1. 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 9 months ago 12,174 reads 54 comments

  2. 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 9 months ago 8,246 reads 14 comments

  3. 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 9 months ago 14,980 reads 36 comments

  4. 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 9 months ago 33,407 reads 46 comments

  5. 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 9 months ago 14,058 reads 20 comments

  6. 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 9 months ago 17,606 reads 35 comments

  7. 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 9 months ago 76,040 reads 76 comments

  8. 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 9 months ago 20,233 reads 36 comments

  9. 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 9 months ago 8,738 reads 34 comments

  10. 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 9 months ago 21,347 reads 46 comments

  11. 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 9 months ago 15,047 reads 120 comments

  12. 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 9 months ago 22,715 reads 33 comments

  13. 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 9 months ago 13,972 reads 103 comments

  14. 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 9 months ago 13,928 reads 52 comments

  15. 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 9 months ago 24,462 reads 33 comments

  16. 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 9 months ago 8,353 reads 28 comments

  17. Donald Cerrone's Stay-Busy Strategy Continues to Pay Off, but for How Long?

    Donald Cerrone closed out his UFC 178 weekend on a fairly cryptic note. After a days-long extravaganza of wakeboarding , leg-kicking and rib-splitting, Cerrone notched ...

    Chad Dundas Written by Chad Dundas about 9 months ago 16,810 reads 44 comments

  18. Cat Zingano, Not Gina Carano Was Ronda Rousey's UFC 182 Destiny All Along

    Three days removed from UFC 178 , it feels as though Cat Zingano ’s come-from-behind win over Amanda Nunes has been overshadowed by arguably bigger news. Maybe that’s to be expected...

    Chad Dundas Written by Chad Dundas about 9 months ago 18,016 reads 42 comments

  19. UFC 178 Notebook: The Irish Invade Las Vegas

    They came from Ireland, and they took over the MGM Grand. They began arriving in droves on Thursday. That was the moment the MGM slowly, methodically morphed from a ghost town into Dublin, America...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 9 months ago 3,739 reads 17 comments

  20. Too Soon: Why the Time Isn't Quite Right for UFC 178 Star Conor McGregor

    Conor McGregor , the loquacious 26-year-old Irishman with a silver tongue, golden fists and cash-green dreams, had less than two minutes to style on poor Dustin Poirier at UFC 178 ...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 9 months ago 26,612 reads 115 comments

  21. As Donald Cerrone Outguns Him, Eddie Alvarez Reminds Us UFC Debuts Ain't Easy

    It took approximately 10 seconds for the doubts to start creeping in. As soon as referee John McCarthy said the words and Eddie Alvarez bounded out to the center of the cage to ...

    Chad Dundas Written by Chad Dundas about 9 months ago 10,333 reads 26 comments

  22. Stool Gate: 'Old Dirty Trick' Saves Yoel Romero from Tim Kennedy at UFC 178

    When there's 10 seconds left between rounds, it's the referee's job to let the fighters' corners know and to start the athletes on the path back into the cage...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 9 months ago 26,527 reads 129 comments

  23. Demetrious Johnson Is the UFC's Most Dominant Champion and No One Cares

    There was a weird vibe in Las Vegas as Demetrious Johnson ( 21–2–1) , the UFC's most dominant champion, made his way to the Octagon to defend his flyweight championship...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 9 months ago 13,474 reads 107 comments

  24. Demetrious Johnson Faces No-Win Situation in UFC 178 Main Event

    Demetrious Johnson takes another one for the team Saturday night. Since becoming the UFC’s inaugural flyweight champion two years ago, Johnson has been nothing short of a workhorse for the world’s largest MMA company...

    Chad Dundas Written by Chad Dundas about 9 months ago 10,110 reads 21 comments

  25. UFC 178: Cerrone vs. Alvarez Winner Should Get Next Lightweight Title Shot

    Donald Cerrone and Eddie Alvarez are going to get in the Octagon on Saturday night. They’re going to fight. It is probably going to be awesome...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 9 months ago 4,920 reads 27 comments