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Posted on January 22, 2017 by jcs

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With the widely increasing influence and popularity of the UFC, professional fighting has become more widespread than ever. Aiming to replicate the success of the UFC, nowadays, numerous organizations promote Mixed Martial Arts (MMA for short) fights. One less well-known example of an MMA fight promotion company is the Invicta Fighting Championship. Unlike the UFC which features both male and female fights, the IFC only features female fights and since its establishment in 2012 has” been dedicated to providing female athletes with a major platform to hone their skills on a consistent basis”. However, just like the UFC, the IFC holds events that feature matches for title’s based on the fighter’s weight class. Invicta was brought to the mainstream thanks to a recent controversial match between Amy Montenegro and Celine Haga held in Invicta FC 21.

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Posted on January 20, 2017 by Christopher Kennedy

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Light Heavyweight (205)
[*] Tito Ortiz (19-12-1, +141) vs. [*] Chael Sonnen (28-14-1, -169)
Tito Ortiz is the All-Time #5 ranked Light Heavyweight and #26 ranked Absolute fighter.
Chael Sonnen is the All-Time #40 ranked Light Heavyweight fighter.

Last 3 Fights: Tito Ortiz (2-1-0)
2015-09-19: L vs. [#10LHW] Liam McGeary (11-1-0) via Submission (Inverted Triangle Choke) in 4:41 of round 1
2014-11-15: W vs. [*] Stephan Bonnar (15-9-0) via SD (30-27, 30-27, 28-29)
2014-05-17: W vs. [#17MW] Alexander Shlemenko (54-9-0) via Technical Submission (Arm Triangle Choke) in 2:27 of round 1

Last 3 Fights: Chael Sonnen (1-2-0)
2013-11-16: L vs. [#16LHW] Rashad Evans (21-5-1) via TKO (Punches) in 4:05 of round 1
2013-08-17: W vs. [#8LHW] Mauricio Rua (24-10-0) via Submission (Guillotine Choke) in 4:47 of round 1
2013-04-27: L vs. [#1LHW/#2DD/#1P4P] Jon Jones (22-1-0) via TKO (Elbows and Punches) in 4:33 of round 1

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Tito Ortiz 490, Chael Sonnen 1162
Previous Match-up Record: No previous match-ups.
Wins Against Common Opposition: Tito Ortiz leads 1-0
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Welterweight (170)
[#58] Brennan Ward (14-4-0) vs. [#73] Paul Daley (38-14-2)
Paul Daley is the All-Time #47 ranked Welterweight fighter.

Last 3 Fights: Brennan Ward (2-1-0)
2016-11-04: W vs. [#108WW] Saad Awad (19-9-0) via KO (Punch) in 1:26 of round 1
2016-04-22: L vs. [#132WW] Evangelista Santos (21-18-0) via Submission (Heel Hook) in 0:30 of round 1
2015-12-31: W vs. [#112WW] Ken Hasegawa (14-1-1) via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) in 1:52 of round 2

Last 3 Fights: Paul Daley (2-1-0)
2016-07-16: L vs. [#12WW] Douglas Lima (28-6-0) via UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
2016-01-29: W vs. [#302WW] Andy Uhrich (11-6-0) via in of round 1
2015-07-17: W vs. [#386MW] Dennis Olson (14-11-0) via TKO (Punches) in 1:12 of round 2

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Brennan Ward 78, Paul Daley 189
Previous Match-up Record: No previous match-ups.
Wins Against Common Opposition: Even: Both have 1 win(s) against common opposition.
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Middleweight (185)
[#66] Hisaki Kato (7-2-0) vs. [*] Ralek Gracie (3-0-0)

Last 3 Fights: Hisaki Kato (2-1-0)
2016-10-21: W vs. [#189MW] A.J. Matthews (8-6-0) via in of round 1
2016-04-17: W vs. [#601WW] Yuta Watanabe (19-8-4) via TKO (Punches) in 1:04 of round 1
2015-11-20: L vs. [#44MW] Melvin Manhoef (30-13-1) via KO (Punch) in 3:43 of round 1

