Dana White named in sex-tape lawsuit; UFC boss says case is 'bull(expletive)'
by MMA Junkie Staff on April 5, 2020 at 2:00 am
UFC president Dana White plans to have his involvement in a sex-tape extortion case dismissed as soon as possible.
Lyman Good out of UFC 249 bout with Belal Muhammad due to injury
by Danny Segura on April 5, 2020 at 12:30 am
Former Bellator champion Lyman Good is injured and out of UFC 249 welterweight bout with Belal Muhammad.
Ex-UFC champ Cody Garbrandt planning flyweight drop after final bantamweight stop
by MMA Junkie Staff on April 4, 2020 at 11:25 pm
Cody Garbrandt has a plan to "really save the flyweight division" after one final UFC bantamweight bout.
Gilbert Burns says he's Tyron Woodley's only option for UFC 249: 'I'm the guy available'
by Mike Bohn on April 4, 2020 at 10:30 pm
With two weeks until UFC 249 and Tyron Woodley still pushing for a fight, Gilbert Burns is ready to face the former champ.
Watch Rose Namajunas vs Jessica Andrade full fight video
by Parviz Iskenderov on April 5, 2020 at 2:38 am
Former women’s strawweight champions Rose Namajunas and Jessica Andrade were scheduled to meet for the second time. The contest was expected to co-headline UFC 249 Khabib vs Ferguson fight card live on pay-per-view from a yet to be determined location on April 19 (AEDT). The promotion recently hit the stream with the full fight video The post Watch Rose Namajunas vs Jessica Andrade full fight video appeared first on FIGHTMAG.
Watch Deontay Wilder vs Bermane Stiverne 2 fight video replay
by Parviz Iskenderov on April 5, 2020 at 1:22 am
Former champion Deontay Wilder and Bermane Stiverne fought twice. The first contest took place at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas in January 2015 when “The Bronze Bomber” scored a unanimous decision to become WBC heavyweight champion. The rematch headlined the PBC fight card live on Showtime from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY in The post Watch Deontay Wilder vs Bermane Stiverne 2 fight video replay appeared first on FIGHTMAG.
Girl Power: Mallaury Kalachnikoff vs Nathalie Visschers full fight video
by Parviz Iskenderov on April 5, 2020 at 12:55 am
Mallaury Kalachnikoff and Nathalie Visschers squared off on February 2017. The contest featured the rising French star up against the Belgian competitor, battling it out in the finale of women’s kickboxing tournament Girl Power 2. The event presented by Bigger’s Better Boxing took place in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria. On the way to the final, both The post Girl Power: Mallaury Kalachnikoff vs Nathalie Visschers full fight video appeared first on FIGHTMAG.
Home workout: 30 minute glutes and abs
by Lilian Dikmans on April 4, 2020 at 5:35 am
Staying at home doesn’t mean you have to stop training. This 30 minute home workout for glutes and abs can be performed with minimal or no equipment (video demo below). This home workout is arranged into supersets, alternating between exercises targeting the gluteal muscles and the core muscles with minimal rest in between. Working in The post Home workout: 30 minute glutes and abs appeared first on FIGHTMAG.
