Connect with us

News

Rousey Apparently Not “Too Violent” for Walmart, Walmart Still Carrying Her Book

AJ Camacho

Published

on

Multiple MMA media outlets are reporting that Walmart is refusing to sell Ronda Rousey’s book, “My Fight/Your Fight”, due to Ronda Rousey being “too violent”. The claim is not only vague but bizarre considering that Walmart.com is currently accepting pre-orders for the book. When I reached out to Walmart, they made it clear that they did not have any plans to pull the book from distribution.

“We have been preparing for the release of Ronda Rousey’s book My Fight, Your Fight since September 2014. It is available for pre-order now on Walmart.com: http://www.walmart.com/ip/42412095.” – Danit Marquardt (Walmart spokesperson)

When I looked further, all of the MMA media articles cite the same Page Six article by writer, Richard Johnson. In Johnson’s article he claims, “Walmart — the largest seller of guns and ammo in the country — is refusing to sell a book by cage-fighting cutie Ronda Rousey on the grounds that she’s too violent.”

The claim is made without any reference to a statement from Walmart or even a citation from a preceding article. The idea, seemingly materializing out of the ether, is then the basis for Johnson to rail against Walmart shoppers as “mouth breathers” but not before chiding Walmart for a tenuous hypocrisy of selling firearms but refusing to sell books. Page Six even cajoled a response from the book’s publisher, Judith Regan where she stated, “I’m shocked, shocked to discover that censorship is going on in America!”

It’s unclear what Johnson’s motivation is in making this claim, as there doesn’t seem to be any direct connection between Richard Johnson and Judith Reagan. However, not every book carried by Walmart is gifted precious retail space in the store. As Walmart spokesperson, Danit Marquardt, explained to me, there are many variables that are considered when Walmart chooses items for their customers. Though the book is not currently planned to be carried on the shelves it can still be ordered online and picked up at the store. Additionally, the choice to place an item on store shelves is a dynamic decision that can change based on the demands and wishes of Walmart’s customers.

“When the book is officially released on May 12, customers interested in purchasing it in one of our Walmart stores can use our site-to-store feature where they purchase online and pick up in their local store.” – Danit Marquardt (Walmart spokesperson)

It’s difficult to know where this notion of Rousey being too violent came from. Could this all be a PR stunt to stir up faux outrage so that the MMA community can pressure Walmart to put the book onto its shelves? Possibly, but that idea is as baseless as the initial claim that Ronda Rousey’s book was too violent for Walmart.

Onnit Primal Bells

Announcement

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

Published

on

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.

Onnit Primal Bells
Continue Reading

Announcement

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

Published

on

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)

Onnit Primal Bells
Continue Reading

Bellator

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

Published

on

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.

Onnit Primal Bells
Continue Reading

Trending