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UFC champ Ronda Rousey continued to be what some would call a “Public Relations nightmare” on Saturday at The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale. In one interview opposite Miesha Tate, Rousey yawned and looked away. In another interview, she went so far as to say she had better things to do than talk about the finale, and presumably, her upcoming title defense against Tate at UFC 168. While Rousey can still be considered the face of WMMA, her image is now tarnished with a bitter, immature side that More >
… and by pick, I don’t mean my nose, as the photo suggests … anyway, I join Jim Gramm @jimgramm and David Sadler @VigilanteJuice of Beyond The Cage Podcast to discuss The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale coming up this Saturday. This season was a historical one, with the first time female fighter were on the show, not to mention female coaches in Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey and arch-nemesis Miesha Tate. We give our picks for the TUF house finals — Jessica Rakoczy vs. Julianna Pena and David More >
The Ultimate Fighter season 18 Team Rousey vs. Team Tate is in the books. This season saw some firsts — two female coaches, Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate, female competitors — not to mention some thrilling fights, but also some disappointments, like Cody Bollinger and Anthony Gutierrez being told to leave after missing weight. Now, we have the TUF 18 Finale coming up on Saturday, with Pena vs. Rakoczy for the women, and Grant vs. Holdsworth for the men. And in the main event, Maynard vs. Diaz More >
Former UFC middleweight champion Rich “Ace” Franklin said recently that he plans on fighting one last time, and then retiring from MMA. Franklin said he is 39, approaching 40, and does not see himself in the title hunt again. he added he hopes it’s a meaningful fight, against a formidable opponent. I see Franklin maybe taking on Dan Henderson, Michael Bisping, or someone along those lines — a big-name fighter who’s been around for a while. Franklin’s already moved on with his next venture – a More >
Here’s my breakdown and analysis of the rubber match between Gray “The Bully” Maynard and Nate Diaz, who are set to main-event The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale this Saturday. These have fought twice before, with Diaz winning by submission at TUF 5 in 2007, and Maynard winning the second fight by split decision in 2010. Both are coming off losses, and neither one can stand the other, so we’ve got ourselves a fight, people. I say Maynard takes it by decision — how about you?Related articles
Bellator MMA middleweight champion Alexander “Storm” Shlemenko dispatched top challenger Doug “The Rhino” Marshall in the first round of their title fight. I expected Shlemenko to take Marshall into deep waters, maybe the end of the fourth round, but the champ wasted no time when he saw an opening. Shlemenko took Marshall down twice, but Marshall got back up both times. Then Shlemenko began his assault on Marshall’s liver, targeting it again and again with kicks, knees and punches. Shlemenko More >
In its second live show on Spike, GLORY held a 4-man lightweight tournament to determine its first lightweight champion. In the first round, Robin Van Roosmalen defeated Davit Kiria by unanimous decision, and on the other side of the bracket, Andy Ristie beat Giorgio Petrosyan — the favorite to win the tournament — by KO. Then, in the finals, Ristie used a left uppercut to put away Van Roosmalen, scoring a TKO, and earning $150,000 and the GLORY lightweight championship.Related More >
Here’s my pick for tonight’s main event at Bellator 109 — middleweight champion Alexander “Storm” Shlemenko vs. top challenger Doug “The Rhino” Marshall. First, all the props in the world to Marshall — he is one of, if not the, most exciting fighters out there. He always goes full throttle and goes for the KO. He talks a tough, brash game, and backs it up. Shlemenko, on the other hand, is a bit more refined, a stoic Russian who uses a myriad of weapons, from spinning back fists, to spinning More >
In this episode, we have the obligatory coaches’ challenge, and this time around, it’s a rock climb. Ronda Rousey wins over Miesha Tate, then flips her the bird all the way down. Wow, never seen that before. Shocking. Anyway, then we have the fight between Anthony Gutierrez and David Grant — or did we? Nope, Gutierrez failed to make weight, stepping on the scale at 140, given an extra hour, and then quitting. Dana White then boots him off the show, as he did Cody Bollinger, who also missed More >
According to TMZ.com and other websites — Georges St-Pierre‘s “personal thing” that he referred to after his split decision win over Johny Hendricks at UFC 167 is that he got a woman pregnant — unexpectedly — and does not want her to keep the baby. TMZ also reported that GSP’s father was severely ill, but LaPresse interviewed GSP’s sister and she said he was fine. If this in fact is what is troubling GSP, I hope it can be resolved in a way that is amicable to everyone.Related articles
Hendricks was robbed!!! He clearly won the fight. He had the harder shots, he won nearly every round, except for round 3, which I gave to GSP. He scored huge damage on GSP — the champ was cut above one eye and below both eyes, plus had what appeared to be a broken nose. So the judges scored it a split decision for GSP. But almost as bizarre as the decision were GSP’s words afterward — that he had personal problems in his life and had to step away for a while. Still, when pressed, he would not More >
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson made his Bellator MMA debut tonight at Bellator 108, KOing Joey “The Mexicutioner” Beltran with one second to go in the first round. Rampage then took the mic and issued a challenge to everyone in hsi division — that they’d better watch because he was back. That said, I don’t know who in the division is going to give Rampage any trouble, other than Emanuel Newton, King Mo and Attila Vegh.
