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.
Per NSAC, Ronda Rousey's disclosed fight purse tonight is $3 million. No win bonus. Amanda Nunes is $100k/$100k.
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) December 31, 2016
Even though Nunes is being underpaid by a vast margin, she will receive a pay-per-view bonus.
Worth noting on main event salaries, Dana White stated Amanda Nunes is receiving a PPV bonus.
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) December 31, 2016
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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.
Stephanie McMahon was prepared for the CM Punk chants tonightpic.twitter.com/hrm5XCUcQ6
— MMA GIFS (@mma_gifs_) December 27, 2016
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.
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:
I am pleased to announce that I am running for Mayor of Houston. pic.twitter.com/cWI8LiHzOH
— Booker T. Huffman (@BookerT5x) December 13, 2016
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.
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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:
— Ryan Love (@y2pa) December 6, 2016
Now that is how you celebrate a punt. How will King answer?
The chatter over Ronda Rousey’s behavior at a UFC 205 staredown still has not stopped.
Rousey is set to face Amanda Nunes on Dec. 30 for her first fight in over a year. The two fighters met on stage at a UFC 205 pre-fight event for a staredown/face-off to give the media photo opportunities, but Rousey ended up storming off the stage afterwards while UFC commentator Joe Rogan began interviewing Nunes.
UFC boss Dana White later defended Rousey’s behavior.
“She was never supposed to speak, and neither was Amanda,” said White. “My production guy screwed that up. It made Ronda look bad again – like she just stormed off. They were not supposed to do an interview. They were supposed to go out there and square off, and they were both supposed to walk away.”
Earlier this week, a Twitter user asked MMA Fighting’s Dave Meltzer whether it was true that Rousey was upset and had to be consoled after the incident with Nunes. He said it was.
@davemeltzerWON any truth to the reports that Ronda was upset & had to be consoled after a face off in NY? If true, she's done.
— CD (@codoll53) November 23, 2016
— Dave Meltzer (@davemeltzerWON) November 23, 2016
Whether you believe what White said or not, it sure looked like Rousey was upset that Nunes was introduced as the champion and interviewed first. Rousey was devastated after her loss to Holly Holm in her last fight and has taken over a year to get back into the cage. She’s also already talking about retiring soon after the Nunes fight. The loss to Holm seemed to truly affect Rousey’s psyche, who previously seemed invincible.
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Conor McGregor isn’t exactly looking to change sports, but he is open to entertaining offers from the WWE.
McGregor became the first UFC fighter to hold championships in two weight classes simultaneously when he defeated Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 earlier this month. After that bout, McGregor announced he is going to take some time off and UFC president Dana White said the earliest Conor will fight again is May. So what about a WWE appearance in the meantime?
“I think it’s all about business, man,” McGregor’s agent, Audie Attar, said in an appearance on ESPN’s 5ive Rounds podcast Tuesday. “If [WWE] is going to come with an offer, we are willing to entertain it. We are here. Have their people call his people — which is me. We can have a conversation.”
WWE executive and 14-time champion Triple H was at UFC 205 to watch McGregor beat Alvarez, and he told the Daily Telegraph that he would love to see McGregor in the WWE.
“He could come over, he’s got it all, man,” Triple H said. “He’s got the personality, the skills, the talk. He’s an entertainer, for sure.”
For what it’s worth, McGregor was highly critical of Brock Lesnar and other WWE wrestlers several months ago.
“I haven’t really thought about it,” McGregor said. “For the most part, those WWE guys are p—ies, to be honest. They are master p—ies, if you ask me. I mean, full credit to Brock, he got into a fight. But at the end of the day, he’s juiced up to his f—ing eyeballs. How can I respect that?’
One thing we know is that McGregor is a smart businessman. He has also said in the past that he respects Vince McMahon, and he even paid tribute to the WWE boss once when he stepped into the Octagon for a fight.
As Attar said, he’ll have to talk to his friend Benjamin Franklin and see if he can convince McGregor that a WWE appearance is a good option.
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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.
— Ric Flair® (@RicFlairNatrBoy) November 8, 2016
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.
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.
- Ric Flair