in their bantamweight bout during UFC Fight Night 81 at TD Banknorth Garden on January 17, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts.

UFC Fight Night: Dillashaw vs Cruz Fighter Salaries, Reebok $$, Attendance & Gate

  It’s good to be the champ (once again) – Dominick Cruz left TD Banknorth Garden in Boston the top earner at UFC Fight Night: Dillashaw vs Cruz on Jan 17th. Here are the fighter purses for the event, released by the Massachusetts Athletic Commission.   Attendance: 12,022 Gate: $1,300,000   Dominick Cruz: $190,000 ($55,000 to […]

CHICAGO, IL - MAY 08: WWE Champion CM Punk throws out the first pitch before the Chicago Cubs versus the Atlanta Braves game on May 8, 2012 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

UFC in 2016: Dream Scenarios – Part 2

Click here for Part 1   Fight Pass En Masse   “We are a pay-per-view business,” were once the words of UFC president Dana White.  However, things are changing, and some think the pay-per-view business is dying. WWE evidently thought so, and aside from being the long-time leader of PPV sales, they innovated the pay-per-view […]

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The Rankings: The Women’s Bantamweights: Feb 5, 2016

  The Rankings are just that – The MMA Manifesto’s rankings of the best fighters in mixed martial arts today.  Check back every Monday and Friday for our rankings of a different weight class.  Next up: The Women’s Bantamweight Rankings.  Voting Panel: Jeff Fox, Daniel Vreeland, Ricky Leone, Rick Snavely, and Ryan MacDonald.   *stipulations: 1) any fighter […]

LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 12:  Conor McGregor plays to the camera before his featherweight title fight against Jose Aldo during UFC 194 at MGM Grand Garden Arena on December 12, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)

UFC in 2016: Dream Scenarios – Part 1

  The Biggest PPV of All Time It’s what everyone in and around the mixed martial arts industry is looking forward to: UFC 200, the biggest MMA event of all time.  However, for the UFC, the business implications are a primary motivator for making this the biggest pay-per-view of all time. After a rough few […]

UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs Oliveira Event Page

  UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs Oliveira Feb 21, 2016 Consol Energy Center Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania    UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs Oliveira Fight Card   (click on fighter’s name for detailed scouting report)   Main Card (FS1 – 9:00 pm Eastern) Welterweights (five rounds): Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone (28-6, 1 NC, #9 ranked welterweight) vs Alex Oliveira (14-2-1, 1 NC) Middleweights: […]

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February’s Can’t Miss Matches

We have official ascended into the golden age of MMA coverage. You don’t have to look very far on a typical Friday or Saturday night to find fights to see. Not only do the big names like UFC, Bellator and World Series of Fighting have major television deals, but smaller promotions like RFA, CES, MFC […]

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UFC Fight Night: Hendricks vs Thompson Event Page

UFC Fight Night: Hendricks vs Thompson Feb 6, 2016 MGM Grand Garden Arena  Las Vegas, Nevada   UFC Fight Night: Hendricks vs Thompson Fight Card   (click on fighter’s name for detailed scouting report)   Main Card (FS1 – 10:00 pm Eastern) Welterweights (five rounds): Johny Hendricks (17-3, #2 ranked welterweight) vs Stephen Thompson (11-1, #10 ranked welterweight) Heavyweights: Roy […]

SAN JOSE, CA - OCTOBER 10, 2013:  UFC fighter Cain Velasquez (L) trains with Noad Lahat during a media day workout at American Kickboxing Academy to promote his October 19, title fight with Junior dos Santos on October 10, 2013 in San Jose, California.  (Photo by Alexis Cuarezma/Getty Images)

UFN: Hendricks vs Thompson Prelim Breakout Star: Noad Lahat

The Prelim Breakout Star is a once per event article that helps fans get to know those who will be entertaining them from the undercard. The intention of the article is not to bring attention to the most talented guy on the preliminary card, but rather one that the common fan may have overlooked or […]

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2016 MMA Fight Camp Team Standings: January Update

