1. NAC's New PED Punishments Perfect, but Marijuana Rules Are Ridiculous

    The sweeping changes instituted by the Nevada Athletic Commission during a Friday meeting will forever alter the way it punishes users of performance-enhancing drugs. It has been a long time coming...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about over 2 years ago 33,092 reads 217 comments

  2. There Is Only One Ronda Rousey

    Ronda Rousey , the Ultimate Fighting Championship's biggest star, is once again leading headlines. And rightly so. This time, it's twofold. She's on the cover of Sports Illustrated , which is still a big thing...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about over 2 years ago 13,293 reads 107 comments

  3. UFC: The State of the Heavyweight Division

    There's no gentle way to put it: The UFC's heavyweight division is old. Like, really old. The average age of the current Top Five heavyweights, per the latest set of UFC rankings ...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about over 2 years ago 23,373 reads 75 comments

  4. Even with Loss to Stipe Miocic, the Legendary Heart of Mark Hunt Grows

    Over the past five years, Mark Hunt has morphed from an also-ran whom the UFC tried to pay to stay away from the Octagon into a heavyweight contender who could always be counted on ...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about over 2 years ago 18,194 reads 35 comments

  5. UFC Reveals Reebok Pay Tiers That Aren't All That Great

    When the UFC announced its new Athlete Outfitting Policy earlier this year, all we could do was take a "wait and see" approach. We knew it was a seismic shift for the UFC...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about over 2 years ago 23,993 reads 150 comments

  6. Mayweather vs. Pacquiao Backlash Is Not a Win for the UFC

    When all is said and done, Saturday night's boxing megafight between Floyd Mayeather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao will go down as not just the richest combat sports event in history, but one of the most lucrative sporting events to ever take place...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about over 2 years ago 92,905 reads 401 comments

  7. The Question: What Should Happen with Jon Jones When He Returns to the UFC?

    The news cycle for Jon Jones is slowly going dark, at least until his legal process plays out in Albuquerque, New Mexico. We don't know what he's facing there, and we don't know if he'll serve any sort of prison time...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about over 2 years ago 40,195 reads 206 comments

  8. UFC's Decision to Strip Jones of Title Could Be the Biggest Moment of His Life

    The UFC's decision to strip Jon Jones of its light heavyweight championship , and to suspend him indefinitely, was one of the more difficult and gut-wrenching decisions it's made since Zuffa purchased the promotion in January 2001...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about over 2 years ago 25,274 reads 172 comments

  9. Johnson vs. Horiguchi: A Complete Guide to UFC 186

    There's no nice way to say this, so I'm going to just come out with it: UFC 186 is not the UFC's best pay-per-view offering...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about over 2 years ago 13,440 reads 45 comments

  10. UFC on Fox 15: Paige VanZant Makes the Most of Her Time in Prime Time

    We said—and I include myself here — that she didn't deserve the things she was getting. We said she received too much, too soon. She landed an exclusive Reebok deal before the champion in her division...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about over 2 years ago 26,159 reads 95 comments

  11. Bellator's Signing of Phil Davis Could Be Far More Important Than We Realize

    The news that Phil Davis has agreed to a multiyear deal with Bellator should not come as a surprise to anyone...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about over 2 years ago 34,981 reads 118 comments

  12. UFC on Fox 15: VanZant vs. Herrig Could Determine Next Title Challenger

    Saturday's UFC on Fox event from New Jersey is a breath of fresh air. It is a beacon shining in the night, smack dab in the middle of a mostly dreadful Fight Pass card and UFC 186, ...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about over 2 years ago 8,205 reads 31 comments

  13. What We Learned, Loved and Hated from Gonzaga vs. Cro Cop 2 Fight Card

    When the UFC debuts in a new market, it is usually a cause for celebration. Fans thirsty for the world's biggest fight promotion are finally satiated...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about over 2 years ago 19,756 reads 52 comments

  14. The 10 Best and Worst Moments of Mirko Cro Cop's Career

    On Saturday, legendary Croatian striker Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic returns to the Octagon for the first time since 2011. He is 40 years old and has been fighting since 2001. Over the past few years, he became an afterthought...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about over 2 years ago 7,033 reads 17 comments

  15. The Question: Should Zuffa Cancel Depleted UFC 186 Card?

    UFC 186, the latest in a string of utterly cursed fight cards, took another hit on Tuesday morning when a New Jersey judge granted an injunction to Bellator that will prevent Quinton ...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about over 2 years ago 39,621 reads 163 comments

  16. UFC's Featherweight Division in Flux After Mendes KO's Lamas

    They say there is an unwritten rule that fighters who have lost two title shots to the same champion don't get a third chance. And perhaps it's a good thing, for the most part...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about over 2 years ago 13,457 reads 94 comments

  17. Ronda Rousey's WWE Run Cements Her as Biggest Star in UFC History

    If there were any doubts that Ronda Jean Rousey is the Ultimate Fighting Championship's biggest star (and perhaps its biggest-ever star), those notions were dispelled on Sunday...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about over 2 years ago 134,636 reads 188 comments

  18. After Younger Brother's Abduction and Murder, L.C. Davis Keeps Grinding

    On October 24, 2013, Ryan Cobbins left his home and headed toward the barbershop he'd been going to for well over two years, on 39th Street and Prospect Avenue in Kansas City. He had an 11 a...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about over 2 years ago 18,308 reads 15 comments

  19. UFC 189: The Aldo/McGregor World Tour Parades Through Las Vegas

    LAS VEGAS — Out near the edges of Las Vegas sits Red Rock Resort and Casino, the sprawling, gleaming centerpiece of the Fertitta family's locals-centric casino empire...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about over 2 years ago 5,394 reads 58 comments

  20. Brock Lesnar Makes Correct Choice in Closing Door on UFC Career

    He's been out of action since 2011, but Brock Lesnar has consistently remained one of MMA 's big stories. But after his Tuesday appearance on SportsCenter , that will no longer be the case...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about over 2 years ago 69,760 reads 213 comments

  21. McGregor Expects Aldo Bout to Compete with Mayweather/Pacquiao PPV Numbers

    LAS VEGAS — Conor McGregor is not a man known for his subdued nature. McGregor is brash, from his newfound taste for expensively tailored suits to the over-the-top ...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about over 2 years ago 32,901 reads 161 comments

  22. Josh Koscheck Earns Respect with Decade of UFC Competition

    Many words have been written about Josh Koscheck since Saturday's loss to Erick Silva. Many more will be written in the coming days. There is something about nostalgia that tugs at the heartstrings...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about over 2 years ago 20,892 reads 94 comments

  23. Court's Reading of Contract Will Settle Bellator vs. Rampage Jackson Standoff

    I have read the entirety of Bellator 's request for an injunction (obtained by Bleacher Report via a Freedom of Information Act request late last week) against Quinton "Rampage" Jackson...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about over 2 years ago 15,368 reads 26 comments

  24. Ronda Rousey vs. Bethe Correia Is What's Best for Business

    If recent reports from Brazilian outlet Tatame (h/t MMAJunkie ) are true, we'll see UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey head to Brazil to defend her title on August 1 against Bethe Correia in the main event of UFC 190...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about over 2 years ago 23,169 reads 283 comments

  25. UFC 185: What We Loved, Learned and Hated from Pettis vs. Dos Anjos Fight Card

    Another month, another UFC pay per view in the books. Saturday's UFC 185 was historic for several reasons, but the most important takeaway? In an era where championships don't trade hands all that often, UFC 185 saw the crowning of two new champs...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about over 2 years ago 29,943 reads 93 comments