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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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*Live Updates* UFC Winnipeg Official Results

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The UFC returns to Canada for the final Fight Night card of 2017. In the cold of Winnipeg, Manitoba, the UFC will host eleven of the originally twelve scheduled fights. Unfortunately, Tim Elliot will not fight in the north country. His scheduled opponent, Pietro Menga, a newcomer to the promotions roster, failed to make weight after taking the bout with just over a weeks notice.

An exciting main card will be capped off with a potential contender eliminator bout featuring, Robbie Lawler and Rafael Dos Anjos. The former champions (Lawler at welterweight, Dos Anjos at lightweight) both put together impressive win streaks which dispatched top contenders in their respective divisions. Elsewhere on the main card, Santiago Ponzinibbio takes on the outspoken Mike Perry.

The card begins on UFC Fight Pass at 4:30/1:30 ETPT.

UFC Winnipeg Official Results:

MAIN CARD – FOX – 8PM/5PM ETPT

  • #2 Robbie Lawler (28-11) vs. #4 Rafael Dos Anjos (27-9) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Rafael Dos Anjos def. Robbie Lawler via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)
  • #3 Ricardo Lamas (18-5) vs. Josh Emmett (12-1) – Catchweight bout (148.5 lbs)
    • Result: Josh Emmett def. Ricardo Lamas via KO (punch) 4:33 round 1
  • #10 Santiago Ponzinibbio (25-3) vs. Mike Perry (11-1) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Santiago Ponzinibbio def. Mike Perry via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • #3 Glover Teixeira (26-6) vs. #7 Misha Cirkunov (13-3) – Light Heavyweight bout
    • Result: Glover Teixeira def. Misha Cirkunov via TKO (punches) 2:45  round 1

PRELIMINARY CARD – FS1 – 5PM/2PM ETPT

  • #14 Jared Cannonier (10-2) vs #15 Jan Blachowicz (20-7) – Light Heavyweight bout
    • Result: Jan Blachowicz def. Jared Cannonier via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Julian Marquez (6-1) vs. Darren Stewart (7-2) – Middleweight bout
    • Result: Julian Marquez def. Darren Stewart via submission (standing guillotine) 2:42 round 2
  • Chad Laprise (13-2) vs. Galore Bofando (5-2) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Chad Laprise def. Galore Bofando via TKO (punches) 4:10 round 1
  • Nordine Taleb (13-4) vs Danny Roberts (14-2) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Nordine Taleb def. Danny Roberts via KO (head kick and punch) :59 round 1
  • John Makdessi (14-6) vs Abel Trujillo (15-7) – Lightweight bout
    • Result: John Makdessi def. Abel Trujillo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Alessio Di Chirico (10-2) vs Oluwale Bamgbose (6-3) – Middleweight bout
    • Result: Alessio Di Chirico def. Oluwale Bamgbose via KO (knee) 2:14 round 2

EARLY PRELIMINARY CARD – UFC FIGHT PASS – 4:30PM/1:30PM ETPT

  • Jordan Mein (29-12) vs. Erick Silva (19-8) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Jordan Mein def. Erick Silva via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-26)
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Gilbert Burns vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier Added to UFC Orlando

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The UFC has now added more bouts to the front end of their 2018 schedule. Gilbert Burns (13-2, 5-2 UFC) will face Olivier Aubin-Mercier (10-2, 6-2 UFC) in Orlando, Florida on February 24th, 2018.

Alongside a few other high-profile fight announcements, is the addition to the UFC Orlando, Florida card. The two lightweights will join Jake Collier and Marcin Prachnio, as the second fight set for the event.

It has been a while since the UFC hosted an event in the state of Florida. Last seen by the Floridians was UFC on Fox: Texeira vs. Evans, on April 16, 2016 in Tampa Bay. The card was a success, despite the cancellation of its planned main event between Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov. Drawing a gate of $1.05 million and 2.13 million viewers.

Gilbert Burns signed with the UFC after accumulating an undefeated record of 8-0. His first loss came in his home country of Brazil, as Rashid Magomedov defeated him via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson 3, in November of 2015.

In his most recent bout, Burns defeated Jason Saggo by KO with five seconds remaining in the second round at UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Branch.

Aubin-Mercier will come into the contest as a winner in his last three bouts. The Canadian fighter trains out of the Tristar gym, alongside legends such as Georges St. Pierre and head coach, Firas Zahabi.

In 2011, Aubin-Mercier was chosen to compete on The Ultimate Fighter: Nations. Competing in the welterweight bracket, he became a finalist by defeating both, Jake Mathews (unanimous decision) and Richard Walsh (rear naked choke). In the finale, Aubin-Mercier lost to Chad Laprise by split decision.

UFC Orlando will take place at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida on February 24th, 2018.

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Eryk Anders vs. Lyoto Machida Officially Headlines UFC Belem

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Eryk Anders vs. Lyoto Machida is officially booked to headline UFC Belem in Brazil.

Following his unanimous decision victory over Markus Perez on last weekends, UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs. Swanson, undefeated middleweight, Eryk Anders, called for the match-up with former UFC light heavyweight champion, Lyoto Machida. The UFC heard, and obliged.

First reported by The MMA Kings (@mma_kings.)

Anders holds a 2-0 undefeated record in the UFC. The Alabama native made his promotional debut against Rafael Nata in July of this year. A bout he took on short notice, replacing Alessio di Chirico whom withdrew from the fight due to a neck injury. Anders defeated Natal by knockout in the first round that night at UFC Long Island.

Prior to his indoctrination to MMA, the undefeated middleweight played for the University of Alabama football team, between 2006-2009.

Machida recently returned to the UFC roster after an 18-month suspension handed down by USADA, stemming from a failed out-of-competition test leading up to his April 2016 contest against Dan Henderson.

In his return to the octagon, Machida faced Derek Brunson in the main-event of the UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Machida, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. “The Dragon” lost the bout via first round KO.

UFC Belem, Brazil is scheduled for February 3rd, 2018, at the Mangueirinho Arena. The card will also feature the flyweight debut for Valentina Shevchenko as she faces Priscila Cachoeira

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