01 August 2013

The return of the beautiful game

by Lewis Carr | Contributor

Summer in Britain usually means two things; the sports network will be taken over by cricket and even more worryingly there is next to no football.

Now more than ever, football is like a drug to even the most casual fan. For a ten month period there will be a top level match taking place that the armchair viewer can take in, thanks to the wonderful creation of satellite television. It doesn’t really matter where the game is taking place or if the commentary is in a language which you don’t understand. The passion, tension and drama will still be enough to draw you in… therein lies the curse.

11 July 2013

September 28: David Haye vs. Tyson Fury

Haye vs. Fury (Getty Images)
by Billy Ferguson

Months of rumours and speculation were finally put to bed today as David Haye and Tyson Fury came face-to-face for the first time to announce their domestic heavyweight clash later this year.

On September 28, at the M.E.N Arena in Manchester, Tyson Fury will face the biggest challenge of his career when he meets the former unified cruiserweight champion and former heavyweight titlist. 

Tickets are already going fast, and it's likely that by the time the weekend rolls in there won't be a ticket left. That in itself is a mark of how much this fight has captured the imagination of the boxing public. 

Similar to when the Carl Froch vs. Mikkel Kessler rematch was announced, tickets sold out within 48 hours. Why? Because fans knew they were going to get a competitive and action packed fight.

05 July 2013

UFC 162: Silva vs Weidman Preview

By Thomas Hunter | Contributor

 The UFC returns to the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada this Saturday July 6th for UFC 162: Silva vs Weidman. The main event sees the consensus pound-for-pound greatest fighter in the world defend his UFC middleweight title against the most highly touted contender the division has seen in the modern era, Chris Weidman. The event also features two featherweight fights which will help shape the featherweight landscape as ex-UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar takes on the rising Brazilian prospect Charles Oliveira and #5 ranked featherweight Cub Swanson looks to continue his hot streak against an in-form #6 ranked Dennis Siver. The main card also features the return of Mark Munoz against Tim Boestch in the middleweight division and the UFC debuts of Strikeforce veterans Tim Kennedy and Roger Gracie.

14 June 2013

UFC on Fuel 10: Did the UFC go too far?

By Andy McGowan

Saturday’s UFC on Fuel 10 was beamed live around the world live from the GinĂ¡sio Paulo Sarasate in the Fortaleza, Brazil. The card featured twelve fights and in each of those twelve fights a Brazilian came out on top much to the delight of the 6,286 paying customers inside the GinĂ¡sio Paulo Sarasate. Of these twelve fights a record eight were finished by submission with two fights going to the judges and only a single TKO.  

 Even those who aren’t cynical would have been surprised by the number of submission victories. The number of Brazilian winners sadly wasn’t a shock. Last time out in Brazil at UFC 134 only a single Brazilian lost out while his countrymen claimed a combined ten victories on the night so it comes as no surprise that Brazilian fighters dominated the latest card in their home country. 

Local Fight Rony Jason finishes Brit Mike Wilkinson with a triangle choke
There’s no question the UFC are matching these fighters easy to boost interest in the UFC in Brazil and how better to do it than with a Brazilian Jujitsu master class in Brazil by a group of Brazilian fighters? The question is has the UFC now overplayed its hand with easy matchups for local fighters and cheapened not only the UFC brand but the sport of MMA at large? And will we see this trend continue every time the UFC comes to Brazil?