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Ronda Rousey To Make Fans Miss Her Again After UFC 193

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Having transcended the sport in which she made her name, Ronda Rousey has become much more than the biggest star in mixed martial arts. Her face can be seen everywhere. If you’re a fan of action movies, she has appeared in two big ones – the Expendables 3 and Furious 7. If that’s not your thing then perhaps you saw her in Entourage earlier this year.

Away from the big screen Rousey has announced a fight on Good Morning America, made appearances on Ellen, The Tonight Show, and she guest-hosted SportsCenter. Even if you are one of those boxing fans who has no interest in MMA, you likely saw Ronda Rousey on the front cover of Ring Magazine. No other MMA fighter, man or woman, has appeared on the magazine’s cover before.

Rousey’s level of exposure at this point is uncharted territory for the MMA world. There is always a danger that exposure turns into over-exposure, and that is something Rousey is well aware of. The UFC women’s bantamweight champion has even formulated a plan to ensure it doesn’t happen which she made clear in an interview with Mike Bohn of Rolling Stone this week.

“I’m selling a product and I have to be out there,” Rousey said. “I don’t have the option not to be, but after this fight, I’m definitely going to let some people miss me, for sure. Believe me, there’s nothing I would like to do more than disappear for a while.”

However, don’t confuse her absence with a lack of productivity. During this so-called “downtime” she intends to focus on her film career. With the production delay between a film being shot and a film being released, expect to see a synergistic explosion between MMA and cinema as these films probably won’t begin to hit theaters until her next wave of MMA bouts.

“I would like to wait until UFC 200 to fight again. I’m going to be filming [movies] in the meantime, so I’m still going to be keeping busy,” she continued. “When I’m filming it’s kind of weird, I’m on camera the whole time, but nothing really goes out until a year or two later. It is kind of like disappearing in a way.”

Rousey has maintained a ferocious schedule throughout 2015. In February Rousey faced what many experts believed was her toughest challenge to date, when she defended her title against Cat Zingano at UFC 184. Rousey took only 14 seconds to hand Zingano the first loss of her professional career.

That win was followed up with a heated build-up to UFC 190, where Rousey successfully defended her title against Bethe Correia. That event took place in August, and we are now only one day away from Rousey making her third octagon appearance in nine months. In an era where we are lucky to see major champions defend their titles more than twice in one calendar year, Rousey’s work-rate is truly impressive.

It is also exhausting, even for someone with Rousey’s superhuman strength of character. A win over Holly Holm would complete a remarkable 2015 for the champion, and she is definitely looking forward to the break.

“I have to be out there to sell these fights; it’s not because I really enjoy getting made up and going to work every day,” Rousey said. “It’s cool, it’s an awesome job, but it’s still a job. I’m doing it because it helps me make a living and not because I’m so extremely vain that I want to see my face everywhere.”

Should Rousey get past Holm this weekend, we may not see her in the octagon until July 9 next year. That would equate to an eight-month hiatus, almost as long as it has taken her to fight three times in 2015.

At least that is the plan. After all, Rousey was initially scheduled to face Holly Holm at UFC 195 in January 2016. That was until a thumb injury forced Robbie Lawler out of UFC 193’s proposed main event against Carlos Condit, and Rousey was called upon by UFC President Dana White to save the massive Melbourne card.

What do you think, will we see Ronda Rousey in the octagon again before UFC 200? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter @MMALatestNws.

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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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