Mauro Ranallo Reunited with Bas Rutten as New Inside MMA Host
AXS TV FIGHTS on Wednesday announced renowned combat sports personality and broadcaster Mauro Ranallo will be the new host of INSIDE MMA, the longest running and only independent MMA news series on television, beginning Friday, March 25.
A veteran broadcaster with over 30 years’ experience, Ranallo will bring his energetic broadcasting style and opinionated views on the world of combat sports to INSIDE MMA alongside UFC Hall of Famer Bas Rutten and correspondent Ron Kruck Friday nights at 9:30 p.m. PT/12:30 a.m. ET following AXS TV FIGHTS’ weekly live MMA and Muay Thai broadcasts.
Ranallo is best known for his play-by-play commentary for prestigious organizations such as Pride Fighting Championships, which he called alongside his new co-host Rutten for several years; Showtime Boxing, where he recently called the international feed of the historic Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight; and Strikeforce, which was home to MMA superstars like Ronda Rousey, Daniel Cormier and Luke Rockhold. In 2015, Ranallo helped AXS TV launch its hit pro wrestling series NEW JAPAN PRO WRESTLING calling matches alongside former UFC Heavyweight Champion Josh Barnett, before signing with WWE as the new voice of Smackdown.
RDA open to Robbie Lawler superfight at UFC 200
Perhaps the biggest loser from the madness of UFC 196, at least in a financial sense, is someone who didn't fight at all.
UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos lost his golden ticket to the Conor McGregor show when he dropped out with a broken foot less than two weeks before the event. And after seeing his replacement, Nate Diaz, shatter the illusion of the unbeatable Irishman, dos Anjos' takeaways are twofold: first, that his big payday is likely gone for good, and second, that he could've done far worse things to McGregor had he not gotten injured.
"I've been around the game for a long time, 12 years, and I never cancelled any fight due to injury," dos Anjos said Monday on The MMA Hour. "I always show up, but unfortunately for this fight, I broke my foot, man. A lot of people are making fun of it, and I don't like to make fun of people's injuries. I think we are fighters, so everybody is going to get injured one day. So, unfortunately I lost my payday, but I think everything is God's plan for my life. I believe in that.
Dana White: ‘I absolutely hate’ the ‘business side’ of Holly Holm vs. Miesha Tate
When Holly Holm knocked out Ronda Rousey to capture the UFC women's bantamweight title in November, UFC president Dana White joked that he and UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta should have their promoters' licenses taken away if they booked anything other than an immediate rematch.
Of course, those statements ended up being premature, considering that Holm is just days out from defending her title for the first time against Miesha Tate at UFC 196, but that doesn't mean White has to be happy about it.
"I'll tell you this, to be brutally honest with you, as a fan, I love her attitude and I love that. As the business side, I absolutely hate it," White said Thursday on The Jim Rome Show. "Holly vs. Ronda is the biggest fight in UFC history, without a doubt. I think this thing does close to two million buys, and she's going in Saturday night against Miesha Tate
Former UFC Fighter, Son Shot Leaving Tulsa Gym
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A father and son were shot in a busy parking near 31st and Garnett Monday night. Police said the men were shot in an attempted robbery.
A family member of the victims said her husband and son had been working out at the gym but parked in the nearby Rib Crib parking lot around 7:30 p.m.
Tulsa police said, as the father, Mikey Burnett, and son, Freddie Burnett, got to their car, two men walked up and tried to rob them. We're told Freddie tried to fight off the suspected robbers after they shot his dad.
Police said the Mikey was shot three times in the abdomen and Freddie was shot once in the leg. Police said Mikey was taken to the hospital for surgery. Both are expected to survive.
Traffic stop audio: Jon Jones 'didn't realize' he couldn't use passport as driver's license
Cop: Reason I stopped you, okay, is you're going 75 down Alameda in a 35, okay?
Jones: Was I?
Cop: Yeah, I got you on radar, okay. There's no need to be going that fast, man.
Jones: I didn't realize I was.
Cop: Okay, you got your license or insurance?
Jones: I don't, I don't have my license.
Cop: Where you headed?
Jones: I'm headed to Jackson's MMA, to practice at 8:30.
Cop: I need the registration for the license plate.
Jones: Is this it?
Cop: Nope. Do you have the insurance card?
Cop: So, you don't have anything then? You don't have a license with you, no registration, no insurance?
Jones: I just threw on some sweatpants and [unintelligable]
Cop: Is the vehicle in your name?
Jones: No, it's in my fiance's name.
Cop: So where's the insurance, man?
Jones: I don't know.
Cop: You don't know?
Jones: No, I don't know.
Cop: So why are you driving with no insurance, dude?
Jones: Is that illegal?
Cop: [snorts] You know it's illegal, man.
Jones: No, I don't. Is it?
Cop: YES. Everybody has to have insurance.
Jones: Yeah, the car's insured.
Cop: But you got to have proof of insurance. Just because you're telling me that it's legit doesn't mean that it's legit.
Jones: Yeah, I understand that.
Cop: I've got to see some proof.
Jones: I understand.
Cop: You don't have your license with you either, so why are you driving with no license. You know that you have to have a license to drive, right?
Jones: Yeah, I have a valid license.
Cop: But you have to have it with you.
Jones: Yeah. I lost my license a while ago, so I usually carry my passport.
Cop: Be straight up, okay. You don't have a license, right? To be driving.
Jones: No, I do.
Cop: Because you're not coming back in the system as having a license.
Jones: I don't know why that would be, because I'm from New York.
