1. MMA: Top 10 Welterweights (Part II of IV), Second Quarter 2008

    This is part two of a five part series examining the best fighters in the world at each weight class. This part covers the welterweight class that has a limit of 170 pounds.I will update the rankings on a quarterly basis...

    Derek Bolender Written by Derek Bolender about 6 years ago 27 reads 26 comments

  2. MMA: Top 10 Lightweights (Part 1 of 5) - 2nd Quarter 2008

    This is part one of a five part series examining the best fighters in the world at each weight class. This part covers the lightweight class that has a limit of 155 pounds. I will update the rankings on a quarterly basis...

    Derek Bolender Written by Derek Bolender about 6 years ago 896 reads 12 comments

  3. UFC Light Heavyweight Championship: Don't You Dare Count Out Forrest Griffin

    Forrest Griffin will once again be a heavy underdog in a marquee fight when he takes on Quinton “Rampage” Jackson for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship at UFC 86 on July 5, 2008...

    Derek Bolender Written by Derek Bolender about 6 years ago 1,338 reads 25 comments

  4. MMA: Get to Know the Fastest Growing Sport in America

    I was recently contacted by a fellow Bleacher Report writer named Jeffrey Klein about the sport of MMA. Jeffrey ran across an article on the front page that I had written about an upcoming MMA fight...

    Derek Bolender Written by Derek Bolender about 6 years ago 3,785 reads 39 comments

  5. UFC: How Brandon Vera Will Become the Next Heavyweight Champion

    Brandon “The Truth” Vera has nowhere to go but up after being dominated in his last fight, against Tim Sylvia at UFC 77...

    Derek Bolender Written by Derek Bolender about 6 years ago 1,937 reads 36 comments

  6. UFC: The Best Yet to Come for "Shogun" Rua?

    When PRIDE was purchased by Zuffa, LLC, in 2007 the biggest asset acquired by the UFC was Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. “Shogun” is the Japanese word for general...

    Derek Bolender Written by Derek Bolender about 6 years ago 1,871 reads 20 comments

  7. UFC Commentators: Love Em' or Love To Hate Em'?

    One of the reasons the talks between the UFC and HBO were called off in late 2007 was because HBO wanted control over the production of events. This included control over the broadcasts. The UFC said no thanks and both parties went their separate ways..

    Derek Bolender Written by Derek Bolender about 6 years ago 4,113 reads 21 comments

  8. MMA Preview: WEC Featherweight Champ Urijah Faber vs. Jens Pulver

    On June 1 in Sacramento, Calif. at the Arco Arena, the WEC will put on arguably their best production yet in WEC 34: “Faber vs. Pulver.” This will be a big night for the Zuffa, LLC owned WEC (Zuffa is also the parent company of the UFC)...

    Derek Bolender Written by Derek Bolender about 6 years ago 4,042 reads 24 comments

  9. MMA: Fedor Emelianenko Out To Prove He's Still King

    When Mark Hunt was defeated via first round submission on Dec. 31, 2006 at PRIDE Shockwave 2006 event it was yet another feather in the cap of PRIDE Heavyweight Champion Fedor Emelianenko...

    Derek Bolender Written by Derek Bolender about 6 years ago 2,456 reads 11 comments

  10. UFC: Frank Mir Likely On Deck For Antonio Rodrigo “Big Nog” Nogueira

    Antonio Rodrigo “Big Nog” Nogueira, the UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion, has not fought since February 2008 at UFC 81...

    Derek Bolender Written by Derek Bolender about 6 years ago 1,910 reads 14 comments

  11. Memo to UFC's Anderson Silva: Give It Up Already

    Anderson Silva, the UFC Middleweight Champion, cannot seem to let the idea of fighting Roy Jones Jr. slip his mind. The idea was cultivated by Silva and his manager Ed Soares after his submission victory over Dan Henderson at UFC 82...

    Derek Bolender Written by Derek Bolender about 6 years ago 1,640 reads 20 comments

  12. UFC Fighters: Who Has The Best Entrance?

    I would like to come clean about watching UFC fights. I look forward to the fighter entrances and the entrance music as much as the actual fights. I don’t think I’m alone with that admission...

    Derek Bolender Written by Derek Bolender about 6 years ago 200 reads 22 comments

  13. UFC: Chuck Liddell vs. Mauricio Shogun Fight Still Likely

    A battle between two of the best 205 pound MMA fighters on the planet is back in the mix. In a recent interview with KSBY 6 Action News in San Luis Obispo, Calif...

