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Mike Straus

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Mike Straus @AKAstraus21 is credentialed MMA journalist and a member of the MMAJA. He has been a fan of the sport since its inception and has been covering the sport professionally for three years. In the past he has produced content for Fansided's Cagepages, mma-media.com, and Combatpress.com. He currently contributes for MyMMANews.com, he is a staff writer for Cagesidepress.com, and most recently has joined LowKickMMA.com as a staff writer. He also hosts a weekly MMA podcast called 'The Did You See That Shit' MMA Podcast, available on every podcasting platform.

UFC 227’s Ricky Simón talks not getting the respect he deserved in his last fight, Benito Lopez, more Interviews MMA News 

UFC 227’s Ricky Simón talks not getting the respect he deserved in his last fight, Benito Lopez, more

Ricky Simón’s UFC debut may not have been gone exactly like he had hoped, marred in controversy and overshadowed in victory. None the less this Washington state native is ready to make his run at bantamweight gold. I can only imagine what must go through ones’ mind as they finally receive that life changing call from the UFC. That call... Read More
TUF 27 Finale’s Steven “Ocho” Peterson talks Matt Bessette, Team Fortis MMA Interviews MMA News 

TUF 27 Finale’s Steven “Ocho” Peterson talks Matt Bessette, Team Fortis MMA

Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series has quickly established itself as the foremost platform for UFC hopefuls. Building on the momentum of a successful first season that saw fighters like Sean O’Malley, Kurt Holobaugh, and Julian Marquez all earn UFC contracts, the sophomore campaign has picked up right where the first season left off. The beauty of the DWTNCS is the... Read More
John Salter believes he is the right choice to welcome former champ Lyoto Machida Interviews MMA News 

John Salter believes he is the right choice to welcome former champ Lyoto Machida

The Illinois Athletic Commission (IAC) and their governing body, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) have sure had their share bungles as of late. Whether its stopping a fight due to a phantom tap or very literally costing a fighter a million dollars, the IAC has seen better days. This, unfortunately, isn’t the first time the state-run... Read More
Bellator 201 prelims are chalk full of tomorrow’s stars- ATT’s Jordan Young could be brightest Events Interviews 

Bellator 201 prelims are chalk full of tomorrow’s stars- ATT’s Jordan Young could be brightest

Before Jeff Foxworthy’s rise to fame and fortune hosting family-oriented gameshows like ‘Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?’ he was a stand-up comic. Undoubtably his most successful bit was ‘You might be a redneck…if.’ The MMA equivalent to Foxworthy’s most prominent work = ‘You might be a diehard if… you sit through 13 fights or roughly five hours of fights... Read More
The NYSAC should be thanking the Illinois Athletic Commission (IAC) right about now Opinion 

The NYSAC should be thanking the Illinois Athletic Commission (IAC) right about now

Despite the many blunders of the Illinois Athletic Commission (IAC) last Thursday night in Chicago, the Professional Fighters League delivered some high-level MMA on the shores of Lake Michigan in their second ever event. I will be the first person to admit, when I first heard of the plans to rebrand the World Series of Fighting, I was intrigued. As... Read More
Kristina Williams calm and composed heading into the biggest fight of her life at Bellator 201 Interviews MMA News 

Kristina Williams calm and composed heading into the biggest fight of her life at Bellator 201

Not being picked as the favorite is something that Kristina Williams is used to. The 28-year-old was a +250 & +255 underdog heading into her two previous professional fights, both of which she won in impressive fashion. Valérie Létourneau, Williams’ opponent at Bellator 201, will be her toughest test to date, and will likely be the favorite heading into their... Read More
Could the entire Covington/Woodley beef be a Dan Lambert production? Opinion 

Could the entire Covington/Woodley beef be a Dan Lambert production?

Epiphany = A sudden, intuitive perception or insight into the reality or essential meaning of something. I’ve always been something of a night owl, I am more productive and tend to get some of my best work done as the midnight oil burns. So, Iit should come as no surprise that in the early morning hours, as most of the... Read More
UFC 225’s Bruce Buffer: “Life = Passion” Interviews MMA News 

UFC 225’s Bruce Buffer: “Life = Passion”

“Its Time!” Those simple words will forever be synonymous with the veteran voice of the octagon, the incomparable Bruce Buffer. Serving a duel purpose, its also the clever name for Buffer’s podcast in which he talks about, well everything. Buffer’s voice is unmistakable and instantly identifiable, however, there is much more to this 61-year-old than the casual UFC fan knows.... Read More