ESPN continues to feature UFC female bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, as she was interviewed for the “In Focus” segment they produce recently.
Rousey, a former Olympian, has been declared the leader of women’s MMA. In the six-minute special, which you can view below, Hannah Storm takes us in-depth with Rousey.
Rousey was also tabbed for the “Nine for IX” series of short films produced by female filmmakers on ESPN recently.
A super-fight has been signed for 2015, as former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva makes his return to the Octagon against Nick Diaz. UFC president Dana White made the announcement during a special appearance on ESPN’s “SportsCenter” Tuesday.
The card, slated for January 31 from Las Vegas, will take place the weekend of the Super Bowl. It is expected to be contested in the middleweight division.
“The fight that the fans have been waiting for. The fight that the fans have been screaming for. We have made Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz,” White said. “It will be the main event and it will be five rounds.”
Silva (33-6) suffered a broken leg last December in a loss to Chris Weidman for the middleweight title. It was the second straight loss to Weidman for “The Spider,” who has been silencing critics about retirement since the injury.
Diaz (26-9) recently signed a new three-fight deal with the UFC after announcing his retirement in 2013 following a loss to Georges St-Pierre. He is a former Strikeforce champion and owns wins over BJ Penn, Paul Daley and Frank Shamrock.
“Anderson feels great,” White said. “He’s 100-percent healthy. He’s kicking. He feels great.”
White also stated that Diaz could position himself for a title fight with a win, adding, “He’s right in there. It would be a huge, huge win for him.”
Information for this story was obtained from MMAjunkie.com.
One moment almost halted the fight this past weekend at UFC on FOX 12, and brought with it some controversy.
During the third round of the main event, Robbie Lawler appeared to land a body kick that hurt Matt Brown. However, referee John McCarthy declared the shot a low-blow and put a pause in the action.
Several replays were shown after, and UFC commentator Joe Rogan stated he thought the shot was legal and the referee had made a mistake. UFC president Dana White also said much the same during his post-fight interview on FOX Sports 1.
McCarthy, a long-time ref, came to his own defense on Twitter, stating, “For information, the kick thrown by Robbie was legal, his shin moved Matt Brown’s cup, you could hear it, that’s why Matt was given a moment.”
Brown, who lost via decision to Lawler, also defended his own actions via his Facebook page after the fight:
Anderson Silva wasn’t able to see them.
Lyoto Machida, he might have found a couple, but “The Dragon” was unable to exploit them.
Vitor Belfort, though, believes he has found – and can take advantage of – the holes in Chris Weidman’s game. He’ll get his shot this December at UFC 181 to do what Silva and Machida could not.
Belfort was recently given his conditional fight license, and he’ll meet Weidman if he can pass all the required tests given to him between now and fight night in Las Vegas by the Nevada Athletic Commission.
“(Weidman) has a lot of flaws in his game,” said Belfort, during an interview with Combate. “We’ll exploit them. I’ve been studying Weidman and I believe that you will see a nice fight. I’m ready for five rounds of jiu-jitsu, boxing, Muay thai, wrestling.
“This bout has been very anticipated. I think it’ll be a great show.”
Belfort (24-10) has won three straight since a 2012 submission loss to Jon Jones for the light heavyweight title. His only other defeat since 2006 was at the hands of Silva in 2011 for the middleweight crown. This, though, will mark his first fight outside of Brazil in over two years.
“I’m as hungry as when I won my first title at 19,” he said. “I’m 37 and I have the opportunity to be world champion for a third time in a third different division. I’ll do my best to win my third belt.”
Belfort won the UFC 12 heavyweight tournament in 1997 and the light heavyweight title in 2004. He lost the belt later that year to Randy Couture.
Robbie Lawler will get his shot at taking down Johny Hendricks after stopping Matt Brown’s seven-fight win streak Saturday night at UFC on FOX 12.
Lawler earned a decision victory, out-striking Brown and becoming the first contender to Hendricks’ title. Earlier this year, “Bigg Rigg” downed Lawler via decision to win the vacant championship.
“I am very excited,” Lawler said. “I want to get back to work and go after Hendricks. I’m gonna be the one waiting for him and that’s nice.”
Hendricks has been on the sidelines since defeating Lawler due to bicep surgery. He is expected to be cleared for a return by the fall.
On this night, though, it was all about “Ruthless,” as he handed Brown his first loss since 2011.
“I told him there were two champions in this ring and he is a hell of a fighter,” Lawler said. “We put on a great show. He came and went toe-to-toe with me, not something too many people will do.”