1. Eddie Bravo vs. the Gracies: Is MMA's First Family Harming Its Reputation?

    Royce Gracie ’s place in MMA history is assured. Without his efforts at UFC 1, the current combat sports landscape would likely be almost unrecognizable...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 1 year ago 16,619 reads 56 comments

  2. Dan Henderson and the Best 40-Plus Fighters in MMA History

    It is often said that fighting is a young man’s game, but now and again a Benjamin Button-like figure will come along and defy conventional wisdom...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 1 year ago 20,026 reads 25 comments

  3. UFC vs. Bellator: Sorting out Who's Really Winning the Television Ratings Battle

    From the moment Viacom purchased Bellator MMA , comparisons to the late 1990s promotional war between WWE and WCW have rarely been in short supply...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 1 year ago 17,564 reads 29 comments

  4. No Cheering in the Press Room: Examining the MMA Media's Culture of Disinterest

    The decision to pursue a career as a member of the sports media requires certain sacrifices—your heart bleeds, I’m sure...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about over 1 year ago 4,006 reads 23 comments

  5. UFC 171: Examining the Future of Diego Sanchez and the Issue of Fighter Safety

    Having lost comfortably to Myles Jury at UFC 171 , the question facing Diego Sanchez is where should he go next? Stick around in any sport for long enough and the competition will eventually surpass you...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about over 1 year ago 8,582 reads 18 comments

  6. UFC 171 Results: Ranking the 5 Most Impressive Performances

    UFC 171 promised much and arguably exceeded all of our expectations. From top to bottom, the card delivered like few do...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about over 1 year ago 3,498 reads 11 comments

  7. UFC 171: Did Hector Lombard Do Enough to Earn a Title Shot?

    With Johny Hendricks vs. Robbie Lawler and Carlos Condit vs. Tyron Woodley gobbling up most of the column inches post UFC 171 , Hector Lombard ’s dominant win over Jake Shields has seemingly flown under the radar...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about over 1 year ago 3,663 reads 27 comments

  8. Tyron Woodley vs. Carlos Condit: Does an Injury Undermine a Win's Legitimacy?

    The unpredictable nature of mixed martial arts is part of the sport’s appeal, yet the abrupt end to UFC 171 ’s simmering co-main event between Tyron Woodley ...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about over 1 year ago 8,914 reads 67 comments

  9. 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 over 1 year ago 29,222 reads 39 comments

  10. 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 over 1 year ago 44,282 reads 55 comments

  11. 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 over 1 year ago 13,665 reads 27 comments

  12. 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 over 1 year ago 8,209 reads 59 comments

  13. 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 over 1 year ago 16,609 reads 20 comments

  14. 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 over 1 year ago 9,115 reads 68 comments

  15. 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 over 1 year ago 4,915 reads 11 comments

  16. 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 over 1 year ago 43,841 reads 54 comments

  17. 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 over 1 year ago 4,264 reads 21 comments

  18. 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 over 1 year ago 1,294 reads 7 comments

  19. 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 over 1 year ago 4,947 reads 22 comments

  20. 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 over 1 year ago 12,454 reads 10 comments

  21. 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 over 1 year ago 4,048 reads 11 comments

  22. 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 over 1 year ago 7,158 reads 67 comments

  23. 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 over 1 year ago 19,149 reads 71 comments

  24. 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 over 1 year ago 22,956 reads 52 comments

  25. 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 over 1 year ago 9,493 reads 13 comments