The MMA Ten keeps you updated on the latest news from the world of the UFC and beyond. This week: Bisping wins but his face lost, former Dallas Cowboy Greg Hardy wants to fight MMA, Baby Slice gets ready for his pro debut, and Ronda Rousey Returns!
Ronda Rousey Returns at UFC 207
She’s back. Ronda Rousey, the most dominant women’s champion in MMA history, has agreed to fight UFC bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes at UFC 207. It is a title fight and Rousey will have a chance to reclaim the title she lost to Holly Holm at UFC 193. Holm then lost to Miesha Tate, who then lost to Nunes.
Not only will Rousey get to fight for the title again, but Dana White told Colin Cowherd on The Herd that a Rousey vs. Cyborg fight is still a possibility. “Cyborg wants that fight, Ronda wants that fight. Ronda’s plan is to come back, win her title back. If that happens, the Cyborg fight will definitely happen.” It’s a good day for MMA. UFC 207 goes down Dec. 30 in Las Vegas. Happy New Year, indeed.
Checking In On The Champ
Michael Bisping won a close decision over Dan Henderson at UFC 204, but it sure didn’t look that way according to the plate of spaghetti that is Bisping’s face. Hendo ended his career with a bang by badly damaging Bisping’s moneymaker, but “The Count” retained his UFC middleweight title. Here’s how Bisping looked after.
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Throw some pins in his face and Bisping is all set for the starring role in Hellraiser: The MMA Days. Bisping won more rounds and scored more points, but Hendo won the fight.
Michael Bisping, Twitter Savage
Bisping is not only the UFC middleweight champion but also one of the best trash-talkers in the game. UFC fighter Tony Ferguson found that out first-hand after UFC 204.
— michael (@bisping) October 9, 2016
— Tony Ferguson (@TonyFergusonXT) October 9, 2016
Ferguson vs. Bisping next! Make it happen!
Bisping and Weidman Continue War of Words
Like Luke Rockhold, Chris Weidman is still completely annoyed and dismayed about losing his title. Weidman has made it very clear he’d like that belt back and would love to earn it by repeatedly punching Bisping in the face. He wasn’t at all impressed by the performance Bisping put on in his first title defense.
Weidman was on The MMA Hour to talk about it.
“It was kind of weird to see these guys fighting and that was the for the championship belt, and that was the champion in my weight class. He’s out there and he’s struggling, it wasn’t an impressive performance at all, and he wanted to go out there and really show he’s the true champ of the MW division. He got the fight he wanted, which was crazy that he got that fight, and that’s the way he looked. It’s a little embarrassing.”
Bisping, of course, had to offer a rebuttal and did so on the UFC Unfiltered podcast.
“There’s that whiner, that crybaby, if Chris Weidman wants to do it then I’m more than happy. If he smashes through Romero next month then let’s do it. I’m happy. If he thinks I’m ducking him then that’s crazy because I’ve never ducked anyone in my life. I’m certainly not going to start with that f***ing d****ebag. Dan Henderson was a tough ask but I’ll finish Chris Weidman for sure.”
Vince Vaughn Stats Training Jiu Jitsu
Hey, good for Vince Vaughn. He started training Jiu Jitsu recently, working with Igor Gracie at the Renzo Gracie Academy in New York. Maybe he needed to defend himself from the ongoing beating he took for True Detective season two. I think I’m the only living soul who actually made it through the whole season and actually enjoyed Vaughn in the role.
Speaking of celebs training martial arts…
Demi Lovato Wants an MMA Fight
Songstress Demi Lovato has been training MMA for a while, and she has been linked romantically to former UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold. She trains at Jay Glazer’s Unbreakable Gym and she has been pining to drop the mic and put on the gloves. “She’s brought it up to us a million times,” Glazer told TMZ.
Lovato tweeted that she is done with the music biz for now and is looking forward to 2017. Could she actually be competitive inside the cage?
“She throws elbows better than most of the UFC guys that come in there. She’s definitely one of our fighters without a doubt.”
Glazer Says No Room For Greg Hardy in MMA
“I would be incredibly disappointed in any of my fellow MMA coaches and any promoters if they took Greg Hardy in and taught him a shred of our incredible sport. Many of us train women in self defense specifically to help protect vs domestic violence. Me and all my coaches at @Unbreakable do and take great pride in that. Competing in any sport is a privilege, Greg Hardy should not be granted the privilege. There are many beautiful arts taught in our sport, none of which should be afforded to him.”
The sentiment from Glazer is appreciated, but MMA — like most other sports — has its share of athletes that have been associated with domestic violence. Jon “War Machine” Koppenhaver’s violence against adult film star Christy Mack was well documented by HBO’s Real Sports, which claimed that the domestic violence arrest rate among male MMA fighters was more than twice that of the national average and nearly four times as much as the NFL. Will one of the big MMA promotions take Hardy on in hopes of making a profit? Don’t bet against it.
Chechnya Dictator Puts His Kids in MMA Fights
Ramzan Kadyrov, head of the Chechen Republic, is under fire for putting young kids — including his own — in a cage and letting them fight MMA. You just re-read that sentence, didn’t you? It’s true. Pics or it didn’t happen, you say? Roll the tape…
Both of Kadyrov’s kids won and kids as young as eight took place in the exhibition bouts, which “were of an exhibition nature and only aimed at popularizing the sport in Chechnya,” according to Akhmat Fighting Club president Abuzayd Vismuradov. If this type of thing bothers you, don’t you dare Google kids fighting Muay Thai in Thailand. Just don’t.
Baby Slice Ready To Make Pro Debut
Kevin Ferguson Jr., aka “Baby Slice,” will make his pro debut at Bellator 162 on Oct. 21. The son of the late Kimbo Slice spoke about his upcoming pro debut and what his father meant to him in this Bellator video.
UFC’s Gone Until November
The UFC canceled UFC Fight Night: Penn vs. Lamas after B.J. Penn withdrew from the bout due to a rib injury.
As a result, the next time the UFC will grace your TV screen is Nov. 5 when Tony Ferguson and former UFC lightweight champ Rafael dos Anjos do battle in the main event. Ricardo Lamas was able to pick up a fight against Charles Oliveira that will beand that was added to the card. Diego Sanchez is on the card against Marcin Held, who will be making his UFC debut after a long run in Bellator. The always-exciting Beneil Dariush and Sam Alvey will also fight on the card, which has filled in nicely.
If you need an MMA fix, check out BJJ world champion Mackenzie Dern Friday on AXSTV FIghts. She won her MMA debut and now looks for her second win as she takes on Montana Stewart. Bellator returns on Oct. 21, with the debut of “Baby Slice,” and a card featuring Bobby Lashley, Ryan Couture and former champ Alexander Shlemenko.
World Series of Fighting returns on Nov. 12 with former UFC fighters Jon Fitch and Jake Shields vying for Fitch’s WSOF welterweight title. You can see WSOF on NBCSN, but the bad news is UFC 205 is the same night, with Conor McGregor and Eddie Alvarez as the main event.