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Cage Potato’s Comprehensive 2012 MMA App Buyer’s Guide

By Mark Dorsey

(Yeah, yeah, yeah…WE KNOW you guys want a CP app. We’re working on it. And your t-shirts are in the mail.)

Anybody who has searched MMA apps knows that there are dozens of products on the market. This may be a stretch for some of our readers, but let’s assume we all have interests outside of  the MMA world. In a scenario like this, where we don’t all have the time to spend our days and nights trolling the comment section here like Xenophon, it is necessary to sort through the clutter and find the essential apps.

Not to worry, Potato Nation; we have you covered.

Cage Potato and Boost Mobile have teamed up to save you money, time and memory space by providing you with this Comprehensive 2012 MMA App Buyer’s Guide. While the odd gem may have slipped through the cracks, most of the best apps for your hard earned money are listed and reviewed below.

News/Analysis

MMA Underground

Developer: Adept Mobile

Price: $1.99

This is by far my favourite MMA app for a number of reasons. I go to the “Forums” section multiple times a day for a combination of behind the scenes information from people like Dana White and Joe Rogan and analysis from 16-year-old  pro-wrestling converts who live in their parents’ basement. It’s that dichotomy that makes the Underground a unique app that is a must-have for the serious fan. There are some negatives. For the casual fan, the cut and paste style “News” page isn’t very comprehensive and the developers are slow to satisfy customer feedback and concerns. I also seem to have the occasional problem loading and refreshing the Forums and News. Quibbles aside, the app has a slick design and is very easy to navigate. With information on local events and an official database of over 250,000 fighters this app is worth the price for all major fight fans.

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MMA Junkie

Developer: FreeRange360

Cost: Free

MMA Junkie is like the Associated Press of the MMA world, shying away from editorializing and focusing strictly on news. The MMA Junkie App is a great free addition to your smartphone, giving you access to all of Junkie’s comprehensive “News” content. The app also gives to the ability to save articles to read later and to email articles to friends. The best feature is the up-to-the-minute scoring from the live shows to keep you informed of the prelims and main card if you’re not able to actually watch. The upcoming “Events” section is easy to access, and provides  a decent reminder of fights to look forward to. The app is simple and well-designed just like the website and I give it a solid endorsement for both casual and hard-core fans.

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UFC

Developer: MobiTV

Price: Free

This functions that this app possesses have huge potential but at this point in time, there are way too many glitches to make it useful. I suppose the ability to pay $44.99 to watch a PPV event on your phone may appeal to some people who have no other choice, but the quality isn’t good enough and it’s far too small when you have the option to watch a live event on a laptop or television. The most convenient aspect of the UFC app is the alerts for press conferences and weigh-ins and the ability to watch them on your smartphone; however, I wonder how much interest the casual fan would have in these options as opposed to just getting a summary of the highlights after they’re done. The biggest problem with the app is that sections like “News”, “Fight Cards” and “Fighter Bios” have broken links and are not updated as frequently as they should be. Also, many of the “Videos” just don’t seem to load at all. This app is a huge disappointment and I expected more from the preeminent MMA organization because simply put,  they really should be leading the pack like their contemporaries in other sports like the NHL and NBA.

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ChakDaddy- October 31, 2012 at 3:03 pm
I like the MMAJunkie app best. Those guys have the best content online.

Another great one I recently came across though is the MMAvsBoxing Event Calendar app.

It's pretty comprehensive simple app for event cards and results.
ChakDaddy- October 31, 2012 at 3:04 pm
MMAvsBoxing.com actually...
Mofo- February 21, 2012 at 1:44 pm
MMFighting caches the articles, and then I can read it on the subway. In NYC, the only apps that are worth shit are the ones that cache things, and most news apps don't cache (the UG app doesn't)
agentsmith- February 21, 2012 at 1:12 pm
If news is all you're looking for, just get Google Reader and add all your fav news sites. Like this one.
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Mofo- February 20, 2012 at 8:36 pm
Dudes, MMAFighting is second best app after the UG app. Skip all the crap in this writeup and get that. Oh that's where Ben Fowlkes is writing these days, hence the snub!!

