Cain Velasquez, Brock Lesnar and the WWE Wrestlers Who Fought for Real

A buzz went through the crowd last week on SmackDown as a man walked purposefully down the new high-tech ramp to the ring to confront newly crowned WWE Champion Brock Lesnar…

A buzz went through the crowd last week on SmackDown as a man walked purposefully down the new high-tech ramp to the ring to confront newly crowned WWE Champion Brock Lesnar…

Ben Askren Didn’t Want To Pull A Ronda Rousey After Jorge Masvidal Loss

Ben Askren didn’t shy away from the public eye after losing to Jorge Masvidal as he didn’t want to be compared to Ronda Rousey. Back in July, Askren suffered the first loss of his professional mixed martial arts career in record time. &#822…

Ben Askren didn’t shy away from the public eye after losing to Jorge Masvidal as he didn’t want to be compared to Ronda Rousey. Back in July, Askren suffered the first loss of his professional mixed martial arts career in record time. “Funky” was knocked out in five seconds by Masvidal courtesy of a flying […]

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Ben Askren Explains Avoiding Handling First KO Loss Like Ronda Rousey

Ben Askren was the victim of the fastest knockout in UFC history his last time out to the Octagon. “Funky” faced Jorge Masvidal at UFC 239 earlier this summer, eating a flying knee right out the gate that put him down in five seconds. Now, just three months later, Askren is ready to return to […]

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Ben Askren was the victim of the fastest knockout in UFC history his last time out to the Octagon. “Funky” faced Jorge Masvidal at UFC 239 earlier this summer, eating a flying knee right out the gate that put him down in five seconds.

Now, just three months later, Askren is ready to return to action in the headliner of UFC Singapore against Demian Maia – a fellow grappler. It’s a quick turnaround after what many fighters would consider to be an embarrassing loss. However, Askren has handled it all with class since the defeat, immediately commenting on the knockout hours after on Twitter.

Speaking to MMA Fighting recently, Askren explained why he wanted to avoid handling such a loss the way ex-women’s bantamweight queen Ronda Rousey did back in 2015 – seemingly hiding in the shadows for a year after being knocked out by Holly Holm in shocking fashion for her first career defeat.

“I think that’s the worst thing you can do [not address losses],” Askren said. “I mean obviously if you want to point to who did it the worst was Ronda [Rousey].

“I always feel like I want to tell my story the way I want to tell it, and if you hide in the corner, everyone else is going to talk about what you’re going to do. Listen, it happens. It’s part of the sport or even life for that matter. Losses happen. I think the best thing you can do is say, ‘That happened. What am I going to do now?’”

Askren prefers fighters tell their own story and set the record straight, rather than media taking their silence and spinning their own narrative with it. “Funky” believes, had Rousey addressed the loss herself and spoken out more, it would shut all the speculation down.

“I think that lack of candor on her part leads to a lot of speculation from everybody else,” Askren said. “If she sets the record straight, it sort of shuts all that down.”

What do you think about Askren’s comments on not handling his loss like Rousey did?

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Dana White, Ronda Rousey Got $150k To Bail Out Jeremy Stephens In 2012 Arrest

When Jeremy Stephens was arrested in 2012 for an outstanding warrant, his fight with Yves Edwards was in jeopardy. The arrest occurred on the day of the event and so, UFC president Dana White was ready to go the extra mile to bail Stephens out. And according to Chael Sonnen, that involved getting Ronda Rousey […]

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When Jeremy Stephens was arrested in 2012 for an outstanding warrant, his fight with Yves Edwards was in jeopardy.

The arrest occurred on the day of the event and so, UFC president Dana White was ready to go the extra mile to bail Stephens out. And according to Chael Sonnen, that involved getting Ronda Rousey and $150,000 in cash.

“Dana happened to be doing business with Ronda Rousey,” Sonnen said during his ESPN show (via Bloody Elbow). “He takes Ronda Rousey, $150,000 in cash, goes down to the jail to get Jeremy Stephens out. Ronda told me that story herself. She said, ‘Yes, it was Dana and I and $150 grand.’ And guess what? They didn’t let him out.

“But Ariel [Helwani], picture that for a second. First off, where did he get $150 Gs on the spot? And secondly, Dana and Ronda come walking through the door!? It’s probably going to turn some heads, right? I mean, just picture that image, though. ‘Hey, that’s my guy back there, I need him out.’”

Stephens was eventually released and would face Edwards a few months later, albeit in a loss. “Lil’ Heaten” has stayed out of trouble since and has gone on to become a veteran for the promotion.

He headlines UFC Mexico City this Saturday against Yair Rodriguez in what will be his 31st fight for the promotion.

What do you think of Sonnen’s story?

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Ronda Rousey Praises Weili Zhang After 42-Second TKO at UFC Fight Night

Former UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey has been among those to praise Weili Zhang after she won the strawweight title with a 42-second knockout of Jessica Andrade on Saturday…

Former UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey has been among those to praise Weili Zhang after she won the strawweight title with a 42-second knockout of Jessica Andrade on Saturday…

Ronda Rousey Reacts To Weili Zhang’s UFC Strawweight Title Win

Ronda Rousey has heaped praise on Weili Zhang following her history-making victory at UFC Shenzhen. Yesterday (Aug. 31), Zhang challenged Jessica Andrade for the UFC strawweight championship. Zhang didn’t disappoint her home country fans inside t…

Ronda Rousey has heaped praise on Weili Zhang following her history-making victory at UFC Shenzhen. Yesterday (Aug. 31), Zhang challenged Jessica Andrade for the UFC strawweight championship. Zhang didn’t disappoint her home country fans inside the Shenzhen Universiade Sports Centre Arena. Zhang stopped Andrade via TKO in 42 seconds to become the first UFC champion […]

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