• From a distance, it would seem as if 2013 was a roller-coaster type of year for MMA welterweight Josh Burkman. The 33-year-old capped a five-fight win streak by choking former UFC title challenger Jon Fitch out in June and made the first leap into the top-10 rankings of his decade-long career.

    In his next fight, however, Burkman would go on to lose via triangle choke submission to Steve Carl, and lost his chance at the first ever World Series of Fighting (WSOF) 170-pound championship. From a distance, it would seem as though the past year or so for Burkman has been an up-and-down ride of extremes.

    However, up close, talking with Burkman while he sits in his Utah home watching his wife and baby son play outside, the fighter’s year and life look a whole lot different and more even-keel. His first-born and wife have left him inside to talk, he jokes, because “there’s too much testosterone in the room.”

    Burkman will try to rebound and win again when he fights Tyler Stinson on Saturday,

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  • On October 26, 2013, Steve Carl upset Josh Burkman to become the first ever World Series of MMA champion. As his arm was raised by the referee following Carl’s fourth round triangle submission win, it was the first time the fighter had ever had a title belt wrapped around his waist.

    The moment was a special one. Just don’t try and get Steve Carl to say that. “Honestly, I know it is not quite what everyone wants to hear, but I wasn’t in a good mood that night,” Carl tells Cagewriter.

    “I’m proud of it now but in the moment, I was so physically and mentally exhausted from not being able to train before the fight. I thought the fight was garbage. I was in a horrible mental state. We were barely moving for the first few rounds. I didn’t think it was an exciting fight and I wasn’t enjoying myself.”

    Here’s some context. Five weeks before he fought Burkman (who himself dealt with multiple herniated discs in his back and neck), Carl pulled a muscle in his back while performing dead lifts in the

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  •  UFC featherweight sensation Conor McGregor is still recovering from injuries but, as rumors swirl about who he'll fight next and where, the bombastic Irishman had no issue calling out and insulting a who's who of the 145 pound division in a recent interview. Of dominant featherweight champion Jose Aldo, McGregor said, "I think he's basic. His movements are limited. He doesn't do any crazy movements. There's nothing that jumps off the page when I look at him. I thought that straight away. A lot of guys think he's this and think he's that. I certainly don't. That fight will happen and when that fight does happen everyone's going to see. I'm going to prove what I'm saying."

    Luckily for fans everywhere of good sound bites, McGregor didn't stop with those ridiculous comments about the Brazilian champ. The UFC new comer also blasted Diego Sanchez, Max Holloway, Ricardo Lamas, Dustin Poirier and Cub Swanson. Check out his McGregor's full interview with NewsTalk below, and then let us know

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  • Bantamweight champion Renan Barao will defend his belt against T.J. Dillashaw on May 24 at UFC 173 (Getty)

    T.J. Dillashaw has been on a roll, having won five of his last six fights in the last two years. But on May 24 at UFC 173 at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, all of his abilities will be put to the test.

    The former cast member of "The Ultimate Fighter 14" will face champion Renan Barao for the bantamweight title, replacing Chris Weidman-Lyoto Machida as the show's main event. The Weidman-Machida fight was moved to July 5 when Weidman needed minor knee surgery to both of his knees.

    T.J. Dillashaw (Getty)In facing Barao, Dillashaw will be taking on one of the great pound-for-pound fighters in the world in Barao. As hot as Dillashaw has been, Barao has been way hotter and for way longer. Barao lost his opening bout as a professional in 2005 and has gone 32-0 with a no contest in the nine years since.

    Barao is coming off a first-round stoppage of Dillashaw's Team Alpha Male teammate, Urijah Faber. It was the second time that Barao defeated Faber.

    Faber campaigned for Dillashaw in the ring after the loss to

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  • Ex-UFC champ Georges St-Pierre tears left ACL, will require surgery

    Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre tore his left ACL in training (Getty)Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, who is in the midst of a sabbatical from fighting, announced on his Facebook page Thursday that he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee this week and will require surgery.

    He tore the ACL in his right knee in 2011 and missed about a year.

