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.

Watch UFC 184’s Weigh-In Live

Watch the official weigh-in for UFC 184: Rousey vs. Zingano, live Friday, February 2. The main event will see reigning Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey defend her title against Cat Zingano.

The co-main event sees Holly Holm make her début versus TUF veteran Raquel Pennington

The full card is below:

Main card
Ronda Rousey vs. Cat Zingano
Raquel Pennington vs. Holly Holm
Jake Ellenberger vs. Josh Koscheck
Alan Jouban vs. Richard walsh
Tony Ferguson vs. Gleison Tibau

Undercard
Mark Munoz vs. Roan Carneiro
Roman Salazar vs. Norifumi Yamamoto
Dhiego Lima vs. Tim Means
Derrick Lewis vs. Ruan Potts

Undercard (UFC Fight Pass)
James Krause vs. Valmir Lazaro
Masio Fullen vs. Alexander Torres

You can watch UFC 184 live on BT Sport from 1am on Saturday night

UFC 184 Embedded Episode 4

On episode four of UFC 184 Embedded, women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and challenger Cat Zingano appear for fans at open workouts. Zingano goes in search of the lightest bikini on the market, then dresses up for what turns out to be an intense staredown against the equally-formal titleholder. Co-main stars Raquel Pennington and Holly Holm also appear at Ultimate Media Day, sharing their thoughts on the importance of the female-topped event. UFC Embedded is an all-access, behind-the-scenes video blog leading up to the UFC 184 Pay-Per-View, taking place Saturday, February 28.

You can watch UFC 184 live on BT Sport from 1am on Saturday night

VIDEO: Ronda Rousey v Alexis Davis

Watch Ronda Rousey’s clash with Alexis Davis from UFC 175 which earned Rousey Knockout of the Year for 2014

UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey will attempt to successfully defend her title against Cat Zingano, at UFC 184 on Saturday.

You can watch UFC 184 live on BT Sport from 1am on Saturday night

NXT – February 25th – Watch Here

We’ve got highlights of last night’s episode of NXT.

This week’s episode features:

The Lucha Dragons vs Tye Dillinger & Jason Jordan
Hideo Itami vs Bull Dempsey
Finn Balór vs The Brian Kendrick
Bayley vs Becky Lynch

You can watch the full show on the WWE Network.

UFC 184 Embedded Episode 3

On episode three of UFC 184 Embedded, women’s bantamweights wrestle with both destiny and population density. Days before her Octagon début, Albuquerque’s Holly Holm ventures from her hometown to Tinseltown. Already in LA, divisional champion Ronda Rousey and title challenger Cat Zingano put on their game faces for photo shoots and promo interviews building up to their championship bout.

UFC Embedded is an all-access, behind-the-scenes video blog leading up to the UFC 184: Rousey vs. Zingano Pay-Per-View event, taking place Saturday, February 28.

You can watch UFC 184 live on BT Sport from 1am on Saturday night

Who is Jose Aldo? – Part 2

In part one we discussed Aldo’s emergence in the WEC and his run that saw him capture the WEC Featherweight title. Once Zuffa absorbed the entire WEC roster in 2011, Aldo became the first UFC Featherweight champion and entered the Octagon with a lot of hype behind him. In part two we’ll run through Jose Aldo’s UFC career to date.

Aldo has gone 7-0 since entering the UFC however one criticism aimed at him has been his lack of finishes compared to his WEC days. Aldo had 8 fights in the WEC and finished all but one of those fights with only Urijah Faber managing to make it to a decision with ‘Junior’. Since signing with the UFC, Aldo has only finished two fights (one of these finishes was due to his opponent dislocating his shoulder. More on that later!) and won the rest by decision. Aldo has not come close to losing one of these fights and has been always been in control but he seems to have lost that killer instinct that he displayed in the WEC. Instead, he now picks apart his opponents from the outside with his superior boxing and Muay Thai skills and cruises his way to a decision victory.

First up for Aldo in the UFC was Canadian Mark Hominick at UFC 129. This event was held at the Rogers Dome in Toronto in front of a sold out crowd of 55,724 which shattered UFC and MMA gate and attendance records in North America. Aldo dominated the first four rounds of the fight and dropped Hominick in round three and four. Aldo faded badly in round five which lead to Hominick landing a takedown on an exhausted Aldo and dominated the remaining moments of the fight. Aldo attributed his stamina issues to a tough weight cut and illness before the fight. Hominick finished up the fight looking like this:

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Kenny Florian dropped down to 145 to face Aldo next. After an even first two rounds Aldo started to pull ahead and ended up winning this fight by a convincing decision to set up a fight with Chad ‘Money’ Mendes in Brazil. Mendes, a two-time NCAA All American wrestler, saw his numerous takedown attempts stuffed by Aldo and felt the full force of his trademark leg kicks. With only seconds left in the round, Aldo spun and caught Mendes flush with a knee as he attempted another takedown to retain his title. In an amazing scene, Aldo celebrated by running out of the Octagon to celebrate with the Brazilian crowd.

Next up for Aldo was a ‘superfight’ against Frank Edgar at UFC 156. Edgar, a former 155 Lighweight champion, dropped down a weight class to face Junior. Aldo won the first three rounds while Edgar took the fourth and fifth to earn a decision victory over ‘The Answer’.  He also managed to hit a spectacular superman punch off the cage to stun Edgar in the closing moments of round five.

