August 28’s Bellator 141: Guillard vs. Girtz is now complete with the addition of four new bouts which will take place during the preliminary card at the beautiful Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, Calif.
In a critical lightweight matchup, Brent Primus (5-0) will put his undefeated record on the line against the dangerous Derek “The Barbaric” Anderson (12-1, 1 NC). Also on the card, middleweights AJ “The Mercenary” Matthews (7-3) versus Emiliano “He-Man” Sordi (13-4), as well as light heavyweights Ray Sloan (8-0), who goes to battle with Luc Bondole (4-1), and the young featherweight A.J. McKee (1-0) returns to face James Barnes (4-0). Finally, a third women’s bout has also been added, with the inclusion of Ilima Macfalane (1-0) against Maria Rios (2-2) in flyweight action.
In the evening’s main event, Melvin “The Young Assassin” Guillard (32-14-2, 2 NC) will face Brandon “Cold Roll” Girtz (11-4). The co-headliner will feature lightweight action that pits Saad Awad (18-6) against Patricky “Pitbull” Freire (13-6). Opening the main card, Lorenzo Hood (9-2) will make his Bellator MMA debut against Raphael Butler (9-1-1).
San Diego’s Anderson will look to parlay his impressive technical knockout of Danny Navarro at Bellator 132 when he steps into the Bellator MMA cage for the second time in 2015. A product of Team Xplode MMA, the man fans describe as “The Barbaric” will be seeking his 12th finish in 14 tries.
Since joining the Bellator MMA fray in 2013, Primus has been on a tear, ripping through all three opponents with first-round finishes. Now, the 30-year-old Portland, Ore., native will face the stiffest test of his young career when he goes up against Anderson. Will he manage to keep his undefeated, first-round finish streak alive?
Known by most mixed martial arts fans as one of top up-and-coming 185-pound fighters on the Bellator MMA roster, Matthews emphatically solidified his contender role in the division with his show-stopping knockout of Kyle Bolt at Bellator 131 this past November. Known as “The Mercenary,” the Blackline MMA product and Strikeforce veteran will look to continue his rise to the top of the middleweight heap when he returns to action on Aug. 28.
Standing opposite of Matthews will be Sordi, who burst on the Bellator MMA scene with a 58-second submission of former UFC fighter Bubba McDaniel. The 24-year-old Argentinian has not tasted defeat since 2012 and has earned all 13 of his professional victories before reaching the judges’ scorecards.
Undefeated in eight fights, Sloan has entered Bellator MMA impressively, winning his first two tilts. The Oceanside, Calif., native trains out of Excel Jiu-Jitsu and has utilized the discipline to defeat seven out of eight opponents via submission.
Bondole is a highly regarded prospect, fighting out of Kings MMA in Huntington Beach, Calif., whos last outing resulted in a draw against Chris Hererra. Now, he will look to secure a win over Sloan on his own terms, and not let the judges have a say.
The son of respected MMA fighter Antonio McKee, “The Mercenary” will look to continue to pave his own way through the sport. A.J. shined in his first outing, securing a first round rear-naked choke over Marcos Bonilla. He now faces a fellow Angelino in Barnes, who has been tearing up the Gladiator Challenge circuit, going 4-0 with two KO’s and two submissions, all taking place in the first round.
Ronda Rousey‘s star power just keeps getting stronger.
Following her destruction of Bethe Correia at UFC 190, Rousey is set to star in a film based on her autobiography, “My Fight/Your Fight,” according to a report on Monday.
Variety broke the news and revealed Rousey will not only star in the film, but also be one of the producers. A timeline for the film’s release date was not revealed.
Paramount Pictures secured the rights to Rousey’s book, which became a New York Times bestseller after being published earlier this year.
The UFC women’s bantamweight champion is no stranger to onscreen appearances, having done roles in “Expendables 3,” Fast and Furious 7,” and most recently, “Entourage.” She is currently scheduled to appear in “Mile 22″ alongside Mark Wahlberg next year.
Rousey’s popularity became wildly apparent last week leading into last Saturday’s pay-per-view. Media outlets of all kinds covered the fight, which saw Rousey finish Correia in just 34 seconds. The win was Rousey’s fourth consecutive first-round finish.
