The United States Federal Trade Commission’s second investigation into the business practices of the UFC has come to an end. The FTC determined that it would not take any further action against the UFC at this time.
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal:
“In a letter to Zuffa LLC’s legal counsel addressed Nov. 20, the FTC’s Northwest Regional Office attorney Stuart Hirschfeld wrote the nonpublic investigation by the FTC’s Bureau of Competition to determine whether Zuffa or any of its partners are engaging in conduct that violates Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act through the use of long-term exclusive contracts or other exclusionary conduct has been closed.
“Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act addresses unfair or deceptive business practices.”
The FTC’s investigation is not to be confused with the class-action lawsuit against the UFC that was brought on by fighters such Jon Fitch, Cung Le, and Nate Quarry. That lawsuit is currently still in motion.
Trump tweeted, “Glad to see that @RondaRousey lost her championship fight last night. Was soundly beaten – not a nice person!”
Perhaps look in the mirror Mr. Trump… how nice is it to revel in another person’s failure?
Trump’s ire supposedly was raised when Rousey told CNN that she doesn’t vote for reality stars and instead backed Bernie Sanders in his U.S. presidential bid after Trump thought he had Rousey’s support.
McGregor continued to give his support from one champion to another saying, “Very tough fight. Holly fought a great fight. I have much respect. This is the fight business. These things happen.
“Ronda will be back. True champions come back. And congratulations to Holly, the new champion… Defeat is the secret ingredient to success. True champions can conquer that, overcome it, and come back. So I wish her all the best and that’s it.”
Over the past seven months, Jon Jones was involved in a hit and run car accident, suspended by the UFC, stripped of his UFC light heavyweight title, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of leaving the scene of an accident, given 18 months of supervised probation and finally, in late October, reinstated by the organization.
Throughout this tumultuous time, Jones hasn’t talked to the media.
He finally broke his silence last week during an exclusive interview with our friends at MMAFighting.com. In the interview, Jones talks about everything that he has endured recently, how he plans on rebounding, and much more.
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Magny stepped in on late notice to upset Kelvin Gastelum in the UFC Fight Night 78 headliner on Saturday, Nov. 21, in Monterrey, Mexico, but received a 180-day suspension due to concerns over a possible broken left hand.
Eight other fighters joined him with possible six-month suspensions, including debuting featherweight Diego Sanchez.
Without a local sanctioning body in Monterrey, the UFC self-regulated the event, issuing the UFC Fight Night 78 medical suspensions via MixedMartialArts.com, the official mixed martial arts record-keeper.UFC Fight Night 78 Medical Suspensions
- Neil Magny: 180 days or negative x-ray of left hand; 30 days no fight, 21 days no contact
- Ricardo Lamas: 30 days no fight, 21 days no contact
- Diego Sanchez: 180 days or negative x-ray of left leg; 45 days no fight, 30 days no contact
- Henry Cejudo: 30 days no fight, 21 days no contact
- Erik Montano: 180 days or negative x-ray of left ankle; 30 days no fight, 21 days no contact
- Enrique Marin: 30 days no fight, 21 days no contact
- Enrique Barzola: 180 days or negative MRI of left shoulder; 30 days no fight, 21 days no contact
- Horacio Gutierrez: 30 days no fight, 21 days no contact
- Leandro Silva: 180 days or negative MRI of left shoulder and left elbow; 30 days no fight, 21 days no contact
- Erik Perez: 180 days or negative x-ray of right foot
- Hector Urbina: 180 days or negative nasal x-ray; 45 days no fight, 30 days no contact
- Scott Jorgensen: 180 days or orthopedic clearance of left hand; 30 days no fight, 30 days no contact
- Gabriel Benitez: 45 days no fight, 30 days no contact
- Vernon Ramos: 45 days no fight, 30 days no contact
- Polo Reyes: 180 days or negative x-ray of left hand
- Cesar Arzamendia: 45 days no fight, 30 days no contact
Waterson reportedly suffered an injury and had to pull out of her planned fight with Tecia Torres, according to MMAJunkie.com.
While Waterson vs. Torres was slated for the preliminary portion of the event, it was a pivotal bout on the stacked fight card. Jose Aldo looks to unify his UFC featherweight championship with the interim belt wrapped around Conor McGregor‘s waist in the UFC 194 main event, while middleweight champ Chris Weidman looks to defend his title against Luke Rockhold in the co-main event.
