TUESDAY NEWS DIGEST 3/27/18: Things get weird in ESPN interview with Ronda Rousey

Aaron Crider, mmatorch contributor

RouseyRonda (photo credit Mark J. Rebilas © USA Today)

Just because Ronda Rousey’s getting ready to make her WWE debut at WrestleMania 34, don’t expect her to say that she’s for sure retired from MMA.

The former UFC women’s bantamweight champion quickly went to task on EPSN’s Mike Golic when the host asked her when she knew she was done with MMA.
“I never said that,” Rousey said.

Golic then tried to follow up by asking if Rousey could back in time, “Rowdy” cut him off at the pass.

“There’s a possibility that I could go back in time? That’s your question to me?” she said. “I do not have the ability to go back in time, no.”
When asked directly if she’d ever be back in the cage, Rousey said, “I don’t know.”

You can see the full interview below.


-Woodley says he’s coordinating training time with Floyd Mayweather

It looks like UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley has found something to do with his down time.

Still recovering from an injury, Woodley says he’s been preparing boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. for a possible fight in the UFC.

“I talked to Floyd yesterday actually,” Woodley told TMZ Sports. “We’re beginning the process of setting up the timing. I think more of it is gonna be game-planning strategy over the phone and talking about the game-plan of training, because if you think about the wrestling, if you think about the jiu-jitsu, if you think about the kicking aspect of the game, he does not have to go out there and learn hot to kick like Bruce Lee. He does not have to go out there and become a black belt overnight, he just has to be able to stop it and get in boxing range and I think anybody in the UFC, he’s gonna be able to handle his own with.”

Woodley said he believes things will start getting in motion in about a week.

Mayweather’s last appearance was against UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor in a mega boxing match on March 27, 2017. Since beating the Irishman talk has swirled about the undefeated boxer making the transition to MMA and challenging McGregor on his own turf.

Plenty of tweets from both sides have gone out, stirring the media fires.

– Kritsada Kongsrichai DQed at ONE Championship bout

Thai sensation Kritsada Kongsrichai defeated Robin Catalan with a suplex at ONE Championship: Iron Will, and was award a KO victory — until it was overturned.

According to ONE Championship CEO, Chatri Sityodtong, the suplex was an illegal maneuver under the promotions rules and Kongsrichai had been disqualified.

“After careful video review of the fight under multiple angles, it has been deemed that an illegal suplex was utilized. At ONE Championship, all variations of suplexes are illegal and any attempt or intent results in an automatic disqualification,” Sityodtong said in a statement. “Robin Catalan will now be awarded the victory and his win bonus. It will also be ruled a loss via DQ for Kritsada Kongsrichai and his official fight record.”
Sityodtong did offer condolences for Kongsricahi but remained firm in his decision.

“AS a fellow lifelong martial artist, I fully understand that no athlete wants to win or lose under the cloud of DQ. However, as the leader of ONE Championship, I am here to ensure that safety is the (No.) 1 priority at all times for all of our athletes.”

Here is a video of the suplex:

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