1. Michael Chandler on 'Embarrassing' Will Brooks and Being MMA's Barry Sanders

    A year ago, when Michael Chandler lost his third fight in a row, he was shaken. Before the losing streak began, he was undefeated and the Bellator lightweight champion. Then he lost his title to Eddie Alvarez...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 2 years ago 3,965 reads 10 comments

  2. Miesha Tate Should Be Commended for Taking a Brave Stand

    The idea that Miesha Tate —by most metrics the UFC's second-most popular female fighter—could walk away from the sport at 29 years old is nearly unfathomable. And yet, that's exactly what could be on the horizon...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 2 years ago 25,407 reads 115 comments

  3. Rousimar Palhares Handed 2-Year Suspension, $40K Fine

    One of mixed martial arts dirtiest fighters was suspended for two years and fined $40,000 (plus attorney general's fees) for holding a submission too long earlier this year...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 2 years ago 16,385 reads 59 comments

  4. Injury Creates Rare Better Fight with VanZant vs. Namajunas

    The injury bug has not been kind to the Ultimate Fighting Championship. For years we have seen highly anticipated main events and other major fights fall through, whether it's months ...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 2 years ago 12,208 reads 81 comments

  5. Dustin Poirier's Decision to Withdraw from Dublin Is the Right One

    Imagine for a second, if you can, that you are an independent contractor at a major corporation. You have your role. You signed your contract, and you know exactly what you'll be doing each and every day when you arrive at the office...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 2 years ago 22,861 reads 52 comments

  6. Nick Newell: A Man in Full

    On March 17, 1986, Stacey Newell was on the operating table, as pregnant as it gets. She’d had an ultrasound six months earlier, but technology being what it was almost 30 ...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 2 years ago 13,427 reads 14 comments

  7. T.J. Dillashaw's Alpha Male Departure: A Long Time Coming and the Right Move

    I have seen enough of T.J. Dillashaw over the course of his mixed martial arts career to know that what happened late last week—with Dillashaw leaving his longtime gym home of Team Alpha Male—was not surprising in the least...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 2 years ago 24,539 reads 83 comments

  8. UFC 192: Daniel Cormier, Alexander Gustafsson Tough Beyond All Measure

    It seems nearly impossible to mention Daniel Cormier and his reign as UFC light heavyweight champion without mentioning the great, glaring elephant in the room...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 2 years ago 54,475 reads 100 comments

  9. UFC 192: Is 19-Year-Old Sage Northcutt the Future of the UFC?

    Sage Northcutt is 19 years old. He is 6'1" tall. We are standing in the lobby of the Gracie Barra gym in Katy, Texas, where he trains in mixed martial arts, and I am realizing he is perhaps the most in-shape human I have ever seen in person...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 2 years ago 47,624 reads 100 comments

  10. Luke Rockhold: Vitor Belfort Is a Disgrace to the Sport

    Just when you thought it was over, the saga of Vitor Belfort and his involvement with performance enhancing drugs continues...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 2 years ago 29,287 reads 81 comments

  11. 'King' Mo Talks Dynamite Rib Injury, 'B---H' Tito Ortiz and Fedor

    Though it would end in less-than-optimal fashion for him, there was something about Bellator: Dynamite that was right up "King" Mo Lawal's alley...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 2 years ago 9,593 reads 21 comments

  12. Bellator: Dynamite Brings the Weird and Wonderful in Equal Doses

    Pretty much since the day PRIDE Fighting Championships closed its doors and sold the whole kit and caboodle to their casino magnate foes from across the sea, mixed martial arts ...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 2 years ago 5,756 reads 9 comments

  13. Bellator Preview: The Return of the One-Night Tournament

    It is among the oldest of modern-day mixed martial arts staples: the one-night tournament. The roots of what we now know as mixed martial arts began with tournaments designed to take place in a single night...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 2 years ago 7,560 reads 10 comments

  14. Bellator Dynamite Is Completely Different, but Is That a Good Thing?

    This week marks a new chapter in the development of Bellator MMA . Back when Bjorn Rebney was in charge of the promotion, it focused on trying to secure a foothold as more of a "sports" version of mixed martial arts...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about over 2 years ago 14,817 reads 26 comments

  15. Kyra Gracie Takes on the World in New Fight Pass Show 'Third Degree'

    Before the Ultimate Fighting Championship became the promotional juggernaut it is today, there were the Gracies...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about over 2 years ago 18,298 reads 7 comments

  16. UFC Continues Smart Handling of Paige VanZant's Career Arc

    The story of Ronda Rousey's rise to prominence, both in the "real" world and the sometimes absurd world of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, has been one of swiftness...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about over 2 years ago 31,626 reads 80 comments

  17. Rumble Johnson: 'Who Hasn't Thrown Somebody's Stuff and Talked Trash?'

    The past few weeks can't have been all that easy for Anthony Johnson . The feared UFC light heavyweight, who faces Jimi Manuwa on Saturday night at UFC 191 , once again found ...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about over 2 years ago 12,538 reads 15 comments

  18. Demetrious Johnson Is a Great Champion Even If You Aren't Watching

    There's something that happens like clockwork right around this time, right when Demetrious Johnson is preparing to defend his UFC championship...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about over 2 years ago 5,092 reads 55 comments

  19. Jose Aldo Says He Was Joking About IV Ban, Talks UFC 194

    LAS VEGAS — On the night of UFC 189, when Conor McGregor was fighting Chad Mendes for the UFC interim championship in Las Vegas, Jose Aldo was at a friend's house...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about over 2 years ago 15,688 reads 26 comments

  20. Justin Wren: The Big Pygmy Returns

    Justin Wren knelt and leaned over Andibo, an 18-month-old infant who had grown to mean so much to him since inexplicably he found himself here, in the stirring wilds of the African Congo...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about over 2 years ago 118,796 reads 54 comments

  21. Chris Weidman vs. Luke Rockhold Might Be Stacked UFC 194's Best Fight

    Over the last 10 days or so, I unplugged from the MMA world. I went to Tennessee and spent time deep in the woods in the middle of nowhere, where cellphone service was only an idea and not a thing that actually worked...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about over 2 years ago 27,301 reads 125 comments

  22. The Question: Is Aldo vs. McGregor the Biggest Fight in UFC History?

    We finally have a date: December 12, 2015 . That's the day when UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo and interim featherweight champion Conor McGregor will finally step in the Octagon (knock on wood, etc...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about over 2 years ago 35,459 reads 209 comments

  23. Georges St-Pierre on Reebok Deal, New UFC Drug-Testing Program

    LAS VEGAS — Georges St-Pierre is happy. That's the first thing you notice about him here, at Robert Drysdale's gym on Rainbow Avenue. St-Pierre is happy. He is smiling...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about over 2 years ago 37,962 reads 103 comments

  24. 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 over 2 years ago 315,851 reads 30 comments

  25. 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 over 2 years ago 130,509 reads 451 comments