Wednesday, November 18, 2015

UFC 194 lineup set – with Faber, Waterson, Torres, Lee, Makdessi, McGee on prelims

The full UFC 194 lineup includes:
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
  • Champ Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor – for featherweight title
  • Champ Chris Weidman vs. Luke Rockhold – for middleweight title
  • Yoel Romero vs. Ronaldo Souza
  • Demian Maia vs. Gunnar Nelson
  • Max Holloway vs. Jeremy Stephens
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)
  • Urijah Faber vs. Frankie Saenz
  • Tecia Torres vs. Michelle Waterson
  • Warlley Alves vs. Colby Covington
  • Kevin Lee vs. Leonardo Santos
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 7 p.m. ET)
  • Magomed Mustafaev vs. Joe Proctor
  • John Makdessi vs. Yancy Medeiros
  • Marcio Alexandre Jr. vs. Court McGee

Ronda Rousey's judo coach: She'll be back to 'mark her legacy as greatest of all time'

“These click-bait stories (they) run diminish all the hard work we do and undermine just how important her judo takedowns, transitions and submissions are,” Flores said. “Many of these publications do zero research and are now turning on her, slamming the most popular, talented and hardworking athlete I have ever known after a performance that was not to her normal standard that we all know, expect and are used to seeing.
“I will do everything in my power to make the necessary adjustments to help her.”

“Holly fought a perfect fight,” Flores said. “But there’s so many different variables with this. Ronda tried to go for takedowns. She tried to do things. She tried to incorporate her clinch. She tried to do these things. It just wasn’t working that well. It wasn’t just that her gameplan was failing. She was forced into trying to force the striking to get close enough to Holly, and she just kept getting picked off in the process.”

“I think the dust has to settle,” Flores admitted. “But after that, I think she has to find her motivation – and I think she will. There’s no doubt. I’ve seen her lose before, and her world was over. It didn’t make sense. Black was white. Day was night, and nothing made sense, but she was able to step back up. Obviously, that was a different stage, and she’s under a much bigger microscope now, so everything is amplified. But a loss is a loss still, if it’s getting knocked out or just having a referee say you lost in judo.

“I think she’ll be able to pull it all back together. It’s just that timeline, I think, may not be as quick as in judo past just because of the toll it’s takes physically. But there’s no doubt in my mind she’ll come back.”

“I have seen Ronda lose many times over the years at the highest level of judo competition first-hand, which is a dangerous thing for her future opponents,” Flores said. “I promise she will be back and make all the necessary adjustments after regrouping.

“Look out MMA world. Every great hero has trials and tribulations and loss – it’s how she recovers and comes back that will mark her legacy as the greatest of all time. Mark my words.”

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Miesha Tate to Ronda Rousey after KO loss at UFC 193: 'You just got beat, b-tch'

“I’m f-cking stoked; f-ck Ronda Rousey,” Tate told MMA News Source. “F-ck her and her ‘Nobody has the right to beat me.’ Nobody has the right to beat you? Well you just got beat, b-tch. … Anyways, I’m proud of Holly. She had a perfect, flawless game plan. She came in with it (Saturday) and now she is the champion.”

UFC 193 Reebok-sponsor pay: New champ Holly Holm takes home $30,000

The full UFC 193 UFC Athlete Outfitting (Reebok sponsorship) payouts included:
Holly Holm: $30,000
def. Ronda Rousey: $40,000
Joanna Jedrzejczyk: $40,000
def. Valerie Letourneau: $30,000
Mark Hunt: $10,000
def. Antonio Silva: $5,000
Robert Whittaker: $5,000
Uriah Hall: $5,000
Jared Rosholt: $5,000
def. Stefan Struve: $15,000
Jake Matthews: $2,500
def. Akbarh Arreola: $2,500
Kyle Noke: $5,000
def. Peter Sobotta: $5,000
Gian Villante: $10,000
def. Anthony Perosh: $10,000
Danny Martinez: $2,500
def. Richie Vaculik: $2,500
Daniel Kelly: $2,500
def. Steve Montgomery: $2,500
Richard Walsh: $2,500
def. Steven Kennedy: $2,500
James Moontasri: $2,500
def. Anton Zafir: $2,500
Ben Nguyen: $2,500
def. Ryan Benoit: $2,500
Under the new UFC Athlete Outfitting program’s payout tiers, fighters are paid based on their total number of UFC bouts, as well as Zuffa-era WEC (January 2007 and later) and Zuffa-era Strikeforce (April 2011 and later) fights. Competitors with 1-5 bouts receive $2,500 per appearance; 6-10 bouts get $5,000; 11-15 bouts earn $10,000; 16-20 bouts pocket $15,000; and 21 bouts and more get $20,000. Additionally, champions earn $40,000 while title challengers get $30,000.
In addition to experience-based pay, UFC fighters will receive, in perpetuity royalty, payments amounting to 20-30 percent of any UFC merchandise sold that bears their likeness, according to officials.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Ronda Rousey on Holly Holm after UFC 193 weigh-in scuffle: 'Fake humility b-tch'

