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Ronda Rousey responds to outrage after calling wrestling “fake fights for fun” - BJPENN.COM
Former UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey has responded to fan outrage after she called Pro Wrestling "fake fights for fun".
Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey has responded to fan outrage after she called Pro Wrestling “fake fights for fun”. Earlier this week, ‘Rowdy’ had taken to social media where she proceeded to blast pro-wrestling fans while seemingly shutting down a full-time return to WWE. “I love the WWE,” Rousey said of her WWE run. “I had such a great time. I love all the girls in the locker room. But I was doing basically part-time and I was away from home 200 days out of the year, and when I did get home, I was so sleep deprived cause you just dont have time to lay down. So its just like, what am I doing it for if Im not being able to spend my time and energy on my family?” Rousey continued. “But, instead I’m spending my time and my energy on a bunch of f**king ungrateful fans that dont even appreciate me? I love performing. I love the girls. I love being out there,” Ronda Rousey concluded. “But, at the end of the day, I was just like, F**k these fans, dude.'” Those comments did not sit well with many Pro Wrestling fans, who proceeded to blast Rousey for her remarks. Today, Ronda Rousey responded to the “outrage” with the following message to her critics. #kayfabekillerpic.twitter.com/t9sxdeC7DG — Ronda Rousey (@RondaRousey) April 11, 2020 “Anyone who is outraged by me calling pro wrestling ‘fake fights for fun’ has never been in a REAL fight. While you all are tip toeing around bruising some pro wrestlers’ huge soft egos – no one is thinking about all of the REAL fighters you’re insulting when pretending pro wrestling is somehow on the same level of realism.” Ronda Rousey explained. “Yes, I understand, wrestling 300 days a year for years on end is incredibly tough on the bodu and a difficult profession – but do you know what would happen if you got in 300 REAL fights in a year? You would be dead.” Ronda Rousey made her WWE debut at WrestleMania 31 in March of 2015, this after a three year run in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. In 2018, Rousey would become a full time member of the WWE roster and quickly went on the capture the promotions women’s championship. ‘Rowdy’ surrendered the belt in controversial fashion to Becky Lynch at WrestleMania 35 and has not participated with the promotion since. What do you think of the recent statement from Ronda Rousey defending her previous comments about pro wrestling being “fake fights for fun”? Share your thoughts in the comments section PENN Nation! This article first appeared on BJPENN.com on April 11, 2020
Justin Gaethje reacts to UFC 249 cancelation - BJPENN.COM
For a brief period, Justin Gaethje had UFC title fight to look forward to. Unfortunately, he'll now have to wait for his first bid at UFC gold.
For a brief period, Justin Gaethje had UFC title fight to look forward to. Unfortunately, he’ll now have to wait for his first bid at UFC gold. Gaethje was called upon when undisputed UFC lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov was forced out of his planned UFC 249 title fight with Tony Ferguson. Gaethje accepted this offer, and was matched up with Ferguson in a short-notice interim lightweight title fight. Regrettably for Gaethje, the excitement didn’t last long. Mere days after he accepted this short-notice interim title fight with Ferguson, UFC President Dana White had to pull the plug on the UFC 249 card amid the growing threat of the coronavirus pandemic. Gaethje reacted to his title fight being canceled in an Instagram post on Friday. Like many other fighters who were scheduled to compete on the card, he praised Dana White for trying to make it happen. See what Gaethje had to say below: “I really felt a surge of energy and support as this fight was building up from so many ppl across the world, it was very humbling. I am thankful to represent Safford, AZ and my great friends and family. Im going to be working hard to be ready next time the opportunity arises. Lets get through this fight we are all facing right now by having a positive impact on our immediate surroundings (family, neighbor, community) Thank you!! ? The boss @danawhite is someone I am proud to do business with. #ufc249” – Justin Gaethje on Instagram. What do you think is next for Gaethje after the cancelation of UFC 249? This article first appeared on BJPENN.com on 4/10/2020.
ESPN issues statement after playing instrumental role in shutting down UFC 249 - BJPENN.COM
ESPN has issued a brief statement after it was confirmed that they played an important role in shutting down the controversial UFC 249 event.
ESPN has issued a brief statement after it was confirmed that they played an important role in shutting down the controversial UFC 249 event. It was confirmed last night that UFC 249 will not be going ahead on April 18 as we previously thought. UFC president Dana White did just about everything in his power to get the job done, but in the end, the higher ups at Disney and ESPN put a stop to proceedings. In a statement obtained by MMA Junkie, ESPN had the following to say on the matter. ESPN has been in constant contact with the UFC regarding UFC 249, the statement read. Nobody wants to see sports return more than we do, but we didnt feel this was the right time for a variety of reasons. ESPN expressed its concerns to the UFC, and they understood. It goes to show that while White and the UFC may not make any adjustments when it’s just the MMA media making noise, once things go up a tier, there’s not all too much they can do. With White still pushing ahead with his UFC Fight Island idea, it’ll be interesting to see whether or not ESPN also attempts to put a stop to that, too. These are unprecedented times as we’ve all been saying for weeks now, but one constant seems to be Dana White’s complete and utter determination to push on in the face of adversity. He’s always spoken about the love he has for the UFC’s partnership with ESPN since it first began, and while it’s probably been tested in the last 24 hours, this was the right decision in the interest of public health. Now, we just have to wait and see how much longer it’s going to be before UFC fans are able to sit back and enjoy live fights once again.
Tony Ferguson reacts to UFC 249 being canceled: “Oh well, I’m still gonna train” - BJPENN.COM
Tony Ferguson isn't too fazed about UFC 249 being canceled and says he will continue to train and look to add muscle during this time off.
Tony Ferguson wasn’t too fazed about UFC 249 being canceled. Ferguson was expected to headline the card against Justin Gaethje for the interim lightweight title. It was a fascinating bout that was slated to go down on Tribal Land in California. Yet, the event was postponed after Disney and ESPN asked White to shut it down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For Ferguson, he found out the event was canceled during an interview with Brian Martin of the OC Register. “Oh well, Im still gonna train,” Ferguson said upon hearing out the event was canceled. With the event being canceled, Ferguson could very well be scheduled to battle Khabib Nurmagomedov when the pandemic is over. He no longer needs to fight Gaethje for an interim belt. But, for “El Cucuy” he says he will not stop training and the goals remain the same. “Dude, Im just gonna keep collecting trophies and doing my same s**t,” Ferguson said before pausing and getting emotional. “Every single time I wake up in the morning, when I do my work, say my prayers and I do [stuff], I hug my little boy whew kiss my wife. I just keep doing what Im doing. What am I gonna do?” In the end, Tony Ferguson says he plans on reaching out to Dana White to thank him for trying to put on the event. He also says he plans on using this time off to put on muscle as he admits he is too skinny. The constant is things are always gonna change. The variable is how am I gonna react to it?” Ferguson said. “So we could throw that variable, baby, and we make that the constant. Which is why Im gonna keep smiling, Im gonna keep training, and you know what? Im gonna put on some muscle. Dude, Im skinny. Im gonna put on some muscle. Im gonna try my best, Im gonna do it, Im gonna try my best. If I fall, Ill get back up.” What do you make of Tony Ferguson’s reaction to the UFC 249 cancelation? Sound off in the comment section, PENN Nation! This article first appeared on BJPENN.com on 4/8/2020.