Today in MMA History: May 16, 1996

May 16, 1996, the iconic Japanese MMA promotion Pancrase holds Pancrase: Truth 5 in Tokyo, Japan. A company that held two events before UFC put on it’s first. Pancrase is known for its unique rule-set which includes only open palm strikes to the head, no punching, and doesn’t allow soccer kicks or stomps to downed opponents. Non-title matches last one fifteen minute round and title matches one thirty minute round. Fighters have the option of escaping

Exclusive Interview: UFC Co-founder Campbell McLaren looks ahead to Fight Night Glasgow

The UFC will hold it’s first ever event in Scotland on Saturday July 18th at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro arena after a long and patient wait from Scottish fight fans to see the world’s premier MMA organisation in their home country. Tickets don’t go on sale until May 29th  however the UFC are already expecting the event to sell out in record time after the venue received a phenomenal early response to pre-register

Top 10 fights of February & March 2015

In order to catch up with the past months this month’s fights, this top 10 will include both February and April: Top 10 Fights of February 2015 10) Tony Ferguson’s submission of Gleison Tibau – UFC 184: Rousey vs. Zingano 9) Roan Carneiro’s submission of Mark Munoz – UFC 184: Rousey vs. Zingano 8) Neil Magney’s submission of Kiichi Kunimoto – UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Thatch 7) Holly Holm’s

Mother’s Day 2015 Special: Top 10 Mothers of the Past Year

It’s Mother’s Day and today we celebrate those women who have undergone the task of giving birth to children. To commemorate the occasion, MMA Freak is releasing the top 10 mothers of the past year. The rankings criteria will be the records of the fighters in the past year and head to head competition as well. Now here are the best mothers: 10) Jessica Rakoczy Jessica Rakoczy recently returned from over

The Ultimate Fighter 21: episodes 2 & 3 reviews

Episode 2: Battle Lines Drawn Following the first loss, American Top Team takes a step back and decides to who to put back into the fight. After talking it over, Dan Lambert and the coaches to decide to put up-and-coming prospect Uros Jurisic into the next match. During the Blackzilians coaches session, Glenn Robinson and the staff decide to pick Luiz Buscape for the next match. Later during a training session at the house, the Brackzilians practice gets a

Today in MMA History: May 4, 2001

UFC 31: Locked and Loaded (the poster reads Fully Loaded) takes place at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, New Jersey on May 4, 2001. The card has the curious distinction of featuring 7 fighters who would hold UFC titles in their careers, the most on any card up until Locked and Loaded. Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture faced off with Pedro Rizzo in the main event in his first title defense in the UFC.

Jones Should be Stripped of Title UPDATED

UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones is facing felony charges and was released on bail today as reported by MMA Fighting this morning. This after a hit and run that left at least one person with a broken arm Monday. Jones turned himself in to Albuquerque PD the day of the accident. The second high profile controversy Jones finds himself in less than a year and not the UFC Champions first brush with

Today in MMA History: April 25, 2004

April 25, 2004 Pride FC hosts Pride Total Elimination 2004 in Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.  Featuring a card comprised solely of matches of Pride FC’s 2004 Heavyweight Grand Prix opening round. It’s first and only ever Heavyweight Grand Prix. This is the promotions third GP, an open weight (non-existent today) and Middleweight tournament having preceded it. Pride Grand Prix’s are yearly tournaments competed within a designated weight class. After the bracket was announced,

The Ultimate Fighter 21: episode 1 – Rumble in South Florida

The season opens with Dana White explaining the format change of the show from a single elimination tournament to a truly team based competition. There will be a total of twelve fights with the first four matches counting for 25 points, the next four wins counting for 50 points, and the final four matches counting for 100 points. The eight fighters from each team can fight anywhere from zero times up to

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