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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Wrestling

Ric Flair voted for himself in presidential election

Ric Flair

Wrestling legend Ric Flair and Atlanta rapper Waka Flocka Flame announced last month that they are teaming up for a presidential run, and they followed through with the commitment on election day Tuesday.

Flair shared a photo of his ballot on Twitter, which is actually illegal. Nevertheless, it proved that he wrote himself in for United States President.

Flair also shared an entertaining graphic on Instagram that claimed he has a huge lead in the polls over both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

WOOOOO!

A photo posted by Ric Flair® Nature Boy® (@ricflairnatureboy) on

Make no mistake about it — there will be other Americans who vote for Flair and Flame. The duo launched a website last month that has been selling merchandise for their “campaign,” so you know at least a few people have latched onto that.

Unfortunately, Flair cannot count on votes from Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, who have supposedly already endorsed another candidate. Hang in there, Nature Boy. We’re pulling for you.

Ronda Rousey will retire not long after Amanda Nunes fight

Ronda-Rousey

Ronda Rousey is looking to reclaim her UFC bantamweight championship belt when she fights Amanda Nunes in December, and it would not be a surprise if Rousey retires after the bout one way or another.

In a recent appearance on “Ellen,” Rousey revealed that she is not planning to fight for much longer.

“Not that long — I’m wrapping it up,” she said when asked how much longer her MMA career will last. “This is definitely one of my last fights. The show can’t go on forever.”

Rousey may have felt differently before she lost to Holly Holm over a year ago, but we all know how important her undefeated record was to her. While the 29-year-old hardly ever admitted weakness in the past, she now says preparing for a fight takes a lot out of her.

“I think it’s definitely the buildup that’s more tiring than anything else,” said Rousey. “If we had a fight right now, I’d go fight right now and then get dinner. I wouldn’t really feel tired over it. … It’s that buildup for weeks on end. If it just happened right now, I wouldn’t be nervous at all. It’s the waiting.”

In fairness, Rousey isn’t only contemplating retirement because her undefeated record is no longer intact. She has always been passionate about acting and even has an extremely lofty goal for herself if she takes that career path, so fighting was never her only plan. If Rousey loses to Nunes, it seems like a virtual guarantee that we won’t see her in the Octagon again.

Bill Simmons ripped by WWE’s Sheamus after random jab

Bill Simmons ESPN

Bill Simmons was trying to make a clever joke using a WWE reference on Sunday night, but he picked the wrong wrestler to call out.

Although the Houston Texans came back to beat the Indianapolis Colts in a dramatic overtime win, Simmons felt NBC’s Cris Collinsworth was overselling the quality of the game. That’s when he decided to compare a lousy football game to a WWE match featuring Sheamus.

Simmons was probably surprised to see that Sheamus heard about the dig. And the former heavyweight champion delivered an even better shot of his own.

Simmons should probably stick to defending his favorite boy toy, because he just lost that Twitter battle in a big way.

H/T Barstool Sports

Brock Lesnar having eye meds, foot cream tested as possible source of positive test

Brock Lesnar

Brock Lesnar failed two drug tests prior to his July 9 win over Mark Hunt at UFC 200, and the former heavyweight champion insists he mistakenly ingested the same banned substance twice.

Steven Marrocco of MMA Junkie reports that Lesnar’s camp has requested tests on an eye medication and a foot cream to determine if either substance contains clomiphene, which is an estrogen blocker that increases testosterone levels. Lesnar’s attorney, Howard Jacobs, said in a letter last month that the eye medication came back negative for clomiphene but the foot cream is still being tested.

“We are still investigating this matter (which investigation includes the ongoing testing of products used by Mr. Lesnar prior to the date of the positive test),” Jacobs wrote. “To provide further detail, I am advised that the testing laboratory (Korva Labs) initially tested an eye medication, which was negative for either clomiphene or clomiphene metabolites. Subsequent testing has been conducted on a foot cream; that testing has included three separate extraction attempts, all of which have failed. A fourth extraction attempt is being made by Korva Labs this week.”

