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New Trailer – X-Men: Apocalypse

The trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse is finaly here! 2016 is already shaping up to be an amazing year in comic book movies. There is Deadpool in February, Batman V Superman in March, Captain America: Civil war in early May and now X-Men: Apocalypse in late May. Seriously what more could a fan want??

The thing that stands out the most to me from this trailer has to be Oscar Isaac. He is without a doubt one of my favorite actors and I have a feeling that he’s going to do an amazing job with this role. He has great acting chops and he has that gravitas that is needed to portray such a powerful villain. I really can’t wait for 2016 to get here already.

Director: Bryan Singer

Cast: James McAvoy, Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar Isaac, Nicholas Hoult, Rose Byrne

Release Date: May 27th 2016

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UFC Rankings Matrix – November 2015

Since I posted my last UFC Rankings in October there have been 4 UFC events, and 50 fights (including 2 title fights).

In the past month we witnessed the head-kick heard round the world as huge underdog Holly Holm knocked out, and dethroned arguably the biggest star in the sport in Ronda Rousey. We also saw the vicious Joanna Jedrzejczyk defend her belt yet again in another brutal yet beautiful performance on that same night.

There were also 3 smaller shows which featured some important fights between top contenders in the welterweight division. As well as a 3rd (and hopefully final) fight between Vitor Belfort and Dan Henderson. There was a good amount of movement in the rankings after a slow October, and things look to change even more after the next 4 shows scheduled for December.

Here are my UFC Rankings Matrices for November 2015:

(Click on Images to see them Full Size) (Champions in bold):

Past Rankings: (May 2015June 2015July 2015August 2015September 2015 October 2015)

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Women’s Strawweight (115lbs)

 

 

W115

* I included the fights from the 20th Season of the The Ultimate Fighter even though they were technically “Exhibition” matches because they were part of the tournament that crowned the inaugural champ. The fighters TUF records are in parentheses next to their MMA Records.

Biggest Move

#5 Valerie Letourneau up 6 spots from #11

Upcoming Fights

#8 Tecia Torres vs Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger on December 12th @UFC194

#9 Rose Namajuanas vs #11 Paige VanZant  on December 10th @UFN80

#10 Randa Markos vs Karolina Kowalkiewicz on December 19h @UFConFOX17

#18 Nina Ansaroff vs Justine Kish on January 2nd @UFC195

#26 Kailin Curran vs #29 Emiliy Kagan on December 10th @UFN80

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Women’s Bantamweight (135lbs)

W135

Biggest Move

#1 Holly Holm up 9 spots from #10

Upcoming Fights

#1 Holly Holm vs #2 Ronda Rousey on TBA

#7 Sarah Kaufman vs #17 Germaine de Randamie on December 19th @UFConFOX17

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Flyweight (125lbs)

 125

Biggest Move

#4 Henry Cejudo up 5 spots from #9

Upcoming Fights

#1 Demetrious Johnson vs #4 Henry Cejudo on TBA

#27 Joby Sanchez vs Geane Herrera on December 11th @TUF22Finale

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Bantamweight (135lbs)

135

Biggest Move

None (This division hasn’t changed much since last month)

Upcoming Fights

#1 TJ Dillashaw vs #3 Dominick Cruz on January 17th @UFN81

#4 Urijah Faber vs #14 Frankie Saenz on December 12th @UFC194

#6 Aljamain Sterling vs #12 Johny Eduardo on December 10th @UFN80

#17 Brad Picket vs #21 Erik Perez on February 27th @UFN83

#30 Joe Soto vs Michinory Tanaka on January 2nd @UFC195

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Featherweight (145lbs)

145

Biggest Move

#12 Hacran Dias up 3 spots from #15

#13 Darren Elkins up 3 spots from #16

#16 Thiago Tavarez up 3 spots from #19

Upcoming Fights

#1 Jose Aldo vs #2 Conor McGregor on December 12th @UFC194

#3 Chad Mendes vs #4 Frankie Edgar on December 11th @TUF22Finale

#6 Max Holloway vs #9 Jeremy Stephens on December 12th @UFC194

#8 Charles Oliveira vs #11 (155lbs) Myles Jury on December 19th @UFConFOX17

#11 Nik Lentz vs #27 (155lbs) Danny Castillo on December 19th @UFConFOX17

#14 Diego Brandao vs #15 Brian Ortega on January 2nd @UFC195

#18 Tatsuya Kawajiri vs Jason Knight on December 11th @TUF22Finale

#23 Makwan Ammirkhani vs Mike Wilkinson on February 27th @UFN83

#25 Maximo Blanco vs TBA on January 17th @UFN81

#28 Cole Miller vs Jim Alers on December 19th @UFConFOX17

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Lightweight (155lbs)

155

Biggest Move

Former #5 Ben Henderson dropped from 155lbs Rankings (Now fights at 170lbs)

Upcoming Fights

#1 Rafael Dos Anjos vs #3 Donald Cerrone  on December 19th @UFConFOX17

#2 Anthony Pettis vs #5 Eddie Alvarez on January 17th @UFN81

#7 Michael Johnson vs #14 Nate Diaz on December 19th @UFConFOX17

#8 Edson Barboza vs #9 Tony Ferguson on December 11th @TUF22Finale

#15 Jim Miller vs #24 Michael Chiesa on December 10th @UFN80

#16 Evan Dunham vs #19 Joe Lauzon on December 11th @TUF22Finale

#20 Dustin Porier vs #25 Joseph Duffy on January 2nd @UFC195

#21 Paul Felder vs Darren Cruickshank on January 17th @UFN81

#23 Rustam Khabilov vs #26 Norman Parke on February 27th @UFN83

#29 Kevin Lee vs Leonardo Santos on December 12th @UFC194

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Welterweight (170lbs)

 170

Biggest Move

#8 Kelvin Gastelum introduced to 170lbs rankings

#9 Neil Magny up 8 spots from #17

#16 Gunnar Nelson down 3 spots from #13

#17 Ben Henderson introduced to 170lbs rankings (former 155lbs)

Upcoming Fights

#1 Robbie Lawler vs #5 Carlos Condit on January 2nd @UFC195

#7 Damian Maia vs #16 Gunnar Nelson on December 12th @UFC194

#8 Kelvin Gastelum vs Kyle Noke on January 2nd @UFC195

#13 Stephen Thompson vs TBA on January 2nd @UFC195

#14 Jake Ellenberger vs #15 Tarec Saffiedine on January 30th @UFConFOX18

#19 Ryan LaFlare vs Mike Pierce on December 11th @TUF22Finale

#20 Lorenz Larkin vs #27 Albert Tumenov on January 2nd @UFC195

#23 Tim Means vs John Howard on December 10th @UFN80

#25 Patrick Cote vs #29 Ben Saunders on January 17th @UFN81

#28 Warlley Alves vs #30 Colby Covington on December 12th @UFC194

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Middleweight (185lbs)

185

Biggest Move

#9 Robert Whittaker up 7 spots from #16

#10 Urija Hall down 4 spots from #6

Upcoming Fights

#1 Chris Weidman vs #2 Luke Rockhold on December 12th @UFC194

#3 Jacare Souza vs #4 Yoel Romero on December 12th @UFC194

#6 Gegard Mousasi vs #12 Michael Bisping on February 27th @UFN83

#12 CB Dolloway vs #25 Nate Marquardt on December 19th @UFConFOX17

#17 Tim Boetch vs #20 Ed Herman on January 17th @UFN81

#19 Antonio Carlos Jr vs Kevin Casey on December 10th @UFN80

#22 Thiago Santos vs #23 Elias Theodorou on December 10th @UFN80

#24 Josh Samman vs Tamdam McCory on December 19th @UFConFOX17

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Lightheavyweight (205lbs)

205

* Even though #1 Jon Jones is technically not the champion anymore, I still have him ranked as #1 since he was stripped of the title and didn’t actually lose the belt to another fighter.

