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A Staff Writer for, Steven T. Kelliher is an avid fan and practitioner of combat sports.

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My name is Steven T. Kelliher. As an avid fan and participant in several full-contact martial arts disciplines, such as Tae Kwon Do, Kickboxing, and Mixed Martial Arts, I have compiled more than 13 years of hands-on training experience in combat sports. This experience, combined with my knowledge of the rules, regulations, fighters, events, and organizations of the sport, as well as my personal wealth of knowledge regarding martial training and technique and my professional writing experience allows me to blog on MMA with competence and detail to bring other fans the exposition their sport deserves.

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Couture vs. Liddell 4 in the Works? posted on 11/24/2008

 Randy Couture

As first reported by the U.K.-based The Sun, citing UFC officials, it appears that a monumental fourth clash between former UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture (16-9 MMA) and former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell (21-6 MMA) is a distinct possibility to headline the promotion’s first foray into Germany, tentatively scheduled for a June 13th event in Cologne. has reported that “…a small contingent of German press” was invited to attend the UFC 91 event in which Couture recently lost his heavyweight belt, as the former champ is fluent in German and figures to be a favorite in that country.

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UFC Fighter Rescues Two People posted on 11/21/2008

 Goran Reljic

In a story originally reported by Croatian newspaper Slobodna Dalmacija and now confirmed by’s Thomas Gerbasi, one of the UFC’s rising middleweight stars, Croatian fighter Goran Reljic (8-0), who was forced to pull out of his scheduled UFC 90 bout with Thales Leites due to a back injury, is responsible for saving the lives of two people who’s car went off the road and crashed into the sea in Zadar.

Goran, still nursing his training injury, was awakened by the crash and dove into the sea at great risk to himself, punched out the side window and pulled both passengers to safety before calmly heading back to his home. The parties involved have reported no injuries.

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Jake Shields Free Agent; Planning Move to UFC posted on 11/21/2008
Jake Shields (22-4-1), currently riding an impressive 11-fight winning streak with the most recent being an October arm bar submission over Brit Paul Daley at Elite XC’s final card, has attained free agent status following the collapse of Pro Elite Inc., the parent company of Elite XC.

To many MMA pundits, the news comes as no surprise, as Shields and his management team sent out a breach of contract letter to Pro Elite Inc. less than a month ago, which cited a clause in his contract that would allow the fighter to become a free agent if suitable proof of an immediate future venue and opponent could not be provided within 30 days.

The 30 days is up, and now begins the hunt for a new promotion for the No. 5 ranked welterweight in the world (MMA Weekly), who holds notable career wins over a who’s who of the MMA circuit, including Yushin Okami, Nick Thompsom, Paul Daley, Mike Pyle and Carlos Condit.

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Fitch Back in UFC; Koscheck, Valasquez no Longer in Jeopardy posted on 11/20/2008 has officially confirmed with Bob Cook, Fitch's manager at American Kickboxing Academy, that Jon Fitch, along with welterweight contender Josh Koscheck, heavyweight prospect Cain Valasquez, and heavyweight veteran Christian Wellisch have come back into the good graces of the top MMA promotion in the world.

"...cooler heads prevailed." said Bob Cook to's Greg Savage late Thursday night.

This report (hopefully) closes out what has been one of the UFC's more bizarre contract disputes in recent memory.

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Jon Fitch Expected to Sign, Return to UFC; Fans Unlikely to be Consoled posted on 11/20/2008

Jon Fitch

In what has been a very bizarre 48 hours for the No. 2 ranked welterweight fighter in the world, Jon Fitch has reportedly—according to—agreed to sign the UFC’s proposed exclusivity contract in regards to THQ’s license to use his likeness in their upcoming video game “UFC 2009: Undisputed”.    

Wednesday and today saw the two sides trade barbs back and forth, but ultimately it seems as though cooler heads—or at least threatened heads—are going to prevail, as the report states that Fitch is still expected to participate on the UFC 94 card on January 31st against highly-ranked (though not top ten) Japanese star Akihiro Gono, as was originally announced earlier this week.   

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