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

Fighters

GSP

Developer: Kombat Mobile and AddictiveMobility

Cost: Free

This is my favourite fighter app and a great example that other UFC champions and contenders should be following. The app has a very slick appearance and tons of original content. Regular updates would make it better, but in defense of his team, Georges St-Pierre has been out of competition and intense public focus for a while. Along with the necessities such as GSP news and the latest fight stats, the app also includes nutrition tips, secret recipes (Rice Milkshake!), one-on-one training tips from “Rush” and his coaching staff and interesting challenges and games. This app is 4.9 MB so it takes up a lot of storage, but for GSP fans, it’ll be worth it, especially for tracking his progress back from knee surgery. A beautiful design and great effort on behalf of GSP and I highly recommend it.

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Trigg MMA

Developer: Jebs Apps

Price: Free ($1.99/month for exclusive content)

Frank Trigg is no longer a fighter who is relevant in the rankings but he’s just so earnest and open about his marketing that it makes you to want to support him. He keeps himself in the public consciousness with his great commentary, analysis and humorous insider perspective on the sport. My major problem is the monthly cost associated with the exclusive content, including Cooking with Trigg, Training Tips and Fight Predictions. Come on, Frank, just give it to us for free; we already downloaded the app to show our support. Trigg’s the type of guy you want to see succeed and the sly grin he’s sporting on the main screen proves that he’s no longer trying to be a tough guy bully or a male model; this is the mature, refined Trigg. As more fighters enter the MMA app market, they should look to this app as an example of how to provide interesting and original content.

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BJ Penn

Developer: BJ Penn Enterprise

Price: Free

BJ Penn has a highly devout and fanatic following, so I have no doubt that this app has done quite well. Bjpenn.com is a great example of how a fighter can nurture fan interest and drive traffic to his site with original content, and the app follows in its footsteps. Penn seems unsure about his future in the sport of MMA, so one can forgive his team for slacking on the updates, but that is the biggest problem with the app: there needs to be more updates and attention spent fixing some of the glitches associated with some of the sections, such as the Forum. The BJ Penn app could use a bit of a design overhaul so it comes across more graphically appealing, but for the most part this is a good app for fans of BJ Penn looking to join a community of like-minded individuals and show off your MMA credibility.

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Joe Lauzon

Developer: Team Lauzon

Price: Free

A self-described nerd, Joe Lauzon has always been one of the best fighters at using social networking to stay in contact with his fan-base. That’s why it’s no surprise that this app is helping to keep him ahead of the curve. With a good video section of random “Web Ninja” videos and instructionals, one can get a peek into his day-to-day life while also learning some effective techniques in the cage. Get J-Lau on the go and you won’t be disappointed, especially as Lauzon continues his fight to get into lightweight title contention. I expected more updates and content from such a social media savvy guy, but nonetheless this is a solid fighter app for his fans.

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Forrest Griffin

Developer: HarperCollins Publishers

Cost: Free

This is not your typical fighter’s app and that’s not meant to be compliment. It’s basically just an advertisement for Forrest Griffin’s books, Got Fight? and Be Ready When the Shit Goes Down. There’s no Twitter feed, no RRS news feed and no stats. There are some cheesy quizzes to test your manliness, but that’s about it. Forrest can be a funny guy and quality fighter when his head is in the game and he’s not on Twitter creating public relations disasters, however, he seems to be in career limbo and unsure of whether or not he even wants to fight anymore. His apathy shows in this app. Hopefully, he tells his publishers to invest a little more money to make this app more worthwhile, because at the moment, it is not.

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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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