The winner of the Waterson vs. Torres bout would have emerged as one of the leading contenders to UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk. With Waterson out of the fight, the UFC is left to try and line up a new opponent for Torres.
World Series of Fighting announced on Tuesday that it has added three new bouts to complete the main card for “WSOF26: Palmer vs. Almeida,” which will be headlined by a world championship showdown between reigning featherweight kingpin Lance Palmer and Alexandre Almeida, at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Friday, Dec. 18, live on NBCSN, at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.
Joining the previously announced main event and light heavyweight co-main event between Tyrone “King of the Ring” Spong and Jake Heun, will be a lightweight (155 pounds) contest between aggressive-minded, rising star Ozzy Dugulubgov and submission wizard Nic “Naptime” Herron-Webb; a bantamweight matchup between wrestling phenom Josh “Gentleman” Hilland undefeated sensation Bekbulat Magomedov; and a featherweight (145 pounds) tilt between devastating strikers Robbie “Problems” Peralta and Sheymon Moraes.
“We are looking forward to closing out a year of incredible growth for World Series of Fighting with an exceptional lineup of world-class bouts featuring some of our most established superstars as well as several new faces that we recently welcomed to our roster and that we expect to make an immediate impact in our decagon cage,” said World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo.
The complete WSOF26 preliminary bout card will be announced soon. The card is subject to change.
Ozzy Dugulubgov vs. Nic Herron-Webb
The 26-year-old Dugulubgov (7-2) of Hackensack, N.J. is looking to notch his third consecutive win and second of 2015, following a first round (3:39) TKO (arm injury) of Lucas Montoya on April 10. Prior to his latest conquest, Dugulubgov, a Renzo Gracie protégé that boasts a near-perfect record of 4-1 in World Series of Fighting competition, scored a highlight reel-worthy KO (punch) of Keon Caldwell in the third round (1:38) of their matchup on September 13, 2014.
Herron-Webb (18-6) of Anchorage, Alaska is a 25-year-old, former welterweight (170 pounds) who has been fire, winning all four of his last bouts by way of submission, to arrive at his debut with World Series of Fighting. To date, 14 of Herron-Webb’s 18 professional career wins have come by way of submission, 8 of which he produced inside the first round of battle.
Josh Hill vs. Bekbulat Magomedov
A former World Series of Fighting championship challenger, Hill (12-1) of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada went the distance with reigning bantamweight champion Marlon Moraes before finding himself on the losing end of a unanimous decision on February 12.
The 28-year-old has since re-grouped after what marked his first career defeat, and reeled off two consecutive wins outside of the World Series of Fighting decagon – a third round (2:01) submission (rear-naked choke) of Josh Rettinghouse on May 30, and a unanimous decision over Ion Vranceanu on August 31.
Magomedov (16-0) of Makhachkala, Dagestan, Russia, will risk his perfect record in the U.S. for the first time ever, after a run that has distinguished the 24-year-old Sambo champion as the number two ranked featherweight in Ukraine and the number seven ranked featherweight in Russia.
Of Magomedov’s 16 professional career victories, 8 have come by way of (T)KO and 3 have come by way of submission.
Robbie Peralta vs. Sheymon Moraes
Making his World Series of Fighting debut, Peralta (18-6, 1 NC) of Escondido, Calif. has served up several memorable moments in the cage with his punching power, notching 13 of his 18 professional career wins to date by way of (T)KO. The 29-year-old made his first big mark in the sport on April 9, 2011 when he scored a major upset over then-DREAM champion Hiroyuki Takaya by way of split decision under the promotion of the now-defunct Strikeforce.
Moraes will look to rebound after suffering his first professional defeat at the hands of reigning World Series of Fighting champion Marlon Moraes on August 1. Prior to the title fight, the dangerous 25-year-old member of Team Nogueira had appeared to be unstoppable, scoring (T)KO wins over four of his first seven opponents.
McGregor doesn’t think Aldo will show up, and Aldo predicts that he’ll punish the Irishman in one-sided fashion. Fellow featherweight Clay Guida agrees with Aldo’s assessment of what’s going to happen in the MGM Grand Garden Arena that night.
