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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | February 21, 2013
ANAHEIM - With the UFC 157: Rousey-Carmouche pre-fight press conference wrapping up and fighters posing for their customary face-to-face photos, Ronda Rousey turned to face the press and stand shoulder to shoulder with opponent Liz Carmouche when Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White handed Rousey the UFC women's bantamweight championship. Rousey wanted nothing to do with the title that had been bestowed upon her in December of last year. PHOTOS: UFC 157 press conference with Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche At the urging of White, she finally and begrudgingly relented, throwing it over her shoulder.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | February 19, 2013
Undefeated MMA superstar and Glendale Fighting Club trainee Ronda Rousey will make history defending her UFC bantamweight title against Marine Corps veteran Liz Carmouche in the first women's fight ever in the UFC Octagon on Saturday, Feb. 23. UFC Primetime followed Rousey and Carmouche in the weeks leading up to their historic bout to produce a three-part documentary series promoting the fight on Fuel TV . Watch the complete series,...
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By Grant Gordon | February 18, 2013
BURBANK - With the exception to those most ardent of mixed-martial-arts fans, Liz “Girl-Rilla” Carmouche, despite an excellent resume in the world of MMA, was a somewhat unknown to Ultimate Fighting Championship followers and certainly the mainstream. That's certainly changed in a big way in the lead-up to what is perceived to be the most monumental bout in the history of women's mixed martial arts. Carmouche openly volunteered and asked for a bout with “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey, the UFC's first-ever women's bantamweight titlist, and received an opportunity that has her less than a week away from headlining “UFC 157: Rousey vs. Carmouche” on Saturday night live on pay-per-view from the Honda Center in Anaheim.
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February 5, 2013
UFC women's champion Ronda Rousey will take part in a live video chat on Tuesday at 1 p.m. PT (previously scheduled at 11 a.m.) with Times MMA writer Lance Pugmire. Viewers watching the live chat will have a chance to submit questions for Rousey to answer during the show. As Pugmire wrote earlier about Rousey , "Ronda Rousey said making her debut as the first Ultimate Fighting Championship women's champion at Anaheim's Honda Center is beyond her wildest imagination.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | January 10, 2013
Thus far, Art "Lionheart" Hovhannisyan's road to boxing glory has been a bumpy one, slowed by a myriad of injuries and bout cancellations. Still, the action fighter with an unbeaten record finds himself poised once more to knock down the door of opportunity and become a title contender. Hovhannisyan is slated to fight Logan McGuinness on Feb. 22 in a “Shobox” main event with a possible World Boxing Assn. championship bout as the winner's prize. “We cannot be fighting the Joe Schmoes anymore,” said George Bastmajyan, Hovhannisyan's manager and cut man. “We need a career-defining fight.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | September 3, 2013
Just more than four months ahead of her next championship defense, Ultimate Fighting Championship women's bantamweight titlist “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey embarked on perhaps the most ambitious path of her whirlwind career. “I'm off to Bulgaria - time to attempt the boldest feat of multitasking in my career,” Rousey wrote on Twitter Aug. 21 as she departed for the Baltic nation to begin filming the action movie “The Expendables 3.” So far so good, apparently. In fact, things might be even better than usual for Rousey, according to her head coach at the Glendale Fighting Club, Edmond Tarverdyan.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | December 28, 2013
LAS VEGAS - “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey winning by armbar has been a familiar ending to every one of the Ultimate Fighting Championship women's bantamweight champion's fights. On Saturday night at UFC 168 in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Arena, the ending was just the same as every fight before, but the journey getting there was far more arduous. After a riveting first two rounds, Rousey was able to secure an armbar submission against archrival Miesha Tate 58 seconds into the third round of their co-main event bout to defend her championship.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | January 30, 2014
When you have two undefeated fighters decorated with Olympic medals, it would seem they are destined to square off. That's how Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White sees the impending Feb. 22 main event between UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and Sara McMann at UFC 170 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. “There's no doubt that those two were on a collision course from the inception of the division,” White said Monday at a media luncheon at Fleming's Steakhouse in Los Angeles.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | March 9, 2013
Girls and boys, women and men of all ages from near and far descended upon the Glendale Fighting Club on Saturday afternoon to watch Ronda Rousey take center stage. Far removed from the bright lights and big stage of the Ultimate Fighting Championship and exactly two weeks removed from her historic title defense of the UFC women's bantamweight championship , Rousey conducted her first-ever mixed-martial-arts clinic, demonstrating some of the knowledge and technique that's made her an unbeaten phenom.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | January 30, 2014
When you have two undefeated fighters decorated with Olympic medals, it would seem they are destined to square off. That's how Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White sees the impending Feb. 22 main event between UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and Sara McMann at UFC 170 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. “There's no doubt that those two were on a collision course from the inception of the division,” White said Monday at a media luncheon at Fleming's Steakhouse in Los Angeles.
