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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 bits and bites

GSP comes off an injury to reboot his career v. interim champ Carlos Condit; Anderson Silva eyes a victorious GSP; Jon Jones forced to fight an undeserving, uninteresting Chael Sonnen.

Cung Le stuns Rick Franklin at UFC Fuel 6

Former middleweight champion Rich Franklin (L) would have his hands full with Sanshou stylist Cung Le.

UFC on Fuel 6: Rich Franklin v. Cung Le

The UFC's first foray into Macau cages veteran fighters Rich Franklin and action star Cung Le.

The UFC trips

The UFC falls into disrepute with a ridiculous match up between 205 pound Jon Jones and some middleweight whose last fight was a loss.

UFC 153: The Thrilla in Brazilla

UFC 153 thrilled fans with a card that might go down as 2012's best.

Popping the Dutchman

UFC on Fuel 5: Stefan Struve finishes Stipe Miocic.

Two exciting heavyweights seek to trash each other

UFC on Fuel TV: Stefan Struve v. Stipe Miocic

UFC 152: Jones and Johnson own their belts

A wounded Jones submits Belfort, and Johnson out-hustles Benavidez to win the inaugural flyweight crown.

UFC 152: a chance for redemption

Two title fights bode well to put the UFC 151 debacle in the rear view.

Fingers point with UFC 151 cancellation

Fans and journalists are blaming champ Jon Jones for Dan Henderson's injury and Dana White's reprehensible request for a replacement.