Ronda Rousey Enters the WWE Ring

Ronda Rousey took part in the biggest wrestling event of the year on Sunday. Wrestlemania 31 was held at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California in front of a record crowd of over 76,000 people.

Former WWE champion The Rock made a surprise appearance during the broadcast to interrupt a promo from WWE owners Stephanie McMahon and husband Triple H. After a few harsh words by the Rock, McMahon took offense and slapped the “Furious 7” star and taunted him by saying that he would never hit a woman. The Rock proceeded to the outside of the ring and approached the section to where Rousey was sitting. After a few words Rousey jumped the guardrail and together the two entered inside the ring to confront McMahon and Triple H.

After an exchange of words Rousey cleaned house on her own first by judo flipping Triple H and then locking McMahon in a standing arm bar as if only to show the WWE owner who was really in control.

Rousey has attended several WWE shows in the past and no doubt this exposure will only help her career outside the octagon. Oh and by the way, both Rousey and The Rock star in the upcoming “Furious 7” film that hit theaters Easter weekend. Below is an official photo from the WWE’s Twitter feed and reaction from Rousey’s account as well.

WSOF 19: Gaethje vs. Palomino Results

The World Series of Fighting lightweight championship was on the line as undefeated champion Justin Gaethje and Luis Palomino engaged in an action packed fight that was clearly one of the most entertaining fights of the year so far. Gaethje was able to finish Palomino and keep his perfect record in tact with a third round TKO. Infamous former UFC fighter Thiago Silva made his WSOF debut and looked rather unimpressive as he suffered a TKO loss in the first round of his fight with Teddy Holder. The event was held from the Comerica Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona.

Justin Gaethje def. Luis Palomino via TKO at 3:57 of round 3
Teddy Holder def. Thiago Silva via TKO at 2:00 of round 1
Clifford Starks def. Jake Heun via submission at 4:11 of round 2
Timur Valiev def. Ed West via TKO at 1:39 of round 1

Jimmy Spicuzza def. Benny Madrid via split decision
Joe Gigliotti def. Brendan Tierney via TKO at 4:45 of round 3
Andres Ponce def. Juan Archuleta via submission at :53 of round 2
Dan Huber def. Israel Aquino via TKO at 3:03 of round 1
Matthew Frincu def. Eric Regen via KO at :14 of round 2
Erik Villalobos def. Joe Madrid via unanimous decision

Bellator 135: Warren vs. Galvao Results

Friday night saw the return of Bellator MMA on Spike TV. The main event saw a new bantamweight champion crowned as Marcos Galvao was able to submit Joe Warren early in the second round. However the night was stolen by L.C Davis and Hideo Tokoro as there co-main event bout was filled with high intense action both on the feet and on the ground. Former UFC standout Francis Carmont was successful in his Bellator debut scoring a decision victory over Guilherme Viana. Son of MMA legend Randy Couture, Ryan Couture picked up his second win in Bellator with an early submission win over his opponent Dakota Cochrane. The event took place from the WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma.

Marcos Galvao def. Joe Warren via verbal submission at :45 of Round 2

L.C. Davis def. Hideo Tokoro via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Francis Carmont def. Guilherme Viana via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Ryan Couture def. Dakota Cochrane via submission at 3:23 of Round 1

Rashad Coulter def. Jeremiah O’Neal via TKO at 1:44 of Round 1

Emmanuel Sanchez def. Alejandro Villalobos via unanimous decision

Sean Holden def. Tim Roman via unanimous decision

Neal Ewing def. Logan Nail via unanimous decision

Stephen Banaszak def. Brad Mitchell via submission at 2:51 of Round 2

Klayton Mai def. Xavier Siller via submission at 3:55 of Round 1

Geo Pacurariu def. J.P. Cole via submission at 2:59 of Round 1

Anderson Silva Plans to Fight for Another Five Years

While Nick Diaz is out hiring law firms to fight for money he may lose after failing his post fight drug test at UFC 183 his opponent Anderson Silva has proclaimed that he will fight again in 2016 and will continue to fight for another five years.

Silva is set to face the Nevada State Athletic Commission sometime in April for his failed drug test before and after the UFC 183 event. The former UFC middleweight champion took part in a fan Q&A in Rio de Janeiro, as first reported by MMA Fighting, that he will continue with business as usual while labs analyze all the supplements he took leading up to his fight with Nick Diaz.

“We don’t know yet what’s going to happen because all the stuff I used during the treatment for my broken leg and my supplements were taken to the commission’s lab to be examined so we can find out what happened. I don’t know what happened. It was a surprise for me as well. Coming back next year was my plan, anyway, so it’s normal.”

Silva has remained pretty consistent on his belief that he did no wrongdoing and the it was a strong possibility that it was supplements and or medication he took for his broken leg that could have trigged a positive test result.

Back in October of 2014 Silva had stated that he and the UFC extended his contract for a total of 15 fights. Gaging from what Silva said at this Q&A he seems every bit of serious on fulfilling that contract agreement.

“The only serious injury I had was on my leg. I spoke with my team, we discussed everything and saw that it was possible. We’re training now, focused on fighting for five more years. I already have my schedule for the next five years. If we can fight more, two or three times a year, it’s better.”

All of Silva’ plan can be thrown to the wind if the Nevada Athletic Commission and the lab results prove nothing new and he receives a suspension for his failed drug tests. Time will tell but it seems that Silva wants to go out on his own terms regardless of what test results and fans say.

