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Bloody Elbow is leaving Vox Media and relaunching as an independent, reader-supported site.

Covering combat sports since 2007, we have been proud to build our reputation as a publication known for its fearless journalism, editorial voice and in-depth approach to a wide variety of topics.

Bloody Elbow’s willingness to tackle issues surrounding finance, concussion science, and politics, alongside more traditional sports topics has made us an industry leader, and go-to news source not just for fight fans, but for industry professionals, commissions, and scholarly research.

It’s also made us a lot of powerful enemies who would be very happy to see Bloody Elbow go away forever.

We’re here to serve you, the fans, as well as the fighters who make such enormous sacrifices to entertain us.

With your support we can keep independent MMA journalism alive.

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What’s next for BE?

Bloody Elbow will leave the Vox Media network on March 31, 2023. But we’re not done. We’re just getting started.

After that date the site will become the property of BE Publishing LLC, a corporation created by BE founder Nate Wilcox. More information on the specifics of the new site will follow, but right now we are appealing for your help to set up the new site as quickly and smoothly as possible.

There are a lot of up front expenses involved with our move to independence. We will need to purchase some assets from Vox, hire a team to build the new site and do everything we can to keep our existing staff paid (Nate is determined to get us through this transition with NO LAYOFFS).

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Tim Bissell 

Tim Bissell is a writer, editor and deputy site manager for Bloody Elbow. Tim also owns and operates Sumo Stomp!, a newsletter for both new and veteran sumo fans.

Chris Rini 

Art Director of BE Substak, publishes the art & essay book series The Fine Art of Violence and the editorial cartoon MMA Squared. From NYC, he moved to Denmark in 2022 and enjoys winter bathing, BJJ, cooking and spending time with his family.

Nate Wilcox 

I'm Nate Wilcox, the publisher of BloodyElbow.com

Karim Zidan 

Investigative journalist at the intersection of sports and politics | Bylines: NYTimes, The Guardian, others | Short story writer | Translator | Art estate manager

Bloody Elbow 

Independent MMA Journalism

Connor Ruebusch

Breaking down technique, strategy, style, and all the finer points of face punching. Host of the podcast Heavy Hands. Co-host of the MMA Vivisection.

Jonathan Snowden

Combat Sports Historian. The Ringer. "Shamrock: The World's Most Dangerous Man" is available worldwide.

Victor M Rodriguez

Hi, I'm your resident know-it-all knucklehead with his fingers in a few pies around here. I've been part of the crew since 2014 and I'm never too far from where the weird stuff is.

Eugene S. Robinson 

Bad. Nationwide.

Stephanie Cuepo Wobby

Stephanie Cuepo Wobby is a Filipino American writer and a former U.S. Army combat medic. She joined Bloody Elbow in 2023.

Umar Lee

Lover of books, St Louis, the study of religion, culture, and sports. Recovering former Islamist, socially conservative Democrat, massive sports fan, and dad.

Tim B 

I write stuff.

Stephie Haynes 

Bloody Elbow writer, podcaster, producer, content creator.

Zane Simon 

Zane is a senior editor, podcaster, and long time writer for Bloody Elbow.

Zach Arnold

25-year combat sports author in America and Japan. Extensive knowledge and experience reporting on organized crime, administrative law, and anti-SLAPP civil procedure protections for journalists. Founder of Fight Opinion in 2006.

John S. Nash

Professional complainer and wallet watcher. Formerly ”nottheface” in the comments. "Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed; everything else is public relations."

Anton Tabuena 

Anton Tabuena is the Managing Editor for Bloody Elbow. He’s been covering MMA and combat sports since 2009, and has also fought in MMA, Muay Thai and kickboxing.

Miguel Class

Miguel writes technique articles and creates breakdown videos and highlights for Twitter.

Trent Reinsmith

I write about MMA and other stuff. You can follow me on Twitter at @TrentReinsmith

Alexei Auld

Host of IF THE SHOES FIT https://www.patreon.com/iftheshoesfit Author of 7 Secret Sources of Inspiration: A Snappy Guide for Creative Procrastinators (affiliate link) https://amzn.to/42ouNel

Kostas Fantaousakis

Kostas Fantaousakis is a BJJ black belt & state certified MMA, grappling & wrestling coach in Greece. His unique MMA mittwork system combines strikes, takedowns, knees & elbows applied in the mittwork system of the Mayweather family.

Jack Wannan

Journalist in Toronto! Covering a wide range of topics including sports, music, wrestling, and much more.

Milan Ordoñez

Bada bing!


I wrote for Bloody Elbow for ten years. I'm still lurking and occasionally guesting.

Dayne Fox

Editorial and UFC preview writer. Occasional podcaster.