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Rousey Announces Holly Holm as Next Opponent

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Undisputed UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey has stunned the MMA world – again. In defiance of public expectation she has announced her next title defence will be against American Holly Holm.

The champion was expected to fight Miesha Tate at UFC 195, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Januray 2.

But the superstar announced on breakfast television that Holm would be given the honour.

“She ‘s the most decorated striker we have in all of mixed martial ars,” said Rousey about Holm.

“Not the women’s division, not the bantamweight division. She’s a 19-time boxing champion. Holly Holm was The Ring Magazine pound-for-pound Fighter of the Year, and definitely my biggest challenge to date. I’m super excited about it.

“She’s not the average chick I would fight. She’s the best striker I’ve ever fought, and striking is something I learned much later in my career.

“I can take anybody. I prepare for a five-round war every time I get in there. No one’s easy until you beat them. Holly Holm is the type ready to go 12 boxing rounds.

“I don’t ever expect the fights to be easy and fast.

“A lot of the guys you see, the first round is more of a feel-out period, and they’re both kind of sizing them up and taking their time.

“There’s no feel-out period in my fights. It starts right away. You don’t know what’s going to happen, and the first exchange is the most dangerous.”

You can  say that again Ronda!

The champion’s last three title defences have lasted a combined 64 seconds! She holds the perfect record of 12-0 with only one of those fights going to the second round. Her last fight, against Bethe Correia at UFC 190 lasted a mere 34 seconds.

Holm is also undefeated with a UFC record of 9-0. She is four years older than Rousey, at 33; and has most recently won a decision victory against Marion Reneau.

Holm has slipped under the radar thus far. Her 33-2-3 (with nine knockouts) record from professional boxing hasn’t yet got the respect it deserves in the UFC.

It appears that’s about to change.

MMA Fighter Competes While Pregnant

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Questions are being asked after a pre-fight medical exam failed to identify the pregnancy of Brazilian mixed martial artist Kinberly Novaes.

Novaes was weight-cutting for four weeks prior to a fight weigh-in. Despite severely curbing her calorie intake she gained one kilogram during a six-day period.

Novaes was reluctant to visit a doctor, but she eventually allowed herself to be persuaded.

“The doctor immediately asked me if I was pregnant,” Novaes said to MMAFighting.com. “I insisted I was not, that I had an intestine issue. But he asked for a blood test. One hour later, he told us I was pregnant. I cried a lot, ran out of the hospital, but I realised that was good news. I thought I was sick, but I had a baby instead.”

The concern comes because it meant Novaes was 24 weeks pregnant. This meant she was 12 weeks pregnant in her fight against Renata Baldan. She defeated her compatriot in May for the 115-pound Brazilian Noxii title.

Noxii promoter, Brunos Barros (whose organisation is not overseen by the Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission – accepted responsibility for the dangerous oversight.

“I didn’t ask for the exm. That’s the truth,” he told MMAFighting.

“I didn’t even think about the possibility of a woman fighting while pregnant, going through a camp and dehydrating and everything … Thank God everything is fine with the baby.”

A morphology ultrasound revealed the foetus was ‘healthy and strong’ relieving Noaves and her partner Jacson Carvalho (also an MMA fighter).

Novaes said she was worried about the unborn child when she found out she was pregnant.

“I suffered a lot to make weight for my last fight. (I) couldn’t dehydrate properly … and I was already training to fight again next week, but the doctor said everything is fine.”

Novaes announced on her Facebook page that she was withdrawing from her scheduled August 21 fight. But she intends to climb back in the cage in 2016 to follow her dream of breaking into the US market.

Rousey v Tate 3 – Worth Watching?

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With the feud over fight-weight between Rousey and Justino seeming intractable (Rousey wants to fight at 135 lbs, Justino at 145 lbs) many are giving up on the idea of the two meeting.

That leaves the UFC roster: Many are wondering if there are any UFC women bantamweights who can even take Rousey to the first round bell? The champion has needed a total of 64 seconds to destroy her last three opponents, and never has never even looked threatened.

Enter Miesha Tate.

Again.

Miesha has fought and lost to Rousey twice. She coached opposite her in the during the TUF 20 season. And she is riding on a high after defeating the formidable Jessica Eye.

Could the third time against Rousey be a charm for Tate?

Tate thinks so.

Tate and her coach looked through Rousey’s recent fight against Bethe Correia – all 34 seconds of it. Even though it was a lopsided slaughter both believe Rousey was far from flawless. And she plans to exploit those weaknesses.

Furthermore, Tate is euphoric after beating a superior striker in Eye. “… beating someone at their own game – someone who was supposed to outbox me and be such a great striker and all of these awesome things – says a lot about the evolution of my striking game,” said Tate.

Tate has also changed her strength and conditioning training, moving to Phase 1 sports in Las Vegas. It’s training venue for elite athletes. Tate says she has dramatically improved her power and endurance.

