1. T.J. Dillashaw's Alpha Male Departure: A Long Time Coming and the Right Move

    I have seen enough of T.J. Dillashaw over the course of his mixed martial arts career to know that what happened late last week—with Dillashaw leaving his longtime gym home of Team Alpha Male—was not surprising in the least...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 9 months ago 24,458 reads 83 comments

  2. UFC 192: Daniel Cormier, Alexander Gustafsson Tough Beyond All Measure

    It seems nearly impossible to mention Daniel Cormier and his reign as UFC light heavyweight champion without mentioning the great, glaring elephant in the room...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 9 months ago 54,427 reads 100 comments

  3. UFC 192: Is 19-Year-Old Sage Northcutt the Future of the UFC?

    Sage Northcutt is 19 years old. He is 6'1" tall. We are standing in the lobby of the Gracie Barra gym in Katy, Texas, where he trains in mixed martial arts, and I am realizing he is perhaps the most in-shape human I have ever seen in person...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 9 months ago 47,155 reads 100 comments

  4. Luke Rockhold: Vitor Belfort Is a Disgrace to the Sport

    Just when you thought it was over, the saga of Vitor Belfort and his involvement with performance enhancing drugs continues...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 9 months ago 29,235 reads 81 comments

  5. 'King' Mo Talks Dynamite Rib Injury, 'B---H' Tito Ortiz and Fedor

    Though it would end in less-than-optimal fashion for him, there was something about Bellator: Dynamite that was right up "King" Mo Lawal's alley...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 9 months ago 9,573 reads 21 comments

  6. Bellator: Dynamite Brings the Weird and Wonderful in Equal Doses

    Pretty much since the day PRIDE Fighting Championships closed its doors and sold the whole kit and caboodle to their casino magnate foes from across the sea, mixed martial arts ...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 9 months ago 5,741 reads 9 comments

  7. Bellator Preview: The Return of the One-Night Tournament

    It is among the oldest of modern-day mixed martial arts staples: the one-night tournament. The roots of what we now know as mixed martial arts began with tournaments designed to take place in a single night...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 9 months ago 7,452 reads 10 comments

  8. Bellator Dynamite Is Completely Different, but Is That a Good Thing?

    This week marks a new chapter in the development of Bellator MMA . Back when Bjorn Rebney was in charge of the promotion, it focused on trying to secure a foothold as more of a "sports" version of mixed martial arts...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 10 months ago 14,793 reads 26 comments

  9. Kyra Gracie Takes on the World in New Fight Pass Show 'Third Degree'

    Before the Ultimate Fighting Championship became the promotional juggernaut it is today, there were the Gracies...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 10 months ago 18,096 reads 7 comments

  10. UFC Continues Smart Handling of Paige VanZant's Career Arc

    The story of Ronda Rousey's rise to prominence, both in the "real" world and the sometimes absurd world of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, has been one of swiftness...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 10 months ago 31,553 reads 80 comments

  11. Rumble Johnson: 'Who Hasn't Thrown Somebody's Stuff and Talked Trash?'

    The past few weeks can't have been all that easy for Anthony Johnson . The feared UFC light heavyweight, who faces Jimi Manuwa on Saturday night at UFC 191 , once again found ...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 10 months ago 12,461 reads 15 comments

  12. 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 10 months ago 5,071 reads 55 comments

  13. 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 10 months ago 15,669 reads 26 comments

  14. 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 10 months ago 117,946 reads 54 comments

  15. 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 10 months ago 27,278 reads 125 comments

  16. 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 11 months ago 35,384 reads 209 comments

  17. 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 11 months ago 37,903 reads 103 comments

  18. 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 11 months ago 315,724 reads 30 comments

  19. 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 11 months ago 130,419 reads 451 comments

  20. 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 11 months ago 7,784 reads 33 comments

  21. 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 11 months ago 32,606 reads 124 comments

  22. 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 11 months ago 16,728 reads 40 comments

  23. 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 11 months ago 24,483 reads 34 comments

  24. 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 11 months ago 52,264 reads 111 comments

  25. 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 11 months ago 33,944 reads 149 comments