Logan Paul has found a home with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). 24 hours after WWE confirmed the signing of MMA fighter Valerie Loureda, the powerhouse pro wrestling promotion has continued to shake its roster up with another major signing in You…
Logan Paul has found a home with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). 24 hours after WWE confirmed the signing of MMA fighter Valerie Loureda, the powerhouse pro wrestling promotion has continued to shake its roster up with another major signing in YouTube sensation Logan Paul. Paul revealed the news himself via Instagram on Thursday. According to…
Featherweight prospect Bakhachali Bakhachaliev finished Zharkynbay Zamirbek Uulu with a nasty liver kick at AFC 1. Bakhachaliev and Uulu went toe-to-toe on the AFC 1 main card on Wednesday. The event kicked off the Dagestan, RU-based promotion in an incredible fashion. While Bakhachaliev wasn’t the main attraction of AFC 1, he earned arguably the biggest…
Bakhachaliev, a training partner of UFC up-and-comer Armen Petrosyan, snapped a recent losing skid with the victory. He had enjoyed stints with Fight Nights Global and WLF before getting a shot in the upstart AFC.
A few fights after Bakhachaliev’s finish, Zakarya Kadyrov and Konstantin Cherednichenko battled in the lightweight main event.
What is your reaction to Bakhachali Bakhachaliev’s knockout?
Former UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey has gone into greater detail about what led her to leave MMA for professional wrestling. Rousey is a UFC Hall of Famer who is regarded as one of the biggest superstars in UFC history. She retired following back-to-back losses to Amanda Nunes and Holly Holm but is considered by…
Former UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey has gone into greater detail about what led her to leave MMA for professional wrestling.
Rousey is a UFC Hall of Famer who is regarded as one of the biggest superstars in UFC history. She retired following back-to-back losses to Amanda Nunes and Holly Holm but is considered by many to be one of the greatest fighters of all time.
Rousey signed with WWE for a career in professional wrestling back in 2018, debuting at WrestleMania 34, and has emerged as one of the promotion’s biggest stars. But fans and pundits have wondered why Rousey opted to walk away from the sport so abruptly while she appeared to still be in her physical prime.
Rousey’s retirement had many more layers into it than most realized, as she dealt with the chaos that comes with fame and fortune.
“I think it was difficult [to quit] in both judo and MMA, in that everyone else felt that they wanted more from me,” Rousey explained. “Like, in judo you peak in your mid-20s. I medaled at 21 so I was going to be 25 for the next Olympics. Everyone’s like, ‘Oh, this is it! You’re going to be the first [American woman] to win an Olympic gold!’ And I didn’t want it anymore, and I couldn’t do it for everybody else.
“And I think that’s a mistake that I made with MMA, was when I got to that point where I didn’t want it anymore, I kept doing it for everybody else.” (h/t MMA Fighting)
Rousey, who once dominated the spotlight in the sport, has been relatively quiet since her MMA retirement. She rarely does interviews now and has explained the challenges she dealt with following her infamous loss to Holm.
Rousey: Letting Go Of Needing To Be Understood The “Hardest Part”
Rousey went on to explain the personal change she felt she needed to make as she moved on to the next chapter of her life.
“You’re like a novelty on TV every couple months, whereas that’s your every day and your reality,” Rousey said. “And yeah, I think that setting boundaries with that relationship of everybody else, and not doing things for them and doing things for you, even though you won’t be understood, I think that was the hardest part — letting go of that need of feeling understood, because no one’s ever going to.”
Rousey has recently admitted that she would consider returning to MMA for one name; Gina Carano. She and Carano have teased a potential fight coming to fruition in the future.
Rousey is undoubtedly one of the greatest fighters of all time and her interview with Cormier gave a rare insight into how she handled the latter part of her career in the cage.
What are your thoughts on Ronda Rousey’s comments?
Bellator Women’s Featherweight Champion Cris Cyborg is taking more shots at PFL multi-time champion Kayla Harrison’s strength of schedule. Cyborg and Harrison have been linked to a potential super fight for months. The matchup looked close to coming to fruition after Harrison was cage-side to watch Cyborg’s Bellator title defense at Bellator 271 last November….
Bellator Women’s Featherweight Champion Cris Cyborg is taking more shots at PFL multi-time champion Kayla Harrison’s strength of schedule.
Cyborg and Harrison have been linked to a potential super fight for months. The matchup looked close to coming to fruition after Harrison was cage-side to watch Cyborg’s Bellator title defense at Bellator 271 last November.
After Bellator offered Harrison a lucrative deal, the PFL matched it and she is back in the PFL cage for the 2022 season. But that hasn’t stopped Cyborg and Harrison from taking shots at each other from afar.
Harrison was nominated for a 2022 ESPY Award for ‘Best MMA Fighter’ over Cyborg, prompting Cyborg to question the nomination by pointing out the odds in Harrison’s favor.
Harrison will face MMA veteran Kaitlin Young in the PFL 6 main event this Friday night. She was originally supposed to face former Bellator champ, Julia Budd before Budd suffered an injury in camp.
Young has a wealth of experience, but the experience isn’t enough to impress Cyborg as she pointed out in a recent tweet.
“My last opponent was a 2X World Boxing champion who had won her last 8 out of 10 MMA fights,” Cyborg said. “She’s fighting a woman who is 12-12.”
One criticism of Harrison and her MMA career has been her level of competition. Her last three opponents, including most recently Marina Mokhnatkina, have a combined record of 14-7.
