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September, 2013

Thy Gangster’s Will Be Done: Chael Sonnen vs. Rashad Evans Set For UFC 167


(Further proof that Chael Sonnen is a direct descendant of Prometheus.) 

One of the most well known Bible verses is Matthew 6:10, which in the King James version reads: “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” Although scholars believe that the verse was/is a plea for all of mankind to obey the will of God, recent evidence indicates that it was clearly describing the will of Chael P. Sonnen. For ye, whenever the “American Gangster” speaketh, so the UFC shall maketh it a reality.

Two days ago, we reported that the mushroom cloud of anger that Wanderlei Silva has become would have to wait until next year to rearrange Sonnen’s butt face (and to think, he coulda been in the NFL if it weren’t for his bum back). Being that Chael loves fighting more than Jack Donaghy loves negotiation, he figured he might as well keep busy while his (next) Brazilian nemesis recuperated by calling out his UFC Tonight co-worker Rashad Evans in “The Axe Murderer’s” place.

Which brings us to today’s announcement: The Oregonian will indeed be facing Evans at UFC 167, because shit happens when you were one half of the highest selling UFC PPV of all time. The event will mark the UFC’s 20th anniversary and will transpire at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on November 16th.

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[VIDEO] ‘Ronda Rousey: Breaking Ground’ Profiles the Rise of the UFC’s First Female Star

We came across video of a Fox Sports 1 documentary special on UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey this morning that you should definitely carve out some time to watch, if you’re into that sort of thing. “Breaking Ground” combines interviews with Rousey, her family, friends, coaches, and teammates with previously unreleased training footage to reveal a bit more about the young champ than we knew before.

The special details Ronda’s youth, from her early speech-developmental challenges, the sports she competed in before Judo, and her father’s tragic death, to her relocation to Los Angeles and transition into Judo under the tutelage of her world-champion mother. We also get to see that “Baby Ronda” was the same rowdy and “evil” competitor that we know and love now.

As can be expected, there are great, scary quotes aplenty from Ronda as well as her judo-champ mother, Ana Maria Rousey DeMars. Some of our favorites:

If my mom saw me goofing around or having fun or whatever, she would grab me and she would pull me and sit me in the corner and be like, ‘shut up, sit down and think about winning.’” — Ronda Rousey

When I was a little kid, when I thought of what I wanted to be when I grew up, I didn’t really think, ‘oh I want to be an accountant,’ or, ‘I want to be a dentist.’ I wanted something extraordinary, something that didn’t exist. I wanted to be a super hero.” — Ronda Rousey

I’d go up to people at tournaments and go up behind them and just like kick them in the back of the legs and say, ‘bitch, I’m going to break your fucking arm today.’” — Mama Rousey

Watch the video. Then, watch Ronda and Meisha Tate on the premiere of The Ultimate Fighter: Now We Have Chicks tonight at 10 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1.

-Elias Cepeda

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Garbage-Ass Lineup, Weekday Time-Slot Translate to Sluggish Ticket Sales for UFC Fight Night 28


(“Put your hands up if you’re going to kick some ass tonight…not so fast, Jussier.”)

After drawing over 16,000 fans to Belo Horizonte’s Mineirinho Arena for UFC 147 last June, the UFC is having a much harder time convincing the locals to return for today’s UFC Fight Night 28: Teixeira vs. Bader. A Combate report published yesterday claimed that only 4,200 tickets had been sold for the event, which is also being held at the 25,000-seat capacity Mineirinho. As a result, the UFC considered moving UFC Fight Night 28 to Chevrolet Hall, a smaller venue seven miles away. As MMAFighting reported, “Technical problems prevented the change, then the organization has decided to reduce the space for fans in the stands.”

First off, let’s have a moment of silence for the poor, downtrodden people of Belo Horizonte, who were given one of the worst events of 2012 in the form of UFC 147: Silva vs. Franklin, and are now being presented with an equally garbage-ass card this evening. In case you haven’t checked out the lineup, it starts out decent at the top (Glover Teixeira vs. Ryan Bader, Yushin Okami vs. Ronaldo Souza), and you have Joseph Benavidez in the #3 spot — which is alright, assuming you care about little flyweights — but then things quickly devolve into “never heard of ‘em” territory.

