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Ronda Rousey has a Wrestlemania Moment

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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.

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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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Bellator 185 Fight to Watch: Heather Hardy vs. Kristina Williams

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Heather Hardy will compete in MMA for the second time at Bellator 185 on Friday night, as she faces Kristina Williams in a strawweight contest. The fight takes place on the main card at the Mohican Sun Arena in Connecticut.

Potentially, what Bellator have in Heather ‘The Heat’ Hardy is a major draw that they can build their 125 pound division around. While relatively new to the organisation she is fast becoming one of the more popular names on the roster. Her career is in the early stages, but many have already started to draw comparisons with former boxer turned MMA star, Holly Holm. Holm’s UFC success partly inspired the native New Yorker to make the switch from boxing.

Hardy is already an established world champion in the land of the ‘sweet science’, holding a 21 fight undefeated professional record. She made her MMA debut in June this year with a victory over Alice Yauger, at Bellator 180. At 35, Hardy is a late starter in the sport, but proved at Madison Square Garden against the credible Yauger that she has a bright future.

Hardy’s first outing in the cage was disciplined and composed. Despite a slow start in round one, Hardy grew in confidence as the fight progressed and her cardio never faltered. She mixed in plenty of kicks that complimented her boxing and looked at ease in the clinch, even defending a couple of takedown attempts in the process.

Despite looking on course for a decision win, Hardy forced the TKO stoppage with just thirteen seconds remaining in round three. Even a large cut that required seven stitches from an accidental head clash could not deny her victory.

Hardy was fighting an experienced professional, competing for the tenth time in MMA, which makes the win over Yauger more impressive. However, her upcoming opponent Kristina Williams will be making her professional debut.

There is little known about Williams except that she is 3-0 at amateur level. One of those wins came by way of submission so there may well be a threat to Hardy if the fight goes to the ground. More importantly for Williams is how she copes on the big stage against a popular opponent, who is more familiar competing in high pressure combat situations. If Williams can produce an upset it will be a huge boost in her young career.

But in all honesty, this fight is about Hardy. It’s about getting the win and gaining valuable experience. The boxing career is on hold while MMA takes centre stage. Beating Williams will mean she likely continues fighting inside a cage rather than a boxing ring.

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