1. Rousey on Cyborg: I'm Going to Try to Kill Her with My Bare Hands

    When it comes to the topic of Cristiane "Cyborg" Justino, UFC champion Ronda Rousey has never been one to mince words. She's been vocal about Justino and steroids and other weighty issues for years...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 8 months ago 17,903 reads 72 comments

  2. Bellator 131: Tito Ortiz Outlasts Stephan Bonnar in New-Look Bellator

    SAN DIEGO — It was a night filled with a sparkling new sheen for North America's second-largest mixed martial arts promotion...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 9 months ago 24,439 reads 14 comments

  3. Bellator Reveals Main Event Fights for First Three Events of 2015

    SAN DIEGO—Bellator Fighting Championships today announced the first part of its 2015 schedule. The announcement features four title fights spread over the first three months of 2015...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 9 months ago 17,321 reads 14 comments

  4. Bellator 131: The Ortiz, Bonnar Traveling Circus Arrives in San Diego

    It is 1:10 p.m. in a banquet room of this San Diego Dave & Busters. Outside, throngs of fans play Skeeball and shoot hoops and play video games that are far larger and brighter than the arcade games of my youth...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 9 months ago 12,427 reads 20 comments

  5. An Open Letter to Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua: Please Stop Fighting

    Dear Mauricio, May I call you Mauricio? Calling you by your first name seems a little weird because I have spent years referring to you by your last name and your nickname, pretty much exclusively...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 9 months ago 15,366 reads 74 comments

  6. If Donald Cerrone Beats Myles Jury, Is He the No. 1 Contender at LW?

    UFC 182 features one of the biggest grudge fights in recent memory. You know the one. Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier , light heavyweights of extraordinary prowess, eliminated any ...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 9 months ago 7,867 reads 43 comments

  7. Tito Ortiz vs. Stephan Bonnar: Anyone Still Interested?

    It used to be when Bellator rolled out a "new season" of television, what it really meant was it was about to roll out another series of tournaments filled with fighters you'd never heard of...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 9 months ago 14,612 reads 52 comments

  8. With a Win Over Bisping, Where Will Luke Rockhold Stand in the MW Division?

    You are forgiven if you've forgotten there are two Ultimate Fighting Championship events this weekend. These things happen to me too...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 9 months ago 6,530 reads 29 comments

  9. Football Manager 2015 Review: Continued Perfection

      It's Football Manager Week at Bleacher Report, and Day 2 brings a review of the highly anticipated 2015 edition of the game from B/R lead writer and FM obsessive Jeremy Botter...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 9 months ago 14,174 reads 8 comments

  10. Octagon Art: The 6 Coolest UFC Event Programs in History

    I started collecting souvenir guides for Ultimate Fighting Championship events back when I first started covering them professionally. It was not a conscious decision. Not at the beginning...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 9 months ago 28,784 reads 24 comments

  11. UFC Needs to Create Absolute Rules Governing Injuries, Title Defenses

    I've been thinking about championships lately. More specifically, I've been thinking about championships and how, given the multiple injuries suffered by UFC title-holders in recent ...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 9 months ago 9,429 reads 36 comments

  12. Chad Mendes in Championship Purgatory, but It Won't Last Forever

    Chad Mendes put in a stellar outing on Saturday night. Mendes' UFC 179 bout against UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo was the kind of performance that can boost a career. Mendes lost the fight...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 9 months ago 17,085 reads 32 comments

  13. UFC 179: Jose Aldo, Chad Mendes Deliver Thrilling Fight for the Ages

    With apologies to Conor McGregor, the finely tailored Irishman who has taken the Ultimate Fighting Championship by storm, Saturday night's UFC 179 event proved that the two best featherweights in the world reside Brazil and the United States...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 9 months ago 20,962 reads 88 comments

  14. Jose Aldo Is Capable of Greatness, but He Must Be Willing to Take Risks

    Jose Aldo is the only featherweight champion the UFC has ever had. It has been nearly nine years since he gave up the only loss of his career, and truth be told, he has rarely been challenged since that night...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 9 months ago 8,524 reads 33 comments

  15. Conor McGregor Should Fight for Title, but Siver Bout Could Pay Off for UFC

    The UFC's new golden child is returning, and he's not returning for the gold. According to a Thursday report from Steven Marrocco of MMAjunkie ...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 9 months ago 20,760 reads 110 comments

  16. Cung Le Controversy Highlights UFC's Need for Strict Regulation

    Tuesday's decision by the Ultimate Fighting Championship to rescind a suspension handed down to Cung Le was a curious one...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 9 months ago 11,605 reads 13 comments

  17. Mendes Could Be Latest American UFC Champ, but Will He Connect with Fans?

    Chad Mendes has to travel to Brazil this week, once more, to face Jose Aldo for the featherweight championship...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 9 months ago 12,183 reads 54 comments

  18. The Night Bellator Came to Las Vegas

    LAS VEGAS — Around 4 p.m. on October 18, tens of thousands gather around Sam Boyd Stadium on the outskirts of this very famous city, closer to the mountains and the Hoover Dam than the casinos and broken dreams of the Vegas strip...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 9 months ago 8,253 reads 14 comments

  19. Anderson Silva Has Something Worth Fighting For, and That's Fine by Me

    I'll be the first person to tell you I hoped Anderson Silva would never fight again. I didn't think he would return to the Octagon...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 10 months ago 14,982 reads 36 comments

  20. Kelvin Gastelum Can Punch His Own Ticket as a Top 10 Welterweight at UFC 180

    Kelvin Gastelum is often overlooked. That's the story of his career, mostly, at least since making his debut on The Ultimate Fighter in 2013. Gastelum was a prodigious underdog, picked last by coach Chael Sonnen ...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 10 months ago 14,058 reads 20 comments

  21. The 10 Best UFC Fights to Close Out 2014

    We've had an extraordinary amount of mixed martial arts in 2014. Too much MMA , if you ask some folks (myself included)...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 10 months ago 76,236 reads 76 comments

  22. Triumphant Return of Dominick Cruz Is MMA's Best Story of 2014

    He was on the sidelines so long that we nearly forgot about him entirely. Nearly three years passed between Dominick Cruz 's last two fights...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 10 months ago 8,744 reads 34 comments

  23. Jim Ross, Chael Sonnen Excel at Battlegrounds O.N.E.

    With apologies to Mr. Mike Goldberg, Mr. Joe Rogan, Mr. Jon Anik and Mr. Brian Stann, I have a new favorite mixed martial arts commentary team: Jim Ross and Chael Sonnen ...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 10 months ago 22,724 reads 33 comments

  24. Conor McGregor vs. Diego Sanchez Would Be Violent Fun, but It Makes No Sense

    Say what you will about Conor McGregor —and you no doubt have by this point—but the man knows how to stoke a fire...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 10 months ago 13,943 reads 52 comments

  25. UFC Fight Night 53 and 54: The 5 Best Fights for This Weekend's Doubleheader

    Ah, the double-fight weekend. It used to be a rare bird, indeed, but these days they are coming fast and furious...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 10 months ago 8,355 reads 28 comments