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Ronda Rousey made an appearance on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast yesterday, to which they delved into many personal topics including her early training in judo, her family life, what motivates her, and what exactly is a “Do Nothing Bitch”.

The early moments of the podcast were pretty light, with the topics veering from Armenians and their “unapologetically masculine” culture, how her trainer, Edmond Tarverdyan, helped her clean up her style, plastic surgery and the pro’s and con’s of being a “Do Nothing Bitch” which lead Rousey into explaining what that phrase means to her:

“You contribute nothing to society, all you do is consume. If you’re a “do nothing bitch” all you do is spend somebody else’s money and try to look pretty, that’s all you do is use stuff up. You use up resources and you give nothing so you’re pretty much a drain on society.”

 

Later on, Rogan asks if she realises the magnitude of what she is accomplishing both inside and outside of the octagon:

“I don’t even think that I will realize what is going on right now until afterwards, until it’s all done.”

 

She then went on to elaborate on her detractors:

“There’s so many people that live to hate me, but when I’m gone they’re going to miss me….I’m not trying to have everyone like me, I’m trying to have everyone care about what I’m doing.”

 

Rogan brought up her time on The Ultimate Fighter and how it seemed to him that she hated being there, to which she replied that it was:

“one of the worst experiences I’ve ever had to deal with…I felt like I was trapped in the situation.”

 

After sharing a story about how her mother, Judo champion AnnMaria de Mars, was said to have “angry left over”, Rogan asks if everyone in her family is crazy:

“We all have our own different kind of crazy, but Julia my little sister is probably the least she’s most chill. My sister Maria, at (UFC) 168, ended up getting a migraine and threw up, my mom went in the bathroom to cry, my sister Jennifer said “I’m never coming to another fight again” and Julia was like “I knew she’d win.”

 

The conversation then turned towards the pressure of being famous and whether her competitors could handle it:

“They aren’t about that life, they don’t want that attention, scrutiny, pressure and constant work …when they actually come in to fight me they get a small taste of what that life is going to be like as a contender …but once you win the belt it’s just doubled every single time more and more and more and more and I don’t think any of them would be happy with that lifestyle. I don’t think they really truly want it.”

 

Afterwards, she was asked about what has driven her to be great and where her intensity derives:

“I think it’s a mix between how I was raised and never winning the Olympics, that’s like the best thing that’s ever happened to me. Now it’s unlimited motivation forever because it’s never going to be satiated…it was my obsession.”

 

She then talked about the downside to her training regiment:

“the process of training wasn’t fun at all, and it wasn’t meant to be fun… from 2002-2006 I cried every single practice and would lock myself in the bathroom and cry for another half hour afterwards. It was only when I got older that I learned to shake myself from not crying during training…[my mom] would bring me to four or five different gyms a week to get all the different styles and they would beat up on me and I’d get thrown once and immediately start crying.”

 

She then mentions running away from home at 18 and why she was compelled to do so:

“I felt like every second of my day somebody else’s decision…I’m so grateful to my mother she’s an amazing person and she did a perfect job raising me and I was kind of a stupid short sighted kid that I didn’t realize how much she was doing for me at the time. [Training] just became my whole life…I never went to a single dance or party in school I never went on a single date, I trained all the time. I dropped out of school sophomore year so I could train all the time. It was my life and I felt like it was out of my control….after 2006 I was the first American woman in 9 years to win the world cup with no coach.”

 

Rousey then talked about the body image issues that arose from her needing to make weight as a judo competitor and what she does now to help girls with similar issues:

“[I was] getting weighed every week and being told you’re too heavy…I used to get weighed every Tuesday so I wouldn’t drink after Monday practice and I wouldn’t eat dinner to try and be lighter…I thought unless I weighed exactly 63kg I was ugly for the longest time.”

“The “Do Nothing Bitch” shirt sales went to Didi Hirsch, which is a free mental health clinic…that helps girls with body image, eating disorders, suicidal [tendencies].”

 

The elephant in the room was eventually brought up, as Rogan brought up her potentially fighting Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino:

“If she never steps up I’ll know. I’ll probably go a little bit longer waiting for her.”

 

On fighting her at a higher weight:

“It’s a crutch for her. She needs to feel like she somehow has an advantage from the outside. She doesn’t think she’s good enough with just what she has.”

 

On her using performance enhancing drugs:

“I can’t say with proof, but if you look exactly the same when you were using, then what changed?”

 

The discussion delved deeper into the PED issue, which lead to a differing in opinion when it comes to the new ban on I.V. usage:

“I used it once back in 2005 and…I never felt that slow and that terrible…if you need medical attention for cutting weight, you’re in the wrong division.”

