November 29, 2021

Ruckus ONE

Billed as events for the best up-and-coming superstars, ONE: NEXTGEN was nothing more than bullshit baffling brains! The 29 October event kick-started the trilogy with the finalists of the ONE Women’s Atomweight World Grand Prix, featuring the likes of former two-sport ONE World Champion Stamp Fairtex (MMA: 7-1 / Kickboxing: 63-17-5 / MuayThai: 4-2), Julie […]

The EFC’s Fight Night 1 took place at the EFC Performance Institute in Johannesburg, South Africa on Saturday 9 October and the card delivered some great action from the athletes and some dubious performances from a referee.  The Bantamweight main event saw Shana Power defeat Christine Wolmarans by contentious submission early in round 2. The […]

The EFC celebrates their 90th event with their first Fight Night (a la the UFC) taking place this coming Saturday at the EFC Performance Institute in Johannesburg, South Africa. A glimpse at the card highlights that the EFC are following in the footsteps of the UFC where Fight Night events feature lower-profile athletes – marketed as future contenders – […]

Let us start where the rest of the global MMA community left things off following on EFC88 – with the officiating debacle where referee Natasha Brits allowed a debuting athlete to get choked out on 3 occasions!  The MMASA “Corrective Actions” as outlined in their letter dated 17 August 2021, clearly stated that Mrs Brits “will have to pass a locally presented officials’ course, and only then […]

This weekend’s UFC event, billed as the biggest event of the year, showcased the very best and the very worst that the UFC stands for – from creating dreams to witnessing utter classlessness! The outcome of the main event of UFC 264 did not play out like anyone would have imagined. Poirier fans will no […]

No Platform Means No Fighters After 2 great return events in May and June following on an enforced COVID hiatus, EFC87 left many fans bewildered at it’s sheer lack of depth. With many of their champions having moved on to bigger pastures and many others having signed with other promotions, EFC87 was billed by EFC […]

The main card on Yas Island this weekend held a special place for many South African fight fans with the announcement two weeks ago that local MMA superstar Dricus du Plessis would make his UFC debut as a short notice replacement to fight Markus Perez. Du Plessis was one of three short notice fighters all […]

The return of Alpha MMA (AMMA) was most certainly a joy to behold, not so much for fans of the sport as the event was mostly “spectatorless”, but more so for the athletes and all those those that work passionately behind the scenes to ensure that Amateur Fight Sports is alive and flourishing. Saturday marked […]

Some superb 1st round finishes and a main event that should lead to some serious soul searching, are just some of what this fan experienced in one of the more eagerly anticipated cards that the UFC has put on in recent weeks.  The main card of UFC Fight Night had a fantastic mix of young-blood […]

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September 16, 2020

Ruckus Sports Politics

In the aftermath of the execution of Iranian wrestler Navid Afkari on Saturday (12thSeptember), the International Olympic Committee (IOC) finds itself in a rather tricky position as to whether to ban Iran. Reports suggest that an Olympic ban is unlikely with the vice-president of the IOC, John Coates, outlining the difficulty in making such a […]

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