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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?

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.

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.

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 [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.

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.

Horn Flies Into Invercargill for Fight With Plotnykov

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Jeff Horn, a Brisbane boxer described by boxing great Jeff Fenech as ‘the hottest talent in the country’, has flown to Invercargill, New Zealand for the fight of his life.

When he steps into the 4000 seat Stadium Southland the man he will face is the hammer-fisted world number 10 Viktor Plotnykov. Plotnykov, 37, is a veteran with 32 wins from 34 fights. He has never been stopped in a career spanning 13 years.

But if Horn is to prove himself a contender for Floyd Mayweather’s welterweight (67kg) title belt he has to get past Plotnykov.

“The key to winning,” said Horn, “is not to let Plotnykov dominate from long range.” Plotnykov is a tall lanky fighter able to deliver damaging blows at a distance.

“He’s very tall,” Horn continued, “and rangy. Plotnykov has a great jab and right hand and he likes to sit back and control the distance.

“My job is not to let that happen, but take charge straight away. I feel I have the power and workrate to trouble him immediately.”

Both Horn and Plotnykov made weight at an identical 66.15 kg.

Horn has been preparing for the bout by sparring with taller and heavier opponents. He claims to have completed 60 rounds with larger opponents during the past two weeks.

The fight will be streamed live and free on epicentre.tv on the web.