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King of Violence 2014: Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone




Donald Cerrone had another busy year in 2014. Just like the previous year, he appeared inside of the world-famous octagon four times. The only difference was that this time he had his hand raised in all four. His first three victories came via the finish over the following men: Adriano Martins (headkick KO), Edson Barboza (rear-naked choke), Jim Miller (head kick KO + punches), with his final victory of the year, which in my opinion was the most impressive of the four, came over Eddie Alvarez (UD), 2012’s King of Violence.

When we look at what’s next for our 2014 King of Violence winner, we look no further than the here and now. Cerrone has already competed in 2015. He became the first man to defeat the now previously undefeated Myles Jury, a man many had competing for the lightweight strap before the end of 2015 – not so fast. And a week from tonight, he’ll take on Benson Henderson in Boston. This means Cerrone will fight in the first two events for the UFC in 2015 – a 15-day turn around.

In Cerrone, you have a man who competes in extreme sports on the days leading into his fight while his opponents sit in their hotels daydreaming about different ways to beat him. He’s a fighter who holds 15 bonuses (between his time in the UFC & WEC) and actually backs up his fight anywhere, anytime mantra. The man is without a doubt the toughest fighter at 155 lbs. today. Sure, you can argue the recent losses to Rafael dos Anjos and Anthony Pettis make him number a cool number three. First, we’re not talking about the “top ranked” guy here, we are talking about the toughest. Cerrone has fought 8 times (it will be nine next week) since the Pettis fight. Pettis, the champ, has fought twice.

Again, despite the two head kick KO’s and the RNC finish, Cerrone’s most impressive moment for me during 2014 was watching him survive the early onslaught from one of the best fighters in the world in Eddie Alvarez and, for all intents and purposes, taking him out; let’s face it – he showed Eddie mercy in the 3rd round. Our very own Dwayne Wolff described it the best:

It was unfortunate for Eddie Alvarez that he made his debut against Cerrone. If he had been fighting someone else he probably would have finished the fight in the first round with his vicious uppercuts. Somebody apparently forgot to tell him that you are not going to stop Cerrone by hitting him in the head. Sure you can rock him like Melvin Guillard did in their fight but that just result in Guillard getting KO’d himself. The only person to stop Cerrone via strikes was the champ Anthony Pettis and he did it by attacking the body.

We may never end up seeing a fighter like Donald Cerrone in this sport, and certainly not in the UFC with all of the ongoing and inevitable future changes to the game, ever again.  He’s a throwback to those old Spaghetti Western films; a man equipped with a never say die attitude that continues to get stronger and stronger as the fight grows longer, his career gets older, and the situation gets deeper.

originally published on HOV-MMA


Sasha Banks versus Charlotte confirmed to take place inside Hell in a Cell



The first ever women’s Hell in a Cell match has been confirmed for the WWE Network special of the same name.

Women’s Champion Sasha Banks challenged Charlotte to a rematch inside of the structure to kick off tonight’s episode of RAW. Charlotte would accept after being so rudely interrupted by Rusev and Lana as you can see in the video below.

It was also announced by general manager Mick Foley tonight that Kevin Owens will defend his Universal Championship against Seth Rollins inside of Hell in a Cell making this year’s event the first one to feature three matches inside of the dreaded cell.

Here’s your updated card for WWE Hell in a Cell 2016 as it stands tonight:

WWE RAW Women’s Championship (Hell in a Cell Match)
Sasha Banks (c) vs. Charlotte

WWE Universal Championship (Hell in a Cell Match)
Kevin Owens (c) vs. Seth Rollins

WWE United States Championship (Hell in a Cell Match)
Roman Reigns (c) vs. Rusev w/ Lana

WWE RAW Tag Team Championship Match
The New Day (c) vs. Cesaro and Sheamus

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Facelock Feministas Episode 34: Gimmicked



The Lady J talks herself into some of the gimmicks of Season 3 while also discussing drug use, Taya being industrious, where is Ivelisse and more from Episode 3, Season 3 of Lucha Underground!

