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Ronda Rousey Goes Rowdy at WrestleMania 31, Tosses Everyone

Sun, 2015-03-29 22:34

UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey appeared at WrestleMania 31 along with The Rock, and everyone we know went nuts.

No more words. Just GIFs.

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Ronda Rousey Challenger Bethe Correia Reportedly Involved in Street Fight

Sun, 2015-03-29 15:45

Ronda Rousey is slated to put her UFC bantamweight championship on the line against Bethe Correia at UFC 190 in August.

The challenger, according to a recent report by MMAFighting.com, was recently involved in a street fight in Brazil that included her boyfriend, Edelson Silva, who is also one of Anderson Silva‘s coaches; and her sister, Suzana Correia.

According to MMAFighting’s Guilherme Cruz:

Correia was with her boyfriend Edelson Silva, who is also one of Anderson Silva’s boxing coaches, and her sister Suzana Correia at a hotel in Rio de Janeiro. They asked for a taxi to go out for dinner, but decided to eat at a restaurant across the street as soon as the taxi arrived.

The taxi driver, Cleonardo de Freitas Alves, wanted to charge them anyway, and that’s when everything started.

According to the UFC fighter, Alves threatened to grab a gun at the glove compartment and got into a fight with Edelson Silva. A video footage also shows Alves throwing a trash can at Silva, who tried to punch him several times.

Thus far, there has not been any public comment from UFC officials, nor has there been any indication that Correia’s shot at Rousey is in any sort of jeopardy.

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WSOF 19 Fight Highlights Video: Justin Gaethje Destroys Luis Palomino

Sun, 2015-03-29 14:42

Facing the toughest opponent of his career in Luis Palomino, Justin Gaethje successfully retained his WSOF lightweight title and perfect record with a third-round TKO.

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WSOF 19 Fight Highlights Video: Late Replacement Teddy Holder Blasts Thiago Silva

Sun, 2015-03-29 14:41

Teddy Holder was a last-minute replacement for Matt Hamill, but took advantage of the opportunity by blasting Thiago Silva in the first two minutes of the first round to advance to the finals of the light heavyweight tournament.

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WSOF 19 Fight Highlights Video: Timur Vailev Overwhelms Ed West

Sun, 2015-03-29 14:39

Timur Valiev comes out with an explosiveness using his elbows, knees and punches to overwhelm and finish Ed West in the first round.

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WSOF 19 Fight Highlights Video: Clifford Starks Subs Jake Heun

Sun, 2015-03-29 14:38

After a shift in opponents Clifford Starks found himself in the main card fighting Jake Heun and winning in the second round via submission.

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The Rock’s WWE Promo Skit on Saturday Night Live is Hilarious and Here’s the Video

Sun, 2015-03-29 13:11

Fitting that the Rock appears on Saturday Night Live the evening before WrestleMania, isn’t it? That’s promoting and advertising at its best, folks. Good job managers and PR people.

ALSO WATCH: Ronda Rousey Makes Jimmy Fallon Scream ‘Rumpelstiltskin!’

The former WWE champ’s appearance on the long-running show was a hit, and this video says it all. Check out Dwayne Johnson do a WWE promo as “Cocoa” and give us another reason to love the Rock.

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VIDEO: Bellator 135’s LC Davis vs. Hideo Tokoro Fight of the Year Candidate? You Decide

Sun, 2015-03-29 06:02

Was the Bellator 135 fight between LC Davis and Hideo Tokoro an early Fight of the Year candidate? Check out the video below and decide for yourself.

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WSOF 19 Results: Justin Gaethje Retains 155-Pound Title; Teddy Holder Upsets Thiago Silva

Sun, 2015-03-29 01:24

Justin Gaethje successfully defended the World Series of Fighting lightweight title with a stoppage of Luis Palomino at WSOF 19 on Saturday in Phoenix.

Gaethje landed several leg kicks in the evening’s main event, none more significant than the two in the third round that made Palomino collapse to the floor before the technical knockout at 3:57 of the frame.

Gaethje looked to have the edge for the first half of the opening round, keeping his opponent’s back against the fence and finding opportunities to score with strikes. Palomino began to find openings in the second half of the round and the two traded in intense exchanges until time expired.

