Is it not enough! Another tough blow for the UFC 206 card. Anthony Pettis has failed to make weight for the featherweight interim strap against Max Hollaway, at UFC 206 headlined in Toronto, Canada.
The last 24 hours for the UFC has presented an array of mixed emotions from fans, fighters, and since then has either been torched for questionable decisions or praised for the most stacked card in the history of the sport Continue reading “The UFC in the past 24 hours”
Protecting its citizens and saving the lives of kittens, his name is Stipe Miocic and this firefighter is here to stay.
Cris ‘Cyborg’ has yet again given the fans what they wanted, now will Dana White and the UFC continue these pointless bouts and instead grant her superfights.
Raquel has yet to reach her peak in the 135lb division, and now that the UFC has given her a former champion looking for redemption, a lot is at stake here.
Shevchenko has come out and said that Julianna Pena is trying to “escape a fight against her”
The MMA (Mixed – Martial – Arts) world is yet to see the return of the former UFC women’s Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. With speculation of her being in doubt for a 2016 return; it seems she is near 100%.
Ronda Rousey has given her fans glimpses of being ready for the octagon, looking in fighting shape and featured in training videos. As for how soon her return, Dana White has ruled out Rousey fighting on the UFC 205 card at Madison Square Garden, which leaves UFC 206 and 207 to host her grand comeback to the octagon.
Ronda Rousey was last seen in November of 2015 where she was defeated by Holly Holm with the kick “heard around the world”. The woman we thought was unbeatable and in a world of her own was no such thing anymore, and ultimately the post-fight depression led to her UFC hiatus. Since then, Rousey has managed to overcome these obstacles and is ready to fight again.
If you think Rousey’s comeback to the octagon is going to be a breeze then you’re mistaken. Since her departure, the women’s Bantamweight division went through a drastic change of rankings, title holders and now holds a long list of perennial fighters who are no slouches to the fight game. To date, the belt has been held by three different fighters excluding Ronda, and now held by Amanda Nunes whom has become a popular target for rising contenders.
You could complain or banter that the Women’s Bantamweight division has been under a state of flux but believe it or not it’s for the better. Compared to before where the women were defeated in less than a minute, the division has had time to grow and set up new talent, now crowding the high seeding.
Dana White has said that Ronda Rousey’s return will be bigger than any UFC Pay-Per-View card ever and granted her return she will receive an imminent title shot against the current title holder (Amanda Nunes). Potential fighters to take on Rousey could be Julianna Pena – Valentina Shevchenko – Raquel Pennington.
UFC 206 Toronto seems to be the primary target for Ronda Rousey and I think most Torontonians aren’t too fond of a Toronto card jam-packed with Canadians fighters, with all due respect to “Rush”.
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Can we bare more of Dana White, continuously recanting his comments on the star Conor McGregor?
After Diaz-McGregor 2, Dana made three things clear; Conor would not be staying at 170lbs, there would not be a trilogy fight, and his next fight would be a title defense against Jose Aldo and unable to comply would result in him being stripped of the featherweight title.
Well thank you Dana White because we are days away from an official release of the UFC 205 Madison Square Garden headliner; that being Conor McGregor vs. Eddie Alvarez. What’s the reasoning behind this fight? Well there isn’t one, Conor does what Conor wants.
Jose Aldo has been kept in the midst of all of McGregor’s routes to not defend his belt, only to be left with squat. The entire featherweight division has literally waited on McGregor to come back down, so to hear that he will not be defending the featherweight belt would only be hypocritical on Dana’s part.
Where does this leave Max Holloway who is most deserving at the shot at gold? Well, he is still brushed aside. Jose Aldo has made it clear that Anthony “Showtime” Pettis is the fight to make, but it may be too early for “ShowTime” to be at that stature yet.
Now what about the lightweight division, Rafael Dos Anjos and Tony Ferguson are set to square off in Mexico City but neither of them is the #1 contender. The Dagestan native Khabib Nurmagomedov was slated to fight Ferguson but due to injury Khabib was left with no opponent, and along came UFC debutant. Darrell Horcher, a great test for Khabib since coming off a 2 year injury layoff. Boy did “The Eagle” fly, he looked flawless and ready to officially state himself as the real 155lb champion. Not all went as planned, after Alvarez stunned the world by knocking out a top pound-for-pound fighter Rafael Dos Anjos for the belt lightweight belt. You would think the next man up is Khabib, but yet again the fight has been stalled and serious accusations have arisen saying Alvarez has been approached with papers to fight Khabib but he is ducking him. So, Khabib will take the back seat again, and he can now mark himself as the most ducked fighter in the UFC.
In all seriousness, seeing McGregor take on a Sambo master wouldn’t bode well.
Then again, McGregor-Alvarez isn’t such a bad rodeo.
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Luke Rockhold states he wants better pay, and will stay on the sidelines until pay-day offers come into play.
Can we blame Rockhold for this? Of course not. Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz can’t be the only one’s having red panty night, how about red panty night for everyone. Rockhold’s last bout was in June of 2016 where defended his Middleweight belt against now current champ Michael Bisping. Since then, Rockhold has been on hiatus in the octagon.
Not all is bad for Luke, speculations that he and musician/actress Demi Lovato are dating, with multiple pictures of them together to back up this relationship. Rockhold is not only puling in the ladies but making some serious modelling money, which he says he may continue to pursue if the UFC does not give him a fight that makes sense.
Well known strawweight Tecia Torres was the first fighter to call out Vanzant, and by the looks of it, the matchup seems inevitable.
Felice lost to Vanzant via Decision (Unanimous) in 2015, now both fighters are coming off notable wins, and a rematch between these two would without a doubt sell tickets.