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Posts by tag: UFC 157

1 year ago

Ronda Rousey’s UFC Debut May Have Gone Too Well

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Ronda Rousey’s UFC debut couldn’t have gone any better. As a matter of a fact, it may have gone to good. A new report says that Rousey could be following in the path of Gina Carano and head to Hollywood, leaving the UFC with a big hole to fill.

I will be the first to admit that I was dead wrong about Ronda Rousey’s impact on UFC 157. I thought she’d bomb and she did anything but. Early reports are that the show did somewhere in the 400-450,000 buyrate range which is phenomenal all things considered. Unfortunately for the UFC some of those 450,000 eyes came from Hollywood and they are already knocking on Rousey’s door.

Dave Meltzer reported on his F4Wonline.com podcast that Rousey has been offered a role in the third installment of the Hunger Games movie franchise. Rousey’s manager was recently asked about her flirtation with Hollywood ..click here to read more , , , ,

1 year ago

UFC 157: Rousey vs. Carmouche Results and Takeaways

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Do Women really deserve a place in the UFC? Can Ronda Rousey really deliver the goods and headline a major UFC Pay Per View event? The PPV numbers aren’t in yet, but the overwhelming answers to those first questions are emphatic yeses. UFC 157 took place last night from the Honda Center in Anaheim, California and early gate figures are showing that Rousey and women’s MMA pulled over 15,500 people into the Honda Center and created a live gate of $1.4 million.

In the main event of the evening Rousey overcame a slight stumble early on in the fight and escaped the most dangerous moment of her fighting career to notch yet another first round victory via submission. In the co-main event of the evening Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida defeated Dan Henderson in a somewhat lackluster affair to claim another crack at the UFC Light Heavyweight title. Let’s recap what happened ..click here to read more , , , , , , , , , , ,

1 year ago

What If Ronda Rousey Loses At UFC 157?

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The UFC has never invested more in a fighter than they have in Ronda Rousey and with good reason. Rousey has gotten the company more publicity in a shorter time than any fighter in UFC history. However, will it be all for nothing if Liz Carmouche can pull off the upset at UFC 157?

I will be the first one to admit that I don’t get the fascination with Rousey whatsoever. It isn’t as if Rousey is either the best or prettiest fighter to come along in WMMA. Yet for whatever reason the media have swarmed to Rousey and turned into the biggest star in the UFC. This is all great if Rousey lives up to the billing but what happens if this all comes crashing down quicker than you can say Cyborg?

A desperate fighter is a dangerous fighter and Liz Carmouche is a desperate fighter. Carmouche still holds down a ..click here to read more , , , , ,

1 year ago

UFC 157: Rousey vs. Carmouche Predictions and Preview

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The UFC delivered another successful free card last weekend on Fuel TV but it’s time for the UFC to head for the record books. The UFC returns to the land of Pay Per View this weekend with UFC 157 from the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. History will be made in the main event as the event is headlined by the first Women’s MMA bout in UFC history as UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey takes on the UFC’s first openly gay fighter in Liz Carmouche.

The co-main event of the evening features what could certainly be one of the most entertaining Light Heavyweight bouts of the year as Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida takes on Dan Henderson in a bout that could certainly determine the next contender for the UFC Light Heavyweight title. Former WEC poster boy Urijah Faber takes on Ivan Menjivar in Bantamweight action on the main card. Two ..click here to read more , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

2 years ago

Dan Henderson Is Underappreciated By The UFC

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You wouldn’t know it but arguably the greatest American fighter in MMA history is fighting at UFC 157. If you listened to Dana White you’d probably think I meant Ronda Rousey. Nope, I am talking about Dan Henderson.

I can’t think of a more underappreciated fighter in recent years by the UFC than Dan Henderson. Henderson is truly at a point where he is a living legend. If you are going to use Randy Couture and Chuck Liddell as the barometer, than Dan Henderson is not only right there with them, he may be the greatest of all time.

There is nobody more poorly promoted in the UFC than Henderson. Henderson’s critics will say he is not a draw and that’s true, he doesn’t have a good track record at the box office. But is that Henderson’s fault or the UFC’s fault? If Hendo was promoted the way Couture and Liddell were ..click here to read more , ,

2 years ago

10 Most Anticipated UFC 2013 Fights

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2012 will go down as a mixed year in the UFC. Unable to deliver the big super fights, the UFC will attempt to rebound in 2013 with several highly anticipated fights both scheduled and in planning.

If there was one disappointment with the UFC in 2012 it was the inability to pull off big fights. Even realistic super fights in division like Georges St-Pierre vs. Nick Diaz failed to materialize for a variety of reasons. With an all-star roster on deck featuring new fighters from Strikeforce, the UFC has the potential to blow away 2012 with several big fights this year. Now whether the UFC can pull these off or not is another story altogether.