ALSO READ: WSOF champ Justin Gaethje has some work to do, starting with Luis Palomino

The two continued to engage in wild exchanges in the second round. Palomino started to find more openings, but Gaethje continued to move forward and meet offense with offense. By the end of the second round, both fighters looked depleted of energy and punches were looping.

In Round 3, Gaethje applied more leg kicks to Palomino’s lead leg. At one point, Palomino fell to the floor, holding his thigh after Gaethje landed leg kick. He soon returned to his feet, but Gaethje landed another leg kick that sent Palomino falling the the floor again. The fight came to an end moments later when Gaethje landed a number of punches and hammer fists.

The win improved Gaethje’s undefeated record to 14-0, the seventh under the WSOF banner.

Thiago Silva came into WSOF 19 as a favorite in the co-main event, especially since his original opponent, Matt Hamill, had to withdraw from the bout due to a stomach virus. But instead of picking up an easy win over late-replacement Teddy Holder, Silva suffered a technical-knockout loss in the first round.

Silva landed a number of early strikes, one of which, a counter-right cross, shook Holder and had the fighter backpedaling from the blow. Holder, however, persevered and landed a right hand in the middle of a flurry, sending Silva falling down to the floor. While there, Holder landed several strikes on the ground before the referee brought a stop to the bout at the 2:00 mark.

With the win, Holder will move on to face the winner of WSOF middleweight champ David Branch and Ronny Marks in the finals of the promotion’s light heavyweight tournament.

Earlier main-card winners included Timur Valiev, who scored a TKO in the first round over Ed West. Clifford Starks locked up Jake Heun in an arm triangle to open up the NBC Sports Network broadcast with a submission finish in the second round.

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Knockout Radio Podcast: Aldo vs. McGregor Fervor, Cyborg’s Zuffa Deal, Lesnar’s Out, and More!

Sun, 2015-03-29 01:00

Join Knockout Radio for the podcast of their March 26 broadcast featuring Hot Topics that include Nick Diaz‘s legal maneuvering to take on the NAC regarding his post-UFC 183 drug test, the Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor media build up for UFC 189, Dana White confirming Cris Cyborg has been signed to a Zuffa contract, Brock Lesnar officially calling it quits for his MMA career, UFC 186 card shake up with TJ Dillashaw out, UFN 62 recap and subsequent fallout, and much more.

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ONE Championship Warrior’s Quest Gets Lightweight Bout; Roger Huerta Extends Contract

Sat, 2015-03-28 20:06

ONE Championship’s lightweight division is stacked with talented contenders and two of them will be going head to head with each other in Singapore on May 22. Lowen Tynanes and Kuat Khamitov confirmed independently via social media that a fight between them has been booked.

Tynanes (6-0) has not fought for ONE Championship for nearly a year due to a contract dispute with King of the Cage, which has now been resolved, but a third straight win for Asia’s biggest MMA organization would leave him in pole position for a title shot.

In the opposite corner will be promotional newcomer Khamitov (18-3-1), who is riding a six-fight win streak that has included victories in China and India. He will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of fellow Kazakh Igor Svirid by eventually winning a title with ONE Championship.

Tynanes has registered wins against Vuyisile Colossa and Felipe Enomoto inside the ONE Championship cage. The 24-year-old Hawaiian also beat Eduard Folayang while fighting for another organization, but his career was put on hold due to the aforementioned contractual dispute with King of the Cage.

The fight is set for ONE: Warrior’s Quest, which is headlined by a lightweight title fight between reigning champion Shinya Aoki and Japanese challenger Koji Ando. So the winner of the bout between Khamitov and Tynanes could well be next in line to face the winner.

Another lightweight looking to work his way up the ladder is UFC and Bellator veteran Roger Huerta, who announced this week that he had put pen to paper on a new contract with ONE Championship and was hoping to be back in action soon.

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UFC 189 World Tour Embedded Ep 7: ‘We’ll End Up Fighting Before We Get to Ireland’

Sat, 2015-03-28 20:03

On Episode 7 of UFC 189 World Championship Tour Embedded, featherweight champion Jose Aldo channels Tony Montana while his opponent Conor McGregor channels Muhammad Ali on a busy day in New York City. Aldo trains with his coaches while McGregor schools UFC President Dana White in jiu-jitsu. After another fan-filled press conference, the gang is off to Toronto, with welterweight contender Rory MacDonald now in tow.

