- Kevin Iole at Cagewriter5 hrs ago
Adam Piccolotti never met Jordan Parsons, though he was beginning to feel like he knew him.
Piccolotti and Parsons were scheduled to fight at Bellator 154 on May 14 at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., but Parsons was tragically killed in a hit-and-run auto accident on May 1 in Delray Beach, Fla.
Piccolotti told Yahoo Sports that he was following Parsons on social media as he prepared for their bout, and said he started to get a sense of the man.
Parsons’ friends, teammates and coaches lauded him as an outstanding man who was optimistic, outgoing and determined to succeed in his chosen career.
Piccolotti said he'd developed respect for Parsons in the short time he followed him.
“Unfortunately, I hadn’t met him and we didn’t really have any back and forth,” Piccolotti said. “But I was following him and I’d checked out his Instagram and all that stuff. I was getting a sense of how good of a person he was and how blessed he felt he was. He was really a motivational kind of a guy.”
- Ryan McKinnell at Cagewriter23 hrs ago
As former UFC women’s bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey had her fair share of intense rivalries.
Who could forget her first – and arguably greatest – rivalry with current UFC champion, Miesha Tate? Or how about her serious beef with Brazilian Bethe Correia? Heck, even “The Preacher’s Daughter” Holly Holm caught some of Rousey's vitriol, right before kicking her in the head and ending Rousey’s reign as champ last November.
Now, we’re finding out that apparently Rousey’s mean-mugging gaze extends past her own division, and no female UFC fighters are safe.
Her latest victim, according to rival Miesha Tate, is none other than current "Dancing with the Stars" frontrunner and UFC 115-pound contender Paige VanZant.
“You know what she did to Paige?” asked Tate on Thursday’s edition of "The Joe Rogan Experience" podcast. “So, Paige was also at that VIP party [referencing a prior party both she and VanZant were attending] – and Paige and I have spoken, we’re friendly, but I don’t know her that well – but anyway, she felt the need, she came up to me, she’s like, ‘Miesha, Miesha, I have to tell you this experience I had with Ronda.' "
- Andreas Hale at Cagewriter1 day ago
In the world of combat sports, just about everyone has taken a swing at presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. Whether it's different philosophies on culture, finances or politics, Trump has proven to be quite the polarizing personality.
But one person who has found common ground with Trump happens to be UFC women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate.
Tate recently stated that she would like to see a Republican in the White House and explained that both her and Trump share similar resilient traits where they can bounce back from failure and shock the world.
But perhaps the thing they share most is a common enemy.
“We do have one thing in common: he’s not a Ronda Rousey fan,” Tate told TMZ. “That’s one thing he’s got going for him if I can give him any credit where credit is due.”
- Kevin Iole at Cagewriter2 days ago
Jordan “Pretty Boy” Parsons, a 25-year-old contender in Bellator’s featherweight division, died Wednesday of injuries he sustained in a hit-and-run auto accident Sunday in Delray Beach, Fla.
Parsons was struck by a gray or silver 2012 or 2013 Range Rover while crossing the street shortly after midnight on May 1. He was taken to Delray Medical Center, where a portion of his right leg was amputated.
On Wednesday, Bellator MMA president Scott Coker confirmed the news in a statement.
"It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of a dear member of the Bellator family, Jordan Parsons,” Coker said. “Jordan was an exceptional athlete and a rising star in the sport. But more importantly, he was an exceptional young man. Jordan was hard-working, dedicated, intelligent, and a pleasure to be around. He represented all the reasons we love this sport. It is a terribly tragic loss and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends, and teammates."
- Andreas Hale at Cagewriter3 days ago
Conor McGregor may not be fighting at UFC 200, but he isn’t going away quietly.
The UFC featherweight champion hosted an impromptu fan Q&A on Twitter on Monday where he discussed everything from how well he thinks UFC 200 will sell without him on the card to his desire to eventually step into the Octagon again with Nate Diaz.
McGregor believes that UFC 200 will not accumulate 1.5 million buys without him on the card and went so far as to suggest that the PPV record held by last year’s Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao showdown was in his sights. While that may be a bold assessment, it’s become typical McGregor.
The Irishman continued on his random Twitter rampage by stating that he’s ready to face the winner of UFC 200’s interim featherweight title fight between Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar so that he can unify the titles.
“I look forward to my end-of-year unification bout,” McGregor tweeted. “But like I said before. These featherweights don't understand...”
It didn’t take long for McGregor to set his sights on Diaz. He stated that he will “school” Diaz in a rematch and went so far as to suggest that Diaz was making more excuses in his UFC 196 victory than McGregor made in losing.
