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Sunday, December 9, 2018

Wrestling

Audio of trainer Edmond Tarverdyan during Ronda Rousey’s loss

Edmon Tarverdyan Amanda Nunes

Watching Ronda Rousey lose to Amanda Nunes in 48 seconds was difficult for any of the former champion’s fans, but it was even harder for her trainer, Edmond Tarverdyan.

Audio of Tarverdyan’s commentary during Rousey’s UFC 207 loss to Nunes shows the trainer begging Rousey to move her head, hold her hands up and clinch Nunes during the short-lived fight.

Here’s a look at the audio:

At the end of the video, Nunes is seen going over to Tarverdyan to shush him.

You can tell based on the audio clip that Tarverdyan’s strategy was to let Nunes throw punches, as evidenced by his, “make her miss” instructions before the fight. Rousey let Nunes dictate, and once she was hit hard, it was over.

Tarverdyan’s strategy for this fight makes one question his thinking again, just like we did with his strategy for the fight against Holly Holm.

Ronda Rousey mocked on Twitter after knockout loss

Ronda Rousey

What a difference a year makes.

Just 14 months ago, Ronda Rousey was widely considered an inspiring figure for women and beloved athlete in sports. An intimidating presence compared to Mike Tyson, Rousey was a symbol of power, strength and beauty. She had made herself into an icon and role model for females.

And then so much of that crumbled in a matter of two fights.

First Rousey lost to Holly Holm in Nov. 2015 and was so broken up by the loss she had suicidal thoughts and needed over a year before coming back. When she finally did return, she stayed away from doing media events and insisted she was in great shape.

And then the bell rang.

Just like in her loss to Holm, Rousey was completely tagged by Amanda Nunes and lost the fight after being crushed in the stand-up game. Nunes needed just 48 seconds to destroy Rousey and win via TKO.

Afterwards, Rousey was mocked as is custom for the internet. Most of the mocking focused on a brutal photo of Rousey:

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Amanda Nunes: I knew I would beat the s— out of Ronda Rousey

Amanda Nunes

Amanda Nunes knew she was going to beat the crap out of Ronda Rousey, and she did just that.

Nunes retained the UFC women’s bantamweight championship with a devastating victory over Rousey at UFC 207 in Las Vegas on Friday night. The Brazilian fighter came out swinging and destroyed Rousey with a flurry of punches, leading referee Herb Dean to stop the fight after 48 seconds.

After her win, Nunes said that she knew she would “beat the s—” out of Rousey. She delivered on her vision.

Nunes thanked Rousey for what she has done for women’s MMA but said Rousey is done and should go make movies.

One has to wonder whether Rousey will walk away from the sport. She was already talking about retirement even when she was dominating the fight game at 12-0. Now she’s lost two fights in a row — in embarrassing fashion no less — and the mystique seems to have worn off of her.

Will she leave the octagon and go straight to Hollywood? That is a very legitimate question.

Meanwhile, Nunes is now 14-4, has won five fights in a row, and she is the class of the division.

Ronda Rousey getting paid a lot of money for UFC 207

Ronda Rousey

UFC fighters have long complained about not receiving a large enough piece of the pie in the business, but Ronda Rousey certainly is getting paid for her UFC 207 fight on Friday night.

Rousey is set to earn $3 million as her fight purse for UFC 207. Comparatively, her opponent Amanda Nunes is being paid $100,000.

Even though Nunes is being underpaid by a vast margin, she will receive a pay-per-view bonus.

Stephanie McMahon zings CM Punk with UFC blast

Stephanie McMahon

Stephanie McMahon hit CM Punk with a zinger during “RAW” on Monday night.

RAW was held in Punk’s hometown of Chicago on Monday, so fans broke out with a chant of his name. McMahon must have been prepared, because she responded to the fans with a liner mocking Punk’s failed UFC debut in September.

That would be a reference to Punk’s loss to Mickey Gall at UFC 203 in just 2:14. Punk retired from wrestling in 2014 and blasted the WWE.

Wrestler Booker T running for Mayor of Houston in 2019

Booker T

Famous wrestler Booker T is looking to become the latest from his sport to launch a successful career in politics.

Booker T. Huffman Jr. announced on Twitter Tuesday that he is going to run for Mayor of Houston in 2019. The concept first arose on his radio show on Sports Radio 610 in Houston, and after doing some research and serious thinking, he says he plans to seriously pursue the goal.

Take a look at the note he shared on Twitter:

Booker T was inducted into the Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2013. The 51-year-old was especially known for his time in WCW, where he held 21 titles.

Booker T grew up in Houston and even has an armed robbery record there from his time prior to his wrestling career. But he turned his life around completely and became one of the most well-known wrestlers.

Booker T is looking to join Jesse Ventura as a wrestler who was successfully elected to public office.

H/T Black Sports Online

Pat McAfee is the Bad Guy like Razor Ramon

Pat McAfee Colts

Pat McAfee must have gotten tired of seeing Marquette King get all the cool punter headlines, because he did something about it.

After a great punt during “Monday Night Football” between his Colts and the New York Jets, McAfee broke out the Razor Ramon “Bad Guy” intro:

Now that is how you celebrate a punt. How will King answer?