Brock Lesnar wasn’t the only UFC champion to step into a WWE ring at Wrestlemania. UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey walked into a the squared circle during a segment with her “Furious 7” costar and former WWE champion, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon.
Rousey is a longtime professional wrestling fan. She attends independent wrestling shows, shares the Four Horsewomen name with Shayna Baszler, Marina Shafir and Jessamyn Duke. She took her nickname from WWE Hall of Famer and legend “Rowdy” Roddy Piper. So it wasn’t a surprise when Rousey came in and gave Triple H and McMahon a beating, much to the delight of the WWE universe.
It was a great moment for the Rowdy one. Many fans know her – as McMahon pointed out – that Rousey is the most dangerous woman in the world. But for tonight she was a wrestling fan who got the opportunity to stand on the biggest stage with two of the biggest names in sports entertainment. Part of Wrestlemania is about celebrities getting themselves into the thick of things and Rousey did just fine for her first time in the ring.
Former WWE broadcaster Jim Ross on his blog and an episode of Taz’s “Human Podcast Machine”, proposed a match between Rousey and McMahon at Wrestlemania 32, which will be in Dallas next year. Ross got a lot of flack from fans for this idea. While it wouldn’t be the most technically sound match, it would make money.
I’m sure the WWE would be on board with Rousey vs. McMahon at Wrestlemania but what about the UFC? Would president Dana White be alright with his golden-haired goose-stepping into a WWE ring?
The UFC puts restrictions on its fighters doing extreme sports, yet they seemed fine with Josh Barnett wrestling in Japan on New Year’s Eve. What about the business side? White said he was happy for Lesnar resigning with the WWE and he respects Vince McMahon but is there a grudge or a rivalry between the two big companies? Or was this part of a plan? Did White and Vince McMahon come together on some sort of business deal with Rousey?
Fans know Rousey would destroy McMahon in an actual fight. McMahon has some decent hands and a little experience in jiu-jitsu, but Rousey is leaps and bounds above her. And while professional wrestling is scripted, injuries can happen in the ring. I’m sure Rousey would be careful, but McMahon wouldn’t mind getting pummeled by the UFC champion’s fists or even a broken arm if it meant putting on a great show.
MMA fans feel the same way about pro wrestling that the Archie Gang does when Homer Simpson shows up to town – “Stay out of Riverdale” but the WWE Universe liked the idea of Rousey being in the same ring as The Rock, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. While most MMA purists would consider this a black spot on mixed martial arts, I bet Rousey thinks it was one of the greatest moments of her life.
As a longtime wrestling fan – and the guy who sent the tweet and wrote the blog that coined the phrase “Four Horsewomen,” this was a special moment. While the 15-year-old mark in me was hoping Stephanie McMahon would get the upper hand, the MMA fan was happy. It wasn’t the way I envisioned Rousey entering the WWE – you can read my fantasy booking with the angle between her and Paige right here – but it works.
The UFC women’s bantamweight champion already has one Wrestlemania moment under her belt. Will her encounter with Triple H, Stephanie McMahon and The Rock lead to more down the road? Only time will tell.
Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou Official for UFC 220
UFC 220 in Boston, Massachusetts has its main event. Stipe Miocic (17-2) will put his belt on the line for the third time against rising heavyweight star, Francis Ngannou (11-1)
Rumors surrounded the match-up for UFC 220 after Ngannou’s first round knockout over Alistair Overeem, at UFC 218. The Cameroonian heavyweight called for the fight himself. In his octagon interview proceeding his most recent victory, Ngannou stated:
“I’m feeling good… I’m on my way to a title shot”.
— UFC (@ufc) December 10, 2017
The heavy handed Ngannou has finished all of his opponents in all of his six UFC bouts. A streak which includes a kimura submission over Anthony Hamilton and a TKO victory against former UFC heavyweight champion, Andrei Arlovski. Overall, he holds a ten fight win streak. His only defeat came by way of unanimous decision to Zoumana Cisse, in his second professional MMA fight.
If victorious, Ngannou would become the first African-born champion in UFC history.
