Coach Mike's Fact Grinder

Coach Mike Riordan of BloodyElbow.com examines the legitimate amateur wrestling credentials of mixed martial artists in this series.

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Tyrell Fortune Is MMA's Next Great Heavyweight

Tyrell Fortune, a young and decorated wrestler, will enter the world of prize fighting. Bloody Elbow wrestling specialist Mike Riordan explains Fortune's unlimited potential as a mixed martial artist.

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The Wrestling of Yoel Romero

At UFC Fight Night 35, Yoel Romero takes the cage against Derek Brunson. Bloody Elbow wrestling specialist Mike Riordan takes a look at his past achievements in amateur wrestling.

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Brandon Vera Was Not Really An Olympic Candidate

Last Saturday night, during Brandon Vera's fight with Ben Rothwell on the UFC 164 main card broadcast, long time UFC play-by-play man Mike Goldberg described Brandon Vera as a wrestling "Olympic candidate" in 2000. This Factgrinder entry takes a look at why Goldberg's description is pretty far from accurate The Truth.

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The Amateur Wrestling of Brock Lesnar

Tonight, in the WWE's Summerslam, Brock Lesnar once again enters the squared circle to take on C.M. Punk. Coach Mike's Factgrinder is here to place perspective on Lesnar's decorated career as a wrestler before he went pro.

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Factgrinder: The Wrestling of Phil Davis

Here, on the day of the UFC 163 light heavyweight clash between Phil Davis and Lyoto Machida, it is time to take a good hard look at the actual amateur wrestling accomplishments of UFC light heavyweight contender Phil Davis.

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The Strange Wrestling Journey of Dave Herman

This Saturday, on UFC 162, Dave Herman faces Gabriel Gonzaga. The Factgrinder is here to tell the unlikely story of Dave Herman's wrestling career.

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The Wrestling of Chris Weidman

In the main event of UFC 162, Chris Weidman will face off against Anderson Silva. Coach Mike's Factgrinder is here to tell the real story of Chris Weidman's amateur wrestling career.

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The Wrestling of Mark Munoz and Tim Boetsch

Saturday night at UFC 162, two highly experienced amateur wrestlers, Mark Munoz and Tim Boetsch, will face off against one another in the Octagon. Coach Mike's Factgrinder is here to put their amateur wrestling accomplishments into proper perspective.

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The Wrestling of Dan Henderson

In the main event of UFC 161, Dan Henderson will face off against "Suga" Rashad Evans. Coach Mike's Factgrinder is here to tell the real story of Dan Henderson's amateur wrestling career.

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Factgrinder - The Wrestling of Rashad Evans

In the main event of UFC 161, "Suga" Rashad Evans will face off against Dan Henderson. Coach Mike's Factgrinder is here to tell the real story of Rashad Evans' amateur wrestling career.

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Factgrinder-Jake Shields and Tyron Woodley

Saturday night at UFC 161, two highly experienced amateur wrestlers, Tyron Woodley and Jake Shields, will face off against one another in the Octagon. Coach Mike's Factgrinder is here to put their amateur wrestling accomplishments into proper perspective.

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Fact Grinder-Jason High's Wrestling Resume

On Saturday, at UFC on Fuel 10 in Brazil, welterweight Jason High faces Erick Silva. The Fact Grinder is here to analyze Jason's accomplishments as an amateur wrestler.

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Coach Mike's Factgrinder: Cain Velasquez

Here, on the eve of the UFC 160 heavyweight title clash between Cain Velasquez and Bigfoot Silva, it's time to take a good hard look at the actual amateur wrestling accomplishments of UFC heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez. This is where I come in with my Factgrinder - a new Bloody Elbow feature analyzing and placing proper perspective on amateur wrestling accomplishments.

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The Wrestling Resumes of Jones and Sonnen

As the showdown between Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen at UFC 159 approaches, we hear more and more discussion about their accomplishments as wrestlers before they were fighting. In an effort to fastidiously maintain fidelity to reality, we set the record straight on what their wrestling credentials really mean.

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