WrestleMania 36, Day 1 results: Empty arena matches and graveyards
by Tim Burke on April 5, 2020 at 2:16 am
Photo credit should read AMER HILABI/AFP via Getty Images WrestleMania 36, Day 1 is in the books, and it was rather underwhelming. The strangest WrestleMania ever kicked off today. The 36th installment of the Showcase of the Immortals had to deal with the limitations of coronavirus government regulations, and a whole bunch of other things. The matches were pre-taped and in front of no fans, which led to an eerie, surreal viewing experience. The wrestlers worked hard, but the lack of an audience made things rather jarring at times. The highlight of the show was definitely a ladder match for the tag titles between John Morrison, Kofi Kingston, and Jimmy Uso. Yes, a three-way dance for tag titles. This became necessary due to Morrison’s partner, The Miz, being ruled out of the show due to being sick (no one’s sure if it was COVID or not). Still, The Miz was around long enough to tape an awful segment for the pre-show at some point. But regardless, the three men took a bunch of nasty bumps and Kingston looked amazing as usual. In the end, they all fought over the belt at the top of a ladder and Morrison fell off, belt in hand, to take an ugly back bump on a ladder, but winning the match in the process. The next best match was Kevin Owens vs. Seth Rollins. Owens originally won by DQ when The Monday Night Messiah hit him with a ring bell, but Owens demanded a restart with no DQs. He then jumped off the WrestleMania sign onto Rollins, crashing through a table, in the spot of the night. Eventually he got the three count. The last two matches were throwaways, in very different forms. Braun Strowman won the Universal title in a short match with Goldberg. It was short because...well, Goldberg can’t wrestle. The finale was AJ Styles and Undertaker in a “Boneyard match”. Basically it was a Buried Alive match, filmed in a graveyard. And it was incredibly hokey. It was filmed like a movie, with bad dialogue and worse interference. Eventually (and mercifully), Taker put AJ into a grave and rode his bike off into the sunset. Yikes. The event will continue tomorrow with nine more matches, including Brock Lesnar vs. Drew McIntyre for the WWE championship. Here are the full results from day one. The Undertaker defeated AJ Styles (Boneyard Match) Braun Strowman defeated Goldberg to win the Universal championship Kevin Owens defeated Seth Rollins John Morrison defeated Kofi Kingston and Jimmy Uso to retain the Smackdown tag team titles Sami Zayn defeated Daniel Bryan to retain the Intercontinental championship Becky Lynch defeated Shayna Baszler to retain the Raw women’s championship Elias defeated King Corbin Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross defeated The Kabuki Warriors to win the WWE women’s tag team titles Cesaro defeated Drew Gulak (Kickoff show)
Dana White sued by convicted extortionist in sex tape case
by John S. Nash on April 5, 2020 at 12:20 am
Photo by Logan Riely/Getty Images Dana White has been named in a suit filed in Nevada on Friday. On April 3rd, Dana White and the UFC were named in a Clark County District Court of Nevada lawsuit that has roots in a notorious 2015 blackmail case involving a then-unnamed Las Vegas “businessman.” The Las Vegas Review-Journal was the first to report on the filing. That businessman has now allegedly been identified as UFC president Dana White. Back in 2015, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported on an extortion scheme that had been investigated by the FBI and resulted in the suspect, Ernesto Joshua Ramos, entering into a plea bargain. According to the prosecutors, Ramos had obtained a video recording of his live-in-girlfriend having sex with the unnamed businessman, whom she had met while working as a dancer at a Las Vegas strip club. Ramos was accused of threatening the victim with the release of the sex tapes, unless he was paid $200,000. The court had taken the unprecedented move of sealing the suspect’s identity, with the FBI complaint describing him as “a married Las Vegas resident who has two minor children and who is ‘part-owner of a well-known business’ with access to a company jet.” In the new filing, Ramos names Dana White, UFC Holdings, and a number of unnamed individuals and companies as defendants. In his claim, Ramos alleges that Dana White had met his girlfriend at Spearmint Rhino, where she worked as a dancer. White was apparently a regular client, having paid her as much as $200,000 for “entertainment” during his visits. But the two