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Grappling with the Issues: Hating Rousey and the Ref

Feb 22, 2014; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Ronda Rousey reacts after defeating Sara McMann (not pictured) in their UFC bantamweight championship bout at Mandalay Bay. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Feb 22, 2014; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Ronda Rousey reacts after defeating Sara McMann (not pictured) in their UFC bantamweight championship bout at Mandalay Bay. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

UFC 170 has come and gone and like most UFC cards of late, it featured its fair share of questions and answers.

Ronda Rousey: Haters Welcome

It’s funny how to be a great athlete, to be the best at what you do, you often have to overcome a certain level of hate from fans. Everyone loves to see the champion fall, nobody likes a champion who loves being champion, too much. I wonder if that goes back to the core martial arts, honour over pride, humility over the self. Whatever the case, Ronda Rousey is the biggest star in the UFC – and the most hated fighter in the world. Her “behaviour” on The Ultimate Fighter and her refusal of shake the hand of Meisha Tate after victory has made her the number one villain in the sport. The best thing about this title is that she has fully embraced it. No need to try to win fans over. She is one of the best pound for pound fighters in the world and if you can’t appreciate her talent as a fighter, too bad for you.

Stop the Fight . . . No Don’t

Being a referee is never an easy task. It’s a thankless job and the only time they ever get any credit is  when they stay out of things long enough to satisfy everyone, but not too long, that anyone gets hurt. It’s a tough line to tow. Herb Dean is considered by many to be one of the best in the business, but his 2014 has been rough. Early stoppages in the Barao/Faber fight and the Rousey/McMann fight, plus a late stoppage in the Pyle/Walderburger fight had even Dean himself shaking his head. To be fair, I thought the Rousey/McMann stoppage was fair, maybe bordering on a couple of seconds too early. My initial reaction was that it was a early stoppage, but watching it again changed my mind. Perhaps that is where the problem lies. We can watch a fight over and over again, but a referee needs to do so in real time. Not an easy job.

This and That

Where do the fighters from UFC 170 go from here? Check out Jacob Cooper’s awesome piece here

Social media on fight nights is always an entertaining experience to behold. Check out some tweets from last night courtesy Kevin Thang.

Who rose to the occasion last night? Find out here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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