1. CM Punk: Signing with the UFC Was the Easiest Decision I've Ever Made

    Phil Brooks has zero professional UFC fights. He has zero amateur fights. He's spent his adult life as CM Punk in the world of professional wrestling, which is certainly athletic but not competitive in a traditional sense...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 9 months ago 69,424 reads 139 comments

  2. Robbie Lawler Completes Improbable Career Comeback with UFC Title Win

    It was a night when a special announcement made after the first pay-per-view bout threatened to overshadow one of the UFC's best cards of the year...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 9 months ago 23,274 reads 89 comments

  3. Abel Trujillo Must Transform Himself into a Demon in Order to Conquer One

    Fighters, as a rule, are an unusual bunch. You must be a little off-center in order to willingly participate in a sport where you are repeatedly punched, kicked and choked...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 9 months ago 6,097 reads 11 comments

  4. UFC's Media Rankings Cannot Determine Pay from Reebok

    Over the past 24 hours, many words have been written about the UFC's new "athlete outfitting policy." Many words will be written in the future, as athletes, managers and the UFC figure out how to tread this rocky new ground...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 9 months ago 10,569 reads 47 comments

  5. UFC, Reebok Announce Uniform Partnership Deal

    The Ultimate Fighting Championship announced Tuesday a long-term deal with apparel company Reebok that will see the outfitter serve as the official provider for new UFC uniforms that will go into effect in 2015...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 9 months ago 18,248 reads 77 comments

  6. Wanderlei Silva Is Hard to Take Seriously

    If you thought Wanderlei Silva would go quietly into that good night after finishing his career with the human equivalent of a dumpster fire, well, you've got another thing coming...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 9 months ago 20,500 reads 38 comments

  7. Renan Barao Is in No Position to Demand Fight with T.J. Dillashaw in Brazil

    Renan Barao wants to fight T.J. Dillashaw in Brazil. You can't blame a fighter for seeking a home-court advantage, and Brazil offers just such a thing...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 9 months ago 18,107 reads 83 comments

  8. AKA Head Javier Mendez Discusses Ways to Lessen Training Camp Injuries

    SAN JOSE, Calif. — Daniel Cormier had been training hard for 23 minutes when the accident happened...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 9 months ago 19,056 reads 22 comments

  9. Conor McGregor Should Get Next Title Shot After Edgar Dominates Swanson

    The UFC's featherweight title picture just cleared up. Cub Swanson, he of the six-fight winning streak heading into UFC Fight Night Austin, is vanquished...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 10 months ago 31,851 reads 213 comments

  10. UFC 181: Urijah Faber on Cisco Rivera, Dominick Cruz and Business

    Urijah Faber last stepped in the Octagon in July, which means he's had ample opportunities to start new businesses. Faber is a prolific businessman...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 10 months ago 4,581 reads 4 comments

  11. UFC 181: Gilbert Melendez Is Ready for War

    It has been a long time since Gilbert Melendez competed in a mixed martial arts fight. This is not to say he has not been busy...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 10 months ago 10,006 reads 26 comments

  12. Rousey on Cyborg: I'm Going to Try to Kill Her with My Bare Hands

    When it comes to the topic of Cristiane "Cyborg" Justino, UFC champion Ronda Rousey has never been one to mince words. She's been vocal about Justino and steroids and other weighty issues for years...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 10 months ago 17,968 reads 72 comments

  13. Bellator 131: Tito Ortiz Outlasts Stephan Bonnar in New-Look Bellator

    SAN DIEGO — It was a night filled with a sparkling new sheen for North America's second-largest mixed martial arts promotion...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 10 months ago 24,445 reads 14 comments

  14. Bellator Reveals Main Event Fights for First Three Events of 2015

    SAN DIEGO—Bellator Fighting Championships today announced the first part of its 2015 schedule. The announcement features four title fights spread over the first three months of 2015...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 10 months ago 17,329 reads 14 comments

  15. Bellator 131: The Ortiz, Bonnar Traveling Circus Arrives in San Diego

    It is 1:10 p.m. in a banquet room of this San Diego Dave & Busters. Outside, throngs of fans play Skeeball and shoot hoops and play video games that are far larger and brighter than the arcade games of my youth...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 10 months ago 12,428 reads 20 comments

  16. An Open Letter to Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua: Please Stop Fighting

    Dear Mauricio, May I call you Mauricio? Calling you by your first name seems a little weird because I have spent years referring to you by your last name and your nickname, pretty much exclusively...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 10 months ago 15,415 reads 74 comments

  17. If Donald Cerrone Beats Myles Jury, Is He the No. 1 Contender at LW?

    UFC 182 features one of the biggest grudge fights in recent memory. You know the one. Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier , light heavyweights of extraordinary prowess, eliminated any ...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 10 months ago 7,869 reads 43 comments

  18. Tito Ortiz vs. Stephan Bonnar: Anyone Still Interested?

    It used to be when Bellator rolled out a "new season" of television, what it really meant was it was about to roll out another series of tournaments filled with fighters you'd never heard of...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 10 months ago 14,621 reads 52 comments

  19. With a Win Over Bisping, Where Will Luke Rockhold Stand in the MW Division?

    You are forgiven if you've forgotten there are two Ultimate Fighting Championship events this weekend. These things happen to me too...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 10 months ago 6,532 reads 29 comments

  20. Football Manager 2015 Review: Continued Perfection

      It's Football Manager Week at Bleacher Report, and Day 2 brings a review of the highly anticipated 2015 edition of the game from B/R lead writer and FM obsessive Jeremy Botter...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 10 months ago 14,237 reads 8 comments

  21. Octagon Art: The 6 Coolest UFC Event Programs in History

    I started collecting souvenir guides for Ultimate Fighting Championship events back when I first started covering them professionally. It was not a conscious decision. Not at the beginning...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 10 months ago 28,792 reads 24 comments

  22. UFC Needs to Create Absolute Rules Governing Injuries, Title Defenses

    I've been thinking about championships lately. More specifically, I've been thinking about championships and how, given the multiple injuries suffered by UFC title-holders in recent ...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 10 months ago 9,436 reads 36 comments

  23. Chad Mendes in Championship Purgatory, but It Won't Last Forever

    Chad Mendes put in a stellar outing on Saturday night. Mendes' UFC 179 bout against UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo was the kind of performance that can boost a career. Mendes lost the fight...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 10 months ago 17,086 reads 32 comments

  24. UFC 179: Jose Aldo, Chad Mendes Deliver Thrilling Fight for the Ages

    With apologies to Conor McGregor, the finely tailored Irishman who has taken the Ultimate Fighting Championship by storm, Saturday night's UFC 179 event proved that the two best featherweights in the world reside Brazil and the United States...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 10 months ago 20,966 reads 88 comments

  25. Jose Aldo Is Capable of Greatness, but He Must Be Willing to Take Risks

    Jose Aldo is the only featherweight champion the UFC has ever had. It has been nearly nine years since he gave up the only loss of his career, and truth be told, he has rarely been challenged since that night...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 11 months ago 8,526 reads 33 comments