Jonathan Snowden's View
In his last two fights former champion Brock Lesnar has struggled with heavy punchers. Can he do better in his UFC return against Alistair Overeem, the strongest striker in the division?
Jon Jones proves to the world that he's the best fighter in the UFC. Jones defended his light heavyweight title against Lyoto Machida tonight at UFC 140.
HDNet wonders which MMA star is the best bet for a long term deal. Jonathan Snowden looked back to a decade ago and determined MMA futures are an extremely risky bet.
With his win over Jason Miller, Michael Bisping put himself in the mix for a title fight with UFC champion Anderson Silva. Jonathan Snowden speculates that, if it takes place, it won't be pretty.
Ronda Rousey wants to fight Strikeforce champion Miesha Tate. Rousey believes she and Tate will draw big money at the box office. Tate says Rousey is marketable but not deserving. Jonathan Snowden thinks they are both wrong.
Five things to be thankful for in the world of mixed martial arts. Art imitates life, as the UFC leads the way.
Dan Henderson and Mauricio "Shogun Rua waged a war of attrition at UFC 139. And while Jonathan Snowden rjects the idea it was the best fight of all time, he agrees it featured two of the most courageous performances in MMA history.
Dana White was the primary analyst for the UFC's prefight and postfight coverage on Fox. Jonathan Snowden sees that as a potential problem for the UFC boss.
MMA sold out last night at UFC on Fox and that's a great thing to see.
Junior dos Santos knocked out Cain Velasquez to win UFC gold. Was the historic broadcast television debut everything the UFC and Fox could have hoped for? Jonathan Snowden says yes and no.
Some fans speculated we'd see a slimmer Brock Lesnar in the cage at UFC 141. But as Jonathan Snowden writes, the press conference showed the former UFC champion looking larger than life.
The UFC makes its debut on Fox Saturday night. MMA historian Jonathan Snowden gives credit where it is due - to the near flawless execution of Dana White, Joe Silva, and a committed ownership group.
Will fight fans choose Manny Pacquiao Saturday night? Or will the UFC's mainstream debut take a bite out of boxing? Jonathan Snowden breaks down both cards to see where fans should turn for the best show this weekend.
B.J. Penn may have fought for the last time at UFC 137. Jonathan Snowden says it's fitting we saw the best and worst of Penn in his final performance.
Nick Diaz takes on B.J Penn in the UFC 137 main event. Who is the better striker? The better grappler? Jonathan Snowden breaks the fighters down in five areas to pick a winner.
Jonathan Snowden argues that the UFC's purchase of their rival Strikeforce prevented us from seeing another epic MMA meltdown. Now Strikeforce is dying slowly, ignominiously, and even its biggest fans can barely muster the energy to care.
Is UFC champion Anderson Silva trying to get out of a fight with top contender Chael Sonnen? Jonathan Snowden explains why this fight has to happen.
Gilbert Melendez may get the next title shot at 155 pounds. But Jonathan Snowden argues that the Strikeforce star isn't ready to carry a UFC pay per view on the marketing end - no matter how good he is in the cage.
UFC contender Chael Sonnen cut one of the best promos in UFC history last night. Will his rematch with Anderson Silva draw big at the box office?
Jon Jones will defend his UFC light heavyweight title against Lyoto Machida, who has lost two of his last three. Does the former champion deserve a shot? Jonathan Snowden argues no.
Dominick Cruz may be a great fighter, but Jonathan Snowden argues that the UFC bantamweight champion will never be a star.
UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones had doubters going into his UFC 135 defense against Quinton Jackson. But, as Jonathan Snowden explains, any remaining doubters are needlessly cynical. Jones isn't just a deserving champion - he may be the best fighter in the sport today.
UFC champion Jon Jones thinks Quinton Jackson's fighting style is stagnant. Jonathan Snowden argues that the young fighter is confusing mature and refined with unevolved - perhaps to his detriment.
UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones isn't like us. In a sport that prides itself on fighters being recognizable and approachable everymen, that presents some public relations problems. Jonathan Snowden explains.
The mixed martial arts movie Warrior failed badly at the box office. Jonathan Snowden is afraid this and other failures may be a bad sign for the UFC's mainstream appeal.
Floyd Mayweather is the biggest villain in boxing. But last night he struck a blow against the dreaded bro hug in his knockout win against Victor Ortiz.
Jonathan Snowden breaks down the epic fight between Brock Lesnar and Alistair Overeem. Who has the advantage in grappling, striking, and intangibles?
The Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix harkened back to the early days of MMA. Stars were made in the UFC and in Japan's Pride on the strength of tournament wins. Strikeforce had the same idea - until everything went awry.
It seemed like the overly confident, young Brendan Schaub was going to end the great Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira's career at UFC 134. Instead, the UFC legend turned the tables on the young gun and had one more moment in the sun.
The UFC Gladiator has opened more than 100 pay per view telecasts. Now he's a thing of the past. Jonathan Snowden pays tribute to an icon.
UFC President Dana White has taken to the attack, criticizing Japanese fighting legend Kazushi Sakuraba. The MMA Encyclopedia author Jonathan Snowden looks to set the record straight.