“I think Aldo is going to knock the snot out of him. I hope he legs kicks him until Conor can’t walk,” Guida said during the UFC Fight Night 77 media day.
Guida doesn’t think McGregor’s winning streak is as impressive as it is promoted, but conceded that McGregor is a skilled fighter.
“Yeah, he can fight, but he hasn’t fought anyone that was ready for a fight. He caught Chad Mendes on two weeks notice. We saw what happened for 10 minutes almost. Chad was pounding his face into the mat,” he said.
Guida believes that McGregor’s achilles heel is a match-up against a wrestler. He believes that McGregor’s win over Mendes was due to the Alpha Male-trained fighter accepting the bout on short notice without having a proper training camp.
“You give him like myself, Chad or Frankie [Edgar] a solid training camp, and people won’t be talking about Conor McGreor anymore,” said Guida.
ONE: Spirit of Champions is set for the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila on Dec. 11. Five more fights were recently announced for the card, including flyweight match-ups for Filipinos Geje Eustaquio and Eugene Toquero.
Eustaquio (6-4) is a former 125-pound title challenger, who was unfortunate to drop a split decision to Anatpong Bunrad in April. The Team Lakay representative will be looking to get back to winning ways when he takes on China’s Jianbing Yang, who is also coming off a split-decision defeat.
Toquero (7-2) is in a similar situation to Eustaquio in that he is coming off a win and has been matched with a Chinese opponent. Coincidentally the fighter facing him in Manila is Wu Ze (3-2), who beat Yang by split decision in the final of the ONE Flyweight Tournament in Guangzhou.
There will also be two Singaporean siblings on the card as Angela Lee returns to the ONE Championship cage for the fourth time and her younger brother Christian makes his promotional debut. Angela (3-0) has already fought for ONE Championship three times this year, winning them all by first-round submission.
She will be taking on Polish newcomer Lena Tkhorevska (3-1) in a 115-pound bout. At the age of 17, Christian is two year’s younger than Angela and he will be competing in MMA for the first time when he faces Australia’s David Meak (1-4) in a featherweight encounter.
The other match-up announced by Asia’s biggest MMA organization sees Brazilian featherweight Bruno Pucci (3-0) return to the cage after an 18-month absence to take on undefeated Dutchman Anthony Engelen (3-0).
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Initially shooting for a November date for Invicta FC 15, the all-women’s fight promotion has pushed the event’s date back to January in Southern California.
Invicta FC president Shannon Knapp, on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour, revealed that Invicta FC 15 would take place on Jan. 16, 2016, in Costa Mesa, Calif. The promotion is targeting a fight between featherweight champion Cris “Cyborg” Justino and Cindy Dandois at 140 pounds, but contracts have not yet been signed.
While Knapp is targeting Cyborg for the SoCal card, Cyborg appears to be getting a little frustrated by the constant shifting around when it comes to her next bout. She had been trying to get a fight at 140 pounds, so that she can take the next step towards eventually getting down to 135 pounds in order to fight in the UFC.
— Cris Cyborg (@criscyborg) November 23, 2015
If the deal gets done, she’ll be fighting Dandois on Jan. 16. Dandois is 6-2, with her most recent loss coming to current Invicta FC 135-pound champ Tonya Evinger. She most recently defeated Megan Anderson at Invicta FC 14, but also holds an MMA victory over Jorina Baars, who defeated Cyborg in a Lion Fights kickboxing match in 2014.
Cyborg (14-1, 1 NC) hasn’t fought since July, when she took out Faith Van Duin just 45 seconds into their Invicta FC 13 title fight.
Bouts confirmed for the Invicta FC 15 fight card include Irene Aldana vs. Raquel Pa’aluhi and recently signed UFC vet Angela Hill vs. Jodie Esquibel.
Interim titleholder Conor McGregor is gearing up to fight featherweight champion Jose Aldo at UFC 194 on Dec. 12 in Las Vegas, but before he made the trip to the U.S. to wind down his training camp, he conducted a lengthy interview with our friends at Severe MMA.
