The biggest news of the night, however, came after the fight when Dana White announced that Ronda Rousey would be one of the coaches for season 18 of the Ultimate Fighter. Huge news for Women’s MMA and an interesting twist to the reality series.
Don Frye wildly accused Brock Lesnar of having fixed fights in the UFC. Then he went on to call him a swear word and a waste of flesh. Frye finds it hard to believe that Lesnar is a better wrestler than Randy Couture and a better fighter than Frank Muir. What do you think? Did the UFC fix these fights to promote Brock Lesnar as their next big star?
The Ultimate Fighter 17, episode 8 had the final preliminary fight, the coaches challenge, and the wildcard pick. The final preliminary fight showcased Team Jones’ Dylan Andrews and Team Sonnen’s Zak Cummings. Andrews stood firm through the first two rounds and defeat Cummings via a majority decision. Next was the coaches’ challenge, where $10,000 was on the line in a Jon Jones- Chael Sonnen matchup.
However, no punches were thrown, but rather heavy machinery was used to complete a bevvy of challenges. Jon Jones got out to a steady lead as Chael Sonnen struggled to stack tires with the excavator. However, it would be Jones’ folly in the end that would allow Sonnen to come back and seal the victory. Finally, the wild card choices are announced as Chael Sonnen makes the easy pick of Kevin Casey, while Jon Jones struggles to choose between top pick Clint Hester and underdog Robert “Bubba” McDaniel.
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Renan Pegado retains his bantamweight title as he defeats challenger Michael McDonald at UFC on Fuel TV 7. The fight was an awesome display of talent and skill by the bantamweight champion and he was able to submit McDonald at 3 minutes and 57 seconds of round 4 via a classic arm-triangle choke. This is the champ’s 30th consecutive win since 2005 interrupted only by a no contest in 2007.
Could “Barao” be the luckiest and the most skilful bantamweight fighter in MMA? Apparently so, and just to prove this, Pegado exclaimed that next on his list was to fight Dominick Cruz, a 27 year old Alliance MMA bantamweight with a terrific 19 win and 1 loss MMA professional career. However, this plan may still be unable to push through since “The Dominator” has not returned to UFC since October 2011 after a terrible injury that led to a torn ACL. News is that last December 2012, Cruz had undergone surgery once more after his body rejected a tendon that was harvested from a cadaver. Cruz’s trainer and doctors said that it would probably take the fighter about 6 to 12 months to completely recover from his recent surgery.
After the win, Pegado was heard saying: “I wish Dominick a quick recovery so that he can come and give a fight to the public.” He told Fox Sports: “I will train very hard; I’m very much looking forward to this fight. I want to give a good show and I’m going to beat him.”
Fans say that whether Dominick Cruz is able to get back to MMA and to UFC for a fight with the champion, Cruz will basically be beaten by Pegado easily. To note that the champion has never lost for 7 years and has ranked five impressive wins under UFC. When he submitted McDonald at the Wembley Arena in London, his skills and this formidable talent was overwhelming. Fighting Cruz will be an understatement.
Pegado further added: “I feel great. I worked very hard for that with all of my teammates at Nova Uniao in Rio de Janeiro. That’s the result of long days of work.” He mentioned that a great factor in his victory was knowing his skills and followed all instructions given to him which worked perfectly in the end. And regarding his next fight: “I believe my toughest fight is going to be the next one.”