Cop: So, you don't have a New Mexico license?
Jones: No, sir.
Cop: Okay, but you've got one out of New York?
Cop: Okay, you just don't have it with you?
Jones: No, no I don't. I lost my... So, I'm from New York and I haven't gotten a... I've been living here, I moved here officially about a year and a half ago and I've been driving around carrying my passport.
Jones: I left my passport in my book bag at home, so that's the only reason I'm not carrying it.
Cop: But you've got to have a driver's license, not a passport, to drive, okay?
Jones: Okay, I didn't realize that.
Cop: I mean, going 75 is pretty much reckless driving, dude.
Jones: Yeah, that's what he's telling me.
Cop: So, you're getting a huge break dude. You know what I'm saying?
Jones: Yeah, I appreciate it.
Cop: You just need to get a license to drive if you're going to drive, alright? And just drive normal, okay?
Jones: Yeah. Yeah absolutely.
Cop: I mean, yeah you got a cool car, but there's no reason to go drive crazy and kill somebody or kill yourself. It ain't worth it dude.
MMA writer accuses BJ Penn of sexual assault and drug use
BJ Penn's retirement hasn't exactly been a quiet one. Not long after hanging up the gloves, the former UFC champion found himself on the wrong side of the law, following an apparent parking lot scrap with a friend that saw him get a fresh mugshot. The issue was apparently resolved after Penn agreed to pay the man's medical bills for injuries stemming from the fight.
Now, Penn has another public relations headache that might become something more serious. Former BJPenn.com website writer Pedro Alex Carrasco took to Twitter on Tuesday, February 16th to share a few choice pieces of information about his former employer. Carrasco who parted ways with the site back in October of last year has been relatively quiet on Twitter since leaving his post, but his recent messages leveled some heavy accusations:
Fighter turned judge Ricardo Almeida discusses avoiding conflicts of interest
For years, fans and fighters have clamored for those who have competed in the cage to be the ones handing in the official scorecards. However, fighters and coaches make many contacts over the course of their careers, and that leaves the door open to myriad potential conflicts of interest.
As a former King of Pancrase and successful competitor in the UFC, Almeida is probably the most high-profile fighter to end up at the judging table, and he told MMAjunkie that the procedures are in place in New Jersey to minimize the impact of those conflicts.
Tito Ortiz cited for misdemeanor battery after allegedly grabbing woman’s phone at club
UFC Hall of Famer and Bellator light heavyweight Tito Ortiz was cited for misdemeanor battery early this morning after an alleged struggle with a woman in a Las Vegas nightclub.
Police were called to the Cromwell Casino at 1:08 this morning and made contact with a woman who claimed Ortiz tried to take her phone as she was filming a video, Las Vegas police spokesperson Laura Meltzer today told MMAjunkie.
The woman told TMZ Sports Ortiz “whipped her around” at Drai’s nightclub, thinking she was taking pictures of him, and was “scared for her life” when he allegedly got physical.
Scott Coker: Bellator, Rizin both interested in Wanderlei Silva
If Wanderlei Silva can ever get clear of his issues with the Nevada Athletic Commission, he could be looking at a windfall.
Bellator MMA president Scott Coker told Ariel Helwani on a recent edition of The MMA Hour that both Bellator and Rizin are interested in Silva, a recent free agent, provided he's no longer under suspension.
"He's gonna have to clear that all up," Coker said. "That's gonna be part of the deal. I know that Rizin wants to sign him as well. There's gonna be a couple of bidders out there for Wanderlei's services."
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.
IRS goes after Royce Gracie claiming tax underpayment, fraud totaling $1.15 million
Remember the scrawny guy in a gi who smoked the field at UFC 1 and had everyone scratching their heads as to how such a thing was possible? Well Royce Gracie is now a UFC Hall of Famer who's scheduled to come out of an almost nine-year MMA layoff/retirement on Feb. 19 for a trilogy fight with his old archrival Ken Shamrock in Gracie's Bellator promotional debut.
While that fight will be upon us soon enough, few are aware that Gracie is smack dab in the middle of another fight against an even tougher, more battle-tested opponent who can't be grappled into submission: The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
Gracie's tax problems appear to have begun in 2012 when he and his wife each received an IRS administrative summons "seeking information about their foreign bank and foreign investment activities." It is unclear exactly how the Gracies first appeared on the IRS's radar, but an investigation began and the IRS needed additional documents for tax years 2007 through 2011 in order to evaluate "among other things, [the Gracies'] liability for civil penalties."
Holly Holm's team pushing to make first title defense to Miesha Tate, not Ronda Rousey
It doesn't sound like Ronda Rousey could be ready to fight anytime soon.
Rousey told ESPN this week that she could be months away from "eating an apple," so a rematch with women's bantamweight champion Holly Holm at UFC 200 in July may be wishful thinking.
Holm's manager Lenny Fresquez met with UFC officials Monday and has already been given a proposal to book Holm for the July 9 event in the new Las Vegas Arena.
Cyborg drop to 135 on hold, next fight at 145
Invicta FC founder and president Shannon Knapp appeared recently on Inside MMA, and said that league featherweight champion Cris Cyborg is not presently attempting a drop to 135. The fighter was scheduled to fight Cindy Dandois at a catchweight of 140 at Invicta FC 15 on Jan. 16 in Costa Mesa, Calif. If that was successful, a fight at 135 would have been feasible, with a fight with UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey to follow.
However, the UFC secured the services to USADA to do PED testing, and they have prohibited using an IV to rehydrate. Further, Ronda Rousey lost, and her next fight is a rematch.