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ABOUT US: Our history, our staff, our exclusive features, what sets us apart from the rest
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ABOUT US: Our history, our staff, our exclusive features, what sets us apart from the rest
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Thanks for visiting MMATorch.com! MMATorch launched as a website in the early 2000s and was one of the pioneers in online MMA coverage. Dating back to UFC's first PPV, the Torch Newsletter published out of Minnesota covered MMA's earliest events in the United States and its roots dating back to the late 1980s in Japan. The Torch had three credentialed reporters including supervising editor Wade Keller at UFC's first-ever PPV in Las Vegas in 2001.

MMATorch.com is owned by TDH Communications Inc. and run by founder and supervising editor Wade Keller. Keller has trained for a total of more than 15 years in tae kwon do (Mid-America Karate, National Karate), judo, and jiu jitsu (North Star Martial Arts Academy). He holds a double-black strip belt in karate. He has interviewed Dana White, Brock Lesnar, Mike Goldberg, original UFC match-maker Art Davie, and others.

Jamie Penick has been editor-in-chief since May 2008. He covers the news seven days a week, around the clock. He conducts exclusive interviews for MMATorch and also hosts audio podcasts.

Penick and Keller oversee a contributing staff of over a dozen Columnists and Specialists who contribute regular columns and features throughout each week.

MMATorch launched an iPhone App designed by UIEvolution and is the top ranked independent MMA News & Opinion App in the Apple iTunes Store. It's also customized for smart phones other than the iPhone. The app can also be found in the Google Play store.

MMATorch.com features around a dozen news updates and features every day. What separate us from the rest of the pack is:

-Every news story is followed by a paragraph or so of analysis putting the news story in perspective and providing a point of view. While other sites tell you what's happening, we tell you why and what we think of it - but separated clearly between straight reporting and well-labelled analysis afterward.

-Live PPV and televised fight coverage includes our exclusive format providing detailed round-by-round coverage, star ratings giving a shorthand account of how exciting, technically sound, and historically significant the fight turned out to be, details on the post-fight interviews, and our signature "Ramifications" follow-up looking at how the fight outcome change the course of the fighters' respective careers and title picture in their division.

-The best team of columnists in the game, featuring a wide variety of perspectives and backgrounds including Shawn Ennis (@ShawnEnnis), Matt Pelkey, Jason Amadi (@JasonAmadi), Frank Hyden, Anwar Perez (@AnwarsajPerez), Rich Hansen (@MMATorchRich), Brad Walker (@BradMMATorch), and UK Contributor Dan Moore (@MMATorchDan).

-Penick, Hansen, & Pelkey host the "MMATorch Tuesday Conversation Livecast" every Tuesday evening fro 9-10:30 ET (6-7:30 PT) taking live calls and conducting interviews from MMA luminaries such as Urijah Faber, Rich Franklin, Ben Askren, Bjorn Rebney, Duke Roufus, and many more.

-Our unique array of "Specialists" covering a specific subject with a focus found nowhere else including: Chris Parks's "UK Scene," Wesley Walker's "Best Bet" fight odds predictions, Eric Hobaugh's "Book Reviews," Bob Teal's "Whatever Happened To...?", Adam Schwartzbard's "Dream Fights," Anthony Berriola's "Styles Clash," and Alvin Benjamin Carter III's "All Business."

We are adding new features and expanding and improving our staff regularly. There are a lot of very good, yet somewhat interchangeable MMA news sources out there. By design, we are not like any other website. Multiple daily visits to MMATorch is sure to provide you with news analysis, unique informative features, exclusive interviews, and hard-hitting opinions from entertaining and knowledegable writers unlike anything you'll find anywhere else.

Visit us on the web on your computer or on your iPhone or other smart phone. Listen to us in iTunes or at BlogTalkRadio.com. Join us on Facebook (Facebook.com/mmatorch) and Twitter (@mmatorch). And spread the word to other MMA fans!


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