UFC Replica Belt Review – 2016 Edition

I recently picked up the new version of the UFC replica belt. This is the 2016 version of the belt.

This updated (2016) version of the title has next generation style 3D plates that range in thickness from 5-7mm with stacked plates as part of the design, reaching a total thickness of 12mm. This makes the new UFC Championship adult size replica belt the thickest UFC replica ever. The simulated leather strap measures 49.75 inches long, and can fit up to a 46 inch waist. The centre logo plate measures 11 inches high, and the belt weighs in at 7.8 pounds.

McGregor’s New Entrance Music – Foggy Dew / I Get Money Remix

Conor McGregor is known making bold statements, and he set the tone yet again at UFC 205 this past weekend in Madison Square Garden with a new entrance song.

“The Notorious One” stuck with his traditional prelude of “The Foggy Dew” by Sinéad O’Connor & The Chieftains, and aptly transitioned into “I Get Money” by 50 Cent.

You can listen to the entire song above.

A Notorious Entrance Song

I’m a big fan of entrance themes songs. I was at UFC Fight Night Dublin in July 2014 to see Conor McGregor decimate Diego Brandao in the first round of their main event clash.

Conor entered to a remix of “Foggy Dew” (by Sinéad O’Connor & the Chieftains) and Hypnotize (by the Notorious B.I.G). He continued to use the song in his fights against Dustin Poirier and Denis Siver.

McGregor will face the reigning, defending, undisputed UFC featherweight champion of the world José Aldo on Saturday July 11th in Las Vegas. I’ll be there to hear him march to the cage to this adrenaline pumping tune.

The songs themselves were pretty easy to come by separately, but I couldn’t find Conor’s catchy version. Who’d have knew a famous Irish ballad would work so well with Biggie’s famous beat.

So, I mixed them up myself and here is the result. Enjoy!

UFC 189 – Press Conference Dublin

The UFC ended their promotional World Tour for UFC 189 today in Dublin.

It was a wild one – the vocal Dublin crowd barely let José Aldo utter a word while Conor McGregor was obviously given a heroes welcome.

Skip to the 9 minute mark to see “The Notorious” grab the Featherweight strap right from under Aldo’s nose!

At 17m30s, young Irish upstart Nate Kelly gets on the mic to announce his future UFC intentions and gets a few digs in at “Junior” along the way.

Well worth a watch folks!

Gracie Breakdown – Rousey v Zingano

If you blinked you probably missed it – Ronda Rousey’s armbar on Cat Zingano was a thing of absolute beauty.

And of course, it gets the Gracie Breakdown treatment from Rener and Ryron – the guys break it down in detail. So if you want to know EXACTLY how “Rowdy” did it, and add the move to your jitz arsenal, click play above.

And just in case you haven’t seen it yet, the fight in all its 12.83 second glory

UFC 184 Payouts & Bonuses

UFC 184 took place last Saturday night with Ronda Rousey beating Cat Zingano in the main event to retain her Bantamweight title. Rousey picked up $130,000 – which isnt bad for 14 seconds worth of work! Zingano took home $100,000 for her part in the loss. Although Rousey’s pay seems unusually low, she will receive an undisclosed amount from PPV sales as well as an extra $50,000 for performance of the night.

The others to receive the bonus were Jake Ellenberger, who choked out veteran Josh Koscheck; Tim Means, who scored a first round TKO victory over Dhiego Lima; and Tony Ferguson, who submitted Gleison Tibau.

Each received $50,000.

A complete list of the UFC 184 salaries, according to the CSAC, can be seen below. As always, these figures do not represent a fighter’s total earnings, as sponsorship money, pay-per-view income, and discretionary post-fight bonuses are not publicly disclosed.

Main Card (Pay-per-view)
Ronda Rousey ($65,000 to show + $65,000 for the win = $130,000) def. Cat Zingano ($100,000)
Holly Holm ($25,000 + $25,000 = $50,000) def. Raquel Pennington ($10,000)
Jake Ellenberger ($68,000 + $68,000 = $136,000) def. Josh Koscheck ($78,000)
Alan Jouban ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000) def. Richard Walsh ($8,000)
Tony Ferguson ($24,000 + $24,000 = $48,000) def. Gleison Tibau ($50,000)

Preliminary Card
Roan Carneiro ($12,000 + $12,000 = $24,000) def. Mark Munoz ($47,000)
Roman Salazar ($8,000) vs. Norifumi Yamamoto ($15,000) ruled a no contest
Tim Means ($17,000 + $17,000 = $34,000) def. Dhiego Lima ($10,000)
Derrick Lewis ($15,000 + $15,000 = $30,000) def. Ruan Potts ($10,000)

Preliminary Card
Valmir Lazaro ($8,000 + $8,000 = $16,000) def. James Krause ($15,000)
Masio Fullen ($8,000 + $8,000 = $16,000) def. Alexander Torres ($8,000

Rousey Finishes Zingano in 12.83 Seconds [VIDEO]

UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey needed only 12.83 seconds to submit “Alpha” Cat Zingano at UFC 184 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Rousey (now 11-0) picked up yet another victory via modified arm-bar/arm-lock, bringing her submission finish total to 9. It .was Zingano’s first ever professional defeat

The result of this fight is sure to set up a long-awaited superfight between “Rowdy” and Invicta Featherweight Champion Cris Cyborg. Cyborg will have a difficult time cutting weight to 135 lbs as Ronda has clearly stated in the past that she is unwilling to move up in weight to make the fight happen.

Joe Rogan spoke to Ronda and Cat in the Octagon after the fight.

Lesnar Attends UFC 184

Former UFC Heavyweight Champion and current WWE World Heavyweight Champion, Brock Lesnar stopped by UFC 184 in Los Angeles.

Brock, seen chatting to UFC president Dana White (pic: @Sholler_UFC) has certainly added more fuel to the fire with speculation rife lately regarding where he will end up next April. We covered Brock’s potential future in detail earlier this week.

Lesnar has pulled this stunt before. Back at UFC 164 in December 2013, it was leaked that Brock would be attending to discuss a potential UFC return. Lesnar wasn’t seen on screen, but shortly after it was revealed that Brock signed a new deal with the WWE and he went on to end the Undertaker’s infamous Wrestlemania streak 4 months later.

In all likelihood, the Beast will extend his WWE deal. It’s far too comfortable for him; with minimal travelling, minimal work and plenty of cash.

Brock Lesnar is playing “The Game”. In more ways than one.