Biggest Move

#20 Fabio Maldonado down 5 spots from #15

Upcoming Fights

#2 Daniel Cormier vs #1 Jon Jones on TBA

#3 Anthony Johnson vs #5 Ryan Bader on January 30th @UFConFOX18

#19 Illir Latifi vs #23 Sean O’Connell on January 17th @UFN81

#22 Francimar Barroso vs Abdul-Kerim Edilov on January 17th @UFN81

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Heavyweight (265lbs)

 265h

Biggest Move

#16 Ruslan Magomedov introduced to 265lbs rankings

Upcoming Fights

#1 Fabricio Werdum vs #2 Cain Velasquez on TBA

#3 Junior Dos Santos vs #9 Alistair Overeem on December 19th @UFConFOX17

#4 Stipe Miocic vs #5 Andrei Arlovski on January 2nd @UFC195

#6 Travis Browne vs #13 Matt Mitrione on January 17th @UFN81

#7 Josh Barnett vs #9 Ben Rothwell on January 30th @UFConFOX18

#18 Gabriel Gonzaga vs #30 Konstantin Erokhin on December 11th @TUF22Finale

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Thanks for reading! Let me know if you have any questions, comments or criticisms. Any feedback is appreciated.

Movie Review: The Martian

4 The Martian (2015)

Director: Ridley Scott

Cast:  Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Michael Peña, Kate Mara, Sean Bean, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Donald Glover

I’ll be honest, it has been a while since I’ve gone to the movies. It’s not that there haven’t been good movies playing, its just that I haven’t found the time to go. Thankfully though last week I finally got around to watching The Martian, and I have to say it was a very good movie.

I’ve known about The Martian for a while now, my dad and brother both read the best selling novel by Andy Wier and they had both highly recommended it. I already knew the gist of the story so I was already interested in watching the film when it came out. Knowing that it was going to be directed by Ridley Scottt was just the cherry on top.

For those that don’t know the film follows the exploits of an astronaut named XXX (played by Matt Damon) and his struggle to survive after being stranded in Mars by himself. It’s a fairly original story but it did remind me of some other films. Some could say that The Martian is just a mix of Apollo 13, Cast Away & Gravity.  At its core the movie is about survival, and the fact that space is a scary dangerous place. With that being said, the plot is still original enough to keep you interested.

The first thing I have to point out is the amazing cast involved in the film. I can’t remember the last movie that had such a long list of well-known and talented actors. I mean just look at the cast: (Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Michael Peña, Kate Mara, Sean Bean, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Donald Glover) that is some serious acting talent right there.

As you can imagine the acting on the film was quite good. I think Jessica Chastain, and Sean Bean really stood out from the rest of the cast. They both did fantastic jobs at portraying their characters. I especially liked how emotive they were in scenes where tough decisions had to be made. Matt Damon was great as well, it can’t be easy playing a character who is alone for most of the movie, but he pulled it off.

Another great thing about the movie is the amazing scenery and visual effects. Most of the movie takes place in Mars so there are a number of really beautiful panoramic shots of the red planet. This really is the type of movie that is better to watch on the big screen just because of the great shots in it.

Finally, the last thing that I really liked about the film is the fact that it seemed very scientifically accurate and realistic. I’m no scientist but I can tell that some real experts were consulted in the making of this movie. I always appreciate when filmmakers make an effort to present things as realistically as possible and I think Ridley Scott did a wonderful job of that in The Martian.

With that being said there are still a few things that bugged me about the movie. For one, I expected Matt Damon’s character to be a big more broken up about being stranded in another planet months away from any other human being. I know the point of the story is to highlight his ingenuity, perseverance and will to survive but I would have liked him to be a bit more depressed, mad or frustrated during certain events. He was a big too upbeat for my liking, but hey maybe his character really was just that strong willed.

Another thing, I wish we knew more about all the characters in the movie. The film starts off when the astronauts are already in mars and we get to see very little interaction between them . I wish I knew more about their backstories and their relationships with one another. I think audiences tend to care more about a character when they find out more about them, but in The Martian everyone was pretty much defined by their job or role in the mission. It would have been nice to know what exactly they were leaving behind at home, or what motivated them to become the people they are.

Overall though The Martian is still an excellent movie, and I’m really just nitpicking. I wish the ending was less predictable, but you have to expect that from a movie like this. Yes the plot was pretty straight forward, but I still found it quite enjoyable. I wish they had shown more of each characters back story, but the cast still did an excellent job in portraying their roles. The Martian is a visually stunning, and entertaining film, and while it may not be perfect it is still a very very good movie, and I highly recommend it. 4/5

UFC Rankings Matrix – October 2015

Since I posted my last UFC Rankings in September there have been only 2 UFC events, and 22 fights (including 1 title fight).

In the past month we saw an epic battle between two of the best Light-heavyweights of all time. Champion Daniel Cormier and Alexander Gustafsson put on one of the best championship fights of all time back in UFC 192. There was also a small show in Dublin on October 24th, and while the fights were fun to watch, the card was so injury plagued that there weren’t really any big ranked fighters who fought that night. October was a bit of a slow month for the UFC, but that’s okay because there are 4 shows scheduled for November and 4 shows scheduled for December so we should see a lot of movement in the rankings in the upcoming months.

I’ve added a new feature this month. From now on fighters in the top 16 that are fighting each other will have their names highlighted in the same color in the matrices.

Here are my UFC Rankings Matrices for October 2015:

(Click on Images to see them Full Size) (Champions in bold):

Past Rankings: (May 2015June 2015July 2015August 2015September 2015 )

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Women’s Strawweight (115lbs)

W115

* I included the fights from the 20th Season of the The Ultimate Fighter even though they were technically “Exhibition” matches because they were part of the tournament that crowned the inaugural champ. The fighters TUF records are in parentheses next to their MMA Records.

