1. MMA in 2014: Fight of the Year

    2014 was a down year in terms of business for mixed martial arts. But the action in the cage was better than ever, for the most part. There were classic fights from the championship level on down to the lowest of preliminary bouts...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 5 months ago 18,845 reads 60 comments

  2. With Contract Fight Brewing, Rampage Jackson Not Worth the Trouble for UFC

    Perhaps there was a time when Quinton “Rampage” Jackson was worth the hassle. Maybe back in 2007—when he entered the UFC with three straight victories and won ...

    Chad Dundas Written by Chad Dundas about 5 months ago 35,781 reads 68 comments

  3. MMA in 2014: Fighter of the Year

    2014 was a rocky year for high-level mixed martial arts. While there were spots of excitement and transcendent glory, for the most part, it was a year marked by loss...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 5 months ago 50,511 reads 190 comments

  4. UFC Fight Night 58 Results: Lyoto Machida's One-Kick Wonder Destroys CB Dollaway

    If you want to get technical about it, Lyoto Machida actually threw two kicks Saturday during his main event bout against CB Dollaway . Really, though, all he needed was the one...

    Chad Dundas Written by Chad Dundas about 5 months ago 12,575 reads 13 comments

  5. UFC Fight Night 58 Preview: Machida, Dollaway Try to Muddle Middleweight Puzzle

    At this point, both Lyoto Machida and CB Dollaway must be like human Rubik’s Cubes for UFC matchmakers...

    Chad Dundas Written by Chad Dundas about 5 months ago 3,431 reads 5 comments

  6. UFC Heavyweights in 2015: Making Sense of the 265-Pound Logjam

    The UFC’s heavyweights have never really found their stride. For a brief time during the Brock Lesnar Administration, the 265-pound division felt fresh and vital. It felt—for lack of a better word—big...

    Chad Dundas Written by Chad Dundas about 5 months ago 31,951 reads 28 comments

  7. Rousimar Palhares: Is the Terrifying Submission Specialist Too Scary for UFC?

    Big fighters . Small fighters . Rich fighters . Poor fighters . Ground fighters . Stand-up fighters . Mixed martial arts contains multitudes — fighters seemingly crafted especially to fulfill their role in the combat sports ecosystem...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 5 months ago 48,056 reads 137 comments

  8. UFC on Fox 13: Rafael Dos Anjos Ends Nate Diaz's Weird Week with a Whipping

    Rafael dos Anjos saw to it that Nate Diaz ’s week of bluster ended with a whimper. From Wednesday to Friday, Diaz had largely set the pace for UFC on Fox 13, grabbing ...

    Chad Dundas Written by Chad Dundas about 5 months ago 29,408 reads 69 comments

  9. TUF 20 Finale: Carla Esparza Dominant in UFC Championship Win

    In the end, it was perhaps too much, too soon for Rose Namajunas. They came to the cage as opposite portraits...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 5 months ago 21,731 reads 71 comments

  10. UFC on Fox 13 Preview: As UFC Universe Changes, Will Planet Diaz Stay in Orbit?

    It was weirdly comforting on Wednesday to hear Nate Diaz say he slept through his open workout. The younger Diaz has been gone for a minute—out some 13 months squabbling ...

    Chad Dundas Written by Chad Dundas about 5 months ago 15,814 reads 47 comments

  11. The Meteoric Rise of Thug Rose Namajunas

    Pat Barry met Rose Namajunas when she punched him in the head. Barry was sparring at Roufusport one day, working on his stand-up game...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 5 months ago 16,151 reads 70 comments

  12. WSOF Star Jon Fitch on CM Punk, Reebok, Fighter Pay and Reinventing MMA Training

    For more than seven years, welterweight Jon Fitch built a reputation as one of the UFC's toughest fighters. He fought a who's who of the world's best at 170 pounds—and beat almost all of them...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 5 months ago 12,508 reads 16 comments

  13. UFC on Fox 13 Bold Predictions: Junior Dos Santos Halts the Rise of Stipe Miocic

    On Saturday at UFC on Fox 13, the giants will once again roam the Octagon. Even as the top of the fight company's 265-pound division remains in limbo while awaiting the return ...

