Daily Update: UFC on FOX, Ronda Rousey body paint!
UFC on FOX tonight!
Ryan Bader vs Anthony Johnson will be fighting later tonight in Newark, NJ. Bader will need this win to keep his title shot hopes alive. Like all Anthony Johnson fights the plan should be to take him into the later rounds and pick him apart then look to take him down and either submit Johnson or grind out a decision. If Bader can survive Johnson’s power in the first round or two then he has a chance though he is certainly an underdog.
Josh Barnett will take on Ben Rothwell. With the ever changing injury situation and shallow talent pool with the heavy weights either one of these men could earn a possible title shot with a win. This is an intruiging fight in that they are both long time vets and there isn’t much either one of them hasn’t seen before. We also get to see if the Sage Northcutt hype train can keep a chuggin’ against Bryan Barbarena, who was a late replacement for Andrew Holbrook. Northcutt in 3 months with the UFC is already having his third fight. This next fight seems to be a step up in competition for the talented Northcutt but UFC is certianly bringing him along slowly. Northcutt is a must see at the post-fight press conference.
UFC ON FOX ON SATURDAY FROM THE PRUDENTIAL CENTER IN NEWARK, NJ – Follow along live with F4WOnline.com’s Ryan Frederick.
Fight Pass at 3:30 p.m. Eastern time
Randy Brown vs. Matt Dwyer
Tony Martin vs. Felipe Olivieri
Damon Jackson vs. Levan Makashvili
FS 1 at 5 p.m.
Alex Bruce Leroy Caceres vs. Masio Fullen
George Sullivan vs. Alexander Yakovlev
Wilson Reis vs. Dustin Ortiz
Kevin Casey vs. Rafael Natal
Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Diego Ferreira
Jake Ellenberger vs. Tarec Saffiedine
FOX at 10 p.m.
Sage Northcutt vs. Bryan Barbarena
Iuri Alcantara vs. Jimmie Rivera
Ben Rothwell vs. Josh Barnett
Anthony Rumble Johnson vs. Ryan Bader
PRO WRESTLING NOAH SUNDAY FROM YOKOHAMA BUNKA GYM
Yoshihiro Takayama & Quiet Storm & Hajime Ohara & Genba Hirayanagi vs. Yoshinari Ogawa & Akitoshi Saito & Hitoshi Kumano & Kaito Kiyomiya
Desperado vs. Yoshinobu Kanemaru
Shelton Benjamin vs. Mitsuhiro Kitamiya
Maybach Taniguchi vs. Takashi Iizuka
Daisuke Harada & Atsushi Kotoge vs. Taka Michinoku & Taichi for GHC jr. tag titles
Taiji Ishimori vs. Kenou for GHC jr. title
Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr. vs. Mohammed Yone & Katsuhiko Nakajima for GHC tag titles
Minoru Suzuki vs. Go Shiozaki
Naomichi Marufuji vs. Takashi Sugiura for GHC heavyweight title
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Wrestling Observer Newsletter
The Latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter: February 1, 2016 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: 2016 Royal Rumble, Road to Wrestlemania, more
Coverage of the Royal Rumble and where things lead to WrestleMania is the lead story in a jam-packed news issue of the Wrestling Observer. TNA’s statements regarding A.J. Styles, Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson, the timing, what is accurate, and a lot that wasn’t in those statements as to why the deal didn’t happen. The process that led the stars from New Japan and more. The Cain Velasquez and Fabricio Werdum injuries and title match cancellation and what directions UFC took to try and save it. More on the injury to Hiroshi Tanahashi, the death of Archie “Mongolian Stomper” Gouldie, some stories about his life and career. WWE Hall of Fame class of 2016, New Japan Fantatstica Mania tour with full rundowns and stories behind it, Nikki Bella injury and what led to the increase in ratings for Raw and Smackdown.