Kelvin Gastelum Returns to Mexico City as a Middleweight

Former TUF winner and UFC standout Kelvin Gastelum (10-1) will make his return to the middleweight division at UFC 188 in Mexico City against Nate Marquardt (33-14). Gastelum won his Ultimate Fighter season as a middleweight but soon dropped down to welterweight. Issues with weight cutting finally caught up with the young Gastelum in his last UFC appearance. Gastelum came in 10 pounds overweight against his then opponent Tyron Woodley and after suffering his first career loss, president Dana White ordered Gastelum to move back up to the middleweight division.

Gastelum’s opponent, Nate Marquardt has also had a bit of a rough patch in the UFC. Since returning to the company Marquardt is only 1-3 and has also jumped weight classes to try and figure things out. Marquardt is a former middleweight title challenger and is a former Strikeforce welterweight champion.

The UFC is giving Mexico City an encore after their first attempt to hold an event there, UFC 180, was decimated due to injuries. Cain Velasquez, Diego Sanchez, and Erick Perez were all scheduled to participate on card because of their Mexican heritage but all there were forced off due to injuries. Gastelum was on the UFC 180 card and scored a victory or Jake Ellenberger. Gastelum has expressed a strong desire to compete once again in front of the Mexico City fans. UFC 188 will take place on June 13, 2015 and can be seen live on pay-per-view.

Brock Lesnar Staying with WWE

Brock Lesnar is staying where the money is or at least where the easy money is. Lesnar announced on ESPN Sportscenter that he will not reenter the world of mixed martial arts and sign with the UFC but rather he is going to stay in the world of sports entertainment and has resigned with the WWE. Deciding to stick with professional wrestling is the right decision for Lesnar regardless if MMA fans may call him a coward and paper champion. Above all things Lesnar is a businessman and a damn good one at that.

Lesnar is a rare commodity in the world of sports. He is freak athlete who can basically do whatever he wants to do when it comes to physical activities including walking onto a football field and just barely miss the cut for an NFL team after not playing an organized football game since high school. He is a natural born star and it is not hard to see why the UFC and WWE would be in a biding war to have Lesnar be part of their roster.

Though it would have been interesting to see Lesnar give MMA another shot the reasons for the former UFC heavyweight champion to reenter the Octagon were slim at best. During his run with the UFC Lesnar won the heavyweight championship after only two fights. Not a single person ever doubted Lesnar’s athletic ability while he was competing inside the octagon. It was his ability to withstand punches to the face and adapt to the submission game that people had questions about. Those questions, especially the one about his stand up game, were answered once Lesnar started getting into the deep end of the UFC heavyweight division and started to face the likes of Cain Velasquez and Alistair Overeem. Lesnar lost his final two fights via TKO and looked like he did not belong with elite strikers but he did accomplish a lifetime worth of achievements in only three years in the UFC. We must also not forget that he accomplished much of this while suffering from diverticulitis.

The biggest selling point on Lesnar returning to the UFC would have been that we could finally see what he could do now that he was 100 percent healthy and free of diverticulitis. Other than that the UFC’s heavyweight division is not exactly deep. In fact it is probably the shallowest division in the organization. When rumors started to heat up about Lesnar possibly returning to the UFC we kept hearing the same names as possible opponents for him. Frank Mir, Alistair Overeem, Cain Velasquez. These are all men he as already lost to and other than Fabricio Werdum or Junior Dos Santos there are not any real big names who could be paired with Lesnar to draw that big pay-per-view number the UFC desires.

Resigning with the WWE should have been an easy decision for Lesnar but that seemed to not be the case, “It was a hard decision to make. It took me a year. I’ve thought about this for a year. At the end of the day, it’s all about me wanting to have fun. The last two-and-a-half months I’ve been training to get back into the Octagon. I felt physically great, but something lacked mentally — and that’s not good,” Lesnar told ESPN.

“I could go back to the Octagon, but what am I going to gain? I was the UFC heavyweight champion of the world. Due to my illness, my career got cut short. That’s God telling you, ‘it’s time to move on,” he later added.

Now what does the WWE do now that the world knows that Lesnar is no longer pursuing a career in the UFC? Part of the build up to this year’s Wrestlemania was the lingering question of will Lesnar stay or go? Now that it is settled fans are now left with how the creative team over at WWE will handle the star.

Since returning to the WWE, Lesnar has been on a limited number of appearances per his contract. Basically Lesnar was getting paid really well to only wrestle 4-5 times a year max and make a handful of appearances on Monday Night Raw.

A big part of Lesnar’s mystic and character since returning to the WWE was the lack of airtime he received on television. He would show up to a pay-per-view, kick someone’s butt and not show up again for another 3-4 months. Part of the lure was that Lesnar was too busy to show up to Monday Night Raw every week or be part the monthly pay-per-views because he was training for his UFC return. Well now that Lesnar himself has put those rumors to rest what is there left for fans to imagine he is doing in his free time? Why can’t he not show up to Raw and wrestle on every pay-per-view? He is strictly a wrestler now so he should show up more often.

No specifics have been released on Lesnar’s new contract with the WWE as of this publishing but this Sunday’s Wrestlemania should show the fans what direction Lesnar will be heading now that he is no longer a fighter but strictly an entertainer.

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