10) Petr Yan knocks out Urijah Faber – UFC 245: Usman vs. Covington Petr Yan continues to rise as he put an end to Urijah Faber’s two fight winning streak. He also made a case for a possible title shot coming up. 9) Irene Aldana KOs Ketlen Vieira – UFC 245: Usman vs. Covington The continuing rise of Irene Aldana put a stop to the career long undefeated streak of
10) Darren Till decisions Kelvin Gastelum – UFC 244: Masvidal vs. Diaz In an overdue move up in weight, Darren Till didn’t disappoint when he pulled an upset performance against contender Kelvin Gastelum. 9) Derrick Lewis decisions Blagoy Ivanov – UFC 244: Masvidal vs. Diaz This was a surprisingly active fight between Derrick Lewis and Blagoy Ivanov as both fighters got good jabs and rolling around on the ground. 8)
As traditional here at MMA Freak, December is the month that we induct our annual hall of fame class. As is traditional, our class is full of prestigious members of the MMA community that have contributed to the sport. As is usual, here are the rules for the induction of the various Hall of Famers: “The Hall of Fame classes are decided by an open ballot which all writers for
Can they stay healthy this time? Let us all cross our fingers in a moment of hopeful silence.
10) Keri Taylor Melendez defeats Mandy Polk via decision – Bellator 229 Keri Taylor Melendez, the wife of Gilbert Melendez, was able to go all three rounds with Mandy Polk and was able to control the fight overall. 9) Goiti Yamauchi defeats Saad Awad via submission – Bellator 229 After pulling an arm bar submission, Goiti Yamauchi was in fact so quick that Saad Awad wasn’t even able to submit
10) Norbert Novenyi decisions Will Fleury – Bellator Dublin/Bellator 227 This was a slower paced fight but it had it’s moments and showcased these two up and coming European based fighters. 9) Kiefer Crosbie decisions Hugo Pereira – Bellator Dublin/Bellator 227 The fight between Keifer Crosbie and Hugo Pereira was a bit closer but was still on the slower side. 8) Emmanuel Sanchez defeats Tywan Claxton by sub – Bellator
10) Yaroslav Amosov submits David Rickels – Bellator 225 Yaroslav Amosov demonstrated masterful grappling and control against David Rickels, eventually securing a D’Arce choke in the second round. 9) Alejandra Lara technically knocks out Taylor Turner – Bellator 225 Choosing to move up in weight, Alejandra Lara was able to win her bantamweight debut against Taylor Turner but voiced a flyweight return due to the struggle against Turner. 8) Lucas
April 2019 10) Dwight Grant defeated Alan Jouban – UFC 236: Holloway vs. Poirier 2 9) Khalil Rountree Jr. defeated Eryk Anders decision victory – UFC 236 8) Gaston Bolanos defeats Nathan Stolen via knockout – Bellator 220 7) Glover Teixeira submits Ion Cuțelaba – UFC Fight Night 150 6) Sergei Pavlovich knocked out Marcelo Golm – UFC Fight Night 149 5) Jim Miller defeats Jason Gonzalez via sub –
10) Zabit Magomedsharipov decisions Jeremy Stephens – UFC 235 Following his involvement with the post fight brawl against Conor McGregor, Zabit Magomedsharipov, dominated Jeremy Stephens. 9) Jon Jones decisions Anthony Smith – UFC 235: Jones vs. Smith Jon Jones once again demonstrated how dominant he is as he systematically dominated Anthony Smith and is now talking about a move up to the heavyweight division. One can only imagine a heavyweight
This year’s MMA Freak Awards did come out later then originally planned but is now coming out. Like last year, there will be some changes to the format once again: With the exception of the Comeback of the Year category, the awards returns to a top 10 list. The Journalist of the Year category has been dropped this year in favor of bringing back the Comeback of the Year category.