Ronda Rousey

Video: UFC Primetime: Rousey vs. Carmouche episode one

The UFC really out did themselves this time. 

Above, check out the first episode of UFC Primetime: Rousey vs. Carmouche, which premiered last night. In my opinion, probably the best episode that the UFC has ever put out. It's a must watch.

Quote of the day: Cris Cyborg tells Ronda Rousey to “Step up, bitch”

Cris "Cyborg" Santos. Photo by Esther Lin/Showtime Sports.

"I am not afraid of Rhonda! I will fight her anywhere and anytime for free - everyone knows I barely make 145- but I am willing to sacrifice and meet her half way at 140- I can't believe dana says I want nothing to do with Rhonda- what he wants me to do is fight Rhonda with both my hands tied behind my back or comatosed-so that she can have a chance-which is what making me fight at 135 is- to finally shut everyone up - i will fight Rhonda with one hand tied behind my Back at 140lb and still kick her ass and prove that I'm the real champ not her- and let the winner take ALL come on rhonda step up bitch!"

— Former Strikeforce bantamweight women's champion Cris Cyborg responds to recent comments from UFC president Dana White that she is not interested in a highly-anticipated fight with current UFC women's champ Ronda Rousey via Instagram.

The controversy about her ability to cut down to 135 lbs. aside, I don't think there is any reason to question whether or not Cyborg wants to fight Rousey. I believe she is concerned about whether or not the weight cut would affect her negatively during the fight. And with all the trash talk that has went on up until this point, it's a valid concern. Losing to Rousey would do irreparable damage to her career.

HT to Middle Easy for the find.

The Daily Recap: Mitrione Says No to VADA, Ricci on TUF & More

Matt Mitrione. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.

Matt Mitrione, who faces Roy Nelson this Saturday, has turned down Nelson’s request for random drug testing by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association. Mitrione told MMA Junkie, “Since I was coming on somewhat short notice, cutting a couple weeks out of my camp, and training for a five-round fight, this is something I wanted to make sure I didn't have anything that could distract me.”

Ronda Rousey was officially crowned the UFC women’s bantamweight champion this weekend at the UFC on Fox 5 pre-fight press conference. Following the event, UFC president Dana White said Rousey is currently signed to an eight-fight deal and the women’s division will basically live and die with Rousey. [USA Today]

Mike Ricci and Colton Smith both won their The Ultimate Fighter 16 semi-final fights which aired on Friday and will now appear in the finale set for this Saturday in Las Vegas, Nevada. I recommend checking out Ricci’s interview on The MMA Hour where he gave a candid breakdown of his feeling regarding the TUF 16 experience. [MMA Fighting]

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Rousey vs. Carmouche to Headline UFC 157

Ronda Rousey. Photo courtesy of Showtime Sports.

UFC president Dana White has announced that Ronda Rousey will make her much anticipated UFC debut on February 2013 at UFC 157. The announcement came at the UFC of Fox 5 pre-fight press conference where White noted that Rousey will appear in the main event against Invicta veteran Liz Carmouche.

“In the UFC, February 23rd at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, she’ll be fighting Liz Carmouche and she is the main event,” White said.

While Carmouche stepped up, Cyborg has expressed her interest in the fight after previously stating there was no way she could drop down to 135 lbs. Her stance has changed and it’s still the fight the UFC and Rousey both want.

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“Rowdy” Ronda Rousey Talks Pre-Fight Sex



The above video features UFC woman's 145 lbs champion Ronda Rousey and Jim Rome discussing the topic of sex before a fight. This isn't the first time Rousey has fielded questions regarding pre-fight sex. Video after the jump.

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The Daily Recap: Cyborg Can’t Make 135, Dos Santos Partners With Nike & More

Cris "Cyborg" Santos. Photo by Esther Lin/Showtime Sports.

It looks like there is another hurdle to overcome before we'll finally see a super fight between Cris Cyborg and Ronda Rousey. Cyborg’s camp is saying that their fighter visited with her heart doctor and a cut to 135lbs is not safe based on her personal physical health. According to the report, Cyborg walks around at 160lbs and the cut could prohibit Cyborg from carrying a child in the future. [MMAWeekly]

Ronda Rousey’s camp wasted no time formulating a response stating that if you talk to five doctors, you’ll get five different opinions. In regards to moving up to 145lbs, Rousey’s manager Doug Harvey told Yahoo! Sports, “At the end of the day, it’s up to Ronda. I would advise against it because I would like to do everything to get Cyborg down to 135 pounds, but I know it’s the fight the world wants to see.”

