Posts From Matthew Salzer

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

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