Here’s an uncomfortable thought: Imagine if Dennis Siver wins…
Back at UFC 157, Liz Carmouche had one hell of a dilemma. She was going up against the Creator of Women’s MMA in the UFC, Ronda Rousey. Carmouche was fighting for the inaugural women’s bantamweight belt because Rousey existed. Should she defeat Rousey, Carmouche would effectively tear down the very eco system that sustained her and everyone else in her category.
In other words, if Carmouche was successful that night in early 2013, she would ruin everything. That’s a lot to block out as you prepare for a fight.
And that’s sort of what Dennis Siver is going through as he gets set to face Conor McGregor at UFC Fight Night 59 Sunday in Boston. McGregor is not only the Gateway to Ireland, but the very fire and vitality of the featherweight division. As he said during a spot on SportsCenter this week, he’s not the Next Big Thing, he is the Big Thing. Siver is a one-man Washington Generals, a warm body to perpetuate the myth of Conor McGregor as McGregor rolls headlong towards a title shot against Jose Aldo.
Cordeiro: I want to train Shogun again
Former Chute Boxe trainer and current owner of Kings MMA Rafael Cordeiro recently conducted an interview with Brazil's Shogun-receberia-como-um-filho.html" target="_blank">Globo. Cordeiro used to teach for Chute Boxe in Mauricio "Shogun" Rua's hometown of Curitiba, Brazil, but moved to Los Angeles to open Kings, not one of the top MMA gyms in the States. Never the less, Cordeiro expressed the wish to train Shogun again.
Fertitta: Why can't Rousey be the biggest athlete in combat sports?
ZUFFA CEO Lorenzo Fertitta spoke recently with Graham Bensinger for Yahoo Sports, and said he can see Ronda Rousey becoming the most popular athlete in combat sports.
"I feel like this is a seminal moment, not just sports, but in culture altogether," said Fertitta. "This movement that's being led by Ronda Rousey - it's female empowerment. Who is to say, why can't a girl be a fighter? Why can't a girl be successful in sports like these other athletes in sports?
Pneumonia knocks 'Jacare' Souza from UFC 184 bout vs. Yoel Romero
A highly anticipated middleweight matchup has been knocked from next month’s UFC 184 card due to pneumonia.
The illness has taken Ronaldo Souza (21-3 MMA, 4-0 UFC) out of his fight against Yoel Romero (9-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC). UFC officials made the announcement Thursday night, saying the fight is expected to be rescheduled for a later date.