Fightin' Words

A mixed martial arts blog about UFC, Bellator and other MMA promotions and fighters.

UFC 170 should get Olympic marketing bump

Ronda Rousey , right, from the United States

(Credit: AP)

The matchup of Ronda Rousey, an Olympic judo bronze medalist, against Sara McMann, an Olympic wrestling silver medalist, is intriguing on a number of levels.

But, for the moment, let's take a look at the shrewd timing of its occurrence -- UFC 170 on Feb. 22 in Las Vegas.

Yes, the fight comes about eight weeks after Rousey last defended her women's bantamweight title against Miesha Tate...

Read more »

Thinking about UFC 168 . . .

Miesha Tate gestures to Ronda Rousey during the

(Credit: AP)

LAS VEGAS -- As I watch the sun rise up from the mountains in the desert from my hotel room, I'm reminded that it is a new day, which means more time to process all the things seen at UFC 168 several hours ago.

Here are of the thoughts I'm generating at the moment after watching a series of fights that stirred up more than $6.2 million in gate revenue for the UFC:

-- Miesha Tate vs....

Read more »

Things to watch for at UFC 168

Uriah Hall, left, defeated Dylan Andrews in the

(Credit: Getty Images)

LAS VEGAS -- Some thoughts about what to look for at UFC 168 on Saturday night (besides just the punching and the kicking and the grappling):

-- How does Uriah Hall respond after two losses and that "He's not a fighter" quote by UFC president Dana White from the last time he fought? That should be quite interesting to watch unfold against Chris Leben.

-- Can Miesha Tate push...

Read more »

The Jekyl & Hyde interviews of Ronda Rousey

UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey attends the

(Credit: Getty)

The MMA community on Twitter had its share of commentary Saturday night after Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate provided host Jon Anik with one of the more awkward interviews you'll see on TV.

Rousey then turned back into her charming self Monday night during an appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live."

Below are both interviews.

 

 

 

Newsday's...

Read more »

Oooh, another Ronda Rousey-Miesha Tate staredown

Strikeforce women's bantamweight champion Miesha Tate, left, and

(Credit: Strikeforce/Esther Lin)

Hard to really understand the point of staredowns beyond photo ops and content creation for video players.

Alas, here's the video of the Ronda Rousey-Miesha Tate staredown from the "TUF" 18 final episode.

(Newsday's app users can watch at http://foxs.pt/IvWubE)...

Read more »

Miesha Tate: 'Ronda is so crazy'

Miesha Tate submitted Julie Kedzie with an armbar

(Credit: Showtime Esther Lin)

The word war between Ronda Rousey and Miesha continued Tuesday night with this clip from "UFC Tonight."

Expect the mud to be slung and the muck to be raked plenty war as this season of "The Ultimate Fighter" plays out on Fox Sports 1 leading up to their bout at UFC 168 on Dec. 28.

In the clip embedded below, Tate fires back.

Video: Tate on Rousey: "I'd...

Read more »

Ronda Rousey as 'Protector'

Ronda Rousey on set for a commercial as

(Credit: Handout)

Nothing screams MMA as loudly as . . . small business insurance companies!

But one such company is banking on one of the sport's biggest stars -- Ronda Rousey -- to help market their products.

The UFC women's bantamweight champion serves as "Protector" in a series of spots that are scheduled to begin in earnest June 11.

The two quick-hit clips below are amusing trailers...

Read more »

The good and bad of Tate v. Rousey on 'TUF'

Strikeforce women's bantamweight champion Miesha Tate, left, and

(Credit: Strikeforce/Esther Lin)

Ronda Rousey got a nice surprise Tuesday when taping began for Season 18 of "The Ultimate Fighter" and Miesha Tate showed up instead of Cat Zingano.

Zingano was supposed to be Rousey's opposing coach but tore her ACL earlier this month. So, in steps Tate, Rousey's rival.

This is good. This is bad. Let's explain:

GOOD: TV ratings for TUF 18 on the new Fox Sports 1 will...

Read more »

UFC and Fox Sports 1 launch schedule

A logo for the new Fox Sports 1

(Credit: AP)

FS1, the new 24-hour cable sports channel that Fox Sports hopes can compete with ESPN in time, launches Aug. 17 with more than seven hours of UFC programming, including six hours of live coverage, the network announced last Thursday.

Here's a quick rundown:

3:30 p.m.: UFC Ultimate Insider

4 p.m.: UFC Unleashed

5 p.m.: UFC Tonight (live)

6 p.m.: UFC on FS1 prelims (live)

8-11...

Read more »

Ronda Rousey to coach on 'Ultimate Fighter'

Mixed martial arts fighter and UFC bantamweight champion

(Credit: AP)

Next on "The Ultimate Fighter"  . . . female coaches and female fighters.

UFC president Dana White announced Saturday during UFC 158 that women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey would coach the next season of "TUF," which holds an open casting call April 15 in Las Vegas.

Rousey will coach against the winner of the Miesha Tate-Cat Zingano fight on April 13...

Read more »

advertisement | advertise on newsday

UFC videos

@LaMonicaMark

advertisement | advertise on newsday