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ufc fight night 50

Tonight, Gegard Mousasi will try to move back into title contention in the UFC’s middleweight division when he faces Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza in the main event of UFC Fight Night 50.

Earlier this year, Mousasi stormed through Mark Munoz with a submission finish, rebounding from a loss to Lyoto Machida.

Check out a fight replay of Mousasi-Munoz in the video below, along with FightLine’s fight night play-by-play of the contest:

Mark Munoz vs. Gegard Mousasi

We’ve reached the main event, as middleweights Mark Munoz and Gegard Mousasi square off.

Munoz (13-4) is coming off a knockout loss to Lyoto Machida last October, and he is now 1-2 in his last three. The win came over Tim Boetsch, while the loss was in 2012 to current UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman.

Mousasi (34-4-2) is a former Strikeforce and DREAM champion, who also lost to Machida in his most recent fight. The defeat snapped a seven-fight unbeaten streak for “The Dreamcatcher.”

Round 1: Munoz comes right out and shoots for a pair of takedowns, but Mousasi catches him with a right. Munoz powers through it and picks him up with a huge double-leg. Too much takedown, though, and Mousasi gets high and out. Munoz catches him with a left jab. Munoz tries for another takedown and gets reversed by Mousasi, who switches to side control. Mousasi takes his back now and is hammering with lefts and rights. Munoz surrenders his back with just over a minute left and Mousasi has locked in a rear-naked choke. Munoz quickly taps and Mousasi has the win.

Gegard Mousasi def. Mark Munoz via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:57 of Round 1

Tito Ortiz

The verbal feud between UFC Hall of Fame fighters Tito Ortiz and Stephan Bonnar has turned personal on Twitter, as the two continue to exchange words ahead of a potential meeting.

Bonnar recently signed with Bellator, joining Ortiz in the light heavyweight division. No date has been set for a possible fight, but both men appear to be interested.

“The American Psycho” brought up past allegations by Jenna Jameson, the former wife of Ortiz and mother to their children, of drug use by the ex-UFC champion.

Ortiz dug into his personal folder to post court documents concerning the matter:

Much of this “hate” comes from Ortiz saying in an interview that Bonnar did not belong in the UFC after failing several drug tests. Bonnar had a pretty interesting response to those comments, which you can hear in the video below:

cris cyborg

Cris “Cyborg” Justino has made a change to get down to 135 pounds to set up a possible super-fight with Ronda Rousey inside the Octagon.

Previously, Cyborg stated she couldn’t cut to bantamweight because of health concerns. Now, the former Strikeforce champion is setting herself up for a fight at the weight in Invicta FC before looking towards the UFC.

Justino recently posted a picture of herself in some “down time” poolside enjoying the weather.

“Starting to realize I am going to need a new bikini sponsor when I make 135lbs,” she wrote, along with a picture of herself.

ronda rousey

Jim Ross has helped push some of the biggest talent in pro wrestling history, including former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar, Steve Austin and The Rock.

While he no longer frequents the broadcast booth for WWE events, Ross remains active in all things sports – including MMA.

As a follower of the sport, Ross has attended several events, including the recent Fight Night card from Oklahoma.

When he runs into friends and fellow MMA fans, Ross is always asked about one subject: Ronda Rousey.

“Quite arguably their biggest star is Ronda Rousey. Anytime I’m around people that wanna talk UFC – friends, buddies of mine, football fans or whatever that I see at games and they talk about UFC and MMA in general – she’s always in the conversation,” said Ross, during a recent interview with Submission Radio. “So it’s hard to say that the UFC has a bigger star than Ronda Rousey right now and I don’t perceive that to be a bad thing.”

UFC president Dana White has said the same thing a number of times, providing Rousey with pay-per-view main event billings and spots on some of the larger cards. The former Olympic medalist has delivered, and is also expanding her own name through roles in major motion pictures including “The Expendables 3.”

Even though he enjoys the UFC and MMA in general, Ross remains true to his wrestling sole. When asked about pro wrestlers who could have transitioned over to MMA – like Lesnar did – he sees several athletes out there.

“Well obviously anytime you’re a gold medalist, Kurt Angle’s name pops up. If he had been able to go into MMA right after the Olympics in 1996 he probably would have had a very good career. He could have fought at 205 very effectively, even though he won his gold medal at 220 pounds. He didn’t have to cut much weight to be at 220, so he would have been exceptional at 205,” Ross said. “Swagger would have been unique if he would have gone into it right after college instead of going to WWE, with his college background. I think Dolph Ziggler (was) another one. If he would have gone in right after college he would have been a real viable and colorful competitive MMA fighter.

“WWE is recruiting a lot of outstanding amateur wrestlers to come to their performance center, and any of those guys if they had chosen the MMA route as opposed to the show business route probably could have made a decent showing, just simply because of their outstanding collegiate wrestling background; same thing that Cain Velasquez has. He was a great amateur at Arizona State and they were recruiting the same kind of guys that Cain was, coming out of college; same qualifications – you know sometimes maybe more accolades, but doesn’t mean they’d be better then Cain – but those are some of the guys that I could think about off the top of my head.

“Jack Swagger thought about MMA, had a chance to go do it. A lot of guys he knew from amateur wrestling were in it. He could have gone in it, but he decided to go another route, and I don’t think he has any regrets, because the travel is more strenuous but the toll on your body is arguable a more rapid decline in UFC then it is in WWE, simply because of the nature of the presentation. Even though a WWE guy will go through their body pretty quick too if they didn’t take care of it.”

ufc 177

UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw mimicked his fight from earlier this year Saturday night, landing a fifth-round head-kick that finished Joe Soto in the main event of UFC 177.

Dillashaw did the same to then-champion Renan Barao, a fight he was well ahead on in earning the title. In front of his hometown fans in Sacramento, the Team Alpha Male fighter came alive late.

After using his striking to pile up a significant advantage in terms of punches landed, Dillashaw threw up a head-kick that connected perfectly. As Soto wobbled, he hit him with a right and ended it.

Dillashaw (11-2) was scheduled to face Barao in a rematch, but the Brazilian suffered an injury while cutting weight. The short-notice change in opponents seemed to play a factor in his offense.

“It’s been crazy,” Dillashaw said. “An hour before making weight you find out (your opponent) isn’t making weight and you are fighting a tough opponent like Joe Soto. It was a tough call, but I wanted to do it for Sacramento.

“There was no way I wasn’t going to put on a show for you guys and save the night.”

Dillashaw admitted that knowing Soto was a standout wrestler changed what he wanted to do, adding, “I had to be more hesitant with my stand-up. He’s a tough guy and I put it on him.”

With Barao removed from his role as a top contender for the time being, Dillashaw said he wants to take some time off before returning to the Octagon again.

“My mind was on Renan Barao for the last four months,” he said. “I will fight anybody that the UFC puts in front of me, and I’m gonna beat them.”

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