The following guest post was written by Aaron Walker.
What was once a sport consigned to feature only on the fringe of sports programming has now evolved into a phenomenon that's captivating millions. The Cinderella story of MMA Fighting is no different than the stories its characters share. We've seen the sport grow. Watched its characters evolve. We've roared with joy when they were triumphant over their competitors, and felt each blow as they were defeated. And in the past 10 years, we've witnessed some amazing moments and sensational fights.
And throughout it all, some characters have made the MMA story much more enjoyable. These fighters have earned their place in the history books but still continue to fight for their story. These are the top 5 deadliest fighters still in the game.
Since entering the MMA World over a decade ago, in 1997, no one can doubt Silva's position in this top 5. His impressive record of 33-4-0 says it all, having only ever lost 4 fights. Silva wasn't blessed with an amazing fighting education filled with college and daily classes. He had to learn by practicing with neighborhood kids that could afford to take Jiu-Jitsu classes. Regardless, this unconventional training didn't halt his growth. Even UFC President Dana White has called him the "greatest mixed martial artist ever." Silva holds the longest winning and title defense streak in UFC history, as well as having been Middleweight Champion for both Cage Rage and UFC. And when you're already the champion for 10 consecutive seasons, there aren't many new accomplishments to gain.
The following is a guest post by Samaiyah Islam.
Golf, which was once a sport reserved for the rich and famous, has transformed into a pop culture phenomenon. You used to need country club membership and an aura of prestige to play the game. Nowadays, the game is played by anyone, ranging from your average everyday Joe to Hollywood's finest to professional athletes (not including those on the PGA and LPGA tours, of course) that use their respective off-seasons to fuel another sporting passion.
Yes, golf is huge. There have been classic, and highly quotable, movies that have revolved around the sport (see: Caddyshack, Tin Cup, Happy Gilmore, and The Legend of Bagger Vance). There's a celebrity pro-am before just about every PGA Tour event, where the area's notable celebrities and talking heads are able to play a round with some of the world's finest. And there’s been prominent golfing professionals, such as Tiger Woods — and more recently Rory Mcllroy, — that have made golf "cool" among the younger crowds and have helped grow the sport as a game for the masses and not just the rich and famous. The aforementioned golfers have made PGA Tour majors like The Masters must-see television, not just for golf fans, but for all sport fans.
The following is a guest post by Annabelle.
Last season the NFL made fans, players, and medical experts redefine what is meant by the words "career ending injury." The top two MVP finalists, Peyton Manning and Adrian Peterson, were both returning from injuries many considered would significantly cripple or even end their respective careers. Manning had undergone multiple neck operations, while Peterson tore both his ACL and MCL, both injuries that once spelled doom for playmakers at their positions. But, not only did both Peterson and Manning return, but both were unquestionably the best players at their respective positions in 2012, with Peterson coming within ten yards of the all time rushing record and winning the prestigious league MVP. The examples of Manning and Peterson may seem insignificant, outliers in the vast scope of the NFL, but when we also consider the returns of Terrell Suggs, Ray Lewis and Jamal Charles, or the continued play of Robert Griffin III, we have to consider the question: What has caused this dramatic shift in the landscape of injuries in the NFL?
The following is a guest post by Trent.
Two weeks ago we saw the long awaited battle between George St. Pierre and Nick Diaz. And now that the event is over, what is up next for these two fighters who are still very much in their prime?
George St. Pierre
George St. Pierre is, by most standards, is the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world (sans Anderson Silva). After beating Nick Diaz so convincingly (albeit a little boringly), the logical next step is to take on the number 1 contender in the weight class, Johny Hendricks. Hendricks, the most explosive yet underrated fighter in the Welterweight division, has been waiting all too long for the title shot. By beating Carlos Condit in a unanimous decision, Hendricks has shown that he deserves the shot more than anyone. But aside from defending his title, most people will want to see a fight between George St. Pierre and Anderson "The Spider" Silva, before they both get too old. But getting the two to fight is going to be hard.
The following is a guest post is by Adam Bruk.
It's the most wonderful time of the year for college basketball fans, especially those whose team has made it to the elusive field of 64. It seems that each year we sit down to watch the games, there isn't a day that goes by without a big upset. Those that pick only the top seeds to move on can count on tearing up their brackets before the weekend round of 32.
During the regular season, it seems like upsets happen on a weekly basis. In fact, an unranked team beat a top 5 ranked team over 20 times this past season, and there was a week when all of the top 5 teams were upset by an unranked opponent. But during the tourney, we're always surprised at how a No. 4 seed could lose to a No. 13 seed — especially when our brackets (and bragging rights) depend on it.