Cyborg (without steroids) isn't "demolishing" an Olympic-medal-caliber judoka with even basic standup
Again, no one is claiming Rousey would man-handle Cyborg either. It just seems to be the Rousey hater brigade that feels Cyborg would steam roll her.
Most of the fighters Cyborg has steam-rolled were 135 lb fighters who moved to 145 just for the Cyborg fight because Cyborg needed an opponent. And assuming Cyborg was roiding up to even be a 145 lb fighter, it is not beyond reason to call shenanigans on some of those results.
Technique beats raw strength nine times out of ten.
Tonight went a long way into showing Rousey is not just a one tick pony. Before tonight, you could make that case because most of her opponents could not stop her takedowns or technique from the get-go. Carmouche being the strong wrestler was actually able to hold her own, and get Rousey in some bad spots there for a bit, and then even hold off the Arm bar for a decent amount of time. It shows that Rousey is improving as an MMA fighter rather then just a Judo champion who is taking on women who have no frame of reference as to what they are up against.
I was very interested to see how Rousey would handle her first adversity in a fight, and it's hard to claim she didn't pass with flying colors.
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Liz is saying backstage that Ronda bit her during the neck crank to get out of it.
Ronda is saying the crank was across her mouth forcing her mouth piece out.
UFC Post-fight presser should be starting soon.
If a neck crank is across your mouth and your mouth guard is out, then the person applying the crank is forcing the bite on their own forearm. I haven't seen a replay though so I can't say anything for sure.
Just watched the press conference, it was much ado about nothing. Carmouche and Ronda seemed to both know it was just a freak occurrence. It was probably not even Liz making the claim to begin with.
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Tito and Cyborg were being interviewed backstage. Of course Tito was being Tito, saying "we see glaring holes in her game" blah blah blah.....
Dude, get over it, Cyborg had a chance to sign and fight at a catch weight. Could have been her tonight but she didn't want to move down.
Ariel hawany reported Jose Aldo told Dana white he refuses to fight Pettis.
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Dana said he's "really close" to pulling Nick from the GSP fight again. Really, really doesn't want to put feels his hand is being forced.
Dammit man, if that fight falls through again, I'm going to be so let down, and I totally agree re: cyborg/Tito, they're just all talk right now imo
Hate to say this because I'm a Diaz fan, but Nick doesn't want this fight. He knew he was on thin ice with Dana. I'm also sure he's still eaten up by the Condit fight. I think his confidence got shaken in that fight. Anyway, back to Diaz-GSP..
I think it's hard for anyone to see how Nick would beat Georges by anything but a flash TKO and Condit gave St. Pierre a blueprint for beating Diaz. Couple that strategy with a good lay-and-pray? It's only obvious.
If this fight happens I'll be rooting for Nick Diaz 100% but I have to confess that I think his antics are really about fear. If Dana kills the fight, it won't be Nick's fault, right?
Through the heartache and pain. Here I remain, A Skinz fan for life....
I actually ended up missing 157, first PPV I haven't watched in a very long time.
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Sounds like the Nick Diaz thing is smoothed over now:
30:55 and 20:44 Dana talks about it...sounds like Nate is the one pulling shenanigans now.
^ I'm glad they cleared up the Nick Diaz fiasco. Hopefully things go smoothly until fight night. Honestly I won't fully believe Diaz/GSP is happening until they lock the Octagon and Bruce Buffer starts his introductions
MMA Junkie: WANT TO AVOID A PINK SLIP? FIGHT LIKE UFC 157'S MATT GRICE, WHITE SAYS
UFC roster space is at a premium like never before. Jon Fitch – arguably the third greatest welterweight in UFC history – was a high-profile casualty this past week as officials confirmed they'll be trimming their their roster by a hundred or so fighters.
That made for some nervous fighters at Saturday's UFC 157 event, including Matt Grice. But though the fighter lost for the second time in his past three fights (and fell to 2-5 overall in the organization), his job is safe.
That's according to UFC President Dana White, who awarded Grice (16-5 MMA, 2-5 UFC) a $50,000 "Fight of the Night" bonus following his split-decision loss to fellow featherweight Dennis Bermudez (10-3 MMA, 3-1 UFC).
"When these guys came (backstage) after their fight, obviously [Grice] was really upset," White told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "I said, 'That's one of those fights where there's no loser. There is no loser in that fight.'
"When you turn on your TV set and you put down your money or you buy a ticket, that's what you expect to show up and see. As a fight fan, those are the kind of fights you want to watch. And those are the kind of fights where guys won't get cut. It's pretty easy – pretty simple."
Bermudez and Grice's back-and-forth, bloody and brutal affair provided thrilling entertainment on the FX-televised portion of the preliminary card. And that's precisely why fighters such as Grice won't lose roster spots, and that's why every event won't necessarily see a round of contract terminations, White said.
"Listen, the cut thing, when I told you guys we were over 100, that's an absolute fact," he said. "Me and (matchmaker) Joe Silva were talking about this tonight. There's going to be a night where we put on a card where there's going to be 15 guys we cut. And then there's going to be a night where we put on a card where we don't cut any of the losers."
Bermudez, who's now won three straight fights since a three-bout skid that his own job in jeopardy, lauded Grice, who dropped him with a left hook in the first round. Bermudez staged a rally and hit him with dozens of crushing blows, but Grice refused to go down.
"This dude is tough, man," Bermudez said. "I was drilling away, and he wasn't dropping. I was like, 'Man, would you fall down already?'"
Grice is assured another UFC fight, and in this case, a good-looking loss probably means more than a bad win. Still, he's not convinced he didn't deserve the victory.
"I just need to go back and watch it again," he said. "I think it was a really close fight. I've got a lot of respect for Dennis. He's a tough competitor.
"I didn't come away with the W tonight. I'm stoked to get the 'Fight of the Night,' but I'd give it back for a win any day. My goal is to come here and win. The 'Fight of the Night' is a bonus, but I came to win. But hat's off to Dennis."
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