Opinion

8th Annual MMA Freak Awards (2019)

As does almost seem tradition, the MMA Freak Awards are coming out later then expected, though not as late this year. There will be another round of format changes this year: The Comeback of the Year category is once again being dropped in favor of bringing back the Article of the Year category. It should also be noted that in addition to the staff here at MMA Freak, votes were

Top 10 Fights of December 2019

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

Top 10 Fights of November 2019

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)

MMA Freak Hall of Fame: Class of 2019

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

Top 10 Fights of October 2019

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

Top 10 Fights of September 2019

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

Top 10 Fights of August 2019

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

Top 10 Fights of April, May, June & July 2019

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 –

Top 10 Fights of March 2019

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