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?
July 29, 2014
Melvin Manhoef (28-11-1) is a vicious striker with a cult following. One week after putting his MMA career back into focus, through a multi-fight deal with Bellator, Manhoef took a kickboxing bout with vet César Córdoba. The results of Manhoef versus Córdoba were swift and violent.
The controversial fight and stoppage begins at the 8:30 mark of the video. Since 2013 the 38 year old Manhoef is 1-2 in MMA.
July 29, 2014
The theme song for the upcoming Michale Bay version of TMNT, "Shell Shocked" rap review: it's pretty much all downhill after the first verse. Opening verse and hook are strong but the rest of the track is pretty much CGI infused garbage juice. Still better than the Vanilla Ice song from "TMNT 2 The Secret of the Ooze" soundtrack.
As bonus after the jump is the trailer for the season finale of season 2 of the rebooted Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon series. And for those TMNT fans who grew up in the 1980s and 1990s, the 2012 Nickelodeon version of the cartoon turtle brothers is much better than the version when you were a kid. A controversial but very true opinion.
July 28, 2014
Golovkin vs. Geale results
Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
July 26, 2014
Gennady Golovkin def. Daniel Geale by TKO (punches) 2:47 R3
Bryant Jennings def. Mike Perez by Split Decision (114-113, 115-112, & 113-114)
Ola Afolabi def. Anthony Caputo Smith by TKO (doctor stoppage) 3:00 R3
Dusty Hernandez Harrison def. Wilfredo Acuna by Unanimous Decision (80-72, 80-72, & 80-72)
July 28, 2014
Get it while it's and or copyright claims take it down. Scheduled to be released on May 6, 2016, comic fans got their first very brief glimpse of footage Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. If you weren't live at San Diego Comic Con 2014 you missed out. But thanks to one brave fan with a very grainy and lo-res camera phone, fans can at least get a little peek of Zach Synder's take on the DC Universe.
After the jump an on the scene review from our friends at Beyond the Trailer
July 27, 2014
RFA 16 results
*Josh Copeland def. *Jan Jorgensen via knockout (punches) 4:49 R1
*Jarred Mercado def. Daniel Swain via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
*Chris Heatherly def. Josh Cavan via submission guillotine choke 3:20 R2
Boston Salmon def. Zac Chavez via TKO (strikes) 4:47 R1
Marion Reneau def. Maureen Riordon via submission armbar 4:15 R1
Sid Bice def. Eric Shelton via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Danny Mainus def. Ian Connelly via submission armbar 3:04 R2
Darrell Flores def. Mitch Peterson via submission armbar 1:35 R2
*Prospect to watch
July 27, 2014
UFC on Fox 12 results
San Jose, California
Robbie Lawler def. Matt Brown via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 48-47)
Anthony Johnson def. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira via TKO (punches) 0:44 R1
Dennis Bermudez def. Clay Guida via submission rear-naked choke 2:57 R2
Bobby Green def. Josh Thomson via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Jorge Masvidal def. Daron Cruickshank via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-27)
Patrick Cummins def. Kyle Kingsbury via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-25, 30-24)
Tim Means def. Hernani Perpetuo via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Brian Ortega def. Mike De La Torre via submission rear-naked choke 1:39 R1
Tiago Trator def. Akbarh Arreola via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Gilbert Burns def. Andreas Stahl via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Joanna Jedrzejczyk def. Juliana Lima via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
Noad Lahat def. Steven Siler via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
July 25, 2014
Henry Cejudo is not a square peg in a round hole; he is coloring not just outside the lines but on the table, walls, and your pet's sleeping body. The number of Olympic gold medal level wrestlers who even thought about being locked in the cage with another human being can be counted on one hand. The number of high level Olympic athletes in freestyle wrestling who have made a serious run at becoming a professional mixed martial artist can be counted on maybe two hands.
In early 2013 Cejudo announced that he was putting his 2008 gold medal fame, Coca-Cola sponsorships and successful motivational speaking engagements on hold to turn his attention to becoming a 0-0 MMA prospect. For a wrestler of his caliber the move from the wrestling mat to the MMA cage sounded like a slam dunk. The problem is Cejudo doesn't like a simple to two-handed jam, the 27 year old prefers to crossover life's challenges, fake them out of their shorts, see an open lane to the hoop and then take a step back jumper to revaluate the situation.
Cejudo's one year, six fight pro career has been a maze inside a puzzle that has caused promoters, pundits and fans to question his MMA motivations. Since his first moments inside a cage Cejudo's crossover into MMA would always be judged by if he got to the UFC and what he did once the spotlight was on. When the UFC starts the hype machine behind Cejudo, both promoter and fighter will find out very quickly if they made an intelligent gamble.