No further WWE plans for Ronda Rousey after her WrestleMania appearance

UFC champion Ronda Rousey sent the sports entertainment world into a tizzy with her well-publicized in-ring appearance over the weekend at WrestleMania 31.

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Unfortunately for fans (of the WWE at least), they won?t be seeing Rousey in a squared circle again anytime soon.

Rousey?s agent, Brad Slater, told UFC Tonight on Wednesday that no further plans were being discussed for her to take part in any WWE programming, now, or in the future. Slater made clear that Rousey is focused and currently preparing for her looming showdown with Bethe Correia at UFC 190 later this summer in Brazil.

The news puts to rest days of speculation after Rousey teamed with legendary performer Dwayne ?The Rock? Johnson on Sunday?s year-end spectacular. ?Rowdy? was pulled from the crowd to confront antagonists Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. What ensued was a fun bit of back and forth between everyone, ending with ?Rowdy? showcasing some of her signature judo skills on the bad guys.

After the surprise appearance, on what some may call ?competitor? television, speculation ran wild as to Rousey?s future intentions with the WWE. Furthering fodder were dual social media posts from The Rock and Rousey teasing at a potential pairing down the line at some point. The Wrestling Observer?s Dave Meltzer reported that a possible in-ring tag-team of the entertainment behemoths was even being discussed for next year?s WrestleMania 32 in Dallas, Texas.

But if the WWE is looking to get 100,000 fans in Dallas next spring, as publicly stated, they likely will not be doing it with the UFC superstar?s help.

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Dana White: Dillashaw-Barao rematch postponed again

When T.J. Dillashaw took the UFC bantamweight championship from Renan Barao in May 2014, most thought that Barao ? who was undefeated for nearly 10 years prior to that loss ? would receive an immediate rematch.

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Dillashaw's quickness gave Barao trouble in their first bout. (Getty)A rematch was set for later in the summer at UFC 177. However, Barao suffered a medical issue related to his weight cut 24 hours before the fight and was subsequently removed from the card. Dillashaw instead faced journeyman Joe Soto in what was a showcase fight for the newly minted champ.

Most recently the rematch with Barao was booked for the main event of UFC 186 on April 25 in Montreal. Unfortunately, the Barao-Dillashaw 2 showdown has seen another setback. This time, it’s the champion being forced to pull out, as Dillashaw fractured a rib during practice and will no longer be available to compete.

UFC President Dana White broke the unfortunate news during an interview with Los Angeles radio station KRRL-FM 92.3. earlier Tuesday. He also said no timetable has been set for the champion’s return.

With Standard and Poor downgrading the UFC’s credit rating last year ? in large part due to their sub-par PPV performance (numbers that the UFC blamed on the slew of main event injuries over the past 24 months) ? 2015 seemed to be on the upswing. Both UFC 183 and 184 were estimated to eclipse the coveted 500,000 buy rate.

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The rematch between Barao and Dillashaw may not have been Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier or Ronda Rousey vs. Cat Zingano, but it is a fight that many fans and pundits have been looking forward to; both in terms of surefire, action-packed competition, and also for divisional clarity.

Before Dillashaw or Barao can move on in the bantamweight division, they first need to settle their blossoming rivalry, and that is becoming increasingly difficult to manage.

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Proud Merseysider Paul Smith bullied to defeat in world-title rematch while Martin Murray fails in attempt to take Gennady Golovkin’s crown in Monte Carlo

  Proud Merseysider Paul Smith was bullied to defeat in world-title rematch while Martin Murray fails in attempt to take Gennady Golovkin’s crown in Monte Carlo British boxing suffered a double blow last night when Paul Smith and Martin Murray both suffered defeats. Smith was unable to overcome a buoyant Arthur Abraham in his second [...]

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Great leap forward for mixed martial arts as UFC implement third-party drug-testing and 2-to-4 year suspensions

    Wednesday Feb 18 may well go down in history as the ‘Great Leap Forward’ for mixed martial arts. A swathe of positive drugs tests in recent weeks precipitated the move from the UFC. It needed to be done with alacrity. And decisively. And thankfully, it was. The whispers about the sport may now [...]

