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Ronda Rousey says wrestling is ‘scripted’: ‘None of those bitches can f*cking touch me’
Anyone who has seen Furious 7 will tell you that Ronda Rousey is not the world’s greatest thespian. But either she’s getting better at acting, or she’s getting tired of her career in professional wrestling. Recently, the WWE has been building toward a triple threat match for the Raw women’s title between Rousey, Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch, likely as the main event of WrestleMania on April 7 at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. The match would be the first-ever women’s main event at a WrestleMania should this happen, but yesterday, Rousey broke the cardinal rule of professional wrestling, releasing a video on her personal Vlog where she angrily said that wrestling is scripted and she wasn’t playing by those rules anymore because at the end of the day, she could legitimately beat up every woman in the company.
Submitted Mar 9, 2019 11:58AM by grappler0000 - 2 comments
Filed under: Miscellaneous, MMA Personalities
Anthony Johnson willing to come out of retirement to fight Jon Jones
Speaking recently with the Into the Weeds podcast, Johnson backtracked his previous statements about staying retired, revealing that he would still come out of retirement to face Jon Jones, provided Jones moved up to heavyweight. “The only way I’d come out of retirement is if Jon Jones goes to heavyweight, and then that’s when I’ll come out of retirement and fight Jon,” Johnson said. “I mean, that’s the only guy I want to fight, because after him, I can officially say I did my job, my mission is complete. Although I didn’t win a title, I fought the best of the best. I can go to sleep at night.”
Submitted Mar 6, 2019 7:13PM by jae_1833 - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC 235 salaries revealed
UFC 235 went down last night from Las Vegas, Nevada. The card was absolutely stacked where two titles were on the line as Jon Jones looked to defend his belt against Anthony Smith and Tyron Woodley looked to defend his strap against Kamaru Usman. As well, Ben Askren made his long-awaited UFC debut when he took on Robbie Lawler. Ultimately, Jones ended up beating Smith by unanimous decision in what was a dominating performance for Jones. Usman meanwhile kept his promise of hearing ‘And New’ as he simply mauled Woodley. He out-wrestled him and outpaced him all night long which was the difference. There could have been multiple 10-8 rounds and Usman is the new welterweight champion. Askren meanwhile had a controversial submission win over Lawler after nearly getting knocked out.
Submitted Mar 3, 2019 8:39PM by JLS - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC 234 estimated at 175,000 buys
UFC 234 may have had a lot of people talking about it and watching the prelims on Feb. 9, but the late loss of the main event didn’t help pay-per-view numbers. Early estimates have the show, headlined by Israel Adesayna’s three-round decision win over Anderson Silva, doing 175,000 buys. The card, held at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia, was thin when it came to star power to begin with, and then took a hit when middleweight champion Robert Whittaker suffered a hernia and collapsed bowel right before fight time. This led to the last-day cancellation of the Whittaker title defense against Kelvin Gastelum.
Submitted Mar 3, 2019 3:02PM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, Miscellaneous
Mackenzie Dern announces pregnancy, puts fighting career on hold
Mackenzie Dern won’t be fighting any time soon in the UFC, and it’s for a good reason. The undefeated strawweight, who last competed in the UFC in May 2018, announced on Friday that she’s expecting a baby with her boyfriend Wesley Santos, a professional surfer from Brazil.
Submitted Mar 3, 2019 3:00PM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
UFC 235 bonuses: Johnny Walker, Diego Sanchez awarded for dramatic finishes
Make it three Performance of the Night bonuses in three fights for Johnny Walker. The 26-year-old Brazilian continued his tear through the light heavyweight division Saturday at UFC 235 in Las Vegas, needing just 36 seconds to land a sensational jumping knee and finish Misha Cirkunov. Walker was given one of the evening’s $50,000 post-fight bonuses for his work, which should go along way towards making him feel better after injuring himself while celebrating.
Submitted Mar 3, 2019 2:59PM by grappler0000 - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Dana White says Kamaru Usman vs. Colby Covington is next
Colby Covington made his presence felt all throughout UFC 235 fight week — and Saturday night was no exception. The brash 31-year-old had a cageside seat for UFC 235’s welterweight title fight between Tyron Woodley and Kamaru Usman, in which Usman dominated Woodley en route to capturing the belt with a one-sided unanimous decision. With his bright red MAGA hat and interim strap in tow, Covington made himself an ever-present figure during the contest. And as the clock wound down on Usman’s victory, several members of the media noticed UFC president Dana White walk over to Covington and have a discussion with the controversial welterweight. So what did White say?
Submitted Mar 3, 2019 2:58PM by grappler0000 - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes served restraining orders from wife, brother
UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes, according to a report citing court documents, has been served multiple restraining orders from his wife and twin brother for alleged abuse and threats. TMZ.com, citing court documents it had obtained, today reported Hughes’ wife Audra this past December filed for a restraining order against the retired fighter after he allegedly hit her in front of two of their children and her step-father. According to the report, documents show Hughes allegedly hit her after she accused him of texting other women.
