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Prize Winner Time!!

November 2, 2011 3 comments

The winner of the personally inscribed UFC mini-poster is…Nolan!  Congratulations!  It’s one day late, but I’m sure the announcement was worth the wait!  I’ll be contacting you shortly with further information on what you have available to choose from!

A gift to all readers is the post I have in store tonight.  Though it’s brief, I did something pretty different and I’m excited for you all to see what’s in store.  Be sure to come back later this evening to check it out!

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November 2011 Fighter Rankings

November 1, 2011 1 comment

November 1, can you believe it?  November is already here and 2011 is quickly coming to a close!  These last two months are the best of the year with all of the football, holidays, birthdays of MMA bloggers, and in the case of 2011, some awesome fights!  The UFC makes it’s debut on Fox with a Heavyweight Title fight, we get a free UFC show from England on Saturday, and some fun Bellator fights with champions Eddie Alvarez and Hector Lombard.

With this new month comes an entirely new month of rankings.  This was a quieter month than most, but I’m making up for that with the addition of a brand new weight class to my rankings!  I’d eventually like to add men’s strawweight rankings when the division is a little deeper, but for now, I’ve introduced the women’s 105 pound division also known as the women’s bantamweight division!

Here are the changes from the October 2011 rankings to the November 2011 rankings!

Heavyweight

  • No Change

Light Heavyweight

  • Ryan Jimmo fought Sokoudjou during the month and, frankly, he sucked.  He looked listless and didn’t really accomplish anything, stealing a decision from the PRIDE and UFC veteran.  I made the executive decision to drop Jimmo from the rankings until he actually proves something.  For now, I’m perfectly content bumping Ryan Bader back into the rankings.

Middleweight

  • I moved Brian Stann down one spot after being dominated by Chael Sonnen.
  • Jorge Santiago was also dropped significantly after his embarrassing loss to Demian Maia, falling all the way to number 21.

Welterweight

  • Nick Diaz gets bumped up over B.J. Penn after their UFC 137 battle.
  • Anthony Johnson looked extremely impressive when defeating Charlie Brenneman and I felt the need to elevate him.  Certainly above Rick Story, who was beat by Brenneman on short notice, and I felt that the eleventh spot was appropriate.

Lightweight

  • Donald Cerrone and Joe Lauzon both find homes in the top 25 after wins over Dennis Siver and Melvin Guillard, respectively.  Guillard dropped down to 14 after the loss while Siver only dropped slightly.
  • Mac Danzig falls out of the top 25 after his loss to Matt Wiman, while Sean Sherk is out of the rankings due to more than a year of inactivity.

Featherweight

  • Bart Palaszewski debuts in the top 25 at number 11 after impressively knocking out Tyson Griffin, who falls down to 14.  Because of Palaszewski’s entry into the top 25, Joachim Hansen falls out of the rankings.

Bantamweight

  • No change.

Flyweight

  • I decided to introduce Rambaa Somdet into the top 25 at flyweight.  Somdet is typically considered one of the top fighters at 115 pounds and doesn’t consistently fight at flyweight.  With a win over flyweight Ryota Uozumi for the Grabaka Live promotion, I felt it was appropriate to move Somdet into these rankings.
  • Because of that, Will Campuzano falls out of the top 25.

Women’s Middleweight

  • No change.

Women’s Welterweight

  • Due to a loss at 125 pounds, I felt it necessary to drop Roxanne Modafferi in the women’s welterweight rankings.

Women’s Lightweight

  • Modafferi’s loss was to Barb Honchak, who has started her career with a 5-1 record.  She debuts in the rankings at number five while Roxy drops down to number 7.
  • Hanna Sillen is a casuality of Honchak’s entry to the rankings, falling from the 15th spot.

Women’s Featherweight

  • No change.

Women’s Bantamweight

  • There are certainly no changes since this is month one of the 105 pound rankings, but a bit of an explanation is in order.  I felt the time was needed to introduce the weight class because of the increased activity we’ve seen over the last few months at women’s bantamweight.  Jewels and BlackEye Promotions both put on fights with these lighter women and Jewels is actually in the midst of a tournament to crown the top 105 pound fighter in the world.  There will certainly be a number of changes as the weight class grows, so now seems like a great time to introduce these fighters to Fight Rankings.
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Traveling Means Time for Prizes!!

