Sunday, December 29, 2013

Ronda Rousey defends title vs. Sara McMann at UFC 170 in Las Vegas

 Dana White announced the title bout at the UFC 168 post-event press conference and said it will headline UFC 170, which takes place Feb. 22 at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

“Dana approached me about this before the fight, but I’d taken such a long time off that I wanted to fight again soon,” said Rousey, who submitted rival Miesha Tate (13-5 MMA, 0-2 UFC) in UFC 168’s co-headliner at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena. “I don’t want to sit on the shelf. I’m in the best shape of my life, so it’s the perfect time to go back-to-back.
“I’m still hungry and that’s what I want to do. Hopefully I’ll have another good show for you guys very soon.”
McMann, an Olympic silver medalist in wrestling, made her octagon debut at UFC 159 and earned a first-round TKO over Shiela Gaff. 

Dustin Poirier: Diego Brandao threatened to stab me in the neck

“I was so mad because before we walked on stage at weigh-ins, he told me he was going to stab me in the neck actually,” Poirier said after the fight. “They had to separate us.
“The guy’s nuts, man. That’s why I was so upset.”
“We were in line, waiting to walk out for weigh-ins,” he said. “He comes to me, and he says, ‘You stare at me like this again, and I cut your neck. Then what are you going to do?’
“I wasn’t mad about him missing weight. That sucks. But him stabbing me in the neck? That’s not cool.”

UFC 168 Highlights: Rousey vs. Tate

UFC 168 Highlights: Weidman vs. Silva 2

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

UFC champ Ronda Rousey talks Gina Carano type retirement

“Everyone loved Gina and Gina really started all the interest in women’s MMA, and when she left, the entire sport detonated without her,” Rousey told MMAjunkie. “I never want to leave the sport in that state she had to when she left. I’ve really accomplished a lot at this point, and I’m starting to think about more than just the present moment and thinking more down the line and how I want to leave some sort of a legacy.”

“I really want there to be women’s MMA fights in the UFC 20 years from now and be able to sit there and just revel in what was created – the way I see Royce Gracie sitting front row to the UFC’s now,” Rousey said. “I want to really be able to sit and have that look of contentment and have that smile that I see Royce with when he’s at those events.”

“I’m so excited the 115-pound division was brought in,” Rousey said. “A lot of them are so bright and charismatic. I really think they could carry the gauntlet in a fantastic way, and I couldn’t be any happier for them. It’s a lot of weight off my shoulders that there will be another women’s champion out there.”
“I really still feel like that weight is still on my shoulders,” Rousey said. “When I feel like I don’t have that responsibility anymore, that’s when I’ll start thinking about stepping away.”
“Retire undefeated is what I’m going to do, and my mind is resolved to that,” Rousey said. “None of these girls have the right to beat me under any circumstances, and I’m not going to allow that to happen. I’m going to fight until I feel like I’m done, and when I feel like I’m done, I’m going to walk away and leave the sport in very capable hands.”

Thursday, December 12, 2013

UFC acquires 11 fighters from Invicta FC, launches women’s strawweight division with ‘TUF 20′

UFC President Dana White today announced the promotion has acquired the contracts of 11 Invicta FC fighters, who will compete on the first all-women season of “The Ultimate Fighter” for the inaugural UFC strawweight title.

Filming for the show kicks off May 18 and features Carla Esparza (9-2), Alex Chambers(4-1), Claudia Gadelha (11-0), Felice Herrig (9-5), Bec Hyatt (5-3), Emily Kagan (3-1), Juliana Lima (6-1), Rose Namajunas (2-1),Tecia Torres (4-0), Paige VanZant (3-1) and Joanne Calderwood (8-0). A debut date for the first episode wasn’t immediately announced.

“The fans like it, I’m thrilled with it, and we’re going to dive into the 115-pound division,” White said. “We’re invested, we’re in, as far as the women go.”

Monday, December 9, 2013

UFC 168 card official with 11 bouts, Chris Leben vs. Uriah Hall as featured prelim

The full UFC 168 lineup includes:
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
  • Chris Weidman vs. Anderson Silva – for middleweight title
  • Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate – for women’s bantamweight title
  • Josh Barnett vs. Travis Browne
  • Fabricio Camoes vs. Jim Miller
  • Diego Brandao vs. Dustin Poirier
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)
  • Uriah Hall vs. Chris Leben
  • Michael Johnson vs. Gleison Tibau
  • Manny Gamburyan vs. Dennis Siver
  • Siyar Bahadurzada vs. John Howard
PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 7 p.m. ET)
  • William Macario vs. Bobby Voelker
  • Estevan Payan vs. Robert Peralta

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Jon Jones vs. Glover Teixeira headlines UFC 171 in Dallas

Jon Jones next title defense will take place in Dallas as he meets Brazilian slugger Glover Teixeira in the main event of UFC 171.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

TUF 18 Finale: Nate Diaz Post-Fight Interview-Video

Julianna Pena shares her feelings on Ronda Rousey after TUF 18 Finale

“Whether Ronda has one penny or $10 million, the point I was trying to draw there is she has her nose in the air, and she acts like she’s better than everyone else,” Pena said after the event. “She went on the show like, ‘I’m Team Real Mean vs. Fake Nice.’
“Well, if she was so real, why didn’t she tell me that I didn’t deserve to breathe the same air Shayna Baszler does? Why didn’t she tell me that to my face instead of saying it on camera behind my back?”
“It’s her arrogance,” Pena said. “It’s the way she holds herself – like her s–t don’t stink. And that was the point I was trying to make. It doesn’t have anything to do with money; it’s the way that she acts.”

TUF 18 Finale: Nate Diaz vs. Gray Maynard full fight video highlights