For her next appearance in the Octagon, Rousey will face Miesha Tate for a third time. The bout will likely land in AT&T Stadium in Texas, and pair with a UFC featherweight title fight between champion Jose Aldo and interim champ Conor McGregor.
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Marlon Moraes defended his World Series of Fighting bantamweight title on Saturday and was the top earner from the WSOF 22 fight card. The Nevada State Athletic Commission released the payouts from the Aug. 1 event to MMAWeekly.com on Monday. Morales banked more than the two main event fighters, Rousimar Palhares and Jake Shields, combined.
WSOF 22 Fighter Salaries
Rousimar Palhares: $80,000 (includes $40,000 win bonus) def. Jake Shields: $35,000
Marlon Moraes: $140,000 (includes $70,000 win bonus) def. Sheymon Moraes: $10,000
Clifford Starks: $20,000 (no win bonus) def. Mike Kyle: $10,000
Abubakar Nurmagomedov: $3,000 (includes $1,500 win bonus) def. Jorge Moreno: $1,000
Islam Mamedov: $8,000 (includes $4,000 win bonus) def. Jimmy Spicuzza: $3,000
Jake Heun: $6,000 (includes $3,000 win bonus) def. Davin Clark: $3,000
Donavon Frelow: $3,000 (includes $1,500 win bonus) def. Carlos Garcia: $1,000
Marco Simmons: $2,000 (includes $1,000 win bonus) def. Jimmy Jones: $1,000
Cory Hendricks: $2,000 (includes $1,000 win bonus) def. Julio Hinojosa: $1,000
Gil Guardado: $2,000 (includes $1,000 win bonus) def. Pete Martin: $1,000
WSOF 22 Disclosed Fighter Payroll: $332,000
Women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey received a minimal suspension following her 34-second knockout of Bethe Corriea in the UFC 190 main event on Saturday. The Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission released the medical suspensions steaming from the Rio de Janeiro event to MMAWeekly on Monday, and five fighters could be sidelined for six months.
UFC 190: Rousey vs. Correia Medica Suspensions
Ronda Rousey: Suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days.
Bethe Correia: Suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days.
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua: Suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days.
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira: Suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days.
Glaico França: Suspended for 30 days with no contact for 21 days.
Fernando Bruno: Suspended for 30 days with no contact for 21 days.
Reginaldo Vieira: Suspended 180 days, or have his nose x-rayed and cleared by doctor.
Dileno Lopes: Suspended 180 days, or have his nasal fracture cleared by an expert.
Stefan Struve: Suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days.
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira: Suspended 60 days with no contact for 45 days.
Antonio Silva: Suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days.
Soa Palelei: Suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days.
Claudia Gadelha: Suspended 180 days, or have left hand x-rayed and cleared by doctor.
Jessica Aguilar: Suspended 180 days, or have her nose x-rayed and cleared by doctor.
Demian Maia: Suspended 14 days with no contact for 7 days.
Neil Magny: Suspended 14 days with no contact for 7 days.
Patrick Cummins: Suspended 180 days, or have nasal fracture cleared by an expert.
Rafael Cavalcanted: Suspended 90 days with no contact for 60 days.
Warlley Alves: Suspended 14 days with no contact for 7 days.
Nordine Taleb: Suspended 14 days with no contact for 7 days.
Iuri Alcantara: Suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days.
Leandro Issa: Suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days.
Vitor Miranda: Suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days.
Clint Hester: Suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days.
Guido Cannetti: Suspended for 14 days with no contact for 7 days.
Hugo Viana: Suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days.
Mir (18-9) won the heavyweight title at UFC 48 in June 2004, but was later stripped of the title due to inactivity after suffering a broken leg in a motorcycle accident. Arlovski (24-10, 1 NC) won the vacant title in 2005.
The two heavyweight champions never fought when they were at the top of the division, but they will at UFC 191.
Arlovski is riding a five-fight winning streak, earning bonuses in his last two outings. After taking a year off, Mir has won back-to-back fights by knockout.
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira is one of the most decorated fighters in the sport of mixed martial arts, but it appears that it’s time for him to hang up his gloves and retire.
Following “Big Nog’s” submission loss to Stefan Struve at UFC 190 on Saturday night, UFC president Dana White said that it was time.
