PHILADELPHIA — Long before she was an Olympian or a UFC champion or — after Sunday night, a WWE regular — Ronda Rousey had a well-honed prefight ritual. She’d sleep. “That was something my mom taught me,” Rousey said Sunday afternoon, before her surprise show-stealing appearance at the WWE’s Royal Rumble at the Wells Fargo
The worlds of professional wrestling and mixed martial arts have drawn their greatest stars from all walks of life, including professional football and collegiate wrestling. For any number of reasons, including similar techniques and skill sets, some of the biggest stars in each world have crossed over from the world of MMA to professional wrestling,
The next chapter of Ronda Rousey’s public life is official. The most influential female fighter of all time is taking her talents to the WWE. While she doesn’t confirm that this is the end of her UFC career, one of the most memorable tenures in UFC history, Rousey’s change in direction is definitely a goodbye
Trailblazing UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey has agreed to terms with WWE to perform for the company as a full-time professional wrestler. Rousey made a surprise appearance at the WWE’s Royal Rumble pay-per-view in Philadelphia on Sunday night. After the conclusion of the first-ever women’s Royal Rumble match, Rousey emerged and shocked the crowd.
Ronaldo Souza‘s UFC middleweight title aspirations are still alive following a spectacular knockout of Derek Brunson on Saturday. Souza (25-5) finished the always dangerous Brunson via TKO at 3:50 of the opening round. The 185-pound contest headlined UFC Fight Night inside Charlotte’s Spectrum Center. Before the bout, Souza, 38, admitted he contemplated retirement in 2017,
It took longer than most expected, but welterweight Lorenz Larkin has officially picked up his first Bellator victory. Larkin (19-7) defeated Fernando Gonzalez via unanimous decision at Bellator 193 on Friday night. The catchweight bout took place inside Pechanga Resort in Temecula, California. All three judges scored it for Larkin: 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28. A
A Bellator MMA lightweight title rematch between champion Brent Primus and former titleholder Michael Chandler has been booked for April 13 in St. Charles, Missouri. Bellator officials announced the 155-pound championship bout Friday, following an initial report by MMAFighting.com. The event will take place at The Family Arena outside St. Louis. It’s a heavily anticipated
As Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza goes into his 31st professional fight on Saturday, the 38-year-old Brazilian is taking nothing for granted. Not after his career nearly ended in 2017. UFC will see champions Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier square off for a heavyweight title on July 7 at UFC 226. In what’s believed to be a
A UFC superfight between champions Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier will headline UFC 226 on July 7 in Las Vegas. Officials announced the main event on Friday. Miocic (18-2) will be seeking his fourth consecutive heavyweight title defense. Cormier (20-1), the UFC’s light heavyweight champion, will move up in weight. Demetrious Johnson remains the pound-for-pound
Over the past two years, UFC lightweight Al Iaquinta has spoken numerous times about walking away from the sport due to lack of pay. Recently, he came very close to officially doing so. That is, until the UFC did something considered rare for them: They ripped up Iaquinta’s contract and gave him a new one.
English welterweight Paul Daley has asked to be released from his Bellator MMA contract, according to a social media post on Thursday. In the same post, Daley, 34, stated the promotion granted his request. Bellator officials refuted that claim to ESPN, however. Paul Daley asked for his release from Bellator. Keith Mills/Sherdog.com “I have politely asked
It took less than two rounds in Boston last weekend for Ghana’s Abdul Razak Alhassan to show Welterweight division rivals and combat sports fans that his victory at UFC 218 over Sabah Homasi was no fluke. Judo Thunder’s ferocious uppercut that put Homasi on the mat at UFC 220 on Saturday night earned the 32-year-old
Lorenz Larkin is looking forward to fighting at home for the first time since he left the regional MMA scene seven years ago. Chael Sonnen was able to negate Quinton “Rampage” Jackson’s considerable size and strength to score a unanimous decision at the Bellator MMA World Grand Prix eight-man heavyweight tournament. Bellator has finalized a
UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson strongly believes a potential fight against bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw should be on a “stacked card.” So much so, in fact, he won’t accept it any other way. “That’s what the UFC wants,” Johnson told ESPN. “It’s the superfight everyone wants. I think TJ and I are both on board.
When asked to describe what a win over Jan Blachowicz in March will do for him, UFC light heavyweight Jimi Manuwa is nothing if not honest. “It won’t move me at all, but there’s nothing I can do about it,” Manuwa said. Manuwa (17-3) is scheduled to face Blachowicz at UFC Fight Night on March
7:09 AM ET ESPN staff Conor McGregor’s head coach John Kavanagh believes the Irishman will return to fight in the UFC later in 2018 and stated that he’s “back in the gym every day”. McGregor, who last fought in the boxing ring against Floyd Mayweather Jr., currently holds the UFC lightweight belt but his inactivity
UFC star Nate Diaz appears to be closing in on a potential comeback. Diaz (19-11) posted a series of fight images to social media on Tuesday, including one of an infamous press conference he walked out of prior to his second fight against Conor McGregor in August 2016. “Sick of sitting around waiting for you
Who is the world’s best men’s mixed martial artist, regardless of weight class? My latest top-10 rankings are listed below. In addition, here are my women’s pound-for-pound rankings. Note: Results through Jan. 23. = champion 1. Demetrious JohnsonRecord: 27-2-1Div.: Flyweight (UFC)Last: W (Sub5) Ray Borg, Oct. 7, 2017Next: TBD Johnson is the longest-reigning champion in