Kevin Iole at Cagewriter 1 day ago
Tim Kennedy, the former Army Ranger who for several years was among the elite mixed martial artists in the world, announced his retirement as an active fighter Tuesday.
In a post on Facebook, Kennedy cited his age as a factor. He was stopped by Kelvin Gastelum in December at UFC 206 in Toronto in what proved to be his final bout. He ends his career 18-6 overall and 3-2 in the UFC. His UFC highlight was a win over Michael Bisping, the current UFC middleweight champion. He lost two middleweight title bouts, to Jacare Souza and Luke Rockhold, while he was fighting in the now-defunct Strikeforce promotion.
Though the win over Bisping, who knocked out Rockhold at UFC 199, would seem to be the highlight of his career, Kennedy saw it differently. He pointed to a first-round knockout victory over Rafael Natal on Nov. 6, 2013, at Fight for the Troops, as the defining moment of his career.
The arena was filled with his fellow soldiers at Fort Campbell, Ky., and Kennedy drew great inspiration from competing in front of his peers, he wrote.
But Kennedy said Gastelum reminded him of another fighter he knew well.
Kevin Iole at Cagewriter 2 days ago
For all the great things that B.J. Penn has done in mixed martial arts, he had no business being in the Octagon on Sunday. He hasn’t won in more than six years and is just a shell of his former self.
What made it worse on Sunday was that he was matched at the Talking Stick Resort Arena with a fast, quick, dynamic striker who looks to be on the verge of stardom.
Yair Rodriguez won his sixth fight in a row, easily handling Penn before stopping him at 24 seconds of the second round. Rodriguez caught Penn with a right front kick, and then threw a right cross behind it. Penn went down and Rodriguez unloaded with strikes, forcing referee John McCarthy to stop it.
Penn briefly complained, but there is no disputing the stoppage. Penn was never in the fight and took a brutal beating in the first round. Penn was fighting for the first time since losing badly to Frankie Edgar on July 6, 2014.
He seemed slow and unable to deal with Rodriguez’s quickness and athletic ability. Rodriguez unloaded on him with a series of kicks, flying through the air like a striking gymnast.
He simply did not have it yet again and it probably makes little sense for him to continue.
Andreas Hale at Cagewriter 5 days ago
During an appearance on ESPN’s “First Take,” Floyd Mayweather said he attempted to make a fight with Conor McGregor and offered him $15 million while he would rake in $100 million. Dana White caught wind of Mayweather’s comments and appeared on “The Herd” to counter the retired boxer with an offer of his own to make the dream fight come to fruition.
“Here’s a real offer: We’ll pay you $25 million, we’ll pay Conor $25 million and we’ll talk about pay-per-view at a certain number. There’s a real offer,” White said.
White’s offer is merely 25 percent of Mayweather’s asking price while McGregor’s purse is $10 million more than what Mayweather offered. Despite the offer, White made it clear that there are a number of variables that come into play when attempting to make a fight happen between a UFC fighter and a boxer. But he did make one thing clear: Mayweather suggesting that he attempted to make the fight is absolutely false.
“He hasn’t talked to anybody about this fight,” White said. “If you’re talking to anybody about this fight, you are talking to me. I’m the promoter and Conor McGregor is under contract with me.”
Kevin Iole at Cagewriter 5 days ago
If you asked mixed martial arts fans which fight they would want to see most, it’s a good bet that Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson in a five-round lightweight match would be high on that list.
And so it should be good news that the fight is done and will serve as the co-main event of UFC 209 on March 4 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. A rematch for the welterweight title between Tyron Woodley and Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson will headline the show. That show also includes what should be a bombs away heavyweight fight between Mark Hunt and Alistair Overeem.
But the UFC placed the interim-title designation on the Nurmagomedov-Ferguson bout, which has irritated some fans. It’s a move the UFC is making more and more often, and not always to great acclaim.
Ignore the interim titles. Enjoy the fights.
Andreas Hale at Cagewriter 8 days ago
Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey has had a rough past couple of weeks with the loss to Amanda Nunes at UFC 207. And now there has been some insult added to injury as her home in Venice, Calif., has been the target of vandalism.
According to the Daily Mail, Rousey’s home was spray painted on Monday evening. The graffiti is indecipherable and doesn’t necessarily address Rousey or her loss. However, it is certainly a headache for the former champion who has suffered back-to-back knockout losses after starting her MMA career winner her first 12 fights.
