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?
December 16, 2014
Official statement from the UFC: "The UFC is aware of the action filed today but has not been served, nor has it had the opportunity to review the document. The UFC will vigorously defend itself and its business practices."
And a press release from the plaintiffs: (SAN JOSE, Calif. -Dec. 16, 2014) Three current and former high-profile Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighters filed a multi-million-dollar class-action lawsuit today against the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) organization, accusing the $2-billion outfit of illegally maintaining monopoly and monoposony power by systematically eliminating competition from rival promoters, artificially suppressing fighters' earnings from bouts and merchandising and marketing activities through restrictive contracting and other exclusionary practices.
December 14, 2014
UFC on Fox 13 results
Junior Dos Santos def. Stipe Miocic via unanimous decision (48-47, 49-46, 49-46)
Rafael dos Anjos def. Nate Diaz via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-27)
Alistair Overeem def. Stefan Struve via knockout (punches) - Round 1, 4:13
Matt Mitrione def. Gabriel Gonzaga via TKO (punches) - Round 1, 1:59
Joanna Jedrzejczyk def. Claudia Gadelha via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
John Moraga def. Willie Gates via submission (rear-naked choke) - Round 3, 4:06
Ben Saunders def. Joe Riggs via submission (injury) - Round 1, 0:57
Drew Dober def. Jamie Varner via submission (rear-naked choke) - Round 1, 1:52
Bryan Barberena def. Joe Ellenberger via TKO (strikes) - Round 3, 3:24
David Michaud def. Garett Whiteley via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Henry Cejudo def. Dustin Kimura via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Ian Entwistle def. Anthony Birchak via submission (heel hook) - Round 1, 1:04
December 7, 2014
UFC 181 results
Las Vegas, Nevada
Robbie Lawler def. Johny Hendricks via split decision (48-47, 47-48, 49-46)
Anthony Pettis def. Gilbert Melendez via submission (mounted guillotine choke) - Round 2, 1:53
Travis Browne def. Brendan Schaub via TKO (punches) - Round 1, 4:50
Todd Duffee def. Anthony Hamilton via knockout (punches) - Round 1, 0:33
Tony Ferguson def. Abel Trujillo via submission (rear-naked choke) - Round 2, 4:19
Urijah Faber def. Francisco Rivera via submission (rear-naked choke) - Round 2, 1:08
Josh Samman def. Eddie Gordon via knockout (head kick) - Round 2, 3:08
Corey Anderson def. Justin Jones via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Raquel Pennington def. Ashlee Evans-Smith via submission (bulldog choke) - Round 1, 4:59
Sergio Pettis def. Matt Hobar via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Clay Collard def. Alex White via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
December 6, 2014
December 4, 2014
Global fitness leader Reebok today announced a groundbreaking partnership with UFC®, the world's leading mixed martial arts organization. Under the long-term deal, Reebok will become the exclusive authentic global outfitter of UFC, creating for the first time ever UFC ‘Fight Week gear' and a ‘Fight Night kit' for all UFC athletes. Reebok will also be the apparel provider for millions of UFC fans around the world.
"It is a true collaboration between two great brands, which will not only give UFC a new and exciting look, but will harness the global reach of both brands to also benefit young people around the world, particularly those at risk of being involved in crime and violence."
November 25, 2014
Everything is better in slow motion. UFC 180 live from Mexico City, Mexico is better in slow motion. The new iPhone 6 allows you to record videos in slow motion. Fight Motion UFC 180 is a not a bootleg version of slow motion fight highlights recorded from the crowd on a iPhone 6.
If Mark Hunt versus Fabricio Werdum were competing under World Series of Fighting rules, the main event winner and new UFC heavyweight champion would receive a free phone on top of his winnings. The WSOF gives their winners track and or burner phones but maybe one day they will spring for a phone with slow motion recording capabilities.
November 25, 2014
Call it the perfect storm or the stars aligning, but when Carlos Garcia and Eugene Cancino meet in the 559 Fights cage Friday, Dec. 12 at the Valdez Hall in Fresno, it will be the most meaningful fight in California amateur mixed martial arts history.
Two championships will be decided with just one fight.
"We had an opportunity to do something that no other promotion has been able to do in hosting the CAMO State Amateur Championship Finals," said 559 Fights President Jeremy Luchau. "When we saw our current champ had won the SoCal regional and that Fresno's Cancino had won the NorCal regional, it just made sense to try and make it something special."