Biggest Move

None (This division hasn’t changed much since last month)

Upcoming Fights

#1 Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs #11 Valerie Letourneau on on November 15th @UFC193

#5 Michelle Waterson vs #7 Tecia Torres on December 12th @UFC194

#8 Rose Namajuanas vs #10 Paige VanZant  on December 10th @UFN80

#9 Randa Markos vs Karolina Kowalkiewicz on December 19h @UFConFOX17

#18 Nina Ansaroff vs Justine Kish on January 2nd @UFC195

#21 Seohee Ham vs #24 Cortney Casey on November 28th @UFN79

#26 Kailin Curran vs #29 Emiliy Kagan on December 10th @UFN80

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Women’s Bantamweight (135lbs)

W135

Biggest Move

#8 Juliana Peña up 3 spots from #11

#10 Holly Holm up 2 spots from #12

Upcoming Fights

#1 Ronda Rousey vs #10 Holly Holm on November 15th @UFC193

#6 Sarah Kaufman vs #17 Germaine de Randamie on December 19th @UFConFOX17

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Flyweight (125lbs)

 125

Biggest Move

#15 Sergio Pettis up 8 spots from #23

#16 Chris Cariaso down 4 spots from #12

Upcoming Fights

#5 Jussier Formiga vs #9 Henry Cejudo on November 21st @UFN78

#13 Justin Scoggins vs #27 Joby Sanchez on December 11th @TUF22Finale

#22 Ryan Benoit vs #26 Ben Nguyen on November 15th @UFC193

#24 Richie Vaculik vs Ryan Martinez on November 15th @UFC193

#29 Fredy Serano vs Zhikui Yao on November 21st @UFN78

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Bantamweight (135lbs)

135

Biggest Move

None (This division hasn’t changed much since last month)

Upcoming Fights

#1 TJ Dillashaw vs #3 Dominick Cruz on January 17th @UFN81

#4 Urijah Faber vs #14 Frankie Saenz on December 12th @UFC194

#6 Aljamain Sterling vs #12 Johny Eduardo on December 10th @UFN80

#8 Thomas Almeida vs #28 Anthony Birchak on November 7th @UFN77

#19 Erik Perez vs Damian Stasiak on November 21st @UFN78

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Featherweight (145lbs)

145

Biggest Move

None (This division hasn’t changed much since last month)

Upcoming Fights

#1 Jose Aldo vs #2 Conor McGregor on December 12th @UFC194

#3 Chad Mendes vs #4 Frankie Edgar on December 11th @TUF22Finale

#5 Ricardo Lamas vs Diego Sanchez on November 21st @UFN78

#6 Max Holloway vs #9 Jeremy Stephens on December 12th @UFC194

#8 Charles Oliveira vs #12 (155lbs) Myles Jury on December 19th @UFConFOX17

#11 Nik Lentz vs #29 (155lbs) Danny Castillo on December 19th @UFConFOX17

#12 Clay Guida vs #19 Thiago Tavares on November 7th @UFN77

#22 Chas Skelly vs Edimilson Souza on November 7th @UFN77

#27 Cole Miller vs Jim Alers on December 19th @UFConFOX17

#29 Sam Sicilia vs Doo Ho Choi on November 28th @UFN79

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Lightweight (155lbs)

155b

Biggest Move

None (This division hasn’t changed much since last month)

Upcoming Fights

#1 Rafael Dos Anjos vs #3 Donald Cerrone  on December 19th @UFConFOX17

#2 Anthony Pettis vs #6 Eddie Alvarez on January 17th @UFN81

#5 Ben Henderson vs #9 (170lbs) Thiago Alves on November 28th @UFN79

#8 Michael Johnson vs #15 Nate Diaz on December 19th @UFConFOX17

#9 Edson Barboza vs #10 Tony Ferguson on December 11th @TUF22Finale

#16 Jim Miller vs #25 Michael Chiesa on December 10th @UFN80

#17 Evan Dunham vs #20 Joe Lauzon on December 11th @TUF22Finale

#18 Gleison Tibau vs #28 Abel Trujillo on November 7th @UFN77

#21 Dustin Porier vs #26 Joseph Duffy on January 2nd @UFC195

#22 Paul Felder vs Darren Cruickshank on January 17th @UFN81

#30 Kevin Lee vs Leonardo Santos on December 12th @UFC194

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Welterweight (170lbs)

 170

Biggest Move

None (This division hasn’t changed much since last month)

Upcoming Fights

#1 Robbie Lawler vs #5 Carlos Condit on January 2nd @UFC195

#7 Damian Maia vs #13 Gunnar Nelson on December 12th @UFC194

#9 Thiago Alves vs #5 (155lbs) Ben Henderson on November 28th @UFN79

#10 Don Hyung Kim vs #15 Jorge Masvidal on November 28th @UFN79

#12 Jake Ellenberger vs #14 Tarec Saffiedine on January 30th @UFConFOX18

#16 Ryan LaFlare vs Mike Pierce on December 11th @TUF22Finale

#17 Neil Magny vs #15 (185lbs) Kelvin Gastelum on November 21st @UFN78

#18 Lorenz Larkin vs #25 Albert Tumenov on January 2nd @UFC195

#21 Tim Means vs John Howard on December 10th @UFN80

#23 Patrick Cote vs #28 Ben Saunders on January 17th @UFN81

#26 Warlley Alves vs #29 Colby Covington on December 12th @UFC194

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Middleweight (185lbs)

185

Biggest Move

None (This division hasn’t changed much since last month)

Upcoming Fights

#1 Chris Weidman vs #2 Luke Rockhold on December 12th @UFC194

#3 Jacare Souza vs #4 Yoel Romero on December 12th @UFC194

#6 Uriah Hall vs #16 Robert Whittaker on November 15th @UFC193

#9 Vitor Belfort vs #15 Dan Henderson on November 7th @UFN77

#12 CB Dolloway vs #25 Nate Marquardt on December 19th @UFConFOX17

#17 Tim Boetch vs #20 Ed Herman on January 17th @UFN81

#19 Antonio Carlos Jr vs Kevin Casey on December 10th @UFN80

#22 Thiago Santos vs #23 Elias Theodorou on December 10th @UFN80

#24 Josh Samman vs Tamdam McCory on December 19th @UFConFOX17

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Lightheavyweight (205lbs)

205

* Even though #1 Jon Jones is technically not the champion anymore, I still have him ranked as #1 since he was stripped of the title and didn’t actually lose the belt to another fighter.

