In honor of the UFC’s 20th anniversary this year, I figured it only appropriate that my year end fight countdown involved the top 20 fights from the calendar year 2013. Although not all of these fights took place in the UFC it’s hard to ignore the UFC’s place at the head of the class in terms of mixed martial arts promotions. Although there are a number of other promotions represented in the list including Bellator, Maximum Fighting Championship, ONE FC and Invicta. Enough rambling, let’s get to the year’s top fights.
#20 – ONE Fighting Championship: Moment of Truth – Featherweight Championship Bout: Honorio Banario vs. Koji Oishi – December 6, 2013
The opening round of this bout wasn’t the most exciting, but the second and third rounds really make up for it. In title bout rematches, this is often the case, especially in a fight between two proven power punchers like ..click here to read more
Alexander Gustafsson, anderson silva, Bigfoot Silva, Brian Stann, Jon Jones, Mark Hunt, Wanderlei Silva
When it comes to the numerous UFC events held during the 2013 year; it’ll be 31 by the time this card rolls around, the promotion is definitely saving one of the best for last. To cap a highly active and highly entertaining 20th anniversary year of UFC action, the UFC has a card featuring two massive title fight rematches. In the main event of the evening the legendary Anderson “The Spider” Silva looks to reclaim his place at the top of the Middleweight division when he battles undefeated incumbent champion Chris Weidman. The co-main event of the evening features a long brewing grudge match between the two coaches from the most recent season of The Ultimate Fighter as Miesha Tate challenges “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey for her Women’s Bantamweight title.
From the fight capital of the world UFC 168 takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on December 28, 2013. With ..click here to read more
anderson silva, Chris Weidman, Miesha Tate, Ronda Rousey, UFC 168
Apologies for the lateness of this wrap up everyone. Some plans from this weekend got in the way of me viewing UFC 163 live, so I was a day and a half behind before I was finally able to catch a replay of the event. Despite me taking the card to task a little bit beforehand for lack of big name recognition, the card mostly delivered. Although the main event failed to live up to the expected fireworks, it still provided a relatively entertaining scrap, there was also a Light Heavyweight robbery, a return to form from a Brazilian Middleweight as well as an exciting Flyweight scrap. Let’s take a look at what happened and what’s next in the fallout from UFC 163 from Rio de Janeiro.
Flyweight Bout: John Lineker defeated Jose Maria Tome via TKO (Punches) at 1:03 of Round Two
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Chan Sung Jung, Lyoto Machida, Phil Davis, UFC 163
Last weekend was a bit of a downer for the UFC as an organization. Despite a highly entertaining main event featuring a championship bout which itself featured the champion defending the title in his home state, the event was widely considered a ratings flop. It did pretty awful numbers on Fox, ranking as dead-last to second-last in terms of ratings depending on the varying reports that are making rounds on the internet. With that said, I’m going to take the UFC to task a little bit more than I usually do. They are following up a free card on Fox that did poorly with underwhelming results in live attendance and live viewership on television with a Pay Per View offering, that in my opinion and the opinion of several others leaves a lot to be desired in terms of name value.
UFC 163 takes place this weekend live from the HSBC ..click here to read more
Chan Sung Jung, Lyoto Machida, Phil Davis, UFC 163
People can continue to rag on the UFC Flyweight division. Complaints about lack of depth in the division might have some truth to them, but complaints about the quality of fights that the division have put on need to be laid to rest. With the co-main event of this card filled with trash talking and bad blood, the UFC Flyweight Championship headliner took a back seat to the Welterweight grudge match. In the end, it was the Flyweights who turned in a Fight of the Night performance while the Welterweights stunk up the arena and were showered with boos for the majority of their fifteen minute dance-routine.
In the main event UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson put on a dominant display, outstriking, outhustling and straight up outworking the overmatched challenger John Moraga for four straight rounds. Clearly up on the scorecards, Johnson decided not to coast for a victory and continued ..click here to read more
dana white, Demetrious Johnson, Jake Ellenberger, John Moraga, Rory MacDonald, UFC on FOX 8
It’s been an interesting couple of weeks since Chris Weidman shocked the world at UFC 162. The UFC is finally breaking from a couple of weeks of downtime and returning to action this weekend, this time on free network television. This Saturday night the UFC presents UFC on FOX: Johnson vs. Moraga from the Key Arena in Seattle, Washington. Once again in the main event, the Flyweight title will take center stage in a free television show as UFC Champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson takes on fast-rising contender John Moraga.
The co-main event of the evening features a Welterweight grudge match between GSP-lite Rory “The Waterboy” MacDonald and hard-hitting knockout artist Jake “The Juggernaut” Ellenberger. Other main card bouts include a Women’s Bantamweight bout between Liz Carmouche and the debuting Jessica Andrade, as well as a potential slugfest between a pair of Strikeforce Welterweight imports; “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler and Bobby Voelker.
