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Video: WWE’s Charlotte Flair wants Ronda Rousey at Wrestlemania 34 in 2018
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Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women’s Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey has been spending more time ringside than cageside over the last year, taking to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) shows to support her friend and training partner, Shayna Baszler, all while taking the opportunity to cut a few promos. As a result, fans have speculated that Rousey’s next step in her career will be to make a transition into the professional wrestling world, leaving mixed martial arts (MMA) behind for good. And to no one’s surprise, “Rowdy” already has established wrestling veterans eager to welcome her into the squared circle, as former WWE women’s title holder Charlotte Flair recently called out Ronda for a showdown on the biggest stage of them all: Wrestlemania.
Submitted Sep 27, 2017 3:19PM by Braden - 1 comment
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USADA: Cris Cyborg ‘fully complied’ in controversial Thailand sample collection
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Cris Cyborg and USADA seem to be on the same page after a sample-collection controversy last week. The police were called on doping-control officers who came to drug test Cyborg in Thailand, the UFC featherweight champion tweeted Friday. Cyborg has been training at Phuket Top Team for the last few weeks. Bloody Elbow’s Iain Kidd reported on the situation over the weekend. Despite the apparent issues with Thai authorities, Cyborg’s sample was collected without issue and is now at a laboratory, according to a statement USADA sent to MMA Fighting on Tuesday.
Submitted Sep 27, 2017 3:17PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Ray Borg explains UFC 215 fight week illness, won’t hire full-time nutritionist for UFC 216
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Ray Borg briefly upended the MMA world earlier this month when UFC doctors withdrew him from his scheduled main event challenge against flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson just two days out from UFC 215 due to a viral illness. Aside from a Twitter outburst that same week, Borg has largely laid low since the incident, electing to quietly return to the grind as he prepares for a rescheduled bout against Johnson on Oct. 7 at UFC 216. But on Monday’s episode of the The MMA Hour, Borg finally broke his silence regarding the sickness that forced him to postpone the opportunity of a lifetime. And for the 24-year-old, the trouble started before he ever even arrived in Edmonton to begin UFC 215 fight week.
Submitted Sep 27, 2017 3:17AM by Braden - 1 comment
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Aspen Ladd set for UFC debut in Gdansk against Lina Lansberg
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Unbeaten Aspen Ladd has been handed a UFC debut in Gdansk against Swedish Muay Thai standout Lina Lansberg. The UFC announced the fight through its social networks on Tuesday morning.
Submitted Sep 26, 2017 2:34PM by Braden - 1 comment
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Daniel Cormier explains why he asked fans to give Jon Jones space after PED fallout
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Daniel Cormier could have gloated after news broke that Jon Jones tested positive for a banned substance in a UFC 214 pre-fight drug test. After all, the rivals have rarely hesitated to verbally tear into one another at any other point in their years-long series of disputes. Instead, the newly restored UFC light heavyweight champion responded with a sense of grace and class not often associated with the sport of mixed martial arts. Rather than kick Jones while he was down, Cormier went on Instagram last week and posted a message asking fans to leave the troubled Jones and his family alone. That simple action drew DC rave reviews. But on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour, Cormier said he wasn’t looking to make some sort of sweeping gesture with the post.
Submitted Sep 23, 2017 2:56PM by Braden - 0 comments
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UFC 217: Georges St-Pierre expected to call out Conor McGregor with win over Michael Bisping
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Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, at one time, was rumored to be in the running for a Conor McGregor super fight, back when “Notorious” was fooling around in the 170-pound division. While that potential pay-per-view (PPV) bonanza may have gone by the wayside as the power-punching Irishman gears up for his first title defense, he may find himself on the receiving end of a French-Canadian call out, assuming “Rush” can win his return fight.
Submitted Sep 22, 2017 3:06AM by Braden - 6 comments
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Georges St-Pierre shrugs off Michael Bisping’s insults: ‘He’s a very angry person deep down’
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Georges St-Pierre and Michael Bisping couldn’t be further apart when it comes to their approach to hyping a fight. While the UFC middleweight champion has built his reputation pulling no punches to insult his opponents before they meet in the cage, St-Pierre has typically taken a more polite and thoughtful approach in the buildup to an event.
Submitted Sep 22, 2017 3:04AM by Braden - 39 comments
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‘Who the fook is that guy?’ Jeremy Stephens now has an answer for Conor McGregor
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It took almost a year to the day. But Jeremy Stephens has finally clapped back at Conor McGregor. And it was all worth the wait.
Submitted Sep 22, 2017 3:02AM by Braden - 2 comments
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Matt Brown announces that he will retire after upcoming fight vs. Diego Sanchez at UFC Norfolk
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“The Immortal” can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. On Thursday, UFC welterweight veteran Matt Brown announced via his Instagram that his upcoming fight with Diego Sanchez at UFC Norfolk will be his last:
Submitted Sep 21, 2017 5:23PM by Braden - 4 comments
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Stipe Miocic aiming for return in December or January, would have fought Jon Jones
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UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic believes he will return to action in either December or January, but he still doesn’t know who he will be pitted against when he looks to defend his title for the third time.
Submitted Sep 19, 2017 3:13PM by Braden - 6 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, UFC
 
Cris Cyborg responds to ‘joke' Edmond Tarverdyan's comments, not interested in Ronda Rousey fight in UFC
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Cris Cyborg doesn’t seem into the idea of facing Ronda Rousey anymore. The Brazilian star, who holds the UFC featherweight championship, has campaigned for years for a fight with “Rowdy" when she was at the top of the world as UFC bantamweight queen. Cyborg, who is currently training in Thailand and targeting a fight with Holly Holm at UFC 219, scheduled for Dec. 30 in Las Vegas, spoke with MMA Fighting about Tarverdyan’s comments and a possible clash with Rousey.
