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?
August 31, 2014
UFC 177 results
T.J. Dillashaw def. Joe Soto via knockout (head kick) 2:20 R5
Tony Ferguson def. Danny Castillo via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Bethe Correia def. Shayna Baszler via TKO (punches) 1:56 R2
Carlos Diego Ferreira def. Ramsey Nijem via TKO (punches) 1:53 R2
Yancy Medeiros def. Damon Jackson via submission reverse bulldog choke 1:54 R2
Derek Brunson def. Lorenz Larkin via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Anthony Hamilton def. Ruan Potts via TKO (punches) 4:17 R2
Chris Wade def. Cain Carrizosa via submission guillotine choke 1:12 R1
August 29, 2014
1,800 days later and with nearly 3,000 stories posted ULTMMA.com turns five years old today. The ULTMMA URL was bought sometime in the fall of 2007 with the intention to eventually be used for some cage fighting related purpose. I started ULTMMA.com as just another outlet for my MMA writing and at the time I saw a lack of coverage for prospects outside the UFC, Strikeforce and the WEC as well as the mixed bag of promotions that attempted to hype them. Five years later the MMA media and promotional landscape looks completely different with some changes for the better and some for the worse.
The first posts that appeared on the site covered the likes of Tyron Woodley, King Mo, Roger Bowling, Ben Askren and John Dodson. Over the years we've been able to the interview as many obscure fighters as ones that became eventual UFC staples. I'm most proud of the relationships we've formed with fighters, mangers, media members with larger outlets and the respect we've garnered from all three. Our site size to industry influence ratio was always higher than expected and that is in part due to the connections we've made with the sometimes awkward and cliquey (?) MMA community.
August 28, 2014
After a nearly a 24 month layoff welterweight prospect Tom Breese (6-0) will return to the cage in November. The 22 year old UK product signed a five fight deal with top Euro promotion Cage Warriors FClast year but then Breese tore his ACL prior to ascheduled bout in September 2013. A four star prospect at 170 pounds, Breese will compete in his home country at CWFC 74 and will once again be one of the top UK prospects to look out for in 2015.
Breese entered 2014 ranked as the 17th best unsigned welterweight prospect in MMA per ULTMMA.com.
Undefeated English welterweight prospect Tom Breese (6-0) has set a date for his highly-anticipated return to competition.
Having endured a frustrating lay-off due to a serious knee injury, Breese will be back in action on Saturday, November 15, when Cage Warriors Fighting Championship visits London's Olympic Park to stage CWFC 74 at the Copper Box Arena.
August 27, 2014
Like the UFC says "Easy on the eyes....hard on the jaws" or whatever that means. Hopefully or regretfully the coach's challenge on TUF 20 will be some form of Lingerie Football between Gilbert Melendez and Anthony Pettis. In a world without male ring card engineers we have the Eastern Conference Championship game between the Atlanta Steam (vaporized water) and Jacksonville Breeze (gentle to moderate wind) in the LFL.
After a postgame handshake a pier six brawl breaks out between these two teams of sporting women. Unlike their NFL male counterparts at least the Lingerie Football League players know to take off their helmets before they throw a punch to the head. The players also know how to throw their helmets, slap opposing coaches and knock over bottles of champagne.
August 26, 2014
Alert for MMA talent scouts the gas station may be the best breeding ground for the sport's next group of four and five star prospects. Welterweight Mayura Dissanayake (3-1) made a name for himself on the streets of Houston. Nicknamed the "Karate Clerk" Dissanayake used soccer kicks and home run swings to fend off thieves outside of the convenience store where he works in July.
The fight begins at the 1:25 mark with Dissanayake in the black shorts. The bout is the fourth in the young career Dissanayake and his first stateside.
August 26, 2014
Nintendo and fighting game fans are inpatient. Super Smash Bros. is coming to the 3DS in early October but more importantly for gamers is the debut of the fighting game staple on the Wii U sometime around Christmas. With no exact release date set in stone, the internet almost broke when not only was gameplay footage leaked but also hints at what the final roster will look like.
The dog from Dog Hunt, Bowser Jr., Dr. Mario, and Ness from Earthbound are viewable characters in the video footage and screen caps grabbed before the videos were ripped off YouTube.
August 25, 2014
Octagon Control returns to ULTMMA.com to talk all the latest in the wide world of MMA. Hosts Nikolai Gionti is on a solo trip as he talks his attempt to make his amateur MMA debut in Ohio, the latest UFC news and the UFC's China/Oklahoma double header this past Saturday.