1. Jose Aldo Is Capable of Greatness, but He Must Be Willing to Take Risks

    Jose Aldo is the only featherweight champion the UFC has ever had. It has been nearly nine years since he gave up the only loss of his career, and truth be told, he has rarely been challenged since that night...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 7 months ago 8,518 reads 33 comments

  2. Once a Hot Prospect, Phil Davis Faces Career Crossroads at UFC 179

    It’s strange to think of UFC 179 as a must-win situation for Phil Davis . Theoretically, Davis is still in the thick of his fighting prime. He’s a respectable 12-2-1 and continues to hang around the UFC’s light heavyweight Top 10...

    Chad Dundas Written by Chad Dundas about 7 months ago 4,379 reads 9 comments

  3. Cain Velasquez and Mark Hunt Are the Reason UFC History Is Written in Pencil

    In mixed martial arts we have a bad tendency to write our narratives in stone, preferring pen even in the early stages of a fighter's career when a pencil would probably be a better choice...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 7 months ago 29,137 reads 32 comments

  4. Conor McGregor Should Fight for Title, but Siver Bout Could Pay Off for UFC

    The UFC's new golden child is returning, and he's not returning for the gold. According to a Thursday report from Steven Marrocco of MMAjunkie ...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 7 months ago 20,740 reads 110 comments

  5. If Jose Aldo Means to Be an All-Time UFC Great, Time to Impress Is Now

    Don’t get me wrong, Jose Aldo has been a very good champion for the UFC. Aldo, in fact, is the only featherweight titlist the Octagon has ever known...

    Chad Dundas Written by Chad Dundas about 7 months ago 7,585 reads 43 comments

  6. Bellator's Emanuel Newton on Prefight Poops, the Universe and Spinning Backfists

    A conversation with Emanuel Newton, Bellator's light heavyweight champion, is unlike a conversation with anyone else in mixed martial arts. If pushed, he can take you to some very strange places...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 7 months ago 4,383 reads 5 comments

  7. UFC 179 Bold Predictions: Can Chad Mendes Take out the Featherweight GOAT?

    As a recently disgraced UFC broadcaster might say, here we go. After months of injury delays and one canceled pay-per-view— RIP UFC 176! — Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes will finally rematch on Saturday at UFC 179 ...

    Chad Dundas Written by Chad Dundas about 7 months ago 7,085 reads 12 comments

  8. Cung Le Controversy Highlights UFC's Need for Strict Regulation

    Tuesday's decision by the Ultimate Fighting Championship to rescind a suspension handed down to Cung Le was a curious one...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 7 months ago 11,598 reads 13 comments

  9. Even with Champions Healthy, 2015 Shapes Up as Make-or-Break Year for UFC

    What time is it? Depends on whom you ask. There are those who will tell you the clock struck midnight on the UFC in 2014, and that the fight company’s bejeweled, Affliction Brand carriage abruptly turned back into a pumpkin...

    Chad Dundas Written by Chad Dundas about 7 months ago 13,301 reads 33 comments

  10. Mendes Could Be Latest American UFC Champ, but Will He Connect with Fans?

    Chad Mendes has to travel to Brazil this week, once more, to face Jose Aldo for the featherweight championship...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 7 months ago 12,168 reads 54 comments

  11. The Night Bellator Came to Las Vegas

    LAS VEGAS — Around 4 p.m. on October 18, tens of thousands gather around Sam Boyd Stadium on the outskirts of this very famous city, closer to the mountains and the Hoover Dam than the casinos and broken dreams of the Vegas strip...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 8 months ago 8,240 reads 14 comments

  12. Anderson Silva Has Something Worth Fighting For, and That's Fine by Me

    I'll be the first person to tell you I hoped Anderson Silva would never fight again. I didn't think he would return to the Octagon...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 8 months ago 14,978 reads 36 comments

  13. Grand Theft Gracie: Did Bellator Steal Another UFC Icon Just Because It Could?

    The new guard at Bellator MMA made another decidedly old-school acquisition this week, inking UFC O.G. Royce Gracie as its latest “national brand ambassador.” Raise your hand if you saw that one coming...

