Editors view: It’s been a while folks, but StipeTapped is back! For the past few months I’ve been on something of a hiatus. With the pandemic reshaping how we work and lead our lives, I’ve been unable to put as … Continue reading StipeTapped: Reborn
Over the course of his last seven years with the promotion, we’ve become accustomed to a varying number of versions of Conor McGregor. The ultra-focused, collected and confident McGregor which toyed with José Aldo before an eventual thirteen-second victory. A … Continue reading UFC 246: The Big Fight Breakdown
Disclaimer: This article is an opinion piece. When Conor McGregor vs Donald Cerrone was finally announced by the UFC, fans and media alike, seemed overjoyed to have the sports biggest star return. However, with the recent, alleged transgressions of the … Continue reading Rileys Reflections: Should MMA Media Grill Conor McGregor?
In terms of challengers in the UFC’s flyweight division, there’s a couple of standouts. Katlyn Chookagian currently holds the #1 rank at 125-pounds and challenges the unstoppable Valentina Shevchenko for gold at UFC 247 in March. Behind Chookagain – we’ve … Continue reading Maycee Barber: The Litmus Test
In a newly published interview / PR appearance, a cage fighter said something mildly controversial about another cage fighter. The event occured on some sort of pre-prepared MMA show. Afterwards social media was set alight with other people on the … Continue reading BREAKING: Somebody said something about someone in an interview
Taking the #4 spot on this Top 5 list is the promotion’s best ever heavyweight, and arguably the best the sport has seen – the current heavyweight champion, Stipe Miocic. The Cleveland favorite has enjoyed a phenomenal record this decade, … Continue reading The Top #5 at 10: Stipe ‘The Cheat’ Miocic
When it comes to women’s mixed-martial-arts, you’ll travel a great distance to find a better professional competitor than Brazilian ace, Amanda ‘The Lioness’ Nunes. You may argue Cris Cyborg, Ronda Rousey, or Valentina Shevchenko have comparable résumés or success to Nunes, but the simple fact remains — Nunes has beaten them all. The Bahia-born striker has one of the most star-studded win columns the sport has ever seen. At UFC 245 recently, Nunes added to her staggering success with a second victory over Germaine de Randamie. It’s a win column which contains each and every former bantamweight, and featherweight champion … Continue reading The Top #5 at 10: Amanda ‘The Lioness’ Nunes
Usman VS Covington Going into the main event of UFC 245, much was made about the vaunted wrestling skills of both champion, Kamaru Usman, and challenger, Colby Covington. However, outside of the desperation shot by Colby in the closing moments … Continue reading Rileys Reflections: Musing Over UFC 245 & The Future Of 2020 MMA
With the UFC 245 fight week festivities wrapping up, it’s been a rather slow MMA news week *so far*. This was until Polish Titan Martyn Ford posted this cryptic message to Instagram that has sent Polish MMA fans into a … Continue reading Martyn Ford Teases MMA Debut In Cryptic Instagram Post
Both Frankie ‘The Answer’ Edgar & Chris Weidman took to Twitter last night to retweet and spread the maniacal ramblings of anti-vax conspiracy theorist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. The messages were first spread out by ex-UFC fighter Nick Catone, who … Continue reading Evidence Shows Frankie Edgar & Chris Weidman Now Support Anti-Vax Movement
The King of cringe Henry Cejudo took to the streets of Twitter last night to call out Jose Aldo, in what can only be described as one of the worst call-outs in recent cage-fighting history. See below. Ya hate to … Continue reading Henry Cejudo Stunts At Poolside: We’re All A Little Concerned About The Future Of MMA
Last night justice was served up as part-time MAGA Chad; Colby “Chaos” Covington was finished off by Nigerian born immigrant Kamaru Usman at UFC 245. Of course you already know that because you’re a hardcore MMA nerd. But it was … Continue reading Racist Trump Supporter Violently Assaulted By Nigerian Immigrant: The Internet Reacts
It would be fair to say that so far, the build up to UFC 245 has been pretty dull. Don’t get me wrong, I do think that most fans (including me) will look forward to this card purely because of … Continue reading UFC 245: The Big Fist Fight Analysis
Nothing brings combat sports fans to their feet faster than a slick knockout. Make the right connection to the chin and bounce a head off the mat you’ll be going viral on social media and making the highlight reel clips. … Continue reading The Fabled Glass Jaw: Is It Real?
