Posts From Matthew Salzer

UFN: Brown vs. Silva & Bellator 119 reviewed, plus Bellator 120 previewed

Despite the Bellator PPV breakdown, there is still much to review and it’ll still be a decent fight card to say the least. Let’s delve into it: UFC Fight Night: Brown vs. Silva Main Event: Matt Brown #10 Welterweight vs. Erick Silva Prediction: Silva by submission. Result: Brown by strikes. Brown’s momentum continues with this win but expect Silva to rebound soon. Co-main Event: Costas Philippou vs. Lorenz Larkin Prediction:

Around the world of MMA: May 15-18

The Bellator pay per view is the only major fight card but there are still plenty of other MMA events taking place. With that let’s delve into them: NAIOP FIGHT NIGHT Fight Club OC holds a private fundraiser event in their typical hybrid show format at the Hotel Irvine on Thursday, May 15 in Irvine, California: Lightweight 145.1 to 155 pounds Jacob Rosales vs. Rene Conant Lightweight – 145.1 to

Mother’s Day Special: Top 10 Mothers in MMA

Today we celebrate those who we refer to as mother. These are women who not only brought us into this world, but raised us and taught us how to be better human beings. For the occasion I thought it’d be appropriate to create a list celebrating the top 10 mothers in MMA. For this list the women don’t necessarily have to be MMA fighters but be related to someone in

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