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Mike Riordan

  • joined Jul 22, 2011
  • last login Apr 23, 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
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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.

Agon II: Free Live Stream at 2pm

Today, Sunday December 22, live from Flint, Michigan, at 2 pm EST, Agon WC presents it second MMA style wrestling event. Bloody Elbow is here with a live discussion thread.

#1 Penn State vs. #3 Iowa Wrestling Live Thread

Tonight, at 9 pm EST, on Big Ten Network and Big Ten To Go, the top-ranked Penn State Nittany Lions take on the third-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes in one of the biggest wrestling duals of the year.

Penn State vs Iowa Wrestling-Live on TV Tomorrow

Far and away the biggest combat sporting event in North American this weekend will occur when Penn State and Iowa's wrestling teams meet Saturday night at Carver Hawkeye Arena.

Agon WC II: An MMA Spin on "Amateur" Wrestling

Sunday, December 22 at 2pm EST, Agon Wrestling Championships will hold its second card. This time the promotion heads to Flint, Michigan. Bloody Elbow's wrestling specialist, Mike Riordan, brings you the details on what promises to be a great event.

A Detailed Look at Olympic Wrestling's New Rules

This weeks FILA announced its new rules for Olympic wrestling. Bloody Elbow's wrestling specialist Mike Riordan takes a look at the implications of each rule change.

Bloody Basics: Running the Pipe

We often hear about fighters running the pipe during wrestling sequences during MMA bouts. Mike Riordan explains exactly what it means to run the pipe.

The Wrestling of Chad Mendes and Nik Lentz

Tonight, UFC on Fox 9 features a featherweight bout between Chad Mendes and Nik Lentz. Mike Riordan is here to tell the real story of their Amateur wrestling careers.

Penn State Wrestling Sets Record With 16,000 Fans

This past Sunday, nearly 16,000 fans howed up to watch Penn State wrestle Pitt. This marks largest crowd in the history of college wrestling dual meets, and is part of a trend of improving college wrestling attendance.

Amazing Wrestling Throw From Single Leg Defense

This past weekend, at the Stanford Duals, the Stanford wrestling team dueled that University of Nebraska. In the 133 pound match of that meet, Cardinal All-American Ryan Mango executed a scintillating off of some fantastic single leg defense.

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Speakers of Russian, Japanese, Farsi and Other Languages, I Badly Need Your Help

I want to write cool stuff for Bloody Elbow, in order to do so, I have another obligation to fulfill. So all the help provided me here does, in fact, help this blog. I'm charged with a rather...

My Outrage Over Video of Boy Wrestling Bear

Recently a video has popped up showing a young boy wrestling a chained bear. While the boy in the video is almost certainly not UFC lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov, the video portrays warrants serious analysis and criticism.

Heydar Aliev Grand Prix Finals Live Video

One of the toughest wrestling tournaments in the world is going down right now in Azerbaijan, the Heydar Aliev Grand Prix. Bloody Elbow is here to bring you the live video.

Video: Askren vs. Wright at Agon Wrestling I

On October 27, 2013, in Las Vegas, amateur-style wrestling will go professional as Agon Wrestling Championships holds its first pay-per-view card on Flowrestling.org. Bloody Elbow presents promotional video for the main event.

MFC 38: Birchak vs. Jones, Live Discussion

Tonight, October 4, live from the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, The Maximum Fighting Championships presents MFC 38: Behind Enemy Lines. Bloody Elbow is here with like discussion.

Jared Rosholt's Wrestling and His Fighting Future

Heavyweight prospect Jared Rosholt has signed with the UFC. The Factgrinder is here to look back on his college wrestling career for clues as to how he will perform against the very best fighters in the world.

Wrestling World Championships Live Video Stream

It's day 7, the final day of the 2013 Wrestling World Championships in Budapest. Bloody Elbow is here to bring you all the action, live, on video.

World Wrestling Championships Live Stream

It's day 6 of the 2013 Wrestling World Championships in Budapest. Bloody Elbow is here to bring you all the action, live, on video.

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Yes Virgina, Greco-Roman wrestling is fun to watch now

I know some of you have kids, many of you in fact; I share the same demographic as most Bloody Elbow readers, a demographic of people who often have fatherly duties. I know that you will want to...

Wrestling Worlds Live Video With Improved Greco

It's day 5 of the 2013 Wrestling World Championships in Budapest. Bloody Elbow is here to bring you all the action, live, on video.

World Wrestling Championships Day 4 Results/Vids

Another day is in the books in Budapest at the 2013 FILA World Championships of Wrestling. Bloody Elbow brings you day 3 results, and championship match video.

Wrestling World Championships Day 4 Live Stream

It's day 4 of the 2013 Wrestling World Championships in Budapest. Bloody Elbow is here to bring you all the action, live, on video.

World Wrestling Championships Day 3 Results/Vids

Jordan Burroughs claims another world title in Budapest at the 2013 FILA World Championships of Wrestling. Bloody Elbow brings you day 3 results and championship match video.

Video: Burroughs Wrestles for World Gold at 1 pm

At 1 pm (EST) three Americans will wrestle for medals at the 2013 FILA World Championships of Wrestling. Jordan Burroughs will wrestle for gold, and Alyssa Lampe and Victoria Anthony will wrestle for bronze. Bloody Elbow is here with the live stream.

Wrestling World Championships Day 3 Video Stream

It's day 3 of the 2013 Wrestling World Championships in Budapest. Bloody Elbow is here to bring you all the action, live. On video.

Wrestling World Championships Day 2 Results/Video

The 2013 FILA World Championships of Wrestling are underway in Budapest. Bloody Elbow is here to recap the action of day 2.

Live Video of World Wrestling Finals at 1 pm

Live at 1 pm (EST), Bloody Elbow is bringing you live video of the medal matches of day 2 of the FILA Wrestling World Championships.

Wrestling World Championships Live Video

Bloody Elbow is bringing you live video of the 2013 Wrestling World Championships in Budapest

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