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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.




Benson Henderson wins controversial split decision over Frankie Edgar

Benson Henderson wins controversial split decision over former Champ Frankie Edgar.

UFC 150: Benson Henderson v. Frankie Edgar II

On Friday, August 11, Frankie Edgar will try to regain the UFC lightweight title from Benson Henderson.

UFC on FOX: Lyoto Machida wins shot at the belt

Lyoto Machida KOs Ryan Bader in impressive fashion to earn a shot at light heavyweight gold.

The UFC, Vegas, and gambling

Like a lot of sports, MMA is inevitably connected to Vegas and gambling.

UFC 149: Renan Barao wins the interim bantamweight title

Renan Barao outclasses Urijah Faber to earn the UFC's bantamweight interim title.

UFC 149: Urijah Faber v. Renan Barao

Urijah Faber longs for UFC gold, but has to go through Brazilian buzz saw Renan Barao to get it.

UFC on Fuel TV 4: Chris Weidman dominates Mark Munoz

Chris Weidman displayed technical prowess in all aspects of the fight to finish Mark Munoz.

UFC 148: Anderson Silva TKOs Chael Sonnen

UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva derails Chael Sonnen's hype train at UFC 148.

UFC 148: Anderson Silva v. Chael Sonnen II

Brazilian Anderson Silva plans to break Chael Sonnen's will and face en route to payback for all the insults slung by the American.

UFC 147: Rich Franklin scores gutsy win over Wanderlei Silva

Rick Franklin scrambled out of a tough spot to dominate fellow legend Wanderlei Silva.