Ronda Rousey submits Miesha Tate in rematch

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Miesha Tate was the first to make it out of the first round against Ronda Rousey. She lasted until the the third but the UFC women’s bantamweight champion still got her eight consecutive arm bar submission win.

It was the second successful UFC 135 pound title defense for Rouse (8-0).

It was a great fight marred by a classless gesture at the end of the bout. After submitting to Rousey, Tate stood up and extended her hand to congratulate Rousey. Rousey ignored the gesture of good will and turned her back. The crowd at the MGM Grand Garden arena booed vociferously which, quite frankly, didn’t seem to effect Rousey at all.

The fight was a nail biter all the way. Tate and Rousey met in center of the ring like two colliding tornadoes. Rousey, however, scored the first take takedown and proved too strong for Tate.

Tate had the crowd on her side and worked to get a triangle on Rousey. Rousey simply lifted Tate into the air and broke the choke.

Tate sat up and landed a takedown of her own, but Rousey countered with her own. Eventually the two would scramble back to the feet, where Rousey would use Tate’s momentum against her with some sick Judo throws. Rousey did get Tate into an armbar but Tate survived, Joe Rogan saying that Tate most likely had her hand/wrist positioned in a way wherein her elbow wouldn’t be compromised.

The second round was all Rousey, as Tate did well defending the armbar but could not stay on her feet. I thought she rattled Rousey with a few slamming upkicks but simply could not sustain any kind of attack.

Near the end of the round, Rousey moved into full mount and assaulted Tate with punches. The challenger looked exhausted headed to her corner for the second time.

The end was coming quick into the third. Rousey landed a short right hand before dragging her prey to the floor. Tate did attempt to scramble to a better position, but Rousey quickly transitioned into the arm bar. Tate had little fight left and submitted as soon as the hold was cinched.

Rousey, a former U.S. Olympian in Judo, finished a banner year in which she submitted Liz Carmouche in the first-ever UFC female fight and coached opposite Tate in “The Ultimate Fighter” reality series. UFC president Dana White announced after the fight that Rousey will next face Sara McMann at UFC 170 in Las Vegas on Feb. 22.

Miesha Tate readies for Ronda Rousey

Ronda Rousey couldn’t get away fast enough following the filming of “The Ultimate Fighter” in Las Vegas Her rival Miesha Tate, however found a home in Sin City.

Rousey went to Bulgaria train where she also filmed “The Expendables 3”. Tate decided that staying put would give her a better chance at winning.

“What really made the decision for me was the coaches down here are just exceptional,” Tate said.

Tate, quickly realized that Vegas boasted a wealth of MMA resources. She attended gyms like Xtreme Couture, Syndicate MMA and the UFC’s private Red Rock facility.

Taking her game to the next level involved working with Ricky Lundell for wrestling, Jimmy Gifford for striking and master strategist Robert Follis for the battle plan.

“It’s so important for me to win this fight, and it feels just as important to them,” Tate said. “That’s awesome because, with coaches before, I’ve had the feeling they didn’t care as much as I did, and that sucks.”

Tate also brought in some experts on judo techniques (Rousey’s specialty). She specifically does not want to focus on the armbar, Rousey’s signature finishing move that has decimated all of her professional opposition.

“It’s something I have to be aware of, but if I get in the armbar, the odds are going to be in her favor,” Tate said. “I need to work on things to prevent it from getting there. I can’t be like, ‘OK, start an armbar, work on your escapes.’ I’m not planning to be in an armbar this fight.”

Tate is focusing on the fact that she worked her way out of Rousey’s first armbar attempt in their previous battle. She realizes that the only reason she got caught up in it was her over aggressiveness. Tate has a tendency to let her emotions get the best of her and it has cost her in her losses to Rousey and Cat Zingano (her last defeat). She states that her mindset will be under better control when she faces “Rowdy” Ronda.

