The Rankings: The Light Heavyweights: Aug 31, 2015

The Rankings are just that – The MMA Manifesto’s rankings of the best fighters in mixed martial arts today.  Check back every Monday and Friday for our rankings of a different weight class.  Next up: The Light Heavyweight Rankings Voting Panel: Jeff Fox, Daniel Vreeland, and Ryan MacDonald.   *stipulations: 1) any fighter currently suspended or 2) inactive for at […]

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John Dodson Scouting Report:

(Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sport) John Dodson Scouting Report Vitals 5’3″ 125 lbs (Flyweight) 66″ reach, Southpaw September 26, 1984 Record 17-6 (UFC: 7-1) Current Streak 3 straight wins Training Black belt in Gaidojutsu Championships Held The Ultimate Fighter 14 Bantamweight Tournament winner   Strengths – extremely fast – very quick & explosive strikes (punches, kicks, knees) […]


Demetrious Johnson Scouting Report

Demetrious Johnson Scouting Report Vitals 5’3″ 125 lbs (Flyweight) 66″ reach, Orthodox August 13, 1986 Record 22-2-1 (UFC: 10-1-1) Current Streak 8 straight wins Training None Championships Held UFC Flyweight Champion: 2012 – present (six title defenses)   Strengths – perhaps the fastest fighter in the sport – very strong wrestler – always moving in […]


Andrei Arlovski Scouting Report

Andrei Arlovski Scouting Report Vitals 6’4″ 249.5 lbs (Heavyweight) 77″ reach, Orthodox February 4, 1979 Record 24-10, 1 NC (UFC: 13-4) Current Streak 5 straight wins (3 straight in UFC) Training International Masters of Sport in Sambo Blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Professional boxer Championships Held Interim UFC Heavyweight Champion: 2005 (one successful title defense) UFC […]

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Frank Mir Scouting Report

Frank Mir Scouting Report Vitals 6’3″ 262 lbs (Heavyweight) 79″ reach, Southpaw May 24, 1979 Record 18-9 (UFC: 16-9) Current Streak 2 straight wins Training Black belt in Kenpo Karate Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Nevada State Wrestling Champion: 1998 Pan American Jiu-Jitsu Championships Blue Belt Champion: 2001 North American Grappling Association Absolute Division Champion: […]

Jimi Manuwa Scouting Report

  Jimi Manuwa Scouting Report Vitals 6’1″ 205 lbs (Light Heavyweight) 79″ reach, Orthodox February 18, 1980 Record 14-1 (UFC: 3-1) Current Streak 1 straight loss Training Purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu Championships Held UCMMA Light Heavyweight Champion: 2009-2011 (5 successful title defenses)   Strengths – big time KO power (13 of 14 wins via […]

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Ross Pearson Scouting Report

Ross Pearson Scouting Report Vitals 5’8″ 155 lbs (Lightweight) 69″ reach, Orthodox September 26, 1984 Record 17-9, 1 NC (UFC: 9-6, 1 NC) Current Streak 1 straight loss Training Black belt in Taekwondo Brown belt in Judo Blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships Held The Ultimate Fighter 9 Lightweight Winner   Strengths – schooled in […]

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UFC 191 Pick ‘Em Contest

  So you think you know your MMA? You think you can predict who is going to win a fight and how?  Time to prove it. We present to you The MMA Manifesto Pick ‘Em contest.  We are now sponsored by Tatami Fightwear! Tatami Fightwear was established in 2009 in the United Kingdom and was set […]

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Inside MMA Recap: UFC 193, Holm, Arlovski & More

  Inside MMA Recap: August 28, 2015   For the second week in a row Kenny Rice and Bas Rutten start the show off with breaking news involving Ronda Rousey and Holly Holm. As Dana White tweeted earlier Friday afternoon, Robbie Lawler injured his thumb and is out his fight vs. Carlos Condit at UFC […]


