The MMA Ten keeps you updated on the latest news from the world of the UFC and beyond!
This week: Ronda Rousey gets engaged, Sugar Ray shows love to Mighty Mouse, The Fire Kid’s amazing knockout of the week, a UFC fighter grapples a media member and more!
MMA Wedding Bells: Rousey and Browne Get Engaged
Ronda Rousey and Travis Browne have decided to get married. TMZ caught up with the newly-engaged couple and talked to them about their big news.
The interviewer notices the ring and says, “If you go swimming, you’ll sink to the bottom.” Ronda did not follow he was obviously referring to the size of the diamond and replied, “No, I’m a great swimmer.”
Rousey said the nuptials will take place soon but stated she has no idea how long it takes to plan a wedding. She did say she doesn’t need much. “Just somewhere to go, something to eat, and people around.”
Tim Kennedy Re-enlists: “ISIS is a bunch of cowards”
Former UFC fighter has decided to reenlist with the Army and he delivered an epic message on his Instagram account.
Dear isis, If you are lucky enough to kill a Special Forces operator, the possibility of us dropping the biggest non-nuclear bomb ever made on you should be the least of your concerns. There is a vengeance and wrath associated with the loss of one of our brothers. May God have mercy on your soul because we are coming and we will have none to give. Sincerely, The U.S. Military
Kennedy also spoke about his decision to reenlist after with Fox and Friends. The election of President Trump was cited as a reason to suit up again.
“I got hope again. The military, we got our teeth back.” He added, “We’re here to win a war that we’ve been fighting and just holding on to for 16 years and that’s about to change.”
Seems like Kennedy was not enamored with either of the past two administrations.
Sugar Ray Gives Props to Mighty Mouse
Demetrious Johnson arm-barred Wilson Reis to retain his UFC flyweight title last week, notching his twelfth straight victory. He is undoubtedly the best pound-for-pound fighter in MMA, even if he often goes unnoticed in his greatness. But one boxing legend took notice last week: the great Sugar Ray Leonard.
Demetrius "Mighty Mouse " Johnson you have it all my man speed, power, heart and mental discipline. Congrats
— Sugar Ray Leonard (@SugarRayLeonard) April 17, 2017
@SugarRayLeonard Thank you sir 😊👍🏾
— Demetrious Johnson (@MightyMouseUFC) April 17, 2017
Johnson simply doesn’t draw viewers, which is why he is on free TV instead of pay-per-view. But even boxing legends are taking note of his dominance.
Cody Garbrandt Grabs T.J. Dillashaw’s Throat
The Ultimate Fighter made its season debut this week and the bad blood between UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt and former champ T.J. Dillashaw has already been spilled. Garbrandt basically attacked Dillashaw in the first episode, grabbing him by the throat like “an eagle latching up a snake,” according to Garbrandt.
Thank Goodness They Can Fight
It’s a good thing that these pugilists are well-skilled in their art form. Because reading off a prompter is something they aren’t very good at. Check out these TUF bloopers.
Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones at UFC 214?
We told you last week that UFC president Dana White said he no longer considers Jon Jones to be worthy of main event status due his volatile nature, but talk is that UFC 214 is where Cormier and Jones will finally meet again. That event takes place July 29 in Anaheim.
MMAFighting.com reports that this is the fifth time the UFC has tried to schedule this fight. Jones has fought just once in each of the last three years and he hasn’t finished an opponent since his destruction of Chael Sonnen at UFC 159. He beat Cormier the first time via unanimous decision, and it will be interesting to see how it goes down in the rematch.
Local Media Takes On Al Iaquinta
The media is sick of all the fake news catcalls, so much that they are taking on UFC fighters! Actually, only the latter part of that sentence is true. We don’t do fake news here at The Comeback. But check out this member of the media go at it with UFC fighter Al Iaquinta at open workouts in Nashville.
— Dann Stupp (@DannStupp) April 20, 2017
It’s pretty obvious that dude has a wrestling background, but I don’t think it’s a good idea to be diving on a pro fighter’s legs though. I doubt Iaquinta was expecting that and we all know how quickly injuries can happen. Now we should compose a list of the top 10 media personalities we’d like to see attacked by MMA fighters.
Conor McGregor Makes the Time 100
Time Magazine released the Time 100, which features their selection of the 100 most influential people of the year, and UFC fighter Conor McGregor made the list. Each person on the list gets someone to sing their praises via prose, and oddly enough it was Arnold Schwarzenegger who saluted Conor.
“The Dublin native is razor-sharp, disciplined and charismatic. His energy is absolutely contagious, to the point where you almost start shouting in an Irish accent after 30 seconds of hearing that world-famous mouth,” Schwarzenegger wrote.
Here’s a quick look at all the people on this year’s Time 100:
Your MMA Knockout of the Week
Your MMA knockout of the week comes from the UFC and French fighter Tom Duquesnoy, who laid an absolute beating on Patrick Williams at UFC on FOX 24 last weekend.
Those were some vicious, well-placed knees and elbows. Keep your eye on “The Fire Kid.” He’s 15-1 as a pro and he’s knocked out three of his last four opponents. He’ll likely be a contender soon enough.
Your MMA Nickname Battle of the Week
Your MMA nickname battle of the week comes to us from Bellator 178 and it features Dominic “The Honey Badger” Mazzotta against A.J. “Mercenary” McKee.
Mazzotta is 12-1 as a pro with his only loss coming in 2014 to UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt. McKee comes from an MMA bloodline, as his father Antonio McKee, aka Mandingo, is a veteran of 37 pro fights. A.J. is 7-0 and running through people in Bellator. This should be a good one, and it’s an important one in the Bellator featherweight division.