The Unofficial Bleacher Report Red Carpet: The Quarterly MMA Awards

David KCorrespondent IJuly 24, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 15:  Host Samuel L. Jackson(R) and musician Stevie Wonder perform onstage during the 2009 ESPY Awards held at Nokia Theatre LA Live on July 15, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. The 17th annual ESPYs will air on Sunday, July 19 at 9PM ET on ESPN.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

The sport of mixed martial arts has been plagued with a series of unfortunate events as of late.  Kimo’s alleged death and subsequent resurgence, Alistair’s lingering hand injury, and Josh Barnett’s appetite for anabolic steroids have left the MMA blogosphere buzzing with trepidation.


In a stark contrast of news, B/R’s MMA section has, and still houses some of the best MMA contributors. As we proceed to the second half of an already delightful year, let us recognize some of the posts that, over the last quarter, have helped morph B/R into one of the best sites for MMA commentary.


In light of the recent ESPY Awards, we shall take a stroll on the proverbial red carpet.






Flyin’ Hawaiian’s article, Redemption? Why Anderson Silva is to blame for lackluster performance, is the winner in this category. Partaking in the swarm of criticism that ensued from Anderson Silva’s latest win, Flyin’s witty comments and illustrative gifs are guaranteed to extract a smile at the very least, regardless of one’s stance on the issue.


The implied MMA audience could also experience an encore effect with his latest: A little humor for the MMA fan’s soul.





Few can match the eloquence, passion and conviction in Dorothy Willis’s writings. Often illustrated with telling life principles and experiences, it is difficult to remain indifferent to an article by Dee.


As a result, Grandma’s comment threads often become a hot bed for converging and diverging minds alike. Start giving Rashad Evans some respect before Granny goes off on you adequately wins this trophy.





B/R MMA has seen a host of astounding interviews, with some of the biggest names in MMA.  Brian Oswald’s Enter the dragon: Lyoto Machida UFC 98 exclusive, is triumphant in this category.


It is a great conversation with the newly crowned light heavyweight champion, who at the time, was just days removed from facing the then undefeated champion, and possibly reestablishing Karate as a prevalent martial art.





Along with the thoughtfully crafted articles, the discussions are an integral aspect of the B/R experience. Irish Mike D rules the MMA comment threads with an iron keyboard. Never one to shy away from a candid assessment, Mike’s insightful, yet entertaining comments are always a welcomed-and sometimes expected-addition to a wide variety of topics.


If there ever were a community leader for that section, Mike D would make a solid candidate for the position. He also happens to be a terrific writer.





As previously mentioned, B/R would not be the same without the great discussions we all partake in. Often times, the post is just as gratifying as the resulting comments. A great illustration to this point is THE MMA DAILY SCRAP’s post, Picking Ben Saunders over Mike Swick cost me a hook-up.


Fueled by DAILY SCRAP’s unique blend of informative MMA blogs and pop culture, the ensuing comments happen to be one of the most entertaining in recent memory.





The community has witnessed a steady rise in talented contributors over the last couple of months, and E. Spencer Kyte is proving to be the most poised newcomer.


In just under a month, Spencer has been active with 41 quality posts in the MMA section, landing in the top 20 spot in the process. Fedor Emelianenko: supremely talented, surprisingly unknown is more than worth the read, and Spencer, hopefully, will keep making great contributions to the section.





MMA is a vast industry spanning across the globe. Although a hot bed for the sport, Japan’s MMA scene is relatively marginalized in the United States. In B/R however, Aki Kuwabara has offered some of the best coverage one could hope for.


Lyoto Machida and Joe Warren: contrasting styles, winning ways is a gem, and a pleasure to read. The MMA fan could also take a refreshing trip down memory lane with another post of his, A moment in MMA history: Pride 2005 Middleweight Grand Prix Final





Few are as original and challenging as Joseph Lupoli. Joe “The Pope” often offers unique perspectives on the sport, notably on the fighting formats and the judging system in MMA.


His writings, notably Holy Armbar Bruce Lee, and Get rid of the multiple rounds in MMA raise thought provoking issues in modern MMA. An army veteran with over 25 years of martial arts experience, Joseph greatly contributes to the diversity of topics in the community.





D. Miller is one of the most insightful and thorough writers in the MMA community. He is a compelling wordsmith, who engages in a wide variety of topics that are sure to educate, engage, and, at times, entertain readers.


Ignore Dana White: the right opponent is keeping Jones out of the octagon is one such piece that warrants a read, and the trophy in this category.





Flying Knee’s UFC 100 Tips/Predictions is a visually rewarding article that is as concise as it is thorough. His subsequent previews for upcoming MMA events will certainly find an established and appreciative audience.




Voila! The preceding suggestions only represent one account of some articles that immensely enhanced the site’s visibility, and likely assisted aspiring writers in honing their penning skills. This list does not, by any means, constitute the entirety of the valued contributors in this section.


That is where you come in, fellow creatures. Share some of your most memorable reads; breed other categories away; share your valued posts, from established and newer subscribers alike. Remind us why this site is home to some of the best writers in the industry.


Let us celebrate the quality that is increasingly inherent to the MMA community on B/R!


    Machida Bothered People 'Want to Retire' Him

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    Machida Bothered People 'Want to Retire' Him

    MMA Fighting
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    Francis Ngannou Calls Out Brock Lesnar

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    Francis Ngannou Calls Out Brock Lesnar

    Steven Rondina
    via Bleacher Report

    UFC Working on Edgar-Swanson Bout

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    UFC Working on Edgar-Swanson Bout

    Brett Okamoto

    Max on Exchanges with Conor: 'Guy's Been Picking on Me'

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    Max on Exchanges with Conor: 'Guy's Been Picking on Me'

    Mike Bohn
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