UFC Embedded is an all-access, behind-the-scenes video blog following the stars of July’s UFC 189 on their World Championship Tour.

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Matt Hamill Withdraws from WSOF 19 Co-Main Event, Thiago Silva Gets New Opponent

Sat, 2015-03-28 19:44

Hours before his scheduled rematch and World Series of Fighting 19 co-main event matchup with Thiago Silva (16-3), wrestling standout Matt “The Hammer” Hamill (11-5) has withdrawn from the bout due to illness.

Fast-rising star Teddy Holder (8-1) will take Hamill’s place in the live NBCSN televised matchup against Silva, which also represents the first bout in the WSOF multi-event tournament that will crown its winner the promotion’s first-ever world light heavyweight champion.

“We are obviously very disappointed that Matt Hamill will not be able to compete tonight but, under no circumstance, would we ask a fighter to enter the WSOF cage if he or she sustains an injury or comes down with any kind of illness prior to a scheduled bout,” said WSOF President Ray Sefo.

“We are appreciative that Teddy Holder was willing to step up and accept a new opponent and formidable challenge on such short notice,” continued Sefo.

The re-shuffling of the lineup will also see Holder’s original opponent, Jake Heun (7-3), matched with a new adversary in Clifford Starks (10-2), who had been slated to face Eddie Arizmendi (15-6) in a WSOF 19 preliminary bout. Arizmendi will no longer compete, but will receive full compensation from WSOF for his previously scheduled fight.

In the highly-anticipated WSOF 19 main event, undefeated, reigning WSOF World Lightweight (155 pounds) Champion Justin Gaethje (13-0) will put his title and perfect record on the line against ferocious, hard-hitting contender Luis “Baboon” Palomino (23-9).

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Bellator 136 Event Page and Fight Card Rumors

Sat, 2015-03-28 18:04

Bellator 136: Brooks vs. Jansen
Date: April 10, 2015
Venue: Bren Events Center
Location: Irvine, California

Main Card (Spike TV)
Will Brooks (15-1) vs. Dave Jansen (20-2)
Joe Schilling (2-3) vs. Rafael Carvalho (10-1)
Marcin Held (20-3) vs. Alexander Sarnavskiy (30-2)
Alexander Volkov (24-4) vs. Tony Johnson (8-2)

Preliminary Card (Spiketv.com)
John Mercurio (6-7) vs. Greg Parker (4-1)
Joey Beltran (15-11, 1 NC) vs. Brian Rogers (11-7)
Saad Awad (17-6) vs. Rob Sinclair (12-2)
Fabrício Guerreiro (20-3, 1 NC) vs. John Teixeira (17-1-2)
Jonathan Santa Maria (3-0) vs. Steve Ramirez (0-1)
Marcos Bonilla (1-1) vs. A.J. McKee (0-0)

Dark Bouts (Following Spite TV Broadcast)
Ben Jones (4-4) vs. Luc Bondole (4-1)
Chad George (15-8) vs. Mark Vorgeas (5-2)
Cleber Luciano (10-5) vs. Aaron Miller (14-9)

Bellator 136 Start Times
Main Card on Spike TV begins at 9 p.m. ET
Preliminary Card on Spike.com begins at 5 p.m. ET

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Jake Heun Heads into WSOF 19 Ready to Make His Mark

Sat, 2015-03-28 16:02

After a year layoff that included a stint on The Ultimate Fighter, Jake Heun was able to get back to fighting last July and reel off two straight wins to close out 2014.

“I was not near as active that I would have liked,” Heun told MMAWeekly.com. “I was coming off The Ultimate Fighter, so I really couldn’t do anything until the show aired and all that stuff.

“I just felt like I really needed a win, so I just kind of played it a little bit safer than I liked to do (against Kendrick Miree). I ended up fighting Ron Fields down in the AFC here (in Florida next) and kicked him in the face and knocked him out in 20 seconds.”

Heading into 2015, Heun feels he’s made changes to his game that will fix issues that have hampered his career’s progress.

“I have this tendency – it happened in TUF – to go out and put a whoopin’ on somebody and then get caught in a submission,” said Heun. “I always end up in a bad position or give something up, so I’ve made a concerted effort to fight a bit more intelligently in that aspect.

