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Renko Styranka

Renko has followed MMA since UFC 1 and saw UFC 7 live in Buffalo. He boxed, power lifted, and bought or rented every BJJ video he could get his hands on. Alas, he was never as tough as he thought he was. Few people are. Renko is the author of Char Broiled, a crime thriller set in Vancouver’s gang wars and starring mixed martial artist and Afghan war vet Char Sadao.




UFC 169: Renan Barao finishes Urijah Faber

Two title fights, a heavyweight tilt, and the UFC breaks a record for decisions.

UFC Fight Night 34: the UFC may be getting too big for its britches

In its spread worldwide, is the UFC getting too big for its britches?

UFC 168: Chris Weidman retains the UFC middleweight belt in stunning fashion

Chris Weidman retains his middleweight belt after Anderson Silva suffers a horrific leg break.

UFC on Fox 9: Demetrious Johnson knocks out Joseph Benavidez

Mighty Mouse Johnson uses speed and footwork to KO flyweight challenger Joseph Benavidez.

Georges St. Pierre vacates UFC welterweight belt

Georges St. Pierre announced today in Quebec City that he is vacating the UFC welterweight belt.

UFC Fight Night 33: walking the fine line

The stupendous heavyweight fight between Mark Hunt and Bigfoot Silva nevertheless walked the fine line.

UFC 167: Georges St. Pierre wins highly controversial decision

Welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre wins one of the most controversial decisions in UFC history.

UFC Fight Night 32: Vitor Belfort KOs Dan Henderson

Vitor Belfort is the first to finish Dan Henderson with strikes.

UFC Fight Night 30: Machida Knocks out Munoz

Enter The Dragon, Lyoto Machida, who KOs Mark Munoz with a head kick at 3:10 of round one.

UFC 166: Cain Velasquez retains heavyweight belt

UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez proves he's the best HW in the world by finishing Junior dos Santos.