Last 3 Fights: Ralek Gracie (3-0-0)
2010-05-29: W vs. [#1059WW] Kazushi Sakuraba (26-17-1) via UD ()
2008-06-15: W vs. [*] Alavutdin Gadjiev (18-13-1) via Submission (Armbar) in 3:02 of round 1
2007-07-16: W vs. [*] Katsuyori Shibata (4-11-1) via Submission (Armbar) in 3:05 of round 1

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Hisaki Kato 92, Ralek Gracie 2429
Previous Match-up Record: No previous match-ups.
Wins Against Common Opposition: No common opposition or both are winless against common opposition.
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Continue reading 'Fight Matrix Program – Bellator 170: Sonnen/Ortiz (01-21-2017)'

Posted on January 18, 2017 by jcs

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On Tuesday, Tim Kennedy announced his retirement from MMA with a lengthy Facebook post. Kennedy first entered the Fight Matrix rankings in 2003 as the #42 middleweight. The following chart shows his Quarterly Generated Historical Ranking for his career.

Significant dates:
Defeated Michael Bisping on April 16, 2014
Defeated Robbie Lawler on July 30, 2011
Strikeforce debut on June 19, 2009
IFL debut on Feb. 23, 2007

Posted on January 17, 2017 by Richard Mann

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Featherweight (145)
[#35] Yair Rodriguez (9-1-0, -477) vs. [*] B.J. Penn (16-10-2, +357)
B.J. Penn is the All-Time #7 ranked Absolute fighter.

Last 3 Fights: Yair Rodriguez (3-0-0)
2016-08-06: W vs. [#79FW] Alex Caceres (12-9-0) via SD (46-49, 48-47, 48-47)
2016-04-23: W vs. [#29FW] Andre Fili (16-4-0) via KO (Head Kick) in 2:15 of round 2
2015-10-03: W vs. [#105FW] Dan Hooker (13-7-0) via UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)

Last 3 Fights: B.J. Penn (0-3-0)
2014-07-06: L vs. [#3FW] Frankie Edgar (21-5-1) via TKO (Punches) in 4:16 of round 3
2012-12-08: L vs. [#11WW] Rory MacDonald (18-4-0) via UD (30-26, 30-27, 30-26)
2011-10-29: L vs. [*] Nick Diaz (26-9-0) via UD (29-28, 29-27, 29-28)

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Yair Rodriguez 162, B.J. Penn 924
Previous Match-up Record: No previous match-ups.
Wins Against Common Opposition: No common opposition or both are winless against common opposition.
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Lightweight (155)
[#23] Marcin Held (22-5-0, +113) vs. [#25] Joe Lauzon (26-12-0, -137)

Last 3 Fights: Marcin Held (1-2-0)
2016-11-05: L vs. [#20LW] Diego Sanchez (27-9-0) via UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
2016-05-20: W vs. [#46LW] Dave Jansen (20-4-0) via UD (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
2015-11-06: L vs. [#12LW] Will Brooks (18-2-0) via UD (50-45, 49-46, 49-46)

Last 3 Fights: Joe Lauzon (1-2-0)
2016-08-27: L vs. [#17LW] Jim Miller (28-8-0) via SD (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)
2016-07-09: W vs. [#20LW] Diego Sanchez (27-9-0) via TKO (Punches) in 1:26 of round 1
2015-12-11: L vs. [#15LW] Evan Dunham (18-6-0) via UD (30-26, 30-26, 30-27)

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Marcin Held 71, Joe Lauzon 141
Previous Match-up Record: No previous match-ups.
Wins Against Common Opposition: Joe Lauzon leads 1-0
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Welterweight (170)
[#41] Ben Saunders (20-7-2, -115) vs. [#87] Court McGee (18-5-0, -108)

