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Ted Gruber

Freelance Journalist

Location icon United States,US

I have been writing for various sports outlets for many years now. I was born and raised in Chicago and there is no better place to write about sports.

I enjoy conducting interviews with many individuals and asking questions based off their original responses in order to "pick their brain".

If you would like to contact me further, please email me at [email protected] I look forward hearing from you.

Portfolio

MMA Articles

Redeyechicago
09/09/2014
Felice Herrig's mission: Kick [bleep] and entertain

Felice Herrig is anything but camera shy. With more than 55,000 likes on her Facebook page and nearly 41,000 Twitter follows, she's a focal point for MMA fans. She's also known for wearing superhero costumes to fight weigh-ins. Starting Wednesday, she stars in Season 20 of "The Ultimate Fighter"-the first season featuring all female competitors-with a title on the line.

Ufc
03/23/2014
Kenny Robertson: Enjoying the Ride

"If you aren't having fun doing all that goes into being a fighter it's time to go on toward something else." - Kenny Robertson As soon as the clock hits at 7:15 AM at Metamora Township High School, the school day has officially begun and everyone has shuffled their way inside their respective classrooms. But it's not just the students that have to be organized and ready to go, as the teachers also have to be mentally focused.

Ufc
03/23/2014
Campuzano: Desperation to Inspiration

"From the life I had to where I am now, sometimes I can't believe it. I decided I need a change in my life and I started with facing my troubles and learning from them."

Ufc
03/23/2014
Joe Lauzon: Not Personal, Just Business

"I'm going to turn this fight into a brawl, which Mac isn't going to like, and I'm going to put myself back on the right track in the lightweight division." - Joe Lauzon The distractions are real when it comes to making an impact at the higher levels of the UFC.

Mmasucka
03/08/2014
MMASucka.com 1-on-1 with Bjorn Rebney

President and CEO of Bellator, Bjorn Rebney was kind enough to talk with MMASucka on a variety of topics. Listen into MMASucka radio for more of the interview and topics that aren't discussed here. The first card of Bellator 10, was a big event for your company and many people tuned into the show.

Ufc
03/23/2014
Brad Scott Starts Fresh at Middleweight

"To me, I can walk out to 5,000 or 50,000 fans, but proving I can fight is that much more satisfying." - Brad Scott Only 18 years old and searching for a career path, Brad Scott was at a fork in the road. He tried many odd jobs and nothing seemed to fit his personality.

Chicagonow
From Nightclub to the UFC Octagon

Many fans attend a UFC event and go for the fights. Who wouldn't? But there's another reason why you should go to an event and keep your ears open. A.L.M.F. The nickname that he is known for; Albert Lineses the III is the official DJ of the UFC.

Ufc
03/23/2014
Cole Miller: Winning Matters

"After the fight is over, no matter what happens, as a fighter you want to see a bigger number on the left side of the column than the right." - Cole Miller At only 29 years old, Cole Miller is considered a veteran in the UFC, and rightfully so.

Redeyechicago
01/23/2014
UFC's Eddie Wineland loves

MMA fighter Eddie Wineland loves 'ALF'-got a problem with that?! MMA fighter Eddie Wineland is no stranger to the Second City. The northwest Indiana native does the majority of his training in the Chicago area and often makes that wonderful drive down the Skyway (ahem, note sarcasm here).

Ufc
03/23/2014
Campuzano: Desperation to Inspiration

"From the life I had to where I am now, sometimes I can't believe it. I decided I need a change in my life and I started with facing my troubles and learning from them."

Redeyechicago
07/04/2012
Bulls broadcaster Stacey King on MMA

It turns out that basketball isn't the only sport that gets Stacey King riled up. The Bulls TV broadcaster is a huge mixed martial arts fan, and he traded a few punches-figuratively, that is-with RedEye ahead of UFC 148 (9 p.m. Saturday, pay-per-view). Oh, and he still can't stand those Bad Boy Detroit Pistons.

Redeyechicago
11/09/2011
UFC on Fox

In the past decade, the Zuffa-owned Ultimate Fighting Championship has made considerable strides in pushing mixed martial arts further into the mainstream. And at 8 p.m. Saturday, the UFC makes its debut on Fox in a move that should serve to show even more people what MMA is all about.

Ufc
03/23/2014
Pat Barry: David Ready for Goliath

David versus Goliath is a story that has been told for generations and, at times in the MMA world, Pat Barry has been in the David role, since at 5-foot-11, he is one of the shortest heavyweight fighters in the UFC. But he doesn't let his height become a disadvantage.

Professional Wrestling

Chicagonow
Uncensored With The Iron Sheik

What do you get when you integrate a former pro wrestler and a man that has no filter? I'm sure you didn't have to think hard, but the Iron Sheik is somebody that doesn't care what your opinion is. He has gone from the famous professional wrestler, to a famous tweeting individual.

Redeyechicago
04/02/2014
Hulkamania meets Oprah-mania

"Whatcha gonna do, brother?!" Yes, after a lengthy absence, the legendary Hulk Hogan will be a fixture at Wrestlemania again-hosting the 30 t h edition Sunday in New Orleans, in fact. But before pro wrestling's biggest night kicks off, RedEye spoke to the Hall of Famer about Andre The Giant, reality shows and his moment with Oprah Winfrey.

