Edmond Tarverdyan: Ronda May Never Watch Film of Holm Loss
Film study is a big part of many fighters' preparation. A couple months after losing via KO to Holly Holm, former bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey still has not watched film of the UFC 193 main event, however, according to her coach Edmond Tarverdyan.
Tarverdyan says that Rousey may never actually watch it, in fact. "It's not about wanting to watch, it's about whether or not the timing is right, or if it's necessary," he recently told ESPN.com
Sergei Kharitonov signs with Bellator
Scott Coker is linking up with another familiar face.
Heavyweight Sergei Kharitonov has signed an exclusive multi-fight contract with Bellator MMA, according to sources close to the promotion. The Russian striker is currently expected to make his debut in May.
Breaking: CSAC to regulate dehydration and IV use for weigh-ins as soon as March 1st
The California State Athletic Commission's war on dehydration and extreme weight cutting continued Tuesday.
CSAC passed a package of new, emergency regulations regarding weight cutting at its meeting in Downtown LA. The new rules include a ban on dehydration to make weight, the prohibition of IVs to rehydrate and the ability to move back the time of weigh-ins.
"Dehydration and weight cutting are the biggest problem facing mixed martial arts today," CSAC executive officer Andy Foster told the commissioners. "There are more mixed martial events in California than any other state, so this is the biggest problem facing this commission."
Former LHW Champions Mauricio Shogun Rua and Rashad Evans Scheduled for April 16th fight in Tampa, Florida
The Ultimate has already defined the next step of Shogun in the organization. The idea is that Brazil faces Rashad Evans, on 16 April, in an event that is scheduled to be held in Tampa, Florida (USA), as it was found the Combate.com. The confrontation was originally asked by the US to the company, and the athlete of Kings MMA accepted the challenge soon after. No confirmation on what the card's main event. The UFC also search for names, but it is not ruled out Evans x Shogun lead the show.
Tyrone Spong & Luke Barnatt Join BAMMA 24
#BAMMA24 #TeamIre #TeamEng #ThisIsNotATest
BAMMA is excited to announce that international Kickboxing & MMA sensation Tyrone 'King Of The Ring' Spong and UK MMA Standout Luke 'Bigslow' Barnatt will be joining BAMMA 24 as team captains for Team Ireland vs. Team England.
Former M-1 Challenge Heavyweight King Marcin Tybura Signs with UFC
The Ultimate Fighting Championship has increased the depth of its heavyweight talent pool by signing former M-1 Challenge titlist Marcin Tybura to a multi-fight contract.
Tybura’s management announced the deal, and the fighter confirmed the news on his Facebook page. Exact terms of the contract were not disclosed, and the UFC has not officially announced the signing.
FBI Investigating ISIS Threats Against UFC Middleweight Tim Kennedy
The FBI recently spoke to Special Forces soldier and Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight Tim Kennedy after he was reportedly threatened by the Islamic State group (ISIS).
The Army Times confirmed the news after Kennedy posted about the situation on his Facebook page.
“Just spoke with the FBI regarding some recent credible threats towards me by ISIS,” Kennedy wrote. “They were not overly thrilled with my response…’Let those cowards come.’”
Kennedy, who previously served in the 7th Special Forces Group and is currently a sergeant first class with the Texas National Guard, told the Army Times that he normally receives up to 10 threats per day on social media. However, most of those come from what Kennedy referred to as “military trolls.”
Check out Kennedy's interview on the Alex Jones Channel published today .
NAC reduces Nick Diaz penalty to 18-month suspension, $100K fine
Nick Diaz could be back in the Octagon by summer.
The Nevada Athletic Commission reduced its penalty against Diaz after a settlement agreement Tuesday during a meeting. Diaz will be suspended 18 months (retroactively) and fined $100,000 for testing positive for marijuana after UFC 183 on Jan. 31, 2015, sources told MMA Fighting. It was Diaz's third marijuana violation in the state.
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Mayweather: Racism still exists in combat sports
The greatest boxer of his generation, and the highest paid athlete in history, Floyd Mayweather Jr., recently spoke with Fight Hype's Ben Thompson about the state of boxing. FMJ argued emphatically that racism still exists in combat sports. While he directed most of his comments at boxing, particularly boxing media's P4P list, he referenced mixed martial arts as well.
Ronda Rousey named host of Jan. 23 edition of 'Saturday Night Live'
Those who predicted a loss in the Octagon would mean an end to Ronda Rousey's A-list outside gigs turned out to be wrong.
In her first major move since losing the UFC women's bantamweight title to Holly Holm in Australia on Nov. 15, Rousey will host NBC's Saturday Night Live on Jan. 23, the network announced Tuesday.
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UFC's Michael Chiesa, Rose Namajunas: 'Take marijuana off the banned list'
LAS VEGAS – Count Michael Chiesa and Rose Namajunas among the many backers for continued reform in the war against marijuana.
