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February 26, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
This post has been corrected. See below for details. Ronda Rousey's dramatic first victory by a woman in the Ultimate Fighting Championship octagon was a financial bonanza for the fight organization. In addition to a sellout crowd of 15,525 at Honda Center that generated a live gate in excess of $1.4 million, pay-per-view figures were assessed as 40% better than the UFC's Super Bowl weekend card that featured Jose Aldo retaining his featherweight belt against Frankie Edgar.
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April 16, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
Who would win a fight between UFC women's champion Ronda Rousey and undefeated boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr.? It was a close contest in a reader survey we did recently , but UFC commentator Joe Rogan says Rousey would win. “It's all about how much time Floyd has to prepare, because he will really have to work on his takedown defense. That would be the big thing,” Rogan said on ESPN2′s “SportsNation.” “If Ronda got a clinch on him, it's not just about worrying about being taken down to the ground, it's worrying about knees to the body.
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July 24, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Sylvester Stallone announced on his Twitter account that Ultimate Fighting Championship star Ronda Rousey and former welterweight boxing champion Victor Ortiz will appear in the third “The Expendables” film. Rousey, scheduled to defend her women's bantamweight belt for the second time Dec. 28 against Miesha Tate, reportedly signed with the talent agency William Morris  this year. Ortiz, who hasn't fought since getting his jaw broken in a June 2012 loss to Josesito Lopez at Staples Center, recently performed on ABC's “Dancing With the Stars.” “Expendables 3” is aiming for an August 2014 release, according to IMDB.
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March 6, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
Champ Bailey will eventually wind up in Canton. But he thought he would stay in Denver a little longer. According to multiple reports, the Denver Broncos intend to release Bailey, a future Hall of Fame cornerback who earned eight of his record 12 Pro Bowl invitations in the Mile High City. Bailey, who met with team brass Wednesday, told the Denver Post that he thought the team might approach him with a renegotiation of his $10-million salary but there was no such offer made. “There were no discussions about it,” he told the newspaper.
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July 14, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
In a feud ripped right out of professional wrestling, Ronda Rousey, who is famous for being an MMA fighter, says she'd come away the winner from an encounter with Kim Kardashian, who is famous for being, um, I'll get back to you on that. In a recent interview (warning: some adult language), Rousey was asked how she feels about the Kardashian clan. "You know what? I would beat the crap out of Kim Kardashian, actually," she said, letting fly with a  hypothetical gut reaction.
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December 6, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Ronda Rousey was presented with the first Ultimate Fighting Championship women's championship belt, and it was announced she will defend it by headlining the Feb. 23 UFC card at Anaheim's Honda Center against Liz Carmouche. Rousey, 25, a 2008 Olympic judo bronze medalist from Santa Monica, has shot to stardom with a dominating, aggressive fighting style that has produced six first-round victories in six fights. She will carry the UFC's 135-pound belt. UFC President Dana White made the announcement Thursday in Seattle while preparing for the fifth UFC on Fox card that will be headlined by the lightweight title fight between champion Benson Henderson and Nate Diaz.
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February 5, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
  UFC women's champion Ronda Rousey will take part in a live video chat on Tuesday at 1 p.m. PT (previously scheduled at 11 a.m.) with Times MMA writer Lance Pugmire. Viewers watching the live chat will have a chance to submit questions for Rousey to answer during the show. As Pugmire wrote earlier about Rousey , "Ronda Rousey said making her debut as the first Ultimate Fighting Championship women's champion at Anaheim's Honda Center is beyond her wildest imagination.
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December 19, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Ronda Rousey said making her debut as the first Ultimate Fighting Championship women's champion at Anaheim's Honda Center is beyond her wildest imagination. “If someone said you could write down a list of everything you ever wanted, I'd say, 'Win all my fights. Be in the UFC. Have it at home. And have a kick-[rear] undercard.' People's dreams aren't supposed to come true like that.” Yet, the unbeaten Rousey will have that date, defending her new belt against Liz Carmouche on Feb. 23. Tickets go on sale Friday for the card, which will include a light-heavyweight fight between Temecula's Dan Henderson and Brazil's Lyoto Machida.
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January 9, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Ronda Rousey posted a video of her first staredown this week with Feb. 22 challenger Sara McMann, and the scowl that seemed painted on the UFC women's bantamweight champion's face for the last year was replaced by shared laughter with her opponent, even joking. McMann, 33, wore a T-shirt reading, “Making People Smile.” After the pressure of starring in the UFC's first women's fight last February and the months-long angst of filming “The Ultimate Fighter,” before finally getting a third-round armbar victory over her hated rival Miesha Tate on Dec. 28, Rousey is in an interesting situation.
