1. UFC 179: Bleacher Report Main Card Staff Predictions

    After a short break from UFC action over the past couple of weeks, many of you may have started to experience withdrawal symptoms. But fear not—Saturday night’s UFC 179 from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, should take the edge off...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 1 day ago 14,195 reads 36 comments

  2. MMA Psychology: The Psychological Impact of Injury

    It should have come as no surprise when Anderson Silva recently opened up to Fanta stico about working with a psychologist to banish the “ghosts” of the horrific tibia-fibula fracture he suffered against Chris Weidman at UFC 168...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 4 days ago 6,743 reads 23 comments

  3. UFC Fight Night 54 Results: 3 Fights to Make for Rory MacDonald

    All the pressure was on Rory MacDonald at UFC Fight Night 54 on Saturday. Fighting in his own backyard against a relatively unheralded opponent in Tarec Saffiedine, and with a title ...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 20 days ago 12,356 reads 23 comments

  4. UFC 178 Results: 3 Fights to Make for Takeya Mizugaki

    Takeya Mizugaki finds himself in much the same place as Dustin Poirier right now. Both men are well inside the top 10, and both were simply outclassed by superior opposition at UFC 178 ...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 27 days ago 2,909 reads 5 comments

  5. UFC 178 Results: 3 Fights to Make for Dustin Poirier

    It was a short night for Dustin Poirier at UFC 178 . Even Conor McGregor probably expected the fight to go at least a couple more minutes...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 27 days ago 4,194 reads 5 comments

  6. UFC 178 Results: 3 Fights to Make for Chris Cariaso

    Chris Cariaso may have been outclassed by flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson at UFC 178 , but the 33-year-old still has plenty to offer the division...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 27 days ago 435 reads 2 comments

  7. UFC 178 Results: 3 Fights to Make for Demetrious Johnson

    Can Demetrious Johnson actually get any better? His bout with Chris Cariaso at UFC 178 was certainly a mismatch, but his victory was arguably even more emphatic than most expected...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 27 days ago 3,943 reads 3 comments

  8. Dominick Cruz: Fights for Him to Take Next? Only One Fight Makes Sense

    For Dominick Cruz , it would appear the hard part is over. Just making it into the cage at UFC 178 was a victory for the former bantamweight king...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 27 days ago 5,859 reads 20 comments

  9. Conor McGregor: Ricky Hatton or Naseem Hamed, Babyface or Heel?

    After dispatching Dustin Poirier inside of two minutes at UFC 178 , even Conor McGregor’s most cynical critics would have to concede that he has something a little bit special...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 27 days ago 7,381 reads 18 comments

  10. 5 Controversial but Justified Referee Stoppages

    It’s fair to say that MMA referees take their fair share of stick from both fans and media. As viewers, we have a tendency to underestimate just how difficult a referee’s ...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 1 month ago 2,524 reads 17 comments

  11. 5 Fights in Which Sportsmanship Turned to Farce

    We all love to see good sportsmanship in MMA . If nothing else, it helps dispel the still-prevalent notion that mixed martial artists are little more than boorish barroom brawlers...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 1 month ago 3,936 reads 7 comments

  12. UFC Fight Night 50: B/R Main Card Staff Predictions

    Throw a rock in any direction and you’re liable to hit an upcoming UFC event. This week is no different, my friends, with UFC Fight Night 50 coming to us from the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Ledyard, Connecticut...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 1 month ago 5,968 reads 37 comments

  13. 5 Teammate vs. Teammate MMA Fights We'd Love to See

    Within the context of combat sports, the concept of teams is virtually unique to MMA . Sure, there are plenty of professional kickboxers who come from the same gym, but the dynamic is vastly different...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 3 months ago 12,534 reads 82 comments

  14. Examining the Growth and Popularity of Women's Mixed Martial Arts

    It is uncontroversial to say that sport is a male-dominated enterprise at almost every level, from participation to consumption...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 3 months ago 13,021 reads 66 comments

  15. Ronda Rousey: Is the UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion the UFC's Biggest Star?

    Dana White isn ’t shy when it comes to making bold claims, but perhaps the most curious of his recent claims is his assertion that Ronda Rousey is the biggest star the UFC has ever seen...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 3 months ago 10,487 reads 91 comments

  16. UFC Fight Night 46: B/R Main Card Staff Predictions

    In front of a sold-out O2 Arena, the UFC will make its long-awaited return to Dublin, Ireland, with UFC Fight Night 46 this Saturday...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 3 months ago 9,000 reads 21 comments

  17. Examining the UFC's Strategy of Global Expansion and Media Negativity

    A great deal has been written about the UFC’s expansionist philosophy recently, much of it being negative. There’s nothing wrong with expressing a negative opinion, of course...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 3 months ago 8,177 reads 42 comments

  18. Benson Henderson vs. Rustam Khabilov: What We Learned from the Main Event

    UFC Fight Night 42’s main event between Benson Henderson and Rustam Khabilov was, in some ways, a contest between the old and the new...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 5 months ago 13,888 reads 87 comments

  19. UFC Fight Night 42: Bleacher Report Main Card Staff Predictions

    After enjoying a hectic, fight-filled weekend that included two UFC events in one day, we’re back to relative normalcy with just a single offering from the sport’s premier organisation, in the form of UFC Fight Night 42: Henderson vs...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 5 months ago 7,626 reads 9 comments

  20. UFC: Should Daniel Cormier Wait Around for a Title Shot?

    The landscape of mixed martial arts is constantly shifting. Changes, both big and small, occur with such frequency — and for myriad reasons — that one’s plans become little more than tentative hopes...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 5 months ago 2,904 reads 17 comments

  21. Ranking the Most Disappointing Fighters in UFC History

    Not every man or woman who steps inside the Octagon is going to be a success. Mixed martial arts is a zero-sum game, after all. For one fighter to win, another has to lose. There are no everyone-is-a-winner, Disney-style endings...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 5 months ago 60,487 reads 111 comments

  22. The 10 Most Controversial Judging Decisions in UFC History

    To say that mixed martial arts judging is one of the sport’s most pressing issues is about as uncontroversial a statement as one can make...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 5 months ago 24,231 reads 112 comments

  23. Cain Velasquez vs. Fabricio Werdum: Can 'Vai Cavalo' Pull off the Upset?

    When debating the merits of the latest challenger to Cain Velasquez’s heavyweight title, rarely do we entertain the possibility that the champion might actually lose...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 5 months ago 8,533 reads 58 comments

  24. UFC 173: Is Daniel Cormier vs. Dan Henderson as One-Sided as It Looks on Paper?

    Given all that Dan Henderson has accomplished in his mixed martial arts career, the notion that he could ever be out of his depth inside the cage is completely counterintuitive ...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 6 months ago 13,811 reads 75 comments

  25. Conor McGregor: Why Do MMA Fans Dislike Any Fighter with Personality?

    What is the secret to getting over with an audience? The clich éd notion that there is a thin line between love and hate carries an element of truth in the sporting world, but particularly in combat sports...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 6 months ago 8,335 reads 43 comments