Photo gallery from the UFC on FOX 9 weigh-ins featuring the UFC flyweight championship bout between Demetrious Johnson and Joseph Benavidez. Also on the card are local favorites Urijah Faber, Chad Mendes, Danny Castillo and Roger Bowling.
It was a double-header for MMA last night, with Bellator 111 kicking off the festivities with their Heavyweight tournament and RFA 13 bringing up the rear with a contentious main event fight.
While last weeks Light Heavyweight tournament was painful, this weeks Heavyweight masquerade at Bellator 111 has potential to put a whole nation to sleep. On the bright side, we have a Bantamweight title fight, with blazing fast striker Eduardo Dantas facing sub grappler Anthony Leone.
UFC Fight Pass is attempting to justify the price tag, and I have to admit they’re doing a pretty good job so far. What the Macau card delivered in terms of entertainment, UFC Fight night 37 delivers in terms of Euro MMA name value, with several stalwart fighters making an appearance. Our main event is an odd one, as Alexander Gustafsson looks to bounce back from his title fight loss, taking on unheralded Jimi Manuwa.
Starting at the ungodly time of 3:20am Pt / 6:20am ET on Fight Pass, the TUF: China Finale preliminary card was honestly a very tough call to wake up early for. On the other hand the mornings main card, which started at 5am PT / 8am ET was more appealing and not so difficult to get out of bed when it was still dark outside.
Titan’s first major network broadcast went off without a hitch, as Titan FC 27 brought fans five main card bouts that delivered. For the hardcore fan, familiar faces held down the top of the card, and there wasn’t a blemish in terms of action or production of the show, making this a debut that signals good things in the future.
It was a night of local talent for us folks in New England as Bellator rolled into Mohegan Sun and put on their Featherweight and Light Heavyweight tournaments at Bellator 110. The card had potential to be solid with the Featherweights keeping our pulse going while the 205lbers worked towards putting us to sleep.
Last summer I wrote a piece about the business of MMA, detailing all sides of the fight game as it pertains to the UFC and their fighters. As the topic continues to generate buzz, fighters continue to air their dirty laundry and key players in the UFC continue to curse their way into the hot seat.
Bellator will get their 10th season started in just under two weeks and with the new season comes five new tournaments. While Bellator has deviated a bit, the tournament format is still their bread and butter.
With 2014 just beginning, the UFC is without many of its top draws and UFC 169 didn’t actually help in that matter.
In the UFC on FOX 10 main event, Benson Henderson faced the former Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson. Henderson, the former UFC lightweight champion, was coming off the first round defeat at the hands of Anthony Pettis in which he lost his belt. Thomson was scheduled to face Pettis for the title last month but took this risky fight instead of waiting at home while Pettis recovers from injury.
If a friend asked you, an avid MMA fan, to describe the World Series of Fighting, what would you say? Honestly, a little over one year into the promotion’s existence, I have no idea what I tell them. And I’m not so sure the brass at World Series of Fighting would know what to say either. Pretty soon though, that uncertainty is going to become a problem. Lofty goals mixed with some financial backing can garner results for some time; but lacking a solid value proposition and true identity is a surefire way to ensure your downfall. Differentiation is vital in a saturated marketplace.
Friday’s MFC 39 had me wondering out loud just who the heck were this guys stepping through the Maximum Fighting Championship ropes. The days of Douglas Lima, Emanuel Newton and even Ryan Jimmo are long gone and now replaced with a handful of castaways and a bunch of yet to be household names.
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The month seemed to fly by in record time and this month’s version of the MMA Fighter Rankings will look nearly the same as February’s. No it’s not because I just copied and pasted last month’s so stop thinking that. The fights in February just didn’t produce many upsets and thus the rankings hardly changed.
This coming weekend will see three live major MMA events take place in less than a 24 hour span. Titan FC, Bellator will be holding events on Fridays night, while the UFC is in China and their card will stream over Fight Pass in the early morning on Saturday.
A new contender on the network MMA battlefield, Titan FC goes from Kansas staple to mainstream attraction with a Titan FC 27 card built for serious fight fans. While the card is built on former UFC and Bellator battlers, the match-making promises some competitive and exciting match-ups.
Another Fight Pass exclusive comes to us from Macau, with the TUF China Finale that is almost worth the $10 a month to get up at 5am to watch it. There aren’t too many real names on this one, so let’s dig into the recognizable match-ups for the main card.
It’s been awhile since we’ve had Bellator rocking our airwaves, but Season Ten rolls out starting Friday, with a mess of tournaments at Bellator 110. Whether you like the format or not, there’s some decent fights to be had in this event, with the Light Heavyweight mini-tournament being the highlight of the evening.