Ronda Rousey To Be In Expendables 3

According to Sylvester Stallone’s Twitter, a Ronda Rousey movie part awaits; a role in his franchise “Expendables 3”. Stone Cold Steve Austin and Randy Couture have been involved in the “Expendables” franchise before.

Stallone also mentioned that Victor Ortiz would be in the role, hopefully to play a ball room dancer. I’m kidding. He’ll try to hug someone and get punched. Okay, I’m kidding again.

The most interesting thing about this is what was the inevitable; Rousey has turned herself into a star and much like Gina Carano (who never headlined a UFC PPV), has created opportunities outside the UFC. If Rousey becomes a bankable star outside of fighting, would that take her away from the sport?

Whatever happens, for Rousey, this is a great opportunity. Personally, I hope she joins the Fast & Furious franchise so that she can put another arm bar on Michelle Rodriguez.

UFC On Fox 2 – Phil Davis Vs. Rashad Evans Play By Play

This UFC on Fox show is a big picture show. In pro wrestling, if you were to book the winners, you’d have Rashad Evans beat Phil Davis to set up his big fight with Jon Bones Jones. You’d also have Chael Sonnen slaughter Michael Bisping to set up his big fight with Anderson Silva. But it doesn’t always happen the way you want it to. The UFC has taken a risk in making both of these fights. If Davis and Bisping have an upset state of mind, those big fights become smaller fights and hurt the UFC’s bottom line. But that’s why this sport is so great. Anything can happen.

Curt Menafee says this is the first of four UFC shows on Fox this year. Well, at least if the shows bring in solid ratings or no one is violently hurt.

Menafee, Randy Couture, and Jon Jones are on the panel for the pre-game stuff. Menafee says that if Evans wins, he gets Jones at UFC 145 in Atlanta.

1. Chris Weidman vs. Demian Maia

You have a good wrestler and a great jiu-jitsu guy. Of course the first round is nearly all on the feet. Earlier, Maia seemed to be getting the best of it, but later in the round, Weidman was much more comfortable. Maia is telegraphing his right hand and Weidman was able to avoid it mostly. But Maia did land some nice knees. Weidman was varied with his kicks and punches. Weidman also got a takedown late.

Weidman had an early takedown and he fell immediately into side control. Weidman was tired for most of it and Maia was able to outstrike him, but not in any significant way. Pretty boring round until Weidman was able to secure another takedown and was working for Maia’s back. I think that last takedown and attempt toward submission may have secured him the round.

Maia is also tired and the third round suffered because of sloppiness. Maia was so tired that he went for a takedown, Weidman sprawled and Maia face planted. This isn’t necessarily the kind of fight that’s going to keep an audience. With Weidman having to cut so much weight, it was ripe for the taking for Maia and he just looks absurdly tired. I’d give the fight to Weidman simply because he closed rounds better and fought a smarter tactical fight than Maia did.

Winner: Chris Weidman by way of split decision

The scores were 29-28 once for Maia and the same twice for Weidman.

Bisping called Sonnen the UFC’s court jester. Sonnen cut a Saturday Night’s Main Event-like promo and said that fighting Chael Sonnen is hazardous to your health.

2. Michael Bisping vs. Chael Sonnen

Very active first round. Sonnen was all over Bisping early on and Bisping was on his heels. He took him down seconds into the fight, but wasn’t able to keep him down. Bisping looked flustered, but figured him out. Bisping’s striking was crisp while Sonnen’s was wild. Sonnen’s stand-up was so wild that it looked like he was going to conk Bisping in the head when he missed his left hand.
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UFC 129 – Jake Shields Vs. Georges St. Pierre Play By Play

If you missed the SpikeTV prelims, I wrote them up earlier.

The big question is if Jake Shields can break Georges St. Pierre’s armor. No one has for 30 rounds in a row. GSP is going for Joe DiMaggio. Shields is a severe underdog, and probably deserves more respect than he’s getting, but when you have a fighter who is so much better than his competition, it’s easy to just say that he’s going to win again because it’s just what he does. Shields can prove a lot tonight, even without a victory. But he’ll have to fight the perfect fight if he doesn’t want to be just another GSP victim.

The crowd looks tremendous, and though you can’t really hear it, Joe Rogan seemingly can’t hear himself talk. It must be super loud in there too.

1. Ben Henderson vs. Mark Bocek

They were wrestling up against the cage and were separated. Interesting that they were separated so early in the fight. Henderson’s striking game has more variety than Bocek’s. Henderson is throwing more kicks, but Bocek gets the early takedown. He grabbed one leg and then tripped the other while Henderson was hopping around. Could be enough to give Bocek the round. Henderson was slightly winning the stand-up game, but only landed one real loud shot.

Very good round. Started out as a wrestling match and Bocek had a guillotine locked in. He tried to roll with it and lost it and then Henderson started opening up on him and cut him open. That’s an interesting round to score.

Bocek got another takedown, but once he got on top, Henderson started throwing nasty shots from the top again. Henderson’s huge shots look more impressive than Bocek’s wrestling and jiu-jitsu, but I’m not sure they are more impressive. Bocek got another takedown and I think he may pull this one out. Henderson ended it with a flurry.

Winner: Ben Henderson by way of unanimous decision

Henderson won 30-27 on all cards. Surprising to see that Bocek didn’t get one round.

2. Jason Brilz vs. Vladimir Matyushenko

If you blinked, you missed it. Matyushenko hit him with a left hand, followed him to the ground and it was over. Poor Brilz.

Winner: Vladimir Matyushenko by way of 1st round TKO

3. Pablo Garza vs. Yves Jabouin
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UFC 129 Weigh-in Weights

Here are the weights for the fighters for tomorrow’s UFC 129 from MMA Fighting:

Main Card
Georges St. Pierre (169.5) vs. Jake Shields (169)
Jose Aldo (145) vs. Mark Hominick (145)
Randy Couture (203.5) vs. Lyoto Machida (204.5)
Jason Brilz (204.5) vs. Vladimir Matyushenko (205.5)
Mark Bocek (155) vs. Ben Henderson (156.5)*

Preliminary Card
Nate Diaz (171) vs. Rory MacDonald (170.5)
Jake Ellenberger (170) vs. Sean Pierson (170)
Claude Patrick (169.5) vs. Daniel Roberts (170.5)
Ivan Menjivar (136) vs. Charlie Valencia (135.5)
Jason MacDonald (185) vs. Ryan Jensen (185)
John Makdessi (155.5) vs. Kyle Watson (155)
Pablo Garza (145) vs. Yves Jabouin (146)

*Henderson has officially made weight (156 pounds) for Saturday’s fight.

UFC 129 Preview – Georges St. Pierre Vs. Jake Shields

Jake Shields says that he’s been wanting to face Georges St. Pierre for a long time. Georges St. Pierre says this is his toughest fight. Both guys are trying to sell the hell out of this fight. I think they’re doing a pretty good job, but the fact is, I don’t think many people expect a classic fight, and what is actually holding this fight back is that no one really believes Jake Shields can win.

Well, not no one, but from casual fans to hardcore fans, most think GSP wins. And it’s nothing against Jake. It’s just more that GSP hasn’t even lost a round in 30 rounds. He’s been that dominant.

The FGB crew, along with Stevie J from Angry Marks, and friend of the site JP, have predictions ready for not only the main event, but also Jose Aldo vs. Mark Homineck and Randy Couture’s last stand against Lyoto Machida.

Randy Couture vs. Lyoto Machida

Duan: Machida by 2nd round TKO
Alan: Machida by 2nd round TKO
Stevie J: Machida by decision
JP: Machida by decision
Cactus Jim: Machida by 2nd round TKO
GG: Machida by 2nd round TKO

Duan says:

If Machida fights smart, there is no way he loses this. The difference in foot work will be staggering. Couture will not be able to close him down. Randy’s reflexes aren’t what they were, his chin is gone, and he’s going to be really vulnerable against a guy as slick as Machida. Look for Lyoto to close out the show within 2.

Alan says:

The last few times Machida has fought, I’ve touted his brilliance and picked him to win. Each time however he failed to show that brilliance. I’m nervous about doing so again, but I almost can’t help it. I mean SURELY he’s going to be able to pick apart Randy, right??? That said if Lyoto’s not in the game anymore, Old Man Couture is just the guy to throw the spanner in my works. If he finds a way to neutralise Lyoto and win a boring fight, I’m not going to fall off my chair.

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FGB Radio – UFC 129 Preview

Jason (aka dadrrtywhyteboi) and I preview UFC 129. We start with the first Spike TV fight and go through the rest of the card.

We talk about some of the interesting angles on the show, including Randy Couture’s retirement, Jake Shields’ lack of respect, Ben Henderson’s first UFC fight, if Mark Hominick has any sort of chance against Jose Aldo, and whether or not the Canadian fighters will gain from fighting in front of their home crowd or tighten up from the huge crowd and expectation.

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