Mike Chiappetta

Senior Writer

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.


Without fanfare, Tyson Griffin marches on


After being cut from the UFC, Tyson Griffin wondered if it was worth it anymore. But after leaving his longtime gym and returning home, he's back to his roots, and fighting for the love of the sport.

Rousey-Tate rivalry sparks UFC world tour buzz


New York loves a good feud, and Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate obliged them on Wednesday, discussing their never-ending rivalry and brief moments of peace.

Jon Jones in no rush for heavyweight move


UFC light-heavyweight Jon Jones said he won't be a 205-pounder forever, but said he sees at least two more challenges before he heads onward and upward.

The Forward Roll: UFC on FOX 8 edition


What might be next for Robbie Lawler, Demetrious Johnson and the rest of the night's winners and losers? Mike Chiappetta looks into the crystal ball.

Paul Daley: UFC return would be 'dream come true'


Newly unrestricted free agent Paul Daley wants to make amends with UFC brass and return to the octagon, promising to bring excitement with him.

Ricardo Lamas makes case for elusive title shot


After being passed over three times in the last few months, featherweight contender Ricardo Lamas says he's the man for the job when it comes to beating Jose Aldo.

Kicks, knees to grounded opponent to be reexamined


The Association of Boxing Commissions, which creates the framework for MMA rules, will take a hard look at legalizing kicks and knees to opponents who voluntarily ground themselves.

Champ Johnson leads $50,000 bonus awards


What a stretch for Demetrious Johnson, who recently saw the birth of his first child, defended his belt, and won a big cash bonus to boot.

UFC on FOX 8: Johnson defends with submission win


Demetrious Johnson earned the first finish of his reign as flyweight champ, stopping John Moraga with an armbar win.

UFC on FOX 8: MacDonald jabs way past Ellenberger


The fight didn't live up to the pre-match fireworks, but Rory MacDonald escaped with an important win, topping Jake Ellenberger.

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