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By Grant Gordon and Andrew Shortall | January 1, 2014
1) Ronda Rousey becomes UFC women's pioneer - When 2013 was in its dawn, “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey was just under two months away from making history at UFC 157. Three days before 2013 ended, Rousey put a resounding exclamation point on the year with a victory at UFC 168 that was riveting, dramatic, dominant and controversial. In many ways, it was emblematic of Rousey, as she's long been regarded as a complete package; possessing the phenomenal skills and athleticism, beauty and intellect and the brashness to be not just an Ultimate Fighting Championship titlist, but a mainstream star.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | December 28, 2013
LAS VEGAS - “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey winning by armbar has been a familiar ending to every one of the Ultimate Fighting Championship women's bantamweight champion's fights. On Saturday night at UFC 168 in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Arena, the ending was just the same as every fight before, but the journey getting there was far more arduous. After a riveting first two rounds, Rousey was able to secure an armbar submission against archrival Miesha Tate 58 seconds into the third round of their co-main event bout to defend her championship.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | December 27, 2013
It's debatable that there have perhaps been more anticipated or more monumental bouts in the history of women's mixed martial arts than the first time Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate faced off inside the cage under the Strikeforce banner. When then-women's MMA poster girl Gina Carano took on Cris Cyborg in 2009 or when Rousey defended the Ultimate Fighting Championships women's bantamweight title against Liz Carmouche earlier this year, both bouts had plenty of hype and plenty on the line.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | December 26, 2013
Though much of “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey and Miesha “Cupcake” Tate's rivalry has been fueled by harsh words, their final words at Thursday's the UFC 168 pre-fight press conference in Las Vegas were rather pedestrian in comparison to the past. With UFC 168 on Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas headlined by middleweight champion Chris Weidman's rematch against Anderson Silva and those two taking center stage, along with the always entertaining Josh Barnett stealing the show, Rousey and Tate very much stuck to their guns without a whole lot of histrionics accompanying them.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | September 3, 2013
Just more than four months ahead of her next championship defense, Ultimate Fighting Championship women's bantamweight titlist “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey embarked on perhaps the most ambitious path of her whirlwind career. “I'm off to Bulgaria - time to attempt the boldest feat of multitasking in my career,” Rousey wrote on Twitter Aug. 21 as she departed for the Baltic nation to begin filming the action movie “The Expendables 3.” So far so good, apparently. In fact, things might be even better than usual for Rousey, according to her head coach at the Glendale Fighting Club, Edmond Tarverdyan.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | July 30, 2013
LOS ANGELES - Decked out in a sharp business suit, Ronda Rousey looked to be all business on Tuesday. But the Ultimate Fighting Championship's women's bantamweight champion and archrival Miesha Tate, as per usual with the adversaries, got personal as the UFC's World Tour 2013 touched down in Los Angeles in front of a gathering of media and fans on Tuesday morning at Club Nokia. “How is it not a rivalry?” said Rousey (7-0), the Glendale Fighting Club-trained champ who will face off once more with Tate (13-4)
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | May 25, 2013
For more than a month's time, Edmond Tarverdyan will be firmly entrenched in Las Vegas. He'll be doing what he loves: Training fighters and cornering combatants. But it's hardly going to be a vacation. For the first time in the history of “The Ultimate Fighter” show, the opposing coaches will be women, with Ultimate Fighting Championship women's bantamweight champion “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey opposing eventual title challenger Cat Zingano. Right next to Rousey, as he has been throughout her meteoric professional MMA career, will be Tarverdyan.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | April 17, 2013
With a combat career already filled with firsts, the history in the making that is Ronda Rousey's career now officially has an opponent to co-author the next chapter in women's mixed-martial-arts chronicle. With Rousey sitting cageside along with Glendale Fighting Club trainer Edmond Tarverdyan and friend and fellow GFC trainee Marina Shafir, bantamweights Miesha Tate and Cat Zingano made their Ultimate Fighting Championship debuts Saturday in Las Vegas at “The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale,” thrilling the Mandalay Bay crowd with Zingano winning the back-and-forth barnburner via third-round technical knockout.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | March 9, 2013
Girls and boys, women and men of all ages from near and far descended upon the Glendale Fighting Club on Saturday afternoon to watch Ronda Rousey take center stage. Far removed from the bright lights and big stage of the Ultimate Fighting Championship and exactly two weeks removed from her historic title defense of the UFC women's bantamweight championship , Rousey conducted her first-ever mixed-martial-arts clinic, demonstrating some of the knowledge and technique that's made her an unbeaten phenom.
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