1. 5 Controversial but Justified Referee Stoppages

    It’s fair to say that MMA referees take their fair share of stick from both fans and media. As viewers, we have a tendency to underestimate just how difficult a referee’s ...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 5 days ago 2,371 reads 17 comments

  2. 5 Fights in Which Sportsmanship Turned to Farce

    We all love to see good sportsmanship in MMA . If nothing else, it helps dispel the still-prevalent notion that mixed martial artists are little more than boorish barroom brawlers...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 6 days ago 3,812 reads 6 comments

  3. UFC Fight Night 50: B/R Main Card Staff Predictions

    Throw a rock in any direction and you’re liable to hit an upcoming UFC event. This week is no different, my friends, with UFC Fight Night 50 coming to us from the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Ledyard, Connecticut...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 19 days ago 5,933 reads 37 comments

  4. 5 Teammate vs. Teammate MMA Fights We'd Love to See

    Within the context of combat sports, the concept of teams is virtually unique to MMA . Sure, there are plenty of professional kickboxers who come from the same gym, but the dynamic is vastly different...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 1 month ago 12,514 reads 82 comments

  5. Examining the Growth and Popularity of Women's Mixed Martial Arts

    It is uncontroversial to say that sport is a male-dominated enterprise at almost every level, from participation to consumption...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 1 month ago 12,842 reads 66 comments

  6. Ronda Rousey: Is the UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion the UFC's Biggest Star?

    Dana White isn ’t shy when it comes to making bold claims, but perhaps the most curious of his recent claims is his assertion that Ronda Rousey is the biggest star the UFC has ever seen...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 2 months ago 10,383 reads 91 comments

  7. UFC Fight Night 46: B/R Main Card Staff Predictions

    In front of a sold-out O2 Arena, the UFC will make its long-awaited return to Dublin, Ireland, with UFC Fight Night 46 this Saturday...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 2 months ago 8,978 reads 21 comments

  8. Examining the UFC's Strategy of Global Expansion and Media Negativity

    A great deal has been written about the UFC’s expansionist philosophy recently, much of it being negative. There’s nothing wrong with expressing a negative opinion, of course...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 2 months ago 8,132 reads 42 comments

  9. Benson Henderson vs. Rustam Khabilov: What We Learned from the Main Event

    UFC Fight Night 42’s main event between Benson Henderson and Rustam Khabilov was, in some ways, a contest between the old and the new...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 4 months ago 13,866 reads 87 comments

  10. UFC Fight Night 42: Bleacher Report Main Card Staff Predictions

    After enjoying a hectic, fight-filled weekend that included two UFC events in one day, we’re back to relative normalcy with just a single offering from the sport’s premier organisation, in the form of UFC Fight Night 42: Henderson vs...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 4 months ago 7,610 reads 9 comments

  11. UFC: Should Daniel Cormier Wait Around for a Title Shot?

    The landscape of mixed martial arts is constantly shifting. Changes, both big and small, occur with such frequency — and for myriad reasons — that one’s plans become little more than tentative hopes...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 4 months ago 2,897 reads 17 comments

  12. Ranking the Most Disappointing Fighters in UFC History

    Not every man or woman who steps inside the Octagon is going to be a success. Mixed martial arts is a zero-sum game, after all. For one fighter to win, another has to lose. There are no everyone-is-a-winner, Disney-style endings...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 4 months ago 60,429 reads 111 comments

  13. The 10 Most Controversial Judging Decisions in UFC History

    To say that mixed martial arts judging is one of the sport’s most pressing issues is about as uncontroversial a statement as one can make...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 4 months ago 23,961 reads 112 comments

  14. Cain Velasquez vs. Fabricio Werdum: Can 'Vai Cavalo' Pull off the Upset?

    When debating the merits of the latest challenger to Cain Velasquez’s heavyweight title, rarely do we entertain the possibility that the champion might actually lose...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 4 months ago 8,420 reads 58 comments

  15. UFC 173: Is Daniel Cormier vs. Dan Henderson as One-Sided as It Looks on Paper?

    Given all that Dan Henderson has accomplished in his mixed martial arts career, the notion that he could ever be out of his depth inside the cage is completely counterintuitive ...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 5 months ago 13,785 reads 75 comments

  16. Conor McGregor: Why Do MMA Fans Dislike Any Fighter with Personality?

    What is the secret to getting over with an audience? The clich éd notion that there is a thin line between love and hate carries an element of truth in the sporting world, but particularly in combat sports...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 5 months ago 8,148 reads 43 comments

  17. UFC 172: Bleacher Report Main Card Staff Predictions

    Mixed martial arts fans have barely had time to take a breath over the past couple of weeks with the UFC’s relentless schedule picking up steam...

    James MacDonald Written by James MacDonald about 5 months ago 46,813 reads 52 comments

  18. 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 6 months ago 16,156 reads 56 comments

  19. 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 6 months ago 19,811 reads 25 comments

  20. 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 6 months ago 15,547 reads 29 comments

  21. 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 6 months ago 3,935 reads 23 comments

  22. 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 6 months ago 8,297 reads 18 comments

  23. 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 6 months ago 3,402 reads 11 comments

  24. 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 6 months ago 3,464 reads 27 comments

  25. 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 6 months ago 8,772 reads 67 comments