- Ryan McKinnell at Cagewriter20 mins ago
Ronda Rousey has a reputation for speaking her mind.
But on the most recent episode of "The Joe Rogan Experience," Rousey dropped a bombshell on her future plans as a fighter.
And, according to the 28-year-old star, that ‘future’ may be coming sooner than people might have previously thought.
“I’m not going to be doing this in my 30s,” Rousey admitted to Rogan. “I don’t want to be fighting in my 30s, [and] by 30s, I mean, like, 31, 32. If you’re actually 30 years old, that’s 30, not 30s. Once you add the one, that’s 30s, plural. I’m 28 – I don’t know.”
- Kevin Iole at Cagewriter1 hr ago
The World Series of Fighting on Tuesday hired ex-UFC title challenger Chael Sonnen as an analyst for its NBC Sports Network television broadcasts. He will debut in his new job on Sept. 18 for WSOF 23 from Phoenix, when Justin Gaethje defends his lightweight belt in a rematch against Luis Palomino.
Sonnen's broadcast career began while he was still an active fighter in the UFC, not long after the UFC began its deal with Fox in 2012. Sonnen was the host of UFC Tonight and became very popular for his in-studio work.
But Sonnen failed multiple drug tests prior to a planned fight last year in Las Vegas against Wanderlei Silva, and lied about it repeatedly. Both the UFC and Fox cut ties with him.
In November, ESPN hired Sonnen to serve as a part-time MMA analyst. He's done studio analysis on all of the big fights since the deal was done.
Sonnen praised the WSOF and the quality of its fighters in a statement.
- Kevin Iole at Cagewriter3 days ago
An injury to welterweight champion Robbie Lawler forced a postponement of his Nov. 15 title defense against Carlos Condit in the main event of UFC 193 in Melbourne, Australia.
As he often does, UFC president Dana White turned to women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey to fill the void. White said Friday on "SportsCenter" that Rousey's title defense against Holly Holm, which was previously announced as the headliner for UFC 195 on Jan. 2 in Las Vegas, will now headline UFC 193 in the 90,000-seat Etihad Stadium.
White told Yahoo Sports on Friday he is not certain when Lawler will fight again, but said it is not a serious injury.
He said when he heard that Lawler needed time to recover, he had no problem granting it. But he needed Rousey to bail him out given the importance the company is placing on UFC 193.
- Kevin Iole at Cagewriter3 days ago
The UFC reinstated heavyweight Travis Browne on Friday following a seven-week suspension after the results of an investigation into allegations of domestic violence were inconclusive.
Browne was suspended July 9 after his wife, Jenna Renee Webb, posted pictures to her Instragram account showing marks and bruises on her arms, neck and face that she said were the result of a beating from her 6-foot-7 husband. The UFC immediately suspended Browne and barred him from all International Fight Week activities he was scheduled for at the time the incident became public.
The UFC hired the highly regarded Las Vegas law firm of Campbell & Williams to investigate. Donald Campbell, the firm's partner, hired an FBI agent with more than 25 years of experience to head the investigation. On Friday, the UFC reinstated Browne after the results were deemed inconclusive:
From the UFC's statement announcing Browne's suspension had ended:
- Ryan McKinnell at Cagewriter3 days ago
In 2015, Ronda Rousey became the UFC’s biggest star.
From her last three fights ending in a combined 64 seconds, to her ESPY award for Fighter of the Year (where you at, Floyd?), a rumored million-buy pay-per-view in the books, and a few Hollywood blockbuster’s in between, ‘Rowdy’ has experienced a meteoric rise over these last few months that rival any champion, past or present.
And now, her crowning achievement: A nationwide ad campaign for Carl’s Jr. new Cinnamon Swirl French Toast Breakfast Sandwich.
There’s an old saying, ‘Do as I say, not as I do,’ and as delicious as Carl’s Jr. new creation may be, it’s hard to believe that Rousey is scarfing these bad boys down on the regular (if at all).
Understandable when you take into account that when she isn’t fighting, Rousey appears on the cover of Sports Illustrated and Maxim in her bathing suit. But, hey, everyone needs a cheat day (or morning) and it looks like Ms. Rousey may have found her sugary, sweet match.
