The Fine Art Of Drawing A Crowd: What Is The Hate Factor?

Greg Hardy is a draw, we might as well get that out of the way. It may taste like ash and many of you won’t like it, but it’s the reality that we face. If Hardy is featured on a … Continue reading The Fine Art Of Drawing A Crowd: What Is The Hate Factor?

Dustin Poirier – A True Diamond ?

The narrative for Dustin Poirier ahead of his premier UFC title tilt this weekend, is the storm he has had to batten down for and the immense list of challengers he has had to overcome. At UFC 236, Poirier meets featherweight king and former foe Max Holloway for the interim lightweight championship. The Lafayette striker has made some of the most notable improvements in recent memory, evolving into a dangerous adversary for anybody at 155 pounds. The two youngsters first shared the Octagon back in 2012, with a debuting Holloway losing via triangle-armbar in the premier round. Heavy hands and slick boxing would mean … Continue reading Dustin Poirier – A True Diamond ?

Kelvin Gastelum – Another TUF Champion?

Since he made the dive to 185lbs; Kelvin Gastelum has looked relativity great, Improving  to no end since his move from a scarily depleting welterweight, with poor performances and even poorer weight cut attempts forcing the Californian to really take a realistic view at his faltering career. Still just 27 years of age, the middleweight title challenger has one of the slickest boxing games in mixed-martial arts worldwide, with very clean counter work, angles and maybe most impressively, timing. Facing someone of Israel Adesanya’s kickboxing eminence offers a huge obstacle itself, but at middleweight, his natural boxing skills are arguably … Continue reading Kelvin Gastelum – Another TUF Champion?

Analysis: Israel Adesanya – The Future?

It’s been a hasty rise through the ranks of the shark tank that is the UFC’s middleweight division for the former GLORY Kickboxing star Israel ‘The Last Stylebender’ Adesanya, and next weekend, he is catapulted into his premier promotional championship bout, albeit it is for an Interim belt. The ever charismatic Nigerian-Kiwi exploded into the UFC just last year. Before making his promotional debut; Izzy was being touted by ‘hardcores’ as a future contender and if not a contender – a violent maniac capable of snapping anyones consciousness in an instant. Adesanya has lived up to the hype and then … Continue reading Analysis: Israel Adesanya – The Future?

Thursday Theory: Looking Into Cains Knee

Alright humans, listen up, fasten your Aluminum foil hats on tight, we are taking a steep turn onto Conspiracy Lane. Was a scary shovel hook from the depths of Haydes used by N’gannou to send Cain Velasquez crashing to the canvas this past weekend? We here at StipeTapped state that it clearly wasn’t an uppercut, there was something deeper at play that evening! It was simply a clear cut case of Sea-Level Cain beating himself, and we have the exclusive proof below. As evident by the above image, you can clearly see Cain throw the left high kick, resulting in … Continue reading Thursday Theory: Looking Into Cains Knee