RELATED VIDEO > UFC 190 Fight Highlights: Stefan Struve vs. Rodrigo Nogueira
“I love Big Nog, and I think everybody loves Big Nog. He’s such a good guy,” White said at the UFC 190 post-fight press conference in Rio de Janeiro. “He’s respected by everybody.
Nogueira has been threw some amazing battles in the ring and cage. He’s been fighting professionally since 1999 against the likes of Fedor Emelianenko, Dan Henderson, Mirko Cro Cop, Fabricio Werdum, Cain Velasquez, Randy Couture, Frank Mir, and countless others.
But even Nogueira agrees that it’s time to call it a career, according to White.
“He doesn’t disagree. He and I are going to get together and we’re going to talk,” White continued. “I’m probably going to give him the Chuck Liddell, Matt Hughes, and Forrest Griffin deal. I’m going to bring him in and make him an employee.”
Like Liddell, Hughes, and Griffin, Nogueira would be a solid addition to the UFC staff. Following in their footsteps, as a UFC executive, Nogueira could be a brand ambassador and continue his mentoring of younger fighters in a more official capacity than he already does.
With him being Brazilian, he would also be the first fighter to take up such a role in one of the hottest regions of the world for the UFC.
Universally respected as a fighter and mentor, no one would argue that Nogueira would be a valuable addition.
Having fought through nearly two decades of thrilling battles, having won the old King of Kings tournament, having held heavyweight belts both in Pride and the UFC, Nogueira will be remembered for a career that spans one of the most transitional periods in mixed martial arts.
“@minotauromma is a living legend!!” said one of his managers, Ed Soares, on Instagram. “It has been an honor to work with such an incredible human being!! This guy has done everything in this sport!”
If he does call it a day, Nogueira will retire with an overall record of 34-10-1 with 1 no contest.
(Photo courtesy of Ed Soares – Instagram)
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Why do birds suddenly appear when you’re near? Because you said the wrong things to Ronda Rousey, that’s why.
The outcry over Rousimar Palhares’ finish of Jake Shields in their WSOF 22 welterweight championship fight on Saturday night was nearly unanimous. Palhares has a reputation for holding his submission’s well beyond what is necessary to get the victory, and Saturday’s night’s sub of Shields was no different.
But did he do Jake Shields dirty? Check out the fight finish below and judge for yourself… and then check out Shields’ opinion below that.The Fight Finish Your browser does not support iframes. Jake Shields Post-Fight Your browser does not support iframes.
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Roger Huerta will be returning to action at ONE: Dynasty of Champions on Sept. 1, when he faces Japanese lightweight Koji Ando in Shanghai. The UFC and Bellator veteran will be looking for a second straight win after stopping the previously undefeated Christian Holley last year.
Huerta (22-7-1-1) looked back to his best when he beat Holley in Dubai. His reward for that victory is a shot at one of the top fighters in the division in a match-up that will take place at the 18,000-capacity Mercedez Benz Arena in Shanghai.
Ando (11-4-2) became the first man to ever beat Rafael Nunes last year and then followed that with a third-round stoppage win over Zorobabel Moreira. He came up short in a title shot against Shinya Aoki, but will be looking to rebound with a win over Huerta.
ONE: Dynasty of Champions will be headlined by a middleweight title fight between reigning champion Igor Svirid and promotional newcomer Vitaly Bigdash and will also feature a four-man flyweight tournament for Chinese fighters.
The card also features two former bantamweight title challengers as Koetsu Okazaki (10-4-1) takes on Dae Hwan Kim (10-1-1). Both fighters were beaten by bantamweight champion Bibiano Fernandes with the former going the distance and the latter being submitted in the second round.
In total, there will be eight Chinese fighters on the card with the pick of the match-ups pitting featherweights Jumayi Ayideng (5-2) and Lige Teng (3-2) together. There’s also an intriguing fight in the 145-pound division between former lightweight champion Kotetsu Boku (22-10-2) and up-and-coming contender Major Overall (6-1).
The other non-tournament fights on the card sees Singaporean atomweight Angela Lee (1-0) look to build on her promising pro debut when she takes on Russia’s Elene Pashnina (0-2), who will be looking for a first pro win.
