Why the World Turned on “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey

At UFC 193, which was the UFC’s grand debut into the Australian market, things beyond Dana White’s wildest dreams happened. According to Lorenzo Fertitta, the event PPV numbers have crossed the million threshold. The attendance stood at a final tally of 56,214, which broke the previous record 55,724 spectators at UFC 129 in Toronto. And Holly Holm upset “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey by knock-out in the second round. Needless to say,

The Ultimate Fighter 22: Episode 9 Review

Episode 9 – Bullseye After talking with their respective fighters, Conor McGregor and Urijah Faber are accompanied by their teams to a place in the Nevada desert for the coaches challenge. Dana White arrives in a helicopter with Octagon girl Arianny Celeste in tow carrying the cash award for the winning team. The coaches challenge this season is a watermelon drop in which both coaches have to drop a watermelon onto a target five times to get

The Ultimate Fighter 22: Episode 8 Review

Episode 8 – Heart Is Not Enough Following the fight announcements, Conor McGregor and Artem Lobov return to the Team Europe locker room where the two men discuss the strategy for Lobov’s next match. In the interview, McGregor talks about how Lobov was given another chance and how the two have been training partners for a long time. During training, Lobov talks about how he is originally from Russia and how due to the

The Rowdy Has Fallen…Now What?

The world of sports in general was shocked last night by the upset loss of Ronda Rousey to former boxing champion Holly Holm. It leaves the state of the women’s MMA world in an interesting state as well, similar to when Gina Carano lost back on August 17th, 2009. Where does WMMA go from here? Ronda’s Path There’s no doubt that Rousey is the singular reason why WMMA is even in the UFC. She has

UFC 194: Has ‘Mystic Mac’ Predicted the Future Again ?

When the UFC first announced Frankie Edgar vs Chad Mendez would be headlining The Ultimate Fighter finale there was plenty of raised eyebrows amongst the MMA community.  Many felt this is a match up worthy of headlining a UFC Fight Night event as a minimum, not a mere TUF Finale.  Sure, the finale will form part of the busiest and most high profile weekend in the UFCs history which is scheduled

Today in MMA History: UFC 1-November 12, 1993

Opinions shared by contributors of MMA Freak are not those of MMA Freak or it’s other contributors. The opinions conveyed on any article are solely those of the listed author.  Ultimate Fighting Championships held its first ever event November 12, 1993 at the McNichols Sports Arena in Denver, Colorado. Promotional material leading up to UFC 1 put clear emphasis on the event not having any rules for its participants except two:

Veterans Day 2015 Special: Top 10 Military Vets of the Past Year

Today is Veteran’s Day and this month is Veterans Appreciation Month here in the United States of America. This day and this month in general America honors those who have made the sacrifice to serve the country in protecting it and making it one of the safest nations in the world. In honor of the occasion as was the case last year, MMA Freak has compiled a list of US

The Ultimate Fighter 22: episode 7

Episode 7 – Mental Breakdown Following the fight announcement Urijah Faber talks about Thanh Le‘s upcoming fight and about his strength’s as a strong stand up fighter. In the Team Europe room, Martin Svensson claims that all of Team USA’s victories haven’t been through actual fights and claims he will win his bout by actually fighting instead of waffling around. Back at the house, Le talks about his working so that he can see his

Matthew Salzers’ Top 10 Lists of 2014

To say this should’ve been done a WHILE ago, however better late then never. So here are my top 10 lists of 2014: 10) Top 10 Military Vets of 2014 This list was nominated for the Best Article of 2014 in the MMA Freak awards and covered military veteran success. This year’s list included the likes of Bobby Lashley, Randy Couture, Tim Kennedy and Brandon Vera. 9) Top 10 fights of June 2014 There were