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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Wrestling

Report: Brock Lesnar removed from UFC active roster

Brock Lesnar

Brock Lesnar was reportedly removed from the UFC’s active roster as part of a roster purge on Friday.

A Twitter account called UFC Fighters Info runs a webscript that produces notifications when UFC.com deletes fighters from its roster. Over 40 fighters were marked as deleted Friday. These can be fighters whose contract with the UFC expired, or ones who retired or are no longer competing for the organization for another reason.

The biggest name included in the roster purge is Lesnar, who was one of the company’s biggest stars.

Lesnar, 39, first joined the UFC in 2008 and fought Frank Mir, losing via first-round submission. He bounced back and won two in a row, including a second-round TKO of Randy Couture to become the UFC heavyweight champion. Lesnar successfully defended his title twice in a row before losing consecutive fights, leading him to step away from MMA.

After a four and a half year absence from MMA, Lesnar made a surprising return to the octagon in July to face Mark Hunt. Lesnar did not have to go through all the drug testing that is typical for a fighter to get cleared to re-join the UFC. He ended up testing positive for PEDs before and on the day of the fight.

Lesnar is currently serving a one-year suspension from the Nevada State Athletic Commission stemming from his positive drug tests. The suspension is set to end in July.

In addition to Lesnar, Tim Kennedy is another notable fighter who was removed from the roster. Kennedy announced his retirement last month.

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Dana White thinks Ronda Rousey will not fight again

Ronda Rousey

Dana White previously said after Ronda Rousey lost to Amanda Nunes last month that he thought Rousey would fight again, but now he thinks otherwise.

Appearing on the UFC.com’s “UFC Unfiltered” podcast, White said based on his conversation with Rousey, he thinks she is done fighting.

“Her spirits are good and she’s doing her own thing,” White said, via SI. “In the conversation I had with her, if I had to say right here, right now — and I don’t like saying right here, right now because it’s up to her, it’s her thing — but I wouldn’t say she fights again. I think she’s probably done. I think she’s going to ride off in the sunset and start living her life outside of fighting.”

Rousey was 12-0 and on top of the sports world until losing to Holly Holm in Nov. 2015. She was so shaken by the defeat it took her over a year to get back to fighting again. Then she lost to Amanda Nunes for her second straight defeat, leading many to say the mystique had worn off.

“It’s not even that I think it was an invincible thing,” White said. “She’s so competitive that her career record meant everything to her and once she lost, she started to say to herself, ‘What the f— am I doing? This is my whole life? This is it? I want to experience doing other things.’ That’s what she started to do. She’s got a lot of money. She’s never going to need money again. Unless you spend money like crazy, you’re not going to need money again when you have that kind of money Ronda has, and she’s not a big spender. She has a cute place down in Venice, California. She’s got some plans, I think she wants to move to a desolate place and do her thing.”

Though Rousey does not owe it to anyone to fight again, it would be nice to see her back in the octagon just so she could go out on a winning note instead of leaving the sport with two straight losses. She’s still a top fighter and should remind fans of that.

Ronda Rousey applies for permit to carry gun

Ronda Rousey

Ronda Rousey was spotted at a Las Vegas gun store on Sunday where she applied for a concealed weapon, according to a report.

TMZ Sports says Rousey and boyfriend Travis Browne were at The Range 702 gun store in Las Vegas on Sunday where Rousey applied for a permit to carry a concealed weapon. She reportedly took a special course required for the permit and did some shooting on the range.

Rousey has kept a low profile since her loss to Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 on Dec. 30. The defeat marked the second straight for Rousey, who is now 12-2.

Rousey has not spoken publicly about her future fighting plans. She posted two weeks ago on her Instagram account about hitting “rock bottom.”

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

A photo posted by SaronaSnuka (@saronasnukawwe) on

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.