1st Jan 2017
I have this to say about my daughter, Ronda
Like every mother and daughter on the face of the earth, Ronda and I don’t always see eye to eye. However, there is one situation where I am pretty certain.
All of those who have criticized Ronda for taking a loss so to heart, for not just ‘shrugging it off’ don’t understand that what made Ronda so successful is that she cares DEEPLY about winning to an extent that I don’t believe the average person can wrap his/her head around.
Caring deeply about something and working your hardest to achieve it doesn’t mean you make the right decisions 100% of the time. Wouldn’t it be a nicer world if it did?
Those of you who want to criticize Ronda, I just want to point out a few things. First of all, I know her better than you and she is a smart, kind, talented, generous, hard-working person.
Second, I’d like to list some of her accomplishments, and note that she isn’t yet 30 years old.
- Junior World Judo Champion
- Panamerican Games Judo Gold Medalist
- First American woman in a decade to win a world cup in judo (and then she went on to win several more)
- U.S. Open Gold Medalist
- World Judo Championships Silver Medalist
- Olympic Bronze Medalist
- U.S. Senior National Champion
- First UFC World Champion
- First woman to make a million dollars in martial arts
- Co-authored sports book of the year – My Fight/ Your Fight
- Acted in three movies
That’s just a partial list, but let me suggest that someone who has been world level athlete in two sports, written a best seller, acted in movies and made millions of dollars, all before the age of 30 has a pretty darn good track record. On top of that, Ronda has been part of the USADA drug testing since she was 16 years old, never failed a drug test, always paid her taxes, never been arrested, never been to rehab, has zero divorces, zero DUIs and zero children. While you might think that is to be expected, look how many celebrities (heck, look how many of your neighbors) can say that.
I am very proud of my daughter.
As my other wonderful daughter, Maria, told her ,
“We love you just as much 10 minutes after every fight as we did in the 10 minutes before.”
Edit: Since so many people asked me “What do you mean zero children? Children aren’t a bad thing.” I agree. I have four. I meant that she did not have children before she was able and willing to raise them.
21st Oct 2016
The UFC women’s bantamweight division gets the main event slot at UFC 207 on December 30, rounding out the year with a monstrous title fight. Returning after a year-long absence will be the pioneer of the division, Ronda Rousey, attempting to win back the belt from Amanda Nunes. After Holly Holm planted Rousey in Australian soil at UFC 193, the belt switched hands again at UFC 196. Miesha Tate choked out Holm in epic fashion this past March 5, but the travelling of the w-135 gold was not done yet.
Facing ‘Cupcake’ in the UFC 200 main event, Nunes brought the belt to Brazilian surroundings with a first round decimation of Tate. Now set to fight arguably the most dominant female fighter ever, certainly in UFC history, ‘The Lioness’ faces a career-defining opponent in ‘Rowdy.’ Although she’s not blasting Rousey with both barrels, Nunes has been frank in her opinion of the former champion.
Recently saying she felt Ronda Rousey was ‘mentally weak,’ Nunes has now changed the tide somewhat. As per MMAJunkie.com, the women’s bantamweight queen says she will grant Rousey an immediate rematch after UFC 207:
“Ronda Rousey has every right to fight for the belt. She was dominant for a long time in this division and also, Ronda was one of the biggest pay-per-views ever sold. There’s no way to even explain it – of course she has the right to fight for the belt. She only lost once, and took some time off to rest. If you look at it on the internet, everyone is waiting for Ronda Rousey to return.
“Today, the UFC has women’s MMA because Rousey managed to change (UFC President) Dana White’s mind and put it in the UFC. I think she has the right to fight for the belt – not only once, but twice. I’ll beat her and give her a rematch right after that if she wants.”
Although Nunes clearly acknowledges the influence her opponent has on the sport, the Brazilian also points out multiple holes in Rousey’s game. ‘The Lioness’ feels that the longer the fight goes on, the more she’ll be able to take advantages of the mistakes Rousey will make:
“Ronda has all the holes,” Nunes said. “In her striking, in her ground game, and even her timing. The longer the fight goes, she loses her timing – and that’s where I grow. Every time she loses a position that she gets countered, through time her level drops. So all of this – I’m going to take advantage of that. I’m going to take advantage of all of her mistakes and try to finish the fight as soon as possible.”
