On this week’s BTR Flagship, Brian and Michael talk about the WWE Network and what it is expected to look like, the downgrading of WWE pay-per-views, the hot finish to Raw on Monday night and the many different directions that can go in now, the WWE TLC PPV coming up on Sunday with some predictions and more.
We haven’t seen or heard from UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre since he defeated Johny Hendricks at UFC 167 last month.
The long time reigning champion after the fight told Joe Rogan that he was stepping away from the sport and didn’t know if he was going to return.
That set off UFC President Dana White, who blasted St-Pierre for saying that in the cage and not informing him of his career intentions.
White did an interview on UFC Central in Canada to preview UFC on Fox 9 and St-Pierre was brought up as he will be doing an autograph signing at a mall in Canada and will be speaking to the media afterwards. That has brought speculation that St-Pierre may announce his future.
Watch the video stream as White explains the St-Pierre situation and more.
Last night at UFC Fight Night 33 in Australia with an epic main event featuring heavyweights Antonio Silva and Mark Hunt. The two heavyweights brawled for five rounds with the fight ending in a majority draw (48-47 Hunt, 47-47×2).
In the video stream are highlights from the main event.
The Flagship is back as Brian, Steve and Michael first get into a heated discussion about our college teams and Steve finally pays up on a bet. Then the guys talk about some promotions within the WWE which are leading to the impending launch of the WWE Network, how exactly the network could work and the many possibilities, Triple H now in charge of the creative team along with Vince McMahon, the WWE TLC 2013 pay-per-view which is less than two weeks away, their disappointment in WWE storylines and if they see that changing anytime soon, the Slammys coming to Raw on Monday and also the possibility of TNA Wrestling original AJ Styles leaving the company.
UFC on Fox 9 takes place net Saturday, December 14 from the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California. The main event will feature Demetrious Johnson defending his UFC flyweight title against Joseph Benavidez. The co-main event will feature Urijah Faber battling Michael McDonald.
Before each Fox show, the UFC airs a preview show called “Road To The Octagon”, which goes behind of the scenes of the top fights on the show. You can watch the episode in the video stream above highlighting the aforementioned two matches and Carlos Condit vs Matt Brown.
UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey will defend her title against Miesha Tate in the co-main event at UFC 168 on Saturday, December 28. The current bantamweight champion last night appeared on “The Jimmy Kimmel” on ABC.
Rousey was on the show to promote the fight with Tate. Also discussed on the show was talking about judo, her family and a fight in a movie theatre.
You can watch the video of her appearance above.
The UFC was started 20 years ago last month and that has been recognized by this generation as to when MMA first started. That isn’t true though as 50 years ago yesterday, an American judoka by the name of Gene LaBell responded to an advertisement in a magazine to face a boxer, Milo Savage.
LaBell and Savage battled at event in Salt Lake City, Utah pitting Judo vs Boxing, which would show which style is better. To celebrate the anniversary, the apparel company Roots of Fight made a documentary looking back at the history of the fight and what it means today.
The people at Roots of Fight sent us the video, which you can watch above as you will hear interviews from LaBell, UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, MMA legend BJ Penn, referee John McCarthy, former world champion judoka AnnMaria Rousey DeMars and Paul Lazenby.
The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale takes place tomorrow night from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The main event will feature the trilogy fight between lightweights Gray Maynard and Nate Diaz. The TUF finale fights with Julianna Pena vs Jessica Rakoczy in the women’s final and the men’s final will feature Davey Grant vs Chris Holdsworth.
To make the fights official, the weigh-ins will take place today at the same place the fights will be starting at 7 p.m. ET, which you can watch on BetweenTheRopes.com on the video stream above.
Brian, Steve and Michael are back for the Between The Ropes Flagship video as they talk about the fallout from the WWE Survivor Series and Raw, the upcoming title unification match at the TLC pay-per-view between John Cena and Randy Orton, who they think will win as it stands right now, the rating for Raw on Monday, the favorite year for wrestling, wrestlers organically becoming stars and more,
On Saturday night, Nate Diaz will headline The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale against Gray Maynard in lightweight action. This week, the UFC has been releasing videos featuring Diaz and Maynard.
Heading into UFC 141 in December of 2011, Diaz had won his first fight in his return to lightweight when he defeated Takanori Gomi at UFC 135 winning by first round submission. His opponent at UFC 141 Donald Cerrone was on the verge of a title shot heading into the fight having won his four fights in the UFC.
Watch the fight as Diaz landed a record number of punches in a dominating unanimous decision victory over Cerrone.
The UFC returns this week as The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale event takes place at the Mandalay Bay Event Center in Las Vegas. The main event will feature former two-time UFC lightweight title challenger Gray Maynard battling former UFC lightweight title challenger Nate Diaz for a third time.
The two battled first in a semifinal bout during the fifth season of TUF in 2007 with Diaz winning by submission. They met again at UFC Fight Night 20 in January of 2010 with Maynard winning by split decision.
Watch the video preview above explaining what led to Diaz and Maynard battling for a third time.
Michael and Steve move on without their fearless leader as they discuss Survivor Series 2013, what they think about the finish, the possibility of John Cena vs Randy Orton in a title unification match, how WWE desperately needs more good babyfaces, and whether or not CM Punk vs. Daniel Bryan makes good sense for next year’s Wrestlemania. Plus, they talk about the rising stock of young stars like Big E Langston and Roman Reigns, and what it would take to make both men main event superstars.
Bobby Roode and James Storm are supposed to square off tonight on TNA Impact Wrestling in a bullrope match in the TNA World Heavyweight Championship tournament. Roode got a step up on Storm heading into tonight’s match.
Roode attacked Storm from behind in an Orlando bar last night. TNA released two short videos showing the brutal attacks. TNA hasn’t stated whether Storm will still be competing tonight.
UFC 167 took place on Saturday night with Georges St-Pierre defeating Johny Hendricks in the main event by a controversial split decision to retain the UFC welterweight title. In the video stream are the highlights from a very entertaining main event.
UFC 167 takes place tonight from the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The main event will feature UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre defending his title against number one contender Johny Hendricks. The co-feature will have former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans facing off with two-time UFC title challenger Chael Sonnen.
Before we get the main card on pay-per-view and the premlinary fights on Fox Sports 1, you can watch the first three fights of UFC 167 on BetweenTheRopes.com starting at 6:30 p.m. ET on the video stream above. The first three fights are:
- Jason High vs. Anthony Lapsley
- Will Campuzano vs. Sergio Pettis
- Cody Donovan vs. Gian Villante