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WTF: Lethwei, Muay Thai, knockouts and team MMA

You know what? We’re not gonna see much grappling this week. There. I said it.

UFC ring girl among celebs allegedly paid to spread Duterte propaganda

Alleged payouts to several Filipino celebrities have been revealed.

Blatant mismatches, favoritism — Fighters, employees throw serious allegations at ONE, Part 2

Part 2 of 2. Some people on the inside are raising more concerns about ONE Championship.

Threats, gag orders, more — Fighters, employees throw serious allegations at ONE

Some people on the inside are raising concerns about ONE Championship.

Dana White & Ronda Rousey tried to bail Jeremy Stephens out in 2012

A lowlight in the career of UFC featherweight Jeremy Stephens occured on October 5th, 2012. When the fighter was arrested the same day he was supposed to fight Yves Edwards at UFC on FX 5.

Tarantino’s Bruce Lee: When revisionist history goes awry

Quentin Tarantino’s vision of 1960’s Los Angeles includes a less than flattering re-imagining of one of martial arts’ most notable practitioners.

White says McGregor’s bar scuffle happened back in April

The UFC president admitted in an interview with the Jim Rome show on CBS that he’s known about Conor McGregor’s latest bit of bad press for a while now.

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Features and Longforms by Tim Bissell

All my long pieces for Bloody Elbow in one convenient place!

A fighter’s guide to choosing an MMA gym

UFC flyweight Roxanne Modafferi gives her thoughts, experiences, and a few helpful pointers on finding the right MMA gym.

Fake Kung Fu crusader Xu Xiaodong receives support from the Shaolin monks

Xu Xiaodong, aka Mad Dog, spoke to Time Magazine about his controversial and viral fights against traditional martial arts masters.

Watch: Bare knuckle MMA in Madagascar

Bare knuckle fighting in Madagascar is the subject of Finbarr O’Reilly’s photo-essay for The New York Times.

Johnson: Project Spearhead needs ‘miracle’ to succeed

Project Spearhead interim vice president Kajan Johnson recently parted ways with the UFC, resulting in a big hit for the unionization effort.

Conor and the Cartel: Shady figures linked to the UFC’s Conor McGregor

Tim Bissell examines the underworld figures linked to two time UFC champion Conor McGregor.

Fighters & ref respond to viral choke video

Both fighters and the referee involved in the shocking footage from Demolidor Fight 13 – which showed Melquizael Costa getting choked unconscious for more than a minute, while the referee looked on – have given their account of the event.

Feature: MMA Behind The Lens - Part 2

Amy Kaplan, Andy Cowan, and Gary A. Vasquez take us behind the lens of an MMA photographer.

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MMA Behind The Lens: Inside the world of combat sports photography

An exploration of MMA photography with Esther Lin, Ryan Loco, Gary A. Vasquez, Andy Cowan, and Amy Kaplan.

Feature: MMA Behind The Lens - Part 1

Shooters Esther Lin and Ryan Loco share their knowledge (and tips) about the world of combat sports photography.

Report: Khabib posts video mocking homeless people

A video is making the rounds that apparently came from the UFC lightweight champion’s Instagram, showing his cousin teasing homeless people with money in exchange for push-ups.

Opponent: ‘Stinky strategy’ accusations from Invicta champ are ‘disgraceful’

Minna Grusander already fought Jin Yu Frey for the Invicta atomwweight title earlier this July, but now she’s battling her former opponent’s claims of poor hygiene out of the cage.

Dan Hardy calls out celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay

The former UFC welterweight and current cage-side color commentator was asked to pick his dream celebrity match-up. Top of his list? Chef and TV personality Gordon Ramsay.

White drops $1 mil on son’s 16th birthday party

The UFC president is no stranger to wild spending when it comes to his kids, and after throwing his son Dana a huge party for his 16th last year, his son Aidan’s 16th had to go even bigger.

After ‘Eskimo Brothers’ taunt, it’s on White to show leadership

The UFC president got into a public beef with former fighter and current talking head Brendan Schaub on Thursday. But, after Schaub started making insinuations about his sexual history, White is left with questions to answer.

Serra explains why he gave ‘drunk moron’ a free BJJ lesson

The former welterweight champion defended his pastaweight title last week at a restaurant in Las Vegas. In his own words, here’s how it all went down.

Krylov wants UFC return after getting FNG release

The light heavyweight talent left the UFC back in 2017 in order to fight closer to home, but a year and a half later it sounds like he’s looking to negotiate his return to the promotion.

Usman not planning to press charges over PFL attack

The welterweight top contender made headlines last week, when he and his manager were involved in a brawl with fans at the opening event of PFL’s 2018 regular season.

Greg Hardy: ‘Dana White is an angel’ for giving me this chance

The former All-Pro NFL player’s career effectively ended after he was convicted of domestic violence. Now, with the charges expunged, he’s trying to build a new athletic career in the UFC.

Warning: This Nick Diaz video is gross

Nothing like a little fluid build up in the joints to provide the necessary ingredients for a super gross internet video.

Masvidal on Bisping beef: ‘I truly believe he is racist’

After a run in with the former middleweight champion, following Bisping’s bout against Kelvin Gastelum in Shanghai, Jorge Masvidal still has plenty of animosity for the ‘Count’ but seems resigned to the idea that they’ll never actually fight.

Gruesome details emerge in Vila murder case

The former Bellator and WSOF fighter was arrested on April 17th and charged with 2nd degree murder, in a case stemming from 2011 involving a burning body dumped by the side of the road.

Smith says Ladd fight decision ‘turned into a really big moral issue’

With the UFC willing to pay her not to fight, Leslie Smith felt she couldn’t justify ‘fighting for free’ against Aspen Ladd at UFC Fight Night: Barboza vs. Lee in Atlantic City.

Leo Santos unhappy with UFC’s Krause fight offer

UFC lightweight Leo Santos would like more high-caliber competition in his career.

VanZant recounts high school rape in new memoir

The notable UFC flyweight recently released her autobiography, "Rise: Surviving the Fight of My Life," which includes her story of surviving a devastating sexual assault and bullying during high school.