Nope, Ronda Still Doesn’t Like Miesha

UFC female bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey didn’t have to think long or hard for the one word to describe her UFC 168 opponent Miesha Tate.

“Fake,” said Rousey, during a recent appearance on “UFC Tonight.”

The two will meet for a second time next Saturday night in Las Vegas in the co-main event. Rousey submitted Tate when they first fought via first round armbar.

Despite the early finish, that’s not something Rousey is expecting once again.

“For every single fight, I plan for the worst case scenario,” she said. “I expect Miesha to come in the best version of her and we’re going to have a five round war and I’m prepared for it.”
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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Accept TRT

In news that should surprise no one, a fighter nicknamed “Bigfoot” with a head the size of an Easter Island statue tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone. After Antonio Silva’s epic matchup with Mark Hunt at UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Bigfoot in Brisbane, Australia, it was discovered that he received at therapeutic use exemption (TUE) for testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). Not only did he receive a TUE, but he had elevated levels of testosterone during their bout. 

Looking back on it, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that Silva had something strange going on with his body the night of that bout. Silva has never been known to have an iron chin with 3 KO’s on his record. Furthermore, Hunt hits harder than any other fighter he has faced and Silva was taking powerful blows flush to the face. Now, I’m not going to pretend to know if elevated levels of testosterone directly led to this increased ability to take a punch, but I find it hard to believe that it had nothing to do with it.
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Bigfoot Popped for Big Testosterone

What was hailed as one of the greatest heavyweight battles of all time has now been tainted. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, who scrapped with Mark Hunt at UFC Fight Night 33 on December 7 in a knockdown, drag-out five-round war, has been busted for elevated testosterone levels in his post-fight screening.

FightLine has got the deets:

“All fighters on the UFC Fight Night card were drug tested by an independent third-party laboratory at the event and all fighters passed their drug tests with the exception of Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva,” the UFC said in a statement. “Although Silva is on a medically approved regimen of Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT), and had been in compliance with therapeutic guidelines on all pre-fight tests performed prior to the event, the results of his test on the day of the event indicated a level of testosterone outside of allowable limit.”

Bigfoot and Hunt fought to a majority draw, with both men netting a $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus for their efforts. With his failed drug test, the Brazilian behemoth’s record will no reflect a “no contest” (Hunt’s record will still show a majority draw). In addition, that 50K Silva earned? It now goes to Hunt.

UFC President Dana White released this statement on this sad turn of events:

Travis Bickle Lives

I had the chance to interview the head of Evolve MMA Chatri Sityodtong a year or so ago about the expansion of MMA in Asia, and he gave me a piece of travel advice I will keep with me if I ever go to Thailand. Chatri told me that I should never attempt to rob a taxi driver, or run from paying my cab bill in Thailand, as there is a good chance they are a former Muay Thai fighter that has likely won a belt in Lumpini Stadium in Bangkok.  I believe his quote was something like ‘you will instantly know you made a terrible decision. (laughter)’
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Knockouts and Broken Noses in New York

Sometimes, the story isn’t so much what goes on once the referee says “go!” as it is what transpires after the referee waves his arms signalling the fight is over. And when it comes to combat sports in New York – a place where the sanctioning menu can range anywhere along the “feast or famine” spectrum depending upon who the promoter hired to handle that stuff – what transpires in terms of a fighter getting knocked the hell out and then tended to by “professionals” can vary. GREATLY.

Last Thursday, a kickboxing show sprouted up at a nearby venue. It was a sudden, almost secretive thing, and I only found out because someone had posted a photocopied flyer in a tucked-away corner of my gym, advertising an innocuous event called “Thursday Night Fights” that could very well had been named “Surprise! There’s a kickboxing show going down that no one knows about!” So I went, because hey, bloodshed and violence, and while kickboxing doesn’t hold the same place in my heart that MMA does, it can still mean a fun night out.
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