After a busy weekend on MMA, its UFC fight week as the Octagon returns after a long break this Saturday with UFC 152. The packed weekend was a welcome sight with Legacy FC 14, BAMMA 10 and the premiere of The Ultimate Fighter that was a fitting warm up for the upcoming event.
Matt Schnell from MTV's "Caged" and Ryan Hollis battled it out last night for three enduring rounds at Legacy FC 14 in Houston Texas. Two judges scored the match 29 to 28 in favor of Schnell giving him the split decision victory. The Houston Arena Theatre erupted in disbelief. Schnell looked to lose most of the striking exchanges on their feet, frustrating him and forcing him to try his skills on the ground.
Having nearly completed his one year suspension, middleweight fan favorite Chris Leben has verbally agreed to a return bout at UFC 155 on December 29th. The yearend event will see “The Crippler” face off against another brawler in Karlos Vemola, who has a finish in all nine of his wins.
Coming off a crazy paced, jam-packed few months of MMA action; things have slowed down heading into September. The unfortunate cancellation of UFC 151 has put six weeks between UFC events and with Bellator’s new season not beginning until the end of the month, things seem too quiet.
A new MMA reality series produced by James Jefferson and directed by Hollywood veteran Ben Perry called "Warrior Island" is looking to make waves by putting 16 elite fighters on an island in the Pacific Ocean. The reality series, which begins filming on location Feb. 1 of 2013, is being produced by Global Proving Ground who have partnered with former Cage Rage Presenter and current UCMMA Promoter Dave O'Donnell. Each week, the fighters will battle one another to stay on the island and compete for international stardom, as well as a half a million dollar grand prize.
The latest MMA rankings are suffering from the cancellation of UFC 151 and show very little change from last month. In fact there is only one change among the top five MMA rankings this month and that goes to UFC lightweight Frankie Edgar, who lost his rematch to the champion Ben Henderson at UFC 150.
That strange feeling this weekend wasn’t the fact that you had one more day to party, it was the MMA void left by the absence of UFC 151. While the MMA world has moved on and the UFC has moved its attention to the new season of The Ultimate Fighter and UFC 152 they cannot hide from the fact something was missing this weekend.
Perhaps I'm getting old, but MMA fans and the online MMA community are starting to get to me. There are always trolls, always debate, and always useless fandom, but the thing that's killing me is the random subjective arguments. Between all the debates about Top Ten, Top Pound for Pound, Best Entrance Music and such, I can barely spend five hours on a message board anymore