    St-Pierre wrote, "Just got confirmation that I tore my left knee AC during training this week. ... Surgery in a few days and rehab starts right away. We all face challenges in our lives and I know only one way to take this one: Pain, hard work, no shortcuts and I will soon be back at 100%"

    UFC president Dana White has said he is certain St-Pierre would return to competition, but if he does, it's going to be much longer than originally anticipated.

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    Despite losing his last four fights, former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir has not been released from the UFC, according to his manager Malki Kawa. "Yeah, he's still on the roster," Kawa told Mike Chiappetta in a recent interview.

    Even though Mir is still in the UFC, he isn't yet in a rush to get back into the cage. Kawa said that the Las Vegas fighter is taking time off following his brutal loss to Alistair Overeem last month at UFC 169.


    "He's just taking time off," Kawa went on.

    "He's taking a little bit of time and we'll figure out what his next fight is going to be, and what he's going to do next. Right now we haven't come to a conclusion on that time frame yet."

    Who do you want to see Mir fight upon his return? Let us know in the comments section.

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  • Injured UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis will defend his title against Gilbert Melendez at the 2014 end of the year card after the two coach opposite one another on an upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter. Pettis has not fought since winning the belt in August, 2013, against Benson Henderson.

    UFC president Dana White made the announcement during a press conference in Puerto Rico Wednesday. Pettis and his younger brother, UFC flyweight Sergio Pettis were also on the island and toured it.

    White also said a 2015 event in Puerto Rico, which would be the UFC's first on the island-nation, is being planned and will feature the elder Pettis as a headliner.

    Ever since former Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez re-signed with the UFC we've known that he would eventually face Pettis for the 155 pound championship, but Wednesday's presser was the first time an approximate date was publicly announced. Melendez is coming off a barn-burner decision win over Diego Sanchez last

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  • According to a report from MMA Fighting, former UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio "Shogun" Rua will have surgery Wednesday to repair his injured nose. Rua lost via third round TKO Sunday to Dan Henderson after "Hendo" knocked him down and out with a right hook to the nose.

    According to Rua's manager Eduardo Alonso, the fighter doesn't yet know when he'll be able to train again.

    "There’s no timetable [for his return to training] right now, he will take a week off to rest. He will be cleared to walk again then, and we’ll go from there," Alonso said.

    The manager went on to say that, other than the nose, Rua did not suffer any more injuries.

    "Shogun didn’t suffer any injury besides the broken nose," he claimed.

    "The CT exam showed nothing. He had no neurological damage, loss of consciousness, nothing."

    We wish Rua the best during his surgery and recovery.

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  • After Daniel Cormier and Alexander Gustafsson won his last fight over Jimu Manuwa, light heavyweight champion Jon Jones posited an idea for whom he should face, assuming he beats Glover Teixeira in April.

    "Why not give the winner of Alexander and [Daniel Cormier] the winner of myself and Glover?? Call me what you want but I can't be the only person who thinks that makes perfect sense," Jones tweeted.

    As it turned out, subsequent sophisiticated and scientific surveys demonstrated that Jones is the only person on earth who thought that idea made sense. You see, Alexander Gustafsson controlled the first three rounds of his title fight in 2013 against Jones before nearly getting finished himself by the champ in the fourth and fifth rounds.

    Many observers scored the fight three rounds to two for the Swede, yet Jones was given the decision win. Fair enough, but it certainly seemed like an immediate rematch was in order.

    However, Jones did not want to fight Gustafsson again, at least not

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  • Josh Koscheck forges ahead


    When Josh Koscheck lost his third straight fight last November at UFC 167, via KO to Tyron Woodley, it made him reconsider his career. “You know, when you do everything right for so long and you have a bad day at the office, it makes you think about things," he told ESPN in a recent interview.

    "You wonder, ‘What the hell? Is there more out there? Is there something better I can be putting that much energy into?'”

    However, the two-time world title challenger ultimately decided to soldier on. Koscheck admits to having turned down two fights offered to him by the UFC since losing to Woodley but only because he needed time to rest, not because he's ready to hang up his gloves

    “I’ve been training my whole life,” Koscheck explained.

    “I’ve never had a break. I feel like I need to get away and take some time off and enjoy life."

    The 36 year-old said that he has two more fights on his current UFC contract. As for his future in MMA, "Kos" plans to finish out this contract and then assess

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