As farfetched as that sounded a year ago, the beautiful master of the armbar is the headliner in tonight’s UFC 157 PPV live 10 ET. Rousey faces Liz Carmouche in a fight scheduled for five rounds inside of the Octagon.
Rousey’s meteoric rise comes as a surprise to some. One of those who were surprised was Ultimate Fighting Championship president Dana White.
When asked if he saw a women’s division in the UFC, “never” is what White told TMZ reporters in 2011. His one-word answer was part of his consistent responses when the mere mention of women fighters in the UFC was brought up.
That is until now.
White talked about his decision to sign Rousey via latimes.com, despite his original stance.
As you will recall, Te’o is under a ton of media scrutiny. Never mind his abysmal performance in the BCS National Championship game, where the Alabama Crimson Tide players ran Te’o roughshod.
Versus the Crimson Tide, Te’o missed tackles. The All-American Fighting Irish linebacker rarely missed tackles during the regular season. He also appeared slow with his reactionary skills, originally a strength for him prior to the BCS Championship.
Instead of fielding questions about the Alabama game, the hoax behind Te’o’s deceased girlfriend will take center stage.
The battle of Los Angeles has unofficially begun! I am not referring to the movie “Battle of L.A.” and no, it is not your standard good versus evil war that we have all grown to love. It is battle of the bad, the horrible. It is the battle of Los Angeles’ two biggest disappointments, not only in the city, in their respective sports as well.
On one side of the coin, you have the Los Angeles Lakers. They have a team full of stars, yet they have to go on a hot streak just to get back to .500.
On the other side of the coin is the USC Trojans men’s basketball team. The Trojans are the Pac-12 Conference’s current punching bag.
Who has the upper hand in this battle of awful teams?
You be the judge.
The Lakers have four, future Hall of Famers on their roster in Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Dwight Howard and Steve Nash. Unlike their L.A. college counterparts, there is clearly some talent on this team. It does not matter if they have comparable complimentary players to fill out the roster. The Miami Heat won the NBA Championship last season with role players who would not get off the bench for this Lakers’ team.
LeBron James and the 28-12 Miami Heat will face the 20-23 Boston Celtics, led by Rajon Rondo. The showdown takes place at the TD Garden 1:00 EST live on ABC. It is the second of three meetings between the two rival teams who met in the last Eastern Conference Finals. Dousing the flames to their rivalry is the fact that both teams are going in two different directions.
Before the season began, many NBA fans felt the Eastern Conference would be decided between these two teams as it did in the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals. While the Heat has lived up to the hype, the Celtics have struggled.
When the Oklahoma City Thunder (34-10) visits the Los Angeles Lakers (18-25) at 3:30 ET, they will be a 3½-point favorite. The game, shown live on ABC has a similar storyline as the Miami Heat – Boston Celtics matchup it follows.
Before the season, both the Thunder and Lakers were regarded as two of the top four or five teams in the NBA, let alone the Western Conference. NBA observers had the Thunder and Lakers on a collision course to face each other in the Western Conference Finals. The offseason predictions appear well off. The Thunder is among the elite teams in the Association, while the Lakers are in danger to miss the playoffs for only sixth time in franchise history.
When you toss out the records for both teams, you find a tantalizing contest featuring four of the NBA’s top-15 players. This game is filled with star power.