UFC female bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey has talked extensively about her love of pro wrestling. So, with the WWE in her backyard Sunday, Rousey and her friends attended the event.
Rousey, Marina Shafir, Jessamyn Duke and Shayna Baszler, who refer to themselves as the “Four Horsewomen,” posed with WWE superstar Nattie and even helped out Stephanie McMahon in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
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Former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar tried his hardest to get involved in the “Ice Bucket Challenge” to help raise awareness for ALS.
While Edgar’s heart was in the right place, his selection of those who would dump the cold water over his head was not. “The Answer” enlisted the help of his children, and, we will just let the video tell the rest:
UFC president Dana White was out of sight when Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier had their infamous scuffle following Ultimate Media Day earlier this month.
Now, even with the bout rescheduled until 2015 due to surgery for the UFC light heavyweight champion, White is still answering questions about the ordeal.
Jones and Cormier will now meet in January at UFC 182, and several media events will likely be scheduled to promote the fight before that. So, how will the UFC avoid another incident?
“You want my personal opinion? Our bad. It’s our bad,” said White this past weekend at UFC Fight Night 47 (thanks to MMAjunkie.com for the quotes). “These guys are fighters. They’re two of the baddest dudes on the planet. They’re going to face-to-face stare off.
“We have to make sure that doesn’t happen and shouldn’t happen, but it did.”
White doesn’t see a reason to get rid of the typical face-offs that come with press events and weigh-ins, as he says they are one of his “favorite things” about the sport.
“Two of my favorite things in the sport (are) the weigh-ins and the fight,” he said. “At the weigh-ins, guys have been away from their families for eight weeks or longer. They’re cutting weight, fight’s the next day.
“They’re nasty, they’re mean, they’re irritable and it’s explosive and anything can happen. Then the day of the fight is the reason we all watch.”
During an interview with Jones and Cormier on ESPN’s “SportsCenter,” a live microphone and camera caught the two in a heated verbal battle. However, White said that is also typical – in fact, there is even more footage that did not get released.
“Every time you do those transmissions, those transmissions out there, they go to tons of media and they’re jumping from station to station,” he explained. “Somebody was on there actually filming when they were talking. You think that’s bad? You should see the other stuff we have that they were saying to each other that people didn’t get. It was pretty nasty.”
UFC Fight Night 47 went down Saturday evening from Bangor, Maine and aired on FOX Sports 1 and 2.
In the main event, Ryan Bader scored a decision victory over Ovince St. Preux. Ross Pearson, Tim Boetsch, Alan Jouban and others all picked up victories, as well, and you can see highlights from several of the fights in the videos below.
Along with fight highlights, interviews with UFC president Dana White, Bader and a replay of the post-fight press conference can be viewed in the following players:
For former Ultimate Fighter winner Ross Pearson, Saturday’s TKO victory over Gray Maynard at UFC Fight Night 47 helped take the sour taste out of his mouth.
In Pearson’s last fight, he was left on the wrong end of a decision loss to Diego Sanchez that was hotly disputed. The UFC moved on as if Pearson had won, but the Brit made sure no judges would mess up this time.
“I want anybody in the Top-10 next,” Pearson said. “Anybody inside there. My time is now.”
After an opening round of back-and-forth action, it was Pearson who stunned the former No. 1 contender with a right-hand. He followed up with another that dropped Maynard, earning the second round TKO win.
For Pearson (16-7), it was his first official win since a 2013 second round stoppage over Ryan Couture. He is 3-1 with one no-contest since returning to the division.
“Gray is a great competitor who’s been around a long time and had title fights, had big fights,” Pearson said. “That is where I want to go.”
After winning the title on TUF in 2009, Pearson went on two earn wins over Aaron Riley and Dennis Siver. But, he decided to move to featherweight folowing a split decision defeat to Edson Barboza in 2011. That run lasted just two fights, as Pearson moved back to 155 pounds and dominated George Sotiropoulos.
For Maynard, who once challenged Frankie Edgar for the title and fought him to a draw, the loss was his third straight – all via finish. His other career defeat, also to Edgar, came by knockout.