Ronda Rousey Releases Statement on Her UFC Future

Following a 48-second drubbing at the hands of bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes at Friday night’s UFC 207: Nunes vs. Rousey in Las Vegas, former champion Ronda Rousey released a statement about her future in the sport.

It had been more than a year since Rousey set foot in the Octagon after the first loss of her career at the hands – and foot – of Holly Holm at UFC 193 in November of 2015. To say that her return didn’t go as she had planned would be a massive understatement. 

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Ronda RouseyAs might be expected, Rousey is at a moment of reflection.

“I want to say thank you to all of my fans who have been there for me in not only the greatest moments but in the most difficult ones. Words cannot convey how much your love and support means to me,” Rousey said in a statement provided to ESPN.

“Returning to not just fighting, but winning, was my entire focus this past year. However, sometimes — even when you prepare and give everything you have and want something so badly — it doesn’t work how you planned. I take pride in seeing how far the women’s division has come in the UFC and commend all the other women who have been part of making this possible, including Amanda.

“I need to take some time to reflect and think about the future. Thank you for believing in me and understanding.”

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WSOF 34 Results: Justin Gaethje Retains Belt; Jon Fitch Wins, but May Retire

It wasn’t how anybody wanted the fight to end, but Justin Gaethje retained his lightweight title at WSOF 34 on Saturday in New York City, when the main event fight was stopped in between rounds.

Gaethje stormed challenger Luis Firmino from the opening bell, dropped him early, and looked as if he would end the fight in the first round. The referee, however, let Firmino fight out of a bad position, and then an all-out war ensued. 

While Gaethje continued plowing forward throughout the fight, swinging for the fences with his big overhand right, and chopping away at Firmino’s leg with thunderous kicks, his Brazilian foe was relentless in his pursuit of Gaethje’s built.

Like no one had before, Firmino established a strong jab that set up numerous one-two combinations, low kicks, and knees to the body. Firmino had an especially good second round, rocking Gaethje at several points during the round, putting him on wobbly legs.

Although he was dishing out far more punishment in terms of quantity, Firmino ate some hard shots from Gaethje, particularly in the third round as both men began to tire. Although they were fueled primarily on heart, Gaethje was still throwing the heavier shots, and they were landing with more frequency. 

Firmino’s right eye began to swell earlier in the fight, and by the end of the third round it had ballooned, and swelled shut. 

The ringside physician was called into the cage between rounds. After examining Firmino’s eye, he declared that the bout could not continue. Gaethje retained his belt due to the TKO doctor’s stoppage in between rounds three and four. 

Justin GaethjeFirmino had been ahead on the judges’ scorecards at the time of the stoppage. All three judges had him winning the fight 29-28 to that point.

“Hat’s off to him, he still came to fight. I love the competition. I love entertaining people. I gave it my all,” said Gaethje after the fight.

“We were both in here fighting for our lives. I’m a gladiator, he’s a gladiator; that’s what we do. I think I was in the process of breaking him, but hat’s off to him.”

Always proficient on the canvas, welterweight champion Jon Fitch put on a ground-and-pound master class on Saturday, stuffing most of challenger Jake Shields’ takedown attempts and slipping away from his submission attempts. 

Fitch consistently out-struck Shields on the feet, and when he sprawled out Shields’ takedown attempts, he made him pay with a continuous barrage of punches to the body and head. 

It took all five rounds, but Fitch earned a unanimous decision to retain his belt in what might have been the final fight of his career.

Jon Fitch UFC87_9893 750“It’s a big deal for me defending my title. I’ve been dealing with a lot of medical (expletive) over the years. I got a funny reading on my brain MRI before this fight. There’s a good chance this is my last fight,” said a teary-eyed Fitch. “I have to talk to some doctors and some neurologists and people, I’ve been dealing with a lot of medical stuff lately. There is a good chance this is my last fight.”

WSOF bantamweight champion Marlon Moraes scored a quick win over Josenaldo Silva, although it wasn’t for a lack of heart from his challenger.

Moraes dropped Silva early with a heavy right hand and stormed him, laying down a flurry of punches, hammerfists and elbows on the ground, but Silva somehow survived, escaping a choke to regain his feet. Although Silva landed a knee to Moraes’ chin, Silva and Moraes crashed to the canvas, Silva looking dazed as he verbally submitted.

It wasn’t clear what happened, but the official result was a submission due to injury.

“He was a tough fighter. I feel like I’m one of the best, if not the best bantamweight in the world. I can hang with any 35’er in the world,” Moraes said after the fight, but was unclear who was next for him. 