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January 9, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
The boos that washed loudly over Ronda Rousey seconds after she beat Miesha Tate by armbar submission on Dec. 28 -- and then decided not to shake the extended hand of the vanquished -- were deafening. As Venice's Rousey (8-0) now prepares for her next opponent, 2004 Olympic wrestling silver medalist Sara McMann (7-0), she isn't losing sleep over it. “The cheers were never anything that I developed an appendage to,” said Rousey, who'll defend her women's Ultimate Fighting Championship bantamweight belt Feb. 22 in a pay-per-view fight at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
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March 6, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
UFC women's champion Ronda Rousey, the biggest active star in MMA, could put an end to Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s unbeaten streak. During an interview on Power 106 FM, Rousey was asked what her game plan would be if the battle of unbeaten fighters ever took place. “I would drop down to the ground and crawl over to him as fast as I can,” Rousey said. “I wouldn't even stand up, I wouldn't be near him. I would just do a little army crawl over there and he would have to run away.
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February 22, 2014 | By Dan Loumena
John Elway apologized and said he didn't mean it, but when he opined Friday that Johnny Manziel "is a great little player," the size issue came to the forefront again at the NFL draft combine. The Hall of Fame quarterback and Denver Broncos executive vice president of football operations as well as general manager, chuckled after his sizable slip of the lip. "I think he's a great little player," Elway said Friday when asked his opinion of Manziel, who measured 5-foot-11¾ inches and weighed 210 pounds, nearly 15 more than when he played at Texas A&M. "I don't say 'little,' I shouldn't say 'little.' I'm sorry.
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February 22, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Ronda Rousey's armbar streak is over. Her attention is now on the opponent's liver. Rousey successfully defended her Ultimate Fighting Championship women's bantamweight title Saturday night at Mandalay Bay, delivering a left knee to challenger Sara McMann's stomach area, a notoriously painful liver shot that ended the bout by technical knockout 1 minute 6 seconds into the first round. "I knew if I zoned in on that one spot … ," Venice's Rousey (9-0) said after a victory that followed eight straight wins by armbar submission.
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February 22, 2014 | By Todd Martin
UFC 170 takes place Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event is headlined by a women's bantamweight title fight between champion Ronda Rousey and challenger Sara McMann. The marketing of the fight has focused on their Olympic backgrounds, as Rousey is an Olympic bronze medalist in judo and McMann an Olympic silver medalist in wrestling. McMann's strong wrestling background will present a different challenge for Rousey. In the semi-main event, undefeated Daniel Cormier will compete for the first time at light heavyweight as he looks to quickly move into the title picture in that division.
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February 21, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
LAS VEGAS - One of the entertaining signatures of a Ronda Rousey fight is the menacing glare she maintains on her ring walk from her arena dressing room to the octagon. Rousey, in an exclusive interview with The Times on Friday less than three hours before her weigh-in for Saturday night's UFC 170 pay-per-view fight against 2004 Olympic silver medalist wrestler Sara McMann, said the focus intensifies on fight day. “When I start putting my hair in fight hair, and put my outfit on … it's fight time.
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February 13, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
The U.S. will meet regional rival Mexico on April 2 in Glendale, Ariz., in the Americans' final tuneup before World Cup training camp in May. The U.S. and Mexican federations have been in negotiations to schedule the game for weeks, working through obstacles posed by domestic soccer league matches in both countries as well as TV rights. And the match figures to be important for coaches in both countries in terms of helping them select rosters for this summer's tournament in Brazil.
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March 21, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White might not strike the public as an avid reader of Entertainment Weekly, but White has noticed this week's issue. The magazine declared his organization's “The Ultimate Fighter” reality series on FX its No. 1 suggestion in its “The Must List,” this week. White and FX officials have been thrilled by the ratings boost “TUF,” starring coaches and future light-heavyweight title combatants Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen, has received in its shift from Friday to Tuesday night.
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February 22, 2014 | By Todd Martin
UFC 170 takes place Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event is headlined by a women's bantamweight title fight between champion Ronda Rousey and challenger Sara McMann. The marketing of the fight has focused on their Olympic backgrounds, as Rousey is an Olympic bronze medalist in judo and McMann an Olympic silver medalist in wrestling. McMann's strong wrestling background will present a different challenge for Rousey. In the semi-main event, undefeated Daniel Cormier will compete for the first time at light heavyweight as he looks to quickly move into the title picture in that division.
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February 13, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Now it truly is a Ronda Rousey card. Former Ultimate Fighting Championship light-heavyweight title-holder Rashad Evans has withdrawn from the Feb. 22 UFC 170 card at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas with a leg injury. That scraps Evans' co-main event against former Strikeforce champion Daniel Cormier (13-0) and leaves Rousey's women's bantamweight title defense against 2008 Olympic wrestling silver medalist Sara McMann (7-0) as the sole fight of significant interest on the pay-per-view card.
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January 9, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Ronda Rousey posted a video of her first staredown this week with Feb. 22 challenger Sara McMann, and the scowl that seemed painted on the UFC women's bantamweight champion's face for the last year was replaced by shared laughter with her opponent, even joking. McMann, 33, wore a T-shirt reading, “Making People Smile.” After the pressure of starring in the UFC's first women's fight last February and the months-long angst of filming “The Ultimate Fighter,” before finally getting a third-round armbar victory over her hated rival Miesha Tate on Dec. 28, Rousey is in an interesting situation.
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