Stepping inside of McGregor’s world on his home turf, at the SBG gym in Ireland, the usually boisterous fighter was rather soft spoken and taken aback by the story of a man from Northern Ireland, who found solace and inspiration in McGregor’s achievements, enough so that it helped him to opt against suicide.
But as soft-spoken as he was, McGregor still carried the unshakable air of confidence that he always does, particularly when discussing Aldo and whether or not he believes the champ will make it to fight night.
Without further ado, the Conor McGregor interview in its entirety…
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It didn’t take long for newly crowned UFC women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm to receive star treatment following her UFC 193 knockout win over Ronda Rousey. She recently attended an NBA game with actor Jamie Foxx and hung out with boxer Floyd Mayweather.
To the victor goes the spoils.
UFC on Monday announced tryouts for the upcoming season of its long-running successful reality series, The Ultimate Fighter, at Red Rock Casino in Las Vegas on December 14. This season’s tryouts are currently open to both 115-pound and 135-pound women, as well as 205-pound men, with winning professional records.
This season of The Ultimate Fighter will begin filming in January and is scheduled to premiere on FS1 in April 2016.
Candidates must be between 21 and 34 years of age, have the legal ability to live and work in the United States, and have professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fight experience – holding a winning record with a minimum of three professional fights (with verifiable records). Applications, which should be completed and brought to the tryouts, can be found online here. Tryout details are provided below:
Red Rock Casino
11011 W. Charleston Blvd.
Las Vegas, Nevada 89135
Monday, December 14, 2015
Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. PT
Fighters will be required to grapple and hit pads. Please bring appropriate gear.
*Applicants will be notified at the end of the day if they have been selected to move on in the casting process. If selected, applicants must be prepared to stay in Las Vegas until Saturday, December 19, 2015.
The Ultimate Fighter, which debuted in 2005, has launched the careers of some of the UFC’s most recognizable names and successful athletes. The series has produced champions such as Forrest Griffin, Rashad Evans, TJ Dillashaw, Carla Esparza and Matt Serra, as well as season winners Michael Bisping, Ryan Bader, Nate Diaz and John Dodson.
Former lightweight champion Benson Henderson‘s impressive fourth-round submission win over Brandon Thatch in his welterweight debut at UFC Fight Night 60 earned him his fifth Fight of the Night award. Henderson faces Jorge Masvidal on Nov. 28 at UFC Fight Night 79 in Seoul, South Korea.
Before we dive into our coverage of Survivor Series 2015, let’s start with a little Professional Wrestling 101: It’s 2015, which means wrestling is nowhere near as cool as it used to be; but it is desperately trying to be. The WWE is badly looking for its next big star. The closest thing the WWE has had in terms of a mainstream star in the last decade has been John Cena, a major star within the business, but he never broke through to the mainstream quite like Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock or God help us, Hulk Hogan.
Still, Cena has carried the company like a good dad who works three jobs so that his wife can stay home with the kids. He might not be living on the beach, driving a Porsche, sitting in the corner office of a Fortune 500 company, but his family is taken care of, the bills are paid, and everyone is proud of dad’s effort.
The WWE has done just fine with Cena, but the company has not been on the mainstream radar like it was in the late 1990s. And now John Cena is 38. Yes, he’s almost 40. So the WWE has been desperately trying to find a new superstar to replace Cena, and possibly break into the mainstream as one of the icons of the sport.
Which brings us to the Survivor Series and 2015. The WWE badly wants Roman Reigns to be The Next Big Thing in wrestling. For some reason, WWE CEO Vince McMahon has targeted Reigns as the future, and he has forced devoted wrestling fans to live with his horrible booking for more than a year now. You see, McMahon loves Reigns, but since most of the fans who watch wrestling these days are hardcore fans, they naturally rebel against any corporate direction. On PPV and television shows, it’s the cool thing to boo Reigns out of the building. Reigns is more popular at non-televised live house shows because, well, people are just there to have a good time, and they know Reigns is going to win, and typically what happens at live house shows doesn’t affect storylines on television.
So even though The Survivor Series was billed as “25 Years of The Dead Man” the Survivor Series was not really about The Undertaker, but more about crowning Roman Reigns as the new world champion. This was supposed to be his night. Originally, Reigns was supposed to defeat Seth Rollins for the WWE championship tonight, but Rollins, who won the title at WrestleMania earlier this year, blew out his ACL and had to give up the title. So the WWE held a tournament – with the new champion crowned at the Survivor Series.