Edimilson “Kevin” Souza? Ramiro Hernandez Jr.? Elias Silvério? Ivan Jorge? Who are these guys? And how did two relatively obscure European prospects (Piotr Hallman, Ali Bagautinov) sneak onto the damn main card? The UFC has a bad habit of filling its Brazilian events with local scrappers in the hopes that Brazilian fans will cheer for anybody who’s Brazilian. And that’s fine for the prelims, but you also have to give people a reason to show up.

Glover Teixeira may not be enough of a reason, especially for those fans who were burned last year by a weak UFC event that was also low on star power. Sure, Glover was born in Minas Gerais, but he’s spent the last 14 years as a U.S. resident, and has been long associated with John Hackleman’s California-based fight camp The Pit. Exciting fighter? Absolutely. Local hero? Not exactly. Main event-caliber superstar? Definitely not. As for the co-main, Brazilian middleweight “Jacare” Souza is well-liked and usually entertaining; his opponent, Yushin Okami, is neither of those things.

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UFC Booking Alert: Mark Hunt and ‘Bigfoot’ Silva Verbally Agree to Fight in Australia Dec. 6th [UPDATED]


(Bigfoot returns to MMA from his foray into music December 6th against Mark Hunt.)

Update: The matchup has been officially confirmed for UFC Fight Night 33 at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre. Because of the time difference, Hunt vs. Bigfoot will take place December 7th locally, December 6th here in North America. The bout will be scheduled for five rounds.

Mark Hunt and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva will headline a December 6th UFC Fight Night card somewhere in Australia. MMA Fighting reports that the two hard-sluggin’ heavyweights have verbally agreed to fight one another. A city and venue has not been announced for the event.

Hunt is a native of nearby New Zealand but currently lives in Sydney, Australia, and is coming off his first loss in five fights at UFC 160 in May, when he was knocked out by Junior Dos Santos. Silva is also looking to rebound after a loss that same night, as he suffered a first-round TKO loss to current heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez.

Even in a division dominated by finishes, Hunt and Silva are particularly decision-averse. All four of Bigfoot’s UFC fights have ended by stoppage due to strikes (including his wins over Travis Browne and Alistair Overeem), while Hunt has only gone the distance once in six UFC appearances, earning victories over Chris Tuchscherer, Cheick Kongo, and Stefan Struve.

What do you think, Taters? Will Hunt start another unlikely campaign towards the heavyweight title or will “Bigfoot” use his eight-inch reach advantage to stop the “Super Samoan?” We’re not sure, but we know we like watching highlights of them smashing things so…Hunt and Silva highlight vids after the jump!

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Interview: New UFC Contender Jessica Eye Steps Up to the Big Leagues


(Photo via Keith Mills/Sherdog)

By Elias Cepeda

In case you hadn’t noticed, Jessica Eye has been a Bellator fighter for the past couple years. The flyweight/bantamweight had been signed to the organization since 2011 but, like other women on the roster, she had trouble getting fights with regularity.

Between Bellator appearances, Eye stayed busy by taking fights for the Ohio-based NAAFS league. But Eye knew that her time in Bellator was drawing to a close even before the promotion recently informed her that they were about to release her and all of their roster’s female fighters.

“I’m a smart woman so I knew something was up,” she chuckles.

“It was getting to the point where, if they didn’t get me my last fight in June, they would have soon been in breach of contract.”

Eye nonetheless managed to take on and beat marquee names such as Zoila Frausta Gurgel and Carina Damm (who botched a drug test moments before their fight), compiling a 10-1 record and seven-fight win streak since her pro debut in June 2010. At worst, Eye’s release from Bellator was bittersweet.

The MMA world was not at all surprised when the UFC quickly signed her to their bantamweight division and booked her against Sarah Kaufman, October 19th at UFC 166. The Cleveland fighter, however, never took the signing for granted.

“I’m 27 years old and that’s old enough to have learned that you shouldn’t assume anything,” Eye explains. “But I did have confidence that I had done enough in MMA that people had learned about me and that I would get picked up by the UFC.”

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Anthony Pettis Will Face TJ Grant When He Returns From Rehabbing Knee Sprain


(Anthony’s a generous guy. He actually left behind that WEC belt as a tip. / Photo via instagram.com/showtimepettis)

New UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis won’t be chasing a superfight against Jose Aldo just yet. As first reported by Kevin Iole, Pettis’s next fight will be a title-defense against TJ Grant, at an event to be named later.

Grant, who has won his last five fights in the Octagon, was slated to challenge Benson Henderson for the lightweight title at UFC 164, but was replaced by Pettis after he suffered a concussion in training. And now, Grant is coming to collect on the title shot he was originally promised, and then not promised, and is now being promised again, I guess.

