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Gerald Meerschaert: Slow as molasses, still kicking asses

Bloody Elbow’s Connor Ruebusch breaks down the simple strategy Gerald Meerschaert used to upset Makhmud Muradov at UFC Fight Night: Barboza vs Chikadze.

Ninja Sh!t: Breaking down Chikadze’s surprising submission chain vs Barboza

There was a lot going on, even on the very short moments these two deadly strikers had on the ground. Anton Tabuena breaks it all down.

Editorial: Sean Strickland versus the world

Bloody Elbow’s Connor Ruebusch breaks down the mindset and mechanics of one of MMA’s most idiosyncratic oddballs, Sean Strickland.

Leon Edwards vs Nate Diaz: When fighting safe isn’t safe

Bloody Elbow’s Connor Ruebusch examines Leon Edwards almost dominant win over Nate Diaz, and the pathological caution that led a close shave in the final seconds.

Suplex! Lady sics boyfriend on co-worker, both discover love is pain

In the latest edition of "Judo Chump," poor guy might end up in the doghouse, and it ain’t even really his fault. Hard times.

An exceptional wrestler is transitioning to MMA

Wrestling for France by way of Chechnya, Khadjiev was a 2016 Olympian and placed third at the 2019 World Championships.

Judo Chop: How Oliveira knocked out Chandler

Bloody Elbow’s Connor Ruebusch breaks down the picture perfect left hook Charles Oliveira used to flatten Michael Chandler at UFC 262.

Thug Rose breakdown: Ain’t that a kick in the head

Bloody Elbow’s Connor Ruebusch breaks down the 74-second stunner with which Rose Namajunas wrested the title from Weili Zhang at UFC 261.

Editorial: Usman is not GSP, but great legacies don’t have to be the same

Kamaru Usman will go down as an all-time great. Whether or not it’s enough to dethrone GSP’s is a terrible discussion for a terrible philosophy.

UFC 261 Toe-to-Toe preview: Usman vs. Masvidal 2

Phil and David break down everything you need to know about Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal 2 at UFC 261, and everything you don’t about how well a knocked out Ben Askren ages.

UFC 261 Toe-to-Toe preview: Zhang vs. Namajunas

Phil and David break down everything you need to know about Zhang Weili vs. Rose Namajunas at UFC 261, and everything you don’t about the culture clashes you never knew didn’t actually exist.

Takedown breakdown: How Whittaker rag-dolled Gastelum

Defensive wrestling has always been a strong point for Robert Whittaker, but against Kelvin Gastelum he showed off clean offensive wrestling as well.

Coach: McGregor aiming for Poirier trilogy, will actually train for MMA this time

While preparation for the second fight against Dustin Poirier didn’t yield the desired results, the SBG Ireland crew hope to rectify matters by shifting course.

Technique breakdown: Aljamain Sterling can outstrike Petr Yan

Bloody Elbow’s Connor Ruebusch lays out one way that Aljamain Sterling could best Petr Yan in the one phase the Russian expects to dominate: on the feet.

UFC 259 Wrestling breakdown: What we can learn from Petr Yan vs. Magomed Magomedov

Take a closer look at the defensive wrestling and ringcraft of UFC bantamweight champion Petr Yan.

Ciryl Gane breakdown: Heavyweight’s best kicker?

Bloody Elbow’s Connor Ruebusch breaks down Ciryl Gane’s tricky kicking game ahead of his upcoming battle with Jairzinho Rozenstruik.

Usman vs Burns breakdown: Clash of Classmates

Bloody Elbow’s Connor Ruebusch breaks down the evolving striking games of Kamaru Usman and Gilbert Burns ahead of their clash at UFC 258.

Meathead Melee: Previewing Poirier vs McGregor 2

Connor Ruebusch previews the highly anticipate rematch between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier at UFC 257.

Holloway just redefined MMA

Move over Conor McGregor, take a seat Khabib, Max Holloway is showing what the future of MMA will be all about.

Grappling Report: IBJJF says no heelhooks in masters divisions

A rundown of the biggest headlines and news from the world of competitive grappling.

UFC on ABC: Holloway all over the UFC record books

Facts, stats and numbers for Max Holloway vs. Calvin Kattar for this Saturday’s Jan 16th UFC Fight Island 7 Main Event.

Grappling Report: Dates Finally Set For ADCC Trials 2021

A rundown of the biggest headlines and news from the world of competitive grappling.

2020 Wrestling for MMA Awards

Looking back on some of the best wrestling-specific fights and moments this year in MMA.

Grappling Report: SUG 19 Crowns Inaugural Women’s Champion as Mason Fowler Retains his Title

A rundown of the biggest headlines and news from the world of competitive grappling.

Wrestling breakdown: Jordan Burroughs vs. Zahid Valencia

The greatest active American freestyle wrestler challenged himself by bumping up in weight to take on a two-time NCAA champion and rising senior-level star Zahid Valencia.

Watch teenage phenom shock black belt with rare choke to win CJJ title

The jiujitsu phenom pulled off a rare "buggy" / "bunny" choke from bottom side control to win the Combat Jiujitsu lightweight title

Wrestling breakdown: The entries of Curtis Blaydes

Curtis Blaydes is an excellent top position grappler in the heavyweight division, but his ability to consistently get to the legs of his opponents for takedowns is what holds his game together.

UFC 255: How Valentina Shevchenko stinks up the joint

Bloody Elbow’s Connor Ruebusch presents what is either a hate-fueled screed or a desperate love letter, but definitely also a technical analysis of UFC flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko.

The Sideboard: Deiveson Figueiredo and the art of submission brawling

Prior to UFC 255 we look at how Deiveson Figueiredo showed some high level grappling against Benavidez, but there’s both more (and less) than meets the eye.

The Sideboard: The unused arsenal of Rafael dos Anjos

Rafael dos Anjos may be on his last legs as an elite fighter, but his tools aren’t.

Judo Chump: Here’s that NFL athleticism that MMA is missing

More like National Fisticuffs League, amirite? No? You know what? Y’all a bunch of ingrates.

UFC 254 breakdown - Justin Gaethje: Learning the hard way

Bloody Elbow’s striking specialist Connor Ruebusch breaks down Justin Gaethje’s newly honed defense ahead of his title fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 254.