Marijuana’s acceptance is constantly growing with more and more states legalizing its usage in one form or another.
But in the MMA world, it remains a sticky topic. Chiesa has a solution, though, especially on the heels of Nick Diaz’s recent five-year suspension for failing a test for pot for a third time in Nevada.
Michigan Fighter Dom O'Grady Passes Away
Michigan fighter Dom O’Grady has passed away, according to multiple reports.
The 34-year-old fighter had a heart attack in his sleep over night on Monday night, according to friend and Michigan-based ring announcer Phil Davey.
O’Grady, who hailed from St. Clair Shores, Michigan, made his way to mixed martial arts after being bullied as a kid and then becoming a black belt in judo.
Throughout his life he was a spokesperson and advocate for anti-bullying, and he wanted the opportunity to show kids that martial arts could change their lives in the same way they did his.
War Machine blows kiss to prosecutor as defense lawyer argues sex was consensual
War Machine blew a kiss to the prosecutor Monday.
In the midst of a lengthy hearing on sexual assault charges against the mixed martial arts fighter also known as Jonathan Koppenhaver, just as his defense lawyers argued that alleged victim Christine Mackinday had made false rape allegations in the past, Chief Deputy District Attorney Jacqueline Bluth interrupted.
"Judge, for the record, Mr. Koppenhaver just blew a kiss at me," she said.
Defense attorney Brandon Sua said he didn't see it.
"I'm not going to make up that he blew a kiss at me, which I find offensive," Bluth said.
What investors are being told about UFC earnings (PART 3)
What do we know about the financial health of the UFC? We know the company has seen its revenues rise steadily over the years, from $4.6 million in 2001, the first year under Zuffa, LLC's management, to $522 million last year. At the same time, we have seen the company's long-term debts also rise, from zero bank debt in those early years to its current $535 million debt load. Neither debt nor revenue tells us much though about its current financial condition. Are they profitable, and if so how profitable? Are they solvent and able to meet their obligations? Without more data, revenue and debt do little to answer these questions.
All are very interesting and well worth the read.
UFC 193 Salary, Reebok and Bouns Payout
Holly Holm: $180,000 ($25,000 to show, $25,000 win bonus, $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus, $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus, $30,000 Reebok sponsorship)
Mark Hunt: $170,000 ($160,000 to show, $10,000 Reebok sponsorship)
Ronda Rousey: $165,000 ($75,000 to show, $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus, $40,000 Reebok sponsorship)
Joanna Jedrzejczyk: $100,000 ($30,000 to show, $30,000 win bonus, $40,000 Reebok sponsorship)
Kyle Noke: $95,000 ($20,000 to show, $20,000 win bonus, $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus, $5,000 Reebok sponsorship)
Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva: $80,000 ($75,000 to show, no win, $5,000 Reebok sponsorship)
Gian Villante: $60,000 ($25,000 to show, $25,000 win bonus, $10,000 Reebok sponsorship)
Stefan Struve: $57,000 ($42,000 to show, $15,000 Reebok sponsorship)
Robert Whittaker: $53,000 ($24,000 to show, $24,000 win bonus, $5,000 Reebok sponsorship)
Valerie Letourneau: $44,000 ($14,000 to show, $30,000 Reebok sponsorship)
Jared Rosholt: $41,000 ($18,000 to show, $18,000 win bonus, $5,000 Reebok sponsorship)
Jake Matthews: $26,500 ($12,000 to show, $12,000 win bonus, $2,500 Reebok sponsorship)
Danny Martinez: $26,500 ($12,000 to show, $12,000 win bonus, $2,500 Reebok sponsorship)
Dan Kelly: $26,500 ($12,000 to show, $12,000 win bonus, $2,500 Reebok sponsorship)
Richard Walsh: $26,500 ($12,000 to show, $12,000 win bonus, $2,500 Reebok sponsorship)
James Moontasri: $26,500 ($12,000 to show, $12,000 win bonus, $2,500 Reebok sponsorship)
Ben Nguyen: $26,500 ($12,000 to show, $12,000 win bonus, $2,500 Reebok sponsorship)
Anthony Perosh: $26,000 ($16,000 to show, $10,000 Reebok sponsorship)
Uriah Hall: $23,000 ($18,000 to show, $5,000 Reebok sponsorship)
Peter Sobotta: $16,500 ($14,000 to show, $2,500 Reebok sponsorship)
Akbarh Arreola: $14,500 ($12,000 to show, $2,500 Reebok sponsorship)
Richie Vaculik: $14,500 ($12,000 to show, $2,500 Reebok sponsorship)
Ryan Benoit: $14,500 ($12,000 to show, $2,500 Reebok sponsorship)
Steve Montgomery: $12,500 ($10,000 to show, $2,500 Reebok sponsorship)
Steve Kennedy: $12,500 ($10,000 to show, $2,500 Reebok sponsorship)
Anton Zafir: $12,500 ($10,000 to show, $2,500 Reebok sponsorship)