Polish Giant Wins Belt With KO of the Year

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The social media world has gone into overdrive at the vicious KO of Marco Huck at the hands of previously unknown Krzysztof Glowacki.

Glowacki, a 29 year-old Polish boxer stunned the WBO cruiserweight champion with a brutal 11th round knockout on Friday night. The win ended Huck’s six-year championship streak and cemented Glowacki as one of the most devastating punchers on the planet.

The win was Glowacki’s 26th career victory.

“My trainer (Fiodor Lapin) told me to pace myself and I didn’t listen to him,” said a clearly euphoric Glowacki. “I knew the second part of the fight wasn’t mine, so I decided to go for broke. Not even for a second did I think I would lose this fight.

“This is the biggest night of my life.”

Huck’s promoter, Lou DiBella, said it was a magnificent fight, even though it was his man that ended on the canvas.

“Huck had pulled ahead and he is a beastly strong guy,” said DiBella. “But this Glowacki did not stop coming. He was like the undertaker. He was dead on the canvas and got up and went and got Huck. That was a great fight.

“This is the entertainment business, and that was entertainment.”

Huck spent most of his boxing career in his native Germany, but moved to America to build his career.

He remained firm against a strong-starting Glowacki, enduring a first round flurry of aggressive punches.

In the sixth round Huck stunned the Pole and came within a hair’s breadth of winning the fight.

Glowacki managed to stay in the contest. The two traded blows until the 11th round when Glowacki landed several bell-ringers on Huck’s chin, leading to the KO.

Huck was ahead on all three scorecards until he hit the canvas.

NFL Player’s Second Job

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NFL superstar JJ Watt is a big man.

In an interview with ESPN he spoke about what it takes to get and stay that big.

The man from Houstan, Texas says he eats between 6,000 and 9,000 calories each day, depending on his level of activity.

To consume this massive amount Watt targets food high in protein and quality fats (not all fats are bad). But he admits he does have ‘cheat days’ where he just eats what he wants.

As an example: Watts would eat eight chicken breasts in a single sitting. But his trainer suggested wrapping three of them in bacon and adding sweet potatoes, pasta and olive oil (fats) to boost his calorie intake.

While Watts was reluctant to reveal his specific diet he did admit it would take about 20 chicken breasts, 13 avocados, and 50 slices of bacon to reach the target of 9,000 a day.

This makes eating his part-time job!

Watts added, “I love brunch. Brunch is my favourite meal. I had brunch, had a massive potato pancake omelette, which is an omelette inside a potato pancake. Then I had stuffed French toast with berries and stuff. My cheat meals aren’t even that exciting. That was my cheat meal. The omelette is still pretty darn healthy. The stuffed French toast was the cheat meal, but that was delicious.”

But it’s not all fun. Watts admitted, “It’s exhausting. You have to force feed. You have to force yourself to eat food.”

Oh, and Watts has to train like a demon too – let’s not forget that.

Jessica Eye Talks About Femininity and Fighting

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Number 6 ranked women’s UFC bantamweight Jessica Eye spoke to Cosmopolitan magazine this week about the image of femininity in her sport.

The 29 year-old has followed the lead of division champion Ronda Rousey and spoken about issues that have affected her throughout her life and the stability her sport has provided.

“As a young girl, I did not know my mother,” said Eye. “I didn’t meet her until I was 16 years old. I missed out on some of the things that most females get to do, like talk to their mums about makeup.

“My father and my brothers raised me to be a tough tomboy. I was bullied at a young age and through my early teenage years by my father.”

But Eye was adamant she did have a very feminine side to her. She went further saying she believed most female sportswomen believed to be tomboys are probably the same.

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“I think the biggest misconception about female athlete is that we’re tomboys and that we’re not pretty; we’re not girls – we’re just like male figures in the sport.. We’re not! We’re females too. We still like to get dressed up, we still like to put makeup on, we still like to go out on dates and be treated lkike women.”

Eye said she was pidgeon-holed by her peers because of her bodyshape growing up.

“I’ve always had an athletic build, so sometimes I didn’t fill out tank tops the right way, or I couldn’t wear certain outfits because my legs were bigger, my calves were bigger, or my body was more athletic than your typical female, with a big chest and a giant butt and skinny legs.

“To me, it took me getting older that I was like, ‘You know what, I like how I am.’ I like having big legs! I like having wide shoulders! I like those things now.”

One has to wonder – If Jessica Eye is so content with herself why tell us?

Matador Gored in Groin

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The matador doesn’t always win.

Well-known Spanish bullfighter Franscisco ‘Paquirri’ Rivera Ordonez was taken to hospital on Wednesday after coming off second against a bull.

Paquirri was said to be in a serious, but stable, condition after being gored in the groin during a bullfight in Huesca, north-eastern Aragon.

The bulls horn was said to have sunk 25 centimetres into Pacquirri’s groin, but had missed his vital organs.

Footage of the fight went viral as the bull impaled Pacquirri on one of its horns and hoisted him into the air for a few seconds.

