1. Fabricio Werdum and the State of the UFC Heavyweight Division

    It is the division historically packed with men known as "the baddest on the planet." Mike Tyson. Evander Holyfield . Muhammad Ali. But the UFC's heavyweight division is anything but...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 5 months ago 16,329 reads 53 comments

  2. Reflecting on the Beginnings of UFC's Partnership with USADA

    On February 18, 2015, top executives from the Ultimate Fighting Championship held a media conference at the Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa. The subject: the announcement of a comprehensive, year-round drug-testing program...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 5 months ago 6,546 reads 24 comments

  3. EA UFC 2 Review: A Beautiful, Yet Difficult Game to Master

    It is the fourth round of a UFC featherweight championship fight. My fighter, a former UFC lightweight champion who worked his way to the top after winning The Ultimate Fighter in dominant fashion, is in big trouble...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 6 months ago 28,950 reads 19 comments

  4. Conor McGregor's Pride Goes Before His Fall to Nate Diaz

    Conor McGregor has long been a proponent of the art of visualization and the law of attraction. When I traveled to Dublin a year ago, I learned of McGregor's fondness for The Secret , the bestselling book often chalked up as malarkey...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 6 months ago 330,478 reads 602 comments

  5. The Question: Will McGregor vs. Diaz Be a Huge Fight?

    Fans got a taste last week of what might have been this Saturday at UFC 196 . At a press conference for the ages, Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz went back-and-forth determining who did and did not give a f--k...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 6 months ago 13,819 reads 120 comments

  6. UFC 196 Fight Week Notebook: On the Ground for Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz

    LAS VEGAS — On Saturday night, two of the UFC's mercurial superstars will square off in the main event of a pay-per-view that was hampered by injury and yet emerged somehow stronger than the original...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 6 months ago 33,849 reads 87 comments

  7. UFC 196 Breakdown: Dominick Cruz, Brian Stann Analyze McGregor vs. Diaz

    Saturday night's UFC 196 main event isn't the one we'd all hoped for, but it's a great fight all the same. When Nate Diaz replaced Rafael dos Anjos in the main event against Conor McGregor, a whole new slew of questions were raised...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 6 months ago 38,833 reads 83 comments

  8. If Conor McGregor Beats Nate Diaz, Who Should He Fight at UFC 200?

    Groans were heard across the world when a foot injury forced Rafael dos Anjos to pull out of his UFC 196 bout against Conor McGregor. McGregor, the featherweight champion, seems constantly stricken by opponents who can't make it to fight night...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 6 months ago 86,578 reads 250 comments

  9. Ain't No Circus Like a Bellator Circus

    So, about last night... Bellator MMA rolled into Houston for the first time earlier this week, bringing along its particular brand of something that resembles MMA but is mostly anything but...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 6 months ago 35,761 reads 38 comments

  10. UFC's Recent USADA Failures Highlight Dangers of Supplement Use

    One aspect of the UFC's stringent drug-testing policy, administered by the United States Anti-Doping Agency, has come under a bright spotlight...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 7 months ago 27,224 reads 107 comments

  11. The Question: Will Anthony Johnson Drive Jon Jones to Heavyweight?

    It was the beating heard round the world. Ryan Bader walked into the Octagon last Saturday as a potential light heavyweight title challenger...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 7 months ago 32,980 reads 119 comments

  12. Ben Rothwell and the Fear of Being Yourself

    It was a couple of days after Christmas when Ben Rothwell was six years old that he woke up in the morning and couldn't see anything at all. He'd gone suddenly and terrifyingly blind...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 7 months ago 14,309 reads 49 comments

  13. Cursed Cain Velasquez, the Man with so Much Unrealized Potential

    " Cain Velasquez injured, out of upcoming fight." It is something like a broken record at this point, isn't it? Have there actually been more headlines announcing a Velasquez ...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 7 months ago 15,380 reads 58 comments

  14. Conor McGregor's Circus, Renewed and Reinvigorated, Rolls Toward UFC 197

    LAS VEGAS — If you thought Conor McGregor used up his well of material during the 11-month odyssey that was his rivalry with Jose Aldo, you would be mistaken...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 7 months ago 71,155 reads 239 comments

  15. Dominick Cruz Completes Grueling Return with Title Win over Dillashaw

    It was billed as the ultimate tactical clash. Dominick Cruz , undefeated at bantamweight, lost his UFC title outside the Octagon when continual injuries kept him on the shelf for years...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 7 months ago 27,547 reads 290 comments

  16. Wanderlei Silva Free of UFC, but Battle with NSAC Still Looms Large

    The late-career tale of Wanderlei Silva took another interesting twist on Thursday. To recap: Silva was dinged by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for running from a drug test in 2014...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 8 months ago 8,763 reads 32 comments

  17. Conor McGregor Eyes Future of Promoting His Own Fights

    Last week, I reported that Conor McGregor would move up to the lightweight division to challenge Rafael dos Anjos for the UFC's lightweight title...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 8 months ago 29,437 reads 105 comments

  18. B/R MMA Roundtable: Breaking Down McGregor vs. Dos Anjos and What It Means

    On Thursday night, Bleacher Report broke the news that UFC 197 would be heading to Las Vegas in March with a pair of big-time fights: Rafael dos Anjos defending the lightweight ...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 8 months ago 104,884 reads 273 comments

  19. Brennan Ward, Master of the F-Bomb, Reflects on Rizin Debut Win

    Any conversation with Brennan Ward should be prefaced with something along the following lines: Warning: Adult language and mature subject matter...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 8 months ago 4,867 reads 1 comments

  20. The Question: Will Others Follow McGregor, Cerrone in Switching Weight Classes?

    2016 is only a few days old, and already we are seeing the birth of what might become a new trend: fighters switching weight classes in pursuit of big fights and new career paths...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 8 months ago 16,858 reads 129 comments

  21. Dominick Cruz, the Thinking Man's Fighter, Continues to Break New Ground

    Imagine, if you will, that you are very good at a certain thing. Imagine that you're one of the best in the world. You are young and in your prime and you feel untouchable, mostly because you are...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 8 months ago 14,142 reads 47 comments

  22. Holly Holm Should Wait for UFC 200 and Ronda Rousey, No Matter What

    It seemed so certain, back when Holly Holm was still crying in the Octagon while Ronda Rousey attempted to gather her senses on the canvas below...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 8 months ago 45,965 reads 146 comments

  23. Robbie Lawler, Carlos Condit Endure Battle for the Championship Ages

    Every so often, when we are very lucky and when the gods and goddesses who created fighting decide we all need a little bit of light in our lives, they send us something that warms ...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 8 months ago 54,848 reads 223 comments

  24. The Legend of 'Irish' Joe Duffy, the Last Man to Beat Conor McGregor

    Joe Duffy is the last man to beat Conor McGregor, perhaps the fastest-rising star in the history of mixed martial arts. But before all that, before the questions and before the what-ifs about a rematch, Joe Duffy was the son of a miner...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 8 months ago 67,375 reads 38 comments

  25. With McGregor, Rousey, UFC Experiences Best Year Ever in 2015

    It closed not with a whimper, but with a bang. It closed with the sight of Conor McGregor, the UFC's chosen future megastar, standing in the middle of the Octagon, a real (not interim) UFC title strapped around his waist...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 8 months ago 14,475 reads 65 comments