- Kevin Iole at Cagewriter22 hrs 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 Cagewriter2 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 Cagewriter3 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 Cagewriter5 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 Cagewriter6 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.
- Ryan McKinnell at Cagewriter7 days ago
Ronda Rousey has her next fight and it won’t be a trilogy fight with Miesha Tate.
In a rather shocking announcement on Friday’s edition of Good Morning America, ”Rowdy” told the ABC crew that her next opponent is none other than former boxing world champion Holly Holm. The fight is set for Jan. 2 in Las Vegas at UFC 195.
“She’s actually the most decorated striker we have in all of mixed martial arts,” Rousey said, praising her next opponent. “Not just the women’s division, not the bantamweight division – like, 19-time boxing world champion Holly Holm was The Ring Magazine pound-for-pound female fighter of the year.”
Holm is, unquestionably, the most decorated boxer that has ever fought in the UFC. Sure, James Toney battled Randy Couture at UFC 118 in 2010, but that fight was met with eye-rolls and very few actually took the match seriously (Couture submitted Toney in the first round).
- Ryan McKinnell at Cagewriter7 days ago
Max Holloway is truly living a blessed life.
Sure, ‘blessed’ might be the 23-year-old’s fighting moniker, but as he sits just days away from his very first headlining fight against Charles Oliveira this Sunday at UFC Fight Night in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, the nickname couldn’t be any more apt.
Just three weeks ago, the native of Waianae, Hawaii, purchased his very first home.
It’s a nice ‘starter home,’ for his wife and 3-year-old son. It has two bedrooms, one bathroom and a garage. It even has a yard for the family dog, Binx – a rarity on the island, especially for such a young family. The Holloway’s are moving on up.
“We rented for a couple years and it wasn’t fun paying someone else’s mortgage,” Holloway told Yahoo Sports. “Now, I get to do what I want. Now, if I keep training and fighting, one day I can get a bigger house and get someone to pay this mortgage,” he laughs.
The home is a welcome addition to the career arch of the burgeoning young fighter. The Holloways closed on the house three weeks before the fight with Oliveira, and moved in just one week later, so it has been a little bit hectic on the family.
- Ryan McKinnell at Cagewriter8 days ago
Ronda Rousey has gotten plenty of critical acclaim over the last 12 months, from both men and women across the sports and entertainment realm.
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, NFL stars, MLB stars, actors, actresses and everyone in between have showered the 28-year-old UFC bantamweight champion with adoration and admiration.
Men and women, yes – however, now, “Rowdy” has her first endorsement from a “Beast.”
WWE superstar and former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar recently appeared on ESPN to discuss the world of MMA and his upcoming match with WWE legend The Undertaker at this Sunday’s SummerSlam in Brooklyn.
And when the topic turned to Ronda Rousey, Lesnar couldn’t hold back his praise for the world’s most feared woman.
"I think she's a super athlete in a weak division – I really do," Lesnar said. "She is a man amongst women in the women's [bantamweight] division and I take my hat off to her."
- Ryan McKinnell at Cagewriter9 days ago
Dana White and Vince McMahon are two promoters cut from the same, very distinct cloth.
White has long considered McMahon a visionary and someone he could look to when laying out the plans for his vision for the UFC.
In fact, it was McMahon’s WWE which helped the UFC break out of obscurity in the mid-2000s when “Monday Night Raw” served as a lead-in on Spike TV for the UFC’s new fighter reality show, “The Ultimate Fighter.”
One competitor who has experience in dealing with both men is former UFC heavyweight champion and current WWE superstar Brock Lesnar.
Lesnar cut his teeth in the WWE in the early millennium before embarking on a personal athletic journey that saw him test the waters of the NFL and eventually become an all-world MMA champion.
Now, Lesnar is back with the WWE and preparing for a huge rematch with WWE legend The Undertaker at this weekend’s SummerSlam pay-per-view in Brooklyn. During a “SportsCenter” interview Tuesday, Lesnar was asked about his relationship with both White and McMahon, and who he thought was the better promoter to work for. And Lesnar, who isn’t exactly known for biting his tongue, shared exactly what was on his mind.
- Andreas Hale at Cagewriter10 days ago
For 10 years, Josh Koscheck gave his blood, sweat and tears to the UFC. He’s more recognizable than your average fighter due to his boisterous personality and blonde locks that permeated into the mainstream as a competitor on the first season of “The Ultimate Fighter” on Spike TV.
But after 25 fights with the organization, including a failed run at the UFC welterweight title against Georges St-Pierre in 2010, Koscheck has packed his bags and decided to go back to where it all began.
Koscheck announced in June that he inked a deal with Bellator MMA, which just so happens to have a home on Spike TV. Koscheck didn’t leave the house that the Fertittas and Dana White built quietly as he openly discussed his displeasure with the direction of the organization.
A couple of months after a media rant in which Koscheck slammed the UFC at every turn, the former No. 1 contender spoke to Yahoo Sports about what the future holds for him.