However, don’t expect it to replace her traditional celebratory post-fight chicken wings. Obsessed much, Ronda?
- Kevin Iole at Cagewriter5 days ago
Alexis Davis is going to be out of action for well more than a year. In a rarity for a professional fighter, that's a good thing.
Davis, a one-time challenger for the UFC women's bantamweight championship, announced Tuesday on Instagram that she is pregnant and expecting her first child on March 14. But just as significantly, Davis said that her 5-year-old niece, Hayden, who was diagnosed earlier this year with Stage 4 neuroblastoma, is making considerable progress.
Neuroblastoma is a type of cancer common in children that attacks nerves that control the heartbeat and blood pressure. The tumor often spreads. The Stage 4 diagnosis indicates that the tumor has spread to distant organs. The five-year survival rate for a child diagnosed at age 5, according to Cancer.gov, is 52 percent.
- Kevin Iole at Cagewriter6 days ago
Sooner or later, someone will surpass Floyd Mayweather as the world's highest paid athlete. But given that he made at least $250 million for his May 2 victory in Las Vegas over
But UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey says that while her total compensation isn't anywhere near Mayweather's, she believes she makes more per second than the boxer does.
Rousey was stopped on the street by a reporter for TMZ and, quickly, the conversation turned to Mayweather, whom Rousey topped last month for the ESPY as "Best Fighter."
During the conversation with TMZ, Rousey said she makes two to three times more per second than Mayweather.
- Ryan McKinnell at Cagewriter8 days ago
If you happened to roll your eyes when Ronda Rousey’s next opponent was unveiled on Good Morning America last week, you certainly weren’t alone.
Rousey, 28, went on the ABC morning show to tell the world that she would be fighting former world champion boxer, Holly Holm on Jan. 2, and not Miesha Tate.
Tate had widely been regarded as the next logical opponent for “Rowdy” after she conquered Jessica Eye in July at UFC on FOX, in what was her fourth win in a row. Despite losing to Rousey on two prior occasions, Tate was promised by the UFC that she would be next in line for a title shot.
However, that honor (or punishment, depending on your levels of delusion) went to Holm, despite the former boxer having made just two appearances inside the UFC’s Octagon.
- Ryan McKinnell at Cagewriter9 days ago
If Bethe Correia wants another crack at Ronda Rousey, then beating Miesha Tate would go a long way in helping her case.
Tate expressed extreme disappointment on Friday when Holly Holm was announced as the next challenger for Rousey. Understandably so, as Tate has won four consecutive fights since last losing to Rousey in 2013 (Tate and Rousey also fought in 2012, with the champ winning via first-round armbar).
However, the trilogy was put on hold and Tate is without an opponent, after being all but assuredthe next title shot.
But in a recent interview with MMAFighting.com, Correia herself is hoping to play matchmaker and take on Tate herself.
"I really want to fight Tate because we have something unfinished for a long time," Correia said. "I hate Ronda, and after her the one I dislike the most is Tate. I have unfinished things with her."
Correia doesn’t really explain these ‘things’ she speaks of, but who really cares, right? This is the fight game and someone is looking for a fight.
- Andreas Hale at Cagewriter10 days ago
Ronda Rousey’s announcement on Good Morning America of her next defense of the UFC women’s bantamweight title that she has held on since the introduction of women in the world’s top mixed martial arts organization was met with a shrug of indifference. Not necessarily because of Rousey, but because of her competition.
Or, lack thereof.
Rousey will face former professional boxerturned MMA fighter Holly Holm at UFC 195 on Jan. 2 in Las Vegas. While many presumed that two-time Rousey victim Miesha Tate would get a third crack at the undefeated champion, the fight ended up going to Holm, who has only had two fights in the UFC and wasn’t terribly impressive in either of her decision victories. In some ways it is better considering that Rousey has trampled Tate in both of her fights. However, considering that Holm is still relatively rough around the edges and the 'Rowdy' one has dispatched her last four opponents in just under two-and-a-half minutes cumulatively, there is a reason that Rousey has opened up as a 12.5-to-1 favorite, according to BestFightOdds.com.