We’ve written a handful of ‘Sports Crush’ posts since we launched ‘America’s White Boy.’ We have spotlighted a few UFC women fighters (Paige VanZant, Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate). The response has been great, so we decided to profile another talented female fighter who is now with Invicta FC, the American/Brazilian Strawweight Mackenzie Dern.
Dern is the daughter of famous grappler Wellington ‘Megaton’ Dias. She has been training since she was 3 and was the #1 ranked female in jiu-jitsu when she decided to go into mixed-martial arts in 2015.
Dern is currently 4-0 and just signed a contract with Invicta FC and will make her strawweight debut against Kaline Medeiros. The 24-year old will no doubt find her way into the UFC soon.
See why we are crushing on MMA fighter Mackenzie Dern.
With the NBA Finals now over, and the soccer season well and truly finished, many sports fans have retreated for the rest of the year, awaiting their favorites to return. This time of the year can seem like a bit of a drag when it comes to major sporting events. But look a little closer and you can soon see that the sporting calendar still has a lot to offer, especially for those who like to put their money where their mouth is.
One of the most popular times of the year for sports enthusiasts is during the Wimbledon tennis tournament in the U.K. from July 3rd -16th. People placing wagers for sports fans are on fire for these matches, as punters try to guess the match outcomes and the tournaments outright. This year’s men’s singles is set to be exceptionally close, with both Roger Federer and Andy Murray close favorites with 2/1 and 3/1, respectively. If you want to take a slight outside wager then Rafael Nadal is a good option.
The UFC announced that they will be starting a new women’s weight class at 145 pounds and will crown a new champion at UFC 208. The inaugural 145-pound belt will either go to former Welterweight champion Holly Holm or Germanie de Randamie.
Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino is the only reason why Dana White even thought of making a 145-pound class, but she is not in this match. Hell, she may not ever fight at 145 pounds again. In her two fights at 140 pounds in the UFC, she had to cut a ton of weight and her body nearly shutdown both times. In my opinion, she has too much muscle mass to fight at anything below 155 pounds on a semi-regular basis.
If you’re confused by that title match pairing since there is a glaring omission. This is one of the reasons why the 145-pound Featherweight weight class will be a huge failure.
We’ve written a handful of ‘Sports Crush’ posts since we launched ‘America’s White Boy.’ We have spotlighted a few UFC women fighters (Paige VanZant, Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate). The response has been great, so we decided to profile another talented female fighter who is currently getting started in the UFC, ‘The Karate Hottie’ Michelle Waterson.
Waterson is the former Invicta FC Atomweight Champion and is currently fighting in the UFC Strawweight division. She has a record of 13-4 and comes from a karate background.
Waterson made her UFC debut on July 12th, 2015 after submitting Angela Magana via rear-naked choke. Her next fight is December 17th, when she faces our former ‘Sports Crush’, Paige VanZant.
See why we are crushing on UFC fighter Michelle Waterson.
It’s safe to say that everyone saw Ronda Rousey’s 34-second knockout of Bethe Correia last weekend. It was nearly short enough to post the video on Instagram and Vine.
Rousey’s next opponent is Miesha Tate, the only fighter to take Rousey into the second round. MMA fight odds are still quite lopsided. Oddessa.com CEO and head oddsmaker Joey Oddessa has Rousey as a 11/1 favorite.
These fighters have already face each other twice before, once in Strikeforce and again in UFC, with Rousey winning both bouts. Tate did stretch the second fight into the second round after avoiding multiple armbar attempts from Rousey in the first round.
Do you think Tate could pull off what seems impossible right now, and defeat Rousey in their third fight?
Our focus in this post is Holly “Preacher’s Daughter” Holm. She’s fairly new to MMA, but is an accomplished boxer and kickboxer. She’s held titles in both sports.
Holm recently improved her MMA record to 4-0 after kicking Allana Jones in the head and knocking her out in a Legacy FC 21 bout. If she keeps improving, UFC’s Dana White will definitely offer her a contract. She’s already proven herself outside the octagon in kickboxing.
Why are we crushing on Holly Holm? We’ve added some photos below and you will soon be enamored with the “Preacher’s Daughter” too. Continue reading →
Nick Diaz just made UFC 158 a lot more interesting.
Diaz (26-8) faces Georges St. Pierre (23-2) for the welterweight title this weekend. On a radio show after the press conference Diaz made some startling allegations. He claimed GSP takes “plenty of steroids.”
This comes after GSP called Diaz the most disrespectful fighter in the UFC.
“The Ultimate Fighter” could be getting…hotter?! A rumor that’s floating around is that the competition could be getting its first ever women’s season of TUF. The rumored coaches are Miesha Tate and current Strikeforce bantamweight champion Ronda Rousy. Rousey beat Tate to win the title back in March.
Miesha Tate is a Gina Carano-esque beauty who could kick your ass. Don’t let her nickname of “Cupcake” fool you, she’s an excellent mixed-martial artist. Tate is 12-3 and has a fight tonight with Julie Kedzie (16-10).
She’s my current Sports Crush and you can follow her on Twitter at @MieshaTate.
If you’re on the fence about watching Strikeforce tonight on Showtime and Showtime Extreme, let me help you make up your mind by showing you a photo gallery of Miesha Tate. Continue reading →