Former U.S. Olympic wrestler Daniel Cormier finally got a chance to put the finishing touches on his amateur wrestling career, defeating Chris Pendleton during the UFC Fan Expo over the weekend.
Cormier, a top contender in the UFC’s light heavyweight division, defeated the two-time NCAA champion, 12-5. The two were both graduates of Oklahoma State University.
“I started wrestling 25 years ago,” wrote Cormier on Instagram, along with a photo of his wrestling shoes left on the mat. “And through it all I’ve gained a lot from this sport. I got to travel the world. I got a college education. I met my heroes. I represented our country. (Saturday) I wrestled my very last match.”
Cormier was forced to miss the Olympics after his body shut down while trying to cut weight. He is unbeaten in MMA, but is currently set for surgery to fix an injured knee. He scored 12 of the final 14 points in the match with Pendleton after going down 3-0.
UFC female bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey has looked unstoppable in going through the likes of Sara McMann, Miesha Tate and Liz Carmouche during her MMA career.
However, as she prepares to meet Alexis Davis at UFC 175, Rousey feels this is the best version yet of herself.
“This is the most focused I’ve been in camp ever,” said Rousey, during a recent appearance on UFC Tonight. “This is the best camp ever. This fight camp is all about this fight and I’m more focused for this fight than ever before.”
Rousey has split her time between fights, camps and filming roles for movies, but knows she’ll receive a tough opponent in Davis. The fighter is unbeaten in the UFC and has worked through Jessica Eye and others to secure her shot at Rousey.
“She’s the only one I haven’t beaten in the division yet,” Rousey said. “This is the first time I’m fighting a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt.”
While Rousey believes in the skills Davis presents, she feels the Canadian could do a better job of promoting herself.
“She gets a lot less attention, not because she’s not an amazing fighter, but because her Instagram account is still private,” said Rousey, who is constantly updating fans on social media. “If she put out a little more effort to put herself out more, maybe the odds makers would focus on her more.”
FightLine will have complete coverage of the entire card, including Rousey-Davis and Chris Weidman vs. Lyoto Machida for the middleweight title.
Live weigh-ins for Saturday’s UFC 175: Weidman vs. Machida card take place tonight at 6 p.m. ET from Las Vegas, and you can see them all right here.
In the main event, Chris Weidman defends his middleweight title against Lyoto Machida, while Ronda Rousey and Alexis Davis collide for the female bantamweight gold.
FightLine will have complete weigh-in coverage, along with all your news and results from the card.
Below is the current card and the live video stream:
MAIN CARD (PPV/10 p.m. ET)
UFC Middleweight Championship
Chris Weidman (c) vs. Lyoto Machida
UFC Female Bantamweight Championship
Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Alexis Davis
Heavyweight: Stefan Struve vs. Matt Mitrione
Middleweight: Uriah Hall vs. Thiago Santos
Bantamweight: Marcus Brimage vs. Russell Doane
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1/8 p.m. ET)
Bantamweight: Urijah Faber vs. Alex Caceres
Welterweight: Ildemar Alcantara vs. Kenny Robertson
Middleweight: Chris Camozzi vs. Bruno Santos
Bantamweight: George Roop vs. Rob Font
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/7 p.m. ET)
Middleweight: Luke Zachrich vs. Guilherme Vasconcelos
Middleweight: Kevin Casey vs. Bubba Bush
She doesn’t have the same odds going in, or even the “competing on a national holiday” card, but Alexis Davis appears to be in a very similar situation to one Chris Weidman at UFC 175.
Davis, matched up against a seemingly insurmountable foe in Ronda Rousey, will have a nation in Canada rooting her on in her quest to become the UFC female bantamweight champion.
Most expect Rousey to walk right through Davis, a winner of five straight, and into a future showdown against maybe Cris Cyborg or Gina Carano. But “Rowdy” does need to avoid what would become a giant hiccup if she slips.
A year ago, Weidman stepped inside the Octagon to challenge Anderson Silva for the UFC middleweight title. Everyone knows the legacy of Silva and, while some were backing the challenger, this was Anderson Silva. “The Spider.” Mr. Brazil. He just didn’t lose.
Weidman changed all that, flooring Silva and following that up with a second straight defeat of the icon later in the year.
For Davis to do the same, she’ll need to be just as mentally tough as physically strong. She needs to enter the Octagon in Las Vegas having not already lost the fight, as many do when they square off with Rousey.
When Rousey looks across the cage and gives Davis that “mean mug” she is known for, Davis needs to be confident and cocky right back.
Throughout her career, Davis has defeated Liz Carmouche, Shayna Baszler, Amanda Nunes and 13 others. She also fought former Strikeforce champion Sarah Kaufman to a decision, so she knows what it will take to beat the best out there.
As always, FightLine will have complete coverage of UFC 175, including play-by-play and post-fight news and information.