Congratulations combat sports fans, you have all somehow made it on the nice list and therefore Christmas is coming early this year. Saturday, December 7th 2019 has everything a maniacal fight fan dreams of. There’s UFC Washington, where up-and-coming KO … Continue reading An Early Christmas: MMA Style
Disclaimer: This article is written as an opinion piece and the views are representative solely of the author. The MMA sphere was rocked recently with the disappearance of Aniah Blanchard. The connection to the MMA world being that she is … Continue reading Rileys Reflections: RIP Aniah Blanchard, More Than A Stepdaughter
UFC 244 was, by almost all standards, a stellar event. While a disappointing doctor stoppage capped off what was a banger of a main event, there were enough strokes of masterful violence prior that it’s hard to classify the card … Continue reading Darren Till – PRESSURE
I’ve been away from my beloved home here at Stipe Tapped, there’s been some health issues and the prospect of a new job has kept me silent these past few months, so what better way to return then to share … Continue reading Riley’s Reflections: Dissecting UFC 244
Last night we finally got to witness the much hyped slug-fest between Stocktons Nathan Diaz & street Jesus himself; Jorge Masvidal. Masvidal managed to pick up his 3rd win of the year, battering Diaz to pieces over the course of … Continue reading Evaluating The Good, Bad & Ugly Of The BMF Belt
What is the meaning of life, why do we exist, and who is the baddest mofo in MMA? These are the questions some of the world’s most renowned philosophers & Sherdog users have been pondering over for years, and this … Continue reading The StipeTapped Staff Pick UFC 244
Just two years ago, Joanna Jędrzejczyk was queen of the strawweights, a dominant one to boot. Last night in Tampa, the Polish Muay Thai expert displayed all the characteristics of a champion in waiting. Over five rounds, the Olsztyn native outclassed … Continue reading The Fallout: Where do Joanna & Waterson go next?
Talk about a rough couple of days. After being pulled from his scheduled heavyweight bout in Chicago with Oleksandr Usyk for a failed drug test, it seems Swedish fighter Tyrone Sprong might have some more pressing issues at hand according … Continue reading Florida Man Fails Drug Test Then Loses Pet Cougar in Suburban Neighborhood
The art of counter-striking has produced some quite phenomenal results in high level mixed-martial-art in the last decade or so. The ability to time an opponents offense and then launch your own counter offensive has been brought to the forefront … Continue reading The Fallout: What To Do After UFC 243?
For UFC 243 headliner Israel ‘The Last Stylebender’ Adesanya, the dynamic striker has experienced one of the most impressive rises to stardom and Octagon success in recent years. The interim middleweight champion has rivaled the polarizing Conor McGregor’s timely route … Continue reading The Rundown: Everything To Know About Whittaker VS Adesanya
In today’s climate, there’s a great deal to be said about fighters competing at a more comfortable weight a division or two heavier, but in the case of UFC Fight Night Copenhagen big winner Jared Cannonier, a drop in weight … Continue reading The Fallout: What To Make Of UFC Copenhagen?
Cage Warriors 107 takes place tonight (Saturday 28th September) in Liverpool Exhibition Centre. It seems that this card is uncharacteristically sparse when compared to previous Liverpool outings by the promotion. There will be no pro prelim card for this event, … Continue reading The Rundown: Everything You Need To Know About CW 107
For SBG teammate’s Richie Smullen and Richard Kiely, the two share more than just a gym and a name, they both enter Bellator Dublin this Friday in search of two straight victories since their promotion bows last February. Wicklow born … Continue reading Richie Smullen Believes His Grappling Is Too Strong For Bellator Dublin Foe Sean Tobin
Recently I got the opportunity to speak with surging finisher and Straight Blast Gym Ireland prospect Frans ‘The Black Mamba’ Mlambo, who makes his second walk under the Bellator MMA banner this weekend, as the South African features on the … Continue reading Frans Mlambo Excited For Friday Homecoming Against Dominique Wooding
Recently, I got the opportunity to chat with Bellator Dublin feature Richard Kiely, ahead of his welterweight showdown with Michael ‘Venom’ Page on September 27th. from the 3Arena. The Tallaght born striker has already grabbed the attention of many within … Continue reading Richard Kiely: “Once I Beat The Snake I Expect To Fight For A World Title Next.”