UFC 191 – Prelim Breakout Star – Nazareno Malegarie

    The Prelim Breakout Star is a once per event article that helps fans get to know those who will be entertaining them from the undercard. The intention of the article is not to bring attention to the most talented guy on the preliminary card, but rather one that the common fan may have […]

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The Strangest Stoppages in MMA History

  Leg snaps, torn esophaguses, phantom tap outs – in MMA some of the strangest things can happen in a fight. They could be horrible stoppages by referees, freak injuries, and in some cases both fighters finishing each other in the fight. Here is a top 10 list of the strangest moments and stoppages in […]

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BREAKING NEWS: Lawler Out, Rousey In At UFC 193

The injury bug has bit UFC Welterweight Champion Robbie Lawler, as an injured thumb has caused him to postpone his title defense against Carlos Condit.  So the UFC, in desperate need of a new headliner in what they hope will be a 70,000+ crowd at UFC 193 in Melbourne, has turned to their Superwoman – […]


UFC 193: Rousey vs Holm Fight Card

UFC 193: Rousey vs Holm Nov 14 (North America), 2015 Etihad Stadium Melbourne, Australia   UFC 193: Rousey vs Holm Fight Card   (click on fighter’s name for detailed scouting report)   Main Card (PPV – 10:00 pm Eastern) UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship: Ronda Rousey – champion (12-0, #1 ranked women’s bantamweight) vs Holly Holm (9-0, #6 ranked women’ bantamweight) Heavyweights: […]

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 21: A pensive Mirko Cro Cop of Croatia walks to the octagon before fighting Gabriel Gonzaga of USA in a Heavyweight bout of the Ultimate Fighting Championship at the Manchester Evening News Arena on April 21, 2007 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Gary M. Prior/Getty Images)

Mirko ‘Cro Cop’ Filipovic Career Earnings

  Mirko ‘Cro Cop’ Career Earnings (UFC fights only, doesn’t include any PPV bonuses or other bonuses, Reebok sponsorship pay came in to effect at UFC 189)   * denotes an estimated purse Click on event name for full payout for all fighters for that event UFC 67 – Feb 3/07 – W (Sanchez) – $350,000 UFC 70 – […]


The Rankings: The Heavyweights: Aug 28, 2015

The Rankings are just that – The MMA Manifesto’s rankings of the best fighters in mixed martial arts today.  Check back every Monday and Friday for our rankings of a different weight class.  Next up: The Heavyweight Rankings. Voting Panel: Jeff Fox, speeds, Daniel Vreeland, Rick Snavely, and Ryan MacDonald.   *stipulations: 1) any fighter currently suspended or 2) inactive […]

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 01:  Ronda Rousey of the United States defeats Bethe Correia of Brazil in their bantamweight title fight during the UFC 190 Rousey v Correia at HSBC Arena on August 1, 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

UFC 190 Does Huge PPV Sales

  If there was any doubt that Ronda Rousey is the UFC’s biggest star, UFC 190 ended the debate.  The formidable Dave Meltzer reports today that the pay-per-view, headlined by Rousey defending her title versus Bethe Correia, did north of 900,000 PPV sales.  This is an incredible number. Only 10 UFC PPVs in HISTORY have […]

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Top Selling UFC PPVs of All-Time

Dana White has vehemently denied that the man pictured above, Mr. Brock Lesnar, was the UFC’s  best pay-per-view draw of all-time.  White claims that title belongs to Georges St-Pierre.  While it is true that GSP is the company’s best draw currently, the facts just don’t support White’s claim that GSP sold better than Lesnar (but, […]

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UFC Tonight Recap: Mendes, Holm, Forrest & More

UFC Tonight Recap: Aug 26, 2015   Chat with Chad Mendes Mendes will be fighting Frankie Edgar at the TUF 22 Finale on December 11th. Mendes called Frankie out on Twitter and the UFC set the fight up the next day. Mendes feels like he’s the more dangerous fighter and has more KO power; he […]