Tonight is supposed to be Reigns’ night, right?
So here we go. The show opens with Lilian Garcia singing the national anthem. Isn’t she tired of doing this yet? She’s a good singer, but seriously, they need to cut The Big Show’s food budget and hire talent from the local area to sing the anthem. Heck, let the Road Dogg sing it. At least it’s something different. Garcia has been singing the anthem for more than a decade and she’s not getting any better.
The other thing you should know about the modern-day WWE is that the announcing absolutely sucks. What’s worse than the most uninspired roster of WWE superstars since 1995? The worst broadcasting team in WWE history. We need Jim Ross back, but sadly, we are stuck with Lawler, Michael Cole and John Bradshaw Layfield. It’s not that they are bad — it’s that they are terrible. I want more from my announcers than “what a headbutt!”
Hearing these three guys call a PPV is like getting the “other” NFL Sunday Fox cable broadcast, you know the one that Troy Aikman and Joe Buck aren’t calling. It’s usually some guy named Bill and Ted, both with overly deep voices and audio like it’s projecting from one speaker.Roman Reigns defeated Alberto Del Rio with a spear
That was way cooler when Goldberg and Edge did it. So Reigns is the son of former Wild Samoan Sika, and some type of cousin to The Rock. For some reason, he is the only Samoan in the history of wrestling that McMahon has not tried to dress up in a hula skirt. McMahon really likes Reigns. Reigns has deep blue eyes, long black hair and a unique, muscular look. So even though Reigns is an average worker (workmanship = ability to make a wrestling match look legitimate) he’s destined for greatness because McMahon think’s he’s marketable. Del Rio, a great worker, carried Reigns throughout the match (carried = does all the stunts to make the other guy look like a badass) and did the job (job = lose) for Reigns.
Del Rio carried this match through several of Reigns’ mistimed, botched spots. Reigns delivered an ugly back-body drop that nearly dropped Del Rio on his head. Del Rio lit him up with a stiff kick to the head, but not sloppy-stiff like Goldberg did to Bret Hart. Del Rio did the total Ric Flair working with a broomstick here to put Reigns over.
If it were a real fight: Del Rio would kill him in about 2 minutes. Del Rio has legitimate MMA experience and was once famously knocked out by Mirko Cro Cop.Dean Ambrose defeats Kevin Owens with the Dirty Deeds double arm DDT.
So both of these guys are popular with the fans. Ambrose is a decent worker. Owens is amazing. His constant talking in this match made it seem real and intense. “And that’s why I am the next champ!” he screams after powerbombing Ambrose. Owens wrestles in black shorts and a shirt. That’s a good thing. Without a shirt, he probably resembles Roy Nelson. Owens is a fat guy. But that’s OK. Owens is still a legit badass. With a shirt that says “Fight, Owens, Fight, Owens is the common man’s hero. If this were 1985, he’d be Dusty Rhodes.
McMahon and Triple H aren’t big fans of fat or short wrestlers, so Owens may be stuck in the mid-card for the rest of his life. It’s not his night anyway because he’s simply there to job to Ambrose.
This is a good match with Owens and Ambrose working stiff (hitting each other hard for real to create the illusion of reality) and Owens. Ambrose pinned him Owens with the Dirty Deeds, sending Ambrose off to work with his “brother” in the main event.
If it were a real fight: Give the edge to Kevin Owens. He’s bigger, stronger and although he lacks cardio, he looks like he throws a way better right hand.Ryback, the Lucha Dragons and the Usos defeated The New Day, King Barrett and Sheamus.
This is a comedy match featuring six guys the WWE has no idea how to book. The New Day is a fun three-man tag team, but everyone else is just kind of there. Ryback is a big bodybuilder type who can’t wrestle. The Lucha Dragons are an exciting team, but since they are Luchadors, they are just booked as low-on-the-card comedy act. The Usos are popular, but kind of like The Rockers were in the 1990s. No one took them seriously. King Barrett is a good athlete and talker for whom the WWE just can’t find the right gimmick. Sheamus, well he’s one of Triple H’s friends, so he will be just fine.
