June 26, 2012
The ULTMMA50 is intended to be a snapshot look at the 50 best prospects in mixed martial arts. The rub in narrowing down the list to only 50 prospects is because unlike the NFL or MLB drafts potential MMA fighters come from all corners of the globe. In 2012 more than ever big time MMA prospects are being scouted on six different continents.
The ULTMMA50 is a pound for pound listing with all 50 fighters ranked worthy of a UFC or Bellator roster spot. The ULTMMA50 2012 edition will be the fourth incarnation of the list since ULTMMA.com went live in August 2009. Current UFC fighters Renan Barao, Phil Davis and Chris Weidman all made the ULTMMA50 prior to being signed to exclusive deals.
The goal of the ULTMMA50 is to give fight fans a preview of what prospects are making noise on the local MMA scene before they ink long term deals with the UFC, Bellator or the Ultimate Fighter. After months of research and our day to day tracking of prospects for the last four years the 2012 edition of the ULTMMA50 is finalized
May 22, 2013
Sexual harassment, threatening behavior, physical intimidation are just a few of the laundry list of allegations that have rocked the tight knit community of Women's mixed martial arts in the last week. On Sunday May 19th Invicta FC President Shannon Knapp released a statement on her Facebook page warning potential fighters of MMA managers who have been lying and threatening to blackball athletes from her all women's promotion.In the original post the MMA manager remained unnamed.
After the warning Bloody Elbow expanded on the story and spoke to multiple fighters on record about Addison Sports Management president Brett Atchley's deplorable business practices. From Knapp's Facebook page on Wednesday May 22nd:
"My personal sadness is that I am just now finding out about all of the sexual misconduct allegations. My disgust beyond words not only comes from the sexual misconduct, but from the use of my name and my company name to intimadate these athletes. I haven't posted much on the situation since I posted the warning a couple days ago for the sheer fact that I couldn't muster any level of professionalism in a response."
May 21, 2013
Host D.J. San Marco is joined by Bellator fighter Andres Quintana (4-1) and Coach Chris Luttrell of Mean1 MMA. 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
May 21, 2013
Trivia question, the first fighter to ever be shown in EA Sports new UFC game was lightweight and featherweight contender Anthony Pettis. (16-2). In a 90 second trailer designed to showcase EA Sports new IGNITE engine Pettis along with the tentatively titled "EA Sports UFC" game took on a starring role. Gameplay footage of Pettis unleashing his famous Showtime Kick on the jaw of Benson Henderson was played alongside scenes from FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25 and NBA Live 14.
The EA Sports UFC video will be released within the next 12 months on the new Xbox One gaming platform. Further information about the UFC's first video game with EA Sports may be announced June 11-13th at the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo held at the Los Angeles convention center.
May 21, 2013
Three months after his first foray into a mixed martial arts cage, 2008 Olympian Henry Cejudo (4-0) stopped his opposition for the fourth consecutive time.Fighting at 125 pounds Cejudo was the featured attraction on the undercard of Gladiator Challenge's American Dream event in Lincoln, California. Cejudo was booked versus former XARM (Xtreme Arm Wrestling) competitor and San Jacinto fighter Miguelito Marti (0-2).
The fight for Cejudo would last less than two minutes; the shortest since his debut in March. After some feeling out from both men on the feet Cejudo planted Marti on his back. On the ground Cejudo swarmed passed Marti's defenses.
May 20, 2013
On a regional show with a head scratching 30 fights booked it was a pair of Northeast prospects and a former UFC mainstay who picked up critical victories at NEF Fight Night 7. From the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, Maine 15-time UFC veteran Marcus Davis (22-9) outpointed welterweight prospect Darrius Heyliger (5-2) in the main event of NEF Fight Night 7. Davis set the pace of the fight and beat the younger taller Heyliger to the punch for 15 minutes in route to a unanimous decision nod.
In the co-main event Massachusetts big man Tyler King (7-1) overwhelmed Travis Bartlett (5-4). The first round began with King rag dolling Bartlett. After a few knees to the body King took Bartlett down and showed off his improving ground game. On top of Bartlett, King quietly and calmly worked for an arm triangle choke submission.
May 19, 2013
UFC on FX 8 results
Jaragua do Sul, Brazil
Vitor Belfort def. Luke Rockhold via knockout (strikes) 2:32 R1
Ronaldo Souza def. Chris Camozzi via submission arm-triangle choke 3:37 R1
Rafael dos Anjos def. Evan Dunham via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Rafael Natal def. Joao Zeferino via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
Nik Lentz def. Hacran Dias via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 29-28)
Francisco Trinaldo def. Mike Rio via submission arm-triangle choke 3:08 R1
Gleison Tibau def. John Cholish via submission guillotine choke 2:34 R2
Paulo Thiago def. Michel Prazeres via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Yuri Alcantara def. Iliarde Santos via TKO (strikes) 2:31 R1
Fabio Maldonado def. Roger Hollett via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-28, 29-27)
John Lineker def. Azamat Gashimov via TKO (strikes) 1:07 R2
Jussier Formiga def. Chris Cariaso via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Lucas Martins def. Jeremy Larsen via KO (punch) 0:13 R3
May 18, 2013
Inside the famed Nilson Nelson Gymnasium mixed martial arts organization Shooto held their 39th Brazilian based event. At the top of the card bantamweight prospect Zeilton Rodrigues (12-3) scored the first clean knockout of his career. Rodrigues was matched versus Claudio Rocha (6-2) in the main event of Shooto Brazil 39.
Before the bell for round two, Rodrigues landed a punch to the head of Rocha that ended the fight. Rodrigues came into the fight with five TKO wins but never a KO victory. Rocha had never been stopped in his eight fight pro career.