Shaun Al-Shatti

Staff Writer

Shaun Al-Shatti is a combat sports writer for MMA Fighting. He lives in Phoenix and generally gets angry about the Phoenix Suns. Follow him at @shaunalshatti. Read his two other SB Nation Longform pieces, "The India Diaries,” and “Ghosts of the Desert.”


'Bruce Leeroy' replaces Urijah Faber at UFN Japan


Urijah Faber is out of his UFC Fight Night 52 clash against Masanori Kanehara, and an old foe has stepped up to take his place.

Holly Holm already feeling target on her back


Holly Holm may only be a month into her UFC run, but with top contenders already calling for her head, she knows being the female bantamweight division's next big thing comes at a cost.

McCall, Lineker eyeing contender match-up


Two recently victorious flyweights may soon collide to determine the next challenger for the UFC's 125-pound title.

Swanson-Edgar in talks, 'Zombie' eyeing return


Cub Swanson may have to clear yet another hurdle before securing his elusive first UFC title shot.

Bocek pins retirement on PED crisis


Mark Bocek offered a revealing explanation for the reason he abruptly retired on Wednesday: "The sport is highly evolved and I'm not interested in competing against fighters on PED's any longer."

Former UFC fighter arrested twice in four days


Former UFC fighter Josh Grispi was arrested twice in four days after allegedly assaulting his wife in what one local officer called "the worst case of domestic abuse I've ever seen."

Rage in the Cage changes hands after 17 years


This June, burnt out after nearly two decades in the fight game, Roland Sarria sold Rage in the Cage, the MMA promotion he founded back in 1998. Now 28-year-old twin brothers Nathan and Nolan...

Nikita Krylov perseveres in war-torn Ukraine


On Monday, July 14, a surface-to-air missile burst into a Boeing 777 passenger plane traveling over eastern Ukraine. The tragedy escalated an already bloody civil war into an international...

Two UFC fighters fail July drug tests (updated)


Add two more names to the increasingly expansive list of UFC fighters to get popped for banned substances in 2014.

Nick Diaz: 'I don't enjoy fighting'


Nick Diaz vs. Anderson Silva may already be the most anticipated pay-per-view of the last several years. But as Diaz said on a Wednesday conference call, any excitement on his part would be dishonest.

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