1. 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 11 months ago 1,990 reads 8 comments

  2. 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 6,698 reads 20 comments

  3. 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 34,520 reads 40 comments

  4. 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 3,162 reads 13 comments

  5. 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 931 reads 6 comments

  6. 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 12 months ago 17,451 reads 46 comments

  7. 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 12 months ago 15,708 reads 114 comments

  8. 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 12 months ago 9,547 reads 19 comments

  9. 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 12 months ago 7,219 reads 16 comments

  10. 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 12 months ago 16,344 reads 85 comments

  11. 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 12 months ago 6,175 reads 20 comments

  12. 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 13,522 reads 49 comments

  13. 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 4,526 reads 11 comments

  14. 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 23,230 reads 16 comments

  15. 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 2,401 reads 88 comments

  16. 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 1 year ago 3,161 reads 9 comments

  17. 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 1 year ago 858 reads 4 comments

  18. 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 1 year ago 5,825 reads 30 comments

  19. 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 1 year ago 11,889 reads 13 comments

  20. 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 1 year ago 110,058 reads 207 comments

  21. 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 21,724 reads 82 comments

  22. 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 over 1 year ago 10,386 reads 58 comments

  23. 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 over 1 year ago 6,102 reads 54 comments

  24. 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 over 1 year ago 7,341 reads 26 comments

  25. 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 over 1 year ago 5,509 reads 19 comments