I sat down with the idea of writing about the 10 most anticipated UFC fights of 2013. Unfortunately I had a rough time coming up with anything past five. It isn’t as if the big fights aren’t ..click here to read more , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

2 years ago

UFC 2012-13 Winter Events Preview

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Happy Holidays, CamelClutchBlog faithful.  I sincerely hope everyone enjoyed whatever holiday they may or may not have celebrated this year.  I don’t think there is a politically incorrect way (and if there is, please tell me) for me to address the arrival of 2013 so I’d like to start by wishing everyone a happy and healthy New Year.

Speaking of healthy, I think we’d all like to wish a healthier 2013 for so many fighters who’ve been injured.  Yes, there is the purely selfish part of all of us who wants them healthier so they can entertain through this sport we love so much, but they obviously suffer from the lack of a paycheck.  Is GSP’s “Camp For Only One Fighter Like In Boxing” approach the answer, as Dana White recently mentioned? I have no idea.  If I knew how to stop fighter injuries, I feel like that information would be very valuable to promoters, gyms ..click here to read more , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

2 years ago

Ronda Rousey Talks Armbars, Dating, & Getting Punched In the Face

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I don’t think there is a fighter in the UFC that gets more mainstream publicity these days than Ronda Rousey. The UFC champion was recently interviewed for Esquire’s What I’ve Learned series and talked about a variety of topics including dating fighters, armbars, and getting punched in the face.

Rousey has certainly turned into the most media-friendly fighter in all of UFC. Quite frankly her notoriety still baffles me as there are plenty of pretty female MMA fighters yet none have gotten the attention that Rousey receives. Whether this results in any kind of backlash from UFC fans will be determined by the final numbers for her debut at UFC 157.

Rousey closes out her biggest year ever in MMA with a fun interview at Esquire.com. I actually came away from this interview liking Rousey a bit more than her usual interviews. Typically I find her interviews to be obnoxious but I ..click here to read more ,

2 years ago

Dan Henderson’s Coach Upset With Ronda Rousey Headlining UFC 157

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The MMA world is still buzzing about Ronda Rousey headlining the upcoming UFC 157 card but not everyone is happy about it. Dan Henderson will be sharing the card that night and according to his camp, he and not Rousey should be the headliner.

You knew this was going to come at some point right? Quite frankly I am a little surprised that fighters in the UFC have kept quiet one way or the other on the topic. Rousey coming in, getting a title, and immediately being thrust into a pay per view main event is a big deal. Someone has to have an opinion one way or the other right?

Enter Gus Pugliese. Pugliese is Dan Henderson’s striking coach and a part of Team Quest. Gus took to Facebook to vent his frustrations and question why Rousey and not his athlete is headlining UFC 157.

“Ronda is headlining UFC ..click here to read more , , ,

2 years ago

Ronda Rousey Signs First UFC Fight

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MMA fans won’t have to wait much longer to watch Ronda Rousey’s UFC debut. The newly crowned 135 pound UFC champion will have her first title defense at UFC 157. The fight will headline the February event featuring Dan Henderson vs. Lyoto Machida in support.

The UFC made the fight official on Thursday. Dana White confirmed that Rousey will defend the UFC 135lb. women’s championship against Liz Carmouche at UFC 157. The fight is not just the first signed female fight in UFC history but the first female MMA fight to headline a pay-per-view event ever! In other words, this is a historic event.

The news comes 24 hours after the UFC’s own Brazilian website listed Rousey vs. Cristiane Cyborg Santos as the headliner for UFC 157. Lines were obviously crossed somewhere as Cyborg later told reporters that while they were negotiating, she wouldn’t be ready to make 135 ..click here to read more , , , , , ,

2 years ago

Rousey vs. Cyborg UFC Negotiations Underway

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Cristiane Cyborg Santos says she is now willing to fight Ronda Rousey at 135 pounds in the UFC, giving fight fans the most anticipated fight in MMA Women’s history at some point in 2013.

MMA social media went ballistic this week when UFC’s Brazilian website advertised Rousey vs. Santos for UFC 157. The fight was later removed off of the website but as the old saying goes, where there is smoke there is fire. While the fight is still not official for 157, Santos is telling the media that negotiations are currently in progress.

MMAJunkie.com did a great job of tracking down the former Strikeforce champion and asking her about the advertised fight. Santos confirmed that she was in talks with the UFC. The bigger news here is that it appears the one hurdle in making the fight has been cleared. Santos has agreed to fight at 135 pounds.

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2 years ago

Dan Henderson Vs. Lyoto Machida Set For UFC 157

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The UFC light heavyweight champion will get closer to a clear cut top contender on February 23, 2013. Dan Henderson vs. Lyoto Machida will meet at UFC 157 in a battle of former Strikeforce and UFC champions in hopes of providing the UFC with an undisputed number one contender.

The announcement is now official and the fight will likely headline or semi-main event the UFC 157 event in Anaheim, California in 2013. Henderson will be coming off an arguable fight of the year for 2011 victory over former champion Shogun Rua while Lyoto Machida comes off of a one-sided dominant win over Ryan Bader.

This fight had been rumored for awhile yet the UFC appeared hesitant to pull the trigger. Henderson’s time table for returning has always been an issue as multiple reports indicated various dates in which he could return. Machida has been idle since the Bader win ..click here to read more , , , , , ,

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