If you know me and what I’m about, you understand my begrudging acceptance of today’s MMA. Once the headbutts were taken away and you couldn’t grind the heel of your sneaker on a man’s face, the sport began to take a turn towards main stream acceptance, yet lost the grit of reality combat. While the changes to the rules allowed the sport to reach larger audiences and become an international phenomenon, the original purpose was cast aside as it became a sport focused around manipulating rules, cutting weight and huge corporate sponsorships.
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.
This past year was yet another really good one for the sport of Mixed Martial Arts. The UFC introduced the women’s bantamweight division, Champions fell while stars began to rise and promotions like, Bellator, Invicta FC, WSOF and the XFC continued to grow.
In revving up their quest for world domination, 2014 will likely be a defining year for the UFC. During their growth over the past 20 years, the promotion has become synonymous not just with mixed martial arts but with the best mixed martial arts has to offer.
The Nemesis Top Ten is a list of lesser known or much less regarded fighters that would pose a back matchup to a current top ten fighter and potentially pull of the upset.
Just hours before making his promotional debut at Bellator 109, Keith Bell sat down with MMAValor.com to discuss his bout with the undefeated Bulgarian Blagoi Ivanov. The heavyweight bout will be part of the Bellator 109 preliminary card which will stream live on Spike.com beginning at 4pm PT / 7pm ET.
Among the rash of talented up and coming prospects that occupy Team Alpha Male, Lance Palmer very well may be the cream of the crop. He is set to take on Georgi Karakhanyan on December 7th at WSOF 7 for the first ever World Series of Fighting featherweight championship.