Dave Doyle

  • 'Rampage' Jackson and 'King Mo' Lawal will give Bellator the fight it craves

    Dave Doyle at Yahoo Sports23 days ago

    LOS ANGELES – If last month's pull-apart scuffle in the Bellator cage between Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and "King Mo" Lawal wasn't scripted, someone forgot to tell Hollywood.

    The Bellator light heavyweight rivals found themselves at a Hollywood studio recently, shooting promotional features to push their pay-per-view bout in suburban Memphis on May 17.

    When Bellator officials arrived, they noticed Jackson's and Lawal's green rooms were next to one another, which led to an anxious reshuffling of room assignments, lest there be any uncomfortable moments.

    "I don't talk to him," Jackson snorted. "Half the reason I came to Bellator is because I want to beat his ass."

    Lawal concurred. "I don't ever talk to him," he said. "We've got to do some business today so we'll be cordial, but that's it. We ain't friends."

    The Jackson-Lawal bout, which is the co-feature underneath the lightweight trilogy fight between champion Eddie Alvarez and former champ Michael Chandler, is one the company has eyed since it signed Jackson, the former UFC light heavyweight champion, last spring.

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  • What's more important to Ronda Rousey: Being a movie star or being a fighter?

    Yahoo Sports2 mths ago

    GLENDALE, Calif. – A sound like a thunderclap boomed off the walls of the Glendale Fighting Club on Monday afternoon, startling a few onlookers who were paying attention to their smartphones instead of what was in front of them.

    Ronda Rousey was standing in the ring in this converted retail space just outside Los Angeles city limits and was using a male sparring partner as her human guinea pig. One time after another, Rousey's partner ended up on the mat, the victim of swift and brutal judo throws.

    It was as if the UFC bantamweight champion was making a point to the media assembled for an open workout promoting her UFC 170 title defense against Sara McMann on Feb. 22 in Las Vegas: Rousey, the 2008 Olympic judo bronze medalist, is first and foremost a fighter.

    You might think otherwise, given that Rousey, who's attracted more mainstream crossover attention in her short time in the sport than most fighters can hope to attract in a lifetime, has just announced a pair of new movie roles, in "Entourage" and "The Athena Files."

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  • What's next for Alistair Overeem? Not Brock Lesnar...

    Yahoo Sports2 mths ago

    Saturday night's fight between heavyweights Alistair Overeem and Frank Mir was considered the equivalent of an old school pro wrestling "loser leaves town" match.

    So there was something strangely appropriate about Overeem calling out a pro wrestler after he easily dispensed of Mir in an across-the-board 30-27 decision at UFC 169 in Newark's Prudential Center.

    Overeem had words for former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar, the man he sent running back to the WWE in 2011.

    "I heard there's word that Brock Lesnar is about to come back to the UFC. Well, I'll be here waiting for him," said Overeem (37-13, 1 no-contest).

    Of course, that's not something that's going to happen in the near future. While Lesnar, whose last fight was his first-round stoppage loss to Overeem at UFC 141, did recently chat with UFC president Dana White, Lesnar is also making plenty of money over in the land of make-believe and doesn't need to come back and take a real beating to earn a paycheck.

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