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Demetrious Johnson, Jake Ellenberger, John Moraga, Rory MacDonald, UFC on FOX 8
Alright guys, the summer holidays are all over now. Canadian fans, the fireworks and Canada Day celebrations are nearly a week past. For Americans the Fourth of July party has wrapped up. With that in mind, it’s time to take a look back at the half-year (January 1-July 1) that has been so far in the MMA world. These are my picks for the 2013 MMA Awards for the First Half-Year. For each category I’ll take a look at my choice in detail along with listing a couple of notable mentions. Let’s get right into it.
Submission of the Half-Year: Kenny Robertson applies a Suloev Stretch to Brock Jardine at UFC 157
This is simply put one of the most innovative submissions to have ever been applied in the UFC. Robertson transitions smoothly from back control and a possible Rear Naked Choke and stays with it, before turning to attack the leg. ..click here to read more
Well that was shocking… After a stunning end that still has most members of the MMA world including fans, fighters and media personalities all equally shocked, UFC 162 is now in the books and one of the greatest title reigns in UFC history is over. Chris Weidman shocked the world Saturday night in Las Vegas as he did the unthinkable and knocked Anderson Silva out cold for the first time in “The Spider’s” career. The rest of the main card provided a ton of action and a lot of exciting bouts and the main event just capped a great night of fights, unfortunately for the UFC, many people are tossing around conspiracy theories and making excuses for the main event instead of celebrating a great night of fights. With all of that said, it’s time to look forward at what’s next for all of the main card fighters.
Featherweight Bout: Cub ..click here to read more
anderson silva, Chris Weidman, UFC 162
Well folks, it’s been a while, but it’s time for Dana White and company to invade your weekend plans once again. The UFC is back this Saturday night for their annual Fourth of July weekend show. Capping off another fan expo week in Las Vegas, UFC 162 comes to you live on Pay Per View from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. In the main event of the evening pound-for-pound kingpin Anderson “The Spider” Silva puts his Middleweight title on the line against undefeated challenger Chris Weidman.
In other main card action, Frankie Edgar looks to right the ship on his career, as he takes on Charles Oliveira in his first three round fight in over three years after a number of memorable title bouts. In Middleweight action Strikeforce imports Tim Kennedy and Roger Gracie will do battle. Also in Middleweight action Mark Munoz will return from a ..click here to read more
anderson silva, Chris Weidman, UFC 162
Another weekend has come and gone, and with it, the UFC has had its first successful show in yet another new market. This past Saturday night, the UFC held their first ever event in the Canadian province of Manitoba, holding UFC 161 on Pay Per View live from the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Although some fans complained about a lack of big name value, or high-profile fights on the card (both very legitimate complaints after the cancellation of the planned main event; an Interim Bantamweight Championship bout between Eddie Wineland and Renan Barao) the event did deliver some fireworks and it also helped to raise the stock of a few fighters, while it sent the stock of some other fighters plummeting. Let’s recap the card and take a look at what’s next for the main carders.
Heavyweight Bout: Shawn Jordan defeated Pat Barry via TKO (Punches) at 0:59 of ..click here to read more
Dan Henderson, Rashad Evans, UFC 161
It has been a long time since we as UFC fans have had to complain about the curse of the injury bug affecting UFC cards. It appears as though that may be changing as the UFC kicks it into high gear for the summer. The original main event of this card was scrapped when UFC Interim Bantamweight Champion Renan Barao was forced to withdraw from his title defense against Eddie Wineland. Next up was co-main eventer Antonio Rogerio Nogueira was forced out of his bout with Mauricio Rua. Chael Sonnen stepped up and volunteered for the bout, but was unable to secure a visa in time. That bout was then removed and rescheduled as the main event for the UFC’s debut on Fox Sports 1. Still, the UFC will be making its debut in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada at the MTS Centre for UFC 161 on Pay Per View.
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Although there isn’t really much of a formula these days for deciding who gets title shots in the UFC, the promotion is in a somewhat strange place where there is a clear-cut number one contender in almost every division. With many of these matches prepared to go down in the coming months, let’s take a look at the challengers who have the best chance of upsetting the respective champions in their division.
Women’s Bantamweight Championship – Challenger: Miesha Tate vs. Champion: Ronda Rousey
Upset Odds: +500
Despite the fact that everyone is laughing at the excuse that Tate won the first two rounds of her fight against Cat Zingano as reason enough to have her getting a title shot, it remains true. It’s probably also true that she’ll be a tougher test for champion Rousey come fight time. In the end, that’s likely going to mean very little as neither one stands a ..click here to read more
anderson silva, Georges St. Pierre, Jon Jones, Jose Aldo, Ronda Rousey