Gilbert Melendez, Strikeforce’s last lightweight champ and a top contender for the UFC belt, may be hitting the road soon thanks to stalled contract negotiations. Yes, “El Nino” is coming off a thrilling win over Diego Sanchez at UFC 166 on October 19, and sure, he fell short in his bid to take the belt from Benson Henderson by the narrowest of split decisions back in April, but as we’ve seen with Jon Fitch and Ben Askren, being one of the best fighters in a division doesn’t guarantee you a job with the UFC.
Continue after the Jump ››
Ronda Rousey shares a house with three other female fighters in Shayna Baszler, Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir.
Collectively, the quarter has dubbed themselves “The Four Horsewomen” of MMA after long-time pro wrestling group, “The Four Horsemen.”
In fact, they have gone so far as to assign each one with a member of the male faction, including Rousey.
“Since Shayna moved in, our group activity is that we sit down and watch RAW and all this stuff together,” said Rousey, during a recent interview with AfterBuzz TV. “It’s like our little family time. Shayna totally converted our new house into a super pro wrestling house.”
Rousey added that the two had a disagreement over who would be Ric Flair and who would be Arn Anderson out of the pair, but eventually decided.
“I was like, ‘Sorry, I have to be Ric Flair, I gotta be Ric Flair,’” Rousey said. “Eventually we came to the conclusion that I could be Ric Flair and she could be Arn Anderson as long as I could be Goku and she could be Vegata.”
Hear the complete interview in the video below:
You might have thought Chael Sonnen was behind the World MMA Awards video presentation of “What Does The Wand Say?” that aired recently.
Instead, it was just the fine folks at the awards show. The video has been released on the heels of the Mark Munoz video parody of Miley Cyrus and her “Wrecking Ball” music video.
The awards show airs this Sunday night on FOX Sports Net affiliates.
In the meantime, check out the video in the player below, and prepare to laugh a little. And if you don’t know what this one is a parody of, count yourself among the lucky ones.
Former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson doesn’t want to wait around and see if he gets another title shot after defeating Josh Thomson.
So, “Smooth” went on Twitter and agreed that a bout with Rustam Khabilov made sense to accept.
Khabilov wrote, “I would be very happy to fight with such a great fighter like Benson Henderson on UFC 173 in May. Dana White I’m ready for big fights.”
Wasting no time, Henderson replied, “seems like no 1 wants to play with u buddy (mysteriously), well I’ll be ur huckleberry…I’ll be ready by June.”
Khabilov (17-1) has scored three straight victories, including two finishes, since debuting in the UFC in 2012. He knocked Vinc Pichel out, and earned a TKO via injury over Yancy Medeiros.
To close out 2013, Khabilov earned the biggest win of his career, taking a decision over Jorge Masvidal.
Henderson (20-3) has lost twice now to UFC champion Anthony Pettis. He rebounded in January to score a decision over Josh Thomson.
Henderson defended the UFC title three times after taking it from Frankie Edgar, including in a rematch with Edgar.
— Benson Henderson (@BensonHenderson) February 11, 2014
UFC Octagon girl Arianny Celeste has been named to the “Ask Men Top 99 Women” list for this year.
Celeste came in at No. 66, right around the likes of Rosario Dawson, Sarah Silverman and Elizabeth Banks.
— UFC (@ufc) February 11, 2014