The problem with 10-man tag matches is that there’s never much storytelling. It’s just a bunch of quick falls. This match was no different. In the grand scheme, this match was meaningless and did not perpetuate any of the WWE storylines. Crowd was dead for the match. Dud.
If it were a real fight: King Barrett is reigning supreme.Charlotte defeated Paige by submission to retain the WWE Divas Championship.
Charlotte is Ric Flair’s daughter and the WWE is so desperate for mainstream attention that on Monday Night Raw last week Paige was scripted to question the strength and toughness of Charlotte’s real-life brother Reid Flair, who died of a drug overdose a few years ago. This angle backfired on the company, with many people accusing the WWE of poor taste. So they essentially dropped the comment from the storyline with only the announcers making comments such as “this is a match that has become extremely personal.”
For the past several years the Divas matches have been slightly above the skill level of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling from the the 1980s. But in the last year, the WWE has attempted to treat the ladies less like sex objects and more like wrestlers. Charlotte and Paige are good wrestlers who put on a good women’s match. Lots of submission holds, decent offense and defense, and a match with good storytelling.
Charlotte tapped Paige out using her father’s famed figure-four-leglock. They have big plans for Charlotte. Ronda Rousey anyone?
If it were a real fight: *shoulder shrug*Tyler Breeze defeats Dolph Ziggler with the Unprettier.
So I hate both of these guys. Breeze looks like combination of Johnny Nitro and Christian. His gimmick is that he is a self-obsessed millennial who constantly takes selfies. Ziggler is a joke wrestler who oversells. Instead of falling on his back from a clothesline, he insists on doing a 360 and then landing on his back just to show off how well he can bump fall. McMahon hates Ziggler because he’s too skinny so he insists on keeping him in the mid-card and never pushing him. So tonight he lost to Breeze, a guy who probably will be in the Andre The Giant Battle Royal at WrestleMania. If the WWE had competition, Ziggler would jump ship to a promotion that appreciates him.
If it were a real fight: Gold help us. They would probably end up doing each other’s hair and thumb wrestling.Kane & The Undertaker defeated The Wyatt Family with tombstone piledriver.
The Wyatt Family has the best ring entrance in the business. The WWE turns out the lights and the fans hold up their cell phones. Pretty amazing sight. Unless it’s at WrestleMania 31, and your entrance is in the middle of the day, then it’s really lame.
The Wyatt family are supposed to be a group of deranged hillbillies. Seriously. They are maniacal mountain men who terrorize people. Seriously. That’s their gimmick. And you wonder why the WWE has trouble creating new stars?
Kane is the first brother of destruction to come to the ring. Kane is The Undertaker’s fictional brother and they are reuniting here for Survivor Series. Kane has not been cool since he was dropping buckets of fake blood on top of Stone Cold’s head on Monday Night Raw in the 1990s.
The Undertaker is back and boy is he happy he’s not wrestling Brock Lesnar tonight. In a tag team the younger Kane can do all the work, and the Taker can just enjoy his ring entrance and participating in double-fisted choke slams.
I think I fell asleep during The Undertaker’s entrance. Talk about dated. Forget John Cena and Roman Reigns. The Undertaker is the most over-pushed superstar in history. I mean, he has a cool gimmick, but his entrance is so painfully slow and boring.
Announcer JBL made me want to slam my laptop down and contemplate life when he said watching The Undertaker enter the ring was like “watching Babe Ruth walking into Yankee Stadium.” SHUT UP.
Michael Cole then called The Undertaker “the greatest of all time.”
That’s like calling Peyton Manning the greatest of all time. It’s just stupid.
This match features a lot of punching, kicking and choke-slamming. It’s really dumb that McMahon believes Cena is too old, yet we have to painfully sit through 15 minutes of The Undertaker stumble through a match.
Bray Wyatt is wrestling in white pants. No one should wrestle in white pants unless your name is Seth Rollins or Shawn Michaels.
After Taker won with a tombstone on Luke Harper, the crowd gave him a standing ovation. It was probably a treat to see the Taker wrestle and not have him get totally destroyed by Lesnar.
