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Should the UFC consider regional titles?

We are often reminded that MMA is the fastest growing sport in the world, but is MMA growing fast enough out with the Americas? Only twice has a world championship belt been won by non American fighters; Dutch legend Bas Rutten (1999) and Belarusian Andrei Arlovski (2005). That statistic would suggest the answer to my question is no, or certainly not fast enough to be producing enough high calibre fighters

Top 10 MMA bantamweights : October 2014

Please note the rankings are voted on by a panel of MMA Freak writers. Also note the previous rankings (9/22/14) are listed in parenthesis: 1) T.J. Dillashaw (1) T.J. Dillashaw probably won’t fight until at least February 2014 but when he does fight it will most likely be against Dominick Cruz. 2) Renan Barao (2) In order to even be considered for a title shot again, Renan Barao needs to fight Mitch Gagnon at UFC Fight

Hispanic Heritage Month 2014 Special: Top 10 Hispanics of the past year

Technically National Hispanic Heritage Month is over but that doesn’t mean that the Hispanic fighters in MMA can’t still be honored. This list will have all the major Hispanics in MMA that have had success on the main stage. With that here we go with the top 10 of the past year: 10) Yair Rodriguez Yair Rodriguez is a member of the inaugural task of The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America for Team Mexico.

Top 10 MMA lightweights: October 2014

Due to inactivity TJ Grant and Anthony Pettis are ineligible. Also due to a rare tie there are eleven in the rankings. 8/31/14 in parenthesis: 1) Gilbert Melendez (2)  Like future opponent Anthony Pettis, Gilbert Melendez will become ineligible for the rankings before their coaches match in December. However, we will still get to see him coaching on The Ultimate Fighter as he continues to seek his team’s first win in the competition. 2) Khabib Nurmagomedov

Top 10 MMA featherweights: October 2014

Note due to inactivity, Chan Sung Jung is currently ineligible for the rankings. Also note the previous rankings (9/14/14) in parenthesis: 1) Jose Aldo (1) Jose Aldo is on course to defend his title against Chad Mendes at UFC 179 on October 25th. He may then face upstart Conor McGregor as stated by Dana White who believes that McGregor makes the most sense as Aldo’s next championship challenger. 2) Chad Mendes (2) He’s had to wait a while,

Top 10 MMA flyweights: October 2014

Note due to suspension, Ali Bagautinov is ineligible for the rankings. Also note the previous rankings (9/13/14) are in parenthesis: 1) Demetrious Johnson (1) Demetrious Johnson made history by becoming the first UFC fighter to finish a title fight by kimura when he submitted Chris Cariaso. Without a doubt, Johnson is continuing to make the case that he is one of the best in the world across the board. 2) Joseph Benavidez (2) Looking to

Breaking down Diego Sanchez

Dan Hardy hasn’t fought inside the Octagon since being diagnosed with heart Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome in 2012, but the former welterweight contender recently announced plans to make his long awaited comeback in 2015 and suggested Diego Sanchez is right at the top of his wish list: “[Diego’s] always kind of irritated me, I like Diego, I respect him and I forgive him for his strangeness, but in my opinion he’s kind

Top 10 fights of September 2014

There were a number of good fight cards this month which also included the launch of The Ultimate Fighter season 20. With that here we go: 10) The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America – Marlon Vera vs. Enrique Briones At this point Team Mexico won all four bouts. Team Latin America was in desperate need of a win. Thus came Marlon Vera, a man on a mission against Enrique Briones both of whom were

Top 10 P4P MMA fighters: October 2014

Note due to inactivity Anthony Pettis is currently ineligible for the rankings. Also note that the previous rankings (9/9/14) in parenthesis: 1) Jon Jones (1) Jon Jones is recovering from surgery and still set to face Daniel Cormier in the annual new years show at UFC 182 on January 3rd. 2) Demetrious Johnson (3) It was obvious for everyone who watched UFC 178 that Demetrious Johnson clearly over matched the underdog challenger Chris Cariaso. This marks three finishes in

The Ultimate Fighter 20: episode 4 – Make A Big Strike

The episode opens up with Urijah Faber stepping in to coach Team Pettis while head coach Anthony Pettis is at a prior commitment. Most of the team members find Faber’s coaching to be helpful and he is impressed with several fighters. He notes that Joanne Calderwood has skills that don’t match her rather gentle voice and he also grapples around with Carla Esparza in some moves. Later at the house, Angela Hill is farting around the house and has been