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It’s not really MMA news at this point, but former UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey will be doing some ceremonial thing with the WWE this Sunday.
Mostly, the attention on social media has to do with how they got her face to look like this in the photo. That smile doesn’t quite seem… natural.
— WWE (@WWE) February 20, 2018
Also… Derrick Lewis’ crush is real.
— Erl (@EarlMontclair) February 20, 2018
Nate Diaz is USADA approved
Wha… what are you doing here, Conor?
Cerrone had his stats ready after the fight. Soon, he will pass this up… along with a bunch of others
Donald Cerrone ties Georges St-Pierre and Michael Bisping for most wins in UFC history with 20. #UFCAustin
— Michael Carroll (@MJCflipdascript) February 19, 2018
— Mike Bohn (@MikeBohnMMA) February 20, 2018
TJ Dillashaw likes this painting of him.
#Repost @msktinamarie ・・・ I think he approves! | UFC Bantamweight Champion @tjdillashaw | 30×40 Acrylic For Sale – First edition of the champion signature pieces • • • • • #acrylic #artist #tjdillashaw #ufc #champion #fighter #mma #fitness #athlete #danawhite #virusintl #martialarts #knockout #andnew #thepassionthatdefinesyou #boxing #art #pressplay #artwork #killashaw #championsignaturepieces
The hashtag alone is worth it. I’m down with OSP.
— Ovince Saint Preux (@003_OSP) February 19, 2018
Derrick Lewis was pretty happy with his wife’s reaction to his sweet knockout.
Yeah this is an awesome KO too
— Bad Boy (@BadBoy) February 19, 2018
- John Nash wrote up a more detailed and better summary of the 200-plus pages he got to read in the UFC lawsuit. Naturally, you should get into it, as it includes how the plaintiff’s economists detailed the money they allege the UFC essentially robbed from the fighters by a variety of illegal anti-competitive practices, including coercive contracts with top fighters. A little math from the numbers therein also puts the share of fighter pay at 17% of the UFC’s gross revenue.
- Geoff Neal had $ 50 in the bank account before his UFC win this weekend, and still works at Texas Roadhouse to pay his way. This is just one example why fighter pay is important- the window for fighters to make money is extremely limited.
- Carlos Diego Ferreira developed his armhold by training with border patrol agents, naturally. No comment on where he developed his groin kicks.
- This breakdown of Calvin Kattar vs. Shane Burgos on Reddit serves as a reminder that the skill level in MMA, especially in the striking department, is rising year by year, even as interest seems to wane.
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Why do we choose to have singers attempt our national anthem so we can laugh out loud at them? On second thought, it’s better this way. Life is better when laughing.
Cardi was the only one loving Fergie’s anthem… ♂️ ♂️ pic.twitter.com/L6DXhTMfLm
— Fake SportsCenter (@FakeSportsCentr) February 20, 2018
This isn’t creepy at all.
8000-year old underwater burial site reveals human skulls mounted on poles https://t.co/0ST3z8x9C3
— Wᴀʀʀᴇɴ Eʟʟɪs (@warrenellis) February 19, 2018
I laughed out loud. Come get your woman, Hungary.
— Deadspin (@Deadspin) February 19, 2018