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 28, 2014
UFC 178 results
Las Vegas, NV
Demetrious Johnson def. Chris Cariaso via submission (kimura) - Round 2, 2:29
Donald Cerrone def. Eddie Alvarez via unanimous decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Conor McGregor def. Dustin Poirier via TKO (punches) - Round 1, 1:46
Yoel Romero def. Tim Kennedy via TKO (strikes) - Round 3, 0:58
Cat Zingano def. Amanda Nunes via TKO (strikes) - Round 3, 1:21
Dominick Cruz def. Takeya Mizugaki via TKO (punches) - Round 1, 1:01
Jorge Masvidal def. James Krause via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Stephen Thompson def. Patrick Cote via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Brian Ebersole def. John Howard via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Kevin Lee def. Jon Tuck via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)
Manny Gamburyan def. Cody Gibson via submission (guillotine choke) - Round 2, 4:56
September 24, 2014
September 22, 2014
For those of you who thought Bruce Lee could only be used to beat up Urijah Faber, BJ Penn and other UFC stars in EA UFC you were wrong because the Kung Fu aster is coming to a PC RPG near you! Free to download massively multiplayer online RPG Conquer Online recently announced, with the approval of the Lee estate, that a Bruce Lee inspired character will be made available in October. The new character borrows heavily from all aspects of Lee's brand and will be called Lee-Long.
The Lee-Long character is powered by motion capture technology and his entire look is a tribute to the Enter the Dragon star. In terms of weapons and skills expect the Long character to play similar to the current Monk or Ninja class already available in Conquer Online. Dubbed "the greatest martial artist of all time" Lee will be available to download on October 30th.
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.