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Articles tagged with 'MMA'

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Knees to the Grounded: Fighting needs a smart, honest conversation about PEDs

Published July 28, 2017

If we are going to ask the Jon Joneses of the world to do Jon Jones-types of things, then an open, honest conversation about performance enhancing drugs is needed. Fighting will always be dangerous. We must use candor and intelligence to improve the health and longevity of the participants.

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Knees to the Grounded: Excitement of Mayweather-McGregor is in the buildup

Published July 7, 2017

Floyd Mayweather versus Conor McGregor. The heel vs. the baby face. The woman-beating kazillionaire vs. the plucky plumber's apprentice in an Aug. 26 boxing match. But it is in the buildup, the anticipation of the unexpected, the unbelievable, that we truly draw pleasure.

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Animosity between UFC fighters and ownership becoming tinderbox

Published May 12, 2017

The acrimony and animosity between UFC fighters and ownership is at a tinder-box, gasoline flame-throwing level that is just begging for mainstream coverage. With $4 billion in the bank, the UFC should be raising the pay and profile of their athletes.

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Knees to the Grounded: Casual, hardcore fans both part of MMA's mainstream move

Published April 7, 2017

Most real reggae fans wouldn't say "Legend" was Bob Marley's greatest work, though it was his best-selling album and appealed to the masses. Similarly, as MMA continues to infiltrate the mainstream, there's lots of push-back against casual or new fans. But they should be embraced as the sport grows.

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Knees to the Grounded: A writer's story is a fighter's story

Published March 3, 2017

For the author, the process of writing is similar to fighting. There's a duality of combat and writing, especially in these times, when journalists are risking themselves for the distribution of truth. A writer's story is a fighter's story.

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Knees to the Grounded: It's a brave new world of popularity, problems for MMA

Published Dec. 9, 2016

Being involved in the world of MMA in the sport's early days was akin to growing up during the upstart of punk rock. Unlike the masses, we always believed in its talent, integrity and potential. It's such a brave new world for MMA now; so much has been achieved, so much left to go.

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Boxing makes a comeback

Published March 17, 2015

Boxing has started to get national television exposure and early returns are that the sport still has a draw. At one point boxing was one of the most popular sports in the world.

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Live, live and live: Remembering Stuart Scott

Published Jan. 5, 2015

People claim that Stuart Scott redefined a culture, gave swag to following pastimes and was the torch bearer for so many others that aspired to find work in television. That all is true.

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A look back at Milwaukee's first boxing fatality

Published Aug. 9, 2014

Milwaukee kickboxer Dennis Munson passed away after an amateur bout in March, but it wasn't the first time ring combatant passed away in the ring, or as a result of injuries sustained with it.

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NAFC brings Mega Brawl to BMO Harris Bradley Center

Published Feb. 25, 2014

The Milwaukee-based North American Fighting Championship (NAFC) announced an agreement with the BMO Harris Bradley Center to start producing and promoting mixed martial arts shows, beginning with the "Mega Brawl" on May 31.

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Women's UFC fight a disgrace

Published Feb. 26, 2013

It was one heck of a weekend for women in sports as the Daytona 500 and UFC had history-making performances by women. But, the fight between Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche pandered to our basest beliefs and was exploitative.

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Well Informed Citizens' single rocks MMA broadcast

Published Dec. 29, 2012

As an early taste of its upcoming second full-length disc, Milwaukee band Well Informed Citizens has issued a CD single to ring in the new year. "Leaders of the Revolution" is a rough-edged, hard as nails song that has found the perfect mate in WCGV-TV (Channel 24 in Milwaukee) show, "Wisconsin MMA Today." The song will be the theme for the show, which airs Saturdays at 10:30 p.m. through February.