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Ronda Rousey Talks About Her Fighting Edge

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Ronda Rousey has opened up about what she things is her biggest asset in the Octagon.

You might think it’s her arm-bar – a submission no one has yet escaped from. You might think it’s her judo skills – a facet no other fighter in the UFC has or can match. Or you might think it is her being trained by her Olympic judo Mum virtually from the time she could walk.

But you’d be wrong.

Rousey puts her dominance, of the women’s bantamweight division, down to her fast and aggressive starts.

“When I did judo as a kid,” she said to Mike and Mike in the Morning, “ my mom told me the most common time to catch somebody is the first second of the match. So when I was a little kid from like 11 on, I would always try a throw right after the bell, so I had a lot of matches that were in the first 10 or 20 seconds, because that’s when the person is most unprepared.

Rousey’s record speaks for itself.

Most of her fights last less time than it takes to retrieve a beer from the fridge.

While most fighters take at least 30 seconds to settle into a fight – a thing Rousey has capitalised on.

“It’s just been drilled into my brain,” she contineuerd, “since I was a little kid to not have that feeling-out period. To be good at what other people are bad at.”

And it’s not like her opponents aren’t prepared for these fast starts. The problem comes when they have to construct a defence to it. Remember, most fighters only settle into the bout after 30 seconds, so they have to change their normal style of fighting to accommodate Rousey’s style.

And that places them at an immediate disadvantage.

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The second problem occurs when they try to come up with a plan. Because Rousey’s fights finish fast there’s not a whole lot of video footage for coaches to work with; and therefore not a whole lot they can use with which to come up with a counter-strategy.

And this is why Holly Holm could prove a good rival for Rousey.

Hom has an unparalleled boxing pedigree. Boxing relies on creating and keeping distance from an opponent until you are ready to strike. These skills may make the difference in getting through that crucial first minute against Rousey.

Should Holm manage to do so she may then stage the fight on her terms (not Rousey’s). What happens then is anyone’s guess.

MMA Fighters Boycott Nevada in Response to Diaz Sentence

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The fallout from the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s handling of the Nick Diaz drug charge continues to worsen.

The Commission handed out a five-year suspension to Diaz (effectively ending his career) for testing positive to cannabis after his UFC 183 bout.

Fans and fighters were outraged at the excessive nature of the ban. And MMA fighters are making their displeasure known by refusing to fight in the state of Nevada.

The latest to add his name to the blockade is Henry Cejudo, an Olympic gold medallist.

Fast rising bantamweight Aljamain sterling tweeted that he is intent on doing the same, “ … let the NSAC know,” he broadcast on the 17th, “they need to be unbiased & give a fair process.”

They join female bantamweight Leslie Smith in expressing their dismay at the Star Chamber-like actions of the NSAC.

“This situation is just the latest example demonstrating the need for mixed martial artists to stand together,” said Smith. “(We need) to influence our sport and have our voices heard by speaking together as the mixed martial arts fighter association.”

These fighters are fervently hoping others will make a similar stand. Alone they will accomplish little; but should the stars decide to follow their lead the NSAC may actually be answerable to someone.

Heavyweight Matt Mitrione blasted ex-UFC fighter now executive Matt Hughes for his comments supporting the NSAC. UFC superstar Ronda Rousey has labelled the ban ‘unfair’. For Diaz to receive a penalty five times greater than that given to Anderson Silva. Silva tested positive for steroids in the fight against Diaz.

‘It makes no sense at all.’

She describes herself as a close friend to Diaz and is shocked at the suspension.

Olympian Turned Call-Girl Tells All

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American track and field superstar Suzy Favor Hamilton has released her autobiography Fast Girl – A Life Spent Running from Madness this week.

In it she describes how she went from celebrating her 20th wedding anniversary with a threesome to being an AUS $800 an hour escort in six months.

Favor Hamilton, now 47, tells how she “devoted myself to sex (and) my need to be unsurpassed in the bedroom …” and how it “replaced the need to be best on the track.”

Favor Hamilton explains that sex was the avenue through which her bipolar disorder manifested itself.

It effectively bought about the end of her athletics career once the media got hold of the facts. She was vilified in the press, her sporting achievements all but overshadowed – even though she represented the US at three Olympic Games.

“I still crave that high,” Hamilton says about the risky-sex that fuelled her mania.

Hamilton says her pre-finish collapse at the Sydney 2000 Olympics began the downward spiral that would finish with her feeling suicidal.

She found a way out through thrill-seeking behaviour and self-medicating.

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Her double life was exposed by a reporter from the website The Smoking Gun; which exists to bring to light factual but outrageous stories of public interest.

But upon the birth of her daughter and a course of prescription antidepressants when remembers “suddenly having more energy than I could remember (ever) having. I wanted ot live like I had never lived before.”

Hamilton became a real estate agent, a motivational speaker, and high class hooker.

She became one of the most sought after call girls in Las Vegas and loved every minute of it.

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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.

Jeff Horn Faces Stern Test in Viktor Plotnykov

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Aussie up-and-comer Jeff Horn will have his hands full on August 1 in Invercargill, New Zealand.

Though he is ranked 10th in the world welterweight rankings he faces a stern test in no. 12 ranked Viktor Plotnykov.

Horn admits the wily Ukranian veteran is a step above anyone he has yet boxed.

Horn has already beaten 3 of the world’s top 15 ranked welterweigts, but none approaching Plotnykov’s caliber.

Plotnykov will also enjoy a 5cm height advantageand and has more than three times Horn’s professional experience with 34 fights.

But horn’s trainer, Glenn Rushton, isn’t letting his fighter be over-awed, “We are going to Invercargill to win the fight emphatically. But we are under no illusions about the opponent. It is going to be a tough, tough night.

“Jeff will need to win the fight with his legs more than his hands because he has to control the gap in distance between them.

“Plotnykov is a master at dominating the distance. He’s able to hit going back, he puts his left jab constantly in the face of his opponent and has a very dangerous right hand.

“He’s tough too and knows how to hold in close.”

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Rushton has his charge working on explosive leg strength ahead of the match. While in sparring Horn is working on techniques to shut down Plotnykov’s damaging straight right.

Most recently, Plotnykov, 37, dominated and defeated former British commonwealth welterweight champion Denton Vassell over 12 rounds in Belfast.

Horn’s promoter, Dean Lonergan, believes his fighter is ‘four or five’ fights away from a world title. But Horn believes he is ready now.

He just has to get past Plotnykov first.