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  1. The UFC Octagon: Changing the shape of fighting

    Jake Rossen

    Twenty years after its debut, the UFC's Octagon has become one of the most iconic images in sports. Maybe that's why no one can agree on who created it.

    Story | Conversation | May 22, 2013
  2. UFC 125 postmortem: No answers for Edgar; Stann surprises

    Jake Rossen

    Was it "Rocky V" in which Sylvester Stallone numbly intoned that life isn't about hitting, but about how hard you can get hit and keep getting up? Maybe I'm thinking of "Cobra." Or "F.I.S.T." Honestly, when you've heard one speech from a guy who can...

    Blog | Conversation | January 02, 2011
  3. ESPN primer: UFC 125

    Jake Rossen

    For decades, boxing was criticized for devoting little time or resources to undercards. Events pushed two headlining fighters; fans -- especially celebrities, who need to devote time to important thoughts -- grew trained to not even show up for preli...

    Blog | Conversation | December 29, 2010
  4. ESPN primer: New Year's in Japan

    Jake Rossen

    If Ryan Seacrest happened to be a major celebrity in Japan, he would eventually be offered a substantial sum to be beaten severely in any number of the country's traditional New Year's Eve fighting events. The Japanese watch television in huge number...

    Blog | Conversation | December 28, 2010
  5. Fedor on the milk carton

    Jake Rossen

    Georges St. Pierre fought for a total of 50 minutes in 2010. Anderson Silva fought for nearly as long. Cole Konrad: nearly 70. LeBron James played for upwards of 40 minutes in dozens of games. Fedor Emelianenko's total ring time this year: 69 second...

    Blog | Conversation | December 25, 2010
  6. Royce Gracie's nostalgia trip

    Jake Rossen

    When the UFC held a press conference in Rio de Janeiro last week to announce only its second show there in 12 years, Royce Gracie appeared and told gathered media that a slot for him in the August event was being "negotiated." Assuming that Gracie w...

    Blog | Conversation | December 21, 2010
  7. Bellator's new deal with MTV2 has possibilities

    Jake Rossen

    There is no eclipsing the UFC brand. No chance at all. Too much brand power, too much broadcast content, too many top fighters and too much of a lead on international expansion. Most attempts to compete will wind up looking like the XFL. At least tha...

    Blog | Conversation | December 21, 2010
  8. The kick heard 'round the world

    Jake Rossen

    I have a distinct memory of the first time my jaw went slack watching a mixed martial arts fight. I was 16, give or take a year, and a trip to the video store -- which has long since been paved over -- had netted a desperation rental of UFC 2. I do n...

    Blog | December 20, 2010
  9. The kick heard 'round the world

    Jake Rossen

    I have a distinct memory of the first time my jaw went slack watching a mixed martial arts fight. I was 16, give or take a year, and a trip to the video store -- which has long since been paved over -- had netted a desperation rental of UFC 2. I do n...

    Blog | Conversation | December 20, 2010
  10. WEC 53 postmortem: Cruz control, Pettis breaks out, more

    Jake Rossen

    Yeah. That kick. Going into Thursday's final WEC event, Anthony Pettis was not the name that received the same heavy rotation as his opponent, champion Benson Henderson: It was Henderson who discussed facing the UFC champion in a unification bout, H...

    Blog | Conversation | December 16, 2010
  11. ESPN Primer: WEC 53

    Jake Rossen

    Thursday night will be the final time Zuffa will promote fights under the World Extreme Cagefighting banner. It marks the end of a foundation built almost exclusively for 155-pound and under fighters, traditionally the most talented (and least recogn...

    Blog | Conversation | December 16, 2010
  12. About time for Alistair Overeem?

    Jake Rossen

    Physically imposing fighters don't usually live up to their billing. Bob Sapp had a good run at smashing Tokyo, but cardio and technique issues caught up with him. Mariusz Pudzianowski might actually explode in the ring one day, with bits of overheat...

    Blog | Conversation | December 14, 2010
  13. The ring is the thing

    Jake Rossen

    Utah has not been a hospitable state for MMA. A UFC card earlier in the year reportedly was canceled because of low ticket sales. On Saturday, a regional card in St. George, Utah, reportedly was canceled when the ring failed to arrive on time. This w...

    Blog | Conversation | December 14, 2010
  14. Making the case for TUF 13 coaches

    Jake Rossen

    There's no better direct-delivery system to popularize fighters (or fights) than coaching slots on Spike's 5-year-old "Ultimate Fighter" franchise. With 12 hours and three months of basic-cable promotion, it beats HBO's "24/7" series in volume alone....

    Blog | Conversation | December 14, 2010
  15. UFC 124 postmortem

    Jake Rossen

    Even after making Josh Koscheck, Jon Fitch and Thiago Alves look like they don't belong in MMA, there's still the idea that Georges St. Pierre isn't the best fighter working: He hasn't been finishing, is unable or unwilling to put himself at enough r...

    Blog | Conversation | December 12, 2010
  16. ESPN/Sherdog's coverage of UFC 124

    Jake Rossen

    Check this space beginning at 9 p.m. ET Saturday for live coverage of UFC 124.

    Story | Conversation | December 10, 2010