Mike Chiappetta has worked for MMAFighting.com since 2009. Prior to that, he launched mainstream media coverage in mixed martial arts with the creation of the first full-fledged MMA section on a major sports site at NBCSports.com in 2006. He's also been a writer and contributor for ESPN.com, Spike and Fight! Magazine, among others, and appeared as an analyst on countless television shows and radio programs.
After his biggest win in years, Josh Burkman explained what was behind his late-career surge and commented on the shots taken at referee Steve Mazzagatti after he failed to see Jon Fitch had been choked unconscious.
From a small town and with no sports background until her late teenage years, Alexis Davis is an unlikely pro athlete. She says she'd fight for the belt at a moment's notice, but plans to start making a case for her title candidacy at UFC 161.
When an athlete struggles for the first time in his career, ponders retirement and admits even a brief disconnect from their sport, can they recover? That's the question Rashad Evans is trying to answer at UFC 161.