1. 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 1 day ago 2,630 reads 16 comments

  2. 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 3 days ago 28,089 reads 206 comments

  3. 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 6 days ago 4,582 reads 27 comments

  4. 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 7 days ago 13,793 reads 57 comments

  5. Nevada Commission Shows Different Treatment to Mayweather, Jones, Cormier

    LAS VEGAS — An excursion to the Grant Sawyer Building for a Nevada Athletic Commission meeting is always a good source of entertainment. The Sawyer Building is home to many government offices...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 8 days ago 22,425 reads 51 comments

  6. UFC 178 Is a Great Fight Card, It Just Lacks a Proper Main Event

    If you follow me on Twitter —and let's be honest with each other, you have no reason not to—you've no doubt seen me trumpeting my excitement for Saturday's UFC 178 card...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 9 days ago 15,029 reads 54 comments

  7. Wanderlei Silva's Camp Files Reply in Support of Motion to Dismiss Case

    Veteran mixed martial arts fighter Wanderlei Silva has filed a reply in support of motion to dismiss for lack of jurisdiction in the case brought against him by the Nevada State Athletic Commission...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 13 days ago 6,034 reads 10 comments

  8. 5 TUF 20 Cast Members with the Inside Track to Be Champion

    The Ultimate Fighter 20 debuted last week to rave reviews and not-so-great television ratings. But regardless of the show's ability to capture fan imagination—it has grown ...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 15 days ago 8,015 reads 32 comments

  9. What's Next for Anderson Silva After He Beats Nick Diaz?

    The biggest fight of 2015, on nearly every kind of scale one imagines, is probably Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier . After that, it's Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz . It wasn't always this way, of course...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 16 days ago 37,096 reads 164 comments

  10. Andrei Arlovski Returns to Prominence as Possible UFC Heavyweight Contender

    Andrei Arlovksi , world heavyweight title contender? This seemed a ludicrous idea in March 2013, when Arlovski lost to former welterweight and future light heavyweight Anthony Johnson...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 17 days ago 20,859 reads 68 comments

  11. Dana White vs. Ben Askren Isn't Good for Anyone

    Stop me if you've heard this one before: Dana White doesn't like somebody, and he doesn't mind telling anyone who will listen exactly what he thinks. It's that trait that made White one of the biggest stars in the UFC...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 20 days ago 20,462 reads 92 comments

  12. The Ultimate Fighter 20 Is Good, and You Should Watch It

    It has been a long time since a season of The Ultimate Fighter felt like a big deal. I am not telling you anything you don't know. This is not a revelation. The Ultimate Fighter has been stuck on "not interesting" for years...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 21 days ago 6,906 reads 36 comments

  13. What's Next for Ronda Rousey? Only One Controversial Fight Makes Sense

    What's next for Ronda Rousey ? There was a time when the answer to that question seemed clear. Back when Rousey was in Strikeforce, we all assumed she'd sign with the UFC, ...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 22 days ago 22,820 reads 90 comments

  14. UFC, Bellator Present Friday Night Filled with Mostly Highs and Few Lows

    I wrote earlier this week that Friday night's dueling UFC and Bellator cards were a throwback to the old Monday Night Wars in professional wrestling...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 25 days ago 5,556 reads 7 comments

  15. Alexander Gustafsson vs Anthony Johnson Closer to Reality? That's Fine with Me.

    At long last, it appears Anthony Johnson and Alexander Gustafsson might be headed for a collision course...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 27 days ago 12,496 reads 73 comments

  16. Friday Night Is Alright for (UFC and Bellator) Fighting

    In the late 1990's, when I was a wee lad (or, as the woman I love would so hilariously tell you, back when I was already an elderly man), I used to gather around the television on Monday nights...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 28 days ago 15,352 reads 46 comments

  17. UFC 177 Was Low on Star Power but Ended Up Being a Lot of Fun Anyway

    In the end, if you were looking for the UFC's brightest-shining stars, you were never going to find them at UFC 177 . Not after The Curse waylaid Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson and Renan Barao and the rest...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 1 month ago 22,478 reads 58 comments

  18. T.J. Dillashaw Will Beat Renan Barao, and He'll Beat Everyone Else, Too

    In May, I spent four days with T. J. Dillashaw during the lead-up to his UFC bantamweight title fight with Renan Barao . Barao was the UFC's latest pet project at the time...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 1 month ago 5,261 reads 36 comments

  19. UFC Star Tyron Woodley Skeptical of Real Change in Hometown of Ferguson

    Tyron Woodley was on Canfield Drive just two days before Michael Brown was gunned down by police officer Darren Wilson. "I was a one-minute walk away from where it happened," Woodley says...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 1 month ago 9,743 reads 1 comments

  20. Tyron Woodley Wants to Continue Climbing Up the Ladder by Facing Matt Brown

    Tyron Woodley does not care if his ideal next opponent is coming off a loss. He does not care if they are ranked two spots lower than him in the UFC's official rankings ...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 1 month ago 13,174 reads 57 comments

  21. Wanderlei Silva No-Shows NAC Disciplinary Meeting, Files Motion to Dismiss

    Thursday's postponement of Wanderlei Silva 's disciplinary hearing in front of the Nevada Athletic Commission added another layer of intrigue to one of the most controversial subjects in mixed martial arts...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 1 month ago 7,025 reads 37 comments

  22. Scott Coker Is a Breath of Fresh Air for Bellator MMA

    The June appointment of Scott Coke r as president of Bellator MMA left many wondering what was in store for the Viacom-owned mixed martial arts company. There was plenty of optimism...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 1 month ago 4,174 reads 6 comments

  23. Michael Bisping vs. Cung Le: Contrived Insults Are Totally Unnecessary

    If you were looking for a reason to wake up at 6:30 a.m. ET to watch the preliminary card for the UFC's latest return to Macau , China, on Saturday, well, I've got nothing for you...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 1 month ago 12,109 reads 23 comments

  24. Data Bomb: Who Is the UFC's Biggest Pay-Per-View Star?

    We constantly hear discussion of Ronda Rousey or Jon Jones being the UFC's biggest pay-per-view draw. But who really has the correct answer? With Brock Lesnar and Georges St-Pierre—easily ...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 1 month ago 10,686 reads 75 comments

  25. Michelle Waterson, the Next Big Star for Women's MMA

    LAS VEGAS — Michelle Waterson , the Invicta Fighting Championships 105-pound champion, is already reaping the benefits of Invicta 's recent broadcast deal with the Ultimate Fighting Championship...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 1 month ago 18,273 reads 31 comments