- Ryan McKinnell at Cagewriter9 hrs ago
In anticipation for the Buffalo Bills' first day of padded practice, head coach Rex Ryan wanted to treat his team to a real show of strength, so he took his players to a viewing party to watch MMA’s most dominant fighter.
“Ronda Rousey might be the baddest person on the planet,” Ryan said to reporters on Tuesday.
“Problem was though, a bunch of us wanted to go watch the fight and [we] thought the fight was going to be at 10 o’clock. [And] the fight doesn’t happen until like 1:30. [a.m.]. Thirty seconds later, it was over at 1:30.”
Rousey, of course, finished her opponent Bethe Correia off in 34 seconds at UFC 190 on Saturday in Brazil. She left “The Pitbull” face down on the canvas after a succession of punches, culminating with a loopy hook that connected with the side of Correia’s head.
It was Rousey's 11th first-round finish in 12 fights.
- Ryan McKinnell at Cagewriter10 hrs ago
Ronda Rousey has been so dominant as a UFC champion that talk now focuses not on how you beat her, but how long you last.
Just ask Miesha Tate.
“Cupcake” actually made it out of the first round against undefeated “Rowdy” in their second fight at UFC 168 in 2013. (Tate suffered a first-round submission loss to Rousey back in 2012.)
None of Rousey's 10 other opponents can say that.
Now, with Rousey’s dominant 34-second knockout of Bethe Correia on Saturday, eyes once again turn to the Rousey-Tate rivalry.
“It was a pretty quick fight, which I kind of anticipated,” Tate said on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani. “I actually thought she might finish it at the end of the first round because I know [Rousey] really wanted to punish Bethe. But Bethe ended up going down like a sack of potatoes before, I think, Ronda could really punish her like she wanted to.”
- Andreas Hale at Cagewriter15 hrs ago
The fallout of a vastly successful but controversial weekend for World Series of Fighting – which included a brawl between UFC fighters outside of the cage – has left the burgeoning promotion with no choice but to suspend Rousimar Palhares indefinitely and strip him of his welterwight title after yet another infraction.
Palhares, who successfully retained his welterweight title in a highly anticipated showdown with Jake Shields on Saturday night in Las Vegas, will have to re-evaluate his career on the sideline after holding a submission well after his opponent tapped out.
His behavior has marred the grappling expert his entire pro career and resulted in his dismissal from the UFC in 2013.
WSOF took a flier on the immensely talented but troubled fighter. Yet after a foul-ridden fight that saw Palhares eye-gouge and fail to disengage a kimura after Shields clearly tapped out in the third round, WSOF came to the conclusion that it had seen enough.
“I don’t think [Palhares] is a bad guy, but I just think he has mental problems and shouldn’t be allowed to fight until he fixes them,” World Series of Fighting vice president Ali Abdel-Aziz told Yahoo Sports.
- Ryan McKinnell at Cagewriter1 day ago
A potential fight between UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and all-world striker Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino has been talked about for years. You can go as far back as 2012 and find hypothetical betting odds between the two best female fighters on the planet.
After Rousey’s recent 34-second drubbing of Brazilian Bethe Correia at Saturday’s UFC 190 in Rio de Janeiro, talk about a Cyborg-vs.-Rousey matchup gained even more momentum, because fans and pundits unanimously view Justino as the only real test left for “Rowdy.”
There are a few caveats to the deal, however. First, Justino must make Rousey’s bantamweight divisional limit of 135 pounds – something she has yet to manage. And, of course, there is still the issue of signing Justino to an official UFC contract (she is currently signed to Invicta FC, the UFC’s all-female sister promotion).
According to Justino, however, the battle could first take place in a courtroom before it ever hits the Octagon.
- Ryan McKinnell at Cagewriter1 day ago
UFC superstar Ronda Rousey has already broken into Hollywood with roles in franchise films like "Entourage," "Fast and the Furious" and "The Expendables."
Now, "Rowdy" is about to star in her own.
Just days after defeating Bethe Correia in 34 seconds at UFC 190, Variety confirmed that Rousey has signed on to play herself in an upcoming biopic based on her autobiography, "My Fight/Your Fight."
Rousey's intention to play herself in the biopic was initially reported by Yahoo Sports last week.
Paramount Pictures has purchased the rights to the New York Times Bestseller and Mark Bomback ("Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," "The Wolverine") is scheduled to adapt the script.
