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Very few people alive can say they helped invent a sport, but Royce Gracie can; his contribution to MMA was paramount in making it what it is today. The UFC and Zuffa have paid tribute to him by releasing Ultimate Royce Gracie. This two disc set not only tells Royce’s story, it tells the Gracie’s story and how one family paved the way for the world’s fastest growing sport. By Tom Rooney

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In a live chat with the Vancouver Sun this afternoon, British Columbia New Democrat Mike Farnworth was asked his position on province-wide regulation of mixed martial arts. And in a sign of changing attitudes, perhaps, he indicated he’s completely for it. The question posed was, “Hi Mike! Question out of left field perhaps – what’s [...]

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It’s official – at least as official as professional mixed martial arts ever gets in the city of Vancouver – UFC 131 will land in B.C. on June 11. Rogers Arena will want to put on a decent sized buffet for the athletes, because not only are we getting the main event title shot decider [...]

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2010 was a rough year for local mixed martial arts, when really, it should have been the boom times.  At the start of ’10, everything seemed to be coming up roses. Vancouver City Council had approved a two-year ‘test period’ for professional MMA events. The Ultimate Fighting Championship was set to come to Vancouver’s GM [...]

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If you’re an MMA fan, not only do you know who Bas Rutten is, but you also know he’s all sorts of awesome. Rutten, the former King of Pancrase and a former UFC champion, brought superstar flava to mixed martial arts before anyone knew it was even a sport, with a brash pro-wrestling interview style [...]

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Fighters seem to be learning that Twitter is for more than telling 900 followers, “Had a great workout today,” and in fact can be a useful pre-fight hype tool. Others are seemingly using the platform to try to talk themselves into fights they have no business getting into. Witness Aaron Simpson: I don’t think jon [...]

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According to documents from the U.S. Department of Justice, UFC middleweight title contender, one-time Republican political candidate and part-time realtor Chael Sonnen has pled guilty to money laundering and could face twenty years in jail and a $500,000 fine. Sonnen dropped out of the race for the Oregon House District 37 mid-race in early 2010, [...]

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Rogers Sportsnet cost the UFC at least one pay-per-view buy this past Saturday. Canadian fight fans were panicked when they heard the announcement last week that the UFC was going to show the UFC 125 preliminary fights not on Spike, but on ION TV in the US. As most Canadians don’t get ION on their [...]

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Is it time for the Ultimate Fighting Championship to put Chael Sonnen on ice? The talented Dustin Hazelett was cut from the UFC yesterday after a trio of losses, and while he’s nowhere near the title contender Sonnen is, he’s also not someone who has tested positive for performance enhancing drugs. And nor would he, [...]

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Adam Ryan’s Dynamic MMA gym was one of the success stories of local MMA in Vancouver. Sitting on Cambie Street near 41st Ave, the gym has been home to scores of police officers, teachers, teenagers, seniors, and elite fighters such as Belgium’s Bastien Huveneers. But Dynamic is no longer a Vancouver-based company. Instead, it has [...]

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It’s becoming increasingly clear that people should steer clear of any MMA event in far-flung places where respectable athletic commissions don’t run the show. An event in the Dominican Republic attracted former UFC fighters such as Keith Jardine recently on the promise of big money purses, but only attracted “between 20 and 100 people.” Needless [...]

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It’s an arguable point to make, but I’ve long said that Michael Jordan is not the best basketball player of all time. He was the most dominant, to be sure, but not the best, and that’s because the things he did changed the game. The same way Wilt “The Stilt” Chamberlain changed the game decades [...]

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