At the moment, Cyborg and Harrison don’t seem to be on a collision course anytime soon. But that hasn’t stopped two of the biggest female athletes on the planet from adding to the buildup of a potential future clash.
What are your thoughts on Cris Cyborg’s jab at Kayla Harrison?
Former UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway is ready to take his rivalry with Alexander Volkanovski to the next level. “Blessed” is set to face the Australian champion for a third time at UFC 276, and Holloway sat down with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto during fight week to discuss the matchup. As merciless as he is in…
Former UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway is ready to take his rivalry with Alexander Volkanovski to the next level.
“Blessed” is set to face the Australian champion for a third time at UFC 276, and Holloway sat down with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto during fight week to discuss the matchup.
As merciless as he is in the cage, Holloway has established himself as one of the sport’s nicer figures outside of it. After ten rounds of fighting with a possible five more on the way, Okamoto couldn’t help but ask if the two featherweights had established any sort of friendship.
The 30-year-old wouldn’t go so far as to say Volkanovski was his friend, but he did take the opportunity to extend a challenge.
“Why not? You know fighting is my part-time job, and I’m a full-time streamer, and I play video games,” Holloway answered. “I heard he plays a little video games, so why not? People been saying I should get him in my lobby on Call of Duty when I play. I play Apex now, though, I don’t know if he plays Apex. We’ll see what happens.”
The Hawaiian spent several years as the UFC’s featherweight king before losing a unanimous decision to Volkanovski in 2019. An immediate rematch ended in a narrow split-decision loss for Holloway, but he’s not about to let an 0-2 record against “The Great” cost him a chance to win elsewhere.
“It is what it is, bro. Whatever goes into the Octagon, I don’t bring no personal — nothing into it. It’s a fight, it’s our job, it’s what we do. You wanna play some games? Let’s play some games. I’ll probably smack you up in that, too. It’s a win-win for me.”
Holloway rebounded from his second loss to the Australian with unanimous decision wins over top contenders Calvin Kattar and Yair Rodriguez. The third fight between “Blessed” and Volkanovski will serve as the co-main event to a middleweight title fight between Israel Adesanya and Jared Cannonier at UFC 276.
While a third win over Holloway is far from a given, Volkanovski has already teased a potential move up to lightweight in the near future.
What do you think of Holloway’s challenge to meet Volkanovski outside of the cage?
A mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter suffered a broken jaw and ruptured ear drum after being attacked by several people at a recent event. Srikant Sekhar, a local New Delhi fighter, was victorious earlier in the night at Matrix Fight Night 9 this past Friday against Sumeet Khade. Later on in the card, he was…
A mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter suffered a broken jaw and ruptured ear drum after being attacked by several people at a recent event.
Srikant Sekhar, a local New Delhi fighter, was victorious earlier in the night at Matrix Fight Night 9 this past Friday against Sumeet Khade.
Later on in the card, he was cageside to cheer on teammate Seth Rosario, when he claims he begun to get harassed by Afghanis in the crowd after calling out Zahor Shah in his post-fight interview earlier in the night.
Sekhar then claims MMA fighter Abdul Azim Badakhshi sucker punched him seconds after he left the arena following Khade’s win. After that, Sekhar says he was assaulted and chased by dozens of people as he tried to leave the venue. Sekhar was later rescued by the police, but claims he was “followed to the hospital that night.”
As a result of the incident, Sekhar claims he suffered a fractured jaw and ruptured eardrum.
“I have plates and screws in my jaw now and it will take a while to be back,” Sekhar said via text message to MMA Fighting. “I’m basically out of work now.”
You can watch footage of the incident below.
Sekhar admits he has filed criminal charges against Badakhshi. Matrix Fight Night also released a statement on the matter, saying “no Afghan fighter will ever feature on an MFN card again” after the “disturbing incident.”
They added “There is no sport like MMA, and any kind of disrespect and hooliganism will not be tolerated by us. I have always said that MFN is a family and as such we will take care of Srikant and look forward to his speedy recovery and return to the cage.”
Sekhar admits he did say “f*ck you” to Afghan fans in the crowd during Khade vs. Shah, which provoked fans to begin throwing objects at him.
“I think they didn’t like me, and at the same time Zahoor was also losing,” Sekhar said. “They couldn’t take it. I ignored that fact and started cheering for Seth as he was getting the finish, and again someone from the crowd threw paper garbage or plastic at me and they were showing middle fingers and looking at me, pointing at me out and mocking me. I got pissed on this bunch and said to them, ‘f*** you,’ and flipped back.
“Then one official caught my hand and was taking me out of cageside. He said, ‘Go out of here, this crowd is getting mad at you,’ and started escorting me out of ringside. I was going out with him and out of nowhere I got sucker punched by Abdul Badakshi from behind. I didn’t even see him coming [and didn’t know] where he was. He hit me twice, and I fell down. As I was on the floor, I saw officials pushing him and covering me up. Then the crowd breaks into the arena and starts stomping me.
“The officials and my teammates tried to protect me and they got beaten in the process. They told me to get away from the crowd. I went out and my teammate told me to run because there were like 70, 80 people running behind me. They were chasing me with bricks and rods for a kilometer. Near the exit there was a cop car. I jumped into he car and they threw bricks on the car and spit on me. They even hit the car. Then the police car somehow escaped the mob, and I was saved.”
What do you make of the incident involving Sekhar? Let us know in the comments section below!