May 8, 2014
In October 2013, ULTMMA.com (www.ULTMMA.com) released version 5.0 of our annual MMA big board affectionately known as the ULTMMA50. Seven months after the snapshot in MMA time that was the 2013/2014 ULTMMA50, the 50 fighters listed have all tweaked their resumes. Ranking different fighters from different weights classes that for the most part fight in entirely different promotions is an exercise rooted in patience and informed speculation.
With UFC matchmakers Joe Silva and Sean Shelby having the ULTMMA50 (possibly) pinned to their office white board, a whooping 22 prospects have already been signed to the UFC. So with the benefit of hindsight how did a pound for pound list of 50 diverse MMA prospects hold up?
September 20, 2014
UFC Fight Night 52 Hunt vs. Nelson results
Mark Hunt def. Roy Nelson via knockout (punch) - Round 2, 3:00 R2
Myles Jury def. Takanori Gomi via TKO (punches) 1:32 R1
Yoshihiro Akiyama def. Amir Sadollah via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Miesha Tate def. Rin Nakai via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Kiichi Kunimoto def. Richard Walsh via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Kyoji Horiguchi def. Jon Delos Reyes via TKO (punches) 3:48 R1
Masanori Kanehara def. Alex Caceres via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Katsunori Kikuno def. Sam Sicilia via submission rear-naked choke 1:38 R2
Hyun Gyu Lim def. Takenori Sato via TKO (elbows) 1:18 R1
Kyung Ho Kang def. Michinori Tanaka via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Johnny Case def. Kazuki Tokudome via technical submission guillotine choke 2:34 R2
Maximo Blanco def. Daniel Hooker via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
September 18, 2014
With the move to stream all their events on UFC Fight Pass, some worried that Midwest all-female promotion Invicta Fighting Championship would lose some of its indie flavor. A big part of how Invicta FC cultivated their cult following was the top shelf video content they produced pre and post fight night. After Invicta FC 8 the promotion once again teamed with the All Elbows crew to make moving picture magic.
Shot and cut by filmmaker E. Casey Leydon, first up is we have a battle of WMMA vets as Roxanne Modafferi pulls off an upset over Tara LaRosa despite leaving all her Jedi mind tricks in her holster. In the main event atomweight champion Michelle Waterson shuts down Jewels mainstay Yasuko Tamada in the third round with some face moving knees.
September 16, 2014
Ninja skills are increasing. American Brian Arnold realizes ninjas need top shelf climbing skills on the latets epsiode of the NBC show American Ninja Warrior. With the pressure on his shoulders Arnold spider flipped his way past the unforgiving incline of Mt. Midoriyama. MMA has wrestling, jiu-jitsu and kickboxing as standard bases for its' training but what the sport really could use is more ninja based martial artists like Arnold.
Arnold owns stage 3 event despite cutting himself and nearly knocking himself out on the large ceiling fan in the middle course. The Team America athlete, Arnold becomes the first USA born ninja in training to complete stage 3 in live competition. Future generations of school children will hear folks tales and sing the praises of Arnold for years to come.
September 16, 2014
Dana White is the most outspoken sports league president in the world. According to their website Jetset Magazine caters to the wealthiest demographic in the world. Only 1% of the world's population are true Jetsetters. Lucky for the rest of us Jeteset Magazine has an absolutly free YouTube channel! When the very wealthy meets the very outspoken you get a nine minute stand-up interview.
UFC president Dana White welcomed the JS Mag (?) cameras into to high end Las Vegas office space for an exclusive interview and tour. White talks about the unique art that occupies the UFC's wall space, "Corporate America", his 100 acre home filled with guns and sports cars as well as his first commercial flight in seven years.
September 15, 2014
The controversial yet to be released documentary "Fight Church" continues to screen around the film festival circuit. In the latest clip the Fight Church pastors are holding an amateur muay thai fight night at the church. Covered in headgear and oversized gloves unskilled church goers swing away at each other in the name of their religious beliefs.
Perhaps because they have little to no technique or perhaps as a sign from a higher power the first fight ends with both men dropped to the floor from simultaneous groin shots. Do you believe in miracles? Turning water into wine or watching two grown men knee each other in the nuts at the prefect time is scientific (or divine intervention) that the world works in mysterious ways.
September 15, 2014
The greatest mixed martial arts heavyweight of all-time Fedor Emelianenko (34-4) has been retired for nearly two years now. A Pride FC superstar, Fedor is still by far the best MMA fighter never to compete inside the UFC's world famous Octagon. Now 37 years old, does the Russian Alien-Cyborg hybrid of a fighter have any regrets he never fought under the UFC"s promotional umbrella?
Fedor has no regrets but hardcore and casual fans alike still wonder what would have happened if the UFC and Fedor became prize fighting partners. Fedor never got to ground n' pound Frank Mir into submission. Fedor never got dropped on his head and mounted a comeback versus Randy Couture. Fedor will never have the chance to beat Cain Velasquez, drop down to light heavyweight to KO Jon Jones and then unseat Dana White as the next UFC president.
September 12, 2014
Patience is for suckers. Three weeks away from its October 3rd North American release date new footage from Super Smash Bros. 3DS was grabbed from a recent gameplay stream in Japan. Off the Twitch stream a few hidden characters were confirmed and new gameplay modes were seen as well.
Released on September 13th in Japan, Super Smash Bros. 3DS will feature Dark Pit, Dr. Mario, Falco, Ness, the Duck Hunt Dog, and Bowser Jr. as playable characters.