“She had mental warfare in her arsenal the first time we fought, and I didn’t,” Tate said of Rousey. “It wasn’t a weapon on my toolbelt.

“She was turning the sport into something I didn’t love anymore. She was making it horrible. I didn’t like it, so I had to change my frame of mind.”

“It feels like I finally have the perfect mixture and a whole solid team of coaches,” Tate said.

Cecilia Braekhus vs. Myriam Lamare postponed until February

The Nordic Fight Night in Frederikshavn has been delayed by two weeks because of an eye injury sustained by WBA, WBC & WBO Female Welterweight Champion Cecilia Braekhus (23-0, 7 KOs). The pound-for-pound number one will now face Myriam Lamare (22-3, 10 KOs) at the Arena Nord on February 1.
 
“When it comes down to a fighter´s health, we cannot take any risks,” said promoter Nisse Sauerland. “The doctors have ordered Cecilia to sit out practice for ten days, which made it impossible for her to be in top shape on January 18. At the highest level, losing two weeks in the middle of your preparation is a nightmare. Against a world-class opponent like Lamare, Cecilia needs to be at 100 percent, not 90, 80 or 70.

“We want to apologize to the fans who have already bought tickets and hope that they will be able to join us on the new date. All fights will remain the same.”
 
Said Braekhus: “I am very sorry about the postponement but there is nothing I could do about it. I was gutted when I picked up the injury in sparring. I´ve been forced to postpone fights before, like against Anne Sophie Mathis due to my tonsillitis. Believe me, it is the worst feeling in the world. You feel like you let down your fans. So I was very disappointed at first but I am relieved that the postponement is for only two weeks and that my team has been able to set the new date quickly.

“I hope that all my fans will still come over to Frederikshavn and support me. Lamare is a very tough opponent, I couldn´t fight her without a proper preparation. My fitness and my hard training have always given me an edge over my opponents. I´ll now take a little break and then return to practice to get in shape for Lamare.”
 
EU Light Heavyweight Champion Erik Skoglund (18-0, 9 KOs) will also be in action making his first title defence Adasat Rodriguez (9-2-1, 6 KOs). The 22 year-old has no intention of dropping the belt he won against Lolenga Mock (31-14-1) in Kolding this October.
 
‘’Honestly I do not believe that Rodriguez has the boxing skills to beat me,’’ said Skoglund. ‘’He hits hard and comes forward so in that respect he is a dangerous. I will need to be careful as one punch can change a fight but I have fought guys like him before and I know exactly what I need to do to beat him.
 
‘’2013 was a great year for me. To win the EU title was the perfect ending. Obviously I will need to take it one fight at a time and avoid any injuries but I would like to have 4-5 fights in 2014 and hopefully get a shot at the EBU title later in the year.’’
 
Promoter Nisse Sauerland: ‘’Erik has had a fantastic year. He showed real class and maturity in the way he beat Mock to claim the EU title. I will be expecting big things from him in 2014. However he must first focus on Rodriguez. He is a tough opponent and will be coming to Frederikshavn to win. I am expecting an exciting fight but believe that if Erik boxes like we know he can this will be the first of many successful title defences.‘’
 
In the Danish main event, rising featherweight Dennis Ceylan (9-0, 5 KOs) will be looking to start the year with a bang following an impressive points victory over Edgar Torres in Albertslund. As always the Nordic Fight Night will include a full undercard featuring the very best of Danish, Swedish and Norwegian boxing. Tickets are available at arenanord.dk.

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Yesica Bopp stops Ana Fernandez

Club Los Padres Capuchinos, Concordia, Entre Rios, Argentina – Yesica Bopp (26-1, 12KOs) displayed her electric power with a  second round knockout of Ana Fernandez (14-6) to retain her WBA and WBO junior flyweight titles in their rematch. They met before in 2008 and Bopp won a unanimous duke. In this meeting, however, Bopp overwhelmed Fernandez with a head and body attack.

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