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Ronda Rousey KOs Sara McMann with knee to midsection (GIF)

Ronda Rousey beat Sara McMann at UFC 170 on Saturday night in Las Vegas. Rousey winning was not at all a surprise, but there was one shocker with the outcome: she did not win via armbar for the first time in her pro fighting career.

Instead, Rousey caught McMann with a devastating knee to the midsection in the first round that caused McMann to go down. Rousey jumped in for a few punches to finish off McMann, and referee Herb Dean stepped in to call the fight.

Though McMann was disappointed with the stoppage, she said after the fight that she understood Dean’s decision to step in and call it.

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Ronda Rousey responds to Jon Jones about promotional help

Ronda RouseyRonda Rousey on Wednesday responded to Jon Jones‘ comments that she gets more of a promotional push from the UFC than he does by saying that she’s owed some of the help.

Jones said last week that he has disagreements with the UFC and he wondered if that plays a role in him not receiving the same kind of promotion from the organization as Rousey receives. Rousey seemed to take that comment personally.

“I feel like, I’m owed a little bit of help, damnit,” Rousey said on a conference call Wednesday to promote her title fight with Sara McMann, according to MMA Fighting. MMA Fighting says Ronda said her comment with a laugh that seemed half-joking, half-serious.

“I had to do so much to get to this, I’m not going to complain about it.”

Rousey is exactly right. The UFC didn’t have women fighting in the organization until her amazing performances and trash talking convinced Dana White to create a women’s division in 2012. It was all through her talent, hard work and promotional efforts. She’s been a pioneer and did a lot of the work on her own before the UFC supported her. She absolutely deserves the push.

Rousey also gets a push from the UFC because she’s a unique talent and has the ability to reach different audiences from Jones. She appeals to a broader array of people and has the unique ability to introduce more fans to the sport. She’s probably the most marketable fighter in the organization especially with GSP and Anderson Silva out, so it makes sense for them to capitalize on her. Also, the UFC can’t waste any time with her knowing that she has thought about walking away from the sport to act in movies.

Maybe Jones doesn’t receive the same push that Rousey does, and maybe that’s partially because he can be uncooperative. But he has been marketed plenty by them. He was sponsored by the UFC, he’s sponsored by Nike and he’s been in a Bud Light commercial with Dana White. Tell me he hasn’t had his moments as the UFC’s favorite.

Thiago Silva’s wife says he has a cocaine problem

thiago-silvaThiago Silva currently remains in a Florida jail without bond after he was arrested for going ballistic and allegedly pulling a gun on his wife last week. A judge ruled that Silva’s history of domestic violence and his MMA training make him a danger to his wife and others. According to Silva’s wife Thaysa, most of his erratic behavior is fueled by his cocaine problem.

“The problem was cocaine. He always thinks he’s above the law,” Thaysa told a Brazilian media outlet, via TMZ Sports. “He had the cocaine paranoia.”

Silva’s attorney told TMZ that the claims are “not justified” and said no cocaine was found anywhere on the scene where Thiago was arrested or in his home.

In addition, Thaysa claims her marriage to Thiago was over back in 2012 but that she was always too afraid to go to the police when he allegedly abused her.

“My marriage was over in December of 2012,” she said. “In our relationship, I had to deal with the imbalance and aggressions. But I never went to talk to the police because I fear the reactions. Even after I was assaulted, I did not speak.”

Silva’s most recent incident reportedly stemmed from his suspicion that Thaysa was having an affair with a well-known martial arts instructor in Florida. Last month, he allegedly pointed a gun at her head for the same reason.

Silva obviously has some serious anger issues, though we don’t know if those stem from drug use or not. Given the way he has acted, I personally would not be surprised.

Jon Jones implies UFC is spending too much time pushing Ronda Rousey

Jon JonesRonda Rousey is one of the most marketable faces in mixed martial arts. She’s a woman, she’s attractive, and she has dominated the UFC since becoming the first female fighter to sign with the organization in 2012. Dana White loves promoting her and for good reason, but does Jon Jones think too much time is being spent on it?

Jones is scheduled to defend his light heavyweight championship for the seventh time against Glover Teixeira at UFC 172 on April 26. Rousey will defend her title against Sara McMann at UFC 170 on Feb. 22. Jones feels that Rousey’s fight is receiving more attention, and he’s not surprised by it.

“We don’t always see eye-to-eye with the UFC, so I don’t know if they are always necessarily pushing me and whether that’s a smart idea on their end or not. Who knows?” Jones told Bloody Elbow last week. “I do know that they are pushing Ronda Rousey really hard, and she’s gotten a lot of great opportunities. I don’t know what they’re going to do, but I’m pushing myself all the time so, I’m not really worried.”

