October 15, 2013
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Comparing and contrasting prospects across eight different weight classes and through a dozen countries can give anyone blurred vision. For the fifth time since ULTMMA.com went online in August 2009, we attempt to project the pound for pound 50 best prospects in mixed martial arts.
The 2013 ULTMMA50 began as blank canvas with every fighter not signed to a exclusive UFC deal, locked into a Bellator tournament contract or casted on the Ultimate Fighter as of August 1, 2013 labeled as a MMA prospect. Looking inside the minds of UFC matchmakers Joe Silva and Sean Shelby, in an ideal sport's world the ULTMMA50 would serve as a draft board predicting which prospects would be signed to developmental deal with the largest promotion in MMA.
Since the 2009 edition of the ULTMMA50 nearly 200 MMA prospects have made the top 50 cut. Current Bellator champions Pat Curran and Eduardo Dantas were earmarked in 2009 and 2010 respectively, while current UFC champions Renan Baro and Chris Weidman each made appearances on the ULTMMA50 in 2009 as well as 2010.
April 21, 2014
In a must win situation, Colorado lightweight prospect Tony Sims (9-2) walked away with his hand raised. Coming off a close split decision loss to current UFC lightweight Drew Dober (15-5), Sims was matched with Steele McCall (7-3) for the Fight to Win 155 pound title. After a round one ground battle, Sims threw a single punching combination in round two.
The fight begins at the 2:55 mark of the video with Sims in the white and black shorts. Just one fight removed from a eight fight winning streak the 28 year old Sims should remain on the short list of UFC lightweight call-ups. A four star prospect at 155 pounds Sims deceptive power in his hands have grown to compliment his underrated grappling game.
April 20, 2014
UFC on Fox 11 results
Fabricio Werdum def. Travis Browne via unanimous decision (49-46, 50-45, 50-45)
Miesha Tate def. Liz Carmouche via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Donald Cerrone def. Edson Barboza via submission rear naked choke 3:15 R1
Yoel Romero def. Brad Tavares via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Khabib Nurmagomedov def. Rafael dos Anjos via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Thiago Alves def. Seth Baczynski via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Jorge Masvidal def. Pat Healy via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Alex White def. Estevan Payan via TKO (punches) 1:28 R1
Caio Magalhaes def. Luke Zachrich via TKO (strikes) 0:44 R1
Jordan Mein def. Hernani Perpetuo via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Dustin Ortiz def. Ray Borg via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Mirsad Bektic def. Chas Skelly via majority decision (29-27, 29-27, 28-28)
Derrick Lewis def. Jack May via TKO (punches) 4:23 R1
April 17, 2014
Over the next eight weeks ULTMMA.com (www.ULTMMA.com) will review their 2013 prospect rankings and ratings of 160 prospects from heavyweight through flyweight. While reviewing last year's rankings we will also reveal the top 20 prospects in each major MMA weight class to "watch out for" in 2014.
A barren wasteland of large human beings with subpar cardio. The UFC employs roughly 30 heavyweights on its roster. Outside of the UFC it's not a barren wasteland but most athletes weighing over 225 pounds tend to gravitate towards other sports that don't involve face punching inside a cage. At the back end of the UFC roster there are some questionably signings with room for better fighters to get their shot.
Regional heavyweight MMA fights are mostly difficult to watch. Entering 2014 there are at least 20 heavyweight MMA prospects with UFC or even Bellator aspirations. Is there an athletically blessed big man flying under the UFC's radar?
April 16, 2014
April 15, 2014
RFA 14 results
*Matt Manzanares def. Junior Maranhao via split decision (49-46, 50-45, 47-48)
*Mark Dickman def. *Raoni Barcelos via submission rear-naked choke 2:06 R2
*Tyler Voth def. Jeimeson Saudino via unanimous decision
Alan Jouban def. Armando Montoya Jr. via knockout (punch) 3:33 R2
Daniel Aguiar def. Tyler Toner via submission heel hook 0:29 R1
Jocelyn Lybarger def. Rosa Acevedo via unanimous decision
Scott Ingram def. Joshua Smith via TKO (punches) 2:08 R1
*Prospect to watch
April 14, 2014
April 11, 2014
Nikolai Gionti and Chris Manning rap all things MMA in the latest episode of Octagon Control/The D.J. MMA Show. The dynamic duo talks they mystery of Nick Diaz, upcoming UFC pay per view headliners, Gina Carano to the UFC and The Ultimate Fighter finale. Grab the RSS Feed for the show at http://www.buzzsprout.com/8580.rss Explore the show's archives at http://www.buzzsprout.com/8580