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- Did Ronda Rousey foresee her own defeat during ‘Tonight Show’ appearance?
- Heavyweight contenders Josh Barnett, Ben Rothwell face off at UFC on FOX 18
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In the aftermath of Ronda Rousey’s stunning loss to Holly Holm Saturday in the main event of UFC 193 in Melbourne, Australia, there has been much speculation that Rousey wasn’t properly prepared for the match.
She certainly didn’t perform well. Holm’s boxing was dramtically better than Rousey, who was wide open and taking a beating from Holm throughout.
But it seems that at least Rousey had a good idea of what Holm would try to do to her in their bout for the women’s bantamweight championship.
During an Oct. 7 appearance on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon,” Rousey laid out in very accurate fashion exactly what Holm’s strategy against her would be.
This is going to be a much longer fight because she’s a 19-time world boxing champion with 100 percent takedown defense and head kick knockouts. She’s undefeated and an amazing athlete and the biggest threat definitely to me on paper and stylistically. She’s the type of fighter you have to be very, very patient with. I feel like she’s going to keep distance and keep far away from me and get me frustrated to the point where I make a mistake and she can kick me in the head.
Holm, in fact, kept her distance, frustrated Rousey and then caught her with a devastating kick to the head in the second round that ended the fight.
Rousey clearly had a good handle on how Holm would approach her, and what she needed to do to counteract it.
Where Rousey failed was in her execution. Her defense was atrocious and she kept walking into punches. She had little patience and paid for it by getting knocked out.
She knew, however, what Holm was going to try, based on what she told Fallon five weeks before the fight.
January’s FOX card just got bigger. Literally.
A pair of heavyweight contenders, Josh Barnett and Ben Rothwell, will meet in an important bout at UFC on FOX 18 on Jan. 30 in Newark, N.J., it was announced Tuesday night on FOX Sports Live.
Rothwell (35-9) was supposed to fight Stipe Miocic in the co-main event of the UFC’s return to Ireland last month, but Miocic got injured and had to pull out. Miocic was then put in a veritable title eliminator against Andrei Arlovski at UFC 195 on Jan. 2. Rothwell’s parting gift is not so bad at all. The 34-year-old has a chance to make his own claim as No. 1 contender against Barnett. He has won three in a row, the latest a first-round submission over Matt Mitrione in June.
Barnett (34-7) returned to the Octagon for the first time in nearly two years in September when he defeated Roy Nelson by unanimous decision in Japan. Overall, "The Warmaster" has won three of four and he, too, is right there among the top heavyweights in the UFC. Barnett, 38, is an MMA legend with wins over the likes of Randy Couture, Dan Severn, Mark Hunt and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
UFC on FOX 18 is headlined by a light heavyweight title eliminator between Anthony Johnson and Ryan Bader. Also on the card, Jake Ellenberger takes on Tarec Saffiedine.
Aged MMA stars Ken Shamrock and Royce Gracie, as well as a heavyweight bout between two former street fighters, Kimbo Slice and Dada 5000, has been announced by Bellator for early next year. The Bellator 149 event will go down in Houston, Texas on February 19th, 2016.
Holm dissected Rousey en route to what might have been the biggest upset in UFC history.
Well, that was a quick exit after a promising start. As long as Gunny is still there Conor should be ok.
SBG Ireland welterweight Cathal Pendred took to Twitter on Wednesday to call it quits on his professional mixed martial arts fighting career. The 28-year-old cited a lack of passion for competition as his motivating reason.
Pendred retires from MMA with a record of 17-4-1, although he dropped his last two straight. Most recently, he was stopped at 4:37 in the first round by Tom Breese in October at UFC Fight Night 76.
Pendred rose to prominence on the local fight circuit in Europe before going undefeated in the highly-respected Cage Warriors Fighting Championship promotion, going 5-0-1.
The Irish fighter eventually became a cast member on the ninteenth season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) where he made it to the tournament’s semifinals losing to recent UFC castoff Eddie Gordon. He was a part of B.J. Penn’s team.
Pendred ultimately went 4-2 inside the Octagon and holds wins over UFC veterans Che Mills, Sean Spencer, Nico Musoke, David Bielkheden and Gasan Umalatov.
He is the teammate of other UFC fighters Conor McGregor, Paddy Holohan and Aisling Daly.
Nightmare on Cheesus street with Vitor Belfort and Freddy Krueger – Tommy Toe Hold Show.
Ronda Rousey takes on Holly Holm this weekend, and if history is any indication, Rousey could run away with this fight the way she has every other one. But will Holm present a greater challenge to Rousey? It’s entirely possible. Yahoo Sports’ Kevin Iole joins the Grandstanding podcast to discuss whether Rousey is one of the best fighters ever, or if she’s just fighting weak competition. He’ll also talk about the prospects of increasing legalized gambling in the United States in the wake of Daily Fantasy Sports’ phenomenal spread. (1:55 mark)
Also on this edition of the podcast:
-Nick Bromberg on the burgeoning crisis at the University of Missouri. How did this protest become a free speech referendum? What does the football team’s participation mean for the future of NCAA sports? (15:00 mark)
-Greg Wyshynski on his new book, “Take Your Eye Off The Puck: How To Watch Hockey By Knowing Where To Look.” It’s full of tips for newcomers and insight by experts. (31:20 mark)
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