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Score Fighting Series 7 weigh-in results: Mein and Petz cleared for tonight’s headliner

All fighters are on weight for tonight’s Score Fighting Series 7 event.

On Thursday the event’s 20 fighters successfully made weight, including headliner/UFC vet Forrest Petz (170.6 pounds) and borrowed Strikeforce fighter Jordan Mein (170.4).

Score Fighting Series 7 takes place at Hamilton Place Theatre in Ontario, Canada. The main card airs live on AXS TV in the U.S. (and The Score in Canada) at 10 p.m. ET.

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Mark Munoz ends his MMA career on a high note with win over Luke Barnatt

Mark Munoz headed into his fight on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 66 against Luke Barnatt knowing it would be his last.

Munoz spent the last half decade as a UFC middleweight contender, and instead of hanging on too long, made it clear that he wanted to go out on his own terms.

Born in Yokosuka, Japan, to Filipino parents, ?The Filipino Wrecking Machine? returned to the Philippines on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila.

With his signature ?Donkey Kong? ground and pound in full effect, Munoz pressured Barnatt for the entirety of their scrap. When his wrestling and ground control were less than effective, Munoz ripped Barnatt with uppercuts and a repeating overhand right that consistently wobbled his opponent.Mark Munoz snapped a three-fight losing streak before retiring in the Philippines.

As the final seconds ticked away on Munoz?s career, the Filipino faithful rose to their feet, roaring in approval as Munoz unleashed a late third-round onslaught that put an authoritative cap on his final fight.

Standing victorious after the official scorecards of 30-27, 29-28, 30-27 were read, Munoz took the microphone from UFC announcer Jon Anik and addressed the crowd with tears in his eyes.

?From the day when I was a kid, watching cartoons ? I remember watching superheroes,? Munoz said. ?I get to re-enact that every time I step into the cage. This is something I?ve dreamed about, and I hoped for; I know I didn?t accomplish what I wanted to accomplish in the cage. But I invested a lot of my time in lives and I invested in treasures in their hearts. I?ve been able to help change lives and impact lives in a positive way.?

At 37, and with six years as a UFC contender, Munoz hopes to pass down his athletic pedigree now that his career is over. Always the giver, Munoz ? who is widely regarded as one of the nicest, most polite fighters in the sport ? is looking to give back to the people who have supported him for all these years.

It can be difficult finding quality amateur wrestling in the Philippines, but the former collegiate standout hopes to change that in the coming years.

?Guys, that?s what I?m here for … I have a story to be able to give to kids,? Munoz said. ?I want to be able to teach and come back here to the Philippines and give my talents and abilities to you guys, and to be able to help the Philippines in wrestling. That?s my goal. I have so much to give for this sport.?

After thanking the UFC and his family, Munoz stripped off the red tape from his gloves, removed them from his hands, and placed them in the center of the Octagon ? signaling the end of his career.

?I will cherish these memories for a lifetime,? Munoz said. ?We all have a story and mixed martial arts has been the story of my career.?

That?s what fighting is all about, and few, if any, have represented the profession of ?fighter? better than Munoz.

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UFC 186 unavailable to Dish Network subscribers after contract talks break down

The road to UFC 186 just keeps getting stranger and stranger.

First, the main event between bantamweight champ TJ Dillashaw and Renan Barao was postponed due to injury. Then, there was the well-documented tug-of-war between the UFC and Bellator over Quinton ?Rampage? Jackson’s involvement in the co-main event. Now, on Wednesday, the UFC has announced that Dish Network and the Las Vegas-based MMA promotion have been unsuccessful in coming to terms on a distribution deal. Therefore, Dish Network subscribers won’t be able to purchase UFC 186.Dish subscribers wanting to watch Demetrious Johnson defend his title Saturday are out of luck.

The UFC issued the following statement to its fans via their website.

“Due to contractual issues, DISH Network will not be offering UFC 186: Johnson vs. Horiguchi on Pay-Per-View this Saturday. While all other providers in the U.S. have come to an agreement on renewal terms, DISH Network has elected not to renew its distribution agreement with UFC. We have enjoyed a strong and productive relationship with DISH over the years, and while we?re disappointed with their decision, we are confident that our fans will be able to enjoy this weekend?s card through several other viewing options that you can read more about by clicking here. We remain hopeful that an agreement can be reached with DISH in the near future, but remain committed to ensuring that all fans have continued access to UFC events through multiple distribution options.”

