- Ryan McKinnell at Cagewriter1 hr ago
Ronda Rousey’s mother, Dr. AnnMaria De Mars, has never been short on words.
The opinionated doctor, and first American world champion judoka, is largely credited with molding her daughter into the champion we see today.
Rousey’s official head coach, however, is Edmond Tarverdyan of the Glendale Fight Club in Los Angeles. The 28-year-old champion has been with coach Tarverdyan ever since turning pro back in 2010.
Some think that Tarverdyan hit the lottery when Rousey decided to walk in his doors. After all, Rousey was an athletic specimen the likes of which the sport of MMA had never seen before.
Now, it’s one thing to have to hear that from fans and pundits, but what happens when your mother says your trainer is a hack, that you don’t need him, and the only reason you have him around is because you're superstitious?
Well, we are about to find out.
No matter your opinion on Rousey, Tarverdyan or De Mars, the video is jolting.
De Mars likens Rousey’s relationship to Tarverdyan akin to a pitcher who threw a no-hitter and then keeps the same ‘red underwear’ on because he feels he can’t win without it.
- Ryan McKinnell at Cagewriter2 hrs ago
If you are wondering if former UFC superstar Georges St-Pierre is ready to return to the Octagon, he has a significant update.
“I’m training hard," GSP told Montreal's Réseau des sports (h/t to MMAFighting for translation). "As you can see, I have some bumps and bruises, I didn't get these from falling down stairs."
St-Pierre, who is by all accounts one of the greatest fighters in the history of the sport, last fought at UFC 167 in Nov. 2013. On that night, which coincided with the UFC’s 20th anniversary celebration, “Rush” won a five-round, split-decision battle against Johny Hendricks.
Then, during the post-fight press conference, the champ walked away in a shocking announcement that left fans, media, and UFC owner Dana White in shock.
He said it was for personal reasons, and he needed time to clear his head. With that, he relinquished his title and the Georges St-Pierre era in the UFC was apparently over.
- Kevin Iole at Cagewriter9 hrs ago
There is little question that UFC interim featherweight champion Conor McGregor is one of the biggest draws in all of combat sports.
But Dublin, Ireland, has become such a hot market for the UFC that the promotion doesn't even need McGregor to set ticket records.
UFC Fight Night 76, which will be headlined at Dublin's 3Arena on Oct. 24, sold out in a minute, according to UFC president Dana White. That is in contrast to the 24-hour sellout for last year's McGregor-Diego Brandao card in the same venue.
The Oct. 24 show, which will be headlined by a lightweight battle between one-time McGregor conqueror Joe Duffy and Dustin Poirier, did a gate of 1.15 million Euros, or roughly $1.31 million U.S. dollars, White said, setting a Dublin record. The McGregor-Brandao fight did a 1 million Euro gate, White said.
White credits McGregor with much, including developing Ireland as an MMA market, but he said he believes it goes beyond McGregor himself.
"The first time we ever went to Ireland [in 2009 for UFC 93] when [McGregor] was there in the stands as a fan, it was huge," White said. "But now having good fighters from there is taking it to another level."
- Jay Busbee at Cagewriter12 hrs ago
To those emotions in the air at a Ronda Rousey fight—rage, fury, absolute terror on the part of her opponents—we can now add a new one: love.
After UFC heavyweight Travis Browne told a talk show on Monday that he and Rousey are now dating, Rousey confirmed the news ... though neither used the word "dating."
"Dating is for children," Browne said. "Dating is for kids. Over the summer, through all the [business] that I had to shuffle through, that I had to sift through, Ronda and I started talking throughout the summer and I’ll say now that we are together. She’s my woman and I’m her man. There’s no boyfriend, girlfriend stuff. There’s no dating. We’re together."
- Ryan McKinnell at Cagewriter1 day ago
Almost a week after announcing he would be leaving Team Alpha Male, UFC bantamweight champ TJ Dillashaw stands by his decision.
“Oh, absolutely,” said Dillashaw when asked by MMA Hour host Ariel Helwani if he was still happy with his decision, “I mean, obviously it has been tough – a lot tougher than I had imagined – I thought it was going to go over a little bit easier, but you really find out who people are when you have to make these type of decisions.”
The ‘people’ he is referring to of course is Team Alpha Male head coach Urijah Faber.
“The California Kid” brought a fresh-out-of-college Dillashaw over to his team six years ago as a young prospect. Two years ago, Faber made former UFC fighter Duane Ludwig the head striking coach at Team Alpha Male. Ludwig’s signing yielded amazing results, and Dillashaw became Team Alpha Male’s first UFC champion soon after.
