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Mayweather All Hot Air and Dollars

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Floyd Mayweather showed what he was made of on the weekend: Hot air and money.

In an interview on ESPN on Friday Mayweather was asked about how he felt losing the ESPYs fighter of the Year to UFCs Ronda Rousey.

Mayweather responded with, “A while back I didn’t know who Ronda Rousey was. So I’m pretty sre she got upset. I want to say congratulations to Ronda Rousey and the UFC. You guys have done a tremendous job and I’ve won probably six or seven ESPYs for Fighter of the Year. And I truly believe she deserves it. Congratulations to Ronda Rousey.”

But the ood changed when the interviewer asked how Mayweather felt about the comments Rousey made when she accepted the award.

Rousey was upset by remarks made by Mayweather. He made the quip, “I don’t even know who HE is.” So in her acceptance speech Rousey referenced Mayweather’s history of domestic violence: “I wonder how Floyd feels being beaten by a woman for once,” said Rousey. “I’d like to see yu pretend you don’t know who I am now,” she addd.

Mayweather responded to the taunt by saying to the ESPN interviewer, “I’ve yet to see any MMA fighter, or other boxer, make over $300 million in 36 minutes. When she can do that, then call me.”

The UFC fired back with a compilation of Rousey’s best wins with the title #SheDontNeed12Rounds@RondaRousey.

At the same time Mayweather was spruiking his final fight against a no-name chump in the form of Andre Berto, on the 12th of September.

Mayweather insisted Berto was a worthy competitor despite his having lost three of his last six fights, including two losses to boxers who have already been beaten by Mayweather.

Currently fighting at 147 pounds, Berto (30-3, 23 Kos) seems easy pickings for Mayweather (48-0, 26 Kos).

Fight commentators are calling the match up ‘embarrassing.’ The hardest part of it will be spruiking the fight with any kind of authenticity.

The Real Damage of KO’s

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“Never leave it in the hands of the judges.” This is the unofficial motto of the UFC.

To that end fighters are encouraged to submit or knock out their opponents every chance they get. But while submissions give a fighter a chance to surrender KO’s don’t.

And the consequences can be far-reaching.

An American Association of Neurological Surgeons report, in 2014, founds that the force generated by a professional boxer’s punch is equal to that of a 9 kg bowling ball travelling at 32km/hr.

When it impacts with a defenders head the sudden movement shocks the brain – the rapid acceleration and deceleration of the skull squashes the brain within its cavity, causing trauma to the soft tissue.

Depending upon the severity of the impact the brain may bounce around, striking the inside of the skull several times before coming to rest.

The brain tissues then goes into overdrive sending out a series of neurotransmissions demanding blood to repair the damage.

According to Anthony Alessi, a neurologist and boxing physician, when the blood supply to the brain is unequal to the amount necessary to repair the damage the fighter will lose consciousness. It’s the body’s way of protecting itself: shut down and heal.

But knockouts aren’t always one-punch fight-finishers.

In an article published in Popular Mechanics Alessi spoke about the cumulative effects leading to KO’s. This is when blood supply is meeting regenerative demands, but only just.

The first indication a fighter may be nearing unconsciousness is their feet.

“They become flat-footed, which is the inability to adjust. Boxers can’t move forwards or backwards quickly.

“As you watch their feet, you realise that the same lack of coordination is going on in their upper extremities, in their hands. And eventually they are unable to defend themselves,” said Alessi.

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Studies have found that around 90 per cent of professional boxers will suffer some form of head trauma throughout their career. Other research has suggested that between 15 – 40 per cent of boxers will, at some point, show signs of chronic brain injury.

Between 1960 and 2011 there have been approximately 488 deaths from boxing related injuries. 66 per cent of these are related to head and neck trauma.

In 2014 three professional boxers died from knockout punches.

Earlier this year Braydon Smith, a professional boxer in Australia, collapsed following his welterweight bout in Toowoomba, Queensland. He showed severe swelling on the brain from injuries sustained through the fight.

Cyborg Justino Offers Catchweight Fight to Rousey

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Cyborg’ Justino has dared UFC women’s bantamweight champion ‘Rowdy’ Ronda Rousey to fight her at a catch-weight of 140 pounds.

