Mike Riordan

  • joined Jul 22, 2011
  • last login Jul 27, 2014
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It's not saying much, but I probably do a better job handling the college and Olympic wrestling thing than just about anyone writing about MMA

My stuff appears here on Bloody Elbow, on the website of FILA (The International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles), and on intermatwrestle.com

2012 Olympic wrestling expert for The Guardian, and every so often my name pops up in a magazine.

Unsuccessful Division I wrestler (The Citadel, Go Dogs), longtime wrestling coach.

Texas Tech Alum, huge Red Raider football fan
Long live the matador

A Fan Of...

  • MLB Washington Nationals
  • NBA Washington Wizards
  • NFL Washington Redskins
  • NCAAF Texas Tech Red Raiders
  • NHL Washington Capitals
  • MMA Bubba Jenkins
  • Boxing Pernell Whitaker
  • Wrestling Sabu and RVD
  • NASCAR Elliot Sadler
  • Summer Olympics USA Wrestling
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Dan Gable talks about how he'd have done in MMA


In a recent interview, Dan Gable, hero of American wrestling, talked extensively about mixed martial arts. In particular he discusses how he might have done as a fighter.

Live Stream: 4 USA Wrestlers in Uni World Finals


On the second day of what has been an amazing tournament for the American wrestling team (Wednesday, July 9, 2014), four USA men's freestyle wrestlers have made the finals of the 2014 University...

Video: Daniel Cormier wrestles Chris Pendleton


This past Saturday's (July 5, 2013) featured Daniel Cormier's final wrestling match, a win over the highly regarded Chris Pendleton. Bloody Elbow presents video of the match.


The UFC hates fathers

[Before anyone throws a tizzy, I'm sure if women were part of the UFC's target demo, it would hate mothers too. Also, I am writing from the perspective of someone in the eastern United States.] I...


Puttin' in Work: Chris Weidman's snatch single leg

Tonight, in the main event of UFC 175, Chris Weidman fights Lyoto Machida for the middleweight title. One of the staples of Weidman's wrestling game is his snatch single. This episode of Puttin' in...

USA's greatest wrestler attends first BJJ class


This week Dave Branch's BJJ class at Edge Hoboken had a special guest, Oklahoma State wrestling coach John Smith. Smith won two Olympic golds, and four World Championships as a wrestler, but this...

Rare video of Chris Weidman's win over Ryan Bader


In the 197 pound quarterfinals of the 2006 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championship, current UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman defeated UFC light heavyweight contender Ryan Bader in a wild 10-7...

The greatest wrestler ever flattens toddler


Buvaisar Saitiev is freestyle wrestling's GOAT. During his career he claimed gold medals at three Olympics and six World Championships for a staggering nine world-level championships. Recently...

Kyle Beckerman the big time combat sports prospect


As soccer fever takes the USA by storm, Bloody Elbow looks into the wrestling past of U.S. Men's National Team World Cup starter Kyle Beckerman.


Puttin' in Work: Demetrious Johnson's double leg

At UFC 174, Demetrious Johnson faces Ali Bagautinov with the world flyweight title on the line. Coach Mike teams up with Edge wrestling again to discuss Johnson's favorite takedown, and the...

Wrestling highlight video from World Team Trials


Bloody Elbow would like to share a fantastic highlight video from this year's United States Freestyle Wrestling World Team Trails in Madison, Wisconsin

Video: The most realistic fight scene ever filmed!


Bloody Elbow brings you a sneak peak of Brtual- a movie destined to revolutionize the distinguished genre of mixed martial arts films


Puttin' in Work: Rustam Khabilov's amazing suplex

This Saturday (June 7, 2014) UFC lightweight rising star Rustam Khabilov takes on Ben Henderson in the main event of Fight Night: Albuquerque. In this episode of Puttin' in Work, Coach Mike Riordan...

A look at the USA Freestyle Wrestling World Team


This past weekend (May 30-31, 2014) the 2014 United States Freestyle Wrestling World Team Trials punched 12 wrestler's tickets to the 2014 World Championships in Tashkent. Bloody Elbow takes a look...

Weidman fundraises for legless young wrestler


On Sunday (June 1, 2014), UFC champion Chris Weidman hosted a fundraiser for legless 6 year-old Long Island wrestler Isaiah Bird.

Factgrinder- The Wrestling of C.B. Dolloway


At UFC Fight Night: Berlin, C.B. Dollaway takes on Francis Carmont in a middleweight battle. Before Dolloway starred in the UFC, he was quite the good wrestler. How good? Bloody Elbow wrestling...


Puttin' in Work: Daniel Cormier's UFC 173 throw

In this, the premiere episode of Coach Mike's video series Puttin' in Work, we take a look at the step-around throw hit by Daniel Cormier on Dan Henderson in the first round of their UFC 173 bout.

Wrestler hits insane cartwheel double leg


Elite high school wrestler Josh Llopez hit and amazing double leg takedown set up by a cartwheel. Bloody Elbow has the footage.

Cormier's inside wrestling joke after Hendo fight


After his dominating win over Dan Henderson, Daniel Cormier called himself the kid who is always in Jon Jones' bracket. Bloody Elbow wrestling specialist Mike Riordan explains the significance of...

Factgrinder: The Wrestling of T.J. Dillashaw


At UFC 173, T.J. Dillashaw takes on Renan Barao for the bantamweight title . Before he starred as a fighter, Dillashaw was an excellent wrestler. How excellent? Bloody Elbow wrestling specialist...

Kenny Monday fired: Was it due to Alvarez injury?


Kenny Monday's dismissal as the head wrestling coach of the Blackzilians was immediately preceded by Eddie Alvarez's concussion. Bloody Elbow wonders if the latter caused the former.

Tatum: Olympic wrestling is intimate and violent


The film Foxcatcher is on its way in November. It is all about Olympic wrestling, and all signs point to the fact that it will be good, popular and very important for the school of wrestling. Star...

Wrestling news: Lindland named USAW Greco Coach


Matt Lindland is the new head coach of United States Greco-Roman wrestling. The Olympic medalist joins a number of other exciting Spring coaching hires.

The Wrestling of Michael Chandler


Tonight (May 17, 2014) at Bellator 120, Michael Chandler faces Will Brooks for the Interim Bellator Lightweight World Championship. Before Chandler was a fighter, he was a great wrestler. How great...

Factgrinder: The Wrestling of King Mo


At Bellator 120, "King Mo" Lawal takes on Rampage Jackson in MMA's ultimate grudge match. Before he starred as a fighter, Lawal was an excellent wrestler. How excellent? Bloody Elbow wrestling...

Undefeated Joey Davis one of MMA's great prospects


Joey Davis, an undefeated two time NCAA wrestling champion already has a 5-0 amateur MMA record and is seriously considering focusing on only fighting after college.

2014 World Pajama Fighting Championship Finals


In the finals of this year's World Pajama Fighting Championships, Lil' Sue Sawyer and Nasty Natasha met in the battle of the ages. Bloody Elbow brings you animated GIF highlights.

USA vs World in wrestling on NBCSN at 10:30


Tonight (May 7, 2014) at 10:30 (EST) NBC Sports Network airs this afternoon's Beat the Streets USA vs the World freestyle wrestling dual meet in Times Square. Bloody Elbow presents a live discussion.

Henry Cejudo off of Legacy 31 card


Top prospect Henry Cejudo will not fight for the Legacy FC Flyweight Championship on June 13 due to personal reasons. This make four straight fights where Cejudo has either failed to make weight,...

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