The MMA Ten keeps you updated on the latest news from the world of the UFC and beyond. It recently won its first major award in over 108 years. Wait, that might have been something else. Anyway, this week: Ronda Rousey says it’s almost over, Lashley vs. Lesnar in MMA, Conor conference call goodies, and more!
Ronda Tells Ellen: This Could Be It
Ronda Rousey was on the Ellen show the other day. I know this because all The Comeback editors have their DVRs set to record all Ellen episodes, including reruns. Then they get together at the end of each month and discuss the best eps and guests, very similar to your mom’s book club. Anyway, one of them told me Ronda Rousey was on Ellen and I checked it out.
Ronda told Ellen she’s been training twice a day since August, which makes it… carry the nine… wait, that can’t be right. 14,000 training sessions? Whatevs, they don’t pay me for math, but rest assured she’s been training a whole bunch. “I finally feel like in super ninja good mode,” Rousey told Ellen. But she also said her MMA career is coming to an end sooner rather than later. “I’m wrapping it up. This is definitely one of my last fights.”
If she wins, going out as champ would be advantageous to her acting career, which many assume will be her main focus post-MMA. But I doubt the competitor in her could handle losing her last two fights, so if she loses to Nunes, she will be back to fight again. Whatever the case, don’t miss the chance to see her fight on Dec. 30. And really, don’t miss Ellen, because that’s just a good show. You can’t join The Comeback editors discussion group, but there’s nothing stopping you from creating your own.
Conor McGregor Plans to “Kill Them All”
Conor McGregor says he plans to “kill them all,” but he’s not talking about the bad guys in The Expendables 17. He’s talking about the UFC lightweight division. John Gooden shot a piece with McGregor while he trained at SBG, and Conor put them all on notice.
“I’m going to kill them all. Very excited and at the same time calm. Calm and excited. We’re going to go out there and put on a showcase. Stake my claim. What can they say now? Two belts. What I said, I did. We’re very excited about the future. We’re only starting here. There’s a lot more coming.”
He’ll have to get by UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez first, and that will not be an easy task. Alvarez is in his 13th year as a professional fighter and he held the title at Bellator before coming to the UFC and capturing the belt with his sensational win over Rafael dos Anjos. He’s also fought in Japan with K-1 and DREAM. Alvarez told Conor what’s up on the UFC 205 conference call.
“The guys he’s faced are nothing like the caliber of fighter I am. He will see on the night of the fight that (he’s) been going up against sh***ty opponents that were good style matchups and this one is not – and (he’s) f****d.”
Conor and Eddie UFC 205 Conference Call Goodies
Conor had his A-Game working on the conference call.
“I will go out there and punish him for those words that he’s saying and I’m going to retire him on this night. He’s been through a hell of a lot of wars. He’s been dropped continuously and I can see the effects of war on his face. I’m going to toy with this man. I’m going to really, truly rearrange his facial structure. His wife and kids won’t ever recognize him again.”
Alvarez invoked some political rhetoric in his hype game.
“I will go down as the best lightweight in UFC history. It will start with him and then I’ll make UFC great again and continue to fight the number one guys that belong here. I felt I deserved a break and this will be my break, and then we’ll get back to some real s**t. Get back to fighting the real number one contenders who fight the best guys and earn their way to the title. Not the guys who have a funny accent and sell tickets.”
Shots. Fired. Nov. 12 should be amazing.
Bobby Lashley vs. Brock Lesnar in MMA?
Pro Wrestler Sports Entertainer and Bellator MMA fighter Bobby Lashley told TMZ Sports he gets asked almost every day how he would fare in an MMA fight with former UFC champion and fellow pro wrestler sports entertainer Brock Lesnar.
“I think it would actually turn into almost a slugfest,” Lashley said, noting that Brock would be difficult to take down, and vice versa. “So if neither one of us are taken down then we need to rely on striking. I think it would be a fun fight to have.”
When asked who would win the battle between the two behemoths, Lashley smiled and said, “I get into fights where I know that my hand’s going to get raised and that’s one that I feel confident on.”
It does sound fun, and I’d definitely watch. Near the end of round one, Lashley would land a wicked right hand that would rock Lesnar. He’d then nail him with the patented “Dominator” and sink a fight-ending rear naked choke. But wait! Paul Heyman would scale the cage, jump in and pull the ref off! Lesnar would sweep Lashley, lift him up and take him to Suplex City! Lesnar would then wrap Lashley up in a head and arm choke when all of the sudden the lights go out! They pop back on and Bray Wyatt is in the center of the cage, and he ruins a perfectly good match like he does every damn time.
