Posts From Matthew Salzer

Best of 2013 series: Top 10 MMA Fighters of 2013

Another week has come and so has the time for the next part of our Best of 2013 series. This week we are recognizing individual fighters of this year. The category is open to all fighters regardless of gender. However, because of the sheer number of mail athletes in MMA compared to women, there will be a separate women’s category next week so that more women may be showcased. As

UFC Fight Pass: A work in progress

On January 13th I signed up for the free trial of the UFC Fight Pass to test it out. I have to admit that I was initially disappointed having gone off what was advertised in the trailer on the signup page. However after watching a recent interview with Dana White on Sherdog, I was reminded that this is still a work in progress. Also the fact that it’s currently free

Top 10 MMA middleweights: January 2014

Please note that due to recent and upcoming fights at light heavyweight, Chael Sonnen and Rashad Evans will not be listed as middleweights. Also note that the last rankings (11/10/13) used an UFC style rankings system and those rankings are listed in parenthesis: ~ 1 ~ Chris Weidman (Champion) Chris Weidman’s 2013 consisted of dethroning Anderson Silva by dominating him then knocking him out and then defeating him a second

Around the world of MMA: January 24-26

As usual it’s easy for smaller regional shows to fall through the cracks of a UFC show. So let’s take a look at those smaller regional shows: RFA 12 – ORTEGA VS. KOCH Resurrection Fighting Alliance opens up the new year at the Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium this coming Friday January 24 on AXS TV: Brian Ortega vs Keoni ‘Evil Genius’ Koch Pedro ‘The Young Punisher’ Munhoz vs Billy Daniels

UFN: Rockhold vs. Philippou review & UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Thomson

We saw an exciting UFC Fight Night and now we get to watch the first UFC on Fox of the year. So with that, here we go with the review first: UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Philippou Main Event: Luke Rockhold vs. Costa Philippou Prediction: Rockhold by submission. Result: Rockhold by strikes. Rockhold returned to his winning ways against Philippou by using an impressive kick to the ribs. He now

Top 10 MMA light heavyweights: January 2014

Please note that due to an upcoming middleweight fight, Gegard Mousasi won’t be listed as he’s vacated the weight class. Also note that the last rankings (9/30/13) used an UFC style rankings system and while it won’t be used anymore, those final rankings will be in parenthesis: ~ 1 ~ Jon Jones (Champion) Jon Jones had a great 2013 with a victory over Chael Sonnen following their coaching stints on

Martin Luther King Day Special: Top 10 African Americans in MMA today

This coming Monday we honor the birthday of a man who called for equality through peaceful demonstrations and love named Martin Luther King Jr. In honor a combination of the holiday and the upcoming African American History Month, I thought it’d be appropriate to create a list of the Top 10 African Americans in MMA. The list is ranked based on a combination of accomplishments and significance in MMA today: ~

Best of 2013 series: Top 10 MMA comebacks of 2013

We all know that in MMA anything can happen and 2013 certainly proved that. One of the many things that can happen is when a situation turns around completely. A fighter can turn his career around from losing and on the brink of being cut to rising through adversity to the top. Then there are also those matches where a fighter comes from the brink of defeat to snatch a

Top 10 MMA welterweights: January 2014

Please note that due to retirement Georges St-Pierre and Nick Diaz won’t be listed. Also note the last rankings (7/28/13) used an UFC style rankings system with the champion ranked above the top 10 and while that system won’t be used the ranks will be listed in parenthesis: ~ 1 (1) ~ Johny Hendricks Tough breaks happen in this sport no doubt about it. However with bad decisions also come opportunities

Top 10 P4P MMA fighters: January 2014

Please note that due to retirement and inactivity, Georges St-Pierre and Dominick Cruz respectively will not be listed in the MMA Freak January P4P rankings. Also note that the pound-for-pound rankings were last updated June 2nd with those ranks listed in parenthesis: ~ 1 (3) ~ Jon Jones With the fall of Anderson Silva and Georges St-Pierre‘s retirement, Jon Jones rose to this position as the most dominant light heavyweight probably