October 27, 2011 3 comments

As some of you may have read on Twitter, I am traveling on business for the rest of the week.  I’m fortunate enough to leave the increasingly frigid confines of Chicagoland and spend a brief portion of this fall in lovely Arizona.  This won’t be the last time I travel in 2011 on account of my year end voyage to Las Vegas, but it’s also possible I’ll have 1-2 more Arizona visits as well.

But no fear, loyal readers!  I plan on doing some writing during my Arizona visit.  Like this post, for instance!  I have yet to arrive in Phoenix and I’m hard at work on this little informative entry.  I won’t be posting this until well after I’m off the plane due to not wanting to pay for in plane wi-fi.  Still, you should be pleased.  I demand it.  I’ll be working on a post requested by a loyal reader and commenter and I aim to have my next UFC write-up completed in the next week.

And how about I give out another free prize to a reader!?  That’s right, it’s that time again to give out a UFC mini poster to one special reader…but how??  Just leave one comment between now and the end of October and you’ll be eligible to win a prize.  Multiple comments do not increase your chances of winning, but I certainly welcome any and all discussion in the comments.  Also, previous winners will not be eligible to win – so by previous winners, I just mean Nick.  Sorry buddy!

But this means one of you will be winning a prize so long as you can muster up a single, coherent comment in the next five days!  Pretty great, huh?  You see what I do for you people?  Sacrificing part of my plane rides and traveling time all for the sake of this blog!  Don’t laugh, it’s a sacrifice!  Who are you to tell me what does or does not constitute sacrifice??  I don’t have to ritually murder somebody just to be making a sacrifice.  No, I won’t murder anybody so please don’t ask.

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Some Thoughts

October 16, 2011 3 comments

So I’ve been thinking of things I want to add to this blog and I realize that some content is better than none.  I may not have time every day to pump out event recaps and full articles, but I still want to be able to provide updates on a regular basis.  So expect a number of small updates when I see things in MMA that amuse me.  This isn’t a big deal, just wanted to give you all a heads up.

Also, the UFC has finally noticed me!  Unfortunately, this has resulted in my Harold Howard tribute video being removed from YouTube due to copyright infringement.  Seriously?  That loving and stirring tribute to an MMA great really had to be removed from YouTube due to copyright issues?  Whatever.  If anyone knows a place where I can reupload safely, please let me know.

I’ll be posting Bellator results today, updating fight results, and I’ll even post a small example of the kind of little posts I’ll do on a regular basis.  I’m still evolving this site and trying to figure out what I want it to be, but we’re getting closer.  I’ll still be working on the normal stuff like recaps, fight results and previews, and rankings, but it will be nice to put up some fun daily quips.  It’s what I do best!

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Free Stuff Winner

October 4, 2011 8 comments

Five people are eligible to win the UFC mini-poster of their choosing!  How exciting!!  I have to be honest, I was hoping a sixth person would comment so it would be as easy as rolling a die.  Nonetheless, I figured a way and after a very dramatic drawing, the winner is…

Nick!  Congratulations to Nick on winning the poster of his choosing along with a custom write-up on the back.  Please contact me through the contact tab, which gets delivered to my personal e-mail address.  Include the e-mail address you commented under so I know that it’s you and I’ll reply with a list of available posters.

Don’t fret, non-winners.  There will be more chances to win prizes in the future so stay tuned!

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October 2011 Fighter Rankings

October 1, 2011 Leave a comment

Today begins a new month and with that comes new rankings.  I’ve finally been able to complete all of the work on my site, delayed significantly because of some great college football and MMA action from today.  Here are the changes from the previous month.

Heavyweight

  • Daniel Cormier ascends greatly after his win over Antonio Silva, climbing into the sixth spot.
  • Brett Rogers drops out of the top 25 after losing to Eddie Sanchez, while Ben Rothwell’s embarrassing showing against Mark Hunt leads to his ejection.  Jeff Monson reenters the rankings at 24, while Shane del Rosario makes his debut at 25.

Light Heavyweight

  • Marcos Rogerio de Lima and Roger Gracie both had losses for Strikeforce that proved they’re still a little way from the top 25.  Entering the rankings are Mike Kyle and…Tito Ortiz.  Jesus, I can’t believe that’s happening.

