Posts From Matthew Salzer

Does Bellator dislike dominant champions?

It was no surprise when Bellator MMA released welterweight champion Ben Askren on November 14 of last year. The two sides had been at odds with each other because of issues of money and Askren’s one dimensional fighting style. However, this latest release seems to be something of a recurring pattern for the arguably number two promotion in the US. This pattern seems to be the pattern of releasing the

Around the world of MMA: February 6-9

It’s the first downtime week in the UFC for a while and as a result there’s actually quite a bit going on in regional MMA. With that here we go: TPF 18 – TACHI PALACE FIGHTS 18 The Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino holds their 18th in promotion show in Lemoore, California this Thursday February 6 on Sherdog: FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP POPPIES MARTINEZ VS. CHRIS CULLEY BANTAMWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP JOE SOTO VS.

Top 10 MMA flyweights: February 2014

Please note the last updated rankings for the flyweight division were released January 4, 2014. Those rankings will be listed in parenthesis: ~ 1 (1) ~ Demetrious Johnson There’s currently no word as to when Demetrious Johnson will defend his title next. However, considering his exceptional year, he’s getting what could be considered a well deserved break. His likely next bout would be a rematch with number one contender John Dodson.

Unified women’s pro MMA rankings: February 2014

1. Barb “Little Warrior” Honchak (9-2) – Invicta FC Champion 2. Vanessa Porto (16-6) – Invicta FC MMA Freak’s women’s rankings are based on the Unified Women’s Rankings formerly known as the WAMMA Women’s Rankings. I would like to quote the website for the official rankings: “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

Best of 2013 series: Top 10 female MMA fighters

As we all know last week we went over the top 10 fighters of 2013 and even though it was open all fighters regardless of gender, 90% of them were men. This week we will be going over the top 10 female fighters of 2013. As has been the case in the Best of 2013 series, these fighters were voted on by the members of the MMA Freak writing staff.

Ronda Rousey’s bitterness hurts more than her image

At UFC 168, Ronda Rousey took the final step of her role as the current heel of the UFC by refusing to shake Miesha Tate‘s hand following their championship bout. Rousey had started down this path during the filming of season 18 of The Ultimate Fighter when she was portrayed as being overly aggressive. However, her overarching reason as to why she didn’t shake Tate’s hand was because her opponent

Titan FC/CBS Sports deal and its significance

On January 12th, Titan Fighting Championship issued a press release stating that they had inked a deal with CBS Sports Network to broadcast eight shows in 2014. In addition Titan FC has a new CEO in Jeff Aronson. Aronson has experience in the MMA industry at the Alchemest Management firm run by rapper MC Hammer. The deal is significant for several reasons. Those reasons are the following: History of Titan

Around the world of MMA: January 31-February 2

The first UFC pay per view of the year is upon us and so are some good regional shows. So with that here we go around the world of MMA: LFC 27 – LEGACY FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP 27 Texas based Legacy FC opens the new year at the Arena Theatre in Houston on Friday January 31st with a show broadcast on AXS TV: Tim Means vs Artenas ‘The Machine Gun’ Young

UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Thomson review & UFC 169 preview

It was a good night of fights but it wasn’t without some controversy. However, with an upcoming PPV the only thing we can do is move on. Please note that from now on all ranked fighters will have their updated ranks listed in both the fight predictions and Around the World: UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Thomson Main Event: Benson Henderson #3 Lightweight vs. Josh Thomson #9 Lightweight Prediction: Henderson

Top 10 MMA lightweights: Bendo rebounds

Please note that the MMA Freak lightweight rankings were last updated on January 11th and that those rankings will be listed in parenthesis: ~ 1 (1)~ Anthony Pettis Anthony Pettis is hoping for a July return but that’s an optimistic return date. An opponent should he return that early has yet to be determined. ~ 2 (2) ~ Gilbert Melendez There is currently no word as to when Gilbert Melendez’s next match