The odds of proving Lesnar ingested a banned substance unknowingly are incredibly slim. Jon Jones also tested positive for clomiphene, and there have been some crazy rumors about how he ingested the substance. In the end, both fighters are likely to face some sort of suspension.

Amanda Nunes guarantees victory over Ronda Rousey

Ronda-Rousey

Ronda Rousey is officially making her UFC return at UFC 207 in December to fight Amanda Nunes, and the bantamweight champion doesn’t seem the least bit concerned about Rousey’s reputation.

“I 100 percent am gonna beat Ronda Rousey,” Nunes told TMZ this week. “I’m 200 percent (going to beat Ronda Rousey).”

Nunes went out of her way to compliment Rousey, noting that her upcoming opponent is the most “dominant” fighter in the sport and deserves a title shot despite critics saying Rousey should have to work her way back up to it. However, Nunes says she has trained for Rousey and knows exactly how to beat her.

“I know how we’re gonna beat Ronda Rousey,” Nunes said. “I’ve been training for Ronda Rousey since my first fight in UFC. I come from the same background as Ronda Rousey. I’ve been training Judo my whole career. I understand everything Rousey’s gonna bring that day.

“This is gonna be hard for Ronda because everybody expects her to win. She can’t. She knows that.”

If Rousey does lose, that will probably be the last we see of her in the UFC. We know how much her undefeated streak meant to her, so it will be interesting to see if she can still fight with the same edge she used to. If not — well, we all saw what Nunes did to Miesha Tate over the summer.

Alberto Del Rio reportedly stabbed outside restaurant

Alberto Del Rio black eye

Former WWE heavyweight champion Alberto Del Rio was reportedly stabbed outside a restaurant in Mexico over the weekend.

After Del Rio, whose real name is Alberto Rodriguez, no-showed an event for Mexican wrestling organization AAA, his representative posted a statement on Instagram revealing that the wrestler was assaulted by a man with a knife.

“Mr. Rodriguez (“Alberto El Patron”) shortly after eating a meal before his flight was assaulted by a criminal with a knife outside the restaurant,” the statement read. “Mr. Rodriguez suffered multiple lacerations on his arm and other parts of his body defending against thecriminal as Police were called by witnesses. Mr. Rodriguez received medical attention and went back to the Police Department and was unable to make his flight. Mr. Rodriguez has spoken with the ownership of Lucha Libre AAA World Wide and given them documentation of the incident. Mr. Rodriguez greatly regrets not being there yesterday for his fans in Mexico and promises to everyone he will make this up as soon as possible. Despite the graphic lacerations Mr. Rodriguez will not miss any of his shows for the remainder of the year and is ready to compete this weekend in the UK.”

Some graphic photos showed that Del Rio suffered wounds to his head and arm. You can see the photos below, but beware they may be disturbing:

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Alistair Overeem: Brock Lesnar will never return to UFC

Brock Lesnar

Brock Lesnar failed two drug tests prior to his win over Mark Hunt at UFC 200 and is facing a possible one-year suspension, but the heavyweight said recently he will not rule out fighting in the UFC again.

Alistair Overeem doesn’t see any way that will happen.

Overeem, who beat Lesnar in Brock’s last fight before his recent comeback, was asked by TMZ this week if he believes he could beat Lesnar again. His message was pretty clear.

“I don’t think he’s coming back, first (of all),” Overeem said. “Second, I mean he … never mind.”

It would be hard for Lesnar to return to the Octagon at this point. How would Dana White explain to this guy that he let Brock come back after all that? Even if Lesnar didn’t test positive, there’s a possibility the WWE was only allowing him to return to the UFC for one fight. Now that he is facing a possible one-year ban from mixed martial arts, a return seems even less likely.

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