Rousey has cleaned out her division and is now set ot fight the former strikefocre champion Meisha Tate, whom she has already submitted twice.

Tate has certainly done all she has needed to for another title shot at Rouseyt, but Justino believes MMA fans around the world want to see the two champions settle once and for all which of them is the most dominant fighter on the planet.

‘Cyborg’ has been as dominant at 145 pounds as Rousey has been at 135 pounds. A catch-weight fight seems to be the ideal solution. But there appear to be some intractable problems:

First Justino has a history of not making weight. She’ll arrive at the weigh-ins 3 – 5 pounds overweight. So by the time of the fight she’s almost 10 – 20 pounds heavier than her opponent.

Second, putting on weight in the form of muscle takes a lot longer than dropping weight in the form of fluids and fat. For Rousey to put on an extra 5 pounds of lean muscle may take months of strict dieting and exercise.

Third, Rousey has publicly scorned Justino as a drug cheat and refuses to respect her for it.

But when speaking to ESPN on Wednesday ‘Cyborg’ said she was more than ready to face Rousey. She believed the UFC could make the fight if Rousey was willing to go up in weight.

“Ronda Rouseyalready cleaned out her division and she’s doing fight number 3 with Miesha Tate and this shows for us she already cleaned the division. When a champ cleans out a division, everybody saw this, the champ goes up to fight somebody else. I’m a champion at 145 and I can drop to 140 to fight her,” said jJustino.

Rousey has said that if Justino stopped using performance enhancing drugs she could easily make 135 pounds.

UFC boss Dana White refused to be drawn on the question of drugs, but said that if the fight were to happen it would happen at 135 pounds.

Justino has suggested she may seek legal counsel concerning Rousey’s allegations.

“I did this in 2011,” said Justino, “and I already passed six tests and it’s the same exams she’s doing. Because we are in the same organisation now. All exams are the same commission. I don’t think it’s right she says something she cannot prove.”

White believes a fight between Rousey and Justino could be the largest pay-per-view event in UFC history, attracting more than 2.5 million viewers worldwide.

Shields Furious About Eye Gouges from Palhares

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Jake Shields may have lost his welterweight World Series of Fighting Championship bout to Rousimar Palhares, but the battle is far from over.

Rousimar has a long history of foul shots to his discredit. He has been caught refusing to release submission holds, tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone, and has been issued a series of warnings from UFC boss Dana White.

In short – he wears the crown of dirtiest fighter in the UFC.

In the fight against Shields on Friday the Brazilian was at it again.

Speaking to MMA Fighting Shields accused Palhares of repeatedly attempting to gouge his eyes. “Over and over, he kept catching his thumb and digging it in both of my eyes,” said a clearly furious Shields.

“I kept telling Mazzagatti (referee) ‘Hey, look, the eye gouges.’ He (Mazzagatti) wasn’t saying anything about it. It wasn’t once or twice. It was at least eight times. In over 40 fights, not one time has anyone ever done that to me. Those weren’t, like, semi eye pokes. Those were blatant dig in and try  to gouge …”

To top it off Palahares won the fight by submission – but didn’t let the hold go when Shields tapped.

“He cranked my shoulder longer than was necessary (in the submission). It definitely felt like he held it too long.”

Shields said he feared his arm might be broken and lashed out at Palhares.

Palhares was signed on a zero-tolerance policy because of his previous unsportsmanlike behaviour.

Ali Abdel-Aziz, WSOF vice president, was outraged, “You have to understand, I’m the guy who f#@king signed him,” said Abdel-Aziz to MMA Fighting. “I don’t know if you remember or not, but I’m the guy who said, ‘You know what, I’m going to sign him.’ If I go back on tape and watch that F#@king fight tomorrow, and if I see Palhares held too long, and did the eye poking a couple of times, he might be stripped of the title.”

IN BREAKING NEWS: Pahlares has been stripped of his title after video of his fight was reviewed. He has been suspended indefinitiely. many UFC fighters are calling for a life ban to be imposed.

Rousey Retains Title with Demolition of Correia

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Ronda Rousey (12-0-0) said she’d take her time with Bethe Correia (9-1); and I suppose by her standards she did.

