Posts From Matthew Salzer

Reviewing TUF 19: episode 4 & TUF Brazil 3: episode 9

TUF: Brazil 3 – Episode 9 The episode opens with Team Sonnen head coach Chael Sonnen making the fight announcement of Team Sonnen’s Warlley Alves against Team Silva’s Ismael de Jesus for the last quarterfinal bout. The following day the coaches challenge finally takes place which is done in a series of soccer drills. Surprisingly, Sonnen is actually faster at the drills then Team Silva head coach Wanderlei Silva and accomplishes the goals and earns his and his

Comparing Ronda Rousey to the Diaz brothers

Ronda Rousey and the Diaz brothers are probably some of the most controversial athletes in the MMA industry, if not some of the most popular. Their antics are somewhat comparable in that they all act out at times and also have a tendency to talk before they can think. However, there are some fundamental differences between the Diaz’s and Rousey despite the fact that they are often associated with each

Around the world of MMA: May 9-11

There are again a few notable fight cards coming up this weekend, two of which is available for viewing. So here we go around the world: MFC 40 – CROWNED KINGS The Canadian promotion holds an event at the Shaw Convention Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on May 9th broadcast on AXS TV: Tom Gallicchio vs Kurt ‘The Hurt’ Southern Sam ‘Smilin’ Alvey vs Wes ‘Nile’ Swofford Jesse Brock vs

Bellator 118 reviewed, plus Bellator 119 & UFN: Brown vs. Silva previewed

So even though there’s a UFC Fight Night coming up this weekend it’s pretty Bellator dominated. So with that let’s delve into the fight cards: Bellator 118 Main Event: Joe Warren vs. Rafael Silva Prediction: Silva by submission. Result: Warren by decision. Even though Silva won the first two rounds, Warren proved how tough he is. Co-main Event: Andrey Koreshkov vs. Sam Oropenza (replace by Justin Baesman) Prediction: Koreshkov by

Top 10 MMA middleweights: May 2014

Please note that the rankings are voted on by a panel of MMA Freak writers. Also note previous rankings (4/25/14) are listed in parenthesis: 1. Chris Weidman (1) Surgery on both of Chris Weidman’s knees set back his second title defense against Lyoto Machida from UFC 173 to UFC 175 on July 5th. Considering that it was only minor surgery and he will be returning to a full fight camp

Top 10 fights of April 2014

There were definitely some good fights this month but they were a lot easier to track. So with that let’s delve into the best of this month: 10. TUF Nations: Canada vs. Australia – Oliver Aubin-Mercier vs. Richard Walsh There was a bit of anticipation going into this second to last fight of this regional version of the show. Team Canada was already guaranteed a finalist as the first semifinal

Reviewing TUF 19: episode 3 & TUF Brazil 3: episode 8

TUF: Brazil 3 – Episode 8 The episode opens with Team Silva head coach Wanderlei Silva making the fight picks for the heavyweights, matching up Team Silva’s Antonio Branjao against Team Sonnen’s Vitor Miranda. The decision draws some criticism from Team Sonnen jui jutsu coach Vinny Magalhaes who basically calls Silva a hypocrite considering that in the first season Vitor Belfort made a similar decision drawing criticism from Silva. Silva however tries to justify it by saying that

Around the world of MMA: May 2-3

At present we are getting some one fight card breathers for major promotions but regional fight cards always keep coming. Here they are: ONE Fighting Championship: Rise of Heroes The premier MMA promotion in Asia holds an event at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay, Philippines on May 2 broadcast on pay per view: Bantamweight Bibiano Fernandes (c) vs. Masakatsu Ueda Lightweight Kotetsu Boku vs. Eduard Folayang Flyweight

Top 10 Women’s P4P fighters: April 2014

  Please note that for the inaugural MMA Freak women’s pound for pound rankings Cat Zingano and Carla Esparza are both ineligible due to inactivity. Also note that the rankings were voted on by a panel of MMA Freak writers: 1. Ronda Rousey (9-0) This should be no surprise considering that “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey recently proved that her striking has improved significantly as of late. We will now get to

MMA Freak Women’s Weight Class Rankings: April 2014

Please note that the rankings are voted on by a panel of MMA Freak writers and that this is the inaugural women’s weight class rankings: Featherweights 1. Cris “Cyborg” Justino- Invicta Fighting Championships Featherweight Champion: Will be trying for a cut to bantamweight sometime soon. 2. Marloes Coenen- Should go the weight class that Justino doesn’t, whether that means dropping to bantamweight or not. 3. Julia Budd- Should Justino stay