Submitted Feb 26, 2019 7:40PM by grappler0000 - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Why Ben Askren absolutely cannot afford to lose his UFC debut
You look at the matchup between Ben Askren and Robbie Lawler at UFC 235 and right away it jumps out as the kind of fight that everybody knows what each guy’s thing is, and it’s just a question of finding out which one of them will get to do it. For Askren, that thing includes takedowns, top control, the kind of striking any bullying big brother would respect, maybe even a submission if the situation cries out for one.
Submitted Feb 26, 2019 7:37PM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
UFC Fight Night Prague Results: Bonus Winners, Highlights, Twitter Reaction And Analysis
Thiago Santos might have punched his way to a title shot in the UFC’s light heavyweight division on Saturday night in Prague at UFC on ESPN+ 3. After a measured performance through the first two rounds against Jan Blachowicz, Santos connected on a right-left hook combination that caught his charging opponent on the chin. POTN - Thiago Santos POTN - Stefan Struve POTN - Michal Oleksiejczuk POTN - Dwight Grant
Submitted Feb 25, 2019 5:31AM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Anderson Silva vs. Jared Cannonier booked for UFC 237 in Brazil
Following a solid showing in Australia, legend Anderson Silva said he wanted to be on the card when the UFC returned to his native Brazil. It looks like he’ll get his wish. Silva (34-8 MMA, 17-5 UFC) will take on Jared Cannonier (11-4 MMA, 4-4 UFC) in a middleweight fight at UFC 237 in May, UFC President Dana White today told ESPN.com.
Submitted Feb 21, 2019 12:48AM by grappler0000 - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
Former UFC champ Georges St-Pierre to announce retirement at Thursday news conference
Former UFC welterweight and middleweight champion Georges St-Pierre appears to be calling it quits for good. After returning in November 2017 to capture the middleweight title following a three-year layoff, St-Pierre (26-2 MMA, 20-2 UFC) is set to make retirement official after failing to secure a fight with UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Submitted Feb 21, 2019 12:46AM by grappler0000 - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Bellator 215: Mitrione vs. Kharitonov live stream, play-by-play, results, and discussion (Spoiler)
Main card (9pm ET) Logan Storley vs. Ion Pascu Round 1 - Storey with a lead right and a body kick. Inside leg kick from Pascu. Storley in on a double but Pascu flips him over. They scramble. Storley has him on his knees but can’t flatten him onto his back. Now he’s on his butt. This just a wrestling stalemate. Finally Storley scoops him up and slams Pascu to the mat. He’s working in half but not much is happening. Couple of elbows get through. Few punches too. Storley isn’t even trying to get past half guard. 10-9 Storley. Round 2 - Head kick from Storley. He gets on a single leg and puts Pascu on his back. Back to half guard. He lands a few elbows. Now some rights. Pascu eats an elbow as he tries to escape. He doesn’t escape. Pascu gets full guard back. This isn’t exactly riveting stuff. Back to half. Couple of short elbows. The crowd is booing for the second fight in a row. 10-9 Storley. Round 3 - Storley level changes and almost gets Pascu down. He can’t, but he does on the second attempt. Pascu attacks an arm immediately, but there’s nothing happening. Pascu gets to his knees, but he can’t get any further than that. Pascu tries to attack a kimura again. Again, it goes approximately nowhere. Shockingly, Storley gets to half guard and grinds away. The crowd boos. An elbow gets through. Two pretty bad fights in a row. 10-9 and 30-27 Storley.
Submitted Feb 16, 2019 2:32AM by JLS - 1 comment
Filed under: Bellator
Michael Chandler vs. Patricio ‘Pitbull’ lightweight title fight slated for Bellator 221
It’ll be a battle between perhaps the two most significant fighters in Bellator history. Michael Chandler vs. Patricio Freire is slated for Bellator 221 on May 11 in Rosemont, Ill., sources confirmed Thursday with MMA Fighting. Chandler will put his lightweight title on the line against “Pitbull,” the featherweight champion, moving up in a true superfight. And one that has been building for some time between the two sides.
Submitted Feb 14, 2019 7:52PM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
Johnny Walker replaces Ovince Saint Preux vs. Misha Cirkunov at UFC 235
Ask and you shall receive. With Ovince Saint Preux out of a fight with Misha Cirkunov at UFC 235 due to an injury, rising sensation Johnny Walker will step up to compete in Las Vegas on March 2, sources told MMA Fighting.
Submitted Feb 13, 2019 7:18AM by JLS - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
Dana White says Khabib Nurmagomedov can’t sit out until the end of the year with lightweight title
Khabib Nurmagomedov is playing a dangerous game. Last month, the UFC lightweight champion was handed down a nine month suspension, retroactive to October, for his role in starting a brawl at UFC 229. His punishment also included a option to reduce the suspension by three months if he participated in an anti-bullying public service announcement. Instead, Nurmagomedov has gone the other way, saying not only does he refuse to do the PSA, he also refuses to fight again until the one-year suspension of his teammates, Zubaira Tukhugov and Abubakar Nurmagomedov, are over as well and is targeting a November return.
Submitted Feb 11, 2019 7:02PM by JLS - 2 comments
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