Biggest Move

#7 Rashad Evans down 2 spots from #5

Upcoming Fights

#2 Daniel Cormier vs #1 Jon Jones on TBA

#3 Anthony Johnson vs #5 Ryan Bader on January 30th @UFConFOX18

#7 Glover Teixeira vs #11 Pat Cummins on November 7th @UFN77

#15 Fabio Maldonado vs #18  Corey Anderson on November 7th @UFN77

#17 Gian Villante vs #24 Anthony Perosh on November 15th @UFC193

#20 Illir Latifi vs #23 Sean O’Connell on January 17th @UFN81

#22 Francimar Barroso vs Abdul-Kerim Edilov on January 17th @UFN81

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Heavyweight (265lbs)

 265

Biggest Move

None (This division hasn’t changed much since last month)

Upcoming Fights

#1 Fabricio Werdum vs #2 Cain Velasquez on TBA

#3 Junior Dos Santos vs #9 Alistair Overeem on December 19th @UFConFOX17

#4 Stipe Miocic vs #5 Andrei Arlovski on January 2nd @UFC195

#6 Travis Browne vs #13 Matt Mitrione on January 17th @UFN81

#8 Mark Hunt vs #14 Antonio Silva on November 15th @UFC193

#15 Stefan Struve vs #22 Jared Rosholt on November 15th @UFC193

#17 Mirko Flipovic vs #25 Anthony Hamilton on November 28th @UFN79

#18 Gabriel Gonzaga vs #30 Konstantin Erokhin on December 11th @TUF22Finale

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Thanks for reading! Let me know if you have any questions, comments or criticisms. Any feedback is appreciated.

UFC Rankings Matrix – September 2015

Since I posted my last UFC Rankings in August there have been only 2 UFC events, and 21 fights (including 1 title fight).

In the past month we’ve seen one of the greatest of all time Demetrious Johnson continue his reign of dominance by picking up his 7th title defense in a row against John Dodson. We also saw a fantastic heavyweight clash between Josh Barnett and Roy Nelson in Japan, not to mention one of the biggest upsets of the year by Uriah Hall. This has been one of the best summers in the history of the UFC so it’s understandable that September didn’t have as much action, but there have been some moves in the rankings so let’s get right to it.

Here are my UFC Rankings Matrices for September 2015:

(Click on Images to see them Full Size) (Champions in bold):

Past Rankings: (May 2015June 2015July 2015August 2015)

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Women’s Strawweight (115lbs)

W115

* I included the fights from the 20th Season of the The Ultimate Fighter even though they were technically “Exhibition” matches because they were part of the tournament that crowned the inaugural champ. The fighters TUF records are in parentheses next to their MMA Records.

Biggest Move

#10 Paige Van Zant up 3 spots from #13

Upcoming Fights

#1 Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs #11 Valerie Letourneau on on November 15th @UFC193

#5 Michelle Waterson vs #7 Tecia Torres on December 12th @UFC194

#8 Rose Namajuanas vs #20 Angela Hill on October 3rd @UFC192

#10 Paige VanZant vs #13 Joanne Calderwood on December 10th @UFN80

#22 Ericka Almeida vs #24 Aisling Daly on October 24th @UFN76

#26 Kailin Curran vs #29 Emiliy Kagan on December 10th @UFN80

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Women’s Bantamweight (135lbs)

W135

Biggest Move

#14 Raquel Pennington up 2 spots from #16

Upcoming Fights

#1 Ronda Rousey vs #12 Holly Holm on November 15th @UFC193

#6 Sarah Kaufman vs #17 Germaine de Randamie on December 19th @UFConFOX17

#8 Jessica Eye vs #11 Julianna Peña on October 3rd @UFC192

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Flyweight (125lbs)

 125

Biggest Move

Former #4 John Lineker moving up to 135lbs

Upcoming Fights

#2 Joseph Benavidez vs #11 Ali Bagautinov on October 3rd @UFC192

#5 Jussier Formiga vs #9 Henry Cejudo on November 21st @UFN78

#13 Chris Cariaso vs #23 Sergio Pettis on October 3rd @UFC192

#17 Louis Smolka vs #20 Patrick Holohan on October 24th @UFN76

#18 Neil Seery vs #28 Jon Delos Reyes on October 24th @UFN76

#21 Ryan Benoit vs #25 Ben Nguyen on November 15th @UFC193

#24 Richie Vaculik vs Ryan Martinez on November 15th @UFC193

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Bantamweight (135lbs)

135

Biggest Move

#9 John Lineker introduced to Bantamweight rankings

#10 Francisco Rivera down 2 spots from #8

Upcoming Fights

#1 TJ Dillashaw vs #3 Dominick Cruz on January 17th @UFN81

#4 Urijah Faber vs #14 Frankie Saenz on December 12th @UFC194

#6 Aljamain Sterling vs #12 Johny Eduardo on December 10th @UFN80

#8 Thomas Almeida vs #28 Anthony Birchak on November 7th @UFN77

#18 Erik Perez vs Damian Stasiak on November 21st @UFN78

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Featherweight (145lbs)

145

Biggest Move

None (This division hasn’t changed much since last month)

Upcoming Fights

#1 Jose Aldo vs #2 Conor McGregor on December 12th @UFC194

#3 Chad Mendes vs #4 Frankie Edgar on December 11th @TUF22Finale

#5 Ricardo Lamas vs Diego Sanchez on November 21st @UFN78

#6 Max Holloway vs #9 Jeremy Stephens on December 12th @UFC194

#11 Nik Lentz vs #28 (155lbs) Danny Castillo on December 19th @UFConFOX17

#12 Clay Guida vs #19 Thiago Tavares on November 7th @UFN77

#16 Darren Elkins vs Robert Whiteford on October 24th @UFN76

#22 Chas Skelly vs Edimilson Souza on November 7th @UFN77

#24 Dan Hooker vs Yair Rodriguez on October 3rd @UFC192

#26 Cole Miller vs Jim Alers on December 19th @UFConFOX17

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Lightweight (155lbs)

 155

Biggest Move

None (This division hasn’t changed much since last month)

Upcoming Fights

#1 Rafael Dos Anjos vs #3 Donald Cerrone  on December 19th @UFConFOX17

#2 Anthony Pettis vs #6 Eddie Alvarez on January 17th @UFN81

#4 Khabib Nurmagomedov vs #10 Tony Ferguson on December 11th @TUF22Finale

#5 Ben Henderson vs #10 (170lbs) Thiago Alves on November 28th @UFN79

#8 Michael Johnson vs #15 Nate Diaz on December 19th @UFConFOX17

#16 Jim Miller vs #25 Michael Chiesa on December 10th @UFN80

#17 Evan Dunham vs #20 Joe Lauzon on December 11th @TUF22Finale

#18 Gleison Tibau vs #26 Abel Trujillo on November 7th @UFN77

#21 Dustin Porier vs Joseph Duffy on October 24th @UFN76

#23 Adriano Martins vs Islam Makhachev on October 3rd @UFC192

#27 Norman Parke vs Reza Madadi on October 24th @UFN76

#30 Kevin Lee vs Leonardo Santos on December 12th @UFC194

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Welterweight (170lbs)

 170

Biggest Move

None (This division hasn’t changed much since last month)

