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
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?
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
Last night, the PFL put on quite an exciting event. There were eight fights and a grand total of six finishes, with five of those finishes coming in the first round. The crowd went home happy and so did 12 … Continue reading Our 4 Takeaways From PFL 4
As UFC Rochester passes us by, I must admit that it was a surprisingly epic card. Though it lacked a lot of star power, there were some great performances on the prelims, and the repeated decision to blow off my friends to watch grown-ass men fight in a cage continues to pay off. Some prospects flourished, others not so much, and we’ll be diving into what’s next for each fighter who fought on the main card. Davi Ramos Except for a dual nut shot in round one, the unanimous 30-27 scorecard very much tells the story of this fight. Ramos … Continue reading Aftermath: What Happens After UFC Rochester?
In the buildup to UFC 237, the event received a lot of criticism from analysts and fans alike for having one of the weakest main cards in ultimate fighting history. For the most part, they were correct. This was easily the least excited I’ve ever been for an ESPN era PPV and it wasn’t even the most exciting MMA event on that night (way to go Bellator!) However, despite the card being rather lacklustre in terms of star-power and hype, I do think there are some positives and interesting stories that come from the event. The New Blood On Saturday … Continue reading The Weird But Wonderful UFC 237
A pair of UFC veterans and recent bare knuckle converts made their mark on the un-gloved combat scene at London’s IndigO2 on Saturday night. UK MMA legend Brad Pickett needed precious little time to close the show in the evening’s main event, while heavyweight slugger Mark Godbeer went toe-to-toe with a game opponent for a solid five rounds en route to capturing his first bare knuckle title. ‘One Punch’ – One Round Brad ‘One Punch’ Pickett went into Saturday’s British title contest as a man with little weight on his shoulders… and it showed. Returning to active duty for the … Continue reading BKB 16 Review: UFC vets Pickett and Godbeer Shine in London