May 8, 2014
In October 2013, ULTMMA.com (www.ULTMMA.com) released version 5.0 of our annual MMA big board affectionately known as the ULTMMA50. Seven months after the snapshot in MMA time that was the 2013/2014 ULTMMA50, the 50 fighters listed have all tweaked their resumes. Ranking different fighters from different weights classes that for the most part fight in entirely different promotions is an exercise rooted in patience and informed speculation.
With UFC matchmakers Joe Silva and Sean Shelby having the ULTMMA50 (possibly) pinned to their office white board, a whooping 22 prospects have already been signed to the UFC. So with the benefit of hindsight how did a pound for pound list of 50 diverse MMA prospects hold up?
October 20, 2014
Golovkin vs. Rubio results
Gennady Golovkin def. Marco Antonio Rubio by KO 1:19 R2
Nicholas Walters def. Nonito Donaire by TKO 2:59 R6
Edwin Rodriguez def. Azea Augustama by Unanimous Decision (100-90, 100-90, & 99-91)
Marcos Reyes def. Abraham Han by Decision
Jaime Ocegueda def. Moris Rodriguez by TKO 2:31 R6
October 20, 2014
Legacy FC 36 results
Albuquerque, New Mexico
*Cody East def. Vernon Lewis via TKO (punches) - Round 1, 3:26
Damacio Page def. Brian Hall via knockout (punch) - Round 1, 1:48
Donald Sanchez def. Charles Cheeks III via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Jordan Espinosa def. *Rafael de Freitas via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) - Round 3, 5:00
Clint Roberts def. Lenny Lovato Jr. via knockout (head kick) - Round 1, 4:15
Norma Rueda Center def. Michelle Nicolini via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) - Round 3, 5:00
*Prospect to watch
October 16, 2014
The best sports film of 2014 and maybe already the best movie based on the sport of wrestling ever, "Foxcatcher" continues to garner critical acclaim prior to its November 14th release date. The film is based on the true story of Olympic gold medal-winning brothers Mark and Dave Schultz and their toxic relationship multi-millionaire supporter, John du Pont.
Starring Channing Tatum, Steve Carell and Mark Ruffalo "Foxcatcher" is directed by Bennett Miller of "Capote" and "Moneyball" fame. With screenings at the Canes Film Festival and most recently the New York Film Festival, the wrestling bio pic has already been labeled a strong Oscar contender for directing, acting and screenplay work.
October 10, 2014
According to the sport business experts at Forbes the UFC brand is stronger than it has ever been. From $1 million dollar investment to the Zuffa fronted global leader in mixed martial arts, the UFC has continued to grow year by year. Is the cap or ceiling for the UFC closer than pundits think?
If the UFC has peaked 2015 will be an interesting year for the promotion. If the UFC hasn't peaked 2015 will be an interesting year for the promotion.
October 9, 2014
Metamoris 5-Sakuraba vs. Gracie
Long Beach, California
Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Renzo Gracie
Rory MacDonald vs. J.T. Torres
Yuri Simoes vs. Rafael Lovato Jr.
Vinny Magalhaes vs. Kevin Casey
Garry Tonon vs. Zak Maxwell
October 8, 2014
Everything is better in slow-motion. Watching welterweight contender Rory MacDonald (18-2) stake his claim to a title shot by bum rushing Tarec Saffiedine (15-4) is good at any speed. UFC Fight Night Halifax highlights in super slow-motion? Super slow enough that you can almost see MacDonald's brain waves go from zero to Ares right before your very eyes.
October 6, 2014
UFC Fight Night 54 results
Rory MacDonald def. Tarec Saffiedine via TKO (punches) - Round 3, 1:28
Raphael Assuncao def. Bryan Caraway via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Chad Laprise def. Yosdenis Cedeno via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Elias Theodorou def. Bruno Santos via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Nordine Taleb def. Li Jingliang via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
Mitch Gagnon def. Roman Salazar via submission (rear-naked choke) - Round 1, 2:06
Daron Cruickshank def Anthony Njokuani via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Olivier Aubin-Mercier def. Jake Lindsey via submission (inverted triangle choke) - Round 2, 3:22
Paul Felder def. Jason Saggo via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Chris Kelades def. Patrick Holohan via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Albert Tumenov def. Matt Dwyer via TKO (head kick, punches) - Round 1, 1:03
Pedro Munhoz def. Jerrod Sanders via submission (guillotine choke) - Round 1, 0:39