TITO ORTIZ SHARES CRIS ‘CYBORG’ JUSTINO NEWS AND DISCUSSES HIS CAREER RESURGENCE ON AXS TV’S ‘INSIDE MMA’
Plus Kenny Rice Sits Down with Josh Barnett, Rashad Evans Discusses Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier, and Max Holloway Previews His Fight Versus Charles Oliveira
Andrew Sanchez Claims the RFA Welterweight Title with Third Round TKO on ‘AXS TV FIGHTS: RESURRECTION FIGHTING ALLIANCE 28’
LOS ANGELES – Aug. 7, 2015 – Bellator MMA light heavyweight contender and UFC Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz joined AXS TV’s INSIDE MMA in studio tonight with series host Bas Rutten and guest host Ron Kruck, who filled in for regular host Kenny Rice. During his in-depth interview, Ortiz, who is the former manager and current wrestling coach of Invicta FC Women’s Featherweight Champion Cris “Cyborg” Justino, revealed the UFC offered her a fight against UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
“I’ve heard from Cris [Justino] actually that the fight that’s supposed to be happening at the Cowboy’s arena… they offered the fight to Cris. I know her management said yes and I’ve told her, ‘Let’s do it.’ So I guess the ball’s all in Ronda [Rousey]’s corner and Ronda wants to do it. Dana said if Cris came down to 135 they’ll make the fight happen, so let’s see if Ronda accepts the fight.”
The full interview is available here, in which Ortiz also discussed his career resurgence with Bellator, fighting for the Bellator light heavyweight title Sep. 19 and if he would like to fight Fedor Emelianenko if he were to sign with Bellator: http://bit.ly/IMMATitoOrtiz
Other highlights from tonight’s show include:
Rice sat down with former UFC Heavyweight Champion and NEW JAPAN PRO WRESTLING (NJPW) commentator Josh Barnett for an intimate conversation about his return to fight for the UFC; his upcoming opponent Roy Nelson and other UFC heavyweights Andre Arlovski and Frank Mir; the Reebok Fight Kits; and his work on AXS TV’s NJPW series. An extend version of the interview is available here: http://bit.ly/IMMABarnett
Kruck caught up with UFC light heavyweight Rashad Evans, who discussed his upcoming fight with Ryan Bader and shared whether he would rather fight Daniel Cormier or Jon Jones: http://bit.ly/IMMAEvans
UFC featherweight Max Holloway joined INSIDE MMA tonight to discuss his rivalry with Conor McGregor, how his skills match up with Aug. 23 opponent Charles Oliveira and his wish for the UFC to host a fight in his home state of Hawaii: http://bit.ly/IMMAHolloway
Highlights from tonight’s broadcast of AXS TV FIGHTS: RESURRECTION FIGHTING ALLIANCE 28 are available here, presented by AXS TV FIGHTS commentators Pat Miletich and “The Voice” Michael Schiavello: http://bit.ly/RFA28
Official results from RFA 28 are as follows:
Main Event – Welterweight Title – Andrew Sanchez (7-2) defeated John Poppie (6-2) via TKO at 1:53 in round three.
Flyweight Fight – Ken Porter (9-2, 1 NC) defeated Matt Manzanares (7-6) via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28).
Featherweight Fight – Thiago Moises (6-1) defeated Javon Wright (6-4) via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:10 in round two.
Lightweight Fight – Jake Roberts (5-0) defeated Chuka Willis (4-2) via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27).
Lightweight Fight – Adam Osmoe (3-0) defeated Jimmy Donahue (6-6) via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:27 in round one.
Featherweight Fight – Travis Draper (3-1) defeated Joe Valadez (2-1) via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
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