Upcoming Fights

#1 Robbie Lawler vs #5 Carlos Condit on January 2nd @UFC195

#3 Johny Hendricks vs #4 Tyron Woodley on October 3rd @UFC192

#6 Matt Brown vs (185lbs) Kelvin Gastelum on November 21st @UFN78

#7 Damian Maia vs #13 Gunnar Nelson on December 12th @UFC194

#10 Thiago Alves vs #5 (155lbs) Ben Henderson on November 28th @UFN79

#11 Don Hyung Kim vs #16 Jorge Masvidal on November 28th @UFN79

#17 Ryan LaFlare vs Mike Pierce on December 11th @TUF22Finale

#25 Warlley Alves vs #28 Colby Covington on December 12th @UFC194

#26 Alan Jouban vs Albert Tumenov on October 3rd @UFC192

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Middleweight (185lbs)

185

Biggest Move

#6 Uriah Hall up 16 spots from #22

Upcoming Fights

#1 Chris Weidman vs #2 Luke Rockhold on December 12th @UFC194

#3 Jacare Souza vs #4 Yoel Romero on December 12th @UFC194

#9 Vitor Belfort vs #15 Dan Henderson on November 7th @UFN77

#13 CB Dolloway vs #25 Nate Marquardt on December 19th @UFConFOX17

#16 Robert Whittaker vs TBA on November 15th @UFC193

#17 Tim Boetch vs #20 Ed Herman on January 17th @UFN81

#22 Thiago Santos vs #23 Elias Theodorou on December 10th @UFN80

#25 Josh Samman vs Tamdam McCory on December 19th @UFConFOX17

#29 Krzystof Jotko vs Scott Askham on October 24th @UFN76

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Lightheavyweight (205lbs)

205

* Even though #1 Jon Jones is technically not the champion anymore, I still have him ranked as #1 since he was stripped of the title and didn’t actually lose the belt to another fighter.

Biggest Move

None (This division hasn’t changed much since last month)

Upcoming Fights

#2 Daniel Cormier vs #4 Alexander Gustafsson on October 3rd @UFC192

#5 Rashad Evans vs #6 Ryan Bader on October 3rd @UFC192

#7 Glover Teixeira vs #11 Pat Cummins on November 7th @UFN77

#15 Fabio Maldonado vs #16 Tom Lawlor on November 7th @UFN77

#17 Gian Villante vs #24 Anthony Perosh on November 15th @UFC193

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Heavyweight (265lbs)

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Biggest Move

#7 Josh Barnett up 3 spots from #10

Upcoming Fights

#1 Fabricio Werdum vs #2 Cain Velasquez on TBA

#3 Junior Dos Santos vs #9 Alistair Overeem on December 19th @UFConFOX17

#4 Stipe Miocic vs #9 Ben Rothwell on October 24th @UFN76

#6 Travis Browne vs #13 Matt Mitrione on January 17th @UFN81

#8 Mark Hunt vs #14 Antonio Silva on November 15th @UFC193

#15 Stefan Struve vs #22 Jared Rosholt on November 15th @UFC193

#17 Mirko Flipovic vs #25 Anthony Hamilton on November 28th @UFN79

#20 Shawn Jordan vs #24 Ruslan Magomedov on October 3rd @UFC192

#21 Derrick Lewis vs #26 Viktor Pesta on October 3rd @UFC192

New Trailer: The Revenant

Here is the new trailer for the upcoming Leonardo DiCaprio drama The Revenant. Here I thought the first trailer was intense (LINK), boy does this trailer takes it up a notch. I was already immensely excited for this movie, and now that I have a better idea of what its actually about, I want to see it even more. Without giving too much away, it appears that this movie is about Leo’s character suffering a terrible loss, and how he comes back to get his revenge on the people that left him for dead. It’s been a while since DiCaprio made a movie, but it looks like he’s right back in his groove. Hopefully this is the film that finally earns him that elusive academy award that he clearly deserves. The film is directed by current Best Director winner Alejandro G. Iñarritu and also features the very talented Tom Hardy. The cinematography looks fantastic as well, those are some beautiful wide shots in the trailer, and some fantastic camera-work. When it’s all said and done, this may go down as the best movie of the year, I can’t wait to see it.

Director: Alejandro G. Iñarritu

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy

Release Date: December 25th

UFC Rankings Matrix – August 2015

Since I posted my last UFC Rankings in July there have been 4 UFC events, and 50 fights (including 2 title fights).

In the past month we’ve seen TJ Dillashaw prove that he is not only the best 135lbs fighter in the world, but also one of the pound for pound greatest strikers in MMA history, and we’ve seen Ronda Rousey become an even bigger star, adding a one punch KO to her highlight reel. It’s hard to top last month but nevertheless there have been a lot of big fights and some big moves in the rankings, so let’s get right to it.

Here are my UFC Rankings Matrices for August 2015:

(Click on Images to see them Full Size) (Champions in bold):

Past Rankings: (May 2015June 2015July 2015)

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Women’s Strawweight (115lbs)

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* I included the fights from the 20th Season of the The Ultimate Fighter even though they were technically “Exhibition” matches because they were part of the tournament that crowned the inaugural champ. The fighters TUF records are in parentheses next to their MMA Records.

Biggest Move

#10 Valerie Letourneau up 5 spots from #15

Upcoming Fights

#5 Michelle Waterson vs #7 Tecia Torres on December 12th @UFC194

#8 Rose Namajuanas vs #20 Angela Hill on October 3rd @UFC192

#10 Paige VanZant vs #25 Alex Chambers on September 5th @UFC191

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Women’s Bantamweight (135lbs)

W135

Biggest Move

#5 Amanda Nunes up 3 spots from #8

#7 Sara McMann down 3 spots from #4

Upcoming Fights

#1 Ronda Rousey vs #12 Holly Holm on November 15th @UFC193

#8 Jessica Eye vs #11 Julianna Peña on October 3rd @UFC192

#14 Jessica Andrade vs #16 Raquel Pennington on September 5th @UFC191

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Flyweight (125lbs)

 125

Biggest Move

None (This division hasn’t changed much since last month)

Upcoming Fights

#1 Demetrious Johnson vs #3 John Dodson on September 5th @UFC191

#2 Joseph Benavidez vs #12 Ali Bagautinov on October 3rd @UFC192

#4 John Lineker vs #10 (135lbs) Francisco Rivera on September 5th @UFC191

#6 Jussier Formiga vs #10 Henry Cejudo on November 21st @UFN78

#7 Kyoji Horiguchi vs #17 Chico Camus on September 27th @UFN75

#13 Chris Cariaso vs #23 Sergio Pettis on October 3rd @UFC192

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Bantamweight (135lbs)

135

Biggest Move

#9 Thomas Almeida up 4 spots from #13

#10 Bryan Caraway up 5 spots from #15

#11 Johnny Eduardo down 5 spots from #6

#12 Eddie Wineland down 5 spots from #7

Upcoming Fights

#7 Takeya Mizugaki vs #20 George Roop on September 27th @UFN75

#8 Francisco Rivera vs #4 (125lbs) John Lineker on September 5th @UFC191

#18 Erik Perez vs Damian Stasiak on November 21st @UFN78

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Featherweight (145lbs)

145

Biggest Move

None (This division hasn’t changed much since last month)