    Derek Bolender Written by Derek Bolender about 6 years ago 3,527 reads 13 comments

  14. Gesias “JZ” Calvancante-Shinya Aoki: A Must Watch For MMA Fans

    The best MMA fight during the month of April is still yet to be fought. Better than Matt Serra vs. Georges St. Pierre? I’d like to think so. It will certainly be more competitive, just as exciting, but it will come with far less fan fare...

    Derek Bolender Written by Derek Bolender about 6 years ago 1,192 reads 7 comments

  15. UFC: Lyoto Machida is the Next Superstar at 205

    He’s 12-0 in MMA since his career began in 2003. He’s 4-0 in the UFC. He’s beaten a who’s-who list of MMA fighters including former UFC Welterweight and current UFC Lightweight Champion B...

    Derek Bolender Written by Derek Bolender about over 6 years ago 2,225 reads 25 comments

  16. MMA: Top 10 Lightweight Rankings (part 5 of 5)

    This is part five of a five part series examining each of the most common weight classes including lightweight, welterweight, middleweight, light heavyweight, and heavyweight. See how your favorite fighters will rank and offer your own opinions...

    Derek Bolender Written by Derek Bolender about over 6 years ago 3,087 reads 7 comments

  17. UFC's BJ Penn: Motivated and Dangerous

    Up-and-coming athletes in any sport are often labeled as having a great deal of potential, which essentially means they are athletically gifted. If coupled with experience and hard work they will someday be among the elite in their respective sport...

    Derek Bolender Written by Derek Bolender about over 6 years ago 1,811 reads 9 comments

  18. MMA: Top 10 Welterweight Rankings (Part 4 of 5)

    This is part four of a five part series examining each of the most common weight classes including lightweight, welterweight, middleweight, light heavyweight, and heavyweight. See how your favorite fighters will rank and offer your own opinions...

    Derek Bolender Written by Derek Bolender about over 6 years ago 4,599 reads 29 comments

  19. Tampa Bay Rays: Exorcising the Devil...or Not

    There is a new mentality around the Tampa Bay baseball organization. Starting with the upcoming 2008 Major League Baseball season the Tampa Bay Devil Rays will now be referred to as the Tampa Bay Rays...

    Derek Bolender Written by Derek Bolender about over 6 years ago 754 reads 11 comments

  20. MMA: Top 10 Middleweight Rankings (Part 3 of 5)

    This is part three of a five part series examining each of the most common weight classes including lightweight, welterweight, middleweight, light heavyweight, and heavyweight. See how your favorite fighters will rank and offer your own opinions...

    Derek Bolender Written by Derek Bolender about over 6 years ago 2,327 reads 12 comments

  21. MMA: Top 10 Heavyweight Rankings (Part 2 of 5)

    This is part two of a five-part series examining each of the most common weight classes including lightweight, welterweight, middleweight, light heavyweight, and heavyweight. See how your favorite fighters will rank and offer your own opinions...

    Derek Bolender Written by Derek Bolender about over 6 years ago 5,902 reads 21 comments

  22. MMA: Top 10 Light Heavyweight Rankings (Part 1 of 5)

    This is part one of a five part series examining each of the most common weight classes including lightweight, welterweight, middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight. See how your favorite fighters rank and offer your own opinions...

    Derek Bolender Written by Derek Bolender about over 6 years ago 3,555 reads 33 comments

  23. UFC: Couture vs. Fedor Closer Than Ever?

    The Fedor Emelianenko and Randy Couture saga reportedly has taken a drastic turn for the better. An ESPN: The Magazine article, written by Ryan Hockensmith, states that Fedor will be a free agent sometime within the next week...

    Derek Bolender Written by Derek Bolender about over 6 years ago 1,955 reads 8 comments

  24. Fantasy Baseball 2008: Draft Sleepers

    The start of the 2008 Major League Baseball season is looming near, which can only mean one thing: time to sign up for fantasy baseball and prepare yourself for the draft. “Sleepers” are the players generally targeted in later rounds of drafts

    Derek Bolender Written by Derek Bolender about over 6 years ago 6,826 reads 8 comments

  25. UFC: A Fan's Wish List

    Each UFC fan has a list of fights they wish would happen, contracts they wish would be signed, and scenarios they would like to see. I am no different. I decided to write down a top 10 wish list (in no particular order)...

    Derek Bolender Written by Derek Bolender about over 6 years ago 1,190 reads 11 comments