Middleweight

  • Luke Rockhold enters the top ten at number eight after his victory over Jacare, who dropped down to number ten.
  • Maiquel Falcao falls out of the top 25 after a loss in Brazil, which allows the remainder of the top 25 largely unchanged after Rockhold’s entry.

Welterweight

  • Jake Ellenberger’s win over Jake Shields moves him up to the seventh spot while Shields moves down to number eight.  I also decided to bump Carlos Condit up a bit, since I was weighing his 2006 loss to Shields too heavily.

Lightweight

  • Takanori Gomi falls out of the rankings after his loss to Nate Diaz.  This allows for Kurt Pellegrino to reenter without bumping any other fighters.  Pellegrino originally announced his retirement from MMA, but will now be fighting for the Bellator promotion.

Featherweight

  • Tatsuya Kawajiri made his successful debut at featherweight over Joachim Hansen.  Kawajiri is a top lightweight and deserved immediate entry into the top five at 145 pounds.
  • Wilson Reis was bumped from the rankings because of this.

Bantamweight

  • Big changes have come at bantamweight because of tournaments from DREAM and Bellator.  Alexis Vila and Joe Warren both made their debuts at the weight for Bellator, while Bibiano Fernandes made his bantamweight debut in DREAM.  The fighters were ranked eighth, 13th, and 14th respectively.
  • Jimmie Rivera, Koetsu Okazaki, and Raphael Assuncao all fall out of the top 25 because of these three fighters entering the rankings.

Flyweight

  • Ryuichi Miki, once a top ten flyweight, made his MMA return in a losing effort to Haruo Ochi.  Ochi ascends from 25 to 11, while Miki reenters the rankings at 13.
  • I did some house-cleaning at 125 pounds, removing Louis Gaudinot, Jessie Riggleman, and Nick Cottone.  The fighters haven’t competed at flyweight in the last year and are no longer eligible to be ranked.
  • Seiji Ozuka, Kevin Dusnmoor, and Tachi Palace’s number one contender at flyweight Will Campuzano all enter the top 25.

Women’s Middleweight

  • In a bit of an upset, Amanda Nunes lost to Alexis Davis at 135 pounds during the month.  Though she wasn’t competing in the women’s middleweight division, I feel the loss was enough to hurt her stature at the weight, dropping her from four to six.

Women’s Welterweight

  • Holly Holm enters the top 15 with a win over Jan Finney, who falls out of the top 25.
  • Amanda Nunes’ debut at 135 pounds means she is now ranked at both weights, causing Alexandra Sanchez to drop out of the top 25.

Women’s Lightweight

  • Claudia Gadelha and Monica Lovato drop out of the top 15 due to inactivity, allowing Angela Samaro and Hanna Sillen to enter the top 15.

Women’s Featherweight

  • Lisa Ellis-Ward drops out of the top 15 due to inactivity and Carla Esparza is now ranked.
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Free Stuff!!

September 30, 2011 5 comments

Okay, so I’ll spend most of tomorrow working on the blog and cleaning stuff up.  The October 2011 rankings will be up along with the UFC Live preview.

However, that’s not the important thing here.  The important thing is that I’m going to give something away.  For free.  To a reader.  It could be any of you, really!

That is, it could be any of you that leave a comment on this post.  You can say whatever you want, I don’t care.  Consider this a test run for future prizes.  I know I’ll at least get one comment, so if only one person comments, then that person is one prize richer.

What will this prize be?  The winner will receive one 8.5 x 11 UFC mini-poster from my own personal collection.  I will provide a list of available posters to the winner and send that out to whoever is selected.  You might be getting one stored in a FedEx folder in my desk, you might be getting one right off my wall!  Hanging on my wall as we speak!

Not only that, but I will write a personal mini-recap on the back of the poster for the winner.  Yes, the poster will likely be framed and hung, but my notes will make your poster completely unique.  Nobody else in the world will have my musings written on the back of your UFC poster, that’s just for you!

Okay, so leave a comment.  Is this a not so thinly veiled attempt to encourage commenting?  Probably, yes.  Whatever, I don’t care.  Just leave any old comment on this post and you will be in the running for this very special prize!

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