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About is the insiders’ destination for MMA news and commentary. Our readers have a fierce loyalty to us due to our dedication to the sport of MMA. Our founder and publisher is MMA journalist Sam Caplan. Collectively, our writers are expert opinion leaders in the field who also write for FIGHT! Magazine,,, the IFL, and Caplan is also the Ranking Committee Chairperson of the new WAMMA.

Our content has been featured on media outlets such as G4 TV and Bubba the Love Sponge, as well as UFC fighter apparel Josh Koscheck, Jon Fitch, and Joe Stevenson.

Five Ounces of Pain writers regularly appear on MMA radio shows such as Inside MMA on HDnet, The Fight Network, Hardcore Sports Radio (Sirius 186), Mr. Sunshine with Steve Cofield, Any Given Saturday with Luke Thomas, and The Sports Animal 1530 in Cincinnati.

The staff includes:
Publisher – Sam Caplan
Senior Writer – Adam Morgan
Director of Marketing & Operations
– Matt Cava
Michal Huck
Gary Herman
Scott White

You can send all correspondence to in regard to the following:

  • To advertise on this website or for a partnership proposal
  • To book Sam Caplan for a television or radio show appearance
  • If you have any questions or comments pertaining to the blog or mixed martial arts in general
  • If you’re a fighter or represent a fighter and would like to schedule an interview
  • To join our mailing list so that you can be notified for whenever Sam has a new column posted on CBS Sportsline also maintains a MySpace page at

Sam Caplan got his start covering sports when he created a web site dedicated to fantasy football called (aka the Fantasy Football Insider) in the early-90s. The site would emerge as an industry leader, prompting it to be acquired by in the late-90s.

While still covering the NBA, NFL, and MLB on a freelance basis, Sam now spends much of his time covering MMA.

While he had been a long-time fan of MMA, he had only practiced traditional martial arts up until 2006, when at the urging of several of his friends, he converted to MMA. It became clear to him early in his training that he didn’t possess what it took to fight on a professional level. Despite the sobering realization, Sam still continued to train because of his love of the sport and would later compete in low-level amateur matches in order to increase his technical knowledge.

Over time, his passion and knowledge of MMA both grew and he decided less than a year ago to create and begin writing about the sport on a semi-regular basis.

If you have a question or comment about the site, would like to book Sam for a radio appearance, or have a sponsorship inquiry, you can contact him at: