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UFC on FOX 20 Takeaways: Bring Back Ronda Rousey … Like, Now

UFC on FOX 20 hit us with all the power of a Rod Carew left-handed swing. It didn’t overwhelm, but it was a good show, short and sweet and did it its job. We’ve come a long way from the days of Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos headlining a one-hour show — with that fight being the only fight on the broadcast portion of the card.

Yes, MMA has evolved and a more sophisticated audience can now enjoy it. But if you are Holly Holm, you probably don’t want to bring up evolution. As the preacher’s daughter, it’s probably not a good conversation starter anyway. Besides her career is more akin to creationism: There’s no explaining the divine big bang that dark night inside the cage against Ronda Rousey and then the subsequent mystery question of “how did it happen?”

Unfortunately the only thing expanding in the UFC’s women’s bantamweight division is the number of women holding the title. No great legacies are being created. The title has gone from Rousey to Holm to Tate to Nunes to, next, Shevchenko? We don’t know what Valentina Shevchenko thinks of Kim Kardashian, Floyd Mayweather Jr. or Bryan Caraway, but it’s probably not as thought-provoking as Rousey’s perspective.

After UFC on FOX 20, the time is right for a Rousey return. Let’s look at the other fallout of yet another show without CM Punk (in Chicago nonetheless).

Should Gilbert Melendez Have Stayed in Strikeforce?

Well, that’s not really a fair question to ask because Melendez had no choice. The UFC bought Strikeforce and he came with it. Melendez is for sure a great fighter, but luck has not been on his side in the UFC. Let’s look at his record: He’s 1-4. Yeah, luck got outta town faster than Brock Lesnar after he cashed his UFC 200 check.

Even Melendez’s buddy Jake Shields won six fights in the UFC, and Melendez is arguably a better all-around fighter than Shields. Melendez makes Dwight Howard’s run in Los Angeles look like a Jordanesque legacy.

It’s all very strange. Melendez is a good fighter and should have beaten everyone he fought in the UFC.  Instead he lost fights to Benson Henderson, Eddie Alvarez, Anthony Pettis and now Edson Barboza. At least he fought mostly top guys. Melendez also during his UFC run was suspended for performance enhancement drugs. He just has not been himself.

Maybe the UFC isn’t the right fit for the San Francisco native. Maybe he belongs in Bellator. Maybe he needs a change of scene. The guy who was eaten up by Barboza’s leg kicks was not the guy who warred three times with Josh Thomson.

Valentina Shevchenko Rises to the Challenge

Shevchenko went out there and took care of business against a former champion in the main event of a nationally televised broadcast. That’s what champions are made of. And let’s go ahead and call her champion now. Because you know what is going to happen next. “OH MY GOD, SHEVCHENKO HAS JUST KNOCKED OUT AMANDA NUNES.” That’s fantasy booking, but watch this story come up in Google first if that really happens someday!

The truth is, without Rousey as champion, anyone can be champion, Holm, Tate, or Mt. Fiji. That’s what was beautiful about Rousey. All the women in the division can beat each other on any given Saturday or in an overseas show where they are fighting in the wee hours of the morning, but Rousey was dominant. This is probably what UFC President Dana White was talking about years ago when he was anti-women in the UFC. I think it’s exciting. It’s unpredictable. It’s unexpected. It’s unbelievable. Where’s Liz Carmouche, by the way? As women’s UFC pioneer, she needs to get in on this title action.

Holly Holm, Where You At?

We had such hopes that she wouldn’t be the next Buster Douglas. Damn. At the end of the day, people are calling her exactly that, the next Buster Douglas. We’re not saying Ronda’s gonna come back biting anyone’s ear or challenging reporters to fights, but it looks more and more like Holm may want to add an “e” and an “s” to her last name and ride off into the sunset and back into the world of boxing. She’s fighting more like Larry did toward the end of his career than as the next big thing in women’s MMA.

She’s got her pre-fight, warm-up routine down. Great posture, darting across the ring, head and neck straight like a motorized rabbit. But once the fight starts, wow. Who is this person? Where’s that fighter who head-kicked Ronda Rousey all the way back to Santa Monica, into hibernation longer than most California Black Bears? It may just be that Holm will always have the style to beat Rousey. She’s taller with a longer reach. Or it may be that the next time these two fight, Ronda’s gonna destroy  her in Cat Zingano-like time. Holm just doesn’t have the fire. As much as we like Shevchencko, realistically, Holm should have been able to fight a similar fight to the Rousey one and beat her. Where were Holm’s kicks? It’s possible Holm has not recovered from the Miesha Tate loss, and if so, that’s sad because she “coulda been a contenda.”

Holm needs to get her head on straight. Does she still want to fight Cyborg? I hope not. Book her against someone like Sarah Kaufman who is gonna stand and trade with her. If she can’t win there, then she needs to listen to the hottest tag team in wrestling, Enzo and Cass, and ride off to Bellator or boxing because legacies and consistency, as we all know, “You Can’t Teach That.”

The UFC Needs Rousey Back — NOW

OK, Ronda, you get the last laugh. They took your title, but not your legacy. It turns out you were Madonna belting out hit after hit this whole time, and all the haters were Alannah Miles singing Black Velvet. It was cool for five minutes, but that’s it. And occasionally when you hear it on the radio, you are like “remember that song?” The others have had their one-hit wonders, but the Grammy stage, the lifetime achievement awards, the paparazzi, they all still belong to Rousey.

The title is ready for Ronda to reclaim and if she can do it, everyone will forget about the Holm loss. Flukes happen, even to the great ones. If you are Ronda Rousey, you want to fight ANYONE as soon as possible. Can you feel it? The Rousey-era is about to begin again, on the next “BEHIND THE MUSIC, THE RETURN OF RONDA ROUSEY.”

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RFA 43 Returns to Colorado with Camozzi vs. Barnes Main Event

Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) president Ed Soares announced today that the RFA is headed back to Colorado in September. The main event of RFA 43 will feature a battle for the vacant RFA welterweight title. Brian “The Mantis” Camozzi will look to keep the title in Colorado when he battles Nick “The Phoenix” Barnes. RFA 43 – Camozzi vs. Barnes will take place Friday, September 9th at the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, Colorado. The entire main card will be televised live and nationwide on AXS TV at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT.

“RFA loves coming to Colorado,” stated Soares. “Our welterweight division has a long and exciting history in the state. On Friday, September 9th, Brian Camozzi and Nick Barnes will continue that tradition. I am looking forward to their title fight at RFA 43.”

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Tickets for RFA 43 – Camozzi vs. Barnes will be available for purchase at 10:00 am Friday July 15th through AltitudeTickets.com.  You can also support your favorite fighter by purchasing your tickets through CageTix.com/RFA. Tickets to RFA 34 start at just $30. VIP tables are available by calling 303-521-0966.

RFA 43 Camozzi vs Barnes Fight PosterCamozzi (6-2), the younger brother of UFC star Chris Camozzi, was quick to let the world know that their are two world class fighters in the family when he made his RFA debut in January. “The Mantis” became the first man to finish Tyler Milner and he did so in 80 seconds at RFA 34. Camozzi then kicked off the main card of one of the most stacked cards of the year in April. Camozzi proceeded to showcase his dynamic striking prowess with UFC President Dana White sitting cageside at RFA 37. Camozzi knocked out Kenn Glenn with a flying knee that made White, former UFC welterweight champion Matt Serra, and current UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler jump to their feet in excitement. Camozzi now returns home to Colorado looking for championship gold.

Barnes (11-1) will be the man looking to spoil Camozzi’s homecoming party. “The Phoenix” rose to the top of the RFA welterweight division last month with a dominant Unanimous Decision victory over dangerous submission specialist Jose Diaz at RFA 38. Barnes is a resident of southern California, but he will be returning home to the Rocky Mountain region as he is a native of Rock Springs, Wyoming.  UFC President Dana White was also sitting cageside for Barnes’ last fight, which gives him firsthand knowledge on the skills that both men will be bringing to this title fight. It is safe to say that this bout will be monitored closely by influential people with added interest in September.

The co-main event of RFA 43 will feature a showdown between two of the RFA’s most promising middleweight prospects. Adam Stroup (10-3) is a homegrown talent from Denver that will be looking to put on a show for his hometown crowd in the Mile High City. The regional champion will look to position himself for an eventual RFA title shot with a win over a former two-time RFA title challenger. That would come in the form of Gabriel “Zangief” Checco (9-2). The Brazilian powerhouse has two highlight reel finishes to his credit in the RFA. The first was a blistering 74-second knockout of Joseph Henle at RFA 23 and the second was a beautiful Triangle-Armbar submission of Mike Jasper at RFA 31. The BJJ black belt now heads to enemy territory to face Stroup in a high-stakes middleweight match up.

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The featured bantamweight bout at RFA 43 will feature two wildly popular prospects that have endeared themselves to the MMA universe for two different, but equally impressive reasons. Boston “Boom Boom” Salmon (5-0) has fought his entire career for the RFA, he is currently tied for the most wins in RFA history, and he has won four of those bouts with devastating knockouts. The Hawaiian fighter, who trains in Las Vegas, has also become a local favorite in Colorado by winning three of his bouts in the Mile High City. He will now return to the Rocky Mountains looking to retain his perfect record and exact a little revenge on the man who upset his teammate last fall in Las Vegas.

That would be Colorado’s own Zac “The Anointed Warrior” Riley (4-3), who upset Salmon’s previously undefeated Hawaiian teammate Shai Lindsey in a bout that Riley took on 48 hours’ notice at RFA 31. Riley followed up his 59-second Triangle Choke win over Lindsey with an even more impressive win over the heavily favored Hugo “Wolverine” Viana in January. Viana was a six-time UFC vet and semi-finalist on the first season of the UFC’s hit reality show The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil. Viana entered the bout with Riley as a staggering 20 to 1 favorite. What happened inside the cage at RFA 34 would shock the world. This was not the result of a lucky punch or quick submission either. Riley battered the heavy favorite en route to a dominant Unanimous Decision. Zac Riley (+1000) over Hugo Viana (-2000) is currently the second biggest upset victory in MMA history. Riley now looks to show the world that history likes to repeat itself when he steps inside the cage as an underdog.

The full RFA 43 fight card and further information regarding this event will be announced soon. RFA 43 will be the promotion’s eighth event to take place in the state of Colorado and the second RFA event to be held in the “Centennial State” this year. The entire main card of RFA 43 – Camozzi vs. Barnes will be televised live and nationwide on AXS TV at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT on Friday, September 9th.

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Art of War FC 18 Raises the Bar for MMA in China

When it comes to mixed martial arts in China, all roads lead through Andy Pi and the organization he founded, Art of War Fighting Championships (AOW). Mr. Pi is considered the Godfather of MMA in China and his promotion is the Gold Standard for Chinese Mixed Martial Artists hoping to make it in the big time. With a coveted contract on Chinese State Television and polished rock concert-like production values, AOW gives homegrown Chinese fighters a platform to compete against each other and top international fighters from around the world.

Art of War 12“As Chinese athletes continue to embrace MMA the sport is exploding in popularity in China,” says Pi. “As the first and most prestigious Mixed Martial Arts League in China, Art of War is the leading force in the development of Chinese fighting talent. Most of the major Chinese stars making noise in the UFC and in Asia today came through our program. When the Chinese equivalent of Georges St-Pierre, Conor McGregor or Ronda Rousey emerges and takes the sport to the next level in China you can bet that they’ll have come up through our organization.“

Art of War 18, which takes place July 30th at the Olympic sports stadium in Beijing, continues AOW’s tradition of getting bigger and better with each show.

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In the Main Event colorful Chinese Grappler Handong Kong will face South Korean Slugger Dawoon Jung. Art of War 18 will also feature the first round of a four-man tournament to crown new AOW Welterweight World Champion. In the first bracket of the Welterweight tournament UFC veteran and Jiu Jitsu specialist Junior Assuncao will fight tough Adam Townsend. In the second bracket Japanese warhorse Yuki Sasaki will face the dreaded Frenchman Tahar Hadbi.

As is its tradition, Art of War 18 also showcases the top Chinese fighters facing off against tough competitors from all over the rest of the world.

Muha Li (China) vs. Martin Akhtar (Sweden)
Xianliang Zheng (China) vs. Fuhito Hasegawa (Japan)
Lijiburen Wu (China) vs. Dong Gyu Kim (South Korea)
Jumayi Ayideng (China) vs. Yuki O’Hara (Japan)
Haoyang He (Taiwan) vs. Marc Guyon (France)
Wu Ge Te Me Ji (China) vs. Marjo Borres (Philippines)
Rige Hu (China) vs. Seng Li (China)

With unparalleled production value and rules that hearken back to the glory days of Asian MMA, Art of War continues to be the dominant driving force behind the growth of MMA in China.

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