MMA superstar and undefeated women’s bantamweight champion Rousey demolished Correia in 34 seconds – a full 20 seconds longer than her previous fight.

But it was the manner of her win that stunned the world.

Rousey is known – and rightly feared – for her expertise as a submissions specialist and judo expert. 9 of her wins have come through submissions, most of them through an almost patented armbar.

But Rousey said she wanted to send a message with this fight.

Correia sent an ill-informed tweet obliquely referring to the sad demise of Rousey’s father. It was a mistake.

Even though she apologised for the slip Correia kept trash-talking, attempting to belittle and intimidate her opponent – another mistake.

When the door to the Octagon closed Correia was made to pay for those mistakes.

Both women charged towards each other when the bell rang. They exchanged a flurry of punches, but it was Rousey who was the more accurate.

Though she is a striker Correia was overwhelmed by the ferocity and movement of Rousey.

As she backed up Rousey moved in to throw her. Correia sensed the attack and quickly backed away.

Rousey fired off several damaging blows as she continued to surge forward.

Correia was crowded against the cage wall and began to cover up.

From that moment Rousey just needed to find the money shot.

It didn’t take her long.

A blow to the left temple ended Correia’s night. She was unconscious before she hit the canvas.

The world was stunned.

Rousey has made a habit of destroying opponents, so fight fans should be used to seeing such total dominance from her. But for some reason the girl never fails to impress.

Rousey v Correia Today!

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Ronda Rousey puts her bantamweight title on the line today against Bethe Correia. Bookmakers have Rousey at almost unbackable odds to win. And Rousey is focused.

In the lead up to the fight Correia twittered to Rousey saying she hoped the incumbent champion wouldn’t ‘kill herself’ when she loses to the Brazilian.

Rosuey was outraged – having lost her father by suicide when she was eight years old.

In response Correia apologised. But it seems to have made no difference to Rousey.

Rousey has vowed to ‘take her time’ with Correia.

“It’s definitely not going to be an Instagram fight,” said Rousey to TMZ.

“If I beat you quickly, that’s me at my nicest and most merciful. That means you get to go home unscathed with a paycheck. If I make the fight last longer, that means I don’t like you and I want you to go home looking different than the way you walked in. And I don’t like this chick.”

And Rousey can end fights quickly.

In her 11 UFC wins Rousey has only ever gone past the first round once. Herr last fight took 14 seconds before she forced Cat Zingano to tap.

But Rousey may need to be careful. Correia is a striker who thrives over longer battles of attrition.

Rousey’s rcord of 11-0 comes from 9 submissions and 2 Kos. She was named ESPY’s Fighter of the Year, edging out Floyd Mayweather Jr. She has been featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated Maxim, and ESPN The Magazine, appeared in three movies (is soon to be shooting a fourth), and released a best-selling book.

Moreover, she is credited with singlehandedly popularising women’s MMA – and most notably the UFC.

But it all goes on the line today at UFC 190.

Rousey Unbackable Favourite Against Correia in UFC 190

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This weekend ‘Rowdy’ Ronda Rousey (11-0-0) puts her bantamweight title on the line against Brazilian Bethe ‘Pitbull’ Correia (9-0-0). The bout, UFC 190, will take place in Correia’s home country.

Rousey goes in as an almost unbackable favourite (with some bookmakers offering Rousey as 18-1 on to win), having sailed through her last three fights. But Correia is at least saying she can pull off the upset of five centuries.

If so, Correia will need to be extremely watchful of Rousey’s judo and armbar.

Rousey either dominates or at least equals everyone in her division in all aspects of the MMA game. But she brings something to the table they don’t: Olympic level judo skills and a go-to armbar that is almost impossible to stop.

Rousey has made it almost a habit of setting her opponents up with demolishing stand-up before getting  in close and hurling her opponent to the mat. Once off balance they become easy pickings for Rousey’s speedy transition to an armbar that ends the night.

Everyone knows the armbar is coming, but no one has been able to stop her.

Rousey has finished 82% of her fights by submission. While Correia has finished none in the same way. The Pitbull also gives away 2 inches in height.

Correia’s strengths are her strikes (6.07 significant strikes landed per minute on average) and her takedown defense (80%).