Upcoming Fights

#1 Jose Aldo vs #2 Conor McGregor on December 12th @UFC194

#3 Chad Mendes vs #4 Frankie Edgar on December 11th @TUF22Finale

#5 Ricardo Lamas vs Diego Sanchez on November 21st @UFN78

#11 Nik Lentz vs #28 (155lbs) Danny Castillo on December 19th @UFConFOX17

#17 Diego Brandao vs Katsunori Kikuno on September 27th @UFN75

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Lightweight (155lbs)

 155

Biggest Move

Josh Thompson dropped from rankings

#13 Beniel Dariush up 3 spots from #16

Upcoming Fights

#1 Rafael Dos Anjos vs #3 Donald Cerrone  on December 19th @UFConFOX17

#4 Khabib Nurmagomedov vs #10 Tony Ferguson on December 11th @TUF22Finale

#5 Ben Henderson vs #10 (170lbs) Thiago Alves on November 28th @UFN79

#8 Michael Johnson vs #15 Nate Diaz on December 19th @UFConFOX17

#17 Evan Dunham vs #20 Joe Lauzon on December 11th @TUF22Finale

#18 Gleison Tibau vs #26 Abel Trujillo on November 7th @UFN77

#19 Ross Pearson vs #22 Paul Felder on September 5th @UFC191

#21 Dustin Porier vs Joseph Duffy on October 24th @UFN76

#23 Adriano Martins vs Islam Makhachev on October 3rd @UFC192

#27 Norman Parke vs Reza Madadi on October 24th @UFN76

#30 Kevin Lee vs Leonardo Santos on December 12th @UFC194

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Welterweight (170lbs)

 170

Biggest Move

Jordan Mein & Erick Silva dropped from rankings

#15 Jorge Masvidal & #16 Ryan LaFlare introduced to rankings

Upcoming Fights

#1 Robbie Lawler vs #5 Carlos Condit on TBA

#3 Johny Hendricks vs #4 Tyron Woodley on October 3rd @UFC192

#7 Matt Brown vs #15 (185lbs) Kelvin Gastelum on November 21st @UFN78

#10 Thiago Alves vs #5 (155lbs) Ben Henderson on November 28th @UFN79

#11 Don Hyung Kim vs #16 Jorge Masvidal on November 28th @UFN79

#17 Ryan LaFlare vs Mike Pierce on December 11th @TUF22Finale

#26 Alan Jouban vs Albert Tumenov on October 3rd @UFC192

#28 Colby Covington vs Warlley Alves on December 12th @UFC194

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Middleweight (185lbs)

185

Biggest Move

None (This division hasn’t changed much since last month)

Upcoming Fights

#1 Chris Weidman vs #2 Luke Rockhold on December 12th @UFC194

#3 Jacare Souza vs #4 Yoel Romero on December 12th @UFC194

#6 Gegard Mousasi vs #22 Urija Hall on September 27th @UFN75

#8 Vitor Belfort vs #14 Dan Henderson on November 7th @UFN77

#10 Michael Bisping vs #16 Robert Whittaker on November 15th @UFC193

#12 CB Dolloway vs #26 Nate Marquardt on December 19th @UFConFOX17

#25 Josh Samman vs Tamdam McCory on December 19th @UFConFOX17

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Lightheavyweight (205lbs)

205

* Even though #1 Jon Jones is technically not the champion anymore, I still have him ranked as #1 since he was stripped of the title and didn’t actually lose the belt to another fighter.

Biggest Move

#11 Pat Cummins up 3 spots from #14

Upcoming Fights

#2 Daniel Cormier vs #4 Alexander Gustafsson on October 3rd @UFC192

#3 Anthony Johnson vs #10 Jimi Manuwa on September 5th @UFC191

#5 Rashad Evans vs #6 Ryan Bader on October 3rd @UFC192

#7 Glover Teixeira vs #11 Pat Cummins on November 7th @UFN77

#15 Fabio Maldonado vs #16 Tom Lawlor on November 7th @UFN77

#17 Gian Villante vs #24 Anthony Perosh on November 15th @UFC193

#18 Jan Blachowicz vs #20 Corey Anderson on September 5th @UFC191

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Heavyweight (265lbs)

 265

Biggest Move

Antonio Nogueria & Mirko Flipovic dropped from rankings

#15 Stefan Struve & #16 Alexey Oleinik introduced to rankings

Upcoming Fights

#1 Fabricio Werdum vs #2 Cain Velasquez on TBA

#3 Junior Dos Santos vs #9 Alistair Overeem on December 19th @UFConFOX17

#5 Andrei Alrovski vs #11 Frank Mir on September 5th @UFC191

#7 Mark Hunt vs #14 Antonio Silva on November 15th @UFC193

#10 Josh Barnett vs #12 Roy Nelson on September 27th @UFN75

#15 Stefan Struve vs #24 Jared Rosholt on November 15th @UFC193

#22 Shawn Jordan vs #26 Ruslan Magomedov on October 3rd @UFC192

#23 Derrick Lewis vs #28 Viktor Pesta on October 3rd @UFC192

Top 10 Movies I’m Looking Forward to the Most in What’s Left of 2015

2015 has already been a great year in film. This summer has had some of the biggest blockbuster hits of all time.  Movies like Jurassic World, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Furious 7 have smashed box office records and brought in ridiculous amounts of money. We’re barely halfway through the year and there have already been 15 movies to gross over $100,000,000 in the US alone.

This year hasn’t been just about big budget blockbusters though. With films like Ex Machina, Dope and Mad Max: Fury Road there has been no shortage of quality film-making in 2015. Things have been great for fans of film this year, and what’s even better is that the year is not over yet!

So looking ahead, I’ve decided to compile a list of the 10 movies that I’m looking forward to the most this year (that haven’t come out yet). I’ve decided to Include only films coming out after August since I feel like August is still the summer, so that means that even though I am beyond excited to watch Fantastic Four, Vacation, and Straight Outta Compton I’ve unfortunately had to leave those films off the list.

So without further adieu here are the 10 movies I’m looking forward to the most in what’s left of 2015:

#10 Sisters

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are two of the funniest people alive. I love all their work, and I’ll watch anything that they’re in. Sisters looks like a hilarious movie with a great cast. I just don’t see how this movie isn’t laugh out loud funny. I wouldn’t expect anything else from those two ladies.

Director: Jason Moore

Cast: Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Ike Barinholtz, John Cena

Release Date: December 18th

#9 Legend

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I’m very intrigued by this movie. It’s going to be interesting to see how Tom Hardy pulls of playing both of the main characters in a movie. He’s a fantastic actor, and the plot of the movie seem very interesting, not to mention it’s supposed to be based on real life. Judging from the trailer there should be more than enough action, comedy and drama to go around.

Director: Brian Helgeland

Cast: Tom Hardy, Emily Browning, David Thewlis

Release Date: October 2nd

#8 Joy

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Joy is director David O. Russell’s latest film. In the past few years he has made some of my favorite movies of all time (The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle) so I’ll pay to see any movie he makes. The film has a fantastic cast (as all his movies do) and Jennifer Lawrence looks great in the trailer, I wouldn’t be surprised to see another Academy Award nomination for her come 2016.

