1. When Risks Outweigh Rewards, Fighters and Fans Face Uncertain Futures

    I’d like to think a guy like Krzysztof Soszynski would be set for life. A veteran of nearly 40 fights, Soszynski spent more than eight years in the trenches of professional MMA ...

    Chad Dundas Written by Chad Dundas about 7 months ago 19,447 reads 31 comments

  2. Dana White vs. Ben Askren Isn't Good for Anyone

    Stop me if you've heard this one before: Dana White doesn't like somebody, and he doesn't mind telling anyone who will listen exactly what he thinks. It's that trait that made White one of the biggest stars in the UFC...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 7 months ago 21,179 reads 92 comments

  3. The Ultimate Fighter 20 Is Good, and You Should Watch It

    It has been a long time since a season of The Ultimate Fighter felt like a big deal. I am not telling you anything you don't know. This is not a revelation. The Ultimate Fighter has been stuck on "not interesting" for years...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 7 months ago 7,331 reads 36 comments

  4. What's Next for Ronda Rousey? Only One Controversial Fight Makes Sense

    What's next for Ronda Rousey ? There was a time when the answer to that question seemed clear. Back when Rousey was in Strikeforce, we all assumed she'd sign with the UFC, ...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 7 months ago 26,601 reads 90 comments

  5. Ben Askren Walks Alone: Is the OneFC Champ MMA's Most Interesting Character?

    Clearly, getting kicked off Inside MMA was a win-win for Ben Askren . If Askren had been wondering how to take his ongoing rift with UFC President Dana White to the ...

    Chad Dundas Written by Chad Dundas about 7 months ago 11,255 reads 76 comments

  6. For Jacare Souza, a Middleweight Title Shot Is the Only Fight That Makes Sense

    Ronaldo “ Jacare ” Souza rests his case. Souza made his final push toward No. 1 contender status in the middleweight division on Friday, as he battered, fatigued ...

    Chad Dundas Written by Chad Dundas about 7 months ago 12,031 reads 42 comments

  7. Bellator's Tito Ortiz and Stephan Bonnar Brawl: So Bad It Was Actually Good?

    I've seen a lot of MMA over the years. A lot. Putting together The MMA Encyclopedia , I watched footage from all over the world, from the despondently bad to the resplendently life-changing...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 7 months ago 28,870 reads 49 comments

  8. UFC, Bellator Present Friday Night Filled with Mostly Highs and Few Lows

    I wrote earlier this week that Friday night's dueling UFC and Bellator cards were a throwback to the old Monday Night Wars in professional wrestling...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 7 months ago 5,679 reads 7 comments

  9. Friday Night Fights: Who Wins the 1st Bellator Versus UFC Showdown?

    UFC President Dana White likes to win. His goal, publicly stated, isn't just to be a successful mixed martial arts promoter. It's becoming a global force in the sports. "World f* cking domination ," as he puts it...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 7 months ago 5,880 reads 17 comments

  10. Alexander Gustafsson vs Anthony Johnson Closer to Reality? That's Fine with Me.

    At long last, it appears Anthony Johnson and Alexander Gustafsson might be headed for a collision course...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 7 months ago 12,817 reads 73 comments

  11. UFC Fight Night 50: Could Quiet Jacare Souza Be Chris Weidman's Biggest Threat?

    Jacare Souza isn't the middleweight division's squeakiest wheel. His is a weight class flush with noisemakers, and for much of the last few years, guys like Vitor Belfort ...

    Chad Dundas Written by Chad Dundas about 7 months ago 16,189 reads 80 comments

  12. Friday Night Is Alright for (UFC and Bellator) Fighting

    In the late 1990's, when I was a wee lad (or, as the woman I love would so hilariously tell you, back when I was already an elderly man), I used to gather around the television on Monday nights...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 7 months ago 15,468 reads 46 comments

  13. In Praise of TJ Dillashaw, Whose Championship Mettle Elevated UFC 177

    From inside the eye of the hurricane swirling around UFC 177 , TJ Dillashaw put on a command performance...

