Developer: Kombat Mobile and AddictiveMobility
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.
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.
Developer: BJ Penn Enterprise
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.
Developer: Team Lauzon
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.
Developer: HarperCollins Publishers
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.