Read My Eddie Wineland Feature In March’s FIGHT! Magazine

With all of the attention focused on Urijah Faber in this Saturday’s UFC 128 co-main event, Eddie Wineland has been left in the dust. Is that a way to treat the first-ever WEC Bantamweight Champion?

Yep, Wineland was the first. Bet you didn’t know that. However, for this and more awesome details on Wineland, read my feature on the man who wants to take apart Faber in the March edition of FIGHT! Magazine.

By the way, my story made the cover. See?

March 2011 - Fight Magazine

Josh Nason is a New England-based freelance MMA journalist that has an Eddie Wineland feature in March’s FIGHT! Magazine. He frequently does radio/podcast appearances and asks for your “like” for ESPN Boston to cover MMA.  Follow him on Twitter.

One Josh Gets To ESPN, Another One (This Guy) Still Waits For His Turn

Like him or hate him, give credit to MMA journalist Josh Gross who announced Monday that he is taking his talents to Bristol, CT, and will join ESPN’s growing MMA coverage effective immediately.

There was no official start date announced, but his last piece for SI.com will run Tuesday where it’s expected some more light will be shed on this move. Gross has been in the game for a decade, most famously drawing the ire of UFC President Dana White several times over the years. When made aware of the news today, White called Gross a ‘scumbag’ among some other interesting comments on his Twitter account.

This is quite the situation for White and the UFC, who have made major in-roads over the past two years with ESPN. Major events are covered like major events with other sports. MMA Live went from online only to a weekly turn on ESPN2. They even have their own section on ESPN.com (and hopefully ESPNBoston.com someday).  The coverage has no doubt helped sell the sport to the all-important mainstream fan who they are looking to convert.

But now White has a fox in his henhouse. Gross has been banned from UFC events, but what if ESPN puts on a hard press? Surely they must have been aware of the situation going into bringing him on and maybe that’s part of the draw for them. I don’t know if they have another reporter in their arsenal that has such a tenuous relationship with the main organization he’s been paid to cover.

However, all that will unfold as it’s meant to. With one Josh in the ESPN MMA fold, isn’t it time for another? Like my Facebook page and tell ESPNBoston.com you want MMA coverage!

Josh Nason is a freelance journalist who has penned pieces for FIGHT! Magazine, Apollo (Australia) Magazine, Manchester Magazine and more. While he loves to write about mixed martial arts and email marketing, blogging about music and observations on life are passions as well. Follow him at Twitter and check out his audio archive of appearances.

Boston, Baby! – My UFC 118 Coverage for Bleacher Report

Nason's Coverage of UFC 118 in BostonI’m going to work up an actual post about the experience of living the dream for four days as an MMA journalist, but in the meantime, here’s a wrap of everything I wrote about UFC 118 in the last week. I covered the group’s debut in Boston for BleacherReport.com as a credited journalist.

Pre-Event

Great Quotes from the BJ Penn – Frankie Edgar Conference Call

Marcus Davis:  15 Years Later, He’s Still Swinging In Boston

Event Week

UFC 118 Pre-Event Press Conference: Dana, Toney and MMA Media Hold Court

UFC 118 Media Day: Toney Gets Physical, The Penn and Lauzon Connection

UFC 118: Benson Henderson Predicts BJ Penn To Win By ‘Homicide’

UFC’s Marc Ratner and Tom Wright Talk Industry At Boston MMA Symposium

UFC 118 Weigh-in Results: Frankie Edgar and BJ Penn Hit the Scales

Event Night

UFC 118 Cageside Live Blog and Results: BJ Penn vs. Frankie Edgar II

Post-Event

UFC 118 Post-Fight Press Conference: Notes and Quotes From Boston

Photo Diary on Flicker

Videos on YouTube (tag: UFC 118)

Josh Nason is a freelance journalist who has penned pieces for FIGHT! Magazine, Apollo (Australia) Magazine, Manchester Magazine and more. While he loves to write about mixed martial arts, blogging about music and observations on life are passions as well. Follow him at Twitter.