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Mike Riordan

  • joined Jul 22, 2011
  • last login Apr 12, 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
  • FIFA USA
  • Wrestling Sabu and RVD
  • NASCAR Elliot Sadler
  • Summer Olympics USA Wrestling
User Blog

Sneak Peak at AMC's New Show 'Game of Arms'

On Tuesday, February 25 at 10 pm, AMC provides a look behind the scenes of the highly competitive world of arm-wrestling with its new reality series Game of Arms. Bloody Elbow's master of all things wrestling, Mike Riordan, takes you deep i

Cormier laments cut that cost him 2008 Olympics

In 2008, at his second Olympic Games, Cormier had to drop out of competition due to the effects of a reckless weight cut. He is still coping with the guilt of missing out on an Olympic medal due to weight mismanagement.

Gold-Medal Wrestler Burroughs Loses for First Time

Jordan Burroughs, American Olympic gold medalist and double World champion, lost a wrestling match for the first time in his international career this past weekend at Turkey's Yasar Dogu International, falling in a close match to Nick Marable.

Who is this Pat Cummins guy anyway?

Pat Cummins, an undefeated and relatively unknown light heavyweight, will face Daniel Cormier in the co-main event of UFC 170. Bloody Elbow's Mike Riordan takes a critical eye to his past fights and decorated career as a wrestler.

UFC 170's Pat Cummins Served Jail Time in 2011

Pat Cummins, Daniel Cormier's new opponent in UFC 170's light heavyweight co-main event, served jail time for a burglary conviction.

MMA Stars 20 Greatest Wrestling Matches, Part V

Before they obtained fame in mixed martial arts, many great fighters competed in amateur wrestling. Sometimes, amateur wrestling matches have even featured two future prize fighters. Mike Riordan ranks the 20 greatest of these wrestling matches.

UPDATE: Police Surround Thiago Silva's Home

South Florida Police have formed a perimeter around the UFC fighter Thiago Silva's home as the occupant has locked himself inside.

What Mike Goldberg Means When He Says 'Turk'

Fairly regularly, we hear UFC broadcaster Mike Goldberg say that a fighter has a "turk" while grappling on the ground. Bloody Elbow wrestling specialist Mike Riordan tells you what he means, and if he's even right in the first place.

Olympic Gold Medalist Cejudo Shines at Legacy 27

Legacy FC 27 featured major prospect and Olympic wrestling gold medalist Henry Cejudo as he faced undefeated opponent Elias Garcia. The performance was marred by Cejudo's failure to make weight, but the Olympian had a strong showing in a win.

The Wrestling of Urijah Faber

In the co-main event of UFC 169, Urijah Faber faces Renan Barao for the bantamweight strap. Bloody Elbow wrestling specialist Mike Riordan discusses Faber's career as a wrestler before he became a fighter.

Henry Cejudo Misses Weight, MMA Future Uncertain

2008 Olympic freestyle wrestling gold medalist Henry Cejudo has missed weight for the second straight fight in the Legacy FC promotion. Now his time with the promotion may be at an end.

Live Video: USA's Best International Tournament

The Dave Schultz Memorial International is the biggest annual wrestling tournament in the United States. Starting at 11:00 am (EST) Bloody Elbow brings you live video from all four mats in the freestyle competition.

Judo Chop: Henderson's Foot Sweep on Thomson

In the main event of UFC on Fox 10, Ben Henderson hit a sweet foot sweep to takedown opponent Josh Thomson. Bloody Elbow wrestling specialist Mike Riordan provides the Judo Chop.

The Wrestling of Stipe Miocic

At UFC on Fox 10, top-ten heavyweight Stipe Miocic faces off against Gabriel Gonzaga. Bloody Elbow wrestling specialist Mike Riordan is here to take a look back at Miocic's career as an amateur wrestler.