    Chad Dundas Written by Chad Dundas about 7 months ago 8,376 reads 14 comments

  14. UFC 177 Was Low on Star Power but Ended Up Being a Lot of Fun Anyway

    In the end, if you were looking for the UFC's brightest-shining stars, you were never going to find them at UFC 177 . Not after The Curse waylaid Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson and Renan Barao and the rest...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 7 months ago 22,586 reads 58 comments

  15. T.J. Dillashaw Will Beat Renan Barao, and He'll Beat Everyone Else, Too

    In May, I spent four days with T. J. Dillashaw during the lead-up to his UFC bantamweight title fight with Renan Barao . Barao was the UFC's latest pet project at the time...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 7 months ago 5,451 reads 36 comments

  16. UFC's New Drug Policy Could Be a Crucial Step into the Light (and in Wooing GSP)

    According to reports, the Holy Grail may be at hand. The UFC announced, via ESPN’s Brett Okamoto , on Wednesday that it will ramp up its drug testing efforts during the ...

    Chad Dundas Written by Chad Dundas about 7 months ago 18,744 reads 84 comments

  17. Less Than Super: Why I'm Not Buying UFC 177's Incredibly Inadequate Card

    You can't tell from Saturday's UFC 177, but there was a time every pay-per-view was an event . Even as cable television took the Octagon into America's living rooms, the sport was ...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 7 months ago 36,461 reads 137 comments

  18. UFC 177 Bold Predictions: Can Renan Barao and T.J. Dillashaw Draw a Crowd?

    It wasn’t supposed to be this way. When the mad scientists at Zuffa headquarters fired-up their matchmaking supercomputer months ago and asked it to synthesize an awesome card ...

    Chad Dundas Written by Chad Dundas about 7 months ago 3,422 reads 10 comments

  19. T.J. Dillashaw's Worst-Case Scenario: Could a Loss Leave Him out in the Cold?

    Really quick, let’s lay out the doomsday scenario for T.J. Dillashaw . The new men’s bantamweight champion is already getting the short end of the stick on Saturday—slated ...

    Chad Dundas Written by Chad Dundas about 7 months ago 6,091 reads 21 comments

  20. UFC Star Tyron Woodley Skeptical of Real Change in Hometown of Ferguson

    Tyron Woodley was on Canfield Drive just two days before Michael Brown was gunned down by police officer Darren Wilson. "I was a one-minute walk away from where it happened," Woodley says...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 7 months ago 9,973 reads 1 comments

  21. Tyron Woodley Wants to Continue Climbing Up the Ladder by Facing Matt Brown

    Tyron Woodley does not care if his ideal next opponent is coming off a loss. He does not care if they are ranked two spots lower than him in the UFC's official rankings ...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 7 months ago 13,258 reads 57 comments

  22. For Ben Henderson, Controversial Fights Are Nothing New (But Losing Them Is)

    You didn’t think we were going to get through an entire Benson Henderson fight without a little controversy, did you? Sorry, but that’s just not how he rolls...

    Chad Dundas Written by Chad Dundas about 7 months ago 11,866 reads 39 comments

  23. Jordan Mein Says He Wasn't Distracted, but Father's Arrest Was on All Our Minds

    Maybe it was just the rest of us who were distracted. Clearly, Jordan Mein was in an unenviable spot Saturday night, fighting Mike Pyle at UFC Fight Night 49 just a day after ...

    Chad Dundas Written by Chad Dundas about 7 months ago 13,018 reads 41 comments

  24. Rafael Dos Anjos Makes a Mess of the UFC's Lightweight Title Picture

    When Benson Henderson fights, you can usually count on getting comfortable. There's time to secure your popcorn, visit the loo and make sure your stamp collection is in order...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 7 months ago 37,652 reads 104 comments

  25. UFC Star Michael Bisping Will Never Be World Champion, and That's OK

    For 23 seconds it all came together for England's Michael Bisping (25-6) at UFC Fight Night 48 in Macau on Saturday; he unleashed a glorious combination of 20 strikes that could have been lifted directly from an MMA textbook...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 7 months ago 18,707 reads 69 comments