Short Shots: Rousey to WWE, UFC London. (29th Jan – 1st Feb)

Rousey points towards a new future, Daniel Cormier and Alexander Gustafsson have a fight (Grammar took a hit) and UFC London gets a headliner.

Welcome along to a brand new feature entitled, Short Shots. A weekly segment dedicated to those of you who can’t go the full distance. A brief summary of MMA news and tweets that did the rounds so that you don’t have to.

RONDA ON POINT AT WWE’S ROYAL RUMBLE

The former UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey was trending on Twitter last Sunday night. “Will she show up at the Royal Rumble?”, “Is she going to beat up Stephanie McMahon?”.

Well, she did show up and no she did not beat up Stephanie McMahon. The “Rowdy One” as Mike Goldberg would say, showed up, pointed, shook hands, pointed some more, smiled and then pointed once again to the Wrestlemania sign.

If she was still fighting under MMA’s new rules it’s likely she would have been deducted about 5 points.

“DC” vs GUSTAFSSON vs GRAMMAR

Who doesn’t love a good Twitter spat between fighters? It has certainly been a great platform for combatants to generate hype and interest from the fanbase and matchmakers alike.

However.

THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO EXCUSE FOR FIGHTERS TO ABBREVIATE WITH THE EXTENDED CHARACTER LIMIT THAT TWITTER HAS SO KINDLY PROVIDED US WITH!!!

The pedant within me shuddered and screamed within me upon setting my eyes upon the back and forth Twitter beef Daniel Cormier and Alexander Gustafsson served up this week.

All that aside… I’d watch the hell out of that fight again.

IS IT A BISPING? IS IT A TILL? NO… IT’S A HEAVYWEIGHT FIGHT NOBODY ASKED FOR.

UFC London takes place on March 17 in, yep, you guessed it…. London.

For the longest time, British fans assumed that Darren Till would be getting the go ahead to headline the card against Gunnar Nelson but UFC officials were not forthcoming in booking the fight for whatever reason despite the two seeming very keen to do battle.

Jan Blachowicz vs Jimi Manuwa 2 – a fight already scheduled for the card – had been the next favourite to headline the card but this was put to rest on Thursday afternoon when the UFC posted a tweet announcing that Fabricio Werdum vs Alexander Volkov would be the headliner.

I don’t know about you but I have a feeling the fight might be more entertaining if they asked two members of the crowd to play it on the new UFC game in the arena.

MAYWEATHER ENTERS THE OCTAGON!!!

Well, at least he did in a video he posted this week. The 50-0 pro boxer who last fought against Conor McGregor has been teasing fans with the prospect of entering the UFC for a competitive fight.

In Floyd’s latest teaser, he asks “Paddy” (presumably Paddy Power), what odds for him to enter the UFC this year.

Given that I, and many others had said that Mayweather/McGregor would never happen, I will never say never again.

MCGREGOR: THE MCGIVER

Lastly this week, current UFC lightweight champion… or is he? Anyway, Conor McGregor was honoured at a banquet yesterday evening in New York City for his charity work for Crumlin Children’s Hospital.

The Irishman donated an “on the spot” donation of $800,000 according to his head coach, John Kavanagh.

He may get some criticism but his continued charity work is most certainly admirable and will have certainly earned a lot of respect from even his biggest detractors.


“And it is all over”

Until next week fight fans.

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