Aldo squared off against ‘The Korean Zombie’ Chan Sung Jung at UFC 163. After a lacklustre opening three rounds, TKZ dislocated his shoulder in an exchange with Aldo and the Brazilian pounced on this injury to stop Jung in the fourth for his second “finish” in the UFC. He once again cruised to a unanimous decision over Ricardo Lamas at UFC 169 which set up a rematch with Chad Mendes in Brazil.

Mendes came out strong in the opening round and dropped Aldo early on. Aldo roared back and even hit Mendes with two unanswered punches that rocked him after the bell in one of the best rounds in recent memory. In a fight of the year candidate, Aldo defeated Mendes by unanimous decision with all three judges scoring the bout as 49-46 in favour of the reigning Featherweight champ. Next up for Aldo is none other than Conor McGregor on July 11th in what will be the biggest fight in Featherweight history. We’ll have live coverage of UFC 189 from Las Vegas.

As a bonus, I’ve included Jose Aldo’s top 8 UFC/WEC moments as picked by UFC commentator Joe Rogan:

 

WATCH – Deck.ie Classic Match – Rock v Austin, Wrestlemania X-Seven

 

And in this contest, there will be NOOOOOOO disqualifications!

“WHAT??!!! NO DISQUALIFICATIONS? WHEN WAS THAT ADDED??!!”

Glass smashes, crowd goes bezerk

For this writer anyway, Wrestlemania 17 was THE event. And the main event of THE event was just.. well, it was incredible.

The build up to the match had reached fever pitch by the time Mania rolled into the Astrodome in Texas, and as if you needed reminding, the promo video the WWF ran just before hand summed it up perfectly

 

If that doesn’t make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end, then I don’t know what will.

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The atmosphere was electric and the match was a classic – watch it below. This version has commentary from Stone Cold, which is fascinating. The picture quality isn’t superb, but it’ll do. You can watch the match on the WWE Network by clicking here.

VIDEO: UFC 184 Embedded Episode 2

On the second episode of UFC 184 Embedded, women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey loads up on cardio and inspiration at Glendale Fighting Club. Welterweight Jake Ellenberger also trains there alongside actor Mickey Rourke, while his opponent Josh Koscheck prepares in Fresno for his Octagon return. Outside California, the other participants of UFC 184 — including Rousey’s opponent Cat Zingano, women’s bantamweights Raquel Pennington and Holly Holm — get pumped up and polished for their trips to Los Angeles.

Episode one can be viewed here

You can watch UFC 184 live on BT Sport from 1am on Saturday night

NXT – 5 Years On

WWE NXT celebrated it’s 5th birthday this week, we take a look at episode 1, the original eight Superstar wannabes and their career progression to date.

The show originated as a “reality” TV show, replacing WWE’s ECW reincarnation and aired on Tuesday nights in the US. Eight wrestlers from WWE’s developmental territory FCW were each assigned a WWE “Pro” or mentor. It would be the first time Daniel Bryan, Ryback and Wade Barrett would appear on a global scale. The show itself featured a memorable bout between then World Heavyweight Champion Chris Jericho and Daniel Bryan. Check it out below.

Wade Barrett ending up winning Season 1. All eight were called up to the main roster and given a decent spot in the main event, feuding with John Cena as the rebellious group “Nexus”.

Where are they now?

Daniel Bryan
Originally debuting as the technician with zero personality, the “Yes!” man has since become one of the most over superstars on the roster. DB has picked up numerous titles including the US, Tag and WWE / World Heavyweight Championship. Currently hangs around the main event and is a fan favourite with all demographics.

Wade Barrett / Bad News Barrett
Barrett , now known as Bad News, ended up winning the show. He enjoyed an early push as the leader of the Nexus but since then has dropped to lower-upper mid-card status. He has enjoyed a couple of Intercontinental title reigns and currently holds the second-tier strap.

Skip Sheffield / Ryback
He debuted as the “Cornfed Colossus” Skip Sheffield but was taken off TV following his debut with the Nexus due to injury. He has since transformed to his current persona Ryback and had a main event run with CM Punk back in 2013.

Heath Slater
All round jobber, was once a One Man Band, then a Three Man Band, then a One Man Band again. Then part of Slater Gator then back to the One Man Band again. His most memorable appearance on RAW recently was dressed up as Sting to frighten Triple H. His release could come after Wrestlemania this year.

David Otunga
Probably the worst in-ring worker of the original eight, but has managed to make a decent career for himself. He hasn’t appeared in a WWE ring since Wrestlemania 30, but he’s still employed by the company and mostly attends B.A. Star rallies and other corporate functions.

Justin Gabriel
Decent high flyer who for some reason just couldn’t connect with the audience. His 450-splash was vicious, but wasn’t enough to keep him relevant. He spent the last number of months jobbing and appearing on NXT and was released in early 2015.

Darren Young
Didn’t stand out much in the Nexus. He had his best run as part of the Prime Time Players with Titus O’Neal but they broke up in 2013. He suffered an injury and took the best part of the last 6 months off. He returned last week on RAW and reunited with Titus O’Neal. I remain optimistic.

Michael Tarver
The first of the bunch to bite the bullet. Tarver was released shortly after the Nexus broke up in 2011. He had a menacing look but just didn’t have the “it” factor I guess.

NXT in 2015

NXT is now its own brand. It has replaced FCW as WWE’s developmental zone. It has the benefit of a full-time training facility for up-and-comers and a weekly show on the WWE Network. It’s the hottest brand in the WWE right now, showcasing some of the biggest stars from the independent scenes. It has top class wrestling, great storylines, character development and the best part: no McMahon at the healm.