Posts From Matthew Salzer

Should Anderson Silva move up to light heavyweight?

Not two months after Anderson Silva‘s grizzly injury at the hands of Chris Weidman, “The Spider” has been seen weight training and walking around without the help of crutches. Clearly Silva is making a miraculously fast recovery. Considering the rate at which he’s been healing, it’s not surprising that Silva has been talking about returning to the Octagon and that would probably be later this year. However, it’s a question

Around the world of MMA: February 15-16

Once again there is a UFC Fight Night but that doesn’t mean there aren’t smaller regional shows going on. So with that, let’s look at them: CWFC 64 – CAGE WARRIORS FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP 64 The England based Cage Warriors holds an event at the Forum in London, England this Saturday February 15 broadcast on MMAjunkie: James Pennington vs Cory ‘Capcom’ Tait Laura ‘Hot Head’ Howarth vs Amanda Kelly Boubacar Balde

UFC 169 review and UFN: Machida vs. Mousasi preview

It was a down week but now we are preparing for another run of major fight cards. With that here is the review of UFC 169 and UFN preview: UFC 169: Faber vs. Barao 2 Main Event: Renan Barao #1 Bantamweight vs. Urijah Faber #2 Bantamweight Prediction: Barao by submission. Result: Barao by strikes. There’s little doubt that this was a controversial stoppage but Faber should have improved his position.

Top 10 MMA bantamweights: February 2014

Please note that due to inactivity, Dominick Cruz is ineligible for the top 10 rankings. Last ranks were on January 7 and are in parenthesis: ~ 1 (1) ~ Renan Barao Renan Barao’s match against Urijah Faber may have ended questionably but there is no doubting that he deserves the UFC bantamweight championship. The next logical step for Barao would either be a rematch with contender Michael McDonald or a healthy

Best of 2013 series: Top 10 MMA moments of 2013

To say that a lot happened both inside and outside the cage in 2013 is an understatement. In order to go over everything, this week’s installment of the Best of 2013 series will be the top 10 MMA moments of 2013 and they could happen inside or outside the cage. As usual the picks were made by the members of the MMA Freak writing staff. There were of course those

Top 10 MMA fights of January 2014

As a way of keeping track of the best fights of the year, I’ve decided to start creating a top 10 fights of the month list. These fights can be on any level, with any promotion, and end in any method of victory possible. There will also be individual awards for the Fight of the Month, Knockout of the Month, Submission of the Month, Upset of the Month, and Comeback

Comparing Ronda Rousey and Gina Carano

Regardless of how people may feel about UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, there’s certainly no denying the fact that she is essentially the face of women’s MMA at the present. That being said it wasn’t that long ago that people remember when another woman held that distinction named Gina Carano. This relationship may actually be significant considering the fact that Rousey has been quoted as saying her viewing of

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.