Brief Rundown of UFC Fight Night 46

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UFC Fight Night 46 took place in Ireland today and it was a successful day for its native fighters. Here is a rundown of the results (via bleacherreport.com):

UFC Fight Night 46 Main Card on Fight Pass

  • Conor McGregor def. Diego Brandao, TKO (Round 1, 4:05)
  • Gunnar Nelson def. Zak Cummings, submission (Round 2, 4:48)
  • Ian McCall def. Brad Pickett, unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
  • Norman Parke def. Naoyuki Kotani, TKO (Round 2, 3:41)

Preliminary Fights on Fight Pass

  • Ilir Latifi def. Chris Dempsey, TKO (Round 1, 2:07)
  • Neil Seery def. Phil Harris, unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Cathal Pendred def. Mike King, submission (Round 2, 3:33)
  • Trevor Smith def. Tor Troeng, unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Nikita Krylov def. Cody Donovan, TKO (Round 1, 4:57)
  • Patrick Holohan def. Josh Sampo, submission (Round 1, 3:06)

In other news, the women’s straw weight division saw its first fight on July 16 between Claudia Gadelha and Tina Lahdemaki. We’ll see more of these fighters on the 20th cycle of The Ultimate Fighter, the end of which will lead us to a new champion for the division. The fight didn’t receive a ton of exposure, but that will definitely change by the end of this year.

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Everyone Knew Of Ronda Rousey Except Floyd Mayweather

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Floyd Mayweather has achieved the impossible – not knowing who Ronda Rousey is. Even people who don’t keep up with MMA fighting and the UFC have at least heard of Ronda due to the various television and radio interviews she’s done, not to mention her social media presence as the rise of women’s MMA has catapulted her into stardom.

Mayweather managed to escape this flurry of news and when told about Rousey, he said he didn’t know who “he” was. Ouch. In any case, Rousey had said, during a radio interview, that she could totally beat Mayweather in a match because despite him being the best boxer in the world, she brings other elements into the fight that could work to her advantage. This may be very true because we have seen how well Rousey reads her opponents’ mindsets so clearly that she immediately takes them down.

After Rousey’s win at the ESPY’s for Best Female Athlete (the first win for the sport of MMA), Mayweather’s awareness of her has grown. As BleacherReport.com suggested, his newfound awareness could lead to future work together with his company, Mayweather Promotions, as it endeavors to include more contact sports.

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You Need To Know Who Kacy Catanzaro Is Right Now – American Ninja Warrior

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Hopefully you’ve been catching episodes of American Ninja Warrior, because it’s a tension-filled, exciting show that might have you chewing your nails as you watch men and women attempt to finish nearly impossible obstacle courses.

I dare you to watch this video of Kacy Catanzaro and not freak out as she becomes the first woman to complete this extremely difficult course:

Are you not amazed at how she nearly flew through this course? You can hear the announcers freak out each time she climbs and leaps as they exclaim that she’s only five feet tall and yet she manages to use every bit of her height and muscle strength to push herself along. Even when you think her light body weight won’t help her gain much momentum, she proves you wrong.

Her success is a very big deal. Just watch previous episodes where men of various sizes compete. At first you assume that lots of upper body strength is the key to success, but then you see that there are other factors that come into play, such as agility, weight, and in most cases, the desire to win.

Here’s hoping Kacy continues pushing forward and amazing us with her unbelievable athletic abilities.

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Dana White Wants To Sign Gina Carano – Will It Happen?

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This is a topic that has come up many times, mostly as speculation. Gina Carano, after several years of being away from the UFC, could possibly return and eventually lead up to a fight against Ronda Rousey. The way it’s been talked about is that it sounded ridiculous for Carano to suddenly return and immediately fight Rousey, which makes sense. We’ve seen how immediately Ronda has been annihilating her competition. You blink and the fight’s over.

FoxSports.com reports that Dana White is flying to Los Angeles to meet with Gina because according to White, her Hollywood lawyer is making this process difficult.

At this point, the UFC Women’s Bantamweight division is running out of competitors who can stand up to Rousey. Even when it seemed like she had a competitor who could hold up as long as Miesha Tate, she took down Sara McMann with a liver kick, and Alexis Davis with several punches. On the bright side, Rousey showed us that she’s got more than her trademark arm bar. But on the other hand, who remains who is good enough to fight her through the first round?

Aside from Gina Carano, there’s buzz of Cris “Cyborg” Justino fighting Rousey, but she’s not signed with the UFC. We think she could be a good match, but at the moment it’s not a necessarily feasible option.

Rousey shares that it would be best for Carano to go for the title shot immediately, rather than risk losing to a lesser-known fighter. Something about this doesn’t seem smart. Rousey has been fighting women who have been training heavily and still manages to beat them. Carano has to get herself back into the right frame of mind for a fight against Rousey. To be honest, it would be straight up disappointing if Rousey put Carano down too quickly in a major pay per view event. We really need to start seeing more fighters in this division, or the UFC needs to open up another weight division to let in more female talent.

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