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We noted a few weeks back that MMA veteran Mark Coleman got upset at the April 13th UFC event in Las Vegas because UFC producers chose to show CM Punk in the crowd and not Coleman. Coleman reportedly wanted to fight Punk at the event.
Coleman contacted The Wrestling Observer Newsletter and was sorry about what happened. He said he was only trying to work on his image and was playing around. He added he has nothing but respect for Punk and said he was his favorite WWE performer.
Former WWE Star Dave Batista recently tweeted on rumors that he was getting in shape to make a return to WWE. Although Batista currently has no plans to make a WWE return, he remains open to the idea.
“Here’s a cryptic message: I’m focused on movies now. No #MMA anytime soon. No #WWE plans either, but not opposed. Hopefully #MyFansSupportMe”
Batista has not appeared on WWE television since May 24th, 2010.
Paul Lazenby, MMA fighter, stuntman and friend of Steve Austin’s noted on Live Audio Wrestling that “The Rattlesnake” is in great shape and would entertain an offer to do one more match. The LAW posted on their Twitter:
“According to Paul Lazenby – Steve Austin is in better shape then most might think, last time they spoke he would entertain the “right offer””
Spike TV Exec Kevin Kay revealed during an interview with Sherdog that King Mo will not be making an appearance for TNA until after the summer.
“He’s going to come back and fight in the Summer Series, so we can’t wait to get him back in the cage. I think people will be really interested to see what he does different this time. I’m excited. I love Mo. I think he’s everything you want in a mixed martial artist, right? Because he’s incredibly gifted as an athlete, he’s very versatile and he’s got a great personality. So, you know, nothing changes. I’m now curious to see what he does, as I think the fans are. How’s he going to adjust his game plan and is he going to be able to win a tournament and win a championship in Bellator?
The only thing it changes a little bit is that we thought there would be more time. If Mo had won the tournament, then he would have not had to fight this summer, probably would have gone to TNA for the summer and then come back in the fall to fight in Bellator again. But because we want to get him back in the cage and give him as fast a shot as possible to get back up and running and hopefully win, we’re going to get him back on this summer. So, he won’t go as quickly back to Impact as we originally had planned, but that’s all good.”
WWE has reportedly signed Irish women’s wrestler Rebecca Knox to a developmental deal. She debuted back in 2002 but retired in 2008 after an injury. She returned to the ring in October 2012 and has competed for top women’s promotions including SHIMMER. She also has experience in personal training, nutrition consulting, yoga, mixed martial arts, gymnastics, acting and stunt work.
Rebecca told The Herald newspaper in Ireland: “I want to make the most of this opportunity. Sheamus has shown that Irish pro-wrestlers can go all the way to the top.”
While the UFC is not too keen on letting Fallon Fox duke it out in the Octagon anytime soon, wrestling legend Hulk Hogan says the MMA transgender fighter is welcome in HIS ring any day … even if the idea confuses him a little.
Hulk was at LAX Saturday when our photog asked the wrestling god all about the Fox controversy: she wants to fight chicks in the UFC, but a TON of MMA peeps (including her opponents, Dana White and Joe Rogan) say it’s not fair … since she was born a man.
But Hulk is an equal opportunity destroyer and told our cameraman not only will he take on Fox, he’ll “crush him.” Then he gets confused and says “her” … then “him” again. You should just watch it.
Props to Hulk anyways … even though this in no way solves the problem at hand.
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We noted last week that WWE had signed Kendra Smith, who has experience in MMA and stuntwork, to a developmental deal. Her new ring name is Kendall Skye.
On a related note, it’s said that Kendra impressed NXT officials big time several weeks back when she attended the tryouts.
A day after a bit of a tease about Ronda Rousey’s first UFC fight, things finally are official.
But Rousey won’t be fighting Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos, as Wednesday’s rumor had her meeting. Instead, Rousey (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will be meeting Liz Carmouche (7-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) as the first defense of her new UFC women’s bantamweight title at UFC 157 in February.
UFC President Dana White made the announcement following Thursday’s pre-event news conference for UFC on FOX 5 in Seattle, and he presented Rousey with her new UFC belt.
UFC 157 takes place Feb. 23 at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. Rousey vs. Carmouche will be the main event of the card, which will air on pay-per-view, FX and Facebook.
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Anderson Silva (33-4 MMA, 16-0 UFC) and Johny Hendricks (14-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC) may just have to wait their turn.
Georges St-Pierre (23-2 MMA, 17-2 UFC) has asked to face former Strikeforce champ Nick Diaz (26-8 MMA, 7-5 UFC), and UFC President Dana White said he feels obligated to grant the UFC welterweight champ his request.
The UFC boss on Thursday revealed the plans following a UFC on FOX 5 pre-event press conference in Seattle.
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Speaking to Fighting Spirit Magazine, Booker T recalled his physical altercation with Batista on May 8, 2006 at a commercial photo shoot in Encino, California for that year’sSummerSlam pay-per-view event.
Batista, who rose to main event status in a relatively short period of time, was already unpopular within the locker room due to his lack of respect for those who came before him coupled with a sense of entitlement. That day, Booker T took issue with The Animal’s poor demeanor.
