It’s Olympic judo bronze medalist vs. Olympic wrestling silver medalist as UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey takes on Sara McMann in the UFC 170 main event Saturday night in Las Vegas. Also, No. 4 ranked heavyweight Daniel Cormier makes his light heavyweight debut against short-notice replacement Patrick Cummins. Cormier was originally supposed to fight Rashad Evans but a last minute injury forced “Suga” to withdraw, and instead of scrapping the fight altogether, the UFC found a relatively unknown opponent Cormier has a history with.
It’s Olympic medalist vs. Olympic medalist this weekend at UFC 170 as UFC women’s bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey puts her title on the line against undefeated Sara McMann in the main event. Can McMann’s wrestling and grappling stop the takedowns of Rousey and prevent the inevitable armbar that she has defeated all her previous opponents with? If so, then who has the better stand-up game? It’s an interesting match-up that will be settled this Saturday. Take a look at this video preview…
Marina Shafir just won her fifth MMA fight as an amateur. This past Sunday night Shafir submitted Nicole Upshaw at “University of MMA: Fight Night 5” at Club Nokia in Los Angeles. Shafir is the reigning Tuff-N-Uff featherweight champion, and like her best friend Ronda Rousey before her, has been submitting all her opponents in the first round — actually, most of them within the first minute. This last win took her 1:53, but who’s counting.
UFC women’s bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey discusses her upcoming UFC 170 bout with Sara McMann during a media scrum held Monday in L.A. Rousey talks about fighting so soon after her recent win over Miesha Tate, facing a fellow Olympian, her loyalty to her coach Edmond Tarverdyan, living with her fellow Four Horsewomen and her upcoming movie projects. Enjoy.
It was first reported on Wednesday that TUF 18 winner Julianna Pena would have to withdraw from her UFC 171 bout against Jessica Andrade due to a knee injury suffered in training. At today’s UFC 169 pre-fight media scrum White explained why he advised Pena to “leave that gym now” as he recounted the story as it was told to him immediately after the incident by the “Venezuelan Vixen” herself.