Last 3 Fights: Ben Saunders (2-1-0)
2016-09-09: W vs. [#123WW] Jacob Volkmann (19-7-0) via Submission (Armbar) in 0:17 of round 1
2016-01-17: L vs. [#24WW] Patrick Cote (23-10-0) via TKO (Punches) in 1:14 of round 2
2015-07-25: W vs. [#53WW] Kenny Robertson (15-5-0) via SD (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Last 3 Fights: Court McGee (2-1-0)
2016-08-06: W vs. [#132WW] Dominique Steele (14-8-0) via UD (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
2016-04-16: L vs. [#32WW] Santiago Ponzinibbio (23-3-0) via TKO (Punches) in 4:15 of round 1
2015-12-12: W vs. [#123MW] Marcio Alexandre Jr. (14-3-0) via UD (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Ben Saunders 128, Court McGee 162
Previous Match-up Record: No previous match-ups.
Wins Against Common Opposition: No common opposition or both are winless against common opposition.
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Continue reading 'Fight Matrix Program – UFC Fight Night 103: Rodriguez/Penn (01-14-2017)'

Posted on January 9, 2017 by jcs

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Notable Info

  • Logic change to more appropriately handle elite fighters coming back from extended and/or multiple neighboring periods of inactivity.
  • Community adjustment made for Japanese Men’s population.  For more info, see this post.

Posted on January 8, 2017 by jcs

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As a recap, most “Fighter of the Year” awards on other sites are really “Breakout Fighter of the Year” awards in that fighters who win, were usually not top fighters in the beginning of the year, but became so by the end of the year.

A fighter like this can and has won our FotY awards, but our award is more about maintaining a high standing during the award year by performing well a sufficient number of times and against a sufficient quality of opponents.  It is more comparable to a season MVP in major team sports, not a playoffs/surprise MVP.

Winner: Stipe Miocic

Another fairly tight call, Miocic takes it with a 3-0 year, all being decisive victories with a title win and title defense.

 

Runner-Up: Michael Bisping

You couldn’t have went wrong putting Bisping at #1, who also went 3-0 with a title win and title defense.  The difference being that two of his victories were extremely close against two legends of the sport at the very end of their respective careers.

 

3rd Place: Demetrious Johnson

DJ gets third place for the second straight year.  I’m sure many would expect to see Conor here, but DJ is just one of a few fighters who had two decisive title wins in the year without a loss.

Posted on January 5, 2017 by jcs

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As a recap, most “Fighter of the Year” awards on other sites are really “Breakout Fighter of the Year” awards in that fighters who win, were usually not top fighters in the beginning of the year, but became so by the end of the year.

A fighter like this can and has won our FotY awards, but our award is more about maintaining a high standing during the award year by performing well a sufficient number of times and against a sufficient quality of opponents.  It is more comparable to a season MVP in major team sports, not a playoffs/surprise MVP.

 

Winner: Amanda Nunes

Nunes broke all kinds of barriers in 2016… the sexual preference, the woman to retire Tate and possibly Rousey, but to win and defend the title in the same year is “fighter of the year” material.

 

Runner-Up: Joanna Jedrzejczyk

Joanna repeats again at the #2 spot.  Like Cyborg, her robotic dominance can sometimes be lost behind the front page, but only fighting twice in a year is a small piece in that unfortunate reality.

 

3rd Place: Cristiane Justino

A relatively dull year (again), but status quo for her (again).  With the 145 division opening up, there’s a chance for her to really start to show her worth, but the recently failed drug test casts a dark cloud over all of that.

Posted on January 5, 2017 by jcs

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Men: Jose Torres

It is very slim pickings on the men’s side of the award, but Jose Torres made the Top 100 and fought for Titan FC.

Honorable Mentions: Adilson Ramos

 

Women: Gabi Garcia

She’s a fighter without a division, but one that ran up a 4-0 record.  The competition was extremely lackluster, but the early career prospect building system just isn’t there for MMA and especially not for the women.

Honorable Mention: Syuri Kondo, Amber Leibrock

Posted on January 4, 2017 by jcs

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