MONDAY NEWS DIGEST 7/18: Former Dallas Cowboy Michael Irvin, Ronda Rousey, Greg Hardy, Gunnar Nelson, Ponzinibbio calls out Condit and Magny

By Cole Henry, MMATorch editor

Ronda Rousey (photo credit Jason da Silva © USA Today Sports)

Michael Irvin wants an MMA fight

Former Dallas Cowboys star Michael Irvin retired from pro football in 1999, but the competitive nature that got him there apparently hasn’t gone anywhere. The 51-year-old Irvin recently told TMZ that he has been training MMA and would like the chance to compete, despite the wishes of his wife. Irvin mentioned a possible amateur celebrity fighting league, which doesn’t seem that ridiculous compared to some other things on TV. Still though, at 51, its unlikely that we ever see Irvin fight, but if we do, rest assured that somebody will put it on TV, and people will watch.

Santiago Ponzinibbio wants Carlos Condit or Neil Magny next

Following what was without a doubt the biggest win of his MMA career, Santiago Ponzinibbio is itching to get back into the cage, and he isn’t looking for an easy out. In the post-fight presser, following his KO victory of Gunnar Nelson, Ponzinibbio called out Neil Magny and mentioned that he would like the fight in his native Argentina. This is a logical matchup for both guys here, but I’m not sure that we will be seeing a UFC: Argentina card anytime soon. We certainly have a new contender to watch in this division, though, and a few potential match ups are exciting to think about, specifically fights with Robbie Lawler or Jorge Masvidal.

Greg Hardy focused on MMA debut

Greg Hardy is a bit of an anomaly. He is a highly skilled football player who has the tools to not only make an NFL roster, but to start, and be effective for teams. But unfortunately, the former Pro Bowler and second team All-Pro was accused of beating and threatening to kill an ex-girlfriend in 2014. The charges were later dropped when the victim failed to appear in court. Still, though, the accusations followed Hardy, and though he did play in the league with the Cowboys in 2015, he has been unemployed ever since, and signs don’t point to any changes on that front anytime soon. So, what does a guy do when he can’t play football anymore, after beating an ex-girlfriend? Well… he does MMA, of course. On a recent podcast with his agent, Hardy stated that he is training because he understands that his NFL career may be over. Despite his rough background, he is a high-level athlete and could be a good fighter if he takes it seriously.

Gunnar Nelson says an eye poke led to loss

Following a quick and surprising loss to Santiago Ponzinibbio yesterday in Scotland, Gunnar Nelson commented on what led to it, and stated that an eye poke left him seeing double and ultimately led to his knockout. I have not yet been able to see a replay so I can’t comment on the legitimacy of the claims, but if true it’s a disappointment for sure. Still, though, Nelson is young and highly skilled. He will be back.

Ronda Rousey involved in WWE angle

Ronda Rousey has popped up, this time with the WWE in support of her friend Shayna Baszler in her attempt to win the Mae Young 32 Woman tournament. Following Baszler’s victory in her match, she taunted a few wrestlers in the crowd with the four fingered four horsemen hand sign, after which Rousey and Co. joined in.

Anderson Silva calls out Nick Diaz

We haven’t heard much from Anderson Silva since the UFC 212 debacle that led to him eventually “removing himself” from the card. He has resurfaced recently and has called out Nick Diaz for a rematch. The two fought in Silva’s first fight back from his devastating leg injury and, though he picked up a victory, it was later changed to a no contest when Silva tested positive for a banned substance.

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