“I’m going out of my way to make sure I don’t end up in bad positions.”

Heun (7-3) will look to pick up his third straight win when he faces Teddy Holder (8-1) at World Series of Fighting 19 in Phoenix on Saturday.

“He’s a big dude, he’s always yoked up, clearly has power in his hands, so I’m expecting him to be explosive and athletic, which is fine because I can play that game,” Heun said of Holder.

“What I’m excited about with Teddy is that he seems to want to stand up and strike with people, which is great because everyone I fought recently has wanted to take me down. I’m looking forward to standing with somebody, brawling a little bit, and open up my striking.”

Heun is hoping a win over Holder will put him in the kind of bouts he wants moving forward with WSOF.

“He’s not as big of a name as I was expecting,” said Heun. “I thought I was going to be in this tournament. That’s the way it was discussed with me and my management, and that didn’t happen, but it’s cool. A win is a win.

“I think what I need to do is finish this fight definitively. I want to make it known that I need to be fighting guys with a little bit more of a name. I’m not holding anything over Teddy, but I’m looking forward to showing up and kind of showing off a little bit.”

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Tony Lopez Making the Most of Career Resurrection

Sat, 2015-03-28 15:04

Former King of the Cage heavyweight and light heavyweight champion Tony “Kryptonite” Lopez had gone through a rough patch the past couple years heading into 2015.

Following a seven-fight winning streak, Lopez went on to lose nine of his next twelve bouts and both his titles before finally turning things around this year with back-to-back wins.

“I thought maybe that was it and it was the end of my career, but in 2015 I decided to give it one last run and I started to train better and do all these things I should have been doing back in the day,” Lopez told MMAWeekly.com.

“The first fight was a test to see if I still got it and can perform, and I got the win and it boosted my confidence up. The second fight was a heavyweight title fight and I figured if I beat him that I’m on the right track, and I ended up submitting him in the second round.”

Lopez admittedly got complacent and it took him to the lowest point he could have wanted before finally righting the ship with a change in his outlook towards fighting.

“I got to the point where I didn’t want to train or do anything,” he said. “I just went in there to just basically pick up a paycheck. I’m looking at it now like I’m not only picking up a paycheck, but I’m picking up a win, picking up all the credit and everything that comes with it.

“I look back on my career and I see where I excelled, where I went wrong and all that. I’m trying to keep it positive and stay focused and keep on winning.”

Lopez (36-17) will look to keep his winning streak going on Saturday in Hinton, Okla., against one of MMA’s all-time greats in Jeremy Horn (91-21-5) at SCS 25.

“Jeremy is a tough guy and I’m not underestimating anything on him,” said Lopez. “I’m giving him all the credit he deserves. I’ve been focusing on the things I do and have worked on the things he does to make sure I don’t get caught in anything.

“I’ve got to come out, be aggressive the whole time, and if I do that, it won’t go past the second round. That’s what I’m aiming for.”

Lopez is hoping a win over Horn will help others see he’s still a viable fighter and that his last run in the sport can be a prosperous one.

“With me, coming back, a win will say that I’m not finished and that I’ve got another run at it,” said Lopez. “I’m going to do it right this time and not take it for granted. It is a positive outcome with me winning.

“I feel like this is my last chance to do anything positive and end on a good note. I’m trying to enjoy every minute of it and get everything I can out of it.”

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Jose Aldo Welcomes UFC Drug Testing, Supports Anderson Silva (Video)

Sat, 2015-03-28 13:07

UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo welcomes the stricter drug testing and penalties that are on their way, but still supports countryman Anderson Silva.

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Rebounding Strong, Clifford Starks Rolls with Latest Opponent Change

Sat, 2015-03-28 11:02

Looking back on his most recent fight where he defeated Kobe Ortiz at Bellator 126 last September via second-round submission, Clifford Starks is happy with the win, even though it did not go as planned.

“I would probably rate my performance a B- because I had the jitters coming back (from a year layoff) and had a bit of an adrenaline dump in the first round,” Starks told MMAWeekly.com. “The good thing is though that I kept my composure even though I wasn’t feeling great that first round.”

Starks explained what he was going through in the early going of the fight. “It was difficult because my legs felt really heavy, my heart was pounding, and things didn’t feel like they were clicking like they normally would.