Siberia's Toughest Wrestling Tournament Tomorrow

The Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix takes place this week in Siberia. Bloody Elbow wrestling specialist Mike Riordan brings you a preview of what, in some weights, will be the world's toughest wrestling tournament.

Tyrell Fortune Is MMA's Next Great Heavyweight

Tyrell Fortune, a young and decorated wrestler, will enter the world of prize fighting. Bloody Elbow wrestling specialist Mike Riordan explains Fortune's unlimited potential as a mixed martial artist.

Olympian, 2-Time NCAA Champ Mocco to WSOF

Steve Mocco, who won a pair of NCAA Division I wrestling titles, and represented the United States in the 2008 Beijing Olympics in freestyle wrestling, takes the next step of his young MMA career, signing a deal with the World Series of Fighting.

Agon Wrestling Championship III Coming January 26

On January 26, in Whitewater, Wisconsin, Agon Wrestling Championship Presents its third MMA-style card.

Chael Randomly Funded a Wrestler's Trip to Russia

In 2009, Olympian wrestler Andy Hrovat decided he would go live in Russia to learn their wrestling secrets. When it came time to pay the travel bill, from out of the blue, he received a surprise donation from UFC star Chael Sonnen.

The Wrestling of Yoel Romero

At UFC Fight Night 35, Yoel Romero takes the cage against Derek Brunson. Bloody Elbow wrestling specialist Mike Riordan takes a look at his past achievements in amateur wrestling.

MMA Stars 20 Greatest Wrestling Matches, Part IV

Before they obtained fame in mixed martial arts, many great fighters competed in amateur wrestling. Sometimes, amateur wrestling matches have even featured two future prize fighters. Mike Riordan ranks the 20 greatest of these wrestling matches.

MMA Stars 20 Greatest Wrestling Matches Pt. III

Before they obtained fame in mixed martial arts, many great fighters competed in amateur wrestling. Sometimes, amateur wrestling matches have even featured two future prize fight combatants. Mike Riordan ranks these matches.

MMA Stars 20 Greatest Wrestling Matches Part II

Before they obtained fame in mixed martial arts, many great fighters competed in amateur wrestling. Sometimes, amateur wrestling matches have even featured two future prize fight combatants. Mike Riordan ranks these matches.

MMA Stars 20 Greatest Wrestling Matches, Part I

Before they obtained fame in mixed martial arts, many great fighters competed in amateur wrestling. Sometimes, amateur wrestling matches have even featured two future prize fighters. Mike Riordan ranks the 20 greatest of these wrestling matches.

Judo Chop: Chris Weidman's Snatch Single on Silva

In the main event of UFC 168, Chris Weidman took Anderson Silva down with a snatch single. Bloody Elbow wrestling specialist Mike Riordan explains the intricacies of even a seemingly simple wrestling technique.

Midlands Championships Finals Live Discussion

Tonight at 9 pm EST, broadcast live on Big Ten Network 20 of the nation's best college wrestlers compete in the finals of the prestigious 51st Annual Ken Kraft Midlands Championships. Bloody Elbow brings you a live discussion.

Wrestling Great Besik Kudukhov Dies at 27

Besik Kudukhov, once the reigning pound for pound best wrestler in the world, passed away today after an auto accident. Kudukhov, wrestling for Russia, won 4 Senior-level freestyle wrestling world titles, and two Olympic medals.

Recap: Makovsky and Jorgensen's Wrestling Pt. II

At UFC on Fox 9, flyweights Scott Jorgensen and Zach Makovsky battled in a fight which featured a rare variety of wrestling situations. Bloody Elbow wrestling specialist Mike Riordan analyzes the techniques on display.

Recap: Makovsky vs Jorgensen's Wrestling Part 1

At UFC on Fox 9, flyweights Scott Jorgenson and Zach Makovsky battled in a fight which featured a rare variety of wrestling situations. Bloody Elbow wrestling specialist Mike Riordan analyzes the techniques on display.

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