And no MMA Torch?? When the second gen iPhone came out (3g) MMA Torch was the ONLY MMA app. It's still one of the best for quick hits on news, and for some (but not much) decent analysis. Rich Hansen is funny enough that he should be head writer here at CP; Pennick, Ennis, and Hyden are decent writers; everyone else, skip.

Also: download Instacast and get the MMA Hour every week, and whatever other podcasts float yer boat.

I never hit the shitter, or even walk to the subway, without my MMA apps.
coolsnow7- February 20, 2012 at 8:29 pm
Tried to find MMA Coach, doesn't seem to exist?
XENOPHON- February 20, 2012 at 5:25 pm
@darkstarrocketship - oh fucking eh right. iFags are the worse. Sure the phones are cool, but the monthly bill for a full boat iPhone is a joke. If you have the cash its not a big deal expense, but when I see all the clowns with Affliction shirts, Hardy jeans, big tattoos, shoes with square toes, and stepping out of a car that resembles a 14 year old Hyundai, parked in front of 7-11 with Big Gulp in hand, and sporting a Best Buy name tag...you got to shake your head at people that simply try too hard to be so cool.
darkstarrocketship- February 20, 2012 at 5:02 pm
God damn intellectually remedial Apple fags everywhere. Perhaps Xenophon can use some of them for target practice too.
XENOPHON- February 20, 2012 at 4:48 pm
Please buy lots of CP T-shirts, you and the family all put em on, and drive my place. I love target practice. Oh, Bootystar...i'd agree with you but after getting busted by my squeeze for posting about pussy comments on here....all I can say moving forward is that I take the 5th.
koios- February 20, 2012 at 3:35 pm
shirt's are in the mail you say? I'll believe that when I see. I'm still waiting.
Fried Taco- February 20, 2012 at 3:17 pm
I trane UFC using my iPhone.
Goog- February 20, 2012 at 11:04 am
If you set the tolerance a little higher when using the magic wand tool, you'll get less of a shitty jagged edge when selecting the phone to cut and paste over a dark background. There's always the defringe function under "matting", along with "remove white matte". Or for people with more than one week's experience.. the pen tool. Or quick mask. Or... just have me do it.
mixed martial farts- February 20, 2012 at 10:56 am
Anyone know if Cage Potato has t-shirts to buy? I want to promote this damn site!
Fletch the V Stretch- February 20, 2012 at 10:44 am
haha bootystar FTW
bootystar- February 20, 2012 at 10:22 am
I like to use something so much till I hate it, like my wife
The12ozCurls- February 20, 2012 at 10:11 am
^^^^ My "hiding in the bathroom time" is already REALLY enjoyable if you know what I mean - but thanks CP for the app suggestions.
Fletch the V Stretch- February 20, 2012 at 10:03 am
Oh seems like I am not the only person who likes to "hide in the bathroom" during work hours. You guys should all DL Words with Friends for your iphone, great game..stimulates brain cells. As far as these apps go, I have MMAJUNKIE and that is enough for me.
macreadysshack- February 20, 2012 at 9:47 am
BTW I just loaded a couple of these apps on my iphone. Thanks for the feature. You just made my 'hiding in the bathroom time' that much more enjoyable.
macreadysshack- February 20, 2012 at 9:46 am
At least one of these negatives you listed could be said about your own site, CP.
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"There are some negatives. For the casual fan, the cut and paste style “News” page isn’t very comprehensive and the developers are slow to satisfy customer feedback and concerns."
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And, bitches, please. Don't tell me, 'if you don't like it go someplace else, dickweed'. I criticize CP occasionally because I DO like it and I want it to get better (which it HAS in the past few months, BTW. Except for the 'edit' button. Oh, and the fucking slideshow.)
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