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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Wrestling

Jimmy Snuka dies – dead at 73

Jimmy Snuka

Wrestling icon Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka has died at the age of 73.

The wrestling Hall of Famer had been battling stomach cancer and succumbed to the disease, his family announced on Sunday.

His daughter, Sarona “Tamina” Snuka, posted this message on Instagram:

I LOVE YOU DAD #FOREVERMYDAD #RestWell #FamiliesAreForever #BestDad #SnukaLegacy

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Snuka passes away just over a week after murder charges for the 1983 death of his then-girlfriend Nancy Argentino were dropped.

Snuka is remembered for his high-flying wrestling style, as well as the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of Argentino.

Ronda Rousey’s home defaced with graffiti

Ronda Rousey

Ronda Rousey has endured a tough couple of weeks, and that rough patch now includes having her home tagged with graffiti.

The Daily Mail published photos on Tuesday of Rousey outside her home in Venice Beach, Calif. One of the photos showed a portion of the exterior of Rousey’s home defaced with graffiti. It’s unclear what the graffiti said.

Rousey, 29, was defeated by Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 in Las Vegas on Dec. 30. It was her second consecutive loss following a 12-0 start to her career.

Rousey took a year off before stepping back into the octagon following her first career defeat. She hasn’t spoken to the media since her loss to Nunes, save for a statement shared with ESPN after it. On Monday she shared a J.K. Rowling quote on Instagram about “rock bottom.”

Ronda Rousey shares quote in cryptic Instagram post

Ronda Rousey

Ronda Rousey’s social media silence is over.

We haven’t heard much from Rousey since her defeat to Amanda Nunes during UFC 207. Other than a prepared statement, she’s been quiet. That changed on Monday.

Rousey, via her Instagram account, shared a quote by J.K. Rowling, author of the “Harry Potter” series.

A photo posted by rondarousey (@rondarousey) on

After winning her first 12 professional MMA fights, Rousey has now lost her last two times in the octagon. The first was a stunning defeat to Holly Holm at UFC 193 in a match Rousey was heavily favored. The most recent loss to Nunes came just 48 seconds into the fight.

In her statement after the Nunes fight, Rousey said she was going to take some time to reflect and think about the future. We will have to wait and see if that includes fighting again.

Amanda Nunes trained harder for Miesha Tate fight than Ronda Rousey fight

Edmon Tarverdyan Amanda Nunes

Amanda Nunes can safely say she is a better fighter than Ronda Rousey after she knocked Rousey out in less than 50 seconds last week, but that is not stopping the UFC women’s bantamweight champion from kicking the former champ while she’s down.

In an interview with TMZ on Wednesday, Nunes said she knew she could beat Rousey since the first time she saw Rousey fight in the UFC. Nunes was then asked directly if she believes Rousey is overrated.

“Yes, for sure,” she replied. “UFC made this happen (by promoting her so heavily). I’ve known I could beat Ronda Rousey since I saw her first fight.”

Perhaps the most insulting thing Nunes said was her revelation that she trained more to fight Miesha Tate than she did to fight Rousey. Assuming that’s true, it says a lot about how Rousey is viewed in terms of being the most dominant female MMA fighter of all time. Then again, we all saw what Nunes did to Tate, so it makes sense that she trained harder for that fight.

Nunes stands nothing to gain by downplaying Rousey’s skills, so she must truly think she is overrated. After she beat a supposedly refocused and determined Rousey in 48 seconds, you can’t really blame her.

Travis Browne threatens MMA fighter Michael Page for mocking Ronda Rousey

Travis Browne

After Holly Holm handed her the first loss of her career, Ronda Rousey credited her boyfriend, fellow MMA fighter Travis Browne, for getting her through a very dark time in her life. It would appear Rousey is getting that same level of support from Browne in the wake of her second loss.

On New Year’s Day, Bellator fighter Michael “Venom” Page joined in with the thousands of others who have been mocking Rousey on social media:

Browne caught wind of the video, and he wasn’t pleased. He threatened Page on Twitter and later deleted it, but Bro Bible captured a screenshot.

Page apparently was not intimidated, because he posted yet another video mocking Rousey a couple days later:

When you get coached by your…………. "FRIENDS" Great advice #headmovement #pivot #shutupshutupshutup @amanda_leoa

A video posted by Michael Page (@michaelvenompage) on

If Browne wants to take on everyone who taunted Rousey over her knockout loss to Amanda Nunes, he’s going to wear himself out. Just look at all the brutal memes we showed you after the fight.

Still, Rousey must appreciate the support. Her MMA career could very well be over, so she’s going to need her boyfriend more than ever now.

Jon Bones Jones wants Ronda Rousey to continue fighting

Jon Jones

There are a lot of questions about Ronda Rousey’s future. Not even the fighter knows what she will do yet, as she said in a statement that she needs time to contemplate matters.

But one person who wants to see Rousey fight again is UFC Light Heavyweight champion Jon Bones Jones.

Jones was asked by a fan on Twitter if he had any advice for Rousey, and he shared some.

Jones also said he thinks Rousey can still beat 90 percent of the division and has a lot of money to make in the UFC. Jones even suggested Rousey join and train with a new MMA team.

Jones, who is 22-1 in his career, hasn’t really endured a soul-shattering loss the way Rousey has first to Holly Holm and then to Amanda Nunes. But he has had plenty of down moments in his career, as he’s been stripped of the title twice — first for a hit and run and then for a failed drug test.

Rousey may feel pretty miserable after losing to Nunes, but most fans don’t want to see her leave the sport on this note. Perhaps she just needs some time to rebuild her confidence and come back to the octagon.

Ronda Rousey will ‘think about the future’ after UFC 207 defeat

Ronda Rousey

Ronda Rousey issued her first public statement since her UFC 207 loss on Saturday, thanking her fans for their support and saying she needs time to consider her future.

Rousey issued a statement to ESPN in which she was noncommittal about her future.

“I want to say thank you to all of my fans who have been there for me in not only the greatest moments but in the most difficult ones,” the statement read, via Ramona Shelburne of ESPN. “Words cannot convey how much your love and support means to me.

“Returning to not just fighting, but winning, was my entire focus this past year. However, sometimes — even when you prepare and give everything you have and want something so badly — it doesn’t work how you planned. I take pride in seeing how far the women’s division has come in the UFC and commend all the other women who have been part of making this possible, including Amanda [Nunes].

“I need to take some time to reflect and think about the future. Thank you for believing in me and understanding.”

The 29-year-old Rousey has now lost two consecutive fights, and despite some claims to the contrary, there was widespread speculation that she wouldn’t fight again after Amanda Nunes defeated her in just 48 seconds. It sounds like she’s going to give a lot of thought to stepping aside.