UFC womens bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey chatted with Inside MMA’s Ron Kruck after the company’s The Time is Now event.
#6 American Felice Herrig and #14 Canadian Randa Markos get it on tonight in the first quarterfinal TUF 20 matchup.
Markos surprised everyone with a convincing win over the #1 seed Tecia Torres in the first episode.
She will be tested with Herrig, who like use Muay Thai but has a decent ground game.
Can the Canadian pull out another surprise?
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I just received a copy of the new book MMA NOW! – The Stars and Stories of Mixed Martial Arts by Brian Sobie and Adam Segal. It’s an 8.5 x 11 incher – or approximately magazine size.
It tops out at 144 pages. The page size leaves plenty of room for pictures and there are lot’s of ‘em. The book is printed on nice, thick, glossy white paper which really lends itself to these color photographs.
Every page has a least one photo and some have more. That’s not to say that this is a picture book; It’s not. It is chock-full of useful MMA information.
A point worth noting is that it is black print on white paper. This may not sound like a big deal, but a lot of these kinds of photo/info books are white print on a colored or patterned background. That gets tired real fast. I want something that’s easy to read and where the pictures jump off the page. Well, this is it.
The photos are top notch and the photographers are obviously real pros. No phone pics or blurry, noisy amateur shots here. There are a number of different photographers’ work showcased so the photo styles are varied, but all are professionally done.
Along with the photos, there is plenty of information. Almost too much information, as the print is a bit small for my taste, but this is a minor complaint. Every page is full, no filler pages or a lot of white space. The information provides insight into the many facets of MMA, including chapters on history, past legends, current fighters and rising stars. There are various stats on each fighter, but this is not a stat book. There’s plenty of information about the other facets of the sport.
If you’re a dedicated fan of a particular fighter, this book probably won’t tell you more than you already know about your favorite. It will, however, tell you a good deal about all the fighters that you don’t follow so closely.
There’s more to it than just fighters though. Particularly interesting are the chapters on the business and money aspects of the game. There’s even a chapter on general acceptance of MMA and how the internet has changed public perception. I really liked the section on rules. I have been in many pre-fight rules meetings and the rules section is a nice addition. There’s even an index in the back of the book so you can find what you want pretty quickly. This is a nice touch.
The book is easy reading. There are only a few bumps along the way. The writing is well thought out and gives plenty of insight. If I have a complaint, it’s that the book is a bit too pumped in terms of MMA excitement and it seems a like a sell job at times. But there is excitement in the writing and I won’t hold that against them. There’s more than enough positives to this volume that I recommend it as a nice addition to your MMA print library.
UFC 180 was supposed to feature heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez defending his belt against Latin Ultimate Fighter coach and #1 contender Fabricio Werdum (18-5-1) in his home country of Mexico.
It’s fight week!
#1 Tecia Torres and #8 Bec Rawlings hooked it up in Episode 8 of TUF 20 last night.
The flagship of Swedish MMA, light-heavyweight #1 contender Alex “The Mauler” Gustafsson (16-2-0) will take on resurgent star #3 Anthony “Rumble” Johnson (18-4-0) at UFC on FOX 14 January 24th in Stockholm, Sweden.
The bout is expected to take place in front of more than 30,000 fans at the Tele2 Arena, making history as the first major stadium event in Europe and the second in UFC history.
UFC 129, featuring Georges St. Pierre defeating Jake Shields in 2011 was the first UFC stadium event. It took place at the Rogers Centre with over 55,000 fans attending.
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“This is going to be an epic event,” Gustafsson said. “I want more than 30,000 fans to come and witness me win on January 24. Then I’m going to go and get the title! My journey back to the top starts now. ”
Meanwhile, Anthony Johnson has been on a tear, winning eight straight fights, including a vicious TKO over legend Antonio Minotauro Nogueira at UFC on FOX: Lawler vs Brown in July.
“This fight might be on his home turf, but I’m ready to go over to Sweden and prove that I’m the next in the line for the UFC light heavyweight title,” Johnson said. “I’m not intimidated by fighting in front of Alex’s hometown fans. I’m going to go in there and look for the knockout like I do in all of my fights. I can’t wait for this!”
In the co-main event, Dan Henderson (30-12-0) moves down to middleweight to take on Gegard Mousasi (35-5-2).
Tickets are available to the general public beginning November 28th.
As usual, UFC Fight Club members get first dibs beginning Wednesday November 26th at 10am GMT, UFC Newsletter subscribers get pre-access beginning Thursday November 27th at 10am GMT.
The event will be televised live on FOX Sports 1 with prelims starting at 5pm ET/2pm PT.