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“I see a lot of good guys. In the UFC there’s a lot of good guys. I’m not gonna say any names. I think I can fight with anybody. It doesn’t matter who is there, I am gonna fight.”

It took middleweight champion David Branch into the championship rounds, but he secured the defense of his belt. Challenger Louis Taylor put on a strong performance, using a strong clinch game and some early takedowns to threaten branch with submissions on multiple occasions. Branch, however, remained composed throughout the fight, getting the better of Taylor on the feet, and using some well-time takedowns of his own to also threaten Taylor.

Two minutes into the final frame, Branch took Taylor’s back and sank the rear-naked choke that finished the fight, maintaining his championship chokehold on both the middleweight and light heavyweight divisions.

WSOF 34: Gaethje vs. Firmino Full Results

Main Card:

  • Justin Gaethje def. Luiz Firmino by TKO (doctor’s stoppage) at 5:00, R3
  • Jon Fitch def. Jake Shields via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46)
  • Marlon Moraes def. Josenaldo Silva via verbal submission (injury) at 2:30, R1
  • Yushin Okami vs. Paul Bradley

Preliminary Card:

  • Caio Alencar def. Jared Rosholt via KO (punches) at 1:17, R1
  • David Branch def. Louis Taylor via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:00, R5
  • Smealinho Rama def. Jake Heun via TKO at 3:30, R2
  • Shane Kruchten def. Jeremy Mahon via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Bruno Santos def. Vagab Vagabov via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
  • Andre Harrison def. Bruce Boyington via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:54, R1
  • Tom Marcellino def. Matt Denning via submission (guillotine) at 3:34, R1

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UFC 207: 6 Takeaways From the Night Ronda Rousey Fell Again

Wow, a lot of haters are happy today.

Ronda Rousey got KTFO again, worse than the first time and now her future as an MMA fighter looks in doubt.

How did this happen? The rise and fall of Rousey is a great reminder that circumstances can change in an instant, that no one is safe on top of the pedestal, and, the most important lesson of all, of course, if you don’t know how to box, you are gonna get smashed in a fight.

Seriously, Rousey, seriously. Don’t you know little girls look up to you?!

Even Fred Sanford and Grady Wilson know how to box:

We have some takeaways from UFC 207, and we got more than just the obvious “Rousey should retire” because, of course, we are Hot Sauce. Grab a glass of water and we dare you, dare you, to try not to sweat, hiccup, or pass some gas.

Ronda Rousey Needs To Fight Again SOON

Yep, we are gonna go all alternate universe here and call on Rousey to keep fighting. She needs to step down in competition, fight in three months, and regain her confidence. She cannot go out like this. That would be like Cam Newton retiring after last year’s Super Bowl! Rousey needs to hire a real boxing coach, go running on the beach with Miesha Tate and find her Eye of the Tiger. She can do it.

Amanda Nunes is Totally Beatable

Yeah, Amanda Nunes looked great, but Hervé Villechaize would have knocked out Rousey Saturday night. That’s how bad she was. Nunes is a strong fighter, but I expect that title to change hands in 2017 more than the WCW championship in 1999. Nunes has power, but she has been knocked out twice and submitted once. Julianna Pena, Raquel Pennington, Valentina Shevchenko, expect any and all three of these women to wear UFC gold in 2017.

Cody Garbrandt is the UFC’s Next Big Thing

The neck tattoos. The big mouth. The right hand. We have a new star in MMA. Cody Garbrandt backed up his talk and defeated Dominick Cruz to win the UFC bantamweight championship. That’s no easy feat. His right hand proved too dangerous for Cruz. The UFC is badly in need of a new star not named Conor McGregor and with that powerful right hand, Garbrandt’s fights will be must see TV.

Dominick Cruz is the Real Beast Incarnate

Who takes punch after punch after punch like that and survives? Cruz has granite for a chin. Watching him get up instantly after getting knocked out was one of the defining moments of his career. In this loss, Cruz showed that he’s more than just a near technically perfect fighter. He’s also a legitimate tough guy. He took Cody Garbrandt’s best punches, left his blood on the mat, and was still standing at the end of the fight. We saw a new side of Cruz and he will be back better than ever. Garbrandt, be careful what you wish for.

TJ Dillashaw Needs to Calm Down

Yes, we know that Dillashaw deserves a title shot, but accusing the UFC of being “rigged” just because he was passed over for a title shot is a bit childish. He should know by now that UFC title matches are booked based on multiple factors, and fight marketability carries a significant weight percentage. I don’t know about you, but I would much rather see Cruz vs. Garbrandt again next, and not because I am part of the UFC Illuminati. These guys put on a great show and Cruz deserves a rematch. Dillashaw is a great fighter. Just relax and keep winning fights.