In this episode, both Julianna Pena and Sarah Moras — who are on Team Tate and are fighting each other — feel that they are the victims of “Mean Girls.” Moras believes that Coach Miesha Tate is favoring Pena and neglecting her, whereas Pena thinks that no one in the house can stand her (except for maybe Roxanne Modaferri. Be that as it may, the two fight, and Pena submits Moras in round 2 with a guillotine. Pena will now face the winner of Pennington-Rakoczy in the TUF 18 Finale.Related More >
UFC bantamweight champ “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey and arch-nemesis Miesha “Cupcake” Tate are set to have their rematch inside the Octagon at UFC 168. The fight will be the culmination of months of trash talk, as the two have squared off on a media tour and on The Ultimate Fighter 18 as coaches. I say Miesha has the psychological advantage, as now it seems she has gotten under Ronda’s skin. Plus, she knows what’s coming — clinch, judo throw, armbar — and knowing is half the battle, as they More >
Bold prediction, I know, but Hendricks has all the tools to do it — one punch knock-out power, wrestling, and a desire to be the best. “Bigg Rigg” has more than proven himself as a the number-one contender to GSP‘s title, scoring wins over Johs Koscheck, Jon Fitch, Martin Kampmann, and Carlos Condit.Related articles
The fight between Cezar “Mutante” Ferreira and Daniel Sarafian ended in a split decision win for Mutante. I thought the fight, which was the co-main event at Ultimate Fight Night 32 in Brazil, could have gone either way. Mutante had great take-downs, but didn’t do much with them after that, and was stood up several times by Mario Yamasaki. Sarafian couldn’t stop the take-downs, but had more power shots on Mutante. So what do you guys think?Related articles
Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort knocked out Dan “Hendo” Henderson in the main event at Ultimate Fight 32, aka Fight Night Goiania. The end happened early in the first round, when Hendo tried to land his big right hand, but in doing so, had his head low, and Vitor struck like a cobra, hitting Hendo with a left uppercut/hook. The strike dropped Hendo and Vitor swarmed with more punches. When Hendo got to his feet, Vitor hit him with a left kick to the head that finished him off. … I’m thinking Vitor More >
Here’s my pick for the upcoming main event at UFN 32, Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort vs. Dan “Hendo” Henderson. I see this going similarly to the battle Hendo had with Shogun, but this time, I see Hendo losing. Vitor has been on a tear lately — in 5 fights, he has won four, all of them finishes. I see Hendo putting up a good fight, but I think Vitor will prevail by unanimous decision. What’s your pick for the fight?Related articles
Thanks to Apocalypse MMA for the poster. Here’s my recap of the latest episode of The Ultimate Fighter 18: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate. First of all, I forgot to mention what was missing this episode — any type of drama between Miesha and Ronda — c’mon, man! And I can’t remember when they do the “coaches’ challenge” but if they did away with it, that was a mistake. Anyway, It’s a great fight between Wootten and Holdsworth, with Hold scoring big on striking before taking Wootten’s back and More >
Former Army Ranger and green Beret received a hero’s welcome at Fort Campbell in Kentucky and delivered for all of the troops there, scoring a first-round TKO over Rafael Natal. Kennedy was slow to start in the round, but toward the end of it, he uncorked a leaping left hook that caught Natal flush on the face, sending him crashing down. Kennedy followed with a few more punches, and the ref stepped in to stop the bout.Related articles
Bellator MMA head honcho Bjorn Rebney said a rubber match between new lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez and former champion Michael Chandler could main event a Bellator pay-per-view in the future. In other related news, the two fighters have been placed on 60-day suspensions for injuries they sustained during the fight. So, conceivably, we could be looking at a Bellator PPV sometime in late spring at the earliest.Related articles
Daniel Straus beat Pat Curran, exacting some revenge — Curran KO‘ed him about 4 years ago — and taking Curran’s Bellator featherweight strap. Straus used his wrestling, both on the feet and the ground — to frustrate and sap the energy from Curran. Unfortunately for Curran, the game plan shut him down a bit, but even on the feet, Curran sometimes appeared hesitant to let his hands and feet go.
