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Analyzing pro wrestling fans and Ronda Rousey



So unless you’ve been living under a rock or you just really hate pro-wrestling, one of the most talked about topics in the past month is Ronda Rousey showing up at Wrestlemania to put the hurt on Mr. and Mrs. Triple H alongside The Rock. As a lifelong pro wrestling fan it was a pretty cool moment. Two of the guys who I grew up watching and the queen of MMA who I am always watching, in a ring together at Wrestlemania makes for a nice little reunion between my present self and my childhood. Plus seeing Triple H being ‘Alexis Davis-ed’ was pretty fun to watch. And, The Rock hands down had the funniest line I’ve heard in the WWE for a long time which he delivered to Mrs. Triple H, Stephanie McMahon.
‘That look (referring to Ronda’s mean mug) means that if you keep running your mouth, she is going to reach down your throat and pull your insides out and play jump rope with your fallopian tubes.’
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson

What’s interesting though isn’t so much the act itself but what others perceived it to be. Obviously this made news in both the MMA and the pro-wrestling world but fans of both had very different comments to make about the entire situation. The common thing was that it was pretty damn awesome to watch. But then again there were some very unintelligent comments from the pro-wrestling side of the comment section.
The wrestling fans have blown this way out of proportion. There are talks and rumours of 10 million dollar contracts for Ronda to leave the UFC and start wrestling full-time. Others mention how Dana White blew a gasket when Ronda showed up Wrestlemania.

The MMA fans mostly have a ‘meh, good for her’ attitude towards the situation. After all, seeing a woman MMA fighter take down a guy who has trashed MMA in the past is pretty sweet.

Most pro wrestling fans have in general been somewhat ignorant when it comes to boxing and MMA but like to claim they know a lot. And for that, you can blame the Ken Shamrock’s, the Dan Severn’s, the Rampage Jackson’s and the Tito Ortiz’s of the world. Shamrock had a pretty decent stint back when the company was still known as WWF. Dan Severn went a step further and actually won the NWA Heavyweight championship. Tito and Rampage both signed deals with TNA Wrestling. And the CM Punk situation did not help either.
When Brock Lesnar crossed over to MMA, he brought millions of fans with him. Some stayed while Brock stayed and left when he left yet some started learning more about this game (excuse the Triple H pun) and left pro wrestling behind. The ones who stayed became the smarter voices of both MMA and pro-wrestling worlds. They learned to appreciate and admire both for their own distinct styles of entertainment. And they are two very different forms of entertainment.

Ronda recently stated that there is no way she will not be returning for another segment to the WWE, and why shouldn’t she? She had a massive audience screaming her name and cheering when she dropped Triple H on his backside which is probably way more than she gets from the UFC fans. I’m very sure getting that kind of reaction is intoxicating to anyone. It’s probably one of the reasons ‘Dwayne Johnson’ went back to being The Rock.
But when she said that she opened up another world of rumors and ideas in the minds of every pro wrestling fan on the planet. There’s talks of ‘MMA Rules’ matches and ‘legitimizing the Divas division’. But unfortunately reality doesn’t come crashing down to pro wrestling fans easy.

Ronda Rousey is a fighter. She loves to compete, not fake-compete. She is not a ‘diva’ in the WWE sense of the word. And while fans will be predicting their takes on the next wrestlemania and what Ronda will do next in the WWE, MMA fans will be smirking and sniggering at these people knowing that Ronda isn’t going anywhere.
There was a nice little segment with Ronda Rousey in a WWE ring but it shouldn’t be taken as something other than a lifelong pro wrestling fan having her moment on ‘the grandest stage of em all.’ And the WWE know her marketability not her talent or they’d have signed ole Chael to a contract ASAP.

So calm down wrestling fans. Enjoy the moments you get and don’t think anything of them more than you need to. Ronda Rousey belongs to MMA and that’s where she’ll be for the foreseeable future. She likes visiting Hollywood and WWE but MMA is where she lives.

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Felice Herrig vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz in the works for UFC 223



UFC 223 looks to add a variety of intriguing bouts. With Paul Felder vs. Al Iaquinta reportedly set for the unannounced UFC 223 card, the promotion looks to add a high stakes female flyweight match-up. According to, sources confirmed a bout between Felice Herrig and Karolina Kowalkiewicz, is in the works for the pay-per-view card.


Assuming the match-up does come to be, both women have much to gain from a victory. For Herrig, she currently sits on a four-fight win streak. A streak in which the strawweight contender defeated Kailin Curran, Alexa Grasso, Justine Kish, and Cortney Casey. The MMA veteran, Herrig, began fighting professionally in 2009. As of late, her issues with the marketing machine that is the UFC have intensified.

After demonstrating her technical prowess over Justine Kish at UFC Fight Night 122: Chiesa vs. Lee, Herrig put her emotions on display. She stated at the post-fight media scrum, “Sometimes, I feel like, I’m not young and beautiful enough for the UFC to want to promote me. And it’s sad because I’ve really worked so hard to be here and it’s hard to see these people who’ve not been through what I’ve been through. Who just got into the UFC at the right time. They’re getting all these opportunities and I see how hard I work to get here and it’s just like, it doesn’t matter. I just feel like, ‘I’m not pretty enough and I’m not getting any younger'”.

A frustrated Felice Herrig then spoke to in December. She claimed, “Aside from (former UFC women’s strawweight champ) Joanna (Jedrzejczyk), I’m the only strawweight who’s gone on a four-fight winning streak. That’s a fact. At this point, I want to fight someone in the top 10. It doesn’t really make sense for me to keep fighting girls that are ranked below me. That’s the whole point. If I want to keep working my way up. I fight the most dangerous girls outside the top 10”. The #9 ranked women’s flyweight has a point. In her UFC career, she recorded one loss in six appearances. Yet, she has one co-main event booking, while fighters like Michelle Waterson, booked the main event in her second UFC bout. In Waterson’s third bout, she received a co-main event scheduling. Understandably, Felice Herrig is upset with her situation.