Mary Parent ("Godzilla," "Pacific Rim") will serve as producer, alongside Rousey and Bomback.
- Kevin Iole at Cagewriter3 days ago
Ronda Rousey is quickly becoming one of the most iconic athletes in sports. On a night when many of the biggest superstars from sports and entertainment, including NBA stars Kobe Bryant and LeBron James, NFL star Aaron Rodgers, and actors Sylvester Stallone and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson were tweeting to her to wish her luck, she rose to the occasion yet again.
She needed only 34 seconds this time to retain her women's bantamweight title over Bethe Correia, but this wasn't the same old Rousey.
Her striking, which some said was her weakness, led her to the one-sided victory in the main event of UFC 190 at HSBC Arena Saturday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Rousey's striking overwhelmed Correia, whose striking had led her to a 9-0 mark entering the bout. But Rousey ripped Correia with clean, hard shots and finished it with a right to the temple. Correia fell on her face as referee John McCarthy quickly stopped it.
- Ryan McKinnell at Cagewriter3 days ago
Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira suffered another disheartening defeat at UFC 190 on Saturday night against 7-foot striker Stefan Struve.
Nogueira, 39, is one of the most beloved fighters to ever compete in the sport of mixed martial arts. He is a former PRIDE FC and UFC heavyweight champion, and a true pioneer. Unfortunately, after Saturday’s unanimous decision loss at the hands of “Skyscraper,” Nogueira finds himself 1-4 in his last five fights, and the end could be closing in on the Brazilian legend.
Round 1 opened with Nogueira quickly acquiring a clinch on Struve. This is obviously where the jiu-jitsu black-belt wanted to be, but it’s also where Struve had spent the majority of his time preparing.
Struve, 27, would quickly break from the clinch and deliver stiff jabs and low kicks to the legs of the aging Brazilian. And this formula would continue into the later rounds.
- Ryan McKinnell at Cagewriter3 days ago
“Rowdy” Roddy Piper was a huge influence on UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.
Over his lengthy career in professional wrestling, Piper trained under Rousey’s mentor, “Judo” Gene Lebell, with regularity. Years later, Rousey came along and trained with the martial arts legend as well.
When Rousey eventually made the jump to professional MMA after earning a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Rousey asked Piper if she could use his namesake “Rowdy” as her own.
Piper signed off on it, and the rest is history.
Hours before Rousey was set to weigh in for this weekend’s UFC 190 pay-per-view, news broke that Piper had passed away due to cardiac arrest.
With an undoubtedly heavy heart, and eyeing down a title fight against Bethe Correia in less than 24 hours, Rousey shared a touching message via social media dedicating her fight to “Hot Rod.”
“Thank you for the name,” the message said, “and so much more. “Will do it justice and do you proud tomorrow... This one's for you Roddy..."
- Ryan McKinnell at Cagewriter4 days ago
After his wildly exciting first-round knockout of Travis Browne at UFC 187, former heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski didn’t seem too concerned about a title shot.
One thing “The Pitbull” is apparently interested in, though: revenge.
With news emerging last week that the once-great Fedor Emelianenko is mulling a career comeback, Arlovski – a man who has tasted defeat at the hands of the Russian once before – is making it clear that he wants first dibs should the opportunity present itself.
“When I’m gonna see Dana White next time I'm going to ask him, 'Please, please… If you're going to sign Fedor Emelianenko, just give me a rematch,' ” Arlovski said during a recent fan Q & A. “Please, please, please.'"
- Andreas Hale at Cagewriter4 days ago
Although many eyes will be on Ronda Rousey’s grudge match with Bethe Correia at UFC 190, the general consensus is that it will be a squash match of epic proportions when the two meet in Rio de Janiero – a match that will leave a lot to be desired from a competitive standpoint. But if you are looking for a spirited matchup that blends high-level grappling and a fair share of vitriol, then look no further than World Series of Fighting 22’s main event between current welterweight champion Rousimar Palhares (17-6) and former Strikeforce, Shooto and Elite XC champion Jake Shields (31-7-1).
It’s a main event that pits two former UFC fighters against each other for a world title in an intriguing battle of expert grapplers who have bad blood between them stemming from how they carry themselves in the cage. And for a company like WSOF that looks to continue carving out a space in the world of MMA, having two former top contenders from the UFC headlining your card with a real feud will certainly enhance visibility.