Director: David O. Russell

Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Edgar Ramirez

Release Date: December 25th

#7 The Revenant

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It’s been a while since we’ve seen Leonardo DiCaprio in a movie, but it seems as if it was worth the wait, because The Revenant looks like a great film. Leo is one of my favorite actors of all time, plus he’s joined by fellow superstar Tom Hardy in what looks to be a dark gritty drama that is sure to be nominated for plenty of awards come next year. Not to mention the fact that the movie is directed by last man to win the Oscar for best Picture and Best Director.

Director: Alejandro Iñarritu

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy

Release Date: December 25th

#6 The Martian

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Now this is a movie that I do not want to miss! The Martian is based off of the best selling novel written by Andy Wier. This movie has arguably the best cast out of any film this year. It’s almost impossible to name all the big name actors that are going to be in this movie. Add a fresh, unique story and a renowned director and you’ve got the recipe for a great film.

Director: Ridley Scott

Cast:  Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Michael Peña, Kate Mara, Sean Bean, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Donald Glover

Release Date: November 27th

#5 Black Mass

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I feel like it’s been a while since Johnny Depp came out with a great movie. Well it looks like the streak is going to be broken, because Black Mass looks absolutely amazing. Depp’s performance as Whitey Bulger looks chilling. I’m a big fan of mob/gangster movies, and this film seems to follow in the steps of other great film’s in the genre like Goodfellas, The Godfather, and the Departed. I can’t wait to see it!

Director: Scott Cooper

Cast:  Johnny Depp, Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Bacon

Release Date: September 18th

#4 Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

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The first movie in the Maze Runner series took me by surprise. I was not at all familiar with the novels and I absolutely loved the movie. I thought the acting was excellent, the visuals and cinematography were breathtaking, but most of all I just really liked the film’s plot. The Scorch Trials picks up right where the last film left off, and I can’t wait to see it. I have absolutely no idea what’s going to happen, but I know I’m going to love it.

Director: Wes Ball

Cast: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ki Hong Lee

Release Date: September 18th

#3 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

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This is the final film in the epic Hunger Games series, and all signs point to it being the best one of them all. I personally thought the last Mockingjay movie was superb so I’m quite excited to see this one. I’ve never read any of the books, so I have no idea what happens, which just makes me want to watch the movie even more, just to see how the story of Katniss Everdeen ends.

Director: Francis Lawrence

Cast:  Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Sam Clafin, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore, Stanley Tucci, Jena Malone, Donald Sutherland

Release Date: November 20th

#2 Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens

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It is finally here, The Force is awakening!! The Star Wars franchise has one of the biggest fan-bases in all of pop culture. It’s been a decade since that last Star Wars film came out in theaters so it’s understandable why so many people are so excited about it. Personally I have very high hopes for this movie, I’m a big fan of director JJ Abrams (I really like what he did with the Star Trek films), and judging from the trailer it looks like a stunning movie. I’ll be honest it was tough for me to rank this  #2 seeing as how its arguably the most anticipated movie of the year, but there are simply too many questions about this film and how good it will really be. As excited as I am about this movie coming out, I’m even more excited about the next film on the list.

Director: JJ Abrams

Cast: John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

Release Date: December 18th

#1 Spectre

So here it is, the movie I am most looking forward to in 2015 is Spectre. The latest installment in the fantastic Daniel Craig James Bond series. The previous 3 films in the series have all been superb (Casino Royal and Skyfall are 2 of my favorite films of all time), and all signs are pointing to this movie being even better. The trailer alone looks amazing, I really like the direction the story is headed in and everything looks simply stunning. The main reason why I’m so excited for this movie though has to be Christoph Waltz. Not only is he one of the greatest actors alive, but in my mind he seems like the perfect person to play a bond villain. I can’t put into words how excited I am to see this movie. I want it to be November 6th already hahaha.

Director: Sam Mendes

Cast:  Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Lea Seydoux, Monica Bellucci, Andrew Scott, Dave Bautista, Ralph Fiennes

Release Date: November 6th

So there it is, the 10 movies I’m looking forward to the most in the rest of 2015. I put a lot of hard work into this so I hope you enjoyed reading.  So what do y’all think? Do you guys agree with my list? Please don’t forget to like, comment, and share!!

UFC Rankings Matrix – July 2015

Since I posted my last UFC Rankings Matrix in June there have been 7 UFC events, and 77 fights (including 4 title fights).

In the past month we’ve seen the crowning of a new UFC Heavyweight Champion in #1 Fabricio Werdum. We’ve continued to see the rise of the destructive #1 Joanna Jedrzejczyk, and we witnessed arguably the greatest UFC event of all time in UFC189. An event that featured the crowning of #2 Conor McGregor as well as the fight of the year between #1 Robbie Lawler and #2 Rory MacDonald.

There has been plenty of movement in the UFC rankings in the past month so without further adieu here are my UFC Ranking Matrix for July 2015 (Click on Images to see them Full Size) (Champions in bold):

(Past Rankings: May 2015 June 2015)

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Women’s Strawweight (115lbs)

W115

* I included the fights from the 20th Season of the The Ultimate Fighter even though they were technically “Exhibition” matches because they were part of the tournament that crowned the inaugural champ.

Biggest Move

#2 Jessica Aguilar signing with the UFC (technically not a move, but still worth noting)

Upcoming Fights

#2 Jessica Aguilar vs #3 Claudia Gadelha  on August 1st @UFC190

#10 Paige VanZant vs #25 Alex Chambers on September 5th @UFC191

#11 Maryna Moroz vs #15 Valerie Letourneau on August 23rd @UFN74

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Women’s Bantamweight (135lbs)

W135

Biggest Move

None (This division hasn’t changed much since last month)

Upcoming Fights

#1 Ronda Rousey vs #8 Bethe Correia on August 1st @UFC190

#3 Miesha Tate vs #7 Jessica Eye on July 25th @UFC on FOX 16

#4 Sara McMann vs #10 Amanda Nunes on August 8th @UFN73

#21 Jessamyn Duke vs #25 Elizabeth Phillips on July 25th @UFC on FOX 16

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Flyweight (125lbs)

 125

Biggest Move

None (This division hasn’t changed much since last month)

Upcoming Fights

#1 Demetrious Johnson vs #3 John Dodson on September 5th @UFC191

#2 Joseph Benavidez vs #10 Henry Cejudo on September 5th @UFC191

#5 Ian McCall vs #14 Dustin Ortiz on August 8th @UFN73

#19 Ray Borg vs Geane Herrera on August 8th @UFN73

#20 Chris Kelades vs #26 Chris Beal on August 234d @UFN74

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Bantamweight (135lbs)