Later in her interview, Herrig brought up Kowalkiewicz as a potential next opponent. “For whatever reason, I really want to fight Karolina. I just think that would be an exciting fight… Stylistically, I really like that fight. She’s ranked above (me), and it may be a good gauge for me,” she stated. Right now, it looks like Herrig is close to getting what she wants.

Kowalkiewicz last fought in her native country of Poland on the UFC Fight Pass card, UFC Fight Night 118: Cowboy vs. Till, in October. The Polish star defeated Jody Esquibel, after losing consecutive contests to former UFC female strawweight champion, Joanna Jedrzejcyk and Claudia Gadelha, respectively.

A win for either makes a good case for the next or an eventual title challenger. Kowalkiewicz holds a victory over current division champion, Rose Namajunas. While a win for Herrig would further establish her impressive win streak and undoubtedly give her the boost in the rankings she deserves.

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Douglas Lima found out about change to co-main event at Bellator 192 from the internet



Bellator 192 fight card has gone through a shake-up over the past week. Bellator president Scott Coker revealed last week that the scheduled welterweight title fight between Rory MacDonald and champion Douglas Lima will now be serving as the co-main event and the heavyweight matchup between Chael Sonnen and Rampage Jackson would instead take top billing. At the time no explanation was made for the change. Monday Douglas Lima was a guest on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani to discuss this change.

“I was little bummed, but it is what it is, it’s business you know. I was pretty excited you know? Being the main event, having Rampage fight as the co-main event, I was happy there. Then I was bummed out that they changed it back to the co-main event. It’s not going to change a thing for me, I’m just focusing on the fight.”

Lima has been notoriously looked over in the eyes of fight fans. A longtime member of Bellator and a two-time champion has not gotten the notice he deserves and hopes to get.

“I found out through the internet, nobody tells me anything, I didn’t know. the same thing happened in New York, I thought my fight would be before the two main events there, but it ended up being the first fight of the night on Pay-Per-View. Hopefully, it doesn’t take anything away from the fight, you know spotlight and stuff.”

Lima is looking to make all the naysayers take notice at Bellator 192 that takes place at The Forum in Inglewood, Califonia on January 20th.

“This is the fight I’ve been waiting for for a long time. To get my name out there, to get people to know who I am. I’ve been delivering a lot of good fights, fights fans like to watch but no attention yet. I’m hoping though that after a win over Rory this week it will really put my name out there and show all these welterweights out there that I am for real.”

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Al Iaquinta vs. Paul Felder rescheduled for UFC 223 in April



MMA fans around the world wept in deep sorrow when Al Iaquinta withdrew from a bout scheduled for UFC 218 against Paul Felder. Weep no more, for Paul Felder faces Al Iaquinta at UFC 223. Rumblings behind the match-up, first reported by, came Sunday night before confirmed the bout scheduled for unannounced pay-per-view card, later in the evening.


The original bout fell through due to a severe knee injury to Iaquinta. He spoke to BJ Penn Radio about the injury nearly a week before the December 2nd, PPV event in Detriot. The Long Island real estate agent claimed, “I tore my PCL and my MCL maybe three or four months ago… for me to really put in a full training camp and do what I need to do, I would’ve had to just focus on fighting and physical therapy… it was the kind of thing where all roads led to me not kind of taking a risk and fighting on December 2nd”.

Iaquinta went on to say, “I kind of accepted the fight, but I never signed a bout agreement… I was kind of told I had to give them an answer pretty quick. It was a fight I thought I really wanted. I thought it was a good stylistic match-up for me, so I accepted the fight, and then thinking about it over the course of a day, we realized it probably wasn’t a smart decision for my health, for everything”.

An outspoken lightweight, he is not the first of his kind. Al Iaquinta is no stranger to idly waiting on the sideline for the UFC to make a move. Contract disputes and other bad strokes of luck left the Serra-Longo with three octagon appearances since 2015. The feud between Iaquinta and the promotion comes as a surprise when looking at the credentials of the aforementioned fighter. With an octagon record of 8-2, he earned notoriety as one of the best lightweights in the world. During his time in the UFC, he defeated Kevin Lee, Ross Pearson, Joe Lauzon, Jorge Masvidal, and most recently Diego Sanchez.

His opponent, “The Irish Dragon”, Paul Felder, holds an impressive UFC record of his own. At 7-3, Felder defeated tough competition as well. His record notes wins over Daron Cruickshank, Jason Saggo, Stevie Ray, and Charles Oliveira. Even more impressive than his record, his knockout ratio. At this stage of his career, Felder knockouts 55% of his opponents (10 knockouts in 18 career pro bouts).

Like his opponent Iaquinta, Paul Felder has a separate career outside of fighting. As many should notice, Felder found a role as a color commentator with the promotion he fights for. Following the footsteps in a long line of fighters before him, Felder announced multiple events alongside another new addition to the UFC broadcast team, Brendan Fitzgerald.

PPV card, UFC 223 and its location are not official yet. Despite a lack of an announcement, the event takes place in Brooklyn, New York at the Barclays Centre, according to multiple reports. Currently, the card features no official bouts. Reports state Felice Herrig vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz (per Jim Edwards), and Evan Dunham vs. Mairbek Taisumov (per Farah Hannoun) are both in the works for UFC 223.

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