Posts Tagged ‘Training’

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Former UFC Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey has expressed interest in training to become a pro wrestler, according to Fightful.com, who claim to have gained information from unnamed sources close to WWE.

Rousey has apparently started training with current WWE superstar (and trainer) Brian Kendrick, who currently competes on 205 Live. Her entry into the industry was apparently a big talking point backstage at the tapings of the recent Mae Young Classic (which airs on the WWE Network later this month).

MMA fans will be very familiar with Rousey, one of the biggest names in the world of combat sports. She is a known wrestling fan, and memorably appeared at WrestleMania 31 in a segment alongside The Rock, Triple H, and Stephanie McMahon. At the time, this led to wild speculation that Rousey would be booked for a match at a subsequent ‘Mania – although nothing has come of it since.

She has also dabbled in acting, appearing in The Expendables 3 and Furious 7.

Rousey last fought at UFC 207 in December 2016, losing to Amanda Nunes in a matter of seconds. She has since teased a ‘big announcement’ on her official website, but it’s unclear whether this is linked to her rumoured venture into wrestling.

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Old Georges St-Pierre says you shouldn’t be worried about the old Georges St-Pierre.

By the time GSP makes his expected return to competition later this year, he’ll be 36, the age at which most athletes are getting ready to walk away from their sport. The former welterweight champion hasn’t said who he plans to fight next or even what division he’ll be competing in, but what he does know is that he’ll be the best version of himself when the time comes.

“I think for me it’s a good time to come back now because I’m 35 years old,” said St-Pierre in a video posted by his sponsor Hayabusa on Wednesday. “I just finished a training camp that I did to see if I can come back to the world-class level and I feel I’m at the best shape of my life. I feel better than I’ve ever been.

“Georges St-Pierre now would beat the Georges St-Pierre that was the greatest of the time that he used to compete. So I can’t wait to go back in there and show people, including myself, to test my skill, and see how everything goes.”

That’s a lofty claim considering that St-Pierre’s first run in MMA ended with 12 straight victories and a 25-2 record overall. If he has anything to say about it, the second chapter of his career will be even more memorable.

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Olympic wrestler Helen Maroulis has traveled to Ireland in search of her next challenge.

The 25-year-old gold medalist is visiting the Emerald Isle for a week of training at John Kavanagh’s Straight Blast Gym, home of UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor. Whether the Maryland native converts her interest in MMA to a full-on foray remains to be seen, but who better to help her test the waters than the Dublin camp?

Maroulis made history at the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, becoming the first female American wrestler to win Olympic gold.

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Aspiring mixed martial arts hopeful Greg Hardy could be facing some stiff opposition as he embarks on his new career.

On Tuesday, it was reported that the former NFL defensive end is going to try his hand at MMA and that there are already parties interested in working with him.

NFL analyst and longtime MMA advocate Jay Glazer responded to the news onTwitter, imploring his associates in the fighting community to keep Hardy out of the sport due to his involvement in a highly publicized domestic violence case.

Here is the full TwitLonger post:

“I would be incredibly disappointed in any of my fellow MMA coaches and any promoters if they took Greg Hardy in and taught him a shred of our incredible sport. Many of us train women in self defense specifically to help protect vs domestic violence. Me and all my coaches at (Glazer’s gym) Unbreakable do and take great pride in that. Competing in any sport is a privilege, Greg Hardy should not be granted the privilege. There are many beautiful arts taught in our sport, none of which should be afforded to him.”

A one-time Pro Bowler, Hardy gained mainstream notoriety in 2014 when he was arrested for a domestic violence incident involving his then-girlfriend, Nicole Holder. The charges were later dropped when Holder did not appear in court to testify.

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Source: RockTape

Cesaro recently spoke with the makers of RockTape, which he’s been wearing on his shoulder since returning to action for WWE. The full interview is at this link¬†and below are highlights:

What do most people not realize about training for WWE?

Most people don’t realize that we perform at 4-5 shows every week. There are two touring groups every weekend, one doing Friday, Saturday, Sunday and one doing Saturday and Sunday. Then we meet on Monday and film two days of TV Monday and Tuesday. We also tour all over the world, for example two week tours through Europe where we perform every night. We train in the gym on top of that. So it’s a very demanding schedule. There is also no off season since we have a live RAW every Monday.

We are responsible for staying in shape, so we do our own workouts. Everyone trains differently. I’m very into weightlifting at the moment. Seth Rollins is our CrossFit guy. And there are of course the guys who train bodybuilding style as well. You need to find something that works for you and something that you can keep up despite the crazy schedule.

What are your greatest achievements in WWE?

I would say winning the first ever Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania 30. Winning the Tag Team Championships with Tyson Kidd was a great too. And winning the US Championship within the first year of my career.

What are you most proud of?

I’m most proud of the Cesaro Section. That’s something the fans started for me. They just printed out simple papers that said ‘Cesaro Section,’ on them. It originated in Nashville and spread all over. There were over 7,000 in San Jose once. It means a lot to me because that was during a time when I was kind of down and unsure if I was doing the right thing and I was trying to get some momentum going. That support means the world to me. So I always work extra hard to make the Cesaro Section proud.

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Nikki Bella has been sidelined all of 2016 with a serious neck injury, but it looks like she’s still hoping to make a return to the ring, and is using all of her resources to make it happen.

As noted, Bella revealed on Twitter today that she was training with brother-in-law Daniel Bryan this week. She put over his technical prowess, and said that she can’t get aggressive in the ring yet, but is hoping to return after a doctor’s appointment next month. Bella had neck surgery earlier this year.

Bella also said that Bryan helped her our with her new finishing move. Here is another post from Nikki about training with Bryan, from her Instagram account:

“Yesterday I got to train with my brother in law @bryanldanielson He’s such a wrestling genius! He taught me a lot technically yesterday and even helped me with my new finisher. Can’t wait to get cleared and train even more with him. Can’t get aggressive yet with my training but goodness I’m yearning to get back in that ring! July can’t come quick enough! It’s going to be a tough road, but I love challenges! I don’t want easy. I want to overcome what no one thinks I can. You can’t take passion away from someone. If anything you just give them more fire to prove you wrong!,” Bella said.

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Sean Waltman has gone silent recently after the untimely passing of his ex-girlfriend Chyna, but Title Match Wrestling has released several clips from a shoot interview the former X-Pac did touching on the very serious topic of concussion symptoms.

“Once you learn about it and learn what a concussion really is, you go ‘f–k, I didn’t even know I had one.’ There might be some people, like climate change deniers, like CTE denial going on out there. It’s always been there. It’s not a new thing, we’re just learning it,” Waltman said.

The former Syxx and 1-2-3 Kid mentioned that while he and the people who he came up wrestling with didn’t always know about CTE, he knew to a degree what he was getting into.

“When you sign up for this job, you have to realize that these are the risks. We didn’t know about CTE when I signed on. I was well aware that if you hit me in the head with a f–king steel chair and I don’t put my hands up, it’s going to cause damage. We just have to be mindful from now into the future,” said Waltman.

Waltman said that WWE and NXT are about the only people actually looking into the future, and commended them for taking steps that he says other wrestling schools should employ.

“Guys are wearing headgear now when they’re taking bumps. Should have been doing it for years. Anybody who is a legitimate wrestling school, should be using headgear when they’re taking bumps. Invest in it. It’s not being a p—y. There’s no badge of valor because you went through training without wearing head gear. Nobody does it but WWE, and you all need to,” Waltman said.