UFC Salaries are TOTALLY UNFAIR

Rousey earned $3 million. Nunes earned $200,000 (she will also get PPV points)

Cruz earned $350,000. Garbrandt earned $200,000. Dillashaw also earned $200,000.

What’s wrong with this picture? Either someone is getting paid too much or a lot of people are getting paid too little, but either way, these fighter salaries are exactly what inequity looks like.

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Mirko Cro Cop Stops Two Opponents in a Single Night to Win Rizin Open Weight Grand Prix

Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic stopped Amir Aliakbari in Tokyo to claim the Rizin Open Weight Grand Prix title on New Year’s Eve. The 42-year-old has won several tournaments in MMA and kickboxing, but was visibly emotional after securing this silverware in what is the twilight of his fighting career.

Cro Cop registered a quickfire stoppage in his semifinal bout at the start of the night, finishing Baruto with a knee to the body from the clinch. That gave him an advantage over Aliakbari, who went the distance with Valentin Moldavsky  before claiming a split decision.

At the start of the round, Aliakbari backed Crocop into a corner, but decided to disengage, possibly to avoid suffering a similar fate to Baruto. After an initial feeling out period, the Croatian connected with a left hook which dropped the former wrestling world champion.

Mirko Cro Cop FilipovicAliakbari bounced straight up only to eat another left hand and this time there was no recovering as Cro Cop swarmed him. After a disappointing UFC stint, Cro Cop has now won seven straight fights and established himself as arguably the most decorated heavyweight in the history of the sport. 

With the win, Cro Cop’s record improves to 35-11-2-1 and he’s now won MMA tournaments with Pride and Rizin FF, as well as a K-1 Grand Prix in kickboxing. Aliakbari drops to 5-1, but having made his pro debut just over a year ago, the Iranian can feel very proud of his achievement in reaching the final.

In the co-main event, Kron Gracie put in an impressive performance to finish Tatsuya Kawajiri with a second-round submission. The Brazilian came close with an armbar attempt in the opening round, as he simply ran out of ring and found himself hanging out the ropes.

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Gracie was getting the better of the stand-up exchanges, but sensibly decided to play to his strengths and pulled guard early in the second stanza. Kawajiri escaped and looked to score with a stomp, but the multiple-time BJJ champion caught his leg, took his back, and sank a rear-naked choke.

There were also wins for Hideo Tokoro, Rene Kubota, Andy Nguyen, Gabi Garcia, and Hayato Sakurai.

Rizin FF World Grand Prix 2016  Results

  • Mirko Filipovic beats Amir Aliakbari by TKO (Punches) in round 1
  • Kron Gracie beats Tatsuya Kawajiri by Submission (Armbar) in round 2
  • Hideo Tokoro beats Erson Yamamoto by Submission (Armbar) in roind 1
  • Rena Kubota beats Hanna Gujwan by KO (Body Kick) in round 3
  • Andy Nguyen beats Miyu Yamamoto by Submission (Armbar) in round 1
  • Kizaemon Saiga beats Dillin West by TKO (punches) in round 1
  • Gabi Garcia beats Yumiko Hotta by TKO (Punches) in round 1
  • Hayato Sakurai beats Wataru Sakata by TKO (punches) in round 2
  • Amir Aliakbari beats Valentin Moldavsky by Decision (Split)
  • Mirko Filipovic beats Kaido Hoovelson by TKO (Knee to the Body) in round 1 
  • Tenshin Nasukawa beats Calico Orizio by submission (Guillotine Choke) in round 2

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Ronda Rousey Towers Over UFC 207 Fighter Salaries

Despite losing the fight, Ronda Rousey towered over the UFC 207: Nunes vs. Rousey disclosed fighter payroll. 

According to the Nevada Athletic Commission, Rousey was paid $3 million for her fight with Amanda Nunes, and that was guaranteed to her win or lose. She did not have a win bonus attached to her bout agreement.

Amanda Nunes vs Ronda Rousey UFC 207 ceremonialThat, of course, dwarfed Nunes’ payout of $200,000, which included a $100,000 win bonus for defeating Rousey.

Next in line was Dominick Cruz, who was paid a guaranteed $350,000 with no win bonus even though he lost his men’s bantamweight belt to Cody Garbrandt. The new champion took home a $200,000 paycheck.