135

Biggest Move

Michael McDonald dropped from rankings

#6 Johnny Eduardo up 4 spots from #10

#7 Eddie Wineland up 4 spots from #11

#13 Thomas Almeida up 3 spots from #16

Upcoming Fights

#1 TJ Dillashaw vs #2 Renan Barao on July 25th @UFC on FOX 16

#7 Eddie Wineland vs #15 Bryan Caraway on July 25th @UFC on FOX 16

#10 Francisco Rivera vs #4 (125lbs) John Lineker on September 5th @UFC191

#11 Frankie Saenz vs Sirwan Kakai on August 8th @UFN73

#12 Iuri Alcantara vs Leandro Issa on August 1st @UFC190

#17 Yves Jabouin vs Felipe Arantas on August 23rd @UFN74

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Featherweight (145lbs)

145

Biggest Move

#2 Conor McGregor up 2 spots from #4

#9 Jeremy Stephens up 3 spots from #12

#10 Dennis Bermudez down 4 spots from #6

#13 Tatsuya Kawajiri introduced to rankings

#14 Dennis Siver down 3 spots from #11

Upcoming Fights

#1 Jose Aldo vs #2 Conor McGregor on TBD

#6 Max Holloway vs #8 Charles Oliveira on August 23rd @UFN74

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Lightweight (155lbs)

 155

Biggest Move

#10 Tony Ferguson up 6 spots from #16

#12 Myles Jury down 2 spots from #10

Jorge Masvidal dropped from 155 rankings

Upcoming Fights

#1 Rafael Dos Anjos vs #3 Donald Cerrone  in December @TBA

#8 Michael Johnson vs #16 Beneil Dariush on August 23rd @UFN73

#9 Edson Barboza vs #26 Paul Felder on July 25th @UFC on FOX 16

#17 Jim Miller vs Danny Castillo on July 25th @UFC on FOX 16

#21 Joe Lauzon vs #27 Takanori Gomi on July 25th @UFC on FOX 16

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Welterweight (170lbs)

 170

Biggest Move

Hector Lombard dropped from rankings

#8 Rick Story up 3 spots from #11

#11 Stephen Thompson introduced to rankings

#12 Jake Ellenberger down 2 spots from #10

#14 Gunnar Nelson introduced to rankings

Upcoming Fights

#8 Damian Maia vs #23 Neil Magny on August 1st @UFC190

#11 Rick Story vs #16 Erick Silva on August 23rd @UFN74

#23 Josh Burkman vs #30 Patrick Cote on August 23rd @UFN74

#30 Ben Saunders vs Kenny Robertson on July 25th @UFC on FOX 16

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Middleweight (185lbs)

185

Biggest Move

#4 Yoel Romero up 4 spots from #8

#15 Kelvin Gastelum introduced to 185 rankings

Upcoming Fights

#1 Chris Weidman vs #2 Luke Rockhold in Late 2015 @TBA

#5 Gegard Mousasi vs #27 Roan Carneiro on September 27th @UFN76

#13 Derek Brunson vs #28 Sam Alvy on August 8th @UFN73

#22 Urija Hall vs Joe Riggs on August 8th @UFN73

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Lightheavyweight (205lbs)

205

* Even though #1 Jon Jones is technically not the champion anymore, I still have him ranked as #1 since he was stripped of the title and didn’t actually lose the belt to another fighter.

Biggest Move

None (This division hasn’t changed much since last month)

Upcoming Fights

#2 Daniel Cormier vs #4 Alexander Gustafsson on October 3rd @UFC192

#3 Anthony Johnson vs #17 Jan Blachowicz on September 5th @UFC191

#5 Rashad Evans vs #6 Ryan Bader on October 3rd @UFC192

#7 Glover Teixeira vs #8 Ovince St. Preux on August 8th @UFN73

#10 Shogun Rua vs #11 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira on August 1st @UFC190

#13 Rafael Cavalcante vs #14 Pat Cummins on August 1st @UFC190

#16 Gian Villante vs #20 Tom Lawlor on July 25th @UFC on FOX 16

#21 Nikita Krylov vs #25 Marcos Rogerio de Lima on August 23rd @UFN74

#23 Sean O’Connell vs #28 Misha Cirkunov on August 23rd @UFN74

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Heavyweight (265lbs)

 265

Biggest Move

#1 Fabricio Werdum up 2 spots from #3

Upcoming Fights

#10 Josh Barnett vs #12 Roy Nelson on September 27th @UFN76

#14 Bigfoot Silva vs #25 Soa Palelei  on August 1st @UFC190

#15 Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs #20 Stefan Struve on August 1st @UFC190

#24 Jared Rosholt vs #29 Timothy Johnson on August 8th @UFN73

Movie Review: Dope

4 Dope (2015)

This review is a few weeks late since I saw the movie back in June, but better late than never! This movie is so good it deserves to be talked about more. Dope has a mostly unknown group of actors but it is such a great movie. It has an excellent performances by the cast, a fantastic soundtrack, and a a hilarious yet thought provoking plot.

The film’s story is very original, it does gets a little too far fetched sometimes with the character’s schemes and their use of technology, but the film is so enjoyable to watch that I give the filmmakers a pass.Even though its technically a high-school movie, Dope is very different from any other “high school movie” that I’ve ever seen been before. For one the film takes place in Inglewood, California in a neighborhood referred to as “the bottoms”. It’s not often that you see major motion pictures set in the hood, where the main characters aren’t gangsters, rappers, or thugs. What makes Dope unique is that the 3 main characters are all nerdy kids that want to go to college. Dope is both a hilarious and dramatic film that pays attention to an often ignored side of our society, and does an excellent job at telling an original story.

There are plenty of things to like about this film. It’s beautifully shot, and edited. The film has a fantastic soundtrack, great visuals and very well made montages. The dialogue is very funny and witty too. What made the movie for me though had to be the performances by all the main characters. Shameik Moore (who plays the main character Malcolm) in particular gave a superb performance, I see a bright future in the movie business for him. There is one scene in particular where he finally stands up to his tormentor that was so good it gave me chills. Tony Revolori & Kiersey Clemons were excellent as well, they both did great jobs at making their characters funny and relate-able at the same time. I also enjoyed the supporting role performances by Blake Anderson (of Workaholics fame) as well as rapper A$AP Rocky‘s  first big role in a motion picture.

Another great thing about the Dope is all the questions that it raises. There aren’t too many films out there that focus on high school kids that go to school in the ghetto, Dope does an excellent job at telling a unique story that focuses on an ofter ignored minority in our country. The film deals with themes like drugs, violence, bullying, gang mentality, pressure from society, and what it means to be black nowadays.

Dope is a far from perfect film, but it’s refreshingly original and it breaks the mold of what a high-school/coming of age movie is supposed to be like. Dope isn’t scared to ask hard questions, and shine a light at some ugly aspects of our society. It is a very thought provoking film, but it is also very funny and so enjoyable to watch. I don’t know much about director Rick Famuyiwa‘s work but I’ll be sure to check out his future projects. Dope is an amazing movie and it deserves all the praise it gets. if you haven’t already done so, go see it! 4/5