I’m sad to hear about pro wrasslin’ legend “Rowdy” Roddy Piper passing away. His passing has occurred at a bizarre time. Ronda Rousey’s nickname, “Rowdy”, was based off of Roddy Piper (and using the nickname, she was given his blessings), and she’ll be fighting tonight in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil against Bethe Correia for UFC 190.
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Stefan Struve
Struve has been on a roll of getting knocked out lately. A bad luck streak as of late, especially since passing out before his bout with Matt Mitrione last July. Big Nog is a BJJ black belt. Why is he an underdog? Prediction: Big Nog by submission — round 1.
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua
Shogun is one of the fighters that got me hooked to watching MMA. His work in PRIDE was amazing. He’s 1-4 in his last five fights. He hasn’t won consecutive fights in a row since 2009 which — even though the year 2009 feels like yesterday — was six (!) years ago. I think he should consider retirement if he suffers another loss. He just doesn’t have it anymore. It’s crazy to think he’s only 33-years-old, but that’s an old 33, considering the amount of fights he’s been in. Lil’ Nog is older than dirt (physically) and has had injuries run roughshod on him, too. This is tantamount to some kind of retirement home fight. Fuck it! I’m gonna be a Shogun fan until the bitter end. Prediction: Shogun Rua by TKO — round 1.
Ronda Rousey vs. Bethe Correia
Correia is 9-0 and she has shown nothing in her arsenal that will combat Rousey’s judo. She will be taken down and she’ll be punished. Rousey says that she wants to prolong the ‘beating’, but why would you do that in a title fight? Judo toss her to the canvas, take her arm, boom. Prediction: Ronda Rousey by armbar — round 1.