The story behind why HHH won the title, why it was the right booking decision given the destination, questions about the execution, the confusing Fast Lane main event, what the original booking plan was behind Roman Reigns ascension to the top and why it was so hard for Vince McMahon to decide against his winning at last year’s WrestleMania, and questions about the crowds at Fast Lane and Mania for the main events. Update WrestleMania, chart out the Royal Rumble with how long everyone was in, eliminations, and news, Rumble business, poll results and match-by-match results with star ratings.
The situation with New Japan losing talent, and how the CMLL stars did on the tour.
The arrival of Shinsuke Nakamura to WWE and why he’s in NXT, an update on Daniel Bryan, NXT finances for talent, another endorsement deal for Dwayne Johnson, notes on the next WWE network live special, updates on NXT talent coming to the main roster, lots of WWE injury notes, WWE plans for post-Mania and the European tour, Lesnar dates, details on NXT tapings as well as details on all the weekend WWE events.
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SATURDAY NEWS UPDATE
As noted on the front page by Dave, TNA has confirmed that something happened between Kia “Awesome Kong” Stevens and Rebecca “Reby Sky” Hardy on the UK tour, leading to Stevens being sent home. Ryan Satin of Pro Wrestling Sheet has chimed in with the detail that allegedly, what escalated the situation to a physical confrontation was Hardy calling Stevens a “f**king maniac.”
Hiroshi Tanahashi officially announced at NJPW’s Road to New Beginning show today that he will be Kenny Omega’s opponent on 2/14 in the decision match for the vacant IWGP Intercontinental Championship. That was part of the post-match for Shinsuke Nakamura’s farewell, which also included a speech from Nakamura. It’s all up on NJPW World right now, and the video package for the main event/Nakamura’ farewell is on NJPW’s YouTube channel.
Some online sports books are already taking bets on Fast Lane and Wrestlemania. For Fast Lane you can bet either Roman Reigns, a huge favorite at -1050, or the field at +550. For Wrestlemania you can bet Roman Reigns ends the night as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion at -280 or anyone else at +200.
Nice exposure for NXT as the Washington Post Sunday Magazine profiled Mojo Rawley.
Here’s Mike Mooneyham’s nostalgic look at a small venue for wrestling called County Hall, along with some other notes.
As of Friday night, ROH had released tickets for Supercard of Honor X happening Wrestlemania weekend in Dallas, TX.
Here’s a quick feature on Kansas’ Metro Pro Wrestling bringing in Tracy Smothers for a Saturday show.
The latest edition of the 6:05 Superpodcast with David Bixenspan and Brian Last (corrected link from Thursday’s update) is, in part, a tribute to The Mongolian Stomper/Archie “The Stomper Gouldie” with both Heath McCoy (author of the amazing Stampede Wrestling book) and Beau James joining the show to talk about his life and career.
Ronda Rousey got bodypainted again for a second Sports Illustrated photo shoot.
Despite spending all of his time before, during and after his main event fight last night for Bellator talking about Josh Koscheck, Paul Daley apparently wants a fight with Wanderlei Silva as he told reporters following last night’s Bellator 148. Scott Coker later commented that he’s not interested in signing the former UFC fighter and former Pride Grand Prix Champion and doesn’t think the fight will happen.
ONE Championships main card results from Malaysia on Friday – Ev Ting 3rd round sub over Eric Kelly; Eduard Foloyang dec over Tetsuya Yamada; Jake Butler 1st round KO over Tatsuya Mizuno; Geje Eustaquio 1st round KO over Saiful Merican; Samir Mrabet 2nd round sub over Sami Amin; Keanu Subba 1st round KO over Rayner Kinsiong
Victory FC 47 on UFC Fight Pass main card results from Omaha on Friday – Anthony Smith 1st round KO over Josh Neer; Jarred Mercado 2nd round sub over Alonzo Martinez; Dakota Cochrane 3rd round sub over Jake Lindsey; Cody Carrillo 1st round sub over Sean Wilson; Yuri Villefort 1st round KO over Kenneth Glenn; Grant Dawson 2nd round TKO over Bryce Logan
ON THIS DAY IN WORLD PRO WRESTLING HISTORY: Daily pro wrestling history (01/30): Williams & Gordy win AJPW Tag Team Titles
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