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Shawn Smith is a mixed martial arts journalist who has spent years writing about combat sports for a variety of publications and websites. On top of his work at MMAHQ, Shawn also is a writer for Undisputed Boxing Magazine, a columnist for The Fight Network, and a regular contributor to Cage Potato. You can email Shawn at, or follow his Twitter @shawn_w_smith.

For the second time this year, Zuffa held back to back fight nights courtesy of UFC on FX 4 and UFC 147. Both events had exciting moments, but were generally underwhelming for the most part. UFC on FX 4 Cub Swanson impressed in the opening fight of the night, using his striking skills to defeat [...]

In a week featuring two UFC events, Bellator and Fedor’s retirement fight, ONE FC continues to keep Asian mixed martial arts relevant, bringing their Destiny of Warriors card to Malaysia. The card was littered with names hardcore fans would recognize such as Roger Huerta, Renato Sobral, Masakazu Imanari and Tatsuya Mizuno. In the headliner, Roger [...]

There is a lot of pageantry that goes along with the UFC product. High end production and marketing professionals would have you believe the UFC is just like any other sport. Whether you watch MMA for the gore, the striking, or the pure martial arts; what you’re watching is a fight. When speaking with UFC [...]

From the moment John Gunderson answers the phone, it is easy to tell he is not in the business of making friends. This isn’t to say he isn’t polite, rather he would prefer to be doing something else. He seems disinterested, and at this point maybe he is. A decade into his career, Gunderson is [...]

It was an exciting night of fights in the sunshine state as the UFC brought the third installment of the “UFC on FX” series to the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla. The main event featured the semi-final bout in the UFC Flyweight Championship tournament between Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson and “Uncle Creepy” Ian McCall. As [...]

Martin Kampmann is quickly become the welterweight king of the comebacks. The heavy underdog was dropped early in the bout and looked well on his way to being taken out much most of Jake Ellenberger’s opponents. Instead, Kampmann pulled off the unthinkable, finishing Ellenberger with knees in the second. The victory marks three straight for [...]

The idea of a heavyweight card in the modern era of the UFC was received with mass skepticism. Fans and media alike questioned whether or not the company would be able to fill the card with entertaining, competitive bouts. If you watched UFC 146, you’ll know that the heavyweights delivered in a big way. Not [...]

Last night’s UFX on FUEL 3 looked well on its way to being a rather unmemorable night heading into the main event. Tom Lawlor’s knockout of Canadian Jason MacDonald was impressive, and Donald Cerrone regained some of his momentum from the Nate Diaz loss in December, but saying the night was lacklustre wouldn’t be a [...]

Through two events on FOX, it seemed as though the UFC was struggling to find the right mix of entertainment, stellar talent, and high quality performances. The first event saw an hour long broadcast consist of only 1:12 of action. The second card featured three bouts, none of which were particularly entertaining; especially to the [...]

Another exciting night of action took place last Friday night, headlined by the highly anticipated rematch between former Bellator Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez and Japanese submission sensation Shinya Aoki. It took a mere 2:14 for Alvarez to counter a hilariously poor standing elbow with an uppercut and finish off the “Tobikan Judan.” What’s next for [...]

The history of women in mixed martial arts has been a rocky road for all involved. When it was difficult for UFC fighters to be considered legitimate athletes by the public, it was doubly hardt for women. Quietly but surely the women of MMA have continued their climb to relevancy. Card after card, they worked [...]

Bellator 64 For 25 minutes, the champion Askren put Lima on his back and made him regret ever winning the tournament. To put it simply, he made challenger Douglas Lima look awful. Lima’s takedown defense was wretched and it was infuriating to watch him be taken down round after round. Other news from the night [...]

If there’s a God, he certainly does not like Bellator’s heavyweight division. After a low-blow that resulted in a no contest, followed by Eric Prindle calling in sick to work last week, things again went haywire this past week. Bellator 62 main event fighter Lloyd Woodward may be known as “Cupcake”, but perhaps Thiago Santos [...]

They say late is better than never, so with that in mind here’s this week’s look at Bellator. As you are likely aware of by now, the heavyweight tournament final scheduled for last week was cancelled due to an illness to Eric Prindle. Fortunately, the goliath of a man seems to be back on track [...]

This past weekend, Bellator kicked off their sixth season with one of the organizations most anticipated events to date. Four quarterfinal bouts took place in the featherweight division, as well as the highly anticipated Joe Warren vs. Pat Curran bout for the Bellator Featherweight Championship. The drama began before the fights could even take place [...]

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