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For Ronda Rousey, the prospect of becoming one of the biggest stars in all of MMA is right in front of her.

This November, Rousey will defend her UFC female bantamweight title against Holly Holm in the main event of UFC 193. The card will take place inside the Etihad Stadium in Melbourne. It marks the Octagon’s debut in the Australian city, and a chance to shatter the all-time attendance record in the process.

And Rousey is embracing that challenge.

“I thought – that’s as big as a whole WrestleMania. I’ll have to sell it all by myself,” said Rousey, during a recent interview on UFC Tonight. “That’s a tall order. It’s great that the UFC has confidence we can set the record. It’s a testament to how far women’s MMA has come. It’s going to be great to set the record.”

Rousey (12-0), a former Olympic bronze medalist, actually appeared at the most recent WWE WrestleMania event, as she is a long-time fan of pro wrestling.

Since being taken into the third round in 2013 by Miesha Tate, “Rowdy” has been on a memorable run. She’s finished Sara McMann, Alexis Davis, Cat Zingano and Bethe Correia in just over two minutes combined, including 14- and 16-second victories vs. Zingano and Davis.

In Holm, though, she’ll be facing a different beast. She is a former multi-time world boxing champion and is unbeaten in MMA.

“She’s got the best footwork of anyone I’ve ever fought before, so I couldn’t just come up and tie her up right away. She’s a great counter-puncher, I have to be more careful,” Rousey said. “I can’t be as risky. It’ll take a lot of patience to set her up to break the distance. I’ll have to be a much more mature fighter to finish her.

“I’ve been keeping my eye one her since before she moved to MMA. I knew our paths would cross at some point. I know I’ve been her focus since she came into this, but she’s been in the back of my mind the whole time too.”

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Three championships will be on the line this Saturday night at Titan FC 35, including a main event between Rick Hawn and lightweight champion Pat Healy.

Set for the Clark County Fairgrounds Event Center in Ridgefield, Washington, the entire card will stream live on UFC Fight Pass.

Along with Healy-Hawn for the 155-pound belt, Andre Harrison defends his featherweight title against Desmond Green and Tim Elliott does the same with his flyweight strap on the line vs. Felipe Efrain.

Check out the current lineup below, along with a video preview:

MAIN CARD (UFC Fight Pass/8 p.m. ET)

Titan FC Lightweight Championship
Pat Healy (c) vs. Rick Hawn

Titan FC Featherweight Championship
Andre Harrison (c) vs. Desmond Green

Titan FC Flyweight Championship
Tim Elliott (c) vs. Felipe Efrain

Welterweight: Zane Kamaka vs. Belal Muhammad

Featherweight: Steven Siler vs. Austin Springer

Lightweight: E.J. Brooks vs. Jason Novelli

Bantamweight: Ricky Simon vs. Alex Soto

Welterweight: Jake Smith vs. Taki Uluilakepa

Welterweight: Trey Ogden vs. Ryan Walker

Lightweight: Mohammad Abed vs. Pete Petties

Tito Ortiz

Another “tent-pole” event under the watchful eye of Scott Coker will take place this Saturday night, as Bellator 142: Dynamite 1 goes down from the SAP Center in San Jose.

In the main event, Liam McGeary defends his light heavyweight title against Tito Ortiz. The main card airs on Spike TV and will feature kickboxing from Glory along with MMA matches.

A four-fighter, one-night tournament featuring Phil Davis, Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal, Emanuel Newton and Linton Vassell will go down in the 205-pound division. The winner will be crowned the No. 1 contender to the belt.

Saulo Cavalari and Zack Mwekassa will meet to crown a Glory light heavyweight champion, while Paul Daley and Kerri Anne Taylor-Melendez compete in kickboxing matches.

Josh Thomson is also set to make his Bellator debut, as the lightweight battles Mike Bronzoulis.