Correia’s KO/TKO percentage is almost par with that of Rousey (22% Correia, 18% Rousey)

Rousey has arguably become the most dominant athlete in any sport. She has often courted controversy, but no one can discredit her achievement as one of the greatest athletes in the modern era.

But, as Anderson Silva showed against Chris Wiedman, no one is untouchable inside the Octagon. Silva wore the mantle of most dominant fighter in the UFC until he was unceremoniously KO’d by Wiedman at 1:18 in the second round of UFC 162.

All it takes is a moment’s distraction.

Why is Edgar Not Being Given a Shot for the Featherweight Belt?

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Questions are being asked as to why Frankie ‘the Answer’ Edgar is being passed over – yet again – for a Featherweight title shot.

He was crushed to be overlooked when Chad Mendez was asked to step in for injured Jose Aldo at UFC 189.

Edgar would clearly have given Conor McGregor stiffer competition for the interim belt.

Edgar made sure to attend the event and make his presence known to McGregor.

“I do (believe I’m next I line for a title shot),” said Edgar after the fight at the MGM grand Garden arena.

“Who knows how long Aldo is going to take (to return to defend his belt).”

With the announcement of McGregor as coach for the TUF 22 series it seems as though the UFC are picking McGregor’s fights so as to groom him for the top spot.

And Edgar could certainly derail those plans.

“Credit to Conor,” said Edgar about the win over Mendez, “he was able to stay composed. He was able to get back on his feet. Chad seemed to slow down, get tired taking a fight on short notice like that, and Conor capitalised. He kept Chad at bay, but he was eating some big shots. I was just impressed how when he did get back to his feet – he was composed.”

But Edgar believes he offers a little more than Chad.

“I think my takedowns are there like his, and I feel like I got good ground and pound. I don’t really slow down too much, you know?”

Anyone who saw Edgar demolishing Hall-of-Famer B J Penn (twice) will be forced to agree. Edgar’s movement, angles, and power have made him one of the most destructive forces in the featherweight division.

A fight between himself and McGregor would be a fair contest for the division belt.

Blind Fighter Making Waves in MMA

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Englishman Lee Michael Hoy is finding success in the most unlikely of places: MMA.

What makes Hoy’s success so unlikely is that he is blind – and has been since birth.

In a story first aired in the New York Post, Hoy explains how he was diagnosed with a condition known as toxoplasmosis, an infection caused by a parasite in the retina.

He can see a little, but that depends on glare, depth, and the distance of the object he is focusing on.

At the age of 24 he walked into the Bolden Lane (South Shields) Fighting Fit gym to learn self-defence. He soon fell in love with the sport.

In an interview with the Shields Gazette Hoy said, “I’m a totally changed person because of the sport. I can walk the streets with my head high.”

Feruz Hussain, the head coach at Fighting Fit, said, “It’s amazing to see what he has achieved. He didn’t believe he would be able to do any of it when he first started.”

Hoy has won bronze medals in his last two grappling competitions. He regularly trains with, fights, and beats sighted opponents. On August 8 he is scheduled to appear in a boxing demonstration and is hoping to inspire others – sighted and visually impaired alike – to take up the sport he loves.

Bisping Claims Gutsy Win – at a Cost

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British middleweight favourite Michael Bisping has ground out a split-decision over Thales Leites. In a brutal five rounds on Saturday night. Bisping managed to outpoint his more fancied rival despite sustaining a hampering toe injury in the first round.

Leites strode into the centre of the cage, controlling the distance and the Octagon for much of the match.

Bisping responded by circling and firing off lighting jabs whenever the opportunity presented itself.

Both men sunk in deep, painful leg kicks throughout the match. Both men charged at the other druing the entire fight, trying to exert their dominance.

And while both men used their aggression to unleash a volley of stinging punches it was Bisping who managed to land the greater number.

But it was Englishman’s toe injury that dominated much of the post-fight talk.

Photo’s show a large chunk of flesh hanging off the inside of Bisping’s left big toe. It obviously hampered his movement and provided ringside commentators with some grisly fodder.

But Bisping was able to adapt to the set back.

He now moves to a 17-7 UFC record. And he lost no time in calling out others in his division, notably Yoel Romero and Jacare Souza – both heavy-hitters whom the ferocious Michael Bisping would like to test out.