According to eyewitness reports, Booker T challenged Batista to “[go] into an empty room and go for it.” The two fought for approximately five minutes in the room, with Booker T dominating the muscle-bound wrestler. After the two were separated by fellow wrestlers, Batista snuck in one last sucker punch on Booker T just as he did immediately after the decorated wrestler closed the door to signal the start of fray.
Finlay, who was among the wrestlers who broke up the brawl, said during an earlier interview with the publication that the story was blown out of proportion. Booker T disagreed with his assessment.
“It wasn’t blown out of proportion. He took a pretty good beating,” said the SmackDown General Manager.
“The thing is, when you’re in a fight, it’s different from an MMA fight. That’s the thing with me. I’ve fought my whole life. You don’t just call a person out to a fight if you don’t know their background, what they’ve been through, and how to test them. That was his mistake, and I think it was definitely a case of him underestimating me, and thinking he was the bigger guy. For me fighting is in the blood, and it’s something I grew up doing. Honestly though, I hope Batista does well (in MMA), even just for the business’ sake.”
Brock Lesnar’s loss to Alistair Overeem last year at UFC 141 was indeed the final MMA bout of his career. It might not have been, as the former UFC Heavyweight Champion had considered coming back to the sport this year, but UFC President Dana White said on Tuesday that Lesnar has closed the door on that part of his life.
“He’s done,” White said in an interview with the Dave and Mahoney show on X107.5 in Las Vegas on Tuesday. ”He’s done. He called me a couple days ago, he’s never coming back. He just said his body… he can wrestle, but he can’t fight. But he was contemplating coming back.”
Lesnar is currently signed to the WWE through next year’s Wrestlemania event, though he could re-sign for longer after deciding against another UFC run.
Back in March, Strikeforce Bantamweights Miesha Tate and Ronda Rousey squared off to fight for the women’s title. Leading up to the bout, the two ladies built up the match with a rousing war of words. The feud hit a peak the night before the bout when Tate’s boyfriend and UFC BantamweightBryan Caraway gave in to Ronda’s taunts. In response to an MMA fan, Caraway called Rousey an “unintelligent bimbo” and threatened to “knock her teeth dwn her throat the break her arm!” Today, that situation was brought up to Tate.
One of Tate’s Twitter followers asked her why Bryan said he would “beat a woman” on behalf of his son. Tate responded:
“@edwardethan @ry4ann when a woman steps up to a man she should be treated as an equal, no discrimination. I am all for equality, women should be treated equally in every aspect so if a women punches a man then he can punch her back “
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Team Death Clutch is no more subsequent to Brock Lesnar and Cole Konrad’s retirement.
Brock Lesnar built a gym and facility that would make him a more complete mixed martial artist, while also keeping him close to home.
The team carried on with fighters like Bellator heavyweight champion Cole Konrad and UFC heavyweight Pat Barry, who first came to the team as a sparring partner for Lesnar despite Lesnar’s return to the WWE & MMA retirement.
Konrad later announced he was leaving the fight game, as well, to concentrate on the next stage in his life.
Leaving Pat Barry as the last fighter standing alongside coach Marty Morgan, who soon bolted as well.
Barry had to find a new place to train with Team Death Clutch now disbanded, and while he’s found a team and a trainer, he’s back to once again being the only heavyweight in the room.
Barry told UFC Tonight on Tuesday
“No more Death Clutch; no more big guys. Now I’m full time at the Academy with Greg Nelson in Minneapolis. He’s phenomenal, great at everything. I was already a part of the Academy, but I was training with Marty and Cole and now that they’re gone, I’m full-time, 100-percent part of the Academy, Greg Nelson’s gym in Minneapolis.
Three years in Milwaukee (working with Duke Roufus) and I left. I up and moved here, brought everything here, to train with a team of nothing but big guys, and now they’re all gone. So once again, I’m the biggest guy in the gym.”
With this development, it now seems that you can forget about Brock Lesnar returning to MMA any time soon. Brock built the gym to train close to home. With the gym now closed, it seems that Brock’s MMA days are behind him.
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CM Punk was interviewed by Ariel Helwani for the MMA Hour show and spoke about Batista’s MMA debut this past Saturday night. Punk acknowledged that Batista looked “really nervous” but says he was impressed that Batista was able to control his ‘butterflies’ and score the first round TKO. Here are some topics discussed.
Batista’s Decision To Do MMA: “I think it’s awesome, too. Dave just wanted the experience. He wanted to fight even if it was just one time. It was something that he wanted to do. He loves it so he put his mind to it and did it, and I think that amazing. I don’t think anybody can criticize that. He has no delusions of grandeur. He’s not trying to get a big, fat UFC contract. He’s not trying to coast on his name from the WWE. He’s just fighting because he wanted to experience it.”
Critical Fans: “The haters, if you’re doing something right you’re going to get criticized. I don’t think there’s a whole lot of people who can do what Dave did, and those are the ones that are going to criticize him. To me, those are the funniest ones. They say funny stuff. They make the funniest comments and they’re fun to laugh at.”