Submitted Sep 19, 2017 3:10PM by Braden - 2 comments
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Incompetent NSAC judge given ‘small break’, may judge UFC 216
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Why after 24 years are there judges in MMA like Adalaide Byrd who couldn’t tell you how to escape a Guillotine? Add in her hugely controversial boxing score for Canelo Alvarez over GGG and Byrd’s presence becomes something worse than baffling. Jack de Menezes for the Independent reports that executive director of the Nevada Athletic State Commission Bob Bennett confirmed Byrd is currently subject to a “small break” in order to review her performance.
Submitted Sep 19, 2017 2:09PM by tildengolfer - 2 comments
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Kenny Florian believes Michael Bisping set a blueprint on how to beat Luke Rockhold
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On Saturday evening, former UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold overcame a rocky start to stop David Branch in the second round with strikes from the mount. It was Rockhold’s first fight since losing the middleweight title over a year ago when Michael Bisping knocked him out in the first round and early on, the former champion failed to impress. Despite being a heavy favorite, Rockhold was in trouble in the first round as Branch hurt him with punches several times, prompting some to speculate that Bisping solved Rockhold for the rest of the division. Chief among those concerned viewers is UFC analyst Kenny Florian who discussed Rockhold’s striking struggles on the most recent edition of his Anik and Florian podcast, saying that Bisping has “set a blueprint” on beating Rockhold that the former champion still hasn’t fixed.
Submitted Sep 19, 2017 1:27PM by Braden - 2 comments
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Paige VanZant wants to see your worm
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I guess her foot is feeling better. Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) strawweight “it” girl, Paige VanZant, will make her flyweight debut against Jessica Eye at the upcoming UFC 216 pay-per-view (PPV) event next month in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Submitted Sep 19, 2017 12:19AM by Braden - 2 comments
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'Jacare' Souza’s manager suggests Chris Weidman fight could be next in UFC
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Chris Weidman snapped his losing streak with a win over Kelvin Gastelum in July, and there’s a Brazilian middleweight who would like to meet him inside the Octagon. Ronaldo Souza, who lost to future interim champion Robert Whittaker in April, is expected to return to training in October after undergoing surgery for a pectoral rupture a couple of weeks after the defeat, and his manager Gilberto Faria welcomes the idea of facing the "All-American" next.
Submitted Sep 19, 2017 12:09AM by Braden - 3 comments
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Michael Bisping says UFC 217 showdown against Georges St-Pierre ‘might be my last ever fight’
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Michael Bisping has accomplished a lot over the course of his 12-year run in the UFC. Whether it’s his TUF 3 triumph, or tying the UFC record for most overall wins, or the late-career resurgence that carried him to the middleweight title, Bisping has remained a fixture at the highest levels of the sport for longer than nearly all of his contemporaries from MMA’s boom period. So with his Nov. 4 showdown against Georges St-Pierre looming — a matchup that’s exactly the type of blockbuster moneymaker that always eluded him — Bisping believes there’s a chance UFC 217 could spell the perfect end to his career.
Submitted Sep 18, 2017 11:58PM by Braden - 2 comments
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Mike Winkeljohn: A four-year suspension could be the end of Jon Jones’ career
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Speaking with Submission Radio recently, Jones’ coach Mike Winkeljohn suggested that depending on the length of the suspension he receives, we may have seen the last of “Bones.”
Submitted Sep 15, 2017 8:23PM by Braden - 1 comment
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Daniel Cormier calls for MMA fans to ‘lay off’ Jon Jones: ‘We must show compassion’
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Daniel Cormier would be well within his rights to heap criticism upon his rival, Jon Jones, in light of everything that has happened over the last few weeks. No one has been more affected by Jones’ countless indiscretions over the past few years than Cormier, and nowhere has that pattern been more clear than UFC 214. The rematch between the two light heavyweights may be null and void in the history books, but the brain trauma Cormier sustained against Jones will last forever. Nonetheless, on Friday, Cormier took to Instagram, posting a statement in defense of Jones and calling for fight fans to show compassion to the embattled former UFC champion.
Submitted Sep 15, 2017 8:22PM by Braden - 3 comments
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Take another look at Gilbert Melendez's jacked up leg five days after UFC 215
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Gilbert Melendez's leg took one hell of a beating in his fight with Jeremy Stephens at UFC 214, to the point where we're amazed he made it to the final bell. Melendez is probably amazed too, considering he tried to quit on the stool before round 3 but was convinced by his corner to keep fighting. Stopping would have been the smart thing to do (won’t somebody think of the knee ligaments?), but no guts = no glory. Even though he lost the fight with scorecards that dipped to the 30-25 range, the UFC awarded Gil and Jeremy $50,000 each for Fight of the Night. And even better, Melendez didn't permanently screw his leg up fighting on it for another round.
Submitted Sep 15, 2017 2:11PM by Braden - 3 comments
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Management group settles with Leslie Smith, moves suit against Nate Diaz to federal court
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The Ballengee Group is dropping a management lawsuit against UFC women’s bantamweight Leslie Smith after settlement terms were reached, the firm’s attorney attorney Jason Friedman told MMAjunkie. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed, and Smith declined comment. Ballengee is still pursuing legal action against Nate Diaz and attorney Sam Awad, named as co-defendants in the suit, and moved its complaint to Texas federal court earlier this month.
Submitted Aug 31, 2017 1:20AM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
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