Referring to Nunes’ previous comments on an immediate rematch, Cris Cyborg and Julianna Peña will likely be very upset if this happens. ‘The Venezuelan Vixen’ stated she’s considering leaving the UFC over the decision to give Rousey an immediate title shot. After years of feuding with ‘Rowdy,’ Cyborg was typically furious when the UFC 207 main event was announced. Showing many similarities to the situation with Conor McGregor vs. Eddie Alvarez, and the fallout with ‘The Eagle’ and Jose Aldo, is this a sure sign of things to come?
Perhaps this trend is just temporary, if not, get ready for a crazy year in 2017.
28th Sept 2016
Tickets are on sale this week for UFC 205, the promotion’s long-awaited debut at New York’s Madison Square Garden, and the lineup is stacked.
“UFC 205: Alvarez vs. McGregor” takes place Nov. 12. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.
In the headliner, UFC lightweight champ Eddie Alvarez (28-4 MMA, 3-1 UFC) puts his belt on the line against UFC featherweight champ Conor McGregor (20-3 MMA, 8-1 UFC). While McGregor looks to become the first man in UFC history to simultaneously hold two titles, the bout is just one of three championship fight slated for the UFC 205 lineup.
Welterweight titleholder Tyron Woodley (16-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC) meets Stephen Thompson (13-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC), and strawweight champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk (12-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) faces Polish countrymate Karolina Kowalkiewicz (10-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC).
Tickets for the event start at $106, and they go on sale to the general public on Friday at 10 a.m. ET at Ticketmaster.com. However, pre-sale periods are available. UFC Fight Club members can buy tickets on Wednesday at 9 a.m. ET, and UFC.com e-newsletter subscribers can purchase their seats on Thursday at 9 a.m. ET.
Cageside seats run $1,506, though additional fees will be applied at checkout.
The latest UFC 205 card includes:
- Champ Eddie Alvarez vs. Champ Conor McGregor – for lightweight title
- Champ Tyron Woodley vs. Stephen Thompson – for welterweight title
- Champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz – for strawweight title
- Yoel Romero vs. Chris Weidman
- Donald Cerrone vs. Kelvin Gastelum
- Michael Johnson vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov
- Raquel Pennington vs. Miesha Tate
- Frankie Edgar vs. Jeremy Stephens
- Rashad Evans vs. Tim Kennedy
- Tim Boetsch vs. Rafael Natal
- Thiago Alves vs. Jim Miller
- Lyman Good vs. Belal Muhammad
- Liz Carmouche vs. Katlyn Chookagian
8th June 2016
WWE officials say this is a “one-off” opportunity for Lesnar, who will return to the WWE ring following the landmark UFC 200 event. And though the fight is likely to do little to bolster Hunt’s ranking, it was an opportunity he couldn’t really pass up, he said.
“It’s a big fight,” Hunt said. “It doesn’t do anything for my ranking, but Brock’s a superstar sportsman, so I’m looking forward to the match. It’s going to be exciting.
“Yeah, I don’t think it does anything for my ranking at all, but Brock is such a big name in the world of fighting. But this isn’t pro wrestling. This is real fighting. If you don’t come prepared, you’re going to get hurt. It doesn’t do anything for my ranking, and I’m not going to make a big deal after the fight about a title shot because Brock hasn’t been in the octagon for like 10,000 years or whatever. I thought he was retired. But he came back to the UFC, and I’ve got my party hat on.”
As far as return fights, Lesnar could have certainly found easier options. The 2000 NCAA Division I national wrestling champion has the edge on the ground, but despite insistences that the 38-year-old doesn’t like getting hit, prolific striker Hunt doesn’t quite see it that way.
“He’s a former champion of the world, and he’s always up for playing the punch-in-the-face game,” said Hunt, who’s registered nine knockouts in 12 career MMA wins. “It’s good.
“I think Brock is a real competitor. … I have a lot of respect for him. He got the world title in what, three fights? That’s amazing. But this isn’t pro wrestling; this is real fighting. I was born in the trenches. My foundation is super strong, especially with all the wars I’ve been in. This is another one that’s probably not going to last very long.”
Hunt said he had remained in camp and was training diligently awaiting the call from UFC officials about his next fight. The recent launch of the MMA Academy Australia, which is designed to help aspiring fighters avoid “bad management and crooks,” has also kept his mind occupied.
But with his next fight now booked and a high-profile opportunity awaiting, he’s as confident as ever.
“I’m knocking Brock Lesnar’s lips off at UFC 200,” he said.