At UFC Fight Night Mexico City last night, a wonderful night of fights was marred by a restless Mexico City crowd. Objects were hurled into the Octagon as referee Herb Dean called an official ‘No Contest’, after Jeremy Stephens was … Continue reading The Fallout: UFC Mexico City Edition
When it comes to dynamic and creative strikers at featherweight, we have some outliers. Zabit Magomedsharipov, Jose Aldo, and maybe most impressively, UFC Fight Night Mexico City headliner Yair ‘El Pantera’ Rodriguez. The Chihuahua native has reinstated himself into the … Continue reading The Big Preview: Stephens VS Rodriguez
At StipeTapped we talk a lot about MMA, but we are really into all forms of combat sports. Personally, I was into boxing before I first started watching the UFC. I do my best to watch what combat sports I … Continue reading Women’s Boxing Is Awesome: It’s Time To Watch More!
It’s now three first-round finishes on the trot for perennial lightweight contender Justin ‘The Highlight’ Gaethje. Our three judges were unlikely to have much involvement in the headliner of UFC Fight Night Vancouver last night, but the timely manner in … Continue reading The Fallout: Where Do Gaethje And Cowboy Go?
Justin Gaethje Reckless. The only adjective we can really use to describe not only the career, but also the fighting style of cult hero Justin ‘The Highlight’ Gaethje. The hugely entertaining Arizonian returns to the Octagon this weekend at UFC … Continue reading UFC Vancouver: The Main Event Super-rundown
Tonight marks the 50th Jubilee event for Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki. If you’re into Polish and European MMA the event is straight up must watch TV, but if you’re not a hardcore MMA nerd here’s five reasons why you NEED to … Continue reading KSW 50: Five Reasons To Tune In
For whatever reason, this is your very latest MMA news. Enjoy! Continue reading WATCH: My Foot Was A Balloon Mashup Remix
So, we all have just witnessed UFC 242, the event marked the return of the UFC in Abu Dhabi and in the main event we saw Khabib ‘The Eagle’, Nurmagomedov defeat Dustin ‘The Diamond’ Poirier by Rear Naked Choke in … Continue reading It’s Tony Time
Khabib Nurmagomedov still remains the best lightweight on planet earth today, and possibly, the greatest 155-pound fighter we’ve seen in the history of the sport. “I can’t get him the f**k off of me, man.” Dustin Poirier’s words to head … Continue reading UFC 242 Fallout: Where To Go From Here?
The narrative for Dustin Poirier ahead of his unification title bout with Khabib Nuramgomedov at UFC 242 this weekend, is the storm he has had to batten down for and the immense list of challenges he has had to overcome. … Continue reading UFC 242: In The Trenches With Dustin Poirier
Warning: This post may offend… a few people… “Can DP be the one to finally stop Khabib?” “Will Khabib maul Poirier like he has everyone else?” “What website can I stream it for free?” Dustin Poirier, the pride of Louisiana, … Continue reading My 4 Biggest Concerns Heading into UFC 242
Check out the latest and greatest creation from the Ireland sub-reddit: PS if the sound’s not working on your device you’ll need to click this link: https://www.reddit.com/r/ireland/comments/cygum7/my_whole_country_thinks_im_a_prick/ That’s it, that’s the article! Continue reading Conor McGregor ‘Bad Guy’ Remix: Probably The Best Thing You’ll See Today
Two things have become widely apparent in the last year. Paul Felder is as talented inside the Octagon as he is in the commentary booth. The 34-year-old has been drafted in alongside Jon Anik and Joe Rogan to form a … Continue reading UFC 242: Analysing ‘The Irish Dragon’
Saturday night marked the 11th instalment of the Polaris Pro Invitational in Manchester, England. In a historic move, this was the first event the Polaris team had put on in the North of England and also featured its very first … Continue reading The Retrospect: StipeTapped X Polaris 11
On Friday the 23rd of August, Combat Americas touched down at Lake Tahoe California for an action packed card. Combates tagline is ‘MUCHA MÁS ACCIÓN’ – which literally translates from Spanish to ‘Much more action’ and the whole card delivered … Continue reading WATCH: Ortiz VS Del Rio Faceoff Was Weird, Insane & Quite Incredible
This may be quite a controversial pick as runner-up in this Top 10 list. Jon ‘Bones’ Jones is undeniably one of the greatest fighters combat sports has seen, ever. The most dominant light heavyweight champion the UFC has ever had, … Continue reading The Top #5 at 10: Jon ‘Bones’ Jones
Despite making his promotional debut in 2013, Daniel ‘DC’ Cormier is one of the most successful mixed-martial-artists to step foot inside the Octagon. The Lafayette native has only tasted defeat twice in his professional career, during a run which saw … Continue reading The Top #5 at 10: Daniel Cormier