1. 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 1 month ago 13,698 reads 86 comments

  2. 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 1 month ago 7,544 reads 9 comments

  3. 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 1 month ago 2,835 reads 17 comments

  4. 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 1 month ago 56,201 reads 110 comments

  5. 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 1 month ago 23,483 reads 112 comments

  6. 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 1 month ago 7,868 reads 56 comments

  7. 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 2 months ago 13,639 reads 75 comments

  8. 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 2 months ago 7,920 reads 43 comments

  9. UFC 172: Bleacher Report Main Card Staff Predictions

    Mixed martial arts fans have barely had time to take a breath over the past couple of weeks with the UFC’s relentless schedule picking up steam...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 3 months ago 46,750 reads 53 comments

  10. Eddie Bravo vs. the Gracies: Is MMA's First Family Harming Its Reputation?

    Royce Gracie ’s place in MMA history is assured. Without his efforts at UFC 1, the current combat sports landscape would likely be almost unrecognizable...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 3 months ago 15,920 reads 56 comments

  11. Dan Henderson and the Best 40-Plus Fighters in MMA History

    It is often said that fighting is a young man’s game, but now and again a Benjamin Button-like figure will come along and defy conventional wisdom...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 3 months ago 19,677 reads 25 comments

  12. UFC vs. Bellator: Sorting out Who's Really Winning the Television Ratings Battle

    From the moment Viacom purchased Bellator MMA , comparisons to the late 1990s promotional war between WWE and WCW have rarely been in short supply...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 3 months ago 13,567 reads 29 comments

  13. No Cheering in the Press Room: Examining the MMA Media's Culture of Disinterest

    The decision to pursue a career as a member of the sports media requires certain sacrifices—your heart bleeds, I’m sure...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 4 months ago 3,869 reads 23 comments

  14. UFC 171: Examining the Future of Diego Sanchez and the Issue of Fighter Safety

    Having lost comfortably to Myles Jury at UFC 171 , the question facing Diego Sanchez is where should he go next? Stick around in any sport for long enough and the competition will eventually surpass you...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 4 months ago 8,151 reads 18 comments

  15. UFC 171 Results: Ranking the 5 Most Impressive Performances

    UFC 171 promised much and arguably exceeded all of our expectations. From top to bottom, the card delivered like few do...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 4 months ago 3,366 reads 11 comments

  16. UFC 171: Did Hector Lombard Do Enough to Earn a Title Shot?

    With Johny Hendricks vs. Robbie Lawler and Carlos Condit vs. Tyron Woodley gobbling up most of the column inches post UFC 171 , Hector Lombard ’s dominant win over Jake Shields has seemingly flown under the radar...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 4 months ago 3,382 reads 27 comments

  17. Tyron Woodley vs. Carlos Condit: Does an Injury Undermine a Win's Legitimacy?

    The unpredictable nature of mixed martial arts is part of the sport’s appeal, yet the abrupt end to UFC 171 ’s simmering co-main event between Tyron Woodley ...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 4 months ago 8,680 reads 67 comments

  18. UFC 171: Bleacher Report Main Card Staff Predictions

    For the first time in almost six years, the UFC will crown a new welterweight champion at UFC 171 , with Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler facing off to determine who will succeed Georges St-Pierre...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 4 months ago 29,043 reads 39 comments

  19. Johny Hendricks, Robbie Lawler and the Best Knockout Artists in the UFC Today

    What makes a knockout artist? KOs in mixed martial arts are 10 a penny, so lists such as these can’t be entirely result-based. Consider Michael Bisping, if you will...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 4 months ago 43,425 reads 55 comments

  20. MMA Psychology: The Psychology of Losing in Mixed Martial Arts

    “Winning isn't everything; it’s the only thing.” The above quote, often attributed to the great Vince Lombardi, is a distillation of the competitive athlete’s major ethos...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 4 months ago 13,031 reads 27 comments

  21. UFC 170: Why the Concept of "Intelligent Defense" Must Be Re-Evaluated

    Another UFC event, another refereeing controversy . This recurring issue has become painfully predictable in recent times, with the unfortunate result of, once again, shifting our focus away from the fighters and onto the officials...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 5 months ago 8,055 reads 59 comments

  22. Rashad Evans and the Most Injury-Prone Fighters in the UFC Right Now

    When news recently broke on ESPN that Rashad Evans had pulled out of his UFC 170 bout with Daniel Cormier, expressions of surprise within the MMA community were rarer than unicorn sightings...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 5 months ago 15,946 reads 21 comments

  23. Dana White: The UFC President Is a Race Car in the Red

    I have often stated that UFC president Dana White is as close to an indispensable figure as we have in mixed martial arts. However, his recent behaviour should perhaps be cause for concern for anyone who values White’s contribution to the sport...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 5 months ago 8,814 reads 69 comments

  24. Dana White: Weidman vs. Belfort in Las Vegas, Confident Belfort Gets Licensed

    If you were anticipating problems for Vitor Belfort getting licensed to fight in Nevada, you may want to re-evaluate your position. UFC President Dana White appears convinced that the Brazilian will stroll through the licensing process...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 5 months ago 4,741 reads 11 comments

  25. UFC 169: Bleacher Report Main Card Staff Predictions

    It’s Super Bowl weekend, and I’m told that’s significant in the United States. I’m in Scotland where we’re too busy tossing cabers and eating haggis, ...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 5 months ago 43,687 reads 54 comments