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UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey has run rampant through her weight class to the point that she’s going to fight Miesha Tate, someone that she’s beaten convincingly twice before, for a third time. That fight could happen in conjunction with a Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor fight in December at AT&T Stadium in Dallas.
Rousey has wins over the first, second, third, fourth, fifth, seventh and tenth-ranked fighters the 135-pound division. Her dominance over the competition has caused many to search their minds to find anyone that could challenge the undefeated champion. There’s predominantly only one name that pops into their heads: Cris “Cyborg” Justino. But Justino fights in a weight class above, at featherweight (145-pounds).
It’s a match-up that’s been on the minds of almost everyone since the two held titles in the Strikeforce promotion. It’s a fight that hardcore fans have wanted for a long time and one that casual fans would tune in to see. But there’s only one hiccup in putting together the biggest fight in women’s MMA history.
“The day that (Cyborg) makes the weight and does what she’s supposed to do, that fight is on. She wants that fight – everybody—you think I don’t’ want that fight to happen? That fight – now I’m changing my mind on that fight – I think that fight does two-and-a-half million buys. That fight is massive,” said UFC president Dana White after Rousey’s 34-second knockout win at UFC 190.
RELATED VIDEO > UFC 190 Fight Highlights: Ronda Rousey vs. Bethe Correia
Cyborg hasn’t been defeated in a decade. Her dominance over featherweight division is only shadowed by Rousey’s at bantamweight. A fight between the two is there for the making, as long as Justino weighs in at 135 pounds.
“The fight is there for Cyborg. She can make 145 (pounds) pumped full of steroids. She can move down without them. I’m not going anywhere. I don’t’ see why everyone acts like I have so much to prove when she’s the one that has to prove that she can actually fight legitimately,” said Rousey during the UFC 190 Post Show.
White laid out the roadmap for Justino to get an immediately title shot against Rousey in her UFC debut.
“She has to make the weight. She has to make the weight, she has to fight, and she has to be healthy,” he said. “She needs to go out, she needs to make the weight, compete at that weight, and she can come right here and fight Ronda.
“The Cyborg thing is complicated because everybody is ready to go. I’m ready for Cyborg. Ronda is ready for Cyborg. Every body is ready for that fight, but Cyborg has to make the weight,” said White during the UFC 190 post-fight press conference. “That fight is ready to roll whenever Cyborg is ready.”
As if the in-cage controversy between World Series of Fighting welterweight champion Rousimar Palhares and challenger Jake Shields weren’t enough at WSOF 22 on Saturday night in Las Vegas, the promotion also had to deal with a fight that broke out in the crowd and carried on outside the venue.
Minor skirmishes often occur at public events, but this one was unique in that it involved at least three UFC fighters. Perhaps not surprisingly, two of the three were Nick and Nate Diaz. The other was Khabib Nurmagomedov.
The Diaz brothers were in attendance primarily to support their teammate, Shields, while Nurmagomedov was there to corner his brother and another Russian fighter on the WSOF fight card.
There has been a building feud between Nurmagomedov and Nate Diaz on social media, and when they came face-to-face in the crowd on Saturday night, the situation quickly escalated into a physical altercation; one which WSOF executive Ali Abdel-Aziz began with Diaz throwing a punch at Nurmagomedov after the two exchanged some heated words.
RELATED VIDEO > Diaz Brothers and Nurmagomedov Camp Brawl in WSOF Crowd
“Nate went to Khabib and they just got talking,” Abdel-Aziz told MMAFighting.com. “They exchanged words and Nate threw a punch. I saw Nate throw a punch.”
It doesn’t appear that any charges have yet been filed, but all of the fighters under UFC contract could suffer the ramifications of the Code of Conduct policy that all UFC fighters are subject to.
In addition to that, Abdel-Aziz told MMAFighting.com that although he considers them friends, the Diaz brothers would no longer be allowed at future WSOF events.
“I can’t have Nick and Nate come to a World Series of Fighting event again,” Abdel-Aziz said. “I like these guys, but if they’re not going to show me respect coming to the show, how can I let them back in?”
The Diaz brothers were in attendance at WSOF 22 to support their teammate, Jake Shields, while Khabib Nurmagomedov was there to corner his brother and another Russian fighter on the WSOF fight card.