Rousey was upset after the altercation, but an Instagram post showed just how upset the champ is with Holm’s actions.

“Fake ass cheap shotting fake respect fake humility b-tch – “preacher’s daughter” my ass – I see through your fake sweet act now – you’re getting your ass kicked tomorrow, and I’m really going to enjoy the beating I give you #andSTILL,” the post read.

Next UFC weight class to be added? Female 125-pound flyweights

During a Q&A session that followed Friday’s UFC 193 fighter weigh-ins – which featured a few heated face-offs with the female headliners and co-headliners – UFC President Dana White said the next division that organization will add is female flyweights.

“There’s not going to be a division for a while, but the next division when there is one will be 125,” White said when asked if the organization will ever add a female heavyweight division. “So I’ll have a 115, 125 and 135.

“But we’ve got to have a little more time to get more women involved in the sport.”

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Last woman to defeat Ronda Rousey 'would really love to punch her'

Edith Bosch, a judo player from the Netherlands, ended Rousey’s dream of winning an Olympic title in 2008, defeating her at the quarterfinal stage.

“I had short hair, I was looking brutal,” Bosch said in an interview with MMAjunkie, a member of the USA TODAY Sports network. “My attitude and my mindset was, ‘You are in my way, I am going to kill you, because I want to get a medal.’ ”

“Everything starts with the weigh in,” Bosch said, when asked what made Rousey unpopular among her fellow judokas. “Everybody is always silent and quiet because a lot of people have to lose weight. When she got into the weigh-in room she was  talking loud and all busy, and wearing pajamas. I always looked at her and I wondered, ‘Okay, for her (the fight) already starts here.’
“On the mat she is a bitch,” Bosch continued. “But you have to be. I was too. We didn’t talk.”
“Bosch said. “Of course you are wondering what would happen if I picked up MMA as well and we were in a cage and really got it on.”I would really love to punch her though,” Bosch said.
“That was my childhood dream and I spent my whole life in pursuit of (gold),” said Rousey, 28. “I had to give that up and come to terms with the fact that it wasn’t for me. I have always been heartbroken from that.”

“If I did win the Olympics I wouldn’t have this never-ending resource of motivation,” Rousey said. “Every time I go out to defend my title it is another chance to redeem myself, but it is never quite an Olympic gold medal.
“In judo you train your whole life and you have one day to be an Olympic champion and that’s it. You have one shot in your whole life. You can never compare to that pressure.”

Full Video Interview Here --

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Vitor Belfort vs. Dan Henderson - UFC Fight Night Highlights

UFC Fight Night 77 winner Thomas Almeida gunning for UFC title

“I’m very happy to be able to show my work, to be able to show my team’s work; I feel fulfilled,” Almeida told MMAjunkie through an interpreter. “I want more, I want more challenges. I’m here for that. I want to grow in the event and I’m always going after my dream, which is to have the belt and defend the title for a very long time. I’m very happy, I’m young, I have my mind in the right place and I’m very happy.”

“Everything is working out and this is many years of work; I’m very happy,” Almeida said. “I had a few injuries in this camp and I got to take care of that to begin the year well. I’m a UFC employee, whoever they put in front of me I’m going to work hard and do my best and look for a victory as always.”

Almeida (20-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) got his third knockout in four UFC appearances when he stopped Anthony Birchak (12-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) with strikes in the first round at UFC Fight Night 77 in Sao Paulo.