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3 Fights to Make Post UFC on Fox Machida vs Rockhold

UFC on Fox: Rockhold vs Machida is in the record books and the card proved worthwhile with several slug-fests and finishers throughout. With hardly a week passing without a UFC it’s tough to pin down what fights to make moving forward. Here are three fights MMA Freak makes in the wake of UFC on Fox.   Jacare Souza vs Luke Rockhold These two met in 2011 at Stikeforce: Barnett vs. Kharitonov with Rockhold defeating Jacare by

The Ultimate Fighter: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians preview

The revamped version of The Ultimate Fighter will be making its’ debut this coming Wednesday, April 22nd on Fox Sports 1. In response to the stagnant format that finally came to a head in season 19, UFC President Dana White decided to explore other options to give the show a new light. He had time because of the unique format of season 20 which saw sixteen strawweight woman walk into the TUF house and Carla

Best of 2014 series: Top 10 MMA comebacks of 2014

2014 was a year full of several matches that were certainly memorable in MMA. In the category of comebacks, it was certainly no exception. This week the top comebacks of the year will be reviewed. As is normally the case, the votes were cast by a panel of MMA Freak writers. There were of course matches who didn’t make it onto the list due to a lack of votes but

Today in MMA History: April 15, 2006

Ultimate Fighting Championship held UFC 59 on April 15, 2006 in Anaheim, Ca; this would be the promotions 70th event. UFC 59: Reality Check would take place in front of a crowd of over 12,000 fight fans at the Arrowhead Pond in central Orange County, an arena known today as Honda Center. Headlined by a rematch between Heavyweight titleholder Andrei Arlovski and former champ Tim Sylvia, many fight fans were sure it would

Today in MMA History: April 8, 2007

Dreamstage Entertainment produced Pride 34: Kamikaze today in 2007. Pride FC‘s first event held after Zuffa acquired it, it was the last event the Japanese fight promotion would ever hold. The card proved less than stellar, with a key-lock submission by former boxer Butterbean on the hippo-sized Brazilian “fighter” Zuluzinho proving to be the highlight of a dull night of fights. After the event many an idealist-mma fan held out hopes of Dana White and

Will it be Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs Joanne Calderwood for the belt in Glasgow?

With Scotland set to host it’s first UFC event on Saturday July 18th , things are shaping up just nicely for a potential title fight in Glasgow’s SSE Hydro Arena between the strawweight divisions two undefeated Muay Thai specialists; newly crowned Polish sensation Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Scotland’s own title contender Joanne Calderwood. Fans are already calling for this match up in Glasgow with Calderwood suggesting her Twitter account “exploded” after

St. Patrick’s Day Special: Top 10 Irish Fighters in MMA

It’s St. Patrick’s Day when the Irish are celebrated. For the occasion MMA Freak presents a list of the best Irish fighters in MMA. Just to be clear this list is for fighters who are of Irish descent so Irish Americans count. However, English and Scottish fighters don’t count so no Michael Bisping or Joanne Calderwood. Here they are: 10) Carla Esparza Yes, when one thinks of Irish fighters they usually don’t think of

Top 10 fights of January 2015

This took longer than expected and there were some disappointments but here they are. January’s top: 10) Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz – UFC 183: Silva vs. Diaz It was painful to watch Anderson Silva split his leg in his second match against Chris Weidman. Most people didn’t think he would come back again which is why UFC 183 was so dramatic. It had appeared that Silva had returned triumphantly

European Judo Union fails to see benefits of UFC partnership

I was particularly disappointed to learn that the European Judo Union (EJU) has taken the decision to cancel their European Championships event, which was to be held in Glasgow’s Emirates Arena this coming April, purely because it was to be sponsored by the UFC.  The British Judo Association (BJA) had agreed a landmark sponsorship deal with the world’s premier mixed martial arts company, a very fitting partnership you would think,

Best of 2014 series: Top 10 MMA Freak Articles of 2014

It’s taken a while to get this series going but it’s finally the time to do so. As with last year this year the contributors for the site of the past year will be honored. Any article written in 2014 is eligible and of course not all the nominated articles made it so here’s the honorable mentions: Honorable Mentions: -Monthly  Rankings – by Matthew Salzer. The monthly articles based on