Twenty-one years after the the Ultimate Fighting Championship broadcast its first open-weight competition in 1993, the world's largest MMA promotion is returning to its roots with a single-elimination tournament to crown its initial women's 115-pound title holder.
It was just three months ago, at UFC 173, that Dillashaw captured the title with a near-perfect finish of Barao. On that night, Dillashaw demonstrated superior speed and striking. Now it remains to be seen if he can deliver a repeat performance.
When I truly believe that the power of the universe resides within me (this belief waxes and wanes apparently) I act in such a way that I am able to tap it. Jesus or the Buddha or Winnie the Pooh, these are merely conduits for the almighty energy that lies in wait.
Perhaps no transgender issue brings out more anger than the idea of transgender women competing in athletics. This was evident again when a female transgender CrossFit athlete was told, in writing, by the CrossFit governing body that she cannot compete as a woman.
Call it a precise and multifaceted mix of unlocked fearlessness and inflicted pain, an existence rooted in the efficacy of violence. No matter how you view it, there is no part of Dan Severn's past that can be considered too banal to merit discussion.
Long before the world embraced the UFC, Semaphore Entertainment Group (SEG) Executive Producer Campbell McLaren thrust mixed martial arts into the American media spotlight, launching the Ultimate Fighting Championship amid a campaign of controversy.