Emanuel Newton beat King Mo for the second time in Bellator, this time winning the Bellator MMA interim light-heavyweight championship in the process. The first time, Newton hit Mo with a spinning backfist; this time, it was a 5-round unanimous decision. Newton threw all sorts of strikes from all sorts of angles. Mo countered with take-downs and strikes, but could really get any flow going to his attacks, and seem to gas after maybe the second round or so. The wins sets up a rematch between More >
Eddie Alvarez took back the title that Michael Chandler won from him in 2011, winning by split decision at Bellator 106. It was a hard-fought bloody war, with Chandler’s left eye almost completely closed and Alvarez suffering a deep gash on his head. Alvarez used his footwork and longer reach to frustrate Chandler, but when Chandler was able to catch him, he hit Alvarez with big bombs, take-downs and ground-and-pound. It was a close, exciting fight, for sure. Now we’ll have to see if Chandler More >
This just in from the UFC — Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida and Gegard “The Dreamcatcher” Mousasi are set to fight at Jaragua do Sol in Brazil on Feb. 8, to be seen on FOX Sports 2. This is a great match-up, and one that may in fact determine the new number-one contender to the UFC middleweight title. Machida, the former UFC light-heavyweight champion, immediately made an impact in the MW division when he KO’ed Mark Munoz. This will be Mousasi’s debut at 185, but it is a smart move, considering he More >
Leading up to his fight against Travis Browne at UFC 168, UFC heavyweight Josh Barnett will have to undergo weekly drug exams, plus random testing through 2014. The sanctions were imposed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, no doubt motivated by Barnett’s history of testing positive for banned substances in 2001 and 2002 (in Las Vegas, Nev) and 2009 in California.Barnett has already submitted one sample t the commission, one that came back negative earlier in October.Related More >
Former UFC lightweight champion Frankie “The Answer” Edgar has gathered around him an all-star coaching staff, consisting of Renzo Gracie and Ricardo Almeida for BJJ, Mark Henry for boxing, Ray Sefo for kickboxing and Dave Esposito for wrestling. All of these guys are at the top of their game in their respective disciplines, plus Frankie has known them for years. Clearly, Frankie has put together a great team, as has BJ Penn. It’s gonna be a great TUF.Related articles
This Google+ hangout was hosted by @GabrielKeith5, with guest-work was @jimgramm and @MatthewSalzer. In this roundtable, we took a look at the middleweight (185) division in the UFC, including Champ Chris Weidman (and his rematch with Anderson Silva), Belfort, Mousasi, and Machida.Related articles
On this episode, Cody Bollinger admits he quit and was therefore, not able to make weight. His opponent, Anthony Gutierrez, accepts the forfeit and moves on to the next round. As far as the women, Team Tate’s Sarah Moras beat Team Rousey’s Peggy Morgan by tapout to an arm bar. Tate and Rousey picked the next round of fights: Pena vs. Rakoczy, Pennington vs. Moras, Holdsworth vs. Grant and Wootten vs. Gutierrez.
Photo originally posted on mmafighting, courtesy of Hendricks’ manager, Ted Ehrhardt. UFC welterweight Johny “Bigg Rigg” Hendricks suffered second-degree burns on his back after filming a UFC 167 promo, according to Ehrhardt. I don’t know whether somebody overdid it with the pyro, or they used extra-high wattage bulbs on the lamps or maybe there were sparks that flew at him. I’m not sure, but what an unfortunate predicament, and thank God it wasn’t worse.Related articles