It is fairly commonplace in the television world for providers to negotiate over terms. Viewers often lose their favorite shows when corporations essentially use them as leverage to negotiate better terms for certain channels.

MMA fans needn?t worry too much though; issues like this are usually resolved in due time. However, those wanting to watch this Saturday’s fights will have to change service providers or take the UFC’s advice and phone a friend.

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Smart tips for a low Carb weight cut

SMART TIPS FOR A LOW CARB WEIGHT CUT

Low carbohydrate diets are one of the most tried and tested ways to make weight leading up to a fight. Here we?ve teamed up with the Sports Scientists at Myprotein.com to look at the foods you should be including in your diet if you?re thinking of using this particular weight cut method.

Firstly it?s perhaps important to explain why so many fighters and nutritionists favour cutting out carbs before a weigh in. It has a lot to do with the way carbohydrates are stored in the body, since once carbohydrates are eaten they are stored in the muscles and liver as glycogen. Muscle glycogen specifically weighs about 18 grams per kg of lean body mass and one gram of glycogen is linked to about 3.5 grams of water. So to run through an example for a featherweight fighter weighing 62kg with 20kg of lean body mass muscle:

? 20 Kg (of lean body mass) x 18 grams of glycogen = 360 grams of total glycogen
? 360 grams (of glycogen) x 3.5 grams of water = 1260 grams of water

This means in theory this particular featherweight fighter has 1.62kg of weight to cut in their muscles and water alone (this is in addition to cutting weight in the digestive system and water retention from other parts of the body.)

Now we understand the way in which carbohydrates are stored within the body, the key is cutting carbohydrates out of the diet whilst including certain foods that ensure you remain energised and don?t suffer mentally or physically.

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UFC bantamweight Nick Denis retires, cites potential brain injuries

UFC bantamweight Nick Denis has announced his MMA retirement.

The 29-year-old Canadian fighter, who made an impressive UFC debut earlier this year, made the announcement on Thursday on his personal blog.

Denis, who went 1-1 in the UFC, cited concerns over potential brain injuries.

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Alexander Gustafsson: ‘I was really close to quitting’ after KO loss to Anthony Johnson

Fans tend to focus on the winning side of mixed martial arts while the pain and suffering of the defeated is all too often forgotten about.

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UFC light heavyweight contender Alexander Gustafsson recently spoke to Expressen.se about his shocking first-round knockout loss to Anthony Johnson in his hometown of Stockholm, Sweden, back in January. After having a few weeks to digest the devastating setback, Gustafsson made a shocking revelation: he almost quit the sport at 28.

?It has definitely been my most difficult period in life so far,? Gustafsson said. ?I thought about it. I was really close to quitting.?

It is rare to hear a fighter speak so candidly about his ongoing career swings just a few months removed from the event itself. The loss felt by Gustafsson was compounded by the fact that he was surrounded by friends and family, undoubtedly making the knockout that much more difficult to overcome.

?I do not care really [about] the title,” Gustafsson said. “It was that it happened in front of my home crowd — my cousins’ cousins were in the place.?

?The Mauler? is coming off a two-week vacation and has a new opponent waiting in the shadows — Brazilian bomber Glover Teixeira on June 20 in Germany. The scheduled matchup between two of the light heavyweight divison?s most dangerous contenders has Gustafsson primed for redemption.

?I did not show my potential,? he said. ?It went too fast. So, it feels good to get another chance. I know I can be the best in the world and I intend to show [that].?

And anyone questioning Gustafsson?s motivation after his recent admission better pump their breaks, because the UFC?s No. 2 light heavyweight contender still has his eyes set on a rematch with divisional kingpin Jon Jones in the near future.

?I have a new [gameplan] that made me very motivated,? he said. ?If I had not wanted to do this anymore, I [would have] stopped. But I want to continue. There is no doubt about it. No one is forcing me. I’m not doing this for money, but to be the best in the world.

 

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