1. Ilima Macfarlane Moves Past 'Soccer Mom' Viral Video with New Bellator Contract

    The crazy part about the way it all ended up going down is that Ilima Macfarlane just wanted a fight. She'd fought six times as an amateur...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about almost 2 years ago 315,849 reads 30 comments

  2. The Question: Will Rousey vs. Cyborg Ever Happen? Should It Be a Catchweight?

    Last Saturday, Ronda Rousey defended her bantamweight championship with a thrilling knockout win over Bethe Correia . Rousey was celebrated for the win, and rightly so...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about almost 2 years ago 130,487 reads 451 comments

  3. Ronda Rousey Stretches the Boundaries of UFC's Worldwide Appeal

    During the Mauricio Rua vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira fight last Saturday night, I received a text message from my mother. Now, I live in Las Vegas. She still lives in my old hometown outside of Houston...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about almost 2 years ago 7,810 reads 33 comments

  4. The Trouble with Rousimar Palhares

    Who can say what goes through Rousimar Palhares' mind? In moments such as the one Saturday night, when Palhares again held a submission too long, who can say what the man is thinking? ...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about almost 2 years ago 35,293 reads 124 comments

  5. Demetrious Johnson Is Unfiltered, Raw and More Interesting Than Ever

    LAS VEGAS — There was a time when Demetrious Johnson, the UFC's reigning flyweight champion, mostly kept his mouth shut. He garnered a reputation as a quiet and humble fighter who never rocked the boat...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about almost 2 years ago 16,748 reads 40 comments

  6. Twitter Mailbag: Ousting Dana White, Drug Testing, Anderson Silva's Return

    In my former life, I was a tech journalist, covering the wild world of Silicon Valley and the developing culture of Web 2.0. I fell in love with Twitter back in the early days, when I covered its beta launch, and I've been using it ever since...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about almost 2 years ago 24,506 reads 34 comments

  7. Josh Koscheck on 'Little Errand B---H' Dana White, New Home in Bellator

    When the UFC announced that Josh Koscheck would be returning to the Octagon this past March to face Erick Silva, it seemed a little strange to MMA fans...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about almost 2 years ago 52,516 reads 111 comments

  8. TJ Dillashaw, the Dominant UFC Bantamweight of the Future

    They say styles make fights. I'll be honest and tell you that I don't know the origin of that phrase. What I will tell you, however, is that whoever pulled that one out of thin air was a very smart person...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about almost 2 years ago 33,969 reads 149 comments

  9. Bellator Signs Keri Anne Taylor-Melendez, Wife of UFC Star Gilbert Melendez

    Bellator MMA has signed Keri Anne Taylor-Melendez, the wife of UFC lightweight Gilbert Melendez . Bellator director of communications Danny Brener confirmed the news with Bleacher Report on Thursday afternoon...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about almost 2 years ago 15,445 reads 18 comments

  10. UFC Targets Robbie Lawler vs. Carlos Condit as UFC 194 Main Event

    The UFC is targeting a welterweight title fight between Robbie Lawler and Carlos Condit to headline a December 5 pay-per-view event in Calgary, Alberta. Multiple sources close to the fight confirmed the news with Bleacher Report...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about almost 2 years ago 33,219 reads 195 comments

  11. MMA Veteran Isaac Vallie-Flagg Signs with World Series of Fighting

    Mixed martial arts veteran lightweight Isaac Vallie-Flagg has signed a contract with World Series of Fighting. Vallie-Flagg's first bout for the promotion will be September 18, when he takes on Estevan Payan...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about almost 2 years ago 1,368 reads 0 comments

  12. UFC: Stitch Duran's Firing Yet Another Petty, Immature Display

    Here's the thing about Zuffa, that collection of folks presiding over the world's largest mixed martial arts promotion: They are petty and vindictive. This is not a revelation...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 2 years ago 27,338 reads 126 comments

