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Rocky C
03-06-16, 08:51 AM

Diaz shocks McGregor

LAS VEGAS – Nate Diaz recorded a monumental upset in the main event of UFC 196 on Saturday night, defeating overwhelming favorite Conor McGregor by submission in the second round.

McGregor, the biggest star in mixed martial arts going into the contest, dominated the early part of the fight but was unable to withstand Diaz’s barrage that resulted in the American gaining a grip on his neck with a minute left in the second.

While McGregor, now 19-3, will remain big box office, the result is the latest toppling of a major UFC superstar. Ronda Rousey lost her UFC women’s bantamweight title to Holly Holm in November, and Holm lost it to Miesha Tate on Saturday.

Diaz (19-10) stepped in to take the fight on 11 days’ notice after lightweight title holder Rafael dos Anjos pulled out of his contest with McGregor through injury. The contest was fought at 170lbs, a significant leap for the Irishman – who previously competed at the featherweight limit of 145lbs.

The crowd swayed somewhat towards Diaz in the opening round as he looked to work his way into the bout. While McGregor enjoys enormous traveling support, chants of ‘USA’ sprung up to get behind Diaz.

Diaz was tagged early, opening up a cut at the side of his right eye, though it did not appear to be situated so as to impede his vision. He would also have been encouraged by being able to fend off McGregor when the pair went to ground late in the opener.

During the second round, McGregor teed off on Diaz’s facial wound repeatedly, as Diaz visibly became increasingly frustrated by the action and McGregor’s ongoing verbal taunting.

However, McGregor seemed to run out of steam, perhaps aided by a fierce hook from Diaz that connected with the side of his face.

Suddenly, it was Diaz on top and when the fight went to the ground, he gained a grip he would never relinquish – to secure a victory he will never forget.

Rocky C
03-06-16, 08:57 AM

Miesha Tate chokes out Holly Holm in stunning championship victory.

LAS VEGAS — In a stunning performance, Miesha Tate dragged Holly Holm to the ground and choked her out in the fifth and final round to become the new UFC women's bantamweight champion Saturday night at UFC 196.

"Not many people wouldn't tap out," Tate said of Holm, who went unconscious in the choke. "She went out like a champion."

It was a long road for Tate to even get to the title fight after seemingly being locked in limbo while Ronda Rousey was still reigning as the champion. Rousey had twice defeated Tate and it appeared that her chances of getting another shot were slim to none until Holm snatched the title away from Rousey at UFC 193 last November.

It wasn't an easy road to the title on Saturday night either, as Tate had to endure 20 tough minutes with Holm before finally wrapping up the submission victory late in the fifth round.

"I feel like we had a great game plan," Tate said. "I had to be patient. She's very dangerous. She's capable of catching anyone at any moment. She's a very calculated fighter."

From the start of the fight, Holm looked relaxed in her stance as she used her distance and range to keep Tate on the end of her punches and kicks.

Time and time again, Holm launched a series of kicks to the body and legs before finally launching a head kick toward the end of the round. Tate did a good job blocking the shot while returning fire with a couple of hard punches over the top for her only real offense in the opening round.

It didn't take long after the second round started for Tate to rush forward and land a big double leg takedown to put Holm on the mat with a tremendous thud as they slammed to the ground.

Tate was tenacious in her attacks as she peppered away at Holm with punches and short elbows from inside the half guard of the champion.

Tate was absolutely relentless as she hammered Holm with some hard elbows before transitioning to take her back with just over a minute to go in the round. Tate quickly latched onto the rear naked choke and it looked like the fight might be over, but Holm somehow squirmed until she was able to get free of the submission as the horn finally sounded.

After clearly losing round two, Holm came out composed in the third stanza as she landed some of her best punches of the fight, popping Tate from the outside and then circling away. Tate only tried for one half-hearted takedown attempt, but Holm shrugged her off with ease.

Holm stayed in control with an effective striking attack while Tate mostly played defense as time ticked away.

Tate rushed forward at the start of round four looking to take the fight back to the ground where she clearly had most of her success, but Holm refused to allow her to get a grip on her leg and she quickly took the fight back to the center of the Octagon.

Sensing that the fight was getting away from her, Tate once again tried to grab a takedown, but Holm defended, smashed her head into the mat and fired off a few punches before quickly returning to the feet.

With only five minutes to go, Tate was clearly in desperation mode after only winning the second round and watching Holm get the better of her on the feet in nearly every exchange.

Just when it looked like Holm was going to cruise home to a unanimous decision victory, she made one slip up that allowed Tate to grab onto a body lock before she quickly dragged the fight back to the mat.

Holm did her best to get free of Tate's grip, but before she knew it the former Strikeforce champion was wrapped around her neck, locking up a rear naked choke as the fighters crashed back to the mat.

Tate wrenched up on the choke and within seconds Holm's face turned three different shades of red before she went unconscious and the referee swooped in to stop the fight. The stoppage came at 3:30 in the fifth round.

Tate jumped to her feet in celebration as she was officially crowned the new UFC women's bantamweight champion.

The victory finally put Tate on top of the world as she wins her first UFC championship while handing Holm the first loss of her professional career. Tate will certainly celebrate tonight but it probably won't be long before she's going to be asked about a third fight with Rousey, who is expected to return to action later this year.

