1. 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 6 months ago 12,031 reads 42 comments

  2. 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 6 months ago 28,854 reads 49 comments

  3. 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 6 months ago 5,679 reads 7 comments

  4. 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 6 months ago 5,879 reads 17 comments

  5. 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 6 months ago 12,815 reads 73 comments

  6. 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 6 months ago 16,185 reads 80 comments

  7. 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 6 months ago 15,464 reads 46 comments

  8. 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 6 months ago 8,376 reads 14 comments

  9. 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 6 months ago 22,585 reads 58 comments

  10. 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 6 months ago 5,443 reads 36 comments

  11. 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 6 months ago 18,718 reads 84 comments

  12. 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 6 months ago 36,438 reads 137 comments

  13. 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 6 months ago 3,419 reads 10 comments

  14. 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 6 months ago 6,089 reads 21 comments

  15. 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 6 months ago 9,969 reads 1 comments

  16. 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 6 months ago 13,258 reads 57 comments

  17. 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 6 months ago 11,861 reads 39 comments

  18. 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 6 months ago 13,011 reads 41 comments

  19. 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 6 months ago 37,642 reads 104 comments

  20. 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 6 months ago 18,705 reads 69 comments

  21. Wanderlei Silva No-Shows NAC Disciplinary Meeting, Files Motion to Dismiss

    Thursday's postponement of Wanderlei Silva 's disciplinary hearing in front of the Nevada Athletic Commission added another layer of intrigue to one of the most controversial subjects in mixed martial arts...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 6 months ago 7,147 reads 37 comments

  22. Ben Henderson Can Take Next Step Toward Redemption Against Rafael Dos Anjos

    Rustam Khabilov was a good start. Last we saw Benson Henderson , the former lightweight champion snapped his streak of eight consecutive decision victories at June’s ...

    Chad Dundas Written by Chad Dundas about 6 months ago 4,195 reads 28 comments

  23. Scott Coker Is a Breath of Fresh Air for Bellator MMA

    The June appointment of Scott Coke r as president of Bellator MMA left many wondering what was in store for the Viacom-owned mixed martial arts company. There was plenty of optimism...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 6 months ago 4,341 reads 6 comments

  24. Eddie Alvarez and Donald Cerrone Could Have a Fight for the Ages at UFC 178

    For Eddie Alvarez , nearly two years of frustration and heartache ended in an all-out sprint. On Tuesday, Alvarez woke up the reigning Bellator lightweight champion...

    Chad Dundas Written by Chad Dundas about 6 months ago 8,855 reads 31 comments

  25. Michael Bisping Needs Impressive Win over Cung Le to Prove He Still Belongs

    Say this much for Michael Bisping : The man is a professional. From the outside looking in, it’d be easy to greet Bisping ’s latest assignment with one of the brash Brit’s trademark sneers...

    Chad Dundas Written by Chad Dundas about 6 months ago 4,620 reads 13 comments