Why Women's MMA Needs Miesha Tate vs. Ronda Rousey To Happen Now
Women's MMA can be a strange thing sometimes. It's a mix of some great talents, some inexperienced fighters, an internal conflict of selling sex vs. athleticism and a constant self-evaluation of where the sport is to date.
That's why I've been so fascinated as to what's happened this week following Ronda Rousey's much-discussed victory at Strikeforce Challengers and the subsequent fallout from her post-fight callout of current 135-pound champion Miesha Tate.
In case you missed it, Rousey (4-0) continued her dominant run with a 39-second armbar win over Julia Budd. In four fights, the 24-year-old Rousey has needed just over two minutes combined to garner four armbar submission wins. Following the win over Budd, she said she wanted Tate and would even fight top contender Sarah Kaufman first to prevent anything from messing that up.
Dean: Officiating Needs to Match MMA’s Growth
There’s no shortage of complaints when it comes to the judging and refereeing of MMA.
Herb Dean is widely considered one of the best officials, though, and he’s trying to improve the situation through his referee school.
“I think the sport has grown tremendously, and the officiating needs to keep up,” Dean told the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Savage Dog Show.” “There’s a lot of things in officiating that we can change, and the best thing that we can do is first of all, make sure we’re all on the same page. I think that’s what these training courses do. The other guys who do training courses, we talk about it. We make sure we’re on the same page. So then when people go through training, now there’s mechanics that are accepted and there’s the right way to do things and the wrong way to do things. Now people are learning that.”
Dean is one of the Association of Boxing Commissions’ approved trainers for referees and judges. He teaches two eight-hour courses, MMA Official 1 and MMA Official 2, which involve coverage of rules and criteria, mock judging, referee mechanics and more. Aspiring officials can register for the courses at HerbDean.com.
Mayhem Miller on Bisping: “Dan Henderson took his soul, I’m going to take the rest”(video)
TUF 14 coach Jason “Mayhem” Miller is preparing to return to the UFC Octagon for the first time in over 6 years when he faces opposing Ultimate Fighter coach Michael Bisping at the TUF 14 Finale on Dec. 3 in Las Vegas.
After abusing reporter Aaron Tru, Mayhem talks about, among other things, the joy of watching Bisping fall off the air hockey table during the “coaches challenge” and how it helped relieve the pain of losing $10,000 to him just moments earlier.
Mayhem, although known more for his high-level grappling than his striking, makes the prediction that Bisping will be the one who will end up shooting in for a takedown first. He also predicts the fight will not make it out of the first round and he will either knock Bisping out or submit him within the first five minutes of the bout.
Jeff Monson suffers broken leg thanks to Fedor Emelianenko kick in M-1 main event (Video)
"It was just an unlucky break. Obviously, it affected my mobility, but it was a good kick by him…. He didn't let me do my game plan, which was put him against the ropes and get him on the ground…. He executed better than me. Dan Henderson and Fabricio Werdum, he got to aggressive when he knocked them down, he was more patient this time. He didn't want to engage in a bad situation, which was to his benefit, so he can beat anybody I think."
BAMMA 8 final fight card set for December 10th in United Kingdom
Europe’s leading Mixed Martial Arts promotion, BAMMA, is proud to announce the final fight card for its Nottingham event taking place at the Capital FM Arena on 10th December.
Bamma 8 boasts a stunning card that showcases some of the cream of UK fight talent, including a spectrum of fighters hailing from Nottingham’s world renowned and legendary fight camp, The Rough House.
Rafael Cordiero: 'Shogun' Rua needs to train harder if he wants to get back to the top
Mauricio Rua's long time friend and former head trainer, Rafael Cordiero, has been speaking about his former students performance this past weekend (Nov. 19) at the UFC 139: "Shogun vs. Henderson" event in San Jose, California.
Fans were treated to what many are calling the best fight in UFC history, as Rua and Dan Henderson put on a show for the ages in a back and forth brawl that left both men battered and bruised. "Hendo" and "Shogun" traded punches and knockdowns for 25 minutes, which eventually resulted in the American walking away with a somewhat controversial unanimous decision victory.
Everyone from fans, media and even UFC President Dana White were left in awe of the efforts that both combatants put forth in their epic battle.
Apparently, Cordiero was not as impressed as the rest of us.
UFC Quick Quote: Jon Jones expecting to fight the best Lyoto Machida ever
"We're going to have to watch Machida's speed, and his distancing is key. He's also a very creative fighter. He's very quick on the in and out. He's going to try to get past Jon's length, I'm sure, with his jumping in and jumping out style and moving side to side. We have to be extremely careful with that. He does have one-punch power, so we need to be careful of his power. He'll be very motivated because once somebody supposedly has that stature that Jon has now of this invincible machine, everybody trains really, really hard -- partly out of fear, partly out of ambition -- to take you down. I fully expect us to fight the best Machida that has ever fought, and hopefully we'll be able to get around that and those problems."
Antonio 'Bigfoot' Silva Undergoes Shoulder Surgery
Tatame is reporting that Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva has gone under the knife. His manager told the site that it was an arthroscopic surgery to correct an injury suffered in his Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix bout with Daniel Cormier. Silva lost that bout via knockout, his first loss since dropping a decision to Fabricio Werdum in 2009.