There has been a building feud between Nurmagomedov and Nate Diaz on social media, and when they came face-to-face in the crowd on Saturday night, the situation quickly escalated into a physical altercation that, at one point, included Nick Diaz hurling a beer at Nurmagomedov and his camp.
Much of the multi-stage altercation was caught in the videos below…
(Video courtesy of MMAInterviews)
(Video courtesy of MMAInterviews)
White said during the UFC 190 post-fight press conference that the company is aiming for a December date, possibly Dec. 5, for a fight card at AT&T Stadium, a venue that can seat over 80,000 spectators.
“Yeah, I’d like to put her on that card, and that card is probably going to be in Dallas, Texas,” White said.
Rousey took just 34 seconds to obliterate Bethe Correia in the main event at UFC 190 on Saturday, successfully defending her UFC women’s bantamweight title. With the win, Rousey is on a path to a third contest with Tate. In the first two meetings between the bantamweights, Rousey submitted her nemesis by armbar.
White said UFC 190 was trending higher than last month’s UFC 189 card, which the company indicated did 1 million buys on pay-per-view. McGregor headlined that card, winning the UFC interim featherweight title against Chad Mendes.
If the December card comes together as White said he hopes, the assumption is the combination of Rousey and McGregor will eclipse the numbers the last two pay-per-views have done, and quite possibly break the attendance record of UFC 129 in Toronto, which pulled in nearly 56,000 fans.
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After the fight, UFC president Dana White confirmed that she would get the next shot at the belt.
“Yes (she gets the next title shot),” said White. “She looked amazing tonight. Against a very well respected opponent, she looked amazing.”
RELATED VIDEO > UFC 190 Fight Highlights: Claudia Gadelha vs. Jessica Aguilar
Aguilar entered the fight with Gadelha on a 10-fight winning streak that included two victories over Japanese champion Megumi Fujii and former UFC strawweight champion Carla Esparza. But Gadelha put an end to that streak.
The only blemish on Gadelha’s record is a split-decision loss to the current champion, undefeated Joanna Jedrzejczyk. It’s a blemish that she hopes to erase when the two rematch.
It won’t be an easy task, however, as Jedrzejczyk has wrecked her two opponents since the decision win over Gadelha. She scored a TKO stoppage over Esparza to capture the belt and then did the same to Jessica Penne in her first defense.
White did not reveal when or where the two would rematch.
Dan Henderson and Vitor Belfort will fight for a third time in the UFC Fight Night 77 main event on Nov. 7 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The UFC officially announced the trilogy during the UFC 190 post-fight press conference on Saturday, but not before Henderson had some fun about his next fight on Twitter.
Just scheduled my next fight. Should be announced tonight!!!!!
— Dan Henderson (@danhendo) August 1, 2015
Who had their money on me vs Jacare? — Dan Henderson (@danhendo) August 2, 2015
Cause, it’s NOT Jacare…I’ll give you a hint. #rematch
— Dan Henderson (@danhendo) August 2, 2015
You Bisping fans can be happy……. It’s not him. — Dan Henderson (@danhendo) August 2, 2015
Geez, I didn’t realize how impatient mma fans are for their news. I’m fighting Vitor on Nov 7th in Sao Paulo.
— Dan Henderson (@danhendo) August 2, 2015
“We’re coming back to Brazil on Nov. 7 in Sao Paulo with a five-round main event between Dan Henderson and Vitor Belfort. We’ll build the card from there,” said Dana White during the UFC 190 post-fight press conference.
The two fighting legends have fought twice before with each coming away with a win.
They first fought at PRIDE 32 in October 2006 where Henderson defeated Belfort by unanimous decision at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. Belfort tested positive for the banned substance 4-hydroxytestosterone following the fight.
The two fought again seven years later at UFC Fight Night 32 in November 2013. Belfort knocked Henderson out with a head kick in 77 seconds. Both fighters were on the controversial testosterone replacement therapy at the time.
Neither fighter has looked in top form in their fights since TRT was banned in mixed martial arts in February 2014, which makes their third meeting extremely interesting.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship announced the winners of the $50,000 fighter bonuses stemming from UFC 190 following the event in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday. Ronda Rousey, Demian Maia, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Rogerio Nogueira took home the coveted awards.
