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?
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
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?
From Lackluster to Lipless Whenever we get a heavyweight main-event, it’s easy to get excited about the prospect of two meat mountains throwing cinder blocks at one another, but sadly we didn’t get that this week. Overeem implored the same … Continue reading Riley Reflections: UFC Washington
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
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
Robbie Lawler sits on the stool, lip split up to his cheek, battered, and bloody. The corner men work feverishly to get him ready for the last round. Its been four hard fought round, with both men taking a beating, … Continue reading Robbie Lawler: A Calculated Madman
Since his win over Damien Maia, and the subsequent interview, Colby Covington has been doing literally everything in his power to become the biggest heel in the UFC. Proudly sporting a MAGA hat every where he goes and he isn’t shy about his support for current president, Donald Trump. The United States has seen its country divided in recent years since Trump took the White House. Colby has used this to craft himself into a cartoonish heel that is quick to insult fans, media, and entire countries. Within this character lies a dangerous message. Colby is an over the top … Continue reading Colby Covington: The Poison Of The Message
Not much in the world of MMA brings about as much debate than fighter pay. The media have been beating the drum for years wanting the details of what fighters make and continuously call for the athletes to make more. … Continue reading Fighter Pay: From The Sales Floor Perspective
This past weekend, Cris Cyborg got herself back in the win column with her dominating performance over former Invicta featherweight champion, Felicia Spencer. This was Cris’ first fight since her devastating knock out loss to, now, dual champion; Amanda Nunes. … Continue reading Cris Cyborg Chronicles: Here We Go Again?