- Kevin Iole at Cagewriter3 days ago
Caros Fodor has a little advice before hanging up and his tone has changed. He's spent about 20 minutes discussing his July 30 bout in the World Series of Fighting and going over the strengths and weaknesses of his opponent, Phoenix Jones.
He knows Jones better than most, though, because Jones is his brother, whose real name is Ben Fodor. The two don't get along, and haven't for some time. But with their fight now booked, Caros admits, "It's kind of surreal that this is really happening."
Ben Fodor is, to be kind, a character. Phoenix Jones is his alter ego, a so-called crime fighter in Seattle who wears a costume as if he were a modern-day Batman.
Asked about his brother's superhero shtick, Caros Fodor sniffs dismissively.
"It's [strange]," he said of his brother portraying himself as a crime fighter. "I think it's a gimmick for attention, if you want to know the truth. He started out meaning well, but, I don't know. You know, I don't even like Marvel comic books. I can't read the super hero stuff. I just don't understand it. I'm not belittling it, but I don't get it.
- Andreas Hale at Cagewriter4 days ago
In the latest issue of ESPN The Magazine, the publication premiered “The Fame Index” that utilizes a formula that “combines athlete paychecks – salary and endorsements – with social media fan base and Google search popularity” to figure out who the top 50 famous athletes currently are.
The world of combat sports was represented well as a pair of boxers (Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao) along with a pair of UFC fighters (Ronda Rousey and Conor McGregor) landed on the list. Rousey, McGregor, Mayweather and Pacquiao all fell in behind the top 10 list that was dominated mostly by soccer players and consisted of (in order) Cristiano Ronaldo, LeBron James, Lionel Messi, Neymar, Roger Federer, Kevin Durant, Tiger Woods, James Rodriguez, Rafael Nadal and Kobe Bryant.
- Andreas Hale at Cagewriter9 days ago
Gregory Goyle has graduated from the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry using a wand to cage fighting with his hands and feet.
Josh Herdman, the actor who played Goyle in eight “Harry Potter” movies, has left his acting career behind for the time being and made his successful MMA amateur debut over the weekend at the City Pavilion outside of London, England.
The 28-year-old, who has been training in Japanese jujitsu for the past five years, defeated Poland’s Janusz Walachowski by unanimous decision. Herdman competed for the recently launched UK promotion Rise of Champions, which was holding its second event since debuting last October.
Herdman impressed with his striking ability and took home the decision and plans to continue fighting in hopes of eventually turning pro.
“It’s raw, exciting and unpredictable,” the buffed-up child-actor-turned-MMA-fighter told The Mirror. “I find it more interesting than boxing although I appreciate the beauty and art in boxing. It also made sense to move onto MMA because of my jujitsu training.”
- Kevin Iole at Cagewriter9 days ago
There was no surprise on Wednesday when the UFC announced on "Good Morning America" that the main event of UFC 200 will be a rematch between champion Daniel Cormier andinterim champion Jon Jones for the light heavyweight belt on July 9 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Jones, then the outright champion, routed Cormier in the main event of UFC 182 on Jan. 3, 2015, in Las Vegas, taking a lopsided unanimous decision. But Jones had a series of legal problems after that and he was stripped of his title in April 2015 when he was involved in a hit-and-run traffic accident in Albuquerque, N.M., where he trains.
Cormier won the vacant title in his absence, submitting Anthony "Rumble" Johnson in the second round of UFC 187 on May 23 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
- Andreas Hale at Cagewriter9 days ago
If Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz are going to have their rematch, it almost certainly won’t be at UFC 200.
The proposed rematch was originally scheduled to headline UFC 200 until McGregor was pulled from the card after he didn't make himself available for a news conference in Las Vegas last week. Despite public outcry to allow the Irishman to fight, UFC president Dana White has stood firm that McGregor would not be placed back on the July card and reiterated his position under no uncertain terms when approached by TMZ Tuesday morning.
"Conor's his own guy, he's going to do what he's going to do but he's not fighting on [UFC] 200,” White said while mentioning that he has no ill will toward McGregor. “Listen, he'll fight on 201, 202, 203, whatever, I don't know when, but we'll get it figured out."
The other half of the equation, Nate Diaz, made headlines when he stated at Friday’s UFC 200 news conference that he was not interested in facing another opponent and would instead go “on vacation.”
White stated his desire to keep Diaz on the card and offered the Stockton fighter essentially any fight that he desired in an effort to keep him on UFC 200.