put MMA Fighters At Risk of COVID-19

Knockdown News 2020 Fighter of the Year: Deiveson Figueiredo

There’s no question that it was hard for nearly anyone to have a “good year” in 2020. As COVID-19 tore through the world and changed lives, there was more than enough reasons to not have a “good year.”  In the unforgiving world of sport, athletes were asked as usual to put in their absolute best … Continue reading Knockdown News 2020 Fighter of the Year: Deiveson Figueiredo

Who is the fighter of the year? Here are the nominees

The year 2020 was the ultimate disruptor in the world. Traditions were broken and big changes were made to everyone’s lives. In a year where it became increasingly challenging to rise to the occasion, many MMA fighters put together the best year of their career. Here are the four nominees for the inaugural Knockdown News … Continue reading Who is the fighter of the year? Here are the nominees

Kyoji Horiguchi Had It All Taken Away. A Year Later, He Can Win It Back

After a year away from the chaos, Kyoji Horiguchi is ready to fight at the top of the RIZIN and Bellator bantamweight divisions. There are a few names in Japanese MMA promotion RIZIN which are constants. Fighters who work constantly, win frequently and have cemented themselves as mainstays in the show. Undoubtedly among them is … Continue reading Kyoji Horiguchi Had It All Taken Away. A Year Later, He Can Win It Back

Gary Tonon Sees A Title or Two In His Future If He Can Win At ‘Big Bang’

Despite having a long list of accomplishments in the grappling world, Garry Tonon does not have any MMA championships to his name yet. While that cannot change immediately, a win on Friday against Koyomi Matsushima could be his final step towards a shot in ONE Championship. With five wins as a pro in MMA, grappling … Continue reading Gary Tonon Sees A Title or Two In His Future If He Can Win At ‘Big Bang’

Interviews, Isolation and ‘Fight Island:’ Covering MMA During The COVID-19 Pandemic

On his way to covering a series of UFC events in September, MMA Fighting’s José Youngs packed many things - among them was an Xbox. Youngs was off to “Fight Island” in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates for five weeks, where when not covering MMA or being tested for COVID-19, he would need to kill … Continue reading Interviews, Isolation and ‘Fight Island:’ Covering MMA During The COVID-19 Pandemic

The UFC Welcomes Another Family Into Their Promotion

Despite MMA not being a team sport, the relationships that fighters form in their careers are crucial. Working with other fighters, coaches and gyms are a fundamental part of the process in crafting someone's talent in the sport. But sometimes it's not an alliance formed through the sport, but an alliance brought into a sport … Continue reading The UFC Welcomes Another Family Into Their Promotion

Debuting UFC Fighters Have Lost Significantly More Since Promotion’s Return In May

Since UFC's reboot last May following COVID-19 halting events, the promotion's new style of recruitment has shown a significantly lower win-rate for newcomers. Out of the 310 fighters to compete since UFC 249, the 52 who had either made their UFC debut or returned following competition outside of the promotion recorded a win-rate of 36.5%. … Continue reading Debuting UFC Fighters Have Lost Significantly More Since Promotion’s Return In May

Array of Personalities Prevail In Season Premiere of ‘Dana White’s Contender Series’

The fourth season of "Dana White's Contender Series" kicked off on Tuesday with three fighters joining the UFC roster. The new additions showed three dramatically different stories that are worth looking at. Here's a look at who prevailed at the season premiere from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. A Political Science Major … Continue reading Array of Personalities Prevail In Season Premiere of ‘Dana White’s Contender Series’

Geo-Blocked Out: Broadcast Restrictions Holding Back International JMMA Fans

The following for Japanese mixed-martial-arts is a diehard one within the MMA sphere, although it has never been one that has been given lots of resources. While challenges like timezones and language barriers are expected and to an extent can’t be solved, a big issue for international viewers has always been the lack of accessibility … Continue reading Geo-Blocked Out: Broadcast Restrictions Holding Back International JMMA Fans