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Green Faces Big challenge in Bolonti

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Boxer Danny Green steps into the ring against Argentinian powerhouse Roberto Bolonti at Hisense Arena on Wednesday.

Green admits it won’t be an easy fight.

His opponent has won 36 of his career 39 fights; with his only losses coming at the hands of world champion Jurgen Brahmer and leading contender Tony Bellew. Even then the fights were close and went the full distance.

Green, on the other hand, has spent the last three years fishing, surfing and making sporadic television appearances.

“It’s a risky fight,” said a very wary Green, “because Bolonti has been active, in real fights and I’ve only been training in the gym.

“He’s match-fit and won a title fight by knockout in Argentina only two weeks ago. He jumped at the chance to fight me on short notice so that shows how keen and confident he is. It only makes for a more exciting fight.”

Notorious fight-picker Anthony Mundine is watching the fight carefully. He is looking for an ‘adequate’ opponent for his last few money-spinning fights. Depending upon the form green shows Mundine may choose to step into the ring with him for the third time.

When the two last met (in 2006) the match became the riches ever on Australian shores. Mundine outpointed a surprisingly flat-footed Green in a rather boring 12 rounmds.

Green enters the ring against Bolonti with a record of 33-5 (28 KOs); while Bolonti boasts 36-3 (25 KOs).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.