1. The State of the UFC Lightweight Division

    The UFC's Lightweight Championship has been on ice for nearly a year due to recurring injuries suffered by champ Anthony Pettis , and it could be another year before anyone not named Gilbert Melendez earns a title shot...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 2 years ago 21,854 reads 56 comments

  2. Scott Coker Officially Announced as Bellator President After Rebney Departure

    The more things change, the more they stay the same. Scott Coker, who created and promoted fights under the Strikeforce banner from 1985 to 2013, was officially introduced as the ...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 2 years ago 12,072 reads 53 comments

  3. Sonnen Suspended, Silva Explains His Side of the Story at NAC Meeting

    Retired mixed martial artist Chael Sonnen was handed a temporary suspension by the Nevada State Athletic Commission on Tuesday, and a hearing will be held on a future date to determine his official punishment...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 2 years ago 49,244 reads 113 comments

  4. The State of the UFC Welterweight Division

    Georges St-Pierre's decision to walk away from the Ultimate Fighting Championship may have been met with groans from fans and from the halls of the UFC's office. But for the rest of the fighters inhabiting the division, it has been a blessing...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 2 years ago 18,164 reads 68 comments

  5. Rory MacDonald Emerges from GSP's Shadow with Dominant UFC 174 Win

    Rory MacDonald was once an afterthought of sorts. He has made significant progress each time he's stepped in the Octagon and has always been considered a fighter who might easily be a future champion...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 2 years ago 9,689 reads 75 comments

  6. Tyron Woodley: 'I Should Be the UFC Champion This Year'

    A year ago, Tyron Woodley sat at a table across from me at a hotel in freezing Montreal. One month prior, Woodley had made his UFC debut. It was an emphatic one...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 2 years ago 9,294 reads 135 comments

  7. Demetrious Johnson Casts Eye Toward Future, Still Has Things to Prove at 125

    Demetrious Johnson is an avid gamer, and so it is a little upsetting for him that the Electronic Entertainment Expo—or E3, in the parlance of those who follow such things—is ...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 2 years ago 4,812 reads 10 comments

  8. Daniel Cormier on Floyd Mayweather, Jon Jones and Being a Great Heel

    LAS VEGAS — It is 6:11 p.m. on Thursday, June 5. Over on Sahara, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones strolls into the offices of his promoter for a meeting with UFC President Dana White and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta ...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 2 years ago 20,241 reads 45 comments

  9. Johnson vs. Bagautinov: Complete Guide to UFC 174 Fight Card

    It has been three years, nearly to the day, since the Ultimate Fighting Championship and its one-Octagon circus last rolled into Vancouver...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 2 years ago 13,409 reads 34 comments

  10. UFC Fight Night 42: Russian Accents, Fishhooks and the Worst Decision Ever

    There is something in the air in Albuquerque, or perhaps it is in the water. Or perhaps it is nowhere at all. The popularity of the AMC show "Breaking Bad" led to scores of jokes about the Albuquerque desert...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 2 years ago 18,561 reads 123 comments

  11. Two Brothers

    Jeff and Barry Meyer grew up in one of the nice parts of Chicago, where money begat nice shopping malls and nice schools and nice kids wearing nice clothes. They were karate kids...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 2 years ago 3,510 reads 2 comments

  12. UFC's Public Attempts at Humiliating Jon Jones Could Backfire in a Big Way

    If there is one thing we know about UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, it's that we don't know anything. Even among those of us who have spent a considerable amount of time in his presence, Jones remains a mystery...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 2 years ago 44,388 reads 381 comments

  13. TJ Dillashaw on UFC 173 Win, Cruz, Faber and Return to the Octagon

    Last week, I followed TJ Dillashaw as he prepared for his UFC 173 bout against Renan Barao. He was one of the biggest underdogs ever to participate in a championship bout, and ...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 2 years ago 13,647 reads 24 comments

  14. Chael Sonnen Will Continue to Get Title Shots, and Here's Why

    It is a familiar refrain: Chael Sonnen , coming off a loss, finds himself in position for a title shot. It happened in 2013...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 2 years ago 34,364 reads 189 comments

  15. Wanderlei Silva Torpedoes Career with Nevada Licensing Controversy

    There was a time when Wanderlei Silva was the most feared man in mixed martial arts. He had a terrifying visage. Before every fight in PRIDE, Silva would stand across the ring and glare a hole through his opponent...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 2 years ago 49,663 reads 90 comments

  16. Robbie Lawler vs. Matt Brown: July 26th Can't Get Here Soon Enough

    Even if it ends up being a temporary sabbatical, Georges St-Pierre’s decision to walk away from the UFC was the best thing to ever happen to the welterweight division. St-Pierre was a dominant champion...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 2 years ago 20,340 reads 66 comments

  17. Renan Barao Doesn't Deserve Immediate Rematch with T.J. Dillashaw

    T.J. Dillashaw ’s championship win over Renan Barao at UFC 173 created all sorts of interesting subplots around the UFC bantamweight championship...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about over 2 years ago 17,441 reads 83 comments

  18. TJ Dillashaw Puts in Star-Making Performance at UFC 173

    TJ Dillashaw spent much of the last week brimming with a quiet confidence. The UFC bantamweight title challenger was a massive underdog to champion Renan Barao, but you’d never glimpse those long odds on his face...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about over 2 years ago 14,821 reads 41 comments

  19. UFC 173: Fight Week with TJ Dillashaw

    LAS VEGAS — TJ Dillashaw will face the biggest challenge of his life Saturday night. The Team Alpha Male fighter steps into the Octagon at UFC 173 to face Renan Barao for the UFC bantamweight championship...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about over 2 years ago 15,868 reads 28 comments

  20. Bjorn Rebney Should Focus on Bellator, Not Dana White and the UFC

    In the old days, back when he was trying to carve a place for his new mixed martial arts promotion, Bjorn Rebney refused to say a bad word about the UFC...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about over 2 years ago 20,623 reads 73 comments

  21. Jon Jones Going Full Mayweather Would Be a Massive Boost for His Career

    UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is one of the most controversial fighters in mixed martial arts. He is a study in contrasts. He often appears humble and respectful...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about over 2 years ago 29,261 reads 81 comments

  22. Urijah Faber vs. Alex Caceres Announcement Leaves Fans Scratching Their Heads

    Urijah Faber is one of the UFC’s more popular fighters. He’s a pioneer in the lower weight divisions...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about over 2 years ago 24,399 reads 80 comments

  23. UFC Making Correct Decision in Hard-Line Stance with Diaz Brothers

    The Diaz brothers, long a thorn in UFC president Dana White ’s side, may finally be riding off into the sunset — for good this time. And if you ask me, that’s OK...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about over 2 years ago 35,050 reads 133 comments

  24. Miesha Tate Feels Inevitable Rousey vs. Carano Fight Is a Joke, and She's Right

    The idea of Gina Carano returning from Hollywood to take on Ronda Rousey for the UFC women’s bantamweight championship is no longer in the realm of fantasy. Instead, it is reality in progress...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about over 2 years ago 27,407 reads 112 comments

  25. Jon Jones: The Path to Breaking Anderson Silva's Title Defense Record

    Even if you don’t consider Jon Jones the greatest light heavyweight of all time, you must admit he’s getting close. Since winning the championship from Mauricio Rua in 2011, Jones has defended the championship seven times...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about over 2 years ago 30,125 reads 203 comments