 

For the curious, she then goes on to say that cuts around 15lbs to make the 135lbs Bantamweight limit with 8 of those being water and she walks into the cage at 148lbs “feeling like a ninja.”

The rest of the podcast goes into the details of her current training regime and the beginnings of her training with Edmond Tarverdyan, which didn’t start out smoothly as Tarverdyan says:

“At first I didn’t want to train her…I already had my hands full.”

 

As far as her future goes, Rousey had this to say:

“I’m not going to be fighting in my 30s…I don’t know exactly how I’m going to retire or how I’m going to do it, but I know it’s going to happen at some point, I know I’m going to be undefeated.”

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Exclusive: Derek Brunson: “Anderson was definitely a little lubed up”

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Derek Brunson fought Anderson Silva back in February of this year, at UFC 208. Brunson would go on to lose the fight by controversial unanimous decision. However, the controversies didn’t stop at the questionable decision, Brunson also claims Silva was greasing during the fight. The Wilmington, North Carolina native, posted about it on Twitter a few days ago:

Speaking with MMA Latest, Brunson explained why he believes Silva was greasing during the fight. “Anderson was definitely a little lubed up. Every time I grabbed him he was just slipping out of everything, and his takedown defense was really good that night. I was definitely curious to know why he was very slippery, which I definitely think he had some kind of substance on his body. He knows I’m a wrestler obviously, he’s an old, savvy veteran, so he was definitely trying to play all the rules and be very strategic, and make it harder for a wrestler to grab him.”

Brunson is set to face Lyoto Machida come October 28, when asked about whether he was worried about Machida greasing, considering Gegard Mousasi accused him of doing so in their fight, Brunson admitted he wasn’t too worried.

Well I’m not too worried, but like I said, I put it out there because I know they’re friends and I know, obviously, that’s kind of what the guys do when they know they’re fighting a wrestler. They want to lube their body up really good to make it hard to grab hold, Anderson did a great job defending my takedowns. It’s because he was all greased up so he was able to stop a lot of them. When I grab guys in the clinch, it’s very tough for them to get away and I’m pretty good with my Greco takedown. He was pretty much pulling through my clinch when I had a tight grip on him and if you have some kind of substance on your body it’s easy to pull them.”

Neither Silva nor his management have commented on the greasing allegations. Anderson Silva makes his return against Kelvin Gastelum later this year, in China. While Brunson makes his return to the Octagon on October 28th, in Brazil, where he looks to add Lyoto Machida’s name to his impressive list of victories.

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Ovince Saint Preux Steps in to Face Corey Anderson at UFC 217

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UFC 217 just got even more interesting. Earlier this week, Patrick Cummins pulled out of his light heavyweight matchup with Corey Anderson due to a Staph infection. Corey “Overtime” Anderson was not happy with his opponents decision, even calling out his opponent on Instagram asking how Cummins could, “call it quits so far from fight night”.

The UFC left Anderson on the card, and he found an opponent through the magic of Twitter. Ovince Saint Preux tweeted out directly to Anderson stating:

It didn’t take long for Anderson to respond agreeing to the fight, tagging Mick Maynard and Dana White in his response.

Only a few short hours later, the fight announcement came from the official UFC twitter account.

 

This top 10 Light Heavyweight matchup should add to an already amazing card coming in November at Madison Square Garden. Saint Preux is coming off of back to back wins both due to the very rare von flue choke, he finds himself ranked #7th in the latest edition of the 205-pound rankings. Corey “Overtime” Anderson is 4-2 in his last 6 fights, but is coming off a brutal first round knockout loss to Jimi Manuwa in March.

With such a exciting fight added to this card, what do you see happening November 4th?  Will Corey Anderson bounce back and look to jump into the top 5 of the rankings, or will Ovince Saint Preux go for a third straight von flue choke? Let us know.

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*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results

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Watch the live weigh-ins for Bellator 185 here.

Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.

Full Weigh-in Results: (Updated in real time)

Main Card:

Gegard Mousasi (185) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (186)
Neiman Gracie (170.5) vs. Zak Bucia (170)
Heather Hardy (126) vs. Kristina Williams (126)
Ryan Quinn (155.5) vs. Marcus Surin (155)
Ana Julaton (125.5) vs. Lisa Blaine (122)

Preliminary Card:

Jordan Young (200) vs. Alec Hooben (194)
Costello van Steenis (185) vs. Steve Skrzat (186)
Vinicius de Jesus (170) vs. Joaquin Buckley (171)
John Beneduce (154.5) vs. Dean Hancock (155)
Timothy Wheeler (144) vs. Pete Rogers (144)
Don Shainis (150) vs. Matthew Denning (149)
Frank Sforza (149) vs. Vovka Clay (150)
Kevin Carrier (156) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (153)
John Lopez (126) vs. Billy Giovanella (125)

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