  Mixed martial arts is as lonely, individualistic a sport as exists.  You enter a steel cage, the door gets locked behind you, and all that remains before you is your opponent and the referee.  No teammates, no coaches, no trainers.  You’re alone. However, outside of the cage (and in between rounds), a fighter is […]

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Top Turtle Podcast – Episode 4 (John Crouch and John Wood)

 This week “Gumby” and David took a slightly different approach to the the interviews. Instead of checking in with a few of the fighters we know and love, we decided to check in with their coaches to see how things are going. Plus, they aren’t just any coaches, they are head MMA coaches at two […]

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Benson Henderson To Get Immediate Welterweight Title Shot

Just got this press release from Bellator:   BENSON HENDERSON TO GET IMMEDIATE WELTERWEIGHT TITLE SHOT AGAINST ANDREY AT ‘BELLATOR 153’ ON APRIL 22   SANTA MONICA, CALIF. (February 2, 2015) – On the heels of what is one of the biggest free agent moves in mixed martial arts history, the man at the center […]

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The Rankings: The Flyweights: Feb 1, 2016

The Rankings are just that – The MMA Manifesto’s rankings of the best fighters in mixed martial arts today.  Check back every Monday and Friday for our rankings of a different weight class.  Next up: The Flyweights Rankings. Voting Panel: Jeff Fox, Daniel Vreeland, Ryan MacDonald, Ricky Leone, and Rick Snavely.   *stipulations: 1) any fighter currently suspended […]

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Benson Henderson Jumps to Bellator

    Ben Henderson signs with Bellator MMA I wrote about the possibility of this happening back at the end of November. Well it is official according to the blog post written by Henderson himself today on his blog. Not to say I’m surprised, as he had fallen into a gatekeeper role in the UFC’s […]

NEWARK, NJ - JANUARY 30:  (L-R) Sage Northcutt of the United States congratulates Bryan Barberena of the United States on Barberena's win by submission in the second round of their welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at the Prudential Center on January 30, 2016 in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Monday Morning Cup of Coffee – 2/1/16

Nobody likes Mondays. Whether it’s back to work or back to school, heading to your destination in an exhausted, sleep-deprived state is no fun. Never fear; The MMA Manifesto has our Monday Morning Cup of Coffee segment, designed specially to see who from this past week really opened your eyes. Grab a second look every […]

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UFC Fight Night: Hendricks vs Thompson Pick ‘Em Contest

  So you think you know your MMA? You think you can predict who is going to win a fight and how?  Time to prove it. We present to you The MMA Manifesto Pick ‘Em contest.  We are now sponsored by Tatami Fightwear! Tatami Fightwear was established in 2009 in the United Kingdom and was set […]

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Ovince Saint Preux Scouting Report

(Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports)   Ovince Saint Preux Scouting Report Vitals 6’3″ 205 lbs (Light Heavyweight) 80″ reach, Southpaw April 8, 1983 Record 18-7 (UFC: 6-2) Current Streak 1 straight loss Training Blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships Held None   Strengths – terrific athlete – college football; football, wrestling, track in high school – huge […]

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Roy Nelson Scouting Report

Roy Nelson Scouting Report Vitals 6’0″ 261 lbs (Heavyweight) 73″ reach, Orthodox June 20, 1976 Record 20-12 (UFC: 7-8) Current Streak 3 straight losses Training Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships Held IFL Heavyweight Grand Prix Winner: 2007 IFL Heavyweight Champion: 2007-2008 (two successful title defenses) The Ultimate Fighter 10 Heavyweight Winner: 2009   Strengths […]

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UFC on Fox: Johnson vs Bader Pick ‘Em Results

  Congratulations to Amy Flynn for winning our UFC on Fox: Johnson vs Bader Pick ‘Em Contest (via tiebreaker), and also to Carlos G for being January’s winner (also via tiebreaker).  Next Pick ‘Em action will be for UFC Fight Night: Hendricks vs Thompson on Feb 6th.  Thanks for playing!   Consensus Picks Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson – 79% Josh […]

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