Rousey, the women’s bantamweight champion, finished Bethe Correia in just 34 seconds in the main event to earn a Performance of the Night bonus. Correia hoped Rousey would enter into a striking exchange with her and she got her wish. Rousey pressed forward and landed a combination along the cage that hurt Correira. As the Brazilian tried to circle away, Rousey landed a right hand that left Correia face-down on the canvas.
Fight of the Night honors went to the co-main event fighters: Rua and Nogueira. It was a rematch a decade in the making. The two first met in the quarterfinal of the 2005 PRIDE Middleweight Grand Prix where Rua won a unanimous decision. Ten years later, the result didn’t’ change. Rua came back from being badly hurt in the opening round to win a unanimous decision.
Demian Maia was awarded a Perforance of the Night bonus for his second round submission of Neil Magny on the Fox Sports 1 preliminary card. Maia easily secured takedowns and worked his world class jiu-jitsu game. After taking Magny down early in the second frame, Maia took Magny’s back and locked in a rear-naked choke that forced his opponent to tap out. The win snapped Magny’s seven-fight winning streak.
UFC 190: Rousey vs. Correia took place at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday in front of a sold out crowd.
Ronda Rousey is now at a point in her stardom where she draws a crowd outside of MMA fandom. Basically anyone who’s anyone had something to say about the UFC women’s bantamweight champ.
Below is a collection of just some of the tweets that include not only UFC fighters, but other celebrities who were taken by the star power of the “Rowdy” one. It’s Hot Tweets!
Dam, told my buddy I would eat his shoe if it went over 3 min, I was generous
— Brian Stann (@BrianStann) August 2, 2015
Damn son. Ronda strikes again! #UFC190
— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) August 2, 2015
— Paige VanZant (@PaigeVanzantUFC) August 2, 2015
Wow ! Crazy. Huge congrats to the best @RondaRousey
— Chris Weidman (@ChrisWeidmanUFC) August 2, 2015
— Alpha Cat Zingano (@CatZingano) August 2, 2015
Nooooooo uh noooooooooooo she wasn’t readddddyyyyyyyy
— Anthony Johnson (@Anthony_Rumble) August 2, 2015
@RondaRousey was dominate as always
— robbie lawler (@Ruthless_RL) August 2, 2015
I prayed for a few rounds and barely got half a minute. Ronda Rousey is devastating!! She is too much for these women. #UFC190
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) August 2, 2015
Good fight for Honda.My next fight is140lbs,then I hope we get a chance to give fans the WMMA fight the most violent fight in the history!
— Cris Cyborg (@criscyborg) August 2, 2015
— Miesha Tate (@MieshaTate) August 2, 2015
— LeBron James (@KingJames) August 2, 2015
— Aaron Rodgers (@AaronRodgers12) August 2, 2015
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) August 2, 2015
— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) August 2, 2015
Mid-80s Tyson reincarnated.
— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) August 2, 2015
Rousey’s next opponent: pic.twitter.com/qW2WKWsMt1
— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) August 2, 2015
The big winners and marquee names from the UFC 190: Rousey vs. Correia pay-per-view event fielded question from the media following the fight card on Saturday. Hear what the fighters had to say about their fights, find out who earned the coveted fighter bonuses and all the news stemming from the event in Rio de Janeiro.
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Rousey blasted away at her opponent from the opening bell, ending the contest by landing a right hand that sent Correia falling face first to the canvas.
“It kind of went as expected,” Rousey said, explaining her finish of the bout in her post-fight interview.
Rousey and Correia immediately engaged in a scrappy exchange that saw the latter fighter take a majority of the damage. After a tie-up, Correia fell to the floor and rolled back up to her feet where Rousey met her with more offense.
As Correia tried to defend punches against the fence, Rousey unloaded and landed a right hand behind the ear.
Correia fell to the floor, unconscious, and referee John McCarthy pulled Rousey away to signal an end to the bout.
Leading into the match, Rousey said she wanted to punish Correia for comments she made about suicide. Rousey’s father committed suicide when she was young, and her opponent’s comments helped fueled her desire to finish the fight.
“I hope nobody brings up my family anymore when it comes to fights,” she said. “I hope this is the last time.”
With the win, Rousey improves her undefeated record to 12-0 and will now likely meet Miesha Tate for a third time.
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