Josh Ruffin

Josh Ruffin


Debate Fallout

Debate Fallout

I didn’t watch the debate last night — not in real time, anyway. And I questioned whether or not I was going to watch it at all. I’m very reluctant to dedicate any moment of my life to anything involving Donald Trump — unless it pays me; hence, whatever the hell this is that I […]

Trump and the UFC

Trump and the UFC

By the time UFC President Dana White took the stage at the Republican National Convention some weeks back, the atmosphere was already saturated with the absurd, not least because of the nominee in question. Donald Trump and the depressingly large contingent of this nation that believes his BS had transformed what, in past years, had […]

Trump and the Media

Trump and the Media

At some point after I hit “send” on this article, I’m going to — let’s not say “hate” — be pretty disappointed in myself. Not because of some offhand comment that slipped through my usually airtight filter due to looming deadlines, but because of the whole thesis behind today’s column. I will look back on […]

The Skids and Back

The Skids and Back

With the UFC’s recent acquisition by WME Entertainment group, the fight promotion is gunning their execution of Manifest Destiny playbook into full gear, holding events on six continents in the past year, and sometimes two in one week. With such a global expansion comes an expansion of infrastructure and, with that, many more chances to […]

The Vagaries of Weight Class

The Vagaries of Weight Class

When a fighter is looking to reboot his career, he first looks to a change in weight class. It has more of a rejuvenating effect — at least in terms of fan and matchmaking perception — when mixed martial arts is concerned. Boxing weight classes are generally separated by only a few pounds, while MMA […]

The MacGregor Playbook

The MacGregor Playbook

Last Saturday night, Connor MacGregor won a narrow but fairly decisive victory over Nate Diaz at UFC 202. The fight was a rematch from several months earlier, wherein Diaz, who took the fight on just two weeks’ notice, choked MacGregor out in the second round to hand the Irishman his first, and thus far only, […]

Running to Stand Still

Running to Stand Still

Editor’s Note: Please enjoy this column Josh Ruffin wrote in 2015. Talk about an appropriate headline!   I’m doing my best to focus. I know I should be covering and dismantling whatever nonsense the GOP candidates are saying right now — speaking of, go and read Hillary Clinton’s response to Mitch McConnell saying that she’s […]

Stop. Listen.

Stop. Listen.

I’m writing this from the lobby bar of a hotel in Amsterdam, a bottle deep in Sauvignon Blanc. I’m trying to make sense of my first three days here — what I’ve seen, what I’ve done and how it relates to what is going on back home. The disconnect is real; I’m seven hours ahead of most of […]

Get Out While You Still Can

Get Out While You Still Can

It would only be in the interest of word-padding for me to rehash the saga surrounding Republican presidential nominee and Devil Muppet Donald Trump and the family of Kzir and Ghazala Khan, the parents of a Muslim American solider killed in the line of duty. You can go to other sites for that, for one […]

Rally or Die

Rally or Die

I’m not old. Not that old, anyway. Like, I remember acid-wash jeans, Donna Lewis and Snackwell’s, pretty much. So when I preface a statement with the phase, “In every election I can remember participating in…” please understand two things: that ending sentences with a preposition is completely fine now, dick, and I’m speaking with the […]