Posts From Matthew Salzer

Top 10 Boxers to Crossover into MMA

Boxing is a money making industry whose best days may be arguably behind it. However, some of the discipline’s best have given MMA a try with somewhat mixed results. This list gives some of the best who have given MMA a try. Just to list the criteria, these fighters are ranked on their accomplishments in boxing and not their accomplishments in MMA. So with that, here we go: 10. Erin

Around the World of MMA: August 30-31

With two UFC events going on in Indiana and Wisconsin, it’s easy to forget that there are other MMA events going on in other parts of the United States and the world. So without further introduction, here’s what’s going on this weekend in the rest of the world in MMA: Titan FC 26: Hallman vs Hornbuckle Taking place this Friday at the Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri, Titan Fighting

UFC Fight Night 27 and UFC 164: Predicting the action and the outcomes

This is a busy week in terms of major fights with the UFC putting on two events. UFC Fight Night 27 will be going down tomorrow, while UFC 164 will air on PPV this Saturday. For both events I’ll be making educated guesses on the main card fights. Just to lay out some criteria, I will be making the guesses based on a fighters record, their performance in recent fights,

Top 10 MMA fighters turned Hollywood actors

With Ronda Rousey‘s upcoming roles in the next Fast and Furious and the Expendables 3 as well as GSP‘s upcoming role in Captain America: the Winter Soldier, I felt it appropriate to look at some MMA fighters who have already made the transition from fighter to actor, in some cases full time. The criteria for this list includes in-depth roles in movies and multiple roles and the actual ability to

Top 10 worst weight cutters in MMA

In all sports where there are weight classes, there will always be people trying to cut lower at the risk of their health. In these sports, if done properly with diet and the right training regiment, weight cutting can actually benefit them and help them perform better on fight day. Yet, there are always those who will ignore their health, choosing instead to cut the weight improperly. This includes acts

Top 10 over-hyped MMA reality show fighters who went bust

Ever since the first season of the Ultimate Fighter hit the scene eight years ago, there have been many fighters to come through that looked like they could become great, but for various reasons, never made it to the top. It is for this reason that I am compiling this list of ten fighters whom I believe would have made it but didn’t. Just to clarify, the criteria for this

Fighter Analysis: Uriah Hall’s road through mental weakness

Last Saturday on the main card UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Sonnen, Ultimate Fighter 17 finalist Uriah Hall faced John Howard in a three fight loosing effort, falling to Howard in a disappointing split decision loss. It was certainly a bitter loss for Hall who is now 0-2 in his last two fights including his TUF Finale match against winner Kevin Gastelum. However, if you look closely at both matches,

Fighter Analysis: Alistair Overeem’s past, present, and future state of overconfidence

This last Saturday, in the main event of UFC Fight Night:Shogun vs. Sonnen on Fox Sports 1, Alistair Overeem was dealt his thirteenth career loss from the up and coming heavyweight contender,┬áTravis Browne. It was certainly a bitter defeat considering that earlier in the first round before being knocked out 4:08 minutes later, Overeem had Browne in serious trouble. It’s not only Overeem’s second consecutive loss in the UFC, but

Around the World of MMA, big fights scheduled for August 22-25

This is the first down week of major MMA in almost a month. However, that doesn’t mean there still aren’t significant MMA events going on around the world. If there’s anything I believe MMA Uncensored Live did correctly it was their minute long segment they entitled, “Around the World of MMA,” in which they’d cover the results of events taking place in the previous week, and previewing upcoming events as

History of MMA at the Tachi Palace

  With MMA returning to the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino this coming Thursday, I felt it appropriate to retrace the history of MMA at this landmark casino in this, my inaugural article at mma-freak.com. So here we go in retracing the memorial fight history at this place that has held many memorial fights in the past: The Beginning, the WEC era Boxing events had already been at what was