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Roy Jones Jr. on a Possible Amir Khan/Conor McGregor Clash

“What’s he losing? He could land a bomb too,” are the thoughts of one of the greatest fighters of all-time on a possible Amir Khan and Conor McGregor bout. In the last few years Roy Jones Jr. has transitioned to a role as one of the voices of HBO Boxing broadcasts. And he is just as talented in the arena of giving thoughtful analysis as he was in a boxing ring.

Comments like these are what make Jones Jr. so unique and enjoyable to listen to. Because he breaks it down to the brass tacks. The man will give you an open and honest opinion on the fight game. And it must be respected, since he is one of the grand masters of it.

The idea of a boxing vs. MMA clash is always fodder for interesting conversation. Now, a bout between a star of MMA and star of pro boxing has occurred (see: James Toney vs. Randy Couture), but that was a match-up between two aging names well passed their primes. However, a scrap between the pay-per-view box office draw McGregor, and multi-time world champion–and name fighter–Khan, would be much more significant. Since it would pit two pugilists in their prime against each other.

Khan seems very interested in the idea, judging from recent comments. The real questions is, would McGregor be keen on it as well? He seemed up for a possible bout with retired boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather. And that would have been under boxing rules. Khan is actually willing to step in the cage with the current UFC featherweight champion. If Toney was able to secure a one fight deal with the UFC then Khan stepping inside the famed octagon seems almost likely. If the money is right that is.

But watch the video and let Jones Jr. further galvanize your interest in this dream-fight.

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Freebie Fight Watch – UFC 182: Jon Jones vs Daniel Cormier

A frustrating night as a Daniel Cormier fan. But still a fascinating view with the rematch coming up at the end of April.

Randy Couture and How MMA Records, Thankfully, Don’t Define a Career

If you read the previous installment to this series (B.J. Penn and How MMA Records, Thankfully, Don’t Define a Career) you may have an idea where this is going. If not, get comfy in whatever seat you may be resting in, and grab a cold one, while we explore why the legend that is Randy Couture is greater than the sum of his unspectacular record.

In the last few years many sports pundits have written articles and recorded podcasts on what would be a given sports “Mount Rushmore of Top Athletes.” Mixed Martial-Arts (MMA) is no exception to these in-depth, and fun, discussions. And in many cases, Randy “The Natural” Couture has been included in numerous lists for this fictional honor.

The Lynnwood, Washington native’s 19-11 record is not what would be considered overly impressive,at first glance. This is not to say it isn’t a good record. To have a career record of 19-11, when all but six of those fights took place in Ultimate Fighting Championship, is evidence of a successful run in the sport. It is all the more impressive that he even had 30 pro-fights when you consider he didn’t start his career until the age of 34. But what makes this 19-11 record go from being good, to being great, is all in the details.

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Success With Fists Start at the Feet

“Footwork is one of the primary prerequisites to becoming a great player.” -Mike Krzyzewski

Mike Krzyzewski, the legendary Duke University basketball coach, has never trained a professional fighter. But his views on footwork holds true in most athletic endeavors known to man. Proper technique starts from the ground up. In prize fighting, if you don’t know how to use your feet, you will end up off of them. Especially in MMA.

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Amateur Hour Fight Picks -UFC Fight Night: T.J. Dillashaw vs. Dominick Cruz

Dominick Cruz vs Urijah Faber 2 – Free Fight Video

A little warm up before Dominick Cruz and, former Faber teammate, T.J. Dillashaw scrap Sunday on Fox Sports 1.

New York Fight Exchange 7: A Cage Side View to an Amateur’s Dreams

The dark before the lights go up.

The dark before the lights go up.

As a student and aspiring journalist, I understand the hard work necessary in the pursuit of a dream. However, my aspirations to be a success in this field doesn’t require the experience of taking a right hook to the face (luckily for me).

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Will NY Legalize Mixed Martial Arts?

New York is the only state in the U.S. that has yet to legalize professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA).

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Why MMA Records, Thankfully, Don’t Define a Career (BJ Penn Edition)

Jay Dee “B.J.” Penn is one of the greatest fighters to ever grace the Octagon and arguably the best Lightweight in UFC history—an overriding sentiment shared by many MMA writers and fans. Many mixed martial arts enthusiasts during the 2000’s were privileged to witness the many peaks of one of the most gifted and must-see fighters of his generation.

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