Posts From Matthew Salzer

Bellator 2013 in review

Not only has Bellator’s Season 9 ended, but so has a big year for the arguably number two promotion. For the occasion I thought I’d review their most successful year to date. Bellator moves to Spike Bellator has jumped around from network to network since it’s inception in 2008. Its first season was on ESPN Deportes, then seasons two and three were on Fox Sports Net, then seasons four to

TUF 18 episode 13 in review: Aiming for the top

Leading up the the last semi-final match up, Jessica Rakoczy expresses how much she misses her son because of the fact this is the first training camp she could not bring him to. During practice her recurring shoulder injury becomes an issue. After taking a hard hit from Chris Beal, she has a check up by the doctor who says she just needs to take it easy. As a result

Around the world of MMA: November 29-30

It maybe the week of Thanksgiving here in the United States, but that doesn’t mean fights aren’t taking place around the world. So here we go: PERU FC – PERU FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP 15 Probably the premier MMA promotion in Peru, Peru Fighting Championship puts on an event this Friday November 29 in the capitol of Lima: Cristiano Estela vs Marco Blanca Jackson ‘El Terco’ Mora vs Wesley Martins Hector Arevalo

Bellator 109 in review, plus TUF 18 Finale: Rousey vs. Tate preview

Tournaments have ended and are ending. This includes Bellator Season 9 and The Ultimate Fighter 18. So here we go with the previews: Bellator 109 in Review Main Event: Alexander Shlamenko vs. Doug Marshall Prediction: Shlamenko by strikes. Result: Same. Shlamenko’s striking is at an elite level and Marshall could not put a stop his reign as champ. Co-main Event: Rich Hawn vs. Ron Keslar Prediction: Hawn by strikes. Result:

TUF 18’s episode 12 in review: One punch away

The coaching staff of Team Rousey comes to The Ultimate Fighter house and grappling coach Manny Gamburyan makes Armenian food for both Team Rousey and members of Team Tate. While upcoming opponents David Grant and Anthony Gutierrez do enjoy some of the Armenian food, they vastly vary to the degree of enjoyment. Grant is smart in that he only has a small portion to savor. Gutierrez on the other hand

‘Rampage 4 Real’ in review

It was interesting to see Quinton “Rampage” Jackson‘s reality show on Spike. So without further ado let’s go ahead and analyze it in-depth: ~ A comparison to other MMA reality shows ~ The two series this show can be compared to the most are the ‘Countdown to UFC’ and ‘UFC Primetime.’ Both shows display the fighters as they prepare for their fights, show their motivations, their pasts, and their personal

Around the world of MMA: November 22-24

The last two weeks have been extremely busy in both major and regional MMA. While the majors are winding down the regional scene is not: RFA 11 – MANZANARES VS. MAKOVSKY Resurrection Fighting Alliance is putting on an event at the 1st Bank Center in Bloomfield, Colorado this Friday November 22 on AXS TV: Zach Makovsky vs Matt Manzanares Tyler ‘Thunder’ Toner vs Raoni Barcelos Chinzo Machida vs Brian Wood

UFC 167 & Bellator 108 in review, plus Bellator 109 preview

It’s been an extremely busy two weeks but now we have a break this week with Bellator Season 9 winding down. So let’s review and preview: UFC 167: St Pierre vs. Hendricks in Review Main Event: George St.-Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks Prediction: Hendricks by strikes. Result: St.-Pierre by split decision. The fact of the matter is never leave it to the judges. Hendricks did sadly. Co-main Event: Rashad Evans vs.

‘Rampage 4 Real’ episode 3 review: The new opponent

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson‘s training in Mexico is going well as Jackson is feeling the best he’s been in years. He claims to be feeling the best in body since his fight with Dan Henderson six years ago in his only successful title defense. The only issue that Jackson continues to have is conforming to the strict diet. One evening Jackson and his camp are invited to a local soccer game

TUF 18’s episode 11 in review: Mean girls style

With issues of favoritism having surfaced during Chris Holdsworth‘s training, Sarah Moras finally melts down in the sauna during practice. Coach Meisha Tate then decides to take herself out of any coaching and decides to split the coaching staff between the two fighters. During one training session Julianna Pena is initially uncomfortable with the situation but is able to calm down and concentrate on training. Roxanne Modafferi trades in between