Monthly Archives: January 2016

frankie edgar
Jan 06

Frankie Edgar on getting a title shot: “For sure, I’m pissed. I’ve been knocking on the door for this title shot for a while.”

By Mike Cordero | Uncategorized

Frankie Edgar did his best to win over fellow MMA fighter, Chad Mendes back in December 11th. Since the former UFC lightweight champ did so well in his fight, the UFC made a promise that he will be given the chance on a title bout, which of course, made Edgar happy.

Just like Edgar, Conor McGregor did very well in his own bout against Jose Aldo. This bout, however, made a huge impact in the history of the UFC because McGregor was able to win over 10-year reigning champ in just under 13 seconds into the first round. And when Edgar, who was promised that he’ll be the next one to go against McGregor, was about to go and have a post-fight interview, he was stopped by Lorenzo Fertitta’s assistants even before he had the chance to enter the cage.

During a recent interview with The MMA Hour, Edgar recalled what took place that night when White told him the sad news.

“I thought they wanted me to go in the cage. And then as I’m about to walk in Dana [White] was walking out, he said, ‘you’re not going in there, Conor’s going up, blah blah blah, we might give Aldo a rematch, we don’t know.’ I just kind of…I’ve never been, I mean granted Conor put himself in a position to be in charge, but I’ve never been there. Usually I do what they ask me,” Edgar recalled.

frankie edgarAfter UFC 194, the promotion revealed that Conor McGregor may be moving up the 155-pound division and fight whoever wins the bout between Donald Cerrone and Rafael dos Anjos. McGregor further revealed that he actually wanted to have two titles under his belt, one at 145 pounds and one at 155 pounds, which is something that the promotion has never allowed before.

Edgar, on the other hand, isn’t too happy with what is happening, especially since his chance for a title shot is at stake.

“For sure, I’m pissed. I’ve been at it for a while now, I’ve been knocking on the door for this title shot for a while. It started with Cub [Swanson]. If Cub beat me he was promised a title shot. I beat him, I finished him in pretty dominating fashion and no, I’m not even considered for that title shot. I take it in stride. I do everything in stride, I really do think I’m a company man, but it’s not really panning out for me being that way,” Edgar said to Helwani during a recent interview.

When Edgar was asked if he is almost at the end of his rope on waiting for some good news, he said that he is way past that.

“I’m there — I’m there already. I’m not one to sit there and cry about it. People, my whole career say, ‘you’re too quiet, you need to say stuff,’ and the minute you say something it’s, ‘you’re f*cking crying.’ I mean come on, you just can’t win with these people. And you really can’t pay attention to them. The people I need to talk to are Dana and Lorenzo, and they seem like they’re not listening either,” Edgar shared.

Edgar made it clear though, that if McGregor is indeed go up a weight class, there’s nothing much he can do about it so might as well not keep his hopes up on the MMA title shot.

“What am I going to do, scream and shout? What can I do? Dana and Lorenzo, they know what I want man. People are like, ‘you need to call them.’ They f*cking know what I want. What, am I going to bother them? For what? For them to say no? So they can promise me something one day and say no the next? Come on. Realistically, I’m setting myself up for that already. I’m setting myself up for hope for the best, expect the worst. I’m expecting the worst,” Edgar added.

Burns Ortiz
Jan 04

Burns Ortiz speaks out about Ronda Rousey and her defeat

By Mike Cordero | Uncategorized

Even though former MMA bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey, lost her belt to pro boxing champion Holly Holm last month, people are still throwing shots at her up until now.

For some reason, the social media has turned against Rousey, many of which didn’t exactly have any constructive criticism. A lot them threw shots Rousey and simply overlooked the fact that there’s no one who can top what she has accomplished in such a short amount of time.

Rousey’s sister, Maria Burns Ortiz, wrote an essay for Vice Sports discussing all those statements and other things that are thrown at her sister.

“Occasionally I wonder how people could say such awful things about someone they don’t even know, someone they’ve never met. I attribute it to the fact that their mothers probably didn’t love them enough, and then I briefly curse out the part of the Internet that allows people to hide behind anonymity as they let out the worst parts of themselves. Sometimes, all you can do is think, ‘What the f*ck is wrong with you people?’,” Ortiz said.

Burns OrtizRousey, on the other hand, has kept mum about the devastating loss against Holly Holm last UFC 193. She did open up during the interview with ESPN The Magazine and was seen by some tabloid companies, but other than that, she didn’t make any more comments about the MMA fight. Ortiz, who is actually a sports writer and the co-author of Rousey’s book, described how it was to be with the former champion during the whole ordeal.

Burns also revealed that she has not seen the actual footage of the MMA fight, nor have read all the bad stuff people have been saying about her sister.

“I don’t see a point in reliving the moment when a part of my loved one died, when I saw someone I cared about have her soul crushed. I saw how horrible people can be to someone they don’t even know, which made me even more appreciative when I saw how wonderfully Ronda’s friends and family treated her. Those are the people that matter,” Burns Ortiz wrote.

Burns Ortiz also explained that her sister had a lot on her plate leading up to the fight as the former bantamweight champion had plenty of media responsibilities to attend to, which was most probably the reason why her sister became one of the most talked about athletes in the world. Ortiz also said that she knows Rousey will be able to get back on her feet, stronger than ever, as she has already witnessed this back when Rousey was still in the Olympics.

Ortiz also said that she still cannot understand where all the hate was coming from. But instead of going head to head to each and every bad comment that surfaces, Ortiz opted to take the high road and not let these bad comments get the best of her.

“I hear that people say insensitive, hateful, disgusting things about my sister and my mother and I don’t try to make sense of it, because you can’t. There’s something very strange, though, when the world seems to think they know someone… this idea that society suddenly owns a right to build someone up or tear them down because they are a public figure. To watch that happen to someone you love is enough to drive you insane… unless you tune it out, which I do,” Ortiz added.