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Recommended MMA Reading

I won’t be breaking down the fights again for a little while, but to be honest, I’m not sure why anybody reads my blog when there are so many awesome writers to follow out there. Here are some of my favorite MMA writers for you to read while I’m gone – guys who aren’t necessarily the biggest names, but do some of the best work:

Patrick Wyman: Formerly at Bloody Elbow, Patrick has recently moved to Sherdog, where he breaks down every fight of every UFC card, highlights up and coming prospects, and helps produce entertaining top ten lists. Patrick watches online footage of guys like the TUF: Latin America prospects so you don’t have to. You can check out Patrick’s work here.

T.P. Grant and Zane Simon: T.P. and Zane have continued Bloody Elbow’s prospect watch series, a project started by Leland Roling and “smoogy” and continued by Patrick Wyman. If you want to know who some of the UFC stars of tomorrow are, I strongly recommend checking out their scouting reports. Here’s an example of one of their recent posts, breaking down some up and coming light-heavyweight prospects.

Zach Arnold: Zach seems to have been on a bit of a hiatus himself, but when he’s active, he provides sharp business insights and real reporting into the shenanigans that take place with some of the more prominent athletic commissions in the country. Check out his work over at Fight Opinion.

Jack Slack: For my money, Jack is the best technique writer in the MMA business. I can watch tape of a fighter and get a decent understanding of that fighter’s strengths and weaknesses, but Jack can break down their technique at such a higher level. He has an entertaining writing style and every one of his articles is an educational experience. Check out his stuff at Fightland, including a recent piece on the upcoming Edgar-Swanson match.

BJJ Scout: He’s not a writer, but BJJ Scout produces awesome videos on both MMA fighters and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu masters. He recently did a study on Dominick Cruz that was nothing short of fascinating. Here’s a link to his YouTube channel… fair warning, his videos are a great way to lose track of time.

GambLou: If you need your gambling fix, check out GambLou’s blog on the day of a UFC event – he knows his stuff and he’s proved it over a long period of time now. My gambling picks are of the degenerate variety – his are not.

There are a lot of other great writers out there as well, but these are the guys who are doing the best work in the business in my humble opinion. And don’t worry – I’ll be back before too long!

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4 responses to “Recommended MMA Reading

  1. Howard Morton November 21, 2014 at 9:07 am

    Just do write up’s. You do not have to do the stats thing for MMA, keep that for poker. You are a good writer.

  2. Mirko November 22, 2014 at 12:58 am

    My picks are Hein, Benavidez, Rosholt, Barboza and Swanson.

  3. r.mattioli November 23, 2014 at 8:31 am

    my god was I wrong about king bobby green…he stood at kickboxing range and made no effort to make it a dogfight….I hope that barboza`s kicks are what “encouraged” bobby to fight a mess of a tactical fight and that it wasn`t actually his strategery……thinking the “king” nic should be downgraded to something along the lines of “baron” based on what I observed Saturday night….

    barnatt had the look of a guy who expected to throw his cup into the octagon and have Narvaez throw in the towel…

    paige”twelve gauge” van zant showed me some grit,a great clinch game and cardio in her fight ….she did what green should have made a better effort at doing..the clinch game can be fun to watch when the clinch-er is active and intent on gaining advantage and doing damage….

    Frankie edgar is still a handful for anybody at 145…he totally exposed swanson as a guy who is hell vs fellow stand-up fighters and a bit soft vs a top drawer wrestling game….hall of famer,hands down,imo….what he did as one of the smallest guys at 155 was pretty damned impressive….and I still think he may be aldo`s toughest competiton at 145..how in hell is phenom conor McGregor going to cope with that takedown game if irish joe duffy took him down and subbed him?….ufc being very smart in building McGregor via savvy matchmaking.. ….. ..

    damned shame that swanson took such a beating from edgar…awanson/McGregor would have been a wild kickboxing match…I doubt that swanson would have been mentally defeated by McGregor`s “head game” like Poirier obviously was….

  4. Howard Morton November 24, 2014 at 3:56 am

    “King” Green downgraded to Baron? I was thinking Court Jester.

    I hope Edgar’s chin can hold up against McGregor, the “Ass of Dublin” has serious power.

    I did not see the Barnatt fight, but I have noticed lately a lot of these fighters assuming victory. Maybe they look at the betting lines and figure they “should” win. What a joke.

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