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Ronda Rousey returns at UFC 207 against Amanda Nunes

Ronda Rousey returns at UFC 207 against Amanda Nunes

By: Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer

After nearly a year away from the Octagon, former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey will be making her highly anticipated UFC return at the UFC’s New Years Eve event on December 30th, UFC 207.

While there has been no other fights announced for the card at the present time, Rousey vs. Nunes is expected to headline the event given that the pair will be fighting for Nunes’ belt in Rousey’s highly anticipated return to the Octagon.

UFC President Dana White announced the news on Wednesday on “The Herd.”

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Rousey, who lost her women’s bantamweight championship strap to Holly Holm in the main event of UFC 193 back in November of 2015, looked nearly unbeatable for four years as she compiled a 12-0 professional MMA record, finishing every opponent she fought. That changed when she met ‘The Preacher’s Daughter’ in Melbourne, Australia at UFC 193, where she was outstruck, and ultimately KOd in the 2nd round by the striking ace.

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After the loss, Rousey was reportedly set to film several movies in Hollywood before returning to the Octagon. Time and time again, Rousey’s return has been delayed, however both her coach, Edmond Tarverdyan, and UFC President Dana White both recently hinted at Rousey returning by the end of the year.

Nunes on the other hand has been on a tear of the UFC women’s bantamweight division. A three fight win streak that saw 28-year old TKO Rousey’s teammate, Shayna Baszler, submit Sara McMann, and pick up a unanimous decision over renowned striker Valentina Shevchenko, resulted in Nunes getting a title shot against Miesha Tate in the main event of UFC 200. When Nunes and Tate stepped into the Octagon, it took just three minutes for Nunes to rock, and ultimately submit ‘Cupcake’, earning her the women’s bantamweight championship.

Tate Nunes highlights

With Ronda Rousey’s return date officially set, do you think she will be able to reclaim the bantamweight championship, and bounce back from the first loss of her professional career?

BJ Penn: “To the doubters, go put all your money on Lamas!”

BJ Penn: “To the doubters, go put all your money on Lamas!”

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

Former UFC lightweight and welterweight champion BJ Penn will return to the octagon on October 15 when he squares off with former UFC featherweight title challenger Ricardo Lamas in the main event of UFC Manila.

The UFC Hall of Fame fighter, Penn, recently sat down with BJPENN.com’s Chris Taylor where he discussed his comeback fight and future plans in the sport.

Check it out:

Taylor: “I know you were initially targeting your comeback fight to take place at November’s highly anticipated UFC 205 event in New York. How did this fight with Lamas in Manila come together?”

Penn: “The UFC called and offered me the fight with Ricardo in Manila and I thought to myself this is perfect. I’m really happy and excited to be fighting in Asia. I want to show my fighting spirit to all of the Asian fans. This one is going to be called ‘The Killa in Manilla!'”

Taylor: “A lot of fans and analysts are questioning your decision to comeback and fight the #4 ranked featherweight in the UFC for your first bout in over two years. What is your response to that?”

Penn: “Why would I care what anyone else thinks? The first thing those guys should do is go to the bank, drain their accounts and go put all of their money on Ricardo Lamas. Because the day before the fight I’m going to bet on myself and make a whole lot of money.”

Taylor: “What do you think of Ricardo Lamas as a fighter?”

Penn: “Ricardo is going to be a great test for me. He has some nice fancy kicks and I’m sure he is an excellent grappler. It is a great comeback fight for me.”

Taylor: “Will you be returning to train at Greg Jackson’s gym for this fight with Lamas?”

Penn: “Yes. I am back at Jackson’s for this camp. I’m training with Diego Brandao and hopefully with Donald Cerrone very soon.”

Taylor: “How do you feel about your comeback fight being a five-round main event bout?

Penn: “I’m used to only title fights being five rounds. But that said, this fight is not going to go five rounds!”

Taylor: “If you are able to defeat Lamas on October 15 in Manila, would you be opposed to fighting your former training partner Jose Aldo for the featherweight title?”

Penn: “No. At 37-years-old I have no choice at this point. I have to make my mark or walk away. When I first tried to make my comeback, there was a different champion (McGregor) then Aldo. Who knows what the future will hold with all of this.”

Taylor: “There are rumors that fellow Hawaiian Max Holloway may be the next man to challenge Jose Aldo for the title, this if Conor McGregor decides against returning to featherweight. If that was the case, who would you rather fight in the future assuming that you defeat Ricardo Lamas in Manila?”

Penn: “May the best man win in that fight (Aldo vs. Holloway). It doesn’t matter to me, may the best man win.”

Taylor: “Speaking of Conor, what did you think of the second fight between McGregor and Diaz and do you feel he is worthy of a lightweight title shot without ever having fought in the UFC’s lightweight division?”

Penn: “It was a great fight, very close. I really don’t know why McGregor would get a lightweight title shot. He fought Diaz twice at welterweight and lost once and this last fight was basically a draw. But it is a business and I understand that, so that is why Dana probably offered him the lightweight title shot.”

Taylor: “What is the ultimate goal in regards to your UFC comeback?”

Penn: “The first goal is to beat Lamas and go get the 145-pound title. Then me and Greg Jackson will sit down and talk about going after the 155-pound title again. Look, all of this stuff about winning titles at different weights has been done before. I did it twelve years ago when I was 25-years-old. As of today, I am the only one chasing a third world title. Nobody else is even close.”

Taylor: “Any last words for Lamas or your fans?”

Penn: “To the fans thank you for all your support over the years. Ricardo Lamas I will see you on October 15. And to all the doubters, go put all your money on my opponent.”

VIDEO | Conor McGregor vs. Chad Mendes from UFC 189 (replay)

VIDEO | Conor McGregor vs. Chad Mendes from UFC 189 (replay)

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

https://youtu.be/TWdef03nI8s

UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor suffered the first loss of his UFC career this past March in the headlining bout of UFC 196 when he was submitted in the second-round by Nate Diaz in a welterweight bout.

In the above video, “Mystic Mac” captures the UFC interim featherweight champion by scoring a second-round TKO victory over Chad Mendes at UFC 189.

How do you think the UFC 202 rematch between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz will play out?

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Cavs force game seven against Warriors!

Cavs force game seven against Warriors!

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

 

 

The Cleveland Cavaliers will try and make NBA history on Sunday night by becoming the first team to win an NBA Championship after trailing a finals series 3-1.

The Cavaliers defeated Golden State by a final score of 115-101 in game six on Thursday night in Cleveland, thus forcing a do-or-die game seven in California.

Former league MVP Lebron James scored 41 points for the second game in a row, leading the Cavs to Thursday night’s lopsided victory over the Warriors.

Golden State’s best player and league MVP Stephen Curry fouled-out of game six and was then ejected by the referee , this after he threw his mouth piece in to the crowd.

Curry will not face a suspension for his actions, however he did receive a $25,000 fine from the league.

The Cavs came flying out of the gate in game six, taking an early 31-11 first quarter lead.

The Warriors only shot 29% from the floor in game six and will need to be much better if they hope to repeat as NBA Champions by winning game seven.

Game seven will take place Sunday night back in Golden State.

Be sure to catch the final game of this year’s NBA Championship series live at one of Kauai’s Kalapaki Joe’s locations!