    Chad Dundas Written by Chad Dundas about 5 months ago 8,178 reads 12 comments

  14. Junior Dos Santos vs. Stipe Miocic: What's at Stake in This Heavyweight Tilt?

    The UFC heavyweight division has a way of muddying its own waters. Perhaps in a perfect world—or just a normal weight class—Saturday night’s network television main event pitting No...

    Chad Dundas Written by Chad Dundas about 5 months ago 8,169 reads 22 comments

  15. UFC's Signing of CM Punk Is a Good Thing, as Long as It's Honest About It

    Saturday's news that Phil " CM Punk " Brooks signed a multifight contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship sent the mixed martial arts world into a frenzy. It is understandable...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 6 months ago 16,337 reads 62 comments

  16. UFC on Fox 13: 7 Reasons to Watch Dos Santos vs. Miocic Fight Card

    We are in the midst of a UFC deluge, with fight cards seemingly every weekend. It is hard to tell them apart. But on Saturday night, the promotion returns to network television with a slew of intriguing fights...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 6 months ago 11,153 reads 20 comments

  17. CM Punk: Signing with the UFC Was the Easiest Decision I've Ever Made

    Phil Brooks has zero professional UFC fights. He has zero amateur fights. He's spent his adult life as CM Punk in the world of professional wrestling, which is certainly athletic but not competitive in a traditional sense...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 6 months ago 69,387 reads 139 comments

  18. Robbie Lawler Completes Improbable Career Comeback with UFC Title Win

    It was a night when a special announcement made after the first pay-per-view bout threatened to overshadow one of the UFC's best cards of the year...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 6 months ago 23,223 reads 89 comments

  19. UFC 181: Anthony Pettis Makes Up for Lost Time, Subs Gilbert Melendez in 2nd

    Like riding a bike. For nearly seven minutes on Saturday, it appeared Anthony Pettis was going to have trouble shaking off the rust...

    Chad Dundas Written by Chad Dundas about 6 months ago 26,583 reads 53 comments

  20. Dear Dana White: Send CM Punk Back to the WWE—UFC Doesn't Need Him

    Fights happened at UFC 181. Titles were defended. Blood spilled. But all that went down in a very large shadow—deposed WWE wrestling kingpin CM Punk is coming , per an announcement during the pay-per-view Saturday night, to the UFC Octagon...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 6 months ago 57,196 reads 177 comments

  21. Rest vs. Rust: Will Johny Hendricks Be Fresh or Foggy at UFC 181?

    It’s easy to trick yourself into thinking Johny Hendricks has been out longer than nine months. Maybe it’s the general breakneck pace of 2014, or the glut of injuries ...

    Chad Dundas Written by Chad Dundas about 6 months ago 4,962 reads 15 comments

  22. UFC 181: Can Robbie Lawler Do Enough to Win Rounds 6 Through 10?

    Five minutes flies by in a flash, at least in most contexts. It's the length of time it takes to heat a standard microwave dinner. Five minutes is fleeting. Five minutes is transitory...

    Jonathan  Snowden Written by Jonathan Snowden about 6 months ago 11,655 reads 30 comments

  23. Abel Trujillo Must Transform Himself into a Demon in Order to Conquer One

    Fighters, as a rule, are an unusual bunch. You must be a little off-center in order to willingly participate in a sport where you are repeatedly punched, kicked and choked...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 6 months ago 6,083 reads 11 comments

  24. UFC 181 Bold Predictions: It's Time for Johny Hendricks, Anthony Pettis to Roar

    The champions are finally healthy, and the challengers each ready to take their second shots at UFC gold. Parallel storylines, you guys! As Saturday night's UFC 181 kicks off ...

    Chad Dundas Written by Chad Dundas about 6 months ago 25,865 reads 54 comments

  25. UFC's Media Rankings Cannot Determine Pay from Reebok

    Over the past 24 hours, many words have been written about the UFC's new "athlete outfitting policy." Many words will be written in the future, as athletes, managers and the UFC figure out how to tread this rocky new ground...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 6 months ago 10,555 reads 47 comments