1. Bjorn Rebney: Examining the Bellator CEO's Plumetting Popularity

    Mixed martial arts fans don’t like Bjorn Rebney . Let’s not finesse the issue. Of all the follicly challenged MMA promoters out there, the Bellator CEO is unarguably the least popular...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 5 months ago 4,085 reads 21 comments

  2. Keith Kizer's Resignation: A Positive Step for Combat Sports

    Departures, mortal or otherwise, are often followed by overly saccharine eulogies that do not necessarily reflect reality...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 6 months ago 1,173 reads 7 comments

  3. How Is 2014 Shaping Up for the UFC?

    It would be a slight understatement to say the UFC’s 2013 has been an improvement over the organisation’s disastrous 2012...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 7 months ago 4,845 reads 22 comments

  4. UFC on Fox 9: Bleacher Report Main Card Staff Predictions

    We were all heartbroken when news broke that we would be deprived of Matt Brown vs. Carlos Condit at UFC on Fox 9 . Fortunately, Saturday night boasts one of the few cards deep enough to retain fan interest after such a monumental loss...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 7 months ago 12,387 reads 10 comments

  5. UFC on Fox 9: Urijah Faber vs. Michael McDonald Head-to-Toe Breakdown

    UFC on Fox 9 is brimming over with must-see matchups, but Urijah Faber vs. Michael McDonald might just be the pick of the bunch. Certainly, the heartbreaking cancellation of Carlos Condit vs...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 7 months ago 3,827 reads 11 comments

  6. UFC: Abandoning the 10-Point Must System Is More Complicated Than You Think

    Should the UFC abandon the 10-Point Must System? The question has become almost redundant at this point. The current scoring system has been so thoroughly discredited in mixed martial arts that change seems inevitable...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 7 months ago 6,093 reads 68 comments

  7. Friend-on-Friend Violence: 5 Fights the Fighters Refused That Fans Wanted to See

    Like all sports, MMA has its own collection of talking points that seem to exist in perpetuity, but arguably the most divisive issue surrounds the teammate vs. teammate debate...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 8 months ago 18,851 reads 71 comments

  8. UFC 167 Results: The Curious Case of Rory MacDonald

    How does someone go from being one of the most exciting prospects in mixed martial arts to a middling fighter who seems terrified to pull the trigger? Rory MacDonald completed said transformation at UFC 167 in his loss to Robbie Lawler ...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 8 months ago 22,704 reads 52 comments

  9. St-Pierre vs. Hendricks: Wrestling Was Indeed the Key to the Fight

    Heading into UFC 167 ’s main event between Georges St-Pierre and Johny Hendricks, arguably the most prominent talking point surrounded the question of which fighter would hold the wrestling advantage...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 8 months ago 9,244 reads 13 comments

  10. UFC 167: Which Fight Stole the Show?

    In terms of pure entertainment value, UFC 167 arguably fell just short of the standard set by UFC 166. Then again, The Godfather 2 was marginally inferior to The Godfather, but that doesn ’t make the former any less of a masterpiece...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 8 months ago 656 reads 0 comments

  11. UFC 167 Results: What's Next for the Winners

    It felt like a special show. Maybe it was an illusion created by all the pre-fight pageantry in celebration of the UFC’s 20th anniversary, but UFC 167 felt special. Sure, the production was almost entirely unchanged...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 8 months ago 25,443 reads 27 comments

  12. UFC: How Much Is Too Much? Why UFC's Ambitious Schedule Is Good for the Sport

    You can get too much of a good thing. Try listening to your favourite song on a loop for a few days or eating your favourite meal every day for a couple of months, and you’ll eventually begin to appreciate the value of novelty...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 8 months ago 1,862 reads 8 comments

  13. UFC Fight for the Troops 3: Bleacher Report Main Card Staff Predictions

    If you’re the type who thinks that there is too much MMA on television, this week’s UFC schedule likely has you banging your head against the wall in frustration...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 8 months ago 6,670 reads 20 comments

  14. Tito Ortiz and the 3 Most Tired Acts in Mixed Martial Arts

    The well-known phrase “jump the shark” is often used to describe someone or something that has lost its initial appeal—the phrase itself has arguably jumped the shark at this point...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 8 months ago 34,358 reads 40 comments

  15. Ultimate Fight Night 30: Examining the State of the UFC's British Invasion

    Having completed yet another increasingly reluctant trip to the UK for Ultimate Fight Night 30 , it’s time to once again examine the UFC’s commitment to establishing its brand in ol’ Blighty...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 8 months ago 3,097 reads 13 comments

  16. Frankie Leal: Are Boxing Fans Complicit in the Sport's Tragedies?

    Tragedy is not new to boxing. It is the inevitable consequence of a sport that revolves around determining who most excels at damaging another person’s brain...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 9 months ago 892 reads 6 comments

  17. Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos: Positives and Negatives for Both Fighters

    Another weekend, another terrific UFC event. Dana White and Co. are on a roll and UFC 166 did nothing to halt the organisation’s momentum...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 9 months ago 17,039 reads 46 comments

  18. UFC 166: Is Daniel Cormier a Legitimate Threat to Jon Jones?

    It seems like only last week we were lamenting the chronic lack of depth in the UFC’s light heavyweight division...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 9 months ago 15,556 reads 114 comments

  19. Cain Velasquez and Fedor Emelianenko: Examining the GOAT Question

    In light of the promotion for UFC 166 ’s main event between Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos, it is perhaps unsurprising that the most prominent talking point to emerge ...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 9 months ago 9,032 reads 19 comments

  20. Cain Velasquez vs. Junior Dos Santos 3: What Went Wrong for the Challenger?

    The third chapter in the Cain Velasquez -Junior dos Santos saga came to a close last night at UFC 166 in Houston, Texas...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 9 months ago 6,966 reads 16 comments

  21. UFC 166: 5 Bold Predictions for Fight Night

    The UFC’s end of year schedule for 2013 boasts some of the most stacked events in recent memory. This Saturday’s UFC 166 card, from the Toyota Center in Houston, is no exception...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 9 months ago 16,262 reads 85 comments

  22. UFC 166: 3 Questions We Have About Cain Velasquez

    Cain Velasquez is the most dominant heavyweight on the planet. Lofty though that distinction may be, it fails to capture just how good the UFC heavyweight champion is...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 9 months ago 6,097 reads 21 comments

  23. UFC 165: Bleacher Report Main Card Staff Predictions

    There are good times ahead. I hope you’ve been saving your pennies, folks, because UFC 165 is the first of a string of stacked UFC pay-per-views on the horizon. Go break open your piggy banks...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 10 months ago 13,461 reads 49 comments

  24. Ultimate Fight Night 28: Main Card Staff Predictions

    If the rumours about ticket sales are to be believed, Ultimate Fight Night 28 won’t be pulling in the punters. Still, don’t let that put you off...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 10 months ago 4,502 reads 11 comments

  25. UFC: The 5 Greatest Staredowns in UFC History

    The staredown offers a glimpse into the minds of two fighters who are about to compete inside the cage. It gives us a chance to assess where they are at mentally and gauge the authenticity ...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 11 months ago 22,869 reads 16 comments