Posts From Matthew Salzer

UFN: Gustafsson vs. Manuwa review, Bellator 111 review, plus Bellator 112 & UFC 171 preview

The monthly UFC PPV is upon us as well as another week of Bellator MMA that should bring fireworks. So with that let’s delve into things: UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs. Manuwa Main Event: Alexander Gustafsson #3 Light Heavyweight vs. Jimi Manuwa Prediction: Manuwa by strikes. Result: Gustafsson by strikes. Gustafsson proved that’s he’s still in title contention but that’s up for debate. Co-main Event: Michael Johnson vs. Melvin Guillard

Top 10 fights of February 2014

It was a crazy month of firsts, controversy and changes in the world of MMA. So with that let’s go with the top 10 fights of February 2014: ~ 10 ~ Bellator 110: Quinton Jackson vs. Christian M’Pumbu To be honest the debut card of season 10 of Bellator MMA was a bit of a disappointment. However, there was one redeeming quality to it and that was the continuation of the

UFC Fight Pass: Currently a disappointment

Over a month ago I wrote my first review of the UFC Fight Pass service that was launched in January. The service originally advertised over 150 bouts with exclusive live events, original programming, and access to the complete library. While the number of bouts broadcast is certainly doable with the exclusive events and prelims, there are disappointments. There were also some technical issues in relation to the accounts. So all

Unified women’s MMA rankings: March 2014

The Unified Women’s Rankings (formerly the WAMMA Women’s Rankings) were recently updated on March 1st. I would like to quote the rules for the rankings as laid out on the rankings website: “The Unified Women’s Professional MMA Rankings are assembled each month by a panel of journalists from multiple MMA websites and publications. These rankings were the first women’s mixed martial arts rankings by division and weight class and are

Around the world of MMA: March 7-9

The wheels have started turning with Bellator MMA Season 10 and UFC Fight Nights but there’s still much minor activity. So here we go: RFA 13 – COCHRANE VS. ESCUDERO Resurrection Fighting Alliance holds its thirteenth event at the Pershing Center in Lincoln, Nebraska this Friday March 7 on AXS TV: Dakota Cochrane vs Efrain Escudero Miles Marshall vs Andrew Sanchez Chidi ‘Chidi Bang Bang’ Njokuani vs Chris Heatherly Dan

UFN: Kim vs. Hathaway & Bellator 110 in review plus Bellator 111 & UFN: Gustafsson vs. Manuwa previewed

Things are ramping up right now and they’re only going to get more active. So with that here we go with the previews and reviews this week: UFC Fight Night: Kim vs. Hathaway Main Event: Dong Hyun Kim vs. John Hathaway Prediction: Hathaway by decision. Result: Kim by strikes. Kim has been on a role as of late and it looks like his winning streak will continue. Co-main Event: Sai

Best of 2013 series: Top 10 MMA fights

After two months we have finally come to the end of the road for the Best of 2013 series. It has certainly been fun compiling the votes and writing the results, but all good things must come to an end and this end comes in the form of the top 10 fights of 2013. For the final time the picks were made by members of the MMA Freak writing staff.

Top 10 P4P MMA fighters: February 2014

Note that due to inactivity, Dominick Cruz is ineligible. Also note the previous rankings were posted on 1/15/14 and are listed in parenthesis: ~ 1 (1) ~ Jon Jones Jon Jones is looking to solidify his position at the top of the pound for pound rankings on April 26th at UFC 172 against Glover Teixeira. ~ 2 (2) ~ Jose Aldo Once again Jose Aldo defeated a top contender when he handled

Top 10 MMA heavyweights: February 2014

Please note that Daniel Cormier has vacated the weight class to light heavyweight and as a result will no longer be ranked as a heavyweight. Also note that the previous heavyweight rankings were updated and posted on January 12th and that those ranks are listed in parenthesis: ~ 1 (1) ~ Cain Velasquez While he’s still recovering from his shoulder surgery, Cain Velasquez get’s to watch two potential opponents fight for

Top 10 MMA welterweights: February 2014

Please note that the previous welterweight rankings were updated on January 17th and that those rankings will be listed in parenthesis: ~ 1 (1) ~ Johny Hendricks Johny Hendricks is set for his championship bout at UFC 171 next month against Robbie Lawler to claim the belt that many believe is his. It is interesting to note that Hendricks is a more perfected version of his opponent in that they’re both