1. 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 12 months ago 6,698 reads 68 comments

  2. 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 12 months ago 19,084 reads 71 comments

  3. 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 1 year ago 22,928 reads 52 comments

  4. 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 1 year ago 9,437 reads 13 comments

  5. 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 1 year ago 733 reads 0 comments

  6. 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 1 year ago 25,557 reads 27 comments

  7. 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 1 year ago 2,092 reads 8 comments

  8. 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 1 year ago 6,718 reads 20 comments

  9. 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 1 year ago 34,613 reads 40 comments

  10. 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 1 year ago 3,193 reads 13 comments

  11. 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 1 year ago 979 reads 6 comments

  12. 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 1 year ago 17,768 reads 46 comments

  13. 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 1 year ago 15,816 reads 114 comments

  14. 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 1 year ago 9,732 reads 19 comments

  15. 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 1 year ago 7,439 reads 16 comments

  16. 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 1 year ago 16,391 reads 85 comments

  17. 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 1 year ago 6,209 reads 20 comments

  18. 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 1 year ago 13,566 reads 49 comments

  19. 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 1 year ago 4,544 reads 11 comments

  20. 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 1 year ago 23,487 reads 16 comments

  21. 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 1 year ago 2,516 reads 88 comments

  22. 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 over 1 year ago 3,267 reads 9 comments

  23. 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 over 1 year ago 887 reads 4 comments

  24. 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 over 1 year ago 5,948 reads 30 comments

  25. 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 over 1 year ago 11,910 reads 13 comments