1. MMA in 2014: Fight of the Year

    2014 was a down year in terms of business for mixed martial arts. But the action in the cage was better than ever, for the most part. There were classic fights from the championship level on down to the lowest of preliminary bouts...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 2 days ago 11,220 reads 45 comments

  2. TUF 20 Finale: Carla Esparza Dominant in UFC Championship Win

    In the end, it was perhaps too much, too soon for Rose Namajunas. They came to the cage as opposite portraits...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 13 days ago 21,164 reads 71 comments

  3. The Meteoric Rise of Thug Rose Namajunas

    Pat Barry met Rose Namajunas when she punched him in the head. Barry was sparring at Roufusport one day, working on his stand-up game...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 15 days ago 15,598 reads 70 comments

  4. UFC's Signing of CM Punk Is a Good Thing, as Long as It's Honest About It

    Saturday's news that Phil " CM Punk " Brooks signed a multifight contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship sent the mixed martial arts world into a frenzy. It is understandable...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 17 days ago 16,005 reads 61 comments

  5. UFC on Fox 13: 7 Reasons to Watch Dos Santos vs. Miocic Fight Card

    We are in the midst of a UFC deluge, with fight cards seemingly every weekend. It is hard to tell them apart. But on Saturday night, the promotion returns to network television with a slew of intriguing fights...

    Jeremy Botter Written by Jeremy Botter about 17 days ago 11,030 reads 20 comments

  6. 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 19 days ago 68,943 reads 139 comments

  7. 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 19 days ago 23,044 reads 89 comments

  8. 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 21 days ago 6,009 reads 11 comments

  9. 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 22 days ago 10,318 reads 47 comments

  10. 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 23 days ago 18,123 reads 77 comments

  11. 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 24 days ago 20,111 reads 38 comments

  12. 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 29 days ago 18,002 reads 83 comments

  13. 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 1 month ago 18,860 reads 22 comments

  14. 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 1 month ago 31,766 reads 213 comments

  15. 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 1 month ago 4,447 reads 4 comments

  16. 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 1 month ago 9,974 reads 26 comments

  17. 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 1 month ago 17,667 reads 72 comments

  18. 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 1 month ago 24,332 reads 14 comments

  19. 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 1 month ago 17,238 reads 14 comments

  20. 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 1 month ago 12,378 reads 20 comments

  21. 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 1 month ago 14,377 reads 73 comments

  22. 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 1 month ago 7,695 reads 43 comments

  23. 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 1 month ago 14,557 reads 52 comments

  24. 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 1 month ago 6,515 reads 29 comments

  25. 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 1 month ago 13,582 reads 8 comments