If it were a real fight: The Wyatt Family would bury those dinosaurs.Roman Reigns defeated Dean Ambrose to win the WWE Championship
Ambrose came out shirtless, which could not have made McMahon or Triple H happy. Ambrose’s black tang top was stripped off during the first match so he winged it and my God does he need to hit the weights. The 123 kid had more muscle definition. Chyna had more muscle definition. Ambrose looks like he needs to eat a few carbs. He certainly does not look like a professional wrestler.
This was a decent match with some good spots, with Ambrose carrying Reigns like he had handles on his back. Reigns spent the entire match trying to connect with his Superman punch – where he runs at you and swings. Yeah it’s realistic.
After several near-falls, Reigns pinned Ambrose with a spear and Reigns is the new champion!
Ambrose hugged Reigns and the confetti poured from the ceiling like Lex Luger was in the building.
This was Reigns’ big moment — or was it?
Suddenly Triple H’s music hit. Hunter walked to the ring and extended his hand to Reigns. Hunter the week prior asked Reigns to join The Authority, essentially the WWE’s insider baseball group of executives who run the show on television. Instead of shaking Hunter’s hand, Reigns speared him.
As Reigns turned around, Sheamus, the WWE’s Money in the Bank winner, kicked Reigns in the face. Now quickly, the Money in the Bank is a suitcase that Sheamus won earlier this year. The suitcase is suspended high above the ring and the wrestler who can get to it first wins the suitcase, which gives the wrestler and immediate title match whenever he chooses to cash it in. Most wrestlers cash in their Money in the Bank contract at exactly this point — when a champion is tired and beaten up.
Reigns amazingly kicked out of the big kick. But not the second one. Sheamus spoiled Reigns party by cashing in his contract and pinning Reigns for the title.
Sheamus is now a four-time world champion. Reigns loses again. The WWE still has no new top star. Sheamus is not that guy. He is what wrestling fans call “a transitional champion.”
Who would win in a real fight: Not Reigns. He would be too busy flicking the hair out of his face. Not Ambrose. His standup is worse than Ronda Rousey’s. Probably Sheamus, who is the most manly of the bunch.Follow @MMAHotSauce on Twitter and Facebook. Also follow MMAWeekly.com on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Old man strempf.
A 64-year-old man — who by all accounts is in better shape than all of the MMA media combined — wished UFC interim featherweight champ Conor McGregor good luck in his next bout by doing muscle-ups on camera. By the time his video cuts off, he does seven reps, which is about 832 more than the author of this article can do.
Conor responded with a video of his own, doing almost as many as his senior fan.
Watch the videos below. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go knock out a couple sit-ups. To the footage!Follow @MMAHotSauce on Twitter and Facebook. Also follow MMAWeekly.com on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Congrats Neil Magny on a tough fight and awesome win on two weeks notice. Looked awesome!!… https://t.co/uqdOCVwv35
— TJ Dillashaw (@TJDillashaw) November 22, 2015
R1 10-9 Magny R2 10-9 Magny R3 10-9 Magny R4 10-8 Gastelum R5 10-9 Gastelum 47-47 this is what I saw. — Rafael dos Anjos (@RdosAnjosMMA) November 22, 2015
Great fight by the way!!
— Rafael dos Anjos (@RdosAnjosMMA) November 22, 2015
Both these guys showed up to fight tonight
— Cub Swanson (@CubSwanson) November 22, 2015
Def a draw
— Edward Alvarez (@Ealvarezfight) November 22, 2015
I thought it was a decent Decision. I had it 47-47 for a draw. But I’d rather 48-47 Magny over 48-47 Kelvin
— Kevin Lee (@MoTownPhenom) November 22, 2015
— Drew Dober (@DrewDober) November 22, 2015
Cool post fight speech from Magny. Hate to see #tuf17 guys lose, but impressive to see Neil have more success than Woodley in early rounds.
— Josh Samman (@JoshSamman) November 22, 2015
— Court McGee (@Court_McGee) November 22, 2015
Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) president Ed Soares recently announced that the promotion will return to Orange County with RFA 33 – Townsend vs. Chavez in December for the promotion’s year-end event. The RFA 33 headliner will feature a showdown between two of the sport’s most exciting lightweights as Adam “Prime Time” Townsend returns to battle Orange County’s own E.J. “The Mad Titan” Chavez. RFA 33 – Townsend vs. Chavez will take place Friday, December 11th at The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, California. The entire main card will be televised live and nationwide on AXS TV at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT.