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Previewing Strikeforce “Rousey vs. Kaufman”

Ronda Rousey. Photo courtesy of Showtime Sports.

Strikeforce returns with another female-headlined card as fast-rising women’s star Ronda Rousey defends her Strikeforce bantamweight title against former champion Sarah Kaufman at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, California this Saturday night on Showtime.

Other notables on the card include former Strikeforce middleweight champion Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza looking for a second straight win against previously scheduled opponent Derek Brunson. Bouts featuring prospects Lumumba Sayers, Ovince St. Preux and Tarec Saffiedine will also take place.

Here’s a preview of the event’s five-fight main card, which can be seen in its entirety after the jump.

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The Daily Recap: Mayhem Miller Naked & Arrested in Church, No Cause of Death for Tyrone Mims & More

Jason "Mayhem" Miller. Photo courtesy of FEG/DREAM.

The Daily Recap is a collection of news and notes from around the web that will be posted at the end of each day. Bout signings, injury news and much more can all be found here.

Well, it's been a hell of a day to say the least. Let's get to it.

Jason "Mayhem" Miller was arrested today in an Orange County, California church after police found the building broken into, covered in fire extinguisher spray, various materials broken and scattered all over and "Mayhem" sitting naked on a couch. The arrest comes just a couple of days after he and UFC president Dana White got into a spat on Twitter, which ended up with Miller telling White to kill himself at one point.

I've already seen some comments from people saying that "Mayhem" is punch drunk or on drugs. It's sad. I really don't hope that is the case. And for some reason, part of me really wants to give him the benefit of the doubt here. We all know he's had a history of problems. Terrible childhood on top of being a generally wild dude for years. He's spoken openly about suffering from depression and stuff like that. Had the whole incident with his sister last year, plus more in the past.

I heard that he was in a bad place even before the Twitter back-and-forth with Dana White this weekend and now this. I'm sure a lot of it has to do with his poor showing in his return to the UFC, plus getting cut over what Dana says was a backstage ordeal caused by him. Who knows.

Either way, I hope he gets some help. It's sad to see him like this.

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The Daily Recap: “TUF Brazil” Premieres Sunday, Six UFC Fights Announced & More

Vitor Belfort. Photo courtesy of Zuffa LLC.

The Daily Recap is a collection of news and notes from around the web that will be posted at the end of each day. Bout signings, injury news and much more can all be found here.

The debut episode of "The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil" will stream live on Sunday at 11:30 PM ET on TUF.tv with subtitles. The reality show was originally thought to be airing in real time on FUEL TV, but will stream on the internet instead. FUEL will still broadcast the season at some point, when exactly still remains unknown. The lineup for the 16 elimination-round matchups to get into the house have also been set. Click the link. [MMA Junkie]

The UFC announced six more fights for this summer. Those include Demian Maia making his welterweight debut against Dong Hyun Kim and Constantinos Philippou facing Riki Fukuda at UFC 18 as well Rick Story returning against Rich Attonito, Dan Miller dropping down to 170 lbs to take on Ricardo Funch and Matt Riddle colliding with Luis Ramos at UFC on FX 4. [UFC.com]

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Gina Carano Comments on Miesha Tate vs. Ronda Rousey

Gina Carano. Photo by Esther Lin/AllElbows.com.

With Gina Carano and Cris "Cyborg" Santos now absent from the world of women's MMA, a March 3 matchup between Miesha Tate and Ronda Rousey will now serve as a platform for one of them to become the new face of the female side of the sport.

Still away from the game due to acting commitments, Carano gave her take on the Tate-Rousey matchup and discusses her excitement about a bout that should be an exciting one.

“I completely thought that Marloes Coenen was going to win in that last fight against Miesha, so I was really impressed with Miesha. I think Miesha Tate works really hard and I think a lot of people thought Marloes was going to win that fight, so I think she gained a lot of respect from a lot of people. I don’t think we can underestimate her anymore. She’s a legit opponent.”

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“I think it’s really cool that Ronda’s an Olympic athlete. She’s been a part of a lot of competitions, she’s got the drive, and obviously she’s got the skill,” Carano stated. “Not one of her fights has gone out of the first round, so I think it’s going to be really interesting to see. Both of those women are hard workers and have stronger personalities. I hope that it does well. I’m super excited about it.”

Carano also states in the article that she has been hesitant to attend some women's fights live in fear of taking the spotlight of off the fighters because the cameras could focus on her in the crowd. Here's to hoping that she does decide to be in Columbus, Ohio next month for what will be a passing of the torch so to speak.

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