Jones recently said he wants to fight Cain Velasquez or schedule some sort of “superfight” sooner rather than later. When Dan Henderson pulled out of his fight against Jones before UFC 151 because of injury, Jones refused to fight Chael Sonnen as a replacement. That would have been a huge draw, and his refusal infuriated Dana White. Sonnen later admitted that he and Henderson set Jones up.

The man they call “Bones” also angered White when he wrecked his car in a DUI back in May 2012. He was once hand-picked as the fighter UFC wanted to market the most, and that seems to have cooled off a bit. Jones thinks that is because he is different from old school fighters.

“I know that I’m a lot different from some of the guys from the past,” he explained. “Guys like Chuck Liddell, and guys like Matt Hughes that would just get up and do anything, anytime, and never voice their opinion. I’m trying to change a lot of things in the game — making sure the fighters are being respected, making sure our own brands are being respected, things like that. We just don’t always see eye-to-eye on everything. Either way it works out.”

Jones is 19-1 and is one of the UFC’s best fighters. He is still a huge draw, so he will be marketed plenty. That said, Rousey is defending her title just two months after her last fight. Jones’ pickiness almost certainly discourages White and company on some level.

H/T Yahoo! Sports 

Thiago Silva arrested after allegedly pulling gun on wife

thiago-silvaUFC fighter Thiago Silva was arrested on Thursday night after he allegedly went ballistic and accused his wife of having an affair. The light heavyweight reportedly drove to a jiu-jitsu school and threatened people before barricading himself in his home, where the SWAT team was called upon to get him to surrender.

According to a police report obtained by TMZ, Silva drove to a martial arts school owned by well-known instructor Pablo Popovitch in Broward County, Fla. He allegedly suspected his wife was having an affair with Popovitch, so he drove her to the training center and demanded that she bring Popovitch outside.

Silva allegedly pulled a gun on his wife and pointed it at her, telling her, “You have ten seconds to bring Pablo outside and if he does not come out, I will go in the gym and start shooting everyone.”Popovitch reportedly came running out of his gym to protect Silva’s wife, at which point Silva is said to have threatened both his wife and Popovitch.

Pablo then ran inside to call 911, which is when Silva retreated to his home. The incident began at around 8 p.m., and Silva finally surrendered to SWAT team members at around 11:15 p.m. TMZ attained a video of Silva in the back of a police car briefly speaking to a reporter.

“She wants my house, she wants my money.” he said. “Just don’t report this. Can you do that for me?”

When he arrived at the police station, Silva flipped reporters off as officers were booking him.

Silva was arrested on charges of attempted murder, aggravated assault and resisting arrest. A judge later threw out the attempted murder charge since Silva did not fire the weapon. The judge said there was probable cause for aggravated assault with a firearm, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and resisting arrest without violence. He is being held without bond.

The arrest was the latest in what has allegedly been a pattern of domestic violence from Silva against his wife. Police say he accused his wife of cheating on him last month and she claimed he pulled out a revolver and shoved it in her mouth. She later obtained a restraining order against him.

Shortly after the story surfaced, Dana White told TMZ that Silva will “never fight in the UFC again.” He has been accused of using performance-enhancing drugs in the past. White has obviously had enough, whether Silva is found guilty of the charges or not.

Georges St-Pierre was experiencing migraines before fights

Georges St-PierreGeorges St-Pierre is on break from the UFC after walking away from the sport following his controversial victory over Johny Hendricks at UFC 167 in November. A number of different reasons were given for him stepping away and vacating the belt.

There were rumors that GSP had impregnated a woman and that his father was sick, but his family denied that. Another issue is that GSP may have had some health concerns he wanted to alleviate.

Fight Hub TV’s Marcos Villegas said he spoke with Freddie Roach, who has trained GSP in boxing, and Roach told him that GSP was experiencing migraines before fights. Migraines obviously vary in severity, but that could be another reason why GSP wanted to step away.

Maybe he had a lot of personal stuff going on. Maybe he was burnt out from all the training and pressure of fighting. But when you’re experiencing migraines, the fear of head injuries and health effects also starts becoming a factor.

Abel Trujillo wins Knockout of the Night for sick KO of Jamie Varner (GIF)

Abel Trujillo knockoutAbel Trujillo took home $125,000 in bonuses for winning Knockout of the Night and Fight of the Night after his awesome knockout of Jamie Varner at UFC 169 on Saturday night. There really was no other choice for the awards.

Would you just look at that right cross? That is textbook. He caught Varner so wide open and just unleashed the power. That was beautiful.

Oh, and we hope Varner is fine. His body went completely limp after that punch and he was definitely out for the count.

Here’s a second angle of the knockout punch:

GIFs via @_MarcusD_ 1, 2