MMA Crossfire – Ronda Rousey: Cat Zingano’s heart her most dangerous quality

UFC womens bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey chatted with Inside MMA’s Ron Kruck after the company’s The Time is Now event.

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MMA Crossfire – UPDATED – UFC Fight Night 57: Edgar vs Swanson predictions

With the fireworks currently in progress in the UFC featherweight division, former lightweight king #3 Frankie Edgar (16-4-1)  and #2 contender Cub Swanson (21-5-0) hook ‘em up tonight in the UFC Fight Night Austin main event.

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MMA Crossfire – Watch Kenny Florian explain why he thinks GSP is scared of Anderson Silva

UFC Tonight analyst Kenny Florian recently backed up Nick Diaz’s recent assertions that former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre is scared of fighting Anderson Silva.

Diaz made the assertions at the UFC The Time is Now press conference event November 17th.

Diaz is scheduled to fight Silva at UFC 183 in January 31st, 2015.

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MMA Crossfire – Watch the TUF 20 Ep 9 preview and then vote

#6 American Felice Herrig and #14 Canadian Randa Markos get it on tonight in the first quarterfinal TUF 20 matchup.

Markos surprised everyone with a convincing win over the #1 seed Tecia Torres in the first episode.

She will be tested with Herrig, who like use Muay Thai but has a decent ground game.

Can the Canadian pull out another surprise?

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After The Crossfire – UPDATED – UFC 180: Werdum vs Hunt

Fabricio Werdum used a brilliant flying knee in the second round to overcome the striking of Mark Hunt and win the UFC interim heavyweight title in Mexico City.

Injured undisputed champion Cain Velasquez watched octagonside.

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MMA Crossfire – UFC bantamweight Holly Holm optimistic she can recover quickly from neck injury

UFC bantamweight Holly Holm had to withdraw from her scheduled UFC 181 December 6th debut bout with Raquel Pennington due to a herniated disk in her neck.

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Breaking the MMA Lens: Book review – MMA NOW! The Stars and Stories of Mixed Martial Arts

I just received a copy of the new book MMA NOW! – The Stars and Stories of Mixed Martial Arts by Brian Sobie and Adam Segal. It’s an 8.5 x 11 incher – or approximately magazine size.

It tops out at 144 pages. The page size leaves plenty of room for pictures and there are lot’s of ‘em. The book is printed on nice, thick, glossy white paper which really lends itself to these color photographs.

Every page has a least one photo and some have more. That’s not to say that this is a picture book; It’s not. It is chock-full of useful MMA information.

MMA Now!
Courtesy Firerfly Books.

A point worth noting is that it is black print on white paper. This may not sound like a big deal, but a lot of these kinds of photo/info books are white print on a colored or patterned background. That gets tired real fast. I want something that’s easy to read and where the pictures jump off the page. Well, this is it.

The photos are top notch and the photographers are obviously real pros. No phone pics or blurry, noisy amateur shots here. There are a number of different photographers’ work showcased so the photo styles are varied, but all are professionally done.

MMA Now!
Courtesy Firefly Books.

Along with the photos, there is plenty of information. Almost too much information, as the print is a bit small for my taste, but this is a minor complaint. Every page is full, no filler pages or a lot of white space. The information provides insight into the many facets of MMA, including chapters on history, past legends, current fighters and rising stars. There are various stats on each fighter, but this is not a stat book. There’s plenty of information about the other facets of the sport.

If you’re a dedicated fan of a particular fighter, this book probably won’t tell you more than you already know about your favorite. It will, however, tell you a good deal about all the fighters that you don’t follow so closely.

MMA Now!
Courtesy Firefly Books.

There’s more to it than just fighters though. Particularly interesting are the chapters on the business and money aspects of the game. There’s even a chapter on general acceptance of MMA and how the internet has changed public perception. I really liked the section on rules. I have been in many pre-fight rules meetings and the rules section is a nice addition. There’s even an index in the back of the book so you can find what you want pretty quickly. This is a nice touch.

The book is easy reading. There are only a few bumps along the way. The writing is well thought out and gives plenty of insight. If I have a complaint, it’s that the book is a bit too pumped in terms of MMA excitement and it seems a like a sell job at times. But there is excitement in the writing and I won’t hold that against them. There’s more than enough positives to this volume that I recommend it as a nice addition to your MMA print library.

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