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Bellator and The Bad Guy – Endless opportunities



While most of America watched the New York Jets and the Buffalo Bills play football, a story began to grow on twitter.  Soon it was confirmed, Chael P. Sonnen, The West Linn Gangster had signed a multi-fight deal with Bellator. Imagine the possibilities.  Seriously, right now…with me.

It’s nice to see Chael Sonnen out of USADA jail and free to do his thing again. Whether you love him, or simply love to hate him, it’s impossible to ignore what he brings to the table. He’s a breath of maybe not so fresh air, but needed air all the same.  Here’s a quick look at the match-ups we could be treated to, and yes, I’m a bit giddy.

Chael Sonnen vs. Tito Ortiz

This is the one I want to see. These guys can both sell fights, and Bellator would benefit from pairing these two up and watching the ratings pour in.  The match-up itself, lends itself to two quality wrestlers on the mat, and it is a compelling fight for both parties. I’m all in on this one.

Chael Sonnen vs. Stephan Bonnar

Hey let’s be honest, both of these guys have been flagged for prior steroid offenses, and that alone would make the trash talk entertaining.  Bonnar signed with Bellator and has basically collecting dust since his fight with Ortiz.  This could be a solid farewell fight for Bonnar, and the fans would certainly take interest and both guys can talk and sell a fight.

Chael Sonnen vs. Wanderlei Silva

C’mon if you don’t want to see these two go at it, maybe MMA isn’t your thing.  The two have feuded, had an epic scuffle while coaching TUF and genuinely dislike each other.  Fans would love this fight, and to be honest, it would be near the top of my guilty pleasure lists.  Make it happen Coker…make the dreams come true.

Chael Sonnen vs. Fedor

Fedor doesn’t need a last name, he’s like Madonna, or Cher or….Pink, only he’s a man who doesn’t sing.  Ok, this one, I’m not so interested in.  After watching Fedor battle with Fabio Maldonado, I’m ok not seeing the Russian compete again.  He’s a legend, the goat, and this fight simply doesn’t need to happen.  That being said, it could be a big money fight in Japan and why not line the Bad Guys’ pockets right?

Chael Sonnen vs. Rampage Jackson

The press for this fight would be amazing. These two can work a crowd like few others, and the buildup would be that of legend.  Imagine if Anderson Silva had been able to match Sonnen’s ire and lip in their feud, it would have been amazing.  Rampage can, and Rampage will. Book it Coker!  Please!

Chael Sonnen vs. Bobby Lashley

I don’t know, I just think this would be fun.  Wrestling 101 and Sonnen would either expose what Lashley is lacking, or….would help build a star.  I want to see it.  I’d tune in.

What we don’t want/or need to see.  

I don’t want to see Chael in there with King Mo, Phil Davis or Liam McGeary.  King Mo and Chael would have a solid war of words, but I don’t think the fight makes much sense for Sonnen, and for King Mo, I think he has World Title aspirations at this point.

Phil Davis beating Chael at this point, doesn’t do much for his career. He’d be an obvious favorite of Sonnen, and really, I don’t want to see Sonnen go up the ladder, I want him to be in entertaining fights, so we can skip this one.

Liam McGeary chokes out Sonnen with relative ease.  Who needs that? Not me!  Not on my watch, move it along McGeary!

Ultimate Guilty Pleasure Fight – Chael Sonnen vs. Royce Gracie

Hey, calm down, Royce is still on the active Bellator roster.  It’s not me who won’t let him retire, it’s him who wants to stick around.  Who better to send Royce off into the sunset than the Bad Guy.  It makes perfect heel sense….the hated Sonnen ends the career of the MMA legend and pioneer Royce Gracie.  Not saying Chael needs to murder him, but it would be something I’d watch…and probably not admit to.  You want to get over as a bad guy, beat up Royce.  Worked for Matt Hughes, although now that I think about it, people have always hated Hughes.

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