Ronda Rousey Won’t Fight at UFC 205, Leaving MMA’s NYC Return in a Tight Spot

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Appearing on the UFC Unfiltered podcast this week UFC President Dana White dropped the news that Ronda Rousey will not be fighting at UFC 205 when the UFC makes its long-awaited return to New York City in November. Ronda’s future in the UFC—When will she return? Will she return at all? Does she still want to be a fighter?—has been up in the air ever since she lost her bantamweight title to Holly Holm last November, but despite swirling rumors to the contrary, White made it clear that the mystery surrounding Rousey’s continued life as a fighter will not be solved at Madison Square Garden on November 12.

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The Existential Implications of a Split Decision Victory

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I watched the main event of UFC Fight Night 72 in a pub in the middle of the afternoon with about 30% of my husband’s extended family. We’d gone there to have a few drinks and kill some time between a wedding ceremony and reception and I somehow worked up the nerve to ask our server if we could switch one of the bar’s 600 TVs away from baseball so that I could see Thales Leites face off against Michael Bisping.

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In Loss and Vape Smoke, Nate Diaz Still Endures

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Nate Diaz inhaled off his vape pen while the bruising from the evening settled in on his face. More than 12 minutes into the post-fight press scrum after UFC 202, someone finally asked the welterweight-lightweight-whateverweight what he was puffing so casually. Cannabidiol (CBD) oil, he said, a cannabis-derived, non-intoxicating substance to aid recovery and reduce inflammation. In between draws, Diaz ribbed Conor McGregor, UFC featherweight champion and the 168-pound opponent who just beat him.

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McGregor wins brutal five-round war with Diaz at UFC 202

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After a bloody, hard-fought five rounds, Conor McGregor has avenged his loss to Nate Diaz. But the fight is far from over.

In a rematch that more than lived up to the hype and wildest expectations, McGregor got his win back against Diaz, outlasting the Stockton bad boy to a majority decision win (48-47, 47-47, 48-47).

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Taekwondo’s New Octagonal Ring Proves MMA’s Growing Impact on the Olympics

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This year for the first time Olympic taekwondo competitors are fighting in an octagon. The World Taekwondo Federation made the decision to make the move to the MMA-shaped ring as a way to speed up fights, give fighters more places to move, and get rid of the corners the traditional rectangle provided that could be used for retreat and passivity. Chungwon Choue, the president of the WTF, said at a press conference earlier this week that the change was made to make the sport “more athlete-focused and engaging for fans.”

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This Time Around, Nate Diaz Has to Deal With Expectation

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Not many people like to admit being wrong when it comes to sport, but the chorus of ‘I told you so’ from people claiming they knew Nate Diaz would upset Conor McGregor at UFC 196 was one of the most resounding we’ve had in years.

Of course, this was aided by the great gift of hindsight. Don’t get me wrong, there were a few people who called the fight for the Stockton native beforehand, but in Las Vegas back in March, there were not a lot of people that expected the Stockton native to step up on short notice to defeat the outspoken Irishman.

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Judges Sent Home From Rio Olympics After Controversial Boxing Results

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The Amateur International Boxing Association (AIBA) has moved to quell the storm of criticism over their handling of the Olympics by sending home a number of judges and referees.

Irish bantamweight boxer Michael Conlan accused the organisation of being “cheating bastards” after his controversial points loss to Russian fighter Vladimir Nikitin on Tuesday. That followed a similarly contentious defeat for Kazakh fighter Vassily Levit, who lost on points to Russia’s Evgeny Tishchenko despite appearing to comprehensively outfight his opponent.

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Jon Jones Expects to Be Back in the Octagon “Really Soon”

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As we enter UFC 202 fight week, there is plenty to talk ahead of the most eagerly anticipated rematches of the year as Conor McGregor seeks to avenge his loss to Nate Diaz from UFC 196 back in March.

Last night, UFC’s European team readied the media for an announcement this morning, confirming the worst kept secret in mixed martial arts, as Michael Bisping is set to make his first title defense against his old rival Dan Henderson in Manchester on October 8.

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Olympic Wrestler Gets Choked Unconscious, Wins Gold Medal

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When you live inside the mixed martial arts bubble, the summer Olympics becomes an every-four-years visit to foreign corners of the combat sports world. There’s a recognizable motion and dynamism on the TV screen when you watch the double-leg takedowns of freestyle wrestlers, the right crosses of boxers, the armbars that judoka use during all-too-brief tumbles on the ground, or any of the other component parts of MMA transplanted to a different, worldlier context. (Another familiar MMA-related sight: Former Team Quest standout and 2000 Olympic silver medalist Matt Lindland is head coach of the US Greco-Roman wrestling team this year.) But each sport contains its own culture, governed by rules that range from complex to inscrutable, at least to the illiterate among us.

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