did not have any personal dating relationship before White invited her to attend UFC 179 in Brazil with him, with the UFC supplying a first-class ticket and an expedited passport. The suit also alleges that “on the same trip, White’s in-laws and the co-owners of the UFC were accompanied by other eye candy to whom they were not married.” How that is germane to the case is not made clear. Ramos claims his girlfriend traveled knowing that she was expected to have sex with White, which she did. She also recorded their encounter on her cell phone. For this Ramos’s girlfriend was paid $5,000 before the trip, and the Spearmint Rhino was paid an additional $10,000 afterwards, $8,000 of which was paid to his girlfriend. Ramos claims that he became upset upon learning of the sexual encounter and contacted White, who denied the incident. Ramos then forwarded White the video his girlfriend had recorded as evidence. At this point, Ramos alleges that White and other officials either with or representing the UFC, engaged in what sounds like a conspiracy to suppress the release of the tape in order to protect the planned sale of the company. According to Ramos’s complaint, either White or someone associated with the UFC contacted the FBI or the US Attorney and alleged that White was being extorted. Ramos claims they did so even though he had not asked for any money. The purpose of the complaint was to prevent him from revealing the incident or having the sex tape released to the public. In the suit, Ramos alleges that the UFC’s motivation was its fear that negative publicity involving the face of the company would hurt the planned sale of the company. The owners of the UFC at the time were the Lorenzo Fertitta, Frank Fertitta, Dana White, and the Abu-Dhabi based Flash Entertainment, who eventually sold the promotion for $4 billion in 2016. Ramos then accuses the FBI of setting up a sting operation for him, when they instead should have been investigating White for a violation of the Mann Act, after White had confessed to taking his girlfriend outside the country’s borders and paying her for the purpose of sexual activity. According to Ramos, it was White who asked for an amount to keep the video out of the public. When Ramos, after being prompted, agreed to the $200,000 price, and then later received a check for that amount, he was arrested and charged by the FBI. Ramos seems to suggest that his original attorney, Pete Christiansen, did not have his best interests at heart, as the plaintiff was apparently unaware that Christiansen was an acquaintance of White’s before representing Ramos. Ramos hired new counsel, Grabriel Grasso, who represented him when he was offered a plea agreement by the US Attorney’s office. According to the complaint, White’s counsel called Ramos’s new counsel Gabriel Grasso and advised him that White would pay Ramos an amount that “could or would approach or exceed one million dollars,” for a nondisclosure agreement related to White’s actions. Ramos does not claim he was offered any financial incentive to enter his plea, but instead for signing an NDA. After pleading guilty, Ramos participated in a mediation with White on April 5th, 2016 to determine the amount of compensation for him. According to the complaint, “White failed to offer Ramos a cent.” He did offer to double the amount that had been paid to his girlfriend, which was $15,000 to that date. Ramos alleges in his complaint that “the actions of White were fraudulent, oppressive and designed to encourage Ramos to plead guilty so he could negotiate a substantial settlement which would prevent the disclosure of his actions at trial for the personal benefit of White and his related businesses and interests.” Ramos is therefore accusing White and his attorney of breaching their agreement, wherein he was to be paid a substantial amount of money if he did not disclose the encounter and forfeited the video. But after complying with the agreement and serving his sentence, the defendants have failed to pay him as agreed. “I just found out that a bullshit lawsuit was filed against me yesterday,” White said in a statement to the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s Adam Hill on Saturday. “This guy went to federal prison for trying to extort me over five years ago. Now, he’s hired a lawyer who is also a convicted felon, and he’s trying to extort me again for $10 million. He got no money from me last time, and he won’t be getting any money from me this time. I look forward to the court dismissing this quickly, so I can get rid of these scumbags forever.”