Rocky C
03-07-16, 02:00 PM
White: Rousey will face Tate for bantamweight title.

Dana White Says Ronda Rousey Will Face Miesha Tate for the Bantamweight Championship. Dana White Says Ronda Rousey Will Face Miesha Tate for the Bantamweight Championship Dana White Says Ronda Rousey Will Face Miesha Tate for the Bantamweight Championship

Miesha Tate ruined the potential Ronda Rousey/Holly Holm rematch Saturday night.

That's not good news if you're Miesha Tate. Rousey defeated her twice by armbar, and she'll get a chance to do it a third time, according to Dana White.

Hours after UFC 196, White told Bloody Elbow that Tate will defend her Bantamweight title against Rousey, who's hasn't returned to the ring since Holm gave her her first loss.

"I think that Ronda now will now fight Miesha Tate for the title -- that's what's gonna happen," White said. "That's what I said before this fight even happened. Whoever wins tonight will fight Ronda for the title."

Although that rematch is months away, White kicked off the anticipation by saying that he texted Ronda after the match.

She wasn't watching the shocker, but when White told her what happened, she offered a terse response: "Looks like I gotta get back to work."

Rocky C
05-15-16, 05:49 PM

Cris 'Cyborg' smashes Leslie Smith in just 81 seconds

It's been a long time coming but Cris "Cyborg" Justino finally made her UFC debut and she proved why she's often called "the baddest woman on the planet" after she made short work of Leslie Smith in just 81 seconds.

"Cyborg" has widely been considered one of the top women's fighters in the world for nearly a decade, but she typically fights at 145 pounds and the UFC doesn't promote her weight division.

So the UFC moved on with a women's division minus "Cyborg" but her name always loomed large no matter what happened and she always seemed to land in the same sentence with fighters like Ronda Rousey or Miesha Tate.

Now "Cyborg" proved why her debut was such a huge moment after she obliterated Smith in the first round in front of her hometown fans in Curitiba, Brazil in a special catch weight bout at 140 pounds.

It took "Cyborg" just a few seconds after the referee started the fight for her to find her range and start unloading huge, ungodly shots that rattled against Smith's head and midsection.

Smith stuck in the pocket and tried to deliver some counter shots, but "Cyborg" just had too much power and she finally clipped the American with a left hand that rattled her, followed by a right hand that dropped her to the mat.

"Cyborg" pounced on her opponent and landed two more hard shots on the ground before Smith rolled to try and avoid anymore damage.

It was all for naught, however, because "Cyborg" continued her attack and a few seconds later the referee stopped the fight.

The end came at just 1:21 seconds into the first round.

Following the fight, "Cyborg" said that she hopes to fight in the UFC again with more catch weight fights like the one she had against Smith, but also plans to return to Invicta FC where she is the reigning and defending featherweight champion.

"I'm the Invicta champion," "Cyborg said. "I want to defend my belt but I can also fight catch weight in the UFC but I'm the champion."

Rocky C
06-08-16, 09:53 AM
Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson was hospitalized three days prior to reports surfaced about his “dire” health condition. He was subsequently diagnosed with heart failure.

Citing information from the Broward County’s medical examiner’s office, the Sun-Sentinel today reported that the fighter was admitted with severe abdominal pain, shortness of breath and nausea. Doctors found a liver mass and congestive heart failure, advising his family a heart transplant was necessary.

Ferguson was placed on a ventilator in intensive care before he passed away on Monday at the age of 42.

Multiple attempts to reach the Broward County’s medical examiner’s office were unsuccessful. A public records request from MMAjunkie is pending.

One of the world’s best known and most popular fighters, Ferguson’s death shocked the MMA community. He had been scheduled to headline Bellator 158 on July 16 in London, facing James Thompson in a rematch of a 2008 fight that broke ratings records. When he did not attend a press conference in London for the April event, Bellator President Scott Coker said the fighter had become “ill” and doctors “asked him to stay” in the U.S.

In a statement released after Ferguson’s passing, Coker said the promotion is “shocked and saddened by the devastating and untimely loss of Kimbo Slice, a beloved member of the Bellator family.”

An Internet sensation in the late 2000s for his backyard brawl videos, Ferguson was signed by the now-defunct EliteXC promotion. He trained under UFC Hall of Famer Bas Rutten and won his first three fights, including one against Thompson watched by 6.51 million viewers, before a highly publicized upset at the hands of Seth Petruzelli.

After EliteXC’s demise, he signed on to the cast of “The Ultimate Fighter 10,” drawing record ratings for the reality show. Eliminated early on the show’s tournament, he fought twice in the UFC, going 1-1 before his release.

Ferguson (6-2 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) signed with Bellator in June 2015 and again was ratings gold with a knockout of Ken Shamrock watched by 2.3 million people. In February, he bested Dhafir “Dada 5000” Harris by TKO before 2.7 million viewers, but the bout’s result was overturned when he tested positive for a steroid and an elevated T/E ratio. He settled with the overseeing Texas Athletic Commission, receiving a 90-day suspension and the revocation of his fight license in addition to a $2,500 fine.

RIP Kimbo...