UFC champ Ronda Rousey took some time before she leaves for Bulgaria to film “The Expendables 4″ to take a first look at “The Ultimate Fighter” season 18 premier episode in Boston. Fellow coach Miesha Tate also saw the first episode Thursday as the cast was officially announced. We highly recommend you see our article about the cast for some insight.
The two hour premier will be on Fox Sports 1 September 4.
Some backlash has came from Rousey announcing she would retire in two years to start a family. So much that Rousey has retracted the statement this week and said “she could retire tomorrow or in four years”. UFC President Dana White doesn’t expect Rousey to quit in two years, and told Ariel Helawani Thursday that Rousey will be making more money in the UFC then she will in the movies.
Rousey is on the tail end of her long press tour before she heads to Europe. Highlights include:
- Rousey is this month’s covergirl of Maxim Magazine here in the U.S. You can check out pics here. The magaizne is on newstands now.
- Rousey was featured on ABC’s Nightline this week. You can watch it here
Miesha Tate got a special surprise this week as the UFC gave her a Land Rover for her efforts as a coach on “The Ultimate Fighter”.
Amber Stautzenberger will be back in action November 9th as she will make the trip to Hawaii to fight Caroline Correia at Global Warrior Challenge 2: “USA vs Brazil”. Stautzenberger (3-1) has won three straight, including a unanimous decision win over top prospect Glena Avila this past spring. Correia (1-1) is coming off a TKO loss this past spring.
No word on if the fight will be streamed.
Tiff-a-Tat productions made a tribute video featureing female California based fighters. You can watch the video here.
Middleasy found a video of a girl KOing another in a karate match using a somersault kick. You can watch the video here.
This Sunday on the podcast, we will have Roya Darvishian, who is set for a rematch with Jen Lopez in the main event at EFC in Atlantic City, NJ August 24. The fight will main event the card, which will stream on GoFightLive.tv for $10.
We will talk to Darvishian about her blooming amateur career.
Word is getting around that Invicta is asking Cyborg Justino to move up to 155 for her next match. There is a growing division at lightweight, and the promotion would find her more competitive matches at that weight. Her next fight will be the last on her contract. Justino is hoping to fight on their next card (which is now rumored to be in November) but we are thinking she won’t be back in action at Invicta until 2014.
Speaking of InvictaFC 7, don’t expect to see Ayaka Hamsaki and Mizuki Inoue on the card. DEEP-JEWELS will be having a card round that time and both are most likely going to compete in individual matches.
According to sources, you can add veteran US BJJ black belt Lana Stefanac to the list of participants at the ADCC in China in October.
At RFA 9 in Los Angeles, CA, Justine Kish and Christine Stanley are both looking for their second pro win in what will be a preliminary bout on the card. Both had solid pro debuts, with Kish is coming off a submission win over #7 ranked Munah Holland, and Stanley coming off a 29 second TKO over Leah Barfield this past April.
The match is on the untelevised portion of the card, but we will let you know if it streams.
Super Fight League returns to action in Mumbai, India with a tv taping Saturday. Ritika Singh will take on Daizy Singh in a strawweight bout. It will air on Aug. 30 on the SFL UStream channel.
Jade De Haas and Sabrina Garcia will both make their pro debuts at XKO in Dallas, TX. Garcia is undefeated as an amateur, with De Haas coming in at 1-1.
In Entre Rios, Argentina at Kaeshi Challenge 3, Laura Balin will take on Luly Silva. Both from Argentina, Balin (2-1) is coming off a decision loss to Vanessa Guimaraes, while Silva is making her pro debut.
In amateur action this weekend:
- At Hurst Showdown in Hurst, TX, Rachel Kovach takes on Jianna Denizard
- In a pair of matches at Atlas Fights 17 in Biloxi, MS, Miki Rogers takes on Delaney Owen, while Brianna Smith faces Steffi Obilisundar
- Hannah Rogers will battle Hannah Fitzpatrick at 3FC 18 in Pigeon Forge, TN
- Two matches are featured on the Grand Junction Fight Night, in Grand Junction, CO. Megan Miller will face Ali Kistler, while Mariah Schenkelberg takes on Kecia Hedgecoke.
- Bobbie Bedard will take on Hannah McNitt at Hahn MMA in Festus, MO
Ana Julaton makes her return to the boxing ring Saturday in Cancun, Mexico as she faces Celina Salazar. It will air on Fox Sports Net and Fox Espanol in certain markets. Julaton (12-3-1) is coming off a 19 second TKO win a year ago. Salazar (4-1-2) is coming off a majority decision loss to Melinda Cooper.
Claudia Andrea Lopez moves up in weight to take on Diana Ayala for the vacant IBF super featherweight title in Chubut, Argentina. Lopez (22-7) is coming off a loss to Dahiana Santana this past spring in a match for the IBF featherweight title/ Ayala (14-9-4) is coming off a draw with Glenis Varona.
In other boxing action:
- In Chicago, Illinois, Kristin Gearhart will face Amanda Cooper
- Kirstie Simmons will duke it out with Sheena Chaney in Denver, Colorado
- In Sonora, Mexico, Linda Soto battles Kareli Lopez
- Simone Da Silva Duarte faces Maria Jose Nunez in Sao Paulo, Brazil