Renan Barao will try to reclaim the UFC bantamweight title later this month at UFC 177 when he takes on T.J. Dillashaw from the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento.
However, before watching that fight, check out a replay of Barao defending the belt against Eddie Wineland from UFC 165. Barao was just the interim champion at the time, but the Brazilian looked the part in scoring a finish of Wineland.
Here’s the play-by-play from the Barao-Wineland fight:
Round 1: Wineland quickly takes the Octagon, coming right out after Barao. The Brazilian fires off the first leg kick, going inside. Wineland setting up his right with a left jab. Barao with an inside kick and that leaves him open for a huge right from Wineland that lands flush. Wineland powers Barao over, but doesn’t pounce. Barao kind of shoots for a takedown, but Wineland brushes him off. Big right catches Wineland from the Brazilian, who goes back to the inside leg kicks. Nice combo from Barao lands, as Wineland starts to move back for the first time.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Barao
Round 2: Barao catches Wineland with a spinning back kick that sends him flying backwards. Before Wineland can even think about recovering, Barao attacks, swarming him and forcing the referee to step in.
Renan Barao def. Eddie Wineland via TKO (strikes/spinning back kick) at :35 of Round 2
Daniel Cormier grew up in a sport where backing down from a challenge was never the answer.
Cormier, a former U.S. Olympic wrestler and ex-Oklahoma State University standout, was thrown into the spotlight this week after getting into an altercation with UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones.
In the hours following the impromptu brawl, “DC” stated he was just defending himself – and would do it again if the same situation arose.
“I figured he was trying to intimidate me,” said Cormier, during an appearance on UFC Tonight. “He put his head down on my head and nudged me forward, and I pushed him off me.
“If a guy gets in your face and makes contact, I respond. Was it the right thing to do? No. But if he did it again, I’d do the same exact thing.”
Cormier shoved Jones back after the “nudge” and “Bones” retaliated with a swing that sent both men tumbling off the make-shift stage. No one was seriously hurt.
“I believe it is mental warfare,” Cormier said. “If I allowed him to do that to me, he would have gotten a one-up on me and I expected him to do the same thing to me.”
At following media events, the two remained more on an even-keel level, while several video interviews saw them separated entirely.
Regardless of what happens between now and September 27 at UFC 178, Cormier is hoping all the tension produces nothing short of a classic.
“I’m searching for a guy that is the equal to me in the Octagon,” he said. “I want that dogfight. Hopefully, Jon will be that guy.”
UFC female bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey wants to follow in the footsteps of Dwyane Johnson, better known as “The Rock.”
And that could mean leaving what first brought them to the spotlight.
Johnson was a standout college football player before moving into his role in the WWE as The Rock. He held world titles and became both a fan favorite and heel over the course of his career. However, once Hollywood called, Johnson left pro wrestling and embarked on a movie career.
Sure, he’s made several stops to his old home to help TV and pay-per-view ratings, but acting is Johnson’s full-time profession.
Rousey, who won bronze in judo at the Summer Olympics, is an undefeated MMA fighter and has earned praise for her abilities to balance acting and fighting. “Rowdy,” though, has a goal – and that could drive her away from the UFC.
“I didn’t grow up wanting to be an action star. I just didn’t think it was in the cards,” she said, during a recent interview with ESPN. “Now that it’s a possibility, I’m like, ‘Screw it, I don’t give a shit, if The Rock can become the world’s highest-grossing actor, I can have that same goal.’
‘I want to be the highest-grossing actor in the world someday. I never aspired to be second. I was taught as a kid that you can do whatever you want in this world, so why not be the best in the world at it? Even when I was bartending, I wanted to be the world’s best, most efficient and charming bartender. That’s how I do things.”
Rousey will appear in the upcoming film, “The Expendables 3,” and has other roles on the horizon. She’s also planning on fighting once more this year – if her injuries allow it – or early in 2015.
While the Nevada Athletic Commission tries to sort things out on their end, Chael Sonnen is planning to move forward with competing this weekend at Metamoris 4 against Andre Galvao.
According to a report by Bleacher Report, Sonnen will ignore a possible suspension by the NAC and face Galvao on Saturday. It was previously stated that Sonnen could be fined an excessive amount by the commission if he elected to compete, stemming from previous failed drug tests.
When a Gangster says he will make that walk, he MAKES THE WALK.
— chael sonnen (@sonnench) August 7, 2014
The former UFC No. 1 contender retired after he failed his first drug test earlier this year, but another failed test result also came back. Sonnen went in front of the NAC and admitted he wrongdoing, accepting their suspension of his fight license.
Sonnen-Galvao, though, is set to take place in Los Angeles as a grappling match inside the Petersen Automotive Museum. Check out a trailer for the event in the video below:
Several hours after they tried to “throw-down” at Ultimate Media Day, Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier appeared on a segment entitled “Fighting Words” on FOX Sports Live late Monday night.
Jones, the reigning UFC light heavyweight champion, and Cormier tussled after facing off on stage in Las Vegas earlier in the day. The two also made an appearance on ESPN’s “SportsCenter” just hours after the incident, while the UFC stated plans to wait until the Nevada Athletic Commission has a chance to review the matter before handing out any punishment.
Jones and Cormier are set to meet September 27 from Las Vegas at UFC 178 in the main event.