1. 1 Thing Every Contender Must Improve Before Winning a Title

    Top contenders fly by the few. Given the chance to ascend their respective divisions in an effort to hoist UFC gold, these select competitors are often thrown to the wolves...

    Dan Hiergesell Written by Dan Hiergesell about 10 months ago 5,080 reads 21 comments

  2. MMA Fighters Who Never Got Over the Hump

    Maintaining acceleration in today's MMA is as difficult as pushing a car up a steep hill. You can try all you want, but you just can't quite get it over the hump...

    Dan Hiergesell Written by Dan Hiergesell about 10 months ago 8,083 reads 19 comments

  3. The 5 Biggest 'Just Bleed' Fighters in MMA Right Now

    The range of fighters in mixed martial arts is a wildly diverse one. However, throughout a variety of disciplines, talents and game plans, the highly exclusive "Just Bleed" clique truly stands out...

    Dan Hiergesell Written by Dan Hiergesell about 10 months ago 15,554 reads 20 comments

  4. Superheroes, Villains and Mercenaries of the UFC

    Superman has his strength. Batman has his intelligence. The Flash has his speed. As part of a world whose inhabitants possess superhuman capabilities and take part in a timeless battle between good and evil, these heroes need their powers...

    Dan Hiergesell Written by Dan Hiergesell about 10 months ago 26,249 reads 95 comments

  5. UFC Rookies with the Highest Ceilings

    Like in any sport, mixed martial arts' progression is fueled by a regular injection of young talent. While the UFC's mainstream popularity is established by the promotion's lionized ...

    Dan Hiergesell Written by Dan Hiergesell about 10 months ago 4,439 reads 5 comments

  6. The 5 Most Offensive-Minded Fighters in MMA Today

    Offense sells. In a world that incorporates defensive head movement, foot work and well-scripted transitions, there's just no escaping a formidable faction of strikes and finishes...

    Dan Hiergesell Written by Dan Hiergesell about 10 months ago 12,537 reads 62 comments

  7. 5 UFC Fighters Losing Their Popularity

    Success in today's mixed martial arts is often driven by popularity contests. Each divisional landscape is fueled by ticket sales, international marketability and overall notoriety, especially in a promotion as prolific as the UFC...

    Dan Hiergesell Written by Dan Hiergesell about 10 months ago 75,123 reads 60 comments

  8. 5 Biggest Fights for Conor McGregor Across 2 Divisions

    Conor McGregor is getting more attention in mixed martial arts these days than Chewbacca does at Comic Con. In the midst of one of the more memorable divisional ascends in UFC history, the unflappable featherweight has flourished among his peers...

    Dan Hiergesell Written by Dan Hiergesell about 11 months ago 29,118 reads 163 comments

  9. 5 UFC Fighters Gaining in Popularity

    Popularity is a double-edged sword in today's mixed martial arts. It has the power to launch a fighter's career in the presence of masterful win streaks and memorable finishes but ...

    Dan Hiergesell Written by Dan Hiergesell about 11 months ago 22,369 reads 20 comments

  10. Why the UFC Should Book Conor McGregor vs. the Korean Zombie

    It's becoming more and more apparent that Irish sensation Conor McGregor is on his way to becoming the biggest superstar in mixed martial arts...

    Dan Hiergesell Written by Dan Hiergesell about 11 months ago 7,855 reads 61 comments

  11. The Most Interesting Fighter in Each Division, Outside of the Champion

    Each UFC division is an intricate weave consisting of varying entities of all shapes and sizes. From positioned top contenders to rising superstars, crafty veterans to exciting rookies, ...

    Dan Hiergesell Written by Dan Hiergesell about 11 months ago 20,633 reads 54 comments

  12. 7 Unused Fighter Nicknames Someone Needs to Claim Today

    Nicknames are a thing of the past, present and future. They often tell a tall tale of overcoming adversity and displaying perfection. More importantly, they encompass the mentality of their owners...

    Dan Hiergesell Written by Dan Hiergesell about 11 months ago 13,262 reads 44 comments

  13. 5 Rising UFC Fighters Who Need a Real Test in Their Next Fight

    Made up of world-class prospects, standouts from The Ultimate Fighter , high-profile acquisitions and budding superstars, the UFC's future stockpile of main eventers has arguably never looked more fruitful...

