It was a day to remember for the Ultimate Fighting Championship and fight fans.
Reebok announced a partnership with UFC womens bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and lightweight champion Jon Jones today.
Phil “CM Punk” Brooks announced on the UFC 181 pay-per-view that he will debut in the company in 2015.
#1 Carla Esparza – #3 Tecia Torres. #2 Joanne Calderwood – #7 Rose Namajunas.
What are the odds of a Team Melendez member winning this thing?
Pretty high actually, after last night.
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Andrews: Torres utilized good takedown defence to keep the fight on the feet for the first half of the round, but was unable to land much.
Meanwhile, Esparza kept trying and did get the fight to the ground twice. Tough break for Torres, who could have stolen the round if not for the takedowns.
In the second round, Torres landed more strikes on the feet and used good takedown defence again. But Esparza keeps driving through and works the ground game.
Carla Esparza wins via majority decision.
Calderwood vs Namjunas. Now this was the fight I thought would be the fight of the series. Both fierce and aggressive. Namajunas said before the fight she had more tools to beat JoJo and she was right.
An impressive kimura submission in the second round after a back-and-forth affair.
Rose has to be the favourite to win the whole thing, which would certainly save Team Melendez a lot of face after losing the series so lopsidedly.
Next week, it’s #7 Namajunas vs #14 Canadian Randa Markos and #4 Jessica Penne vs #1 Carla Esparza.
Should be a dandy.
The finalists meet December 12th on the TUF 20 Finale show.
The UFC announced a long term comprehensive deal with shoe and clothing manufacturer Reebok today.
UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks defends against #1 contender Robbie Lawler in a rematch from UFC 171.
Hendricks or Lawler? Check out Countdown to UFC 181 and vote on the main event below.
Great Britain native Densign White was announced Wednesday as the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) chief executive officer (CEO)l
The 52-year-old White had a decorated MMA career, with over four decades of judo experience. He competed in the Olympics three tines, medalled in the World Championships and was a five-time European medallist and Commonwealth champion.
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“Densign White brings invaluable experience from his previous administration of an Olympic martial art, and the IMMAF board believes that he is the best candidate to carry the organization through the next phase of its journey,” IMMAF President Bertrand Amoussou said.
“I speak on behalf of the whole board in saying we are very proud to welcome Densign White to the IMMAF helm, and we look forward to successful years ahead for the sport under his leadership.”
“I am delighted to be joining IMMAF at this exciting and challenging time in its evolution, and I want to thank the board for giving me this opportunity,” White added. “The growth of MMA globally has been extraordinary, but with that comes greater responsibility for IMMAF as the leading International Federation for the sport. Over the coming weeks and months IMMAF will raise its game in terms of governance, education for coaches and officials and implement a new global programme of world class competitions.
“This project will require a lot of work from me, the board, our members and volunteers. With this combined effort I am confident that this organization will achieve success beyond and above all expectations”
White pursued an sports administrative career near the end of his competing years, serving eleven years as the Chairman of the British Judo Association, from 2001 to 2012.
He also spent two years as an executive member of the British Olympic Association.
The IMMAF was established in 2012 by the MMA community with goals to protect, regulate, and foster the development and recognition of the sport on all levels.