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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 158: GSP v. Nick Diaz

GSP may need to step outside his comfort zone to get his desired finish v. Nick Diaz at UFC 158.

UFC on Fuel 8: Wanderlei Silva KOs Brian Stann

Wanderlei Silva KOs Brian Stann in what began to look like a hockey fight.

UFC on Fuel TV 8: Wanderlei Silva v. Brian Stann

Stefan Struve and Yushin Okami look to have big nights at UFC on Fuel TV 8.

UFC 157: Ronda Rousey wins first women's title fight

The first ever UFC women's title fight took place without a hitch Saturday night.

UFC 157: what to watch for

UFC 157 offers fans a premier light heavyweight fight and the UFC's first women's title match.

UFC on Fuel TV 7: Pegado finishes McDonald

Interim bantamweight champion Renan Pegado avoided some iffy judging by finishing worthy challenger Michael McDonald at UFC Fuel 7.

UFC 156: Aldo squeaks win over Edgar

At UFC 156 Jose Aldo squeaks win over Frankie Edgar, and Antonio 'Bigfoot' Silva floors Alistair Overeem.

UFC 156: Jose Aldo v. Frankie Edgar

Immovable object Jose Aldo puts his 145 pound title on the line against unstoppable force Frankie Edgar.

UFC 6 on Fox: Johnson defeats Dodson

Mighty Mouse Johnson turns on the jets in the championship rounds to soundly defeat challenger John Dodson.

UFC on Fox 6: Dodson v. Johnson

UFC on Fox 6 has several fights to drain the saliva glands of rabid UFC fans.