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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 165: Jon "Bones" Jones wins one of the best fights in light heavyweight history

UFC 165 in Toronto can boast one of the greatest title fights in history.

UFC 164: Anthony Pettis breaks Benson Henderson for the lightweight belt

The UFC's new 155 pound champ, Anthony "showtime" Pettis, breaks yet another opponent, this time for the belt.

UFC Fight Night 26: Chael Sonnen and Travis Browne notch impresssive wins

Travis Browne demonstrated to UFC fans why they are UFC fans with his gutsy finish of Alistair Overeem.

UFC 163's judging leaves Machida and fans gagging

UFC 163's co-main event between Lyoto Machida and Phil Davis was a judging nightmare.

UFC on Fox 8: Demetrious Johnson finishes John Moraga

Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson demonstrates Alpha technique and speed to finish John Moraga.

UFC 162: Chris Weidman KOs Anderson Silva to claim middleweight belt

We've seen a lot of strange things in the Octagon, but nothing like Chris Weidman's bizarre KO of Anderson Silva.

UFC 162: Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman

Most UFC fighters and many fans are picking Weidman to dethrone The Spider, and with good reason. But are they right?

UFC 161: Rashad Evans gets split decision nod over Dan Henderson

UFC 161 in Winnipeg was treated to thunderous crowds, excellent matches, and a couple iffy judge’s decisions.

UFC 161: Dan Henderson v. Rashad Evans

UFC 161's Dan Henderson v. Rashad Evans is an intriguing match on many levels.