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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.

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 [email protected].

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.

World Champion Free-Diver Presumed Dead

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Natalia Molchanova, 53, arguably the world’s greatest ever free diver has failed to surface after a dinve in the Balearic Sea, near Spain.

Molchanova was diving on Sunday with three others on the coast of Formentera. Speaking with the New York Times her son Alexey said they do not expect to find her alive.

Free diving is a sport and competition in which individuals dive to the greatest possible depths without any breathing aids. Molchanova was diving to a depth of about 40 meters, much less than her word record of 101 metres set in May in Egypt.

Yet reports claim she was diving in an area notorious for its unpredictable currents. The water temperature was around 26 degrees Celsius, but further down this would become colder. Such sudden changes in temperature can possibly shock the body.

When Molchanova failed to surface her fellow divers began searching on their own; when this yielded nothing they called for help. Private boats and the Coast Guard, helicopters and eventually submersible robots were called in. But to no avail.

Molchanova holds 41 world records, has won the world championship in free diving 23 times, and can hold her breath for longer than 9 minutes.

The worldwide community of free divers are in mourning for a woman loved and respected by all.

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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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.

Karmichael Hunt to Face Cross-Examination

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Lawyers for the ex-footballer at the centre of the cocaine scandal have made an application to cross-examine Karmichael Hunt.

Chris Hannay said on Saturday: “We will be making an application to cross-examine witnesses and Karmichael Hunt has provided a witness statement.

“We’re looking forward to getting on with it because this has been a very stressful time for John and his family.”

Hunt was one of the first sporting stars named in a Crime and Corruption Commission investigation into a multimillion-dollar cocaine trafficking network.

In February Hunt sensationally rolled over and implicated other NRL and Gold Coast Suns in the scandal. His witness statement and guilty plea came in exchange for lesser charges; but sent shockwaves through the NRL Titans and AFL Gold Coast Suns.

Hunt’s witness statement also formed the centrepiece of the prosecution’s case against Tourma.

The Gold Coast Titans will see seven past and present players face court in October.

All seven have entered a plea of not guilty to supplying cocaine. They are accused of having done so at a player’s buck’s party and a Mad Monday booze cruise.

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.