1. 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 5 hours ago 723 reads 3 comments

  2. 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 6 days ago 13,694 reads 26 comments

  3. 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 6 days ago 114,652 reads 54 comments

  4. 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 12 days ago 22,226 reads 126 comments

  5. 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 21 days ago 33,509 reads 209 comments

  6. 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 27 days ago 37,363 reads 103 comments

  7. 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 27 days ago 314,894 reads 30 comments

  8. 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 28 days ago 129,922 reads 453 comments

  9. Ronda Rousey Stretches the Boundaries of UFC's Worldwide Appeal

    During the Mauricio Rua vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira fight last Saturday night, I received a text message from my mother. Now, I live in Las Vegas. She still lives in my old hometown outside of Houston...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 29 days ago 7,686 reads 33 comments

  10. The Trouble with Rousimar Palhares

    Who can say what goes through Rousimar Palhares' mind? In moments such as the one Saturday night, when Palhares again held a submission too long, who can say what the man is thinking? ...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 30 days ago 31,943 reads 124 comments

  11. Demetrious Johnson Is Unfiltered, Raw and More Interesting Than Ever

    LAS VEGAS — There was a time when Demetrious Johnson, the UFC's reigning flyweight champion, mostly kept his mouth shut. He garnered a reputation as a quiet and humble fighter who never rocked the boat...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 1 month ago 16,645 reads 40 comments

  12. Twitter Mailbag: Ousting Dana White, Drug Testing, Anderson Silva's Return

    In my former life, I was a tech journalist, covering the wild world of Silicon Valley and the developing culture of Web 2.0. I fell in love with Twitter back in the early days, when I covered its beta launch, and I've been using it ever since...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 1 month ago 24,336 reads 37 comments

  13. Josh Koscheck on 'Little Errand B---H' Dana White, New Home in Bellator

    When the UFC announced that Josh Koscheck would be returning to the Octagon this past March to face Erick Silva, it seemed a little strange to MMA fans...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 1 month ago 51,081 reads 113 comments

  14. TJ Dillashaw, the Dominant UFC Bantamweight of the Future

    They say styles make fights. I'll be honest and tell you that I don't know the origin of that phrase. What I will tell you, however, is that whoever pulled that one out of thin air was a very smart person...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 1 month ago 33,830 reads 149 comments

  15. Bellator Signs Keri Anne Taylor-Melendez, Wife of UFC Star Gilbert Melendez

    Bellator MMA has signed Keri Anne Taylor-Melendez, the wife of UFC lightweight Gilbert Melendez . Bellator director of communications Danny Brener confirmed the news with Bleacher Report on Thursday afternoon...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 1 month ago 14,921 reads 18 comments

  16. UFC Targets Robbie Lawler vs. Carlos Condit as UFC 194 Main Event

    The UFC is targeting a welterweight title fight between Robbie Lawler and Carlos Condit to headline a December 5 pay-per-view event in Calgary, Alberta. Multiple sources close to the fight confirmed the news with Bleacher Report...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 1 month ago 32,085 reads 195 comments

  17. MMA Veteran Isaac Vallie-Flagg Signs with World Series of Fighting

    Mixed martial arts veteran lightweight Isaac Vallie-Flagg has signed a contract with World Series of Fighting. Vallie-Flagg's first bout for the promotion will be September 18, when he takes on Estevan Payan...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 1 month ago 1,248 reads 0 comments

  18. UFC: Stitch Duran's Firing Yet Another Petty, Immature Display

    Here's the thing about Zuffa, that collection of folks presiding over the world's largest mixed martial arts promotion: They are petty and vindictive. This is not a revelation...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 1 month ago 27,102 reads 126 comments

  19. Dillashaw vs. Barao 2: The Rematch Nobody Wanted, This Time for Free

    The coolest thing about Saturday's UFC on Fox 16 event is that it features a legitimate world UFC title fight in the main event of a network-televised free card...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 1 month ago 25,874 reads 122 comments

  20. UFC Veteran Michael Bisping Still Deserves a Championship Opportunity

    Michael Bisping 's career in the Ultimate Fighting Championship is one of endurance and longevity. He has been in the UFC since June 2006, making him one of the longest-tenured fighters in the promotion's history...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 1 month ago 21,033 reads 114 comments

  21. UFC 192: Daniel Cormier Defends Against Alexander Gustafsson in Main Event

    In the end, Daniel Cormier got his wish: He's fighting in the South again. The Ultimate Fighting Championship is returning to Houston for UFC 192 on October 3, and the event ...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 1 month ago 27,798 reads 255 comments

  22. The Question: Will Conor McGregor Be Overexposed by Serving as 'TUF' Coach?

    Last weekend, Conor McGregor cemented himself as the biggest star in the UFC with his knockout win over Chad Mendes at UFC 189...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 1 month ago 26,852 reads 77 comments

  23. Reebok's Michael Lunardelli on UFC Kit Launch Mistakes and the Future

    The UFC's new Reebok era did not get off to the best of starts. The backlash began with the perception that fighters would be losing out on the kind of pay they used to get from individual sponsorships for their fights...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 1 month ago 28,332 reads 76 comments

  24. Conor McGregor Cements Himself as the UFC's Biggest Star

    LAS VEGAS — The most incredible thing on Saturday evening—and this means something, because it happened after a night full of incredible things—was the way the Irish ...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 1 month ago 62,228 reads 217 comments

  25. Robbie Lawler: The UFC's Zen Welterweight Champion

    LAS VEGAS — Robbie Lawler , UFC welterweight champion of the world, decided to do a little shopping after Thursday's pre-fight press conference at the MGM Grand...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 1 month ago 15,541 reads 44 comments