1. 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 2 years ago 15,558 reads 74 comments

  2. 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 2 years ago 7,915 reads 43 comments

  3. 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 2 years ago 14,680 reads 52 comments

  4. 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 2 years ago 6,548 reads 29 comments

  5. 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 2 years ago 14,386 reads 8 comments

  6. 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 2 years ago 28,879 reads 24 comments

  7. 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 2 years ago 9,560 reads 36 comments

  8. 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 2 years ago 17,121 reads 32 comments

  9. 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 2 years ago 20,986 reads 88 comments

  10. 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 2 years ago 8,532 reads 33 comments

  11. 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 2 years ago 20,868 reads 110 comments

  12. 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 2 years ago 11,674 reads 13 comments

  13. 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 2 years ago 12,200 reads 54 comments

  14. 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 2 years ago 8,336 reads 14 comments

  15. 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 2 years ago 15,001 reads 36 comments

  16. 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 2 years ago 14,074 reads 20 comments

  17. 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 2 years ago 77,623 reads 76 comments

  18. 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 2 years ago 8,761 reads 34 comments

  19. 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 2 years ago 22,812 reads 33 comments

  20. 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 2 years ago 14,048 reads 52 comments

  21. 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 2 years ago 8,397 reads 28 comments

  22. UFC 178 Notebook: The Irish Invade Las Vegas

    They came from Ireland, and they took over the MGM Grand. They began arriving in droves on Thursday. That was the moment the MGM slowly, methodically morphed from a ghost town into Dublin, America...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 2 years ago 4,030 reads 17 comments

  23. Conor McGregor: The Real Deal, and He Should Get the Next Title Shot

    LAS VEGAS — Look out, folks: Conor McGregor is the real deal. The loud-mouthed Irish fighter, who jumped on the UFC scene and made an immediate splash by talking his way ...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 2 years ago 29,107 reads 206 comments

  24. UFC 178: Cerrone vs. Alvarez Winner Should Get Next Lightweight Title Shot

    Donald Cerrone and Eddie Alvarez are going to get in the Octagon on Saturday night. They’re going to fight. It is probably going to be awesome...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 2 years ago 4,929 reads 27 comments

  25. Conor McGregor: From Football to Fighting, Comfortable in the Uncomfortable

    Growing up in Dublin, Conor McGregor was just like every other Irish boy. Which is to say, McGregor grew up with dreams of playing football...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 2 years ago 24,984 reads 59 comments