“I’m happy to be bringing the RFA back to Orange County for our year-end event”, stated Soares. “RFA 33 – Townsend vs. Chavez will end 2015 in a big way. Adam Townsend is looking for his third straight win over a UFC vet, while E.J. Chavez is out to show why he’s one of Orange County’s most talented and exciting fighters.”
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Townsend (14-3) will enter the main event of RFA 33 looking to put the finishing touches on a spectacular 2015. “Prime Time” made his presence known immediately upon signing with the RFA this past spring. He served as a pivotal member of Team RFA that defeated Team Legacy in the historic cross-promotion that took place this past May. Townsend defeated former UFC welterweight Yuri Villefort with a dominant unanimous decision in the promotion vs. promotion event. That win followed with another unanimous decision victory over former UFC lightweight Ryan Roberts in the co-main event of RFA 30 in September. Now that “Prime Time” has earned main event status at RFA 33, he is looking forward to letting the world know what time it is.
“I’m excited to close out a great year as the main event of RFA 33,” stated Townsend. “I get to fight another tough UFC vet in his home town and show the world why I’m the best fighter outside the UFC.”
Chavez (9-2) is a three-time UFC vet that will be entering the main event of RFA 33 fresh off of a scintillating first round KO of five-time UFC vet Justin Buchholz in October. Chavez is looking to duplicate that performance in front of his home crowd to cement his status as one of the most exciting fighters to come out of a historically MMA talent-rich Orange County.
“I’m very happy for the opportunity to headline the RFA’s year-end show,” Chavez exclaimed. “The RFA is an awesome organization and I have been wanting to get picked up by them for awhile. Now I get to headline a show for them in my hometown. I perform better with the support of my friends and family and I promise an even better showing at RFA 33 than what I did in my last fight.”
RFA 33 will also feature the return of four of the RFA’s most exciting prospects. In the co-main event, Joey “Slash” Merritt (6-1) returns to the RFA after taking a fight in the UFC this past summer on 7 days’ notice. He will face Orange County based BJJ black belt Felipe Fogolin (7-2) in a welterweight contest, which was originally slated to take place this past February at RFA 23. At bantamweight, Hawaiian KO sensation Boston “Boom Boom” Salmon (4-0) will put his undefeated record on the line against an opponent that will be announced soon. Also on the main card, Anderson Silva protégé Khalil Rountree (3-0) returns to welcome the surging Justin Polendey (7-2) at middleweight, while former collegiate wrestler Jordan Johnson (3-0) will meet three-time Bellator vet Luc Bondole (5-1-2) in an explosive light-heavyweight tilt.
The full RFA 33 fight card and further information regarding this event will be announced soon. RFA 33 will be the promotion’s third event to take place in Orange County and its sixth event to take place in the state of California. The entire main card of RFA 33 will be televised live and nationwide on AXS TV at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT on Friday, December 11th.
Fifth-ranked flyweight Henry Cejudo made a strong case for himself being next in line to face champion Demetrious Johnson when he defeated third-ranked Jussier Formiga at UFC Fight Night 78 on Saturday.
“I believe Demetrious Johnson has fought the top contenders at flyweight. I’m an Olympic wrestler, a high-caliber wrestler. I have good defense. I’m 10-0 thus far, 4-0 in the UFC,” Cejudo said during the event’s post-fight press conference.
“I believe I’m next in line. It’s up to the UFC, but I’ll fight whoever, whenever, minus maybe in Vegas.”
Johnson wants to defend his title on Super Bowl weekend in Las Vegas, but Cejudo vowed not to fight in Sin City in protest of Nick Diaz‘ five-year suspension for testing positive to marijuana. With the title fight likely on the horizon, Cejudo is backtracking a little from his original stance.
“I believe Nick Diaz is, there’s due process going on. As that gets overturned, we can talk. Obviously, I’m not my own boss, but I’d have to sit down and talk to everybody from the UFC and decide what we’re going to do. But until Nick Diaz is freed, I’ll fight in Vegas.”
Diaz is currently in negotiations with the Nevada Athletic Commission to have his suspension reduced.
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