1. 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 6 months ago 29,112 reads 39 comments

  2. 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 6 months ago 43,754 reads 55 comments

  3. 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 7 months ago 13,291 reads 27 comments

  4. 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 7 months ago 8,130 reads 59 comments

  5. 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 7 months ago 16,144 reads 21 comments

  6. 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 7 months ago 8,960 reads 69 comments

  7. 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 7 months ago 4,810 reads 11 comments

  8. 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 8 months ago 43,741 reads 54 comments

  9. 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 8 months ago 4,198 reads 21 comments

  10. 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 8 months ago 1,223 reads 7 comments

  11. 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 9 months ago 4,907 reads 22 comments

  12. 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 9 months ago 12,436 reads 10 comments

  13. 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 10 months ago 3,916 reads 11 comments

  14. 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 10 months ago 6,409 reads 68 comments

  15. 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 10 months ago 19,003 reads 71 comments

  16. 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 10 months ago 22,815 reads 52 comments

  17. 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 10 months ago 9,342 reads 13 comments

  18. 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 10 months ago 701 reads 0 comments

  19. 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 10 months ago 25,511 reads 27 comments

  20. 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 10 months ago 1,974 reads 8 comments

  21. 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 11 months ago 6,695 reads 20 comments

  22. 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 11 months ago 34,506 reads 40 comments

  23. 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 11 months ago 3,159 reads 13 comments

  24. 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 11 months ago 926 reads 6 comments

  25. 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 11 months ago 17,401 reads 46 comments