Cerrone and Kennedy Stump For Trump
I read a sad but hilarious quip the other day, and since I spent most of my day’s energy on that killer wrestling fan fiction above, I’m not going to scour the web and find it. I can’t do everything for you people. But the quip was something along the lines of Twitter being the place you make friends with strangers, while Facebook is where you learn to hate your friends. It didn’t mention Instagram, but Donald Cerrone and Tim Kennedy are learning you can lose a lot of fans by posting a picture of yourself with Donald Trump.
Those comments are more vicious than a Cowboy Cerrone head kick. And see — this is what politics does to us. People get so blinded by hatred that they ignore the most awesome things in life. Look at that blazer Cerrone has on! It’s glorious! That goofy Trump shirt is hilarious! And where the heck is Cerrone’s left hand? Is he giving the Donald a little goosey-goose?
Here’s my plea, America. Maybe after Tuesday we can Make Social Media Great Again.
Miesha Tate: Cutest Luigi Ever
Miesha Tate went as Luigi for Halloween, and as you might guess, she makes the cutest Luigi ever.
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Idris Elba, Victorious Kickboxer
Stringer Bell ain’t playin’. We told you a while back that Idris Elba was working on becoming a kickboxer, and he had his first bout on Oct. 29 at York Hall in London. Madonna was there, and she did a bang up job shooting the video. Here’s some footage from her Instagram account.
Why was Madonna there? It’s not what you think. Elba recently tweeted, Am I sleeping with Madonna? No mother******s… “Don’t believe the Hype”.
Fedor vs. Matt Mitrione in 2017
Fedor Emelianenko, long regarded as the greatest MMA fighter of all time, has an opponent for early 2017, according to FloCombat. Fedor has been widely criticized by both fans and media for not taking on legit opponents in his comeback, but a fight with Mitrione changes all that. Mitrione, the former UFC heavyweight and The Ultimate Fighter alum, is a quick and nimble power puncher that poses a real danger. Fedor destroyed Jaideep Singh in his first fight since 2011, then followed that up with a decision win in a bloody back-and-forth with former UFC fighter Fabio Maldonado.
FloCombat also reported the deal isn’t official but is close to being completed. Which means I have every right to be all giddy, and you should too. If you are unfamiliar with Fedor’s career, head over to UFC Fight Pass or scour YouTube to check out his brilliance.
Your Michael Bisping Callout of the Week
UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping is always
running his mouth making news, and this week he called out Nick Diaz as his next potential opponent. Apparently, he’s over the whole GSP thing, because it wasn’t long ago that he said he agreed to fight GSP at UFC 206. But just days later on UFC Tonight, Bisping revealed he is receiving treatment for a broken orbital bone he suffered in the Dan Henderson fight. And he also veered off the Nick Diaz call out.
“Yoel (Romero) and (Chris) Weidman, they are fighting, (and) whoever wins that, either that guy or Jacare will be my next fight make no mistake. But I’m not doing it in a few weeks. My name isn’t ‘Short Camp Sally,’ it’s Michael ‘The Count’ Bisping, UFC middleweight champion of the world. And you will get it ‘Jacare,’ and you will get it Yoel, Weidman, Rockhold, all of you. Make no mistake.”
To recap: Bisping is not fighting GSP or Nick Diaz, and he won’t fight them at UFC 206. He will fight the winner of Yoel Romero vs. Chris Weidman probably at UFC 207 or 208. My guess is that fight will end the reign of Bisping, but it’s not like he hasn’t continually proven people wrong.
This Item Has Boobs In It, So You Will Read It
Joanna Jedrzejczyk, the dominant UFC strawweight champion, will defend her title against fellow Polish fighter Karolina Kowalkiewicz at UFC 205. This has “Fight of the Night” written all over it, and that’s saying something considering the caliber of this card.
She held court on the UFC 205 media call.
“I’m not the prettiest one, I don’t have big boobies or I’m not American, but I want people to remember me as the best female fighter.”
Jedrzejczyk is well on her way to being remembered as such. She throttled Carla Esparza at UFC 185 to win the title, and she’s successfully defended it three times. Now 12-0, Jedrzejczyk also put forth her future career plans on the call.
“I want to do two, three fights next year, and I want to fight one or two more times in the strawweight division, and I would like to fight at 125.”
Women’s flyweight and featherweight divisions should be here sooner rather than later, and who better to usher in the 125 division than Jedrzejczyk? And how about a hand for me? I can finally spell Jedrzejczyk without looking it up, which is the equivalent of winning a title sans PEDs.
We’ll see you next week for our big UFC 205 Preview. Thanks for reading!