We systematically go through articles looking for statements based on facts. Once we find a statement that we suspect may be inaccurate or misleading, we will engage – or attempt to engage – with the person or source that is being fact-checked. The burden is on the person or source to provide the evidence to support it.
If the supporting material shows that statement is accurate, we will drop it and move on to something else. Our mission is to reduce the level of deception and confusion in Mixed Martial Arts reporting, so we focus on claims that are false or misleading.
If the supporting material does not support the claim or if no evidence is provided, then we will conduct research of our own.
After a story is written, it goes through several layers of editing and review:
Line editing. A line editor reviews the story for content.
Copy editing. A copy editor reviews the story for proper style and grammar.
Fact-checking. A fact-checker goes through the story line by line, word by word, to make sure that every fact is correct and every statement we make and conclusion we draw is accurate and based on the evidence.
By the time we publish, the story will have been reviewed in most cases by several people who were not involved in the writing and the reporting of that story.