    Chad Dundas Written by Chad Dundas about 8 months ago 33,403 reads 46 comments

  14. Kelvin Gastelum Can Punch His Own Ticket as a Top 10 Welterweight at UFC 180

    Kelvin Gastelum is often overlooked. That's the story of his career, mostly, at least since making his debut on The Ultimate Fighter in 2013. Gastelum was a prodigious underdog, picked last by coach Chael Sonnen ...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 8 months ago 14,054 reads 20 comments

  15. Fallout from Cung Le's Positive Drug Test Raises Questions About UFC Testing

    Even after a week of speculation, public disputes and good, solid reporting by MMA ’s best journalists, there is still a lot we don’t know about Cung Le ’s positive drug test...

    Chad Dundas Written by Chad Dundas about 8 months ago 17,601 reads 35 comments

  16. The 10 Best UFC Fights to Close Out 2014

    We've had an extraordinary amount of mixed martial arts in 2014. Too much MMA , if you ask some folks (myself included)...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 8 months ago 75,711 reads 76 comments

  17. UFC's Unusual Suspects: Race to Be 155-Pound No. 1 Contender Too Close to Call

    It wouldn ’t be the UFC lightweight division without a little bit of intrigue, now would it? Long regarded as the fight company’s deepest, most competitive weight class, the 155-pound ranks are never at a loss for title contenders...

    Chad Dundas Written by Chad Dundas about 8 months ago 20,229 reads 36 comments

  18. Triumphant Return of Dominick Cruz Is MMA's Best Story of 2014

    He was on the sidelines so long that we nearly forgot about him entirely. Nearly three years passed between Dominick Cruz 's last two fights...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 8 months ago 8,728 reads 34 comments

  19. UFC Fighter Josh Burkman: I Lost That Fight to Get out of My Contract

    Last October, Josh Burkman , fresh off the biggest win of his career over former UFC contender Jon Fitch, lost a fight for the World Series of Fighting welterweight title to the relatively unknown underdog Steve Carl...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 8 months ago 21,337 reads 46 comments

  20. Rory MacDonald Emerges as Title Threat for Spring; Can He Continue to Excite?

    In the aftermath of Rory MacDonald’s third-round TKO of Tarec Saffiedine on Saturday, a common phrase flying around online was that it’ll now be " hard to deny " MacDonald a welterweight title shot...

    Chad Dundas Written by Chad Dundas about 8 months ago 15,045 reads 120 comments

  21. Jim Ross, Chael Sonnen Excel at Battlegrounds O.N.E.

    With apologies to Mr. Mike Goldberg, Mr. Joe Rogan, Mr. Jon Anik and Mr. Brian Stann, I have a new favorite mixed martial arts commentary team: Jim Ross and Chael Sonnen ...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 8 months ago 22,707 reads 33 comments

  22. Call a Do Over: A Rematch Between Yoel Romero and Tim Kennedy Is Only Fair

    Upon further review, perhaps Yoel Romero isn ’t as big a jerk as first thought. Our initial collective reaction to Romero’s controversial win over Tim Kennedy at ...

    Chad Dundas Written by Chad Dundas about 8 months ago 13,901 reads 103 comments

  23. Conor McGregor vs. Diego Sanchez Would Be Violent Fun, but It Makes No Sense

    Say what you will about Conor McGregor —and you no doubt have by this point—but the man knows how to stoke a fire...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 8 months ago 13,913 reads 52 comments

  24. Elias Theodorou Is the UFC's Handsomest Man. Is He Also the Next GSP?

    When Georges St-Pierre walked away from mixed martial arts, a casualty of injury, burnout and concerns about the UFC's permissive performance-enhancing drugs culture , the sport lost more than a great fighter...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 8 months ago 24,412 reads 33 comments

  25. UFC Fight Night 53 and 54: The 5 Best Fights for This Weekend's Doubleheader

    Ah, the double-fight weekend. It used to be a rare bird, indeed, but these days they are coming fast and furious...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 8 months ago 8,352 reads 28 comments