“You want your body to do something, but it’s not doing what you want it to do. If you keep your composure and not panic, eventually it will pass.”

Originally Starks (10-2) was to face Krasimir Mladenov at World Series of Fighting 19 in Phoenix on Saturday, but will now face local Eddie Arizmendi (15-6) instead.

“I’ve changed my game plan up quite a bit because my original opponent got injured,” said Starks of facing Arizmendi. “I just see myself changing my strategy up a little bit, but it will be a completely different game plan than the other one was going to be.

“You have to be a professional about (fighting a replacement). It’s a sport where sometimes things just happen, so you have to be ready for any opponent and take the challenge.”

Starks feels a win in WSOF will help gain him more recognition as he looks to get back to a fuller schedule in 2015.

“Really, getting a victory here brings up confidence and you gain more fans and make yourself a more worthy and popular opponent,” he said.

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More than 100 Fights into His Career, Jeremy Horn Taking it Day by Day

Sat, 2015-03-28 09:03

For a fighter who has become almost defined by how often he competes – sometimes multiple times in a single day on numerous occasions – for veteran Jeremy Horn to take two years off from the sport would have been unthinkable not too long ago.

But that’s exactly what Horn did in 2012 and 2013. But it’s not because he was banged up because of his 100-plus fights or anything, but rather to work on the business side of his life.

“The thing is, I wasn’t banged up to begin with,” Horn told MMAWeekly.com. “I’m never banged up or ever hurt.

“I wanted to take a little bit of time off so I could work on the gym and try to build up the program. When I’m fighting regularly it kind of takes a big hit, so I wanted to take that time off.”

Horn returned to fighting last year with victories over Dan McGlasson and Brian Imes, raising his current winning streak to four and giving him wins in 11 of his last 13 fights.

“It’s always good to fight,” said Horn. “I was always kind of anxious. I was training pretty regularly, but there’s a big difference between training regularly and training for a fight. It was nice to get back into it and do what I love to do.”

Horn (91-21-5) will kick off his 2015 on Saturday at SCS 25 in Hinton, Okla., against fellow former King of the Cage champion Tony “Kryptonite” Lopez (36-17) in a light heavyweight main event.

“I just need to fight smart,” Horn said of facing Lopez. “He’s a tough guy who has been around a while, but I feel I’m better than him.

“He’ll typically do not so well in the early rounds, but then will pull it out in the later rounds when his opponent gets tired. I don’t see that happening with me. He’s not going to be able to drag me down enough to make me tired. I never get tired. I fight smart. I conserve energy. I just don’t get tired.”

With over 100 fights to his credit and approaching 40 years old, Horn isn’t one to look too far ahead of himself, but would rather focus on what’s in front of him and come what may.

“I never really thought about (fighting this long),” said Horn. “I just did it because it’s what I liked to do. I never thought if I’d last or the sport would last. I was a young kid just having fun.

“I just go day by day. I’m not much beyond a 10-year-old kid. I wake up and plan my day, and tomorrow is tomorrow. I don’t think much beyond that. Right now, I’m just fighting where I want to fight because I enjoy it.”

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Invicta FC 12 Event Page and Fight Card Rumors

Sat, 2015-03-28 03:43

Invicta FC 12: Kankaanpaa vs. Souza
Date: April 24, 2015
Venue: Municipal Auditorium
Location: Kansas City

Invicta FC 12 Full Fight Card (On UFC Fight Pass)
Katja Kankaanpaa (10-1-1) vs. Livia Renata Souza (7-0)
Roxanne Modafferi (17-11) vs. Vanessa Porto (17-6)
Amanda Bell (3-2) vs. Faith Van Duin (4-1)
Ediane Gomes (10-3) vs. Raquel Pa’aluhi (4-4)
Peggy Morgan (3-2) vs. Latoya Walker (4-0)
Lacey Schuckman (10-8) vs. Jenny Liou (3-1)
Cassie Rodish (5-4) vs. Stephanie Skinner (4-5)
Delaney Owen (3-1) vs. Sharon Jacobson (2-1)
Shannon Sinn (1-2) vs. Maureen Riordon (0-1)
Roma Pawelek (1-0) vs. Sijara Eubanks (0-0)

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