There are no suspects at this time.
Andreas Hale at Cagewriter 8 days ago
Ronda Rousey has broken her social media silence for the first time since losing in the first round at UFC 207 to Amanda Nunes. The former UFC women’s bantamweight champion had only offered a written statement after being soundly battered by Nunes on Dec. 30 that only alluded to her taking some time to ponder her future in MMA. This post on Instagram was a bit more cryptic and inspired by none other than “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling.
A photo posted by rondarousey (@rondarousey) on Jan 9, 2017 at 1:37pm PST
While Rousey has had to deal with her fair share of criticism and ridicule from the world since dropping her first bout since losing to Holly Holm in 48 seconds, one person who refused to kick her while she was down happened to be rival, Cris “Cyborg” Justino.
Kevin Iole at Cagewriter 8 days ago
Until Monday afternoon, none of the UFC’s 10 reigning champions had a fight scheduled. But that changed quickly when UFC president Dana White confirmed to Yahoo Sports that welterweight champion Tyron Woodley will face Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson on March 4, in a rematch of their majority draw last year in New York.
Woodley retained his title with the draw at UFC 205. Two judges scored it 47-47, while the third had Woodley winning, 48-47. It was chosen as the Fight of the Night.
After a brief flirtation with a bout against his Fox Sports broadcast partner, UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping, Woodley agreed to the rematch with Thompson on Monday, much to White’s delight.
“So close [and] sooooo good,” White said via text message of the first Woodley-Thompson bout.
They went so far as to speak to White about it, but White went on vacation in Hawaii and that stalled the momentum for the fight.
Kevin Iole at Cagewriter 9 days ago
In the early part of this century, when mixed martial arts was banned from cable television and fighting to escape a barbaric image encapsulated by Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) depiction of it as “human cockfighting,” the sport was literally kept alive by hard-core fans posting news on the internet.
Those fans were out in force on Sunday after actress Meryl Streep kinda, sorta dissed the sport during her acceptance speech at the Golden Globes for winning the Lifetime Achievement award.
As she was discussing diversity, Streep said, “So Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners and if we kick them all out you’ll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts, which are not the arts.”
That was all it took to spark outrage.
— Jeff Siegel (@jeffsiegel) January 9, 2017
Andreas Hale at Cagewriter 11 days ago
It’s no secret that Nick Diaz is a marijuana aficionado. But what you may not have known is that Diaz once smoked marijuana with the late Kimbo Slice before EliteXC events back in the day. The fighter revealed that bit of information in an interview with Snoop Dogg on The Doggfather’s GGN News show.
“We were always hanging out at backstage at the Strikeforce or Elite XC events and smoke blunts,” Diaz said when asked what he remembers most about Slice, who passed away last June of heart failure. “We would headline the whole show. It was me and Kimbo Slice.”
Diaz and Slice were both featured on EliteXC: Renegade in 2007. Diaz headlined against K.J. Noons while Slice made his professional MMA debut against Bo Cantrell in the co-main event.
“I knew it was the Kimbo Slice show, but it was me and the Kimbo Slice show,” Diaz said. “Because I was the MMA fighter that was bringing the MMA crowd and he was the street fighter bringing the street crowd.”
Diaz didn’t specify exactly when the two would smoke, but the revelation is quite the interesting one.
Andreas Hale at Cagewriter 14 days ago
Ronda Rousey’s future as a mixed martial artist is uncertain after losing her second consecutive fight, this time to Amanda Nunes, in a mere 48 seconds at UFC 207. Since the loss, the critics have come out in droves to bash the former UFC women’s bantamweight champion. But if there’s anybody who can relate to a fall from grace and offer some words of encouragement, it’s Jon Jones.
The former UFC light heavyweight champion is currently serving a one-year suspension for a failed drug test that caused him to be pulled from the main event at UFC 200 just days before his fight with Daniel Cormier. The criticism he received was harsh, yet he’s managed to stay positive in the midst of the turmoil. From one former champion to another, Jones advised Rousey to give it another shot.
“My advice to Ronda would be to pick yourself up and try again,” Jones tweeted. “I think it’s important for Ronda to show her fans how great she truly is by displaying her courage and giving it another try.”
Regardless of the loss, Jones believes that the 29-year-old is still among the best in the division.