Junior dos Santos thinks Velasquez may have had knowledge of his pre-fight injury:
Yes, (I did) have an injury in my left knee 10 days before the fight. We knew his strategy would be to take me down. I don’t know if he had knowledge of my injury but in a minute and four seconds he kicked me in the knee seven times, so he probably knew (about the injury), so much so that he accepted the fight standing, something I think he wouldn’t do otherwise because it wouldn’t be smart for him to do that
Legacy Fighting Championships 9 fight card set for December 16th on HDNet
Houston, TX. – November 22, 2011 – Texas-based mixed martial arts fight promotion company, Legacy Fighting Championship, returns to the Houston Arena Theater on December 16 with Legacy Fighting Championship 9. The stacked fight card includes a main event welterweight title bout between Strikeforce veteran’s Mike “The Greek” Bronzoulis and Jorge “Macaco” Patino and a co-main pitting England’s Paul Kelly against Houston Police Officer and Legacy FC veteran Jeff Rexroad. With 11 fights scheduled, there will be no shortage of action for fight fans in attendance or those watching live on HDNet.
ProElite 3 scheduled for Jan. 21 at Blaisdell Arena; Grove vs. Minowa targeted
The promotion has targeted Jan. 21 for an event to take place at Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu, Hawaii, sources today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). HDNet is expected to broadcast the event's main card.
Additionally, ProElite 3 is expected to feature a middleweight contest between promotional veteran Kendall Grove (13-9) and Ikuhisa Minowa (51-32). Bout agreements have been signed
UFC 142: Paulo Thiago vs Mike Pyle in the works for Jan. 14 in Rio
Brazilian supercop Paulo Thiago is expected to face off against Mike Pyle when the promotion returns to Rio de Janeiro for UFC 142, currently scheduled for the HSBC Arena on Jan. 14, 2012.
Tatame.com first reported the 170-pound match-up earlier today.
Thiago (14-3) was able to get back into the win column with a unanimous decision nod over David Mitchell at UFC 134 back in August, returning him to good standing after consecutive losses to Diego Sanchez and Martin Kampmann.
Does a win over Pyle put him back "in the mix?"
Rampage Jackson Says He Won't Be Fighting on UFC Japan Card
One of the big stories in the UFC's decision to go to Japan in 2012 has been the sense of need for them to not treat it like "just another card" and instead put on stars and fights that appeal to the region's fans. With the UFC having some of the biggest stars from the days of PRIDE on the roster, it seems like an easy enough thing to do. But we not know of at least one former PRIDE superstar who won't be fighting on the card.
UFC Heavyweight Champion Junior dos Santos Eyeing Olympic Boxing Run
Junior dos Santos has had a pretty impressive run int he UFC. It kicked off with him getting a shocking knockout win over heavy favorite Fabricio Werdum in 2008 which his most recent fight being a heavyweight title win on the UFC's debut on FOX.
If his amazing rise through the UFC ranks wasn't enough, now it appears the champ is interested on setting his sights on a new challenge down the road. Via UOL Esportes (translation via Tom Mendes).
First, Junior speaks:
"The more goals you reach, the bigger your dreams become. I'd like very much to test myself in boxing. In the gym I train boxing a lot and I see it as a sport that brings something different. You have to be more loose and faster. If the opportunity arises, I'd like to try it, but first I have to defend this (UFC) belt"
Then his coach:
To have Junior fighting at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (in 2016) would be a dream, but today his priority is MMA. If one day he has the opportunity he could try to fight for the title.
‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson vs. Eddie Wineland Reported For UFC on FOX 2
Bantamweights Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson (9-2) and Eddie Wineland (18-8-1) appear set to clash in the new year as part of the UFC’s second trip to FOX television, on the UFC on FOX 2 card.
MMAWeekly.com is reporting that both fighters have verbally agreed to the fight as of Monday, having learned of the bout from sources “close to the match-up.
TUF Brazil tryouts 12/14 in Sao Paulo
Brazilian prospects, get ready. "The Ultimate Fighter" is coming your way.
UFC executives recently announced that Brazilian middleweight and lightweight fighters are invited to an open tryout session on Dec. 14 in Sao Paulo.
Interested fighters must be between the ages of 21 and 35 years old and have at least three professional fights, two of which must be victories.
"The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil" will be produced by Brazilian firm Floresta and air as part of the UFC's broadcast deal with Globo. The series is expected to feature 12 taped episodes in addition to a live finale.
Maynard details departure from Xtreme Couture
“The Bully” spoke exclusively with HeavyMMA about the decision and what comes next.
“Leaving Xtreme Couture is something that has been going through my head for awhile,” Maynard said. “I know people want to assume the worst, but that isn’t the case. During my camp for Kenny Florian, I started to think about everything that is out there in this sport. A month before my fight with Edgar in Houston, I made my decision.
“I informed the gym (Xtreme Couture) that I would not be coming back. I felt it was important because win or lose, I wasn’t going to return for my training. I did things this way because I didn’t want to win the title and have people thinking I won the belt and left for something else. I made sure to tell them long before my fight on October 8th, so there wasn’t any confusion.
UFC 139 Medical Suspensions – Shogun & Hendo Receive 180-Day Sentences
On Monday, the medical suspensions for this past weekends UFC 139: Shogun vs. Rua event were released by the California State Athletic Commission, which handed down sentences to twelve of the nights competitors.
UFC 139 took place on Nov. 19, 2011 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California with portions airing live via streaming web video, television, and pay-per-view.
Leading the way for longest sentences were event headliners Dan Henderson and Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua who both received 180-day “no contact” suspensions for their instant classic five-round bout Saturday night