As for when this lightweight title fight will take place, it partially depends on the condition of Pettis’s knee. “Showtime” suffered a moderate knee sprain while checking a kick from Bendo during their fight last Saturday, and will be sidelined for 7-8 weeks to rehab it. Luckily, the injury won’t require surgery, and it’s likely that we’ll see him back in action early next year.

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Hilarious Video of the Day: Miley Cyrus at the VMAs, With Commentary by Joe Rogan and Mike Goldberg


(Props: FreeFights4You via Luke Thomas)

Apologies if you saw it already, but this is an absolute classic. “Full back-mount here! Aw, this is nasty. This…this is horrific.”

#dead

Previously: Miley Cyrus Performs at the VMAs, Tries Too Hard, Is Gross

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Watch the UFC Fight Night 28 Weigh-Ins Right Here at 3 p.m. ET / Noon PT [UPDATED w/RESULTS]


(Props: YouTube.com/UFC)

The 22 fighters competing at tomorrow night’s UFC Fight Night 28: Teixeira vs. Bader event at the Mineirinho Arena in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, will be hitting the scales this afternoon beginning at 3 p.m. ET / Noon PT. Watch all the staredowns and shoving live in the video player above; we’ll update the results after the jump when it’s over.

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Former Boxing Champ Tommy Morrison Dies at 44


(Morrison celebrating after winning the WBO heavyweight championship in 1993 | Photo via Getty)

Tommy Morrison (48-3-1) was a boxing sensation, a cautionary tale and a controversial figure. He won the WBO heavyweight title in a 1993 fight against George Foreman, starred in Rocky V and earned millions of dollars. In 1996, he signed a multi-fight deal that was supposed to earn him nearly $40 million more.

Then, hours before a fight, he discovered that he had tested positive for HIV. Morrison retired from boxing but would later make a brief comeback, winning two more boxing bouts after denying the existence of HIV or AIDS, not only in his own body but in general, and testing negative multiple times for the HIV virus.

Morrison became ill again after complications from a chest surgery two years ago. Late Sunday night, the 44-year-old former champion died in an Omaha, Nebraska hospital with his wife Trisha by his side. We do not yet know an official cause of death.

A recent ESPN profile of Morrison gave a rare glimpse into his strange and secretive later life. It paints Morrison as troubled, to be sure, but also as a loving partner, son and caring friend who was, perhaps, too generous at times.

Morrison’s fight reels paint a picture of masterful violence — a skilled heavyweight boxer with speed and knockout power to spare. As Morrison’s family mourns his passing, let us fight fans enjoy some of the champ’s work in the sport he loved…

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Women in the UFC: Looking Back at the First Six Months, And What It Means for the Future


(Is the women’s bantamweight division still reliant on the star power of its champion? / Photo via Getty)

By Adam Martin

For years, UFC president Dana White was firmly against bringing women into the Octagon to fight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

In 2011, just two years ago, White told TMZ that women would “never” fight for his promotion. And yet now, in 2013, there are 15 women signed to a Zuffa contract and the UFC women’s bantamweight division is quickly becoming one of the promotion’s most crowd-pleasing weight classes.

So what changed?

The answer is simple: Ronda Rousey emerged as a superstar, and it’s Rousey that has singlehandedly brought women’s MMA into the mainstream — although White must be praised for giving her and other female fighters the platform to perform.

Now I really hate admitting this is the case, because I have been a fan of women’s fights ever since the HOOKnSHOOT days and I want to believe it was all of the women in sum putting on great fights that changed White’s mind, but it’s not a coincidence that White’s softened stance on allowing females to compete in the UFC coincided with Rousey’s unbeaten run to the top of the sport.

White, who is one of the smartest promoters in all of combat sports, was quick to realize Rousey could be a draw based on her good looks and vicious fighting style, and therefore make his company a lot of money, and the decision was made to bring her along with some other notable 135-pound females into the UFC earlier this year as a test drive of sorts.

And so far, the ride has been nothing but smooth.

UFC 157, which took place in February, featured not only the first women’s fight in UFC history but it was also the first UFC event to be headlined by two female fighters (Rousey and Liz Carmouche), and yet it did 450,000 PPV buys and a $1.35-million U.S. gate despite having a poor undercard. To the UFC, those numbers were a huge success and a slew of ladies were quickly signed by White and Co., who realized the fans loved Rousey vs. Carmouche and that they’d probably enjoy watching even more women fight.

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