1. Religion and MMA: What Is the Function of Religious Faith in Mixed Martial Arts?

    It is an occasionally-lamented fact that religion and mixed martial arts—and sport generally—are seemingly intertwined. Wherever there is a sanctioned fist fight, expressions of religiosity are sure to be found...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 11 months ago 2,252 reads 88 comments

  2. Bellator MMA: Why Bellator's First Pay-Per-View Seems Destined to Fail

    The recent announcement of Bellator’s first pay-per-view event , featuring a main event between Quinton “Rampage" Jackson and Tito Ortiz on November 2, has generated plenty of debate over the past week or so...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 11 months ago 3,034 reads 9 comments

  3. UFC 163 Preview: Tom Watson vs. Thales Leites Head-to-Toe Breakdown

    With Jose Aldo and “The Korean Zombie” gobbling up most of the UFC 163 column inches, the underrated Tom “Kong” Watson vs. Thales Leites scrap has flown under the radar...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 11 months ago 809 reads 4 comments

  4. Nick Diaz and the 5 Sorest Losers in Mixed Martial Arts

    Being beaten into temporary oblivion in front of an audience of thousands entails not just physical pain but also the kind of ego-shattering mental pain that keeps psychiatrists in business...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 11 months ago 5,656 reads 30 comments

  5. UFC on Fox 8: Main Card Staff Predictions

    Perhaps it’s an indication of the fans’ general indifference toward the UFC’s flyweight division, but UFC on Fox 8 has flown under the radar...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 12 months ago 11,848 reads 13 comments

  6. MMA: The 6 Most Overused Phrases in Mixed Martial Arts

    Every sport has its own collection of phrases that have been uttered to the point of senselessness. And mixed martial arts is no different. Yes, MMA personalities are no less platitude-happy than the rest of the sporting world—perhaps more so...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 12 months ago 109,879 reads 207 comments

  7. Anderson Silva and the 10 Most Powerful Right Hands in MMA

    There are few more pleasing sights in MMA than a picture-perfect, one-punch knockout. Why do we derive so much pleasure from watching an individual being separated from his senses? ...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 1 year ago 21,620 reads 82 comments

  8. 5 Characteristics That Make Up the Worst MMA Fan Possible

    I love MMA fans. Heck, I’m a fan of MMA fans. Despite the sport’s stratospheric growth over the past decade, the fanbase has somehow retained its almost-cultish solidarity...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 1 year ago 10,278 reads 58 comments

  9. 5 Misconceptions MMA Fans Have About Professional Wrestling

    The connection between MMA and pro wrestling is something that most fans of mixed martial arts seem reluctant to acknowledge. As something of a masochist, I spend more time than I should reading comments sections of MMA websites...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 1 year ago 5,441 reads 54 comments

  10. Carlos Condit vs. Martin Kampmann: Head-to-Toe Breakdown

    Carlos Condit and Martin Kampmann will once again square off—in a rematch of their exceptional 2009 bout—when they clash in Indianapolis for the second UFC on Fox Sports 1 event...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 1 year ago 7,303 reads 26 comments

  11. The Science Underlying the Fighter's Chin: What Makes a Fighter Durable?

    For something that is so central to success in combat sports, there is a surprising paucity of information readily available on the particulars of what we colloquially refer to as the “chin” of a fighter...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 1 year ago 5,184 reads 19 comments

  12. Jon Jones' Toe and 7 MMA Injuries You'll Never Be Able to Unsee

    It is a curious fact about human psychology that we can’t help but gawp at the abnormal, even if it makes us want to regurgitate our lunch. And so it is with MMA injuries...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 1 year ago 14,557 reads 19 comments

  13. UFC 160: Bleacher Report Main Card Staff Predictions

    With UFC 160 fast approaching, it is once again time for us to engage in the thankless task of forecasting what will happen when trained killers engage in unarmed combat. It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 1 year ago 22,826 reads 39 comments

  14. Vitor Belfort and TRT: Technique or TRT? That's the Wrong Question

    With UFC on FX 8 now in the books , it is once again time to review the particulars of yet another Vitor Belfort knockout win...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 1 year ago 4,332 reads 36 comments

  15. Wanderlei Silva and 5 Fighters Whose Aggression Works Against Them

    As fans, we love to see aggression inside the cage. It is the singular guarantor of what we pay to see: action. But for fighters, aggression also goes hand-in-hand with risk...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 1 year ago 7,889 reads 18 comments

  16. Bellator: Why MMA's Second Largest Organisation Is Failing Our Fighters

    Why do we value the existence of an organisation like Bellator ? There are a variety of reasons, but two stand out as being of particular importance. The first, and perhaps most obvious, is that fans appreciate the content it provides...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 1 year ago 8,845 reads 35 comments

  17. UFC 159: Dispelling the Myth of Michael Bisping the Point Fighter

    As UFC 159 approaches, the myth that Michael Bisping has all the punching power of an atomweight suffering from muscular dystrophy continues unabated, reinforced by those who simply don’t know any better...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 1 year ago 927 reads 8 comments

  18. UFC on Fox 7: 5 Pointless Observations

    UFC on Fox 7 is now in the books and there is no shortage of important storylines to follow in the aftermath of last night’s entertainment. Will Daniel Cormier drop down to light heavyweight? Will T...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 1 year ago 2,033 reads 11 comments

  19. MMA: Debunking the Myth of the K-1 Level Striker in Mixed Martial Arts

    If there is a pugilistic hierarchy within MMA , the “K-1 level striker” is perceived to be at its pinnacle...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 1 year ago 3,738 reads 43 comments

  20. TUF Season 17 Finale: Bleacher Report Main Card Staff Predictions

    It has been an interesting week in the world of MMA . From Matt Mitrione making a less-than eloquent contribution to the Fallon Fox debate to Frank Mir threatening to vivisect Daniel Cormier, talking points have not been in short supply...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 1 year ago 22,140 reads 46 comments

  21. Matt Mitrione: Why the UFC Was Right to Suspend Him for Transphobic Comments

    According to a statement released by Zuffa earlier tonight , UFC heavyweight Matt Mitrione has been suspended by the organization for “ transphobic comments” about transgender fighter Fallon Fox on the MMA Hour ...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about over 1 year ago 14,644 reads 377 comments

  22. Mixed Martial Arts, Marijuana and the Problem with Current Drug Testing Policy

    Marijuana and its status as a performance-enhancing drug ( PED ) has long been a contentious issue in sport generally, but particularly in combat sports...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about over 1 year ago 1,321 reads 9 comments

  23. Fallon Fox and the Culture of Ignorance: A Response to Controversy

    As many of you are no doubt aware, I recently posted an article that explored what I deem to be ignorance surrounding the Fallon Fox story...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about over 1 year ago 6,647 reads 178 comments

  24. Fallon Fox and the Culture of Ignorance Within MMA

    If you have even a passing interest in the day-to-day happenings in mixed martial arts, you have no doubt heard about Fallon Fox , MMA ’s first transgender athlete. The story has been discussed ad nauseam over the past ten days or so...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about over 1 year ago 13,151 reads 262 comments

  25. Georges St-Pierre, Johny Hendricks and the Oversimplification of MMA

    So, UFC 158 is now in the books. Many long-lingering questions were answered, but perhaps even more were raised...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about over 1 year ago 2,361 reads 10 comments