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.
February 28, 2014
One of the hottest prospects in MMA now safely resiedes under the UFC banner. IN his last bout as Cage Warriors featherweight champion Jim Alers (12-1) left little doubt that he no business competing on the regional MMA scene any longer. A mainstay of best European promotion Cage Warriors, Alers put his 145 pound title on the line at CWFC 63 versus Graham Turner (23-8).
The fight begins at the 1:50 mark of the video with Alers in the red trunk. A 27 year old Floridian Alers has won nine of his 13 pro fights via submission. At 5'9 Alers was ranked as afive star 145 pound prospect and checked in at number four in ULTMMA.com's featherweight top 20 prospect list.
February 26, 2014
-In 12 pro/am fights Ronda Rousey's TKO of Sara McMann was her first non-submission win of her career
-Rousey is now 3-0 in the UFC
-Rousey is 5-0 in UFC/Strikeforce title fights.
-Rousey's 66 second TKO win over McMann was the sixth fastest win of her pro career and her fastest UFC win of her career
February 22, 2014
UFC 170 Rousey vs. McMann results
Las Vegas, Nevada
Ronda Rousey def. Sara McMann via TKO (knee, punches) 1:06 R1
Daniel Cormier def. Patrick Cummins via TKO (punches) 1:19 R1
Rory MacDonald def. Demian Maia via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Mike Pyle def. T.J. Waldburger via TKO (strikes) 4:03 R3
Stephen Thompson def. Robert Whittaker via TKO (punches) 3:43 R1
Alexis Davis def. Jessica Eye via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Raphael Assuncao def. Pedro Munhoz via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Aljamain Sterling def. Cody Gibson via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Zach Makovsky def. Josh Sampo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Erik Koch def. Rafaello Oliveira via TKO (punches) 1:24 R1
Ernest Chavez def. Yosdenis Cedeno via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)
February 21, 2014
UFC 170 Rousey vs. McMann weigh-in results
Las Vegas, Nevada
Ronda Rousey (135) vs. Sara McMann (135)
Daniel Cormier (205) vs. Patrick Cummins (205)
Rory MacDonald (171) vs. Demian Maia (170)
Mike Pyle (171) vs. T.J. Waldburger (171)
Stephen Thompson (170.5) vs. Robert Whittaker (170)
Alexis Davis (135) vs. Jessica Eye (136)
Raphael Assuncao (136) vs. Pedro Munhoz (135)
Cody Gibson (135.5) vs. Aljamain Sterling (135.5)
Zach Makovsky (125) vs. Josh Sampo (126)
Erik Koch (155) vs. Rafaello Oliveira (155)
Ernest Chavez (156) vs. Yosdenis Cedeno (155.5)
The UFC 170 weigh-ins take place at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The first fighter steps on the scale at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.
February 21, 2014
Host D.J. San Marco is joined by Nikolai Gionti of Octagon Control to preview and breakdown UFC 170. 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
February 12, 2014
If the UFC were to build a women's featherweight division the first person they would call would not be a pro but an amateur fighter with less than five fights. Judoka turned MMA prospect Marina Shafir (5-0 AM) has lived up to the hype that comes with her pre-MMA grappling resume coupled with her time spent as a key sparring partner for current UFC bantamweight queen Ronda Rousey. The 25 year old Shafir stepped into the cage for the fourth time over the weekend on the undercard of California event U of MMA 5.
The fight video begin at the 4:58 mark with Shafir in the black pants and red glove tape, with her opponent Nicole Upshaw (0-1 AM) in blue glove tape. Still learning the striking aspects of the 5'8 Shafir is a tank on the ground. Shafir has stopped all five of her amateur opponents in under two minutes via submission. Look for the TUF 18 assistant coach and top WMMA featherweight prospect to make her pro debut sometime in 2014.
February 11, 2014