Check out the current lineup, along with a video preview, below:

MAIN CARD (Spike TV/9 p.m. ET)

Bellator Light Heavyweight Championship
Liam McGeary (c) vs. Tito Ortiz

Bellator Light Heavyweight Tournament Final

Vacant Glory Light Heavyweight Championship
Saulo Cavalari vs. Zack Mwekassa

Lightweight: Josh Thomson vs. Mike Bronzoulis

Glory Welterweight: Paul Daley vs. Fernando Gonzalez

Glory Bantamweight: Kerri Anne Taylor-Melendez vs. Hadley Griffith

Bellator Light Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal
Phil Davis vs. Emanuel Newton

Bellator Light Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal
Linton Vassell vs. Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal


Lightweight: Israel Delgao vs. JJ Okanovich

Welterweight: James Terry vs. Carlos Rocha

Flyweight: Matt Ramirez vs. Josh Paiva

Glory Featherweight: Serhiy Adamchuck vs. Anvar Boynazarov

Bantamweight: Gabe Carrasco vs. Joe Neal

Lightweight: Adam Piccolotti vs. Marlen Magee

Featherweight: Thomas Diagne vs. Mike Malott

Bellator Light Heavyweight Tournament Alternate Bout
Roy Boughton vs. Philipe Lins

Lightweight: Nick Pica vs. Mauricio Alonso

Featherweight: Victor Jones vs. David Blanco

Flyweight: Gloria Telles vs. Alysia Cortez

Glory Lightweight: Jose Palacios vs. TJ Arcengal

Middleweight: Brandon Hester vs. DeMarco Villalona

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Justin Gaetje returns to the cage this Friday night, defending his World Series of Fighting lightweight title against Luis Palomino in the main event of WSOF 23.

Set for the Comerica Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona, the main card will air live on NBC Sports Network.

Gaethje scored a victory over Palomino back at WSOF 19, but officials decided to grant the veteran an immediate rematch.

Along with Gaethje-Palomino, WSOF middleweight champion David Branch will face Teddy Holder in the finals of the light heavyweight tournament. The winner will be crowned the new champion.

Other planned main card fights include Timur Valiev vs. Tito Jones, Ben “Phoenix Jones” Fodor vs. Roberto Yong and Brian Foster vs. LaRue Bentley.

Eight prelim fights will stream online prior to the start of the televised main card.

Below is the current lineup, along with a video preview:

MAIN CARD (NBC Sports Network/10 p.m. ET)

WSOF Lightweight Championship
Justin Gaethje (c) vs. Luis Palomino

Inaugural WSOF Light Heavyweight Championship
David Branch vs. Teddy Holder

Bantamweight: Timur Valiev vs. Tito Jones

Catchweight: Phoenix Jones vs. Roberto Yong

Lightweight: Brian Foster vs. LaRue Burley

PRELIMINARY CARD (Online/6:45 p.m. ET)

Middleweight: Vagab Vagabov vs. Brian Grinnell

Middleweight: Clifford Starks vs. Krasimir Mladenov

Lightweight: Estevan Payan vs. Isaac Vallie-Flagg

Welterweight: Matthew Frincu vs. Danny Davis, Jr.

Bantamweight: Andres Ponce vs. David Nuzzo

Bantamweight: Randy Steinke vs. Joey Miolla

Lightweight: Benny Madrid vs. Jeff Fletcher

ufc 194

Luke Rockhold is a former champion, having dominated the middleweight division while competing in Strikeforce.

Since a loss to Vitor Belfort in Brazil, Rockhold has looked the part of a champion again, and will have his opportunity to secure UFC gold this December when he meets Chris Weidman at UFC 194.

Rockhold (14-2) has won four in a row – all via finish – including a submission win over Lyoto Machida this past April.

“We’ll be looking for the takedown, but he won’t get me down,” he said, during a recent interview on UFC Tonight. “I’m going to shut that down. I’ll be fine on the ground. He’ll have to fight me on his feet. He’s going to scramble out and I see this as a stand-up fight. I’m going to expose his weaknesses.”

Weidman, who is unbeaten and owns victories over the likes of Machida, Belfort and Anderson Silva, has held the title since 2013. Nine of his 13 career wins have been either knockouts or submission victories, including three of his last four.

Despite the middleweight belt being the “bigger” in terms of weight of the two set to be defended in December, Rockhold and Weidman will play the co-main event role to a featherweight unification match pitting Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor.

And that’s fine by Rockhold.

“I don’t have a fighting country behind me! The Irish are behind Conor, and Jose is the longest reigning champion,” he said. “I’m going to go out there and perform and make that night my night.”

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