There were some great fights this month and also had some historical significance to it. So with that here we go with the top fights:
10. UFC on Fox : Lawler vs. Brown – Patrick Cummins vs. Kyle Kingsbury
Patrick Cummins had a successful first UFC win at UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Khabilov against Roger Narvaez after his one sided debut loss at the hands of Daniel Cormier. Kyle Kingsbury on the other hand was on a three fight loosing streak and was hoping to snap it. However, it was not to be for Kingbury as Cummins dominated him for all three rounds. It was so bad two of the judges scored the fight 30-25 and 30-24. After the fight Kingsbury decided to call it a career and opted to retire form MMA.
9. Bellator 122 – Saad Awad vs. Joe Duarte
This was a match between two longtime Bellator mainstays who were trying to establish themselves under the new system. Of note is that this match took place at the first Bellator event to take place under Scott Coker’s leadership. Though it took place on the preliminary card, there was still benefits for performing well. The match lasted a little over a minute but it was a brief back and forth before Awad was able to get the ground and pound he needed against Duarte. Duarte complained but to no avail.
8. Bellator 122 – Karo Parisyan vs. Phil Baroni
The first televised bout at Bellator 122, this match was between two veterans looking to reinvigorate their respective careers. While Karo Parisyan had fought in Bellator a few times before and was coming off a come from behind victory, Phil Baroni was making his Bellator promotional debut. He also had only two wins in his last ten fights. Parisyan didn’t need too long to eventually find Baroni’s chin. Parisyan established himself as a veteran to look out for in the new Bellator system with the win.
7. The Ultimate Fighter: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn – Dhiego Lima vs. Roger Zapata
There was the slightest bit of tension going into this match as many felt Roger Zapata didn’t win his quarterfinal match on the show. Dhiego Lima of Team Edgar on the other hand had the only season’s finish up to that point. Zapata did go in and dropped Lima to the ground and looked to finish the match with ground and pound. However, the more skilled Lima was able to grab Zapata’s arm and pull an impressive arm bar. Lime ended Team Penn’s final hopes and got a Performance of the Season bonus.
6. The Ultimate Fighter: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn – Matt Van Buren vs. Daniel Spohn
This was the last fight in The Ultimate Fighter house for season 19 and it actually was an exciting match in a rather dismal season. Matt Van Buren had established himself as the smack talker on Team Edgar while Daniel Spohn showed knockout promise in the preliminary fights that seemed to falter in the house. The match went to the second round and was for once a rather exciting match. In the second round Van Buren ultimately got the TKO victory. In addition he and Spohn got Fight of the Season.
5. The Ultimate Fighter: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn Finale – Dustin Ortiz vs. Justin Scoggins – Comeback of the Month
The first fight on the main card of The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale, this fight delivered. Dustin Ortiz and Justin Scoggins were both fighters trying to establish themselves in the flyweight division. Their match proved to good as both men went back and forth. It was in fact so close that the fight was ultimately scored a split decision. Ortiz was given the nod and comeback of the month.
4. The Ultimate Fighter: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn Finale – Eddie Gordon vs. Dhiego Lima – Upset of the Month
This was an important match because Eddie Gordon and Dhiego Lima were fighting for The Ultimate Fighter 19 Middleweight Winner. Lima was definitely the favorite going into the finale as he’d finished both his fights in the house. However, Gordon had pulled a few upsets during the season due to his athleticism. However, it was rather surprising when he went in and finished Lima via strikes within the first 80 seconds of the first round. It’s possible the motivation of fighting in front of family helped him out.
3. Bellator 122 – Brandon Halsey vs. Brett Cooper – Submission of the Month
One could consider this fight as an Upset of the Month as well as the Submission of the Month but it made the later one category due to how impressive it was. Due to injuries, the Bellator Season 10 Middleweight Tournament Finals were delayed until the last Summer Series fight card. Brett Cooper was looking for another chance at a title shot but would have to get through Brandon Halsey in order to do it. However, Halsey had other plans when during a scramble he was able to pull an arm bar on Cooper. As a result Cooper submitted and earned probably the last middleweight title shot determined by a Bellator tournament.
2. UFC 175: Weidman vs. Machida – Ronda Rousey vs. Alexis Davis – Knockout of the Month
It’s still hard to believe that Ronda Rousey is getting this award considering her grappling pedigree, but this just goes to show her progress in MMA since her debut. Rousey got her first finish by strikes at UFC 170 when she kneed Sara McMann in the liver. Alexis Davis on the other hand “earned” her title shot in what was arguably a controversial decision against Jessica Eye. It took Rousey only 16 seconds to take Davis down and knock her out. As a result Rousey got a Performance of the Night bonus.
1. UFC 175: Weidman vs. Machida – Chris Weidman vs. Lyoto Machida – Fight of the Month
This was a test for both men involved in this bout. Chris Weidman won the UFC Middleweight Championship by knocking out Anderson Silva and then defended it by splitting Silva’s leg (by accident of course). Lyoto Machida also needed just two matches at middleweight to establish himself as the number one contender in the division. It turned out to be a good fight, going the distance with both men taking rounds. Ultimately Weidman won and earned Fight of the Night and our Fight of the Month.
Before I say anything more I would like to point out that August 19, 2013 was the date my first article was published on MMA Freak. I would like to say that it has been a honor and pleasure writing for you, the viewers of MMA Freak. Thank you!