Ronda Rousey documentary currently streaming on Netflix
by Carolyn Lee Adams on April 4, 2020 at 11:30 pm
The UFC’s original golden girl, Ronda Rousey | Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic The Gary Stretch produced doc features interviews with many MMA notables. Through My Father’s Eyes: The Ronda Rousey Story is produced and directed by Gary Stretch, and the British boxing champion, model, and actor, is front and center in this documentary. His take on Ronda Rousey is that of an avid fan, and that tone is consistent throughout. Comprised of footage taken over six years of Rousey’s career, an interview of Rousey conducted in 2011 by Stretch takes center stage in the narrative. At the time of this linchpin interview, Rousey had made the move to Strikeforce, but was not yet the bantamweight champion. Even so, she was clearly looking ahead to the UFC, her ambition and confidence evident. This fresh, optimistic and driven Ronda is the lens through which the entire documentary is viewed. Stretch clearly put in the time to follow the developing story, and conducted in depth interviews with a number of Rousey’s trainers and friends. Most notably, Judo Gene LeBell is present throughout, adding needed flavor to the show. Interestingly, he makes a throwaway comment about how Rousey uses her judo in all of her wins, and if she ever loses her judo, she would lose, period. It feels prophetic in retrospect. While Stretch makes much of Rousey’s childhood challenges, especially her speech impediment and the loss of her father to suicide when she was eight, the documentary is at its most interesting when interviewing Rousey’s cohorts. Roman Mitchyan, Big John McCarthy, Gokor Chivichyan, Edmond Tarverdyan, Dana White, and Randy Couture, and many more take their turn being interviewed by Stretch. Interestingly, many of those interviewed make bizarrely frank assessments of Rousey’s supposedly masculine nature. For example, McCarthy comments that “she is a man with a vagina.” Several years ago, when these interviews were conducted, a female fighter was likely to be perceived as hyper masculine simply because she was fighting. It is hard not wonder what could have been with this documentary. There are plenty of people in this world who are not fans of Ronda, and interviews with fellow fighters such as Miesha Tate could have made this project more dynamic. As it is, it offers one-sided insight, but insight nonetheless, and it is hard to argue with its conclusion—Ronda Rousey made a revolutionary impact on the sport of woman’s MMA.
Trump speaks to White, McMahon & other sports heads about COVID-19
by Zane Simon on April 4, 2020 at 10:00 pm
Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images The President took a conference call featuring heads of the NFL, MLB, NHL, WWE and NBA, as well as the UFC, about a potential timeline for restarting sporting events. Dana White may have gotten his opportunity to plead his case with the President over the UFC’s need to continue putting on fights. White was among several heads of major US sports organizations who took part in a conference call with Donald Trump on Saturday. A list that included the NFL’s Roger Goodell, the NBA’s Adam Silver, baseball’s Rob Manfred, and the WWE’s own Vince McMahon among others. The call itself was announced by White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere on Twitter. Deere said the president “recognized the good work being done by many teams & players to care for their communities, workforces, & fan bases across the Nation.” And while few other specific details weren’t made available, CBS Sports reports that Trump apparently told commissioners that he hoped to restart publicly attended sporting events by late summer or early fall. ESPN has backed up that information, noting that Trump told commissioners that he believed the NFL season would be able to start on time in September. And apparently the President also suggested the various US sports leagues could lobby the government for tax incentives, which could help lower prices and encourage fans to return to stadiums. The UFC has been ongoing over the past several weeks in their attempts to hold their 2020 schedule together, looking for other avenues both in the US and abroad to put together fight cards—even without a live audience in attendance. However, they’ve struggled to find venues that will allow for competitive sporting events given the stringent guidelines many state and national governments are placing on social distancing and travel. Currently Dana White has remained adamant that the promotion will find a way to host their UFC 249 PPV event on April 18th. The card had been planned for Brooklyn, NY. At this moment, the UFC has yet to announce a final venue for the event after the New York commission was unwilling to sanction the fight card.
Tom Aspinall Making The Most Of His Postponed Debut
by By Thomas Gerbasi, on Twitter: @TGerbasi on April 4, 2020 at 2:56 pm
Tom Aspinall's UFC debut will have to wait a bit longer after his matchup with Jake Collier at UFC London was postponed. Read the Full Article Here
Alexander Volkanovski’s Favorite Fights
by By Gavin Porter, on Twitter: @PorterUFCnews on April 4, 2020 at 2:32 pm
The UFC featherweight champion, Alexander Volkanovski, gives his favorite fights of all time Read the Full Article Here
Julian Marquez Needs To Entertain
by By Thomas Gerbasi, on Twitter: @TGerbasi on April 4, 2020 at 2:21 pm
Julian Marquez recovered from a devastating injury and now just wants to entertain the world in the Octagon again Read the Full Article Here
Where We Stand: Featherweight Division
by By Zac Pacleb, on Twitter @ZacPacleb on April 4, 2020 at 1:10 am
Alexander Volkanovski dethroned Max Holloway, and despite a likely rematch, several contenders await the winner. Read the Full Article Here