    Dan Hiergesell Written by Dan Hiergesell about 11 months ago 28,371 reads 39 comments

  14. Donald Cerrone vs. Eddie Alvarez: Keys to Victory for Each Fighter

    Is it fair that Eddie Alvarez will make his promotional debut this Saturday at UFC 178 against resurgent lightweight contender Donald Cerrone? Maybe not, but it doesn't really matter...

    Dan Hiergesell Written by Dan Hiergesell about 11 months ago 688 reads 0 comments

  15. Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier: Keys to Victory for Each Fighter

    As part of one of the more highly anticipated matchups of the year, wily veteran Dustin Poirier will attempt to derail the runaway train that is Irish phenom Conor McGregor ...

    Dan Hiergesell Written by Dan Hiergesell about 11 months ago 6,508 reads 8 comments

  16. Demetrious Johnson vs. Chris Cariaso: Keys to Victory for Each Fighter

    UFC 178 may be missing a Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier grudge match, but it still has Demetrious Johnson...

    Dan Hiergesell Written by Dan Hiergesell about 11 months ago 1,310 reads 3 comments

  17. 5 Fights We'd Love to See If Weight Classes Weren't a Thing

    Ever wonder how one UFC champion would fare against another? Ever ponder the idea of a battle of the sexes? Of course you have, and that's perfectly natural...

    Dan Hiergesell Written by Dan Hiergesell about 11 months ago 24,686 reads 89 comments

  18. The Second-Best Fighter in Every UFC Weight Class

    With the deepest and most talent-rich divisions in the game today, the UFC is overrun with deserving title contenders...

    Dan Hiergesell Written by Dan Hiergesell about 11 months ago 12,594 reads 65 comments

  19. Eddie Alvarez vs. Donald Cerrone: A Full Head-to-Toe Breakdown

    With one of the best 155-pound resumes around, former Bellator kingpin Eddie Alvarez stands as the best divisional addition since Gilbert Melendez came over from Strikeforce...

    Dan Hiergesell Written by Dan Hiergesell about 11 months ago 2,758 reads 9 comments

  20. 5 UFC Stars Who Will Take a Step Back in 2015

    Every year, the UFC sees a handful of fighters take flight and soar. Whether through an inevitable title shot, an illustrious winning streak or plain old good fights, these standouts often reinvigorate a division...

    Dan Hiergesell Written by Dan Hiergesell about 11 months ago 4,035 reads 12 comments

  21. 9 UFC Fighters on the Cusp of Breaking Out

    Fighters break out all the time. Sometimes, they pan out; other times, they come up short. But whatever the outcome may be, the process of breaking out is not one full of sunshine and sugarplums...

    Dan Hiergesell Written by Dan Hiergesell about 11 months ago 8,082 reads 45 comments

  22. 8 UFC Fighters Who Deserve to Be Higher Up the Official Rankings

    Rankings are just a bunch of numbers, right? While that may be an actuality, rankings often serve as an index for each and every divisional map...

    Dan Hiergesell Written by Dan Hiergesell about 12 months ago 8,443 reads 25 comments

  23. Mark Hunt vs. Roy Nelson: A Full Head-to-Toe Breakdown

    On paper, Mark Hunt vs. Roy Nelson resembles a heavyweight death match between an armed nuclear warhead and The Hulk...

    Dan Hiergesell Written by Dan Hiergesell about 12 months ago 4,959 reads 39 comments

  24. 6 Most Anticipated MMA Fights of 2015

    Mixed martial arts is one of the only sports in the world that offers month-to-month action. No offseason, no lockouts, nothing. Instead, MMA allows its fans to marvel in its unpredictability and unscripted madness 12 months out of the year...

    Dan Hiergesell Written by Dan Hiergesell about 12 months ago 65,260 reads 46 comments

  25. Lyoto Machida vs. C.B. Dollaway in Talks for December Bout

    As one of the quickest-growing divisions in the UFC today, the middleweight crop heap just got a little more interesting...

    Dan Hiergesell Written by Dan Hiergesell about 12 months ago 8,891 reads 41 comments