It always goes without saying, but Ronda Rousey isn't exactly one for keeping a low profile. Fellow Olympic medalist Sara McMann hit the nail on the head recently when she said of the Strikeforce darling, "When she wants it, she gets it." And as you all know, Rousey wants Cris Cyborg.
Well, maybe that's not entirely true. Rousey wants to fight Cyborg and cash-in on a monster payday, sure. But Rousey wants fight Cyborg on her terms, at 135 pounds, and she's made no secret about it. In fact, in recent a interview with Sherdog Radio, Rousey admitted she could easily bulk back up to featherweight and meet Cyborg there. But for her, that's not the point.
"I could [fight at 145]," Rousey admitted to Sherdog radio. "But I'm choosing not to. Because honestly, I don't trust any of the drug testing. I've been doing this a very, very long time and I was in the Olympics with the most stringent drug testing in the world. You know a lot of those people are doping. There's new advances in drug testing every single year because people find new ways to cheat. The only way I can really feel like it would be a fair fight is if it's down at 135. If she's doped to the gills and making 145, it's not really that far-fetched for me to think that someone not on steroids could move down a division."
Regardless of what you think of her, it's hard not to give credit to Rousey for her persistence keeping this fight afloat in the headlines, even if this argument obviously isn't getting resolved anytime soon. Yes, it gets tiresome. But it's the first lesson of Fight Promotion 101.
Of course, Cyborg's stance hasn't budged much in recent weeks. She claims doctors warned her that a drop in weight would be disastrous for her health. To that, Rousey had just one response.
"Is this the same doctor that was giving you the steroids? What do you think he tells his other girls when you're pumped full of roids, pummeling them in the face? It just sounds so hypocritical to me. I can't stand it."
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Rousey explains reluctance to fight at 145. Speaking to Sherdog Radio, Strikeforce women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey said she could fight Cris Cyborg at 145 pounds, but she won't because, "honestly, I don't trust any of the drug testing."
UFC fighter cuts. Four UFC fighters -- Michihiro Omigawa, Eiji Mitsuoka, Tommy Hayden and Walel Watson -- were released from the promotion earlier this week.
Top-ranked boxer Cruz announces he is gay. No. 4 ranked WBO featherweight and former Olympian Orlando Cruz publicly announced he is gay on Wednesday night, issuing a statement that read, "I want to be true to myself. I want to try to be the best role model I can be for kids who might look into boxing as a sport and a professional career. I have and will always be a proud Puerto Rican. I have always been and always will be a proud gay man."
Zuffa, Bellator continue 'matching rights' feud. In light of recent outrage over Bellator's contract practices, Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney issued a challenge to his Zuffa rivals: "If the UFC will do away with the section of their agreement that allows them to release a fighter and then retain the right to match, we will immediately do the same."
Dodson vs. Formiga is for No. 1 contender. UFC on FX 5's John Dodson vs. Jussier Formiga 125-pound main card clash will determine the next challenger to Demetrious Johnson's flyweight title.
Nam signs with WSOF. A lengthy contract dispute with Bellator finally behind him, bantamweight prospect Tyson Nam inked an exclusive four-fight contract with World Series of Fighting. Nam is expected to fight the winner of Miguel Torres vs. Marlon Moraes at WSOF 2 in January.
Let's not forget, we're one week away from this guy being back in our lives. A year without Big Nog just didn't seem right.
What would any self-respecting Morning Report be without a outrageous appearance from Russia?
Just further evidence that Bas Rutten can make anything entertaining.
I wouldn't say I'm scared of cockroaches or spiders. More like I just feel compelled to destroy them whenever they cross my line of sight. Apparently, that's one-up I've got on a few grown men that get punched in the face for a living. So, that's something. (For all you international readers out there, if this video is geo-blocked, this might help.)
The internet really is a magical place.
Check out this gif of Ari Santos knocking out Robert Fonseca at last weekend's Jungle Fight event. This poor guy got destroyed by two spectacular moves in a span of five seconds. Talk about a tough day.
BJ VS. RORY
Rory MacDonald (@rory_macdonald) October 1, 2012
@bjpenndotcom do u meen knockin back quarter pounders? Who r u kidding, certainly not yourself ?— Rory MacDonald (@rory_macdonald) October 2, 2012
@bjpenndotcom i didnt think it was possible but somehow u made yourself even less of a threat— Rory MacDonald (@rory_macdonald) October 2, 2012
@georgesstpierre dont count the days make the days count have a safe and good training camp friend— Vitor Belfort (@vitorbelfort) October 3, 2012
Being home and done with work for a while has never felt better. So glad to be drama free— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) October 4, 2012
GRIFFIN BONNAR? HAVE TO ADMIT, IT HAS A GOOD RING TO IT
Thoughts? "The American Psycho" and his better half are considering naming their child 'Griffin' fb.me/1w23IMP43— Stephan Bonnar (@StephanBonnar) October 2, 2012
Announced yesterday (Wednesday, October 3, 2012):
FANPOST OF THE DAY
Today's FPotD is our first featured FanPost from the MMA Fighting community, and it comes from youngsteve: On the inevitability of aging and the temptation of TRT
It's a day every fighter knows is coming. One morning he'll wake up and notice he's a step off: suddenly takedowns he could formerly complete with ease are being stuffed, his punches come a fraction of a second later than intended, strikes he once was able to dodge are now finding a home square on his temple with alarming regularity, and the long, grueling training sessions that mark the life of a fighter seem harder to recover from than ever before. In the end no fighter, even the most superlatively talented, proves to be a match for Father Time.
Admitting this simple fact - that the human body naturally slows down as we age - has proven to be something of a problem for fighters over the years. Perhaps this shouldn't come as a surprise. It takes a special breed to believe that locking oneself in a cage with an opponent who wants to inflict bodily harm on you is not only a good idea, but a reasonable career choice. Fighters generally aren't the passive types who go gentle into that good night, even when their bodies are screaming at them to retire.
For one thing, the competitive drive that makes one want to take up fighting in the first place leads to a mindset wherein the fighter is perpetually chasing the dragon of victory. What's more, most fighters have spent their entire adult lives fighting; it defines them. How does one adjust to normal life after experiencing the incomparable rush of competing in front of a cheering audience? Perhaps most importantly, an adulthood spent in training camps has left most fighters with few career options after they can no longer earn their daily bread handing out beatdowns. Some might get into coaching after retirement, but very few will be able to make the kind of money they can fighting.
So when that fateful day finally arrives and Father Time is standing across the cage with bad intentions on his mind, is it any wonder some fighters are desperate enough to turn to artificial enhancement in form of testosterone replacement therapy in hopes of fending him off? And make no mistake about it, for all the descriptions of it as a benign "medicine" by Chael Sonnen and other fighters who use it, TRT is artificial enhancement. A normal 35 year old man shouldn't have the testosterone level of a 22 year old. Taking injections of synthetic testosterone may be a legal and entirely valid medical procedure in this country, but it also raises serious ethical questions when a highly skilled martial artist who makes a living punching people in the face takes shots of a hormone that enhances his job performance.
Like, for instance, does a fighter have a right to keep fighting when he feels he can no longer perform at a high level without injecting synthetic hormones? Putting aside the spurious medicinal necessity of these exemptions, does it create an uneven playing field when veteran fighters are allowed to artificially raise their testosterone level to equal that of a 23 year old rookie? What message does it send when the UFC allows therapeutic use exemptions while the NFL, NBA, and MLB all forbid them? Ultimately who bears the onus of responsibility here: state athletic commissions, the UFC, fighters, fans, or all of the above?
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