UFC 207: Nunes vs. Rousey took place on Friday, Dec. 30, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

UFC 207: Nunes vs. Rousey Fighter Salaries

  • Amanda Nunes: $200,000 (includes $100,000 win bonus) def. Ronda Rousey: $3 million
  • Cody Garbrandt: $200,000 (no win bonus) def. Dominick Cruz: $350,000 (no win bonus)
  • T.J. Dillashaw: $200,000 (includes $100,000 win bonus) def. John Lineker: $43,000
  • Dong Hyun Kim: $134,000 (includes $67,000 win bonus) def. Tarec Saffiedine: $40,000
  • Ray Borg: $30,600 (includes $18,000 win bonus) def. Louis Smolka: $37,400*
  • Neil Magny: $114,000 (includes $47,000 win bonus) def. Johny Hendricks: $80,000**
  • Antonio Carlos Junior: $42,000 (includes $21,000 win bonus) def. Marvin Vettori: $12,000
  • Alex Garcia: $36,000 (includes $18,000 win bonus) def. Mike Pyle: $55,000
  • Niko Price: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus) def. Brandon Thatch: $22,000
  • Tim Means: $35,000 vs. Alex Oliveira: $28,000 ruled a no-contest due to an accidental knee

*Borg forfeited 30-percent of his show money ($5,400) to Smolka for failing to make weight.
**Hendricks forfeited 20-percent of his show money ($20,000) to Magny for failing to make weight.

UFC 207 Disclosed Fighter Payroll: $4,683,000

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Dana White: Ronda Rousey Devastated Following Loss to Amanda Nunes

Losses are never easy to accept, especially for athletes with the competitive drive that it takes to become a world champion. Perhaps no fighter in combat sports history took losing worse than former women’s UFC bantamweight titleholder Ronda Rousey after she was knocked out by Holly Holm at UFC 193. It was her first career defeat.

Following the loss, Rousey went into seclusion and fell into depression. In an emotional interview with Ellen DeGeneres, Rousey revealed that she had suicidal thoughts after losing to Holm. It was a startling confession, sparking concern for the former champion.

Ronda Rousey UFC 193 scrum 5On Friday, 13 months after the UFC 193 loss, Rousey returned to the Octagon. For the first time in her UFC career, she entered the cage first as the challenger against champion Amanda Nunes. She didn’t have a good showing. 48 seconds into the opening frame, Rousey was stopped by a series of punches that had her out on her feet.

“Rowdy” didn’t suffer any major injuries in the fight and was described as doing better physically than mentally backstage at the T-Mobile Arena. Although Rousey was upset, UFC president Dana White said that she’s handling the loss better than she did after losing to Holm.

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“I’ve been with her this whole time. Obviously, she’s so competitive. She’s devastated, but she’s a lot better than she was in the Holly Holm fight,” said White during the event’s post show on FS1. “She was backstage and obviously she was upset. But she has a lot of support. I think it’ll be better than the Holm fight.”

Nunes’ win over Rousey was the first time a women’s bantamweight champion defended her title since Rousey lost it.

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Amanda Nunes Rips Ronda Rousey’s Coach After UFC 207 Destruction (video)

Amanda Nunes was extremely critical about Ronda Rousey‘s coach, Edmund Tarverdyan after she destroyed Rousey at UFC 207.

Her heaviest criticism was leveled at Tarverdayn for him trying to make Rousey believe she’s a boxer. Rousey appeared anything but a boxer in the fight at UFC 207, where Nunes lit her up within seconds of the opening bell. 

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“She thinks she’s a boxer. He put this in her head and make the girl believe in that. I don’t know why he did that,” said the UFC women’s bantamweight champion.

Nunes had a lot more to say following her victory. Check it out in the video below.

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Cody Garbrandt: I Was Uncrowned Champion, Even When Dillashaw Was on Team (UFC 207 video)

Cody Garbrandt talked to the press after his win over Dominick Cruz at UFC 207. Although he had stated that Cruz had earned an immediate rematch and that he’d like to give him one, Garbrandt was also more than willing to take on former teammate TJ Dillashaw or anyone else in the UFC.

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Dominick Cruz: Part of Life is Losing (UFC 207 video)

Former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz isn’t accustomed to losing, at least, not in the Octagon, but he handles it extremely well.

Cruz hadn’t lost a fight in nearly a decade before Cody Garbrandt dominated him over the course of five rounds on Friday night at UFC 207 in Las Vegas, but as he was whenever he won a fight, Cruz was a gentleman in losing.

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“What can you do man? This is a part of it, is losing. Part of life is losing,” Cruz said at the UFC 207 post-fight press conference.

Check out more of Cruz’s thoughts on losing the fight, and his belt, on Friday night.

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