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.
December 12, 2013
Quietly Boston featherweight Rob Font (8-1) has gone about his business. The 26 year old Font has reeled off seven straights wins on Northeast MMA scene since June 2012. In the main event of CES MMA XX Font was matched with Canadian featherweight Matthew DiMarcantonio (4-4).
Font put on a clinic in takedowns versus an overpowered DiMarcantonio. After going into his last five fights as the underdog, Font dispatched of DiMarcantonio over the course of 15 minutes with a superior ground game. Font swept the judge's scorecards with a 30-27 win in perhaps the easiest win of his current seven fight run.
December 11, 2013
Invicta FC 7 results
Kansas City, Missouri
Barb Honchak def. Leslie Smith via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46)
*Lauren Murphy def. Miriam Nakamoto via TKO (injury) 0:23 R4
*Tecia Torres def. Felice Herrig via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
*Joanne Calderwood def. Katja Kankaanpaa via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Julia Budd def. Charmaine Tweet via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Vanessa Porto def. Zoila Frausto Gurgel via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Tonya Evinger def. Sarah D'Alelio via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Nina Ansaroff def. Munah Holland via TKO (punches) 3:54 R2
*Prospect to watch
December 10, 2013
Legacy Fighting Championship 26 results
San Antonio, Texas
Leonard Garcia def. Kevin Aguilar by TKO (Punches) 2:57 R1
*Thomas de Almeida def. George Pacurariu by TKO (Punches) 4:31 R1
Chris Pecero def. Ray Rodriguez by TKO (Punches and Elbows) 1:56 R1
*Patrick Ybarra def. Johnny Ray Rodriguez by Decision (Unanimous)
Billy Buch def. Ryan Hollis by Decision (Unanimous)
Dimitre Ivy def. Matt Mazurek by Submission Armbar 3:18 R2
Daniel Jolly def. Matt Steward by KO (Head Kick) 0:16 R1
Kevin Troyer def. David Siller by Decision (Unanimous)
Daniel Pinheiro def. Jose Rodolfo Reyes by TKO (Punches) 0:45 R1
*Prospect to watch
December 7, 2013
UFC Fight Night 33 results
Mark Hunt vs. Antonio Silva declared majority draw (48-47 Hunt, 47-47, 47-47)
Mauricio Rua def. James Te Huna via knockout (punch) 1:03 R1
Ryan Bader def. Anthony Perosh via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Soa Palelei def. Pat Barry via knockout (punches) 2:09 R1
Clint Hester def. Dylan Andrews via TKO (injury) 5:00 R2
Bethe Correia def. Julie Kedzie via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Takeya Mizugaki def. Nam Phan via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-28)
Caio Magalhaes def. Nick Ring via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Justin Scoggins def. Richie Vaculik via TKO (punches) 4:43 R1
Krzysztof Jotko def. Bruno Santos via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Alex Garcia def. Ben Wall via knockout (punches) 0:43 R1
December 4, 2013
By D.J. SanMarco
Many firsts are associated with the Ultimate Fighter Season 18. The season was the first time with female contestants, first time with female coaches, and first time with co-ed living arrangements. TUF 18 was MTV's the Real World where you actually don't get kicked off the show for punching another cast mate in the face.
TUF 18 was not done with firsts. Julianna Pena was the first overall pick; which was surprising because of veteran Shayna Baszler. The 15-8 Baszler was far and away the favorite to win the show but Coach Miesha Tate passed over her in favor of her former training partner Pena.
December 4, 2013
To get hyped for the main event of Invicta FC 7 the Missouri based promotion partnered with the crew at All Elbows for "Road to Honchak vs. Smith". Invicta FC flyweight champion Barb Honchak (8-2) will put her belt on the line versus Leslie Smith (6-3). Honchak is on a seven fight winning streak and captured the belt in April with a five round decision over Vanessa Porto.
The 25 minute film was shot by E. Casey Leydon, Esther Lin, and Cynthia Vance. "Road to Honchak vs. Smith" features music from Caspian, Night Terrrain, Omotai and Streetwaves.
December 4, 2013