Posts From Matthew Salzer

How the fate of an Olympic tradition will affect the eventual fate of MMA in the Olympics

On February 12 of this year, the International Olympic Committee decided to drop the sport of wrestling from the 2020 Summer Olympics. This came as a shock to many in the international community, considering that wrestling is an Olympic tradition dating back to the first modern Olympic Games at Athens in 1896, and also dating back to the Ancient Greek Olympics. The decision has caused much controversy and outrage among

Around the World of MMA: September 6-7

While the UFC returns to Brazil on Wednesday and Bellator Season Nine kicks off this weekend, it’s easy to forget that there are still regional and international events taking place in MMA. With that, here we go: XFC 25: Boiling Point The southeastern based promotion continues to venture outside of its’ native Florida as it puts on an event in Albuquerque, New Mexico this coming Friday. In the main event the

The Ultimate Fighter 18 preview ~ Five favorites for the first women’s season

History is being made this Wednesday when the first season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) featuring women takes place on Fox Sports1. It is certainly groundbreaking considering the first women’s fight in the UFC only took place six months ago at UFC 157. It will also bring a unique challenge of mixing the two genders in the TUF house which has been known for lots of drama and pranks. Of

UFN Condit vs. Kampann 2, UFC 164 in review & UFC Fight Night 28, Bellator 98 predictions

The third of three UFC events in two weeks happens this week and Bellator Season 9 begins this Saturday. However, I would like to review last week’s picks I made first then make my picks for the upcoming fights. Also on Bellator 98, I’ll be making predictions for the middleweight tournament bouts that’ll be on the undercard. So with that, here’s my review: UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Kampmann 2

Back to school special: Top 10 most educated fighters

It’s back to school season and in honor of the occasion, I’ve decided to list the educational accomplishments of the top ten most educated fighters in MMA. Just to list the criteria, the fighters are ranked based on their degrees, rather than their accomplishments in MMA. With that, here we go: 10. Fedor Emelianenko Arguably the greatest MMA fighter of all time, “The Last Emperor” as he is known, also

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