Ludwig was eventually forced out at Team Alpha Male over money disputes between Faber and himself. The feud went public over the last 12 months ‘making it tough’ on Dillashaw.
- Ryan McKinnell at Cagewriter7 days ago
After Duane Ludwig left his position as head trainer at Urijah Faber’s Team Alpha Male, many wondered how long it would take Ludwig’s star pupil, TJ Dillashaw, to follow suit.
Apparently that answer is: About a year.
Following a report from Brazilian outlet Combate, Dillashaw has left Team Alpha Male and will be holding all of his future fight camps at Team Elevation in Denver, Colorado.
Colorado is also where Duane Ludwig calls home.
"In regards to my upcoming fight camp, I will be doing my training in Colorado." Dillashaw told MMAFighting. "The last six years at Team Alpha Male have been irreplaceable and my brothers there will forever be family to me. I thank each and every one of them for helping me along the way and being a part of this journey we've shared. This is not the end of being a part of the Team Alpha Male family, but a new chapter in my career.”
Although Dillashaw’s new camp is in Colorado, Ludwig will not be his full-time coach. Instead, the champ will train with Team Elevation in Denver and will receive regular coaching from Ludwig as he sees fit.
- Andreas Hale at Cagewriter7 days ago
The UFC has really stepped it up with the promotional videos for their title fights. Their latest commercial for the UFC 193 showdown between Ronda Rousey and Holly Holm is yet another example of the UFC’s ability to hype up a fight, even though most don’t perceive this particular bout to be very competitive at all.
The commercial parallels the respective rises of Rousey and Holm in combat sports with Rousey’s entry in judo while Holm is shown stepping into a boxing gym in her teenage years. Eventually, their paths through their respective crafts converge to where we are today as Holm prepares to face Rousey at UFC 193.
The commercial – dubbed “Revolution” – is very well done, but you probably are wondering where they found a young lady to portray Rousey during her 2008 Olympic run that bears such an uncanny resemblance to the most dominant female athlete in sports.
- Ryan McKinnell at Cagewriter8 days ago
Ronda Rousey is all about setting trends and breaking records.
Labeled the “World’s Most Dominant Athlete” by Sports Illustrated, “Rowdy” has had an unreal 2015.
At UFC 190, Rousey snagged her first million-buy PPV – a first for women, and a rarity for men – when she knocked out Bethe Correia in the first round.
The fight against Correia wasn’t the champ’s first career KO, but it was her first, clean, one-punch knockout. And it came in the midst of a blossoming Hollywood career (Entourage, Fast 7).
Rousey even published a best-selling autobiography in 2015, “My Fight, Your Fight.” It is currently being adapted into a feature film with Rousey set to play the lead.
Now, the 28-year-old superstar is adding another ‘first’ to her résumé: SportsCenter anchor.
ESPN announced in a press release that the UFC bantamweight champion will be hosting Wednesday’s 6 p.m. ET edition of SportsCenter alongside Lindsay Czarniak.
It will be the first time a female athlete has co-hosted the flagship program.
- Ryan McKinnell at Cagewriter8 days ago
Quinton "Rampage" Jackson's future as a fighter doesn't look good.
Jackson, 37, returned to the UFC in April after spending 2013-2014 fighting for the UFC's rival, Viacom-owned Bellator.
He would leave Bellator after only three fights, citing breach of contract and quickly re-signing with the UFC.
The UFC booked Jackson's return fight for the co-main event of UFC 186 against Fabio Maldonado. Unfortunately for fans, days before the fight, Jackson was slapped with a lawsuit from Viacom citing their own breach of contract.
Viacom and Bellator won their preliminary injunction against Jackson and he was removed from UFC 186.
Then, in a surprising fight-week twist, a New Jersey Superior Court Judge overturned the preliminary ruling, making Jackson eligible to compete. And the fight was back on.
Jackson won a unanimous decision against Maldonado, in what would be his fourth win in a row.
And according to the former light heavyweight champ — who is still battling Viacom in court — that might have been the last time you ever see "Rampage" Jackson fight again.
- Ryan McKinnell at Cagewriter8 days ago
UFC fighter Nick Diaz’s five-year suspension for marijuana is getting a lot of attention.
Marijuana is being discussed more frequently and with more tolerance than at any other time in history. States are legalizing (or talking about legalizing) and politicians are using their thoughts on the drug as a regular talking point heading into the 2016 presidential elections.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission gave their thoughts on the drug and people were shocked at the half-decade exile. After all, Nevada has dealt with repeat steroid abusers and been far more lenient with them in years past.
Incensed fans and advocates immediately petitioned through WhiteHouse.gov to have the ruling examined.