Miesha Tate Can Almost Taste A Championship Title

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As I know I’ve said before, Miesha Tate may not be our most favorite UFC fighter, but there’s something to be said about the fact that she can go up against Ronda Rousey for several minutes and withstand a huge beating the whole time. UFC 168 hosted a fabulous fight between the two and it really showed us that despite all the smack-talking on and off the screen during TUF 18, Tate is a worthy opponent, even if she just can’t nab the championship from Rousey.

Bleacher Report suggests that Tate is a gateway opponent to other female fighters. As great as she is, could she really stand to fight against Rousey one more time and still not win? There are only so many fighters in the women’s bantamweight division, so what’s in Tate’s future in the UFC?

The article ends by suggesting that Tate’s role as a fighter is that she tests the mettle of other upcoming female fighters in her division. If they can go up against Tate, perhaps they are showing that they can make their way up the ranks, but Tate remains second best, her taste buds always at a certain distance from the flavor of victory. Rousey won’t be giving up that championship any time soon, and her training and demeanor clearly demonstrate that she is a true professional in the sport. She’s a well-rounded fighter who immerses herself into her fights so profoundly that you almost don’t recognize her from her photo shoots and entertainment work. She is two different women sometimes, and that’s a lesson her fellow fighters can perhaps glean from, if at least to realize the vast importance of giving yourself over 100% when it matters to you the most.

 

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The Jon Jones Instagram Hacking Debacle – Dana White To The Rescue

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You may have heard that Jon Jones got into some trouble over some very unsavory comments on Instagram. Allegedly, his account was hacked and someone else went on a homophobic rant on his behalf, bashing an MMA fan. However, the new explanation offered by Dana White is that he lost his phone, so this isn’t exactly the same as being account hacked. It’s just carelessness.

Dana White is defending him on this by saying that Jones’s account was hacked and that based on his usual Instagram behavior (which is infrequent), it was enough to suggest that it couldn’t have been Jones, especially when he’s not the only one with enough access to change the password. They speculate it could have been someone in his entourage.

I dunno. I can see how if someone stole his phone, they would be able to change the password by also having access to his email account. If you’ve ever set up your own social media accounts (and I’m sure you have, this is 2014 after all), then you know it’s a whole process and if someone were to hack your account, you’d notice it almost immediately.

It’s a pretty terrible thing to have happened. If someone in Jones’s group had the nerve to do such a terrible thing, then it’s up to them to find out who and get rid of that person ASAP. If it really was Jones who did it, then White is pretty good at squashing any negative rumors that his fighters have to deal with, just as he aggressively dealt with allegations that his fighters take performance enhancing drugs. He is just NOT having any of your crapola.

I’d show you the screen grabs of those nasty comments, but there’s no need. If you’re really curious, you can look them up. But either way, they honestly look like the work of a bored amateur, so perhaps Jones is totally innocent and has much better things to do with his time than to bash a fan with derogatory slurs.

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Fox UFC Saturday: Werdum vs. Browne on April 19th, 2014

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There’s an exciting night of prelims coming up this Saturday, April 19th for the UFC live on Fox in Orlando, Florida.

The main card includes:

  • Werdum vs Browne
  • Tate vs Carmouche
  • Cerrone vs Barboza
  • Tavares vs Romero

Still a little unimpressed by Miesha’s “Cupcake” brand, especially when she’s going to fight Liz “Girlrilla” Carmouche, which is in no way making “cute” synonymous with face punches. Miesha could have benefited a little from joining a roller derby team where she could have earned a more brutal nickname like Miesha “Nightmare” Tate. Actually, I ran her name through a Roller Derby name generator and it came up with “Jamie the Machete.” Eh. Maybe Miesha “Face Crush” Tate? Regardless of the name, it’s going to be a good fight to watch. Could Tate win this one? Hopefully it’ll be more of a nail biter than what we’ve seen with Ronda Rousey vs Sara McMann, which lasted all of the length of a sneeze.

The gang all had a press conference which, if you have that kind of time to kill, you can watch here:

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You can sort of snooze through the first few minutes since it’s mostly Dana White aggressively man-handling the podium and scream-talking into the microphone when answering questions about holding the fights in Florida.

Whoever wins in Werdum vs Browne will get to fight Cain Velasquez in Mexico, unless Cain’s health prevents him from doing it. He has needed to heal from shoulder surgery but if he can fight, he’ll be doing so on his home turf and his opponent may be at a slight disadvantage. However, if the injury is aggravated during the fight, then things will really take an unexpected turn.

With so many injuries causing changes to fight cards, I guess it would be wise to keep a flexible mindset as to what might actually happen in that heavyweight bout.

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A Vicious Left Hook – Jelena Mrdjenovich

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One of our Nutrié Elite Athletes, Jelena Mrdjenovich, is known for having a very unforgiving left hook, one that made her opponent face plant instantly in this 2013 fight:

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If you’ve never seen it before, don’t be surprised if you gasp at how quickly her opponent, Olivia Gerula, goes down.

Every fighter has his or her trademark move, one that makes sports audiences cringe in empathetic pain. Ronda Rousey has her arm bar, and Jelena has devastating knockouts. I mean, you can hear Olivia’s face hit the mat.

Jelena is a Canadian boxer and WBC featherweight world champion. Though she started off as a basketball player for University of Alberta, it was a torn ACL that put her out and gave her the time to watch boxing. It caught her attention so much that she decided to give it a try after her injury healed and what do you know? She excelled in the sport and she dominates.

Jelena participated in Nutrié’s Texas Takeover where she had the opportunity to interact with guests as well as participate in the presentation along with her fellow Elite Athletes. She shares that joining the Nutrié family is helping her keep up with her workout and fitness regimen, especially while she travels. And as we all know, maintaining a specific weight is crucial for these athletes, as they would hate to be disqualified from fights after all of the training they do.

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