ChicagoNow
Chicago's "Punk"

Phillip Brooks. The name may not sound familiar, but this one might: CM Punk Currently the WWE Champion and the self-proclaimed 'best in the world' had his DVD released a few weeks ago. There is no other way to describe it other than, extraordinary. This DVD has his entire life covered from when he first...

Chicagonow
Chicago Focus: David Otunga

He's been called Punk, Dawson Alexander and more recently David Otunga. WWE wrestler David Otunga (ironically his birth name) was kind enough to talk to me about his wrestling career, seeing his wife and the challenges that he faced on a movie set, among other things.

Chicagonow
1 on 1 with WWE's Bo Dallas

When you are Bo Dallas you are bolieving no matter what. Yes, it's a gimmick and many know it's just something to get a reaction from fans. However, Taylor Rotunda uses that not only at his job, but through his personal life as well. Bo as the WWE Universe knows him as was kind enough...

Chicagonow
Jim Ross Staying Busy After Wrestling

Even after leaving the WWE legendary announcer, Jim Ross hasn't been sitting idle. He still has his booming BBQ sauce business and most recently did some boxing announcing for Fox Sports. To say wrestling isn't in his blood anymore isn't true but until something arises to his liking JR is happy with what new adventures...

Chicagonow
Paul Heyman Has That Creative Mind

There have been a variety of great managers for wrestlers over the years including Jimmy Hart, Bobby "The Brain" Heenan just to name a few. But one name that continues to put his staple on wrestling manager history is Paul Heyman. The lead mind in ECW, as well as doing some work in WCW has...

Chicagonow
From Vegan to MMA: Daniel Bryan

WWE wrestler Daniel Bryan took time out of his busy schedule to talk with me regarding his training in MMA and the main question of where the YES idea came from. Bryan will be at the Allstate Arena this Sunday to wrestle in the Extreme Rules PPV.

ChicagoNow
The MMA World Opening Up For Jim Ross

"It's gonna be a Slobberknocker!" If you are a wrestling fan you know where that quote originates from. Jim Ross also known as JR is wrestling's Morgan Freeman. When you hear the audio, the immediate relationship of the person with that voice hits your mind. That's the kind of impact Jim Ross has had on...

Chicagonow
Redeyechicago
03/02/2014
Former Chicagoan Seth Rollins wants to be WWE champ

So you want to be a professional wrestler? Take it from Seth Rollins, who has jumped through more rings than you can count, that it's a long road. But after years of driving from his hometown in Iowa to the Berwyn Eagles Club, Rollins has made it to the big leagues of pro wrestling.

ChicagoNow
The WWE Network Is Changing Digital Media

The digital network has been revolutionized. Little over a week ago the UFC launched their digital network entitled "Fight Pass" and there was a mixture of cheers and boos. I personally think the UFC Fight Pass is a good start for the company and it will continue to get better with a few tweaks.

Chicagonow
Roman's Reign in the WWE

Transitioning from the sport of football to sports entertainment is no easy task. From the likes of Lex Luger, Marcus Von Con, to Goldberg all these gentleman went from the gridiron to the squared circle. Another athlete you can add to that list is WWE superstar Roman Reigns.

Redeyechicago
08/06/2013
Mick Foley will make you laugh

Here comes Mankind, ready to break you in half with his - one liners? Wrestler Mick Foley is performing in Chicago tomorrow not in the guise of his pro wrestler persona, but trying out his stand-up comedy skills at Zanies in Rosemont.

Chicagonow
CM Punk Talks Chael Sonnen, Jim Ross and More

CM Punk is still the WWE Champion and starting to get the publicity he deserves. He was kind enough to talk with me regarding a variety of topics. Yes, I even asked him about the WWE ice-cream bars that once were a consumer favorite. It is always a great time talking to Chicago and this...

Other Sports

YouTube
White Sox Game: Behind the Scenes at U.S. Cellular Field

RedEye talks to workers behind the scenes at the Chicago White Sox's home turf, U.S. Cellular Field, including announcer Gene Honda and the team's official scorekeeper. Video by Luis Rodriguez Read more about behind the scenes at The Cell at redeyechicago.com

Redeye Chicago
12/17/2012
He shoots, he scores

Hawks legend Jeremy Roenick is video-game famous-and he's OK with that It hasn't been cold enough for a true hockey atmosphere in Chicago, but Blackhawks legend Jeremy Roenick doesn't seem to mind.

Movie Interviews

Layfieldreport
The Layfield Report - Blog

Posted by Ted Gruber on August 5, 2014 @ 11:25 pm By: Ted Gruber With the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie coming out this weekend the Layfield Report decided to take a trip down memory lane and talk with former actors and actresses from the three previous movies.

Audio Interviews

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Ted Gruber 3/20/14

ESPN Chicago's Ray Flores is joined by Ted Gruber from Chicago Now to break down all things mma including last week's UFC and Bellator events along with UFC Fight Night Sun

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