Pacquirri’s father, of the same name, also a bullfighter, was gored to death in Andalusia in 1984. While Paquirri’s grandfather, Antonio Ordonez, was reputed to be one of the greatest bullfighters in history.

But deaths from bulls don’t just come in the ring.

On Sunday a man who was using his mobile phone to film a bull run through the streets of Villaseca de la Sagra, in central Spain, was gored in the neck. He died very quickly in front of horrified onlookers.

Aldo-McGregor to Fight on December 12th

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It’s finally happened.

The date and venue have been agreed upon for the Conor McGregor/ Jose Aldo featherweight unification bout.

The two will headline for UFC 194 on December 12 at the MGM grand Garden arena in Las Vegas.

UFC head-honcho Dana White confirmed the speculation in an interview with Yahoo! Sports.

The UFC had considered hosting the fight at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, as the MGM was unavailable for the proposed date of 5th December.

Hoever, officials at the MGM grand ‘moved heaven and earth’ (White’s words) to ensure the venue was available for December 12th.

And so terms were reached.

White added that the 12th actually works out better for his organisation as it doesn’t conflict with any other major sporting events.

However, t means the Ronda Rousey – Miesha Tate fight will most likely be moved to sometime early in 2016.

The Aldo-McGregor fight is expected to be one of the most watched fights in history. Even though Rousey has proven she is a massive draw for the UFC a third fight against Tate won’t have the interest of the first two.

UFC boss Dana White was adamant Rousey and Tate would have their own card (and not fight under Aldo and McGregor.

With the Aldo-McGregor fight now officially sanctioned and set the media are gearing up for what always is a lively, even controversial, promotion.

Amanda Nunes Emerges as Possible Contender for Ronda Rousey

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It might be consider rude to have already looked past Miesha Tate. But the MMA world is cautiously suggesting Amanda Nunes may be the only woman capable of testing Ronda Rowsey.

On Sunday evening, in Nashville, 27 year-old Nunes destroyed number 4 ranked women’s bantamweight Sara McMann in less than three minutes.

Nunes rocked McMann with a clubbing right hand early in the first. With McMann backing up Nunes was able to pour on the pressure and position herself to take the American’s back.

.Nunes didn’t want to grapple with the Olympic level wrestler; so she unleashed some powerful ground-and-pound to overwhelm and soften up her opponent.

As McMann began weaken Nunes lunged and secured a rear-naked choke, forcing McMann to tap.

The win makes Nunes a genuine title contender for undefeated champion Ronda Rousey.

Rousey has dominated her division so overwhelmingly many are considering her fight against Miesha Tate a mere card-filler and looking to Nunes to provide some real competition.

“My background is jiu-jitsu and judo,” said the Brazilian. “I love striking, but I come from grappling. I’m ready, I’m the lion. Let’s do it … The champion has a fight coming up, maybe I’m next?”

Rousey’s Olympic level judo has proved a problem for many women bantamweight hopefuls. Nunes can nullify that skill with her own.

Nunes is currently 4-1 in the UFC with her only loss coming at the hands of Cat Zingano, in 2014. A fight she almost won in the first round before losing by TKO in the dying minutes of the three round fight.

Fight Cared Announced for UFC Melbourne

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Australian MMA fans were thrilled at the announcement of the headliners for UFC 193 in Melbourne.

Welterweight champion Robbie Lawler is set to defend his title against former interim titleholder Carlos Condit. This is a fight all fans want to see.

Lawler (26-10) stunned the world with his comeback victory against Rory MacDonald at UFC 189. Trailing MacDonald 3-1 Lawler entered the fifth round knowing he had to finish Lawler to win. He unleashed an all-or-nothing flurry of punches against his opponent to win in what many ae describing as Fight of the Year.

Condit (30-8) is no slouch either. Of his 30 fights only two have gone the distance. Condit became interim champion by defeating the fearsome Nick Diaz in 2012. While the fight was boring and Condit was accused of fighting defensively he has shown when he senses blood in the water he’s as lethal a fighter as anyone on the planet.

More recently Condit was sidelined with a torn ACL from a fight last year against the hulking Tyron Woodley.

After 14 months recuperating he returned in May this year to finish the respected Thiago Alves in Brazil and earn his title shot.

Lead writer for the Bleacher Report, Jeremy Botter, described the Lawler – Condit match-up as a bit of a surprise. “Many expected Lawler to defend his championship against Hendricks. The two have already fought twice, with each scoring a close victory. Hendricks has been vocal about wanting the next title shot, and it seemed a lock that he would be the man to face Lawler next.”

While the date is set, 14 November, the venue isn’t. The UFC have to decide between Etihad Stadium or Rod Laver Arena. Australian MMA fighters Mark Hunt, Robert Whittaker and Jake Matthews are hoping to be included on the fight card. While American Matt Mitrione has called out Bigfoot Silva in a dialogue that escalated quickly.