Not to be diminished, Stipe Miocic rides his a streak of his own into the beantown match-up. Five consecutive wins, five knockouts and the past four of which, ended in the first round. A victory in Boston for the champ would make him the longest reigning heavyweight champion in UFC history. Currently, Miocic is one of three heavyweights, in the promotions entirety, whom has successfully defended the belt twice.
UFC 220 will be held at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts on January 20th, 2018. The pay-per-view (PPV) card will also feature light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, as he faces challenger Volkan “No Time” Oezdemir.
Ladies Fight Night 7: “Double Trouble” Preview
Polish women’s federation Ladies Fight Night is going to celebrate their second birthday this year on the 15th to 17th of December. Two days, two events with a lot of great bouts.
LFN in Poland is being titled the new Invicta FC. The Polish owners created this federation to give European women a chance to fight on a big platform.
Hosting their first ever event in December 2015, LFN will hold two great cards next week, that will feature women who have fought under many prestigious promotions, such as the UFC, Invicta, Bellator, Glory, and Kunlun.
Two days of fantastic fights, intensified by a double dose of sports impressions. The name is not accidental, LFN 7 / LFN 8 combines two events, during which the best Polish fighters will be shown, as well as the best fighters from Europe (including France, Sweden, Italy, the Czech Republic and Romania)
The stakes are high, and we are electrified by the clashes between warriors such as Żaneta Cieśla vs Silvia La Notte and Patricia Axling vs. Cindy Silvestri. Mainly due to their vastness of their experience in the cage.
In the fight of the evening, the talented Romanian Cristina Stanciu will face Magdaléna Šormovádo. Stanciu fought twice in the UFC, but she was unfortunately cut from the promotion after suffering consecutive losses to Cortney Casey and Maryna Moroz.
Judyta Rymarzak vs Marta Waliczek is an amazing fight between two experienced kickboxers. Both making their pro MMA debuts on the night, we will witness a one-of-a-kind duel between two kickboxing perfectionists, as they look to transcend their skills into the MMA world.
Mackenzie Dern victorious in Invicta debut
Late Friday night, Mackenzie Dern (5-0, 1-0 Invicta FC) won her co-main event booking, defeating Kaline Medieros (8-6, 2-2 Invicta FC), at Invicta FC 26: Maia vs. Niedzwiedz, via submission (armbar) with only fifteen seconds remaining in the fight.
Much of the fight was controlled by Dern. The heralded prospect displayed her power, visibly damaging her opponent with multiple overhand rights. Striking is an under-developed aspect of her attack, only when compared to the twenty-four-year-olds black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Above all, she showed a progression of her striking skills. Dern looked to be bigger and physically stronger than her veteran opponent. She utilized forward pressure and found the proper timing for her overhand right throughout.
— UFC Fight Pass (@UFCFightPass) December 9, 2017
The veteran Medeiros showed her toughness throughout the fight. She defended and scrambled out of some bad positions during the grappling exchanges. Ultimately, she tapped when caught in a deeply planted armbar. While Medeiros did earn a few hard trip takedowns, it factored minimally in the result as she refused to follow Dern to the mat. The Boston native suffered her second straight loss, Friday night. Her first was to, former Invicta strawweight champion, Angela Hill.
Dern made her professional debut in July of 2016 with Legacy Fighting Alliance (previously: Legacy Fighting Championship). In her debut, she defeated Kenia Rosas by unanimous decision. The Phoenix-born fighter won her next three bouts. Before her MMA career began, Dern won the ADCC (Abu Dhabi Combat Club) championship at 60 kg. She was the first American born female to become champion at the weight. Her grappling resume boasts many more incredible accomplishments. Justifiably, a growing spotlight now hangs over her, her skills, and potential in the sport of MMA.
Elsewhere on the Invicta 26 card, Jennifer Maia defeated Agnieszka Niedzweidz by unanimous decision. Maia retained her Invicta flyweight belt, defending it for the second time. Invicta FC 26: Maia vs. Niedzweidz, took place at the Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Missouri.
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