  13. Dillashaw vs. Barao 2: The Rematch Nobody Wanted, This Time for Free

    The coolest thing about Saturday's UFC on Fox 16 event is that it features a legitimate world UFC title fight in the main event of a network-televised free card...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 2 years ago 26,019 reads 122 comments

  14. UFC Veteran Michael Bisping Still Deserves a Championship Opportunity

    Michael Bisping 's career in the Ultimate Fighting Championship is one of endurance and longevity. He has been in the UFC since June 2006, making him one of the longest-tenured fighters in the promotion's history...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 2 years ago 21,111 reads 114 comments

  15. UFC 192: Daniel Cormier Defends Against Alexander Gustafsson in Main Event

    In the end, Daniel Cormier got his wish: He's fighting in the South again. The Ultimate Fighting Championship is returning to Houston for UFC 192 on October 3, and the event ...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 2 years ago 28,323 reads 257 comments

  16. The Question: Will Conor McGregor Be Overexposed by Serving as 'TUF' Coach?

    Last weekend, Conor McGregor cemented himself as the biggest star in the UFC with his knockout win over Chad Mendes at UFC 189...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 2 years ago 26,971 reads 77 comments

  17. Reebok's Michael Lunardelli on UFC Kit Launch Mistakes and the Future

    The UFC's new Reebok era did not get off to the best of starts. The backlash began with the perception that fighters would be losing out on the kind of pay they used to get from individual sponsorships for their fights...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 2 years ago 28,710 reads 76 comments

  18. Conor McGregor Cements Himself as the UFC's Biggest Star

    LAS VEGAS — The most incredible thing on Saturday evening—and this means something, because it happened after a night full of incredible things—was the way the Irish ...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 2 years ago 62,536 reads 217 comments

  19. Robbie Lawler: The UFC's Zen Welterweight Champion

    LAS VEGAS — Robbie Lawler , UFC welterweight champion of the world, decided to do a little shopping after Thursday's pre-fight press conference at the MGM Grand...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 2 years ago 15,786 reads 44 comments

  20. Outrageous Conor McGregor: His Irish Roots and an Improbable American Dream

    DUBLIN — For Conor McGregor , it all started when his sister told him about The Secret . Erin McGregor had received a copy of the book from a friend, and she liked the things she read...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 2 years ago 214,696 reads 119 comments

  21. Jose Aldo's MRI Results Show Clear Rib Break, Former Chargers Doctor Says

    On Tuesday afternoon, Dr. David Chao said, he was contacted by representatives for UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo . They did not tell him at the time who they represented other than that it was a professional athlete...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 2 years ago 24,353 reads 127 comments

  22. UFC's Reebok Era Begins in a Comedy of Errors

    When I first began reporting on the February 2014 story that would eventually break the news that the UFC was working on creating a uniform for its fighters, I felt optimistic about the deal...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 2 years ago 32,719 reads 86 comments

  23. UFC Fight Night 70: Lyoto Machida's Quick Turnaround Could Backfire

    Back in October 2009, I attended UFC 104 in Los Angeles. After years of covering mixed martial arts from my home in Texas, I was finally beginning to attend UFC events on a regular basis...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 2 years ago 8,908 reads 34 comments

  24. Joanna Jedrzejczyk Is the UFC's Next Big Female Superstar

    The UFC's biggest star is Ronda Rousey. This is nearly without question. She has been the flag-bearer for women in the UFC. It has become part of Zuffa legend at this point, but it is true that Rousey led the way for female fighters in the UFC...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 2 years ago 24,674 reads 75 comments

  25. No Shame in Ken Shamrock's Loss to Kimbo, but His Fighting Days Are Over

    A little more than a month ago, my colleague Jonathan Snowden and I visited Ken Shamrock in San Diego. Jonathan was there to work on a story about Shamrock's preparations for his bout with Kimbo Slice...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 2 years ago 42,738 reads 80 comments