Welcome to the Wednesday edition of the roundup. We’ve got a good block of news to get your day started, featuring the retirement of one of MMA’s top heavyweights, the latest on Jon Jones’ big toe, and Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos taking another shot at UFC Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey. We’ll also check out some of Anthony Pettis’ capoeira moves and an odd promo for Aleksander Emelianenko’s next fight. Here’s the news:
• Former UFC interim heavyweight champion Shane Carwin has announced his retirement from professional MMA competition. Carwin managed to compile a career 12-2 record (4-2 UFC) and will no doubt be most remembered for his knockout power, and for nearly putting Brock Lesnar out of commission in the first round when the two squared off for the UFC undisputed heavyweight title. Best of luck in the future, Shane!
• Jones tweeted that his big toe is healing quite well after being dislocated at UFC 159. It’s good to see that the injury was not as bad as it initially looked.
• Santos says that Rousey’s game is overly reliant on Judo. But is that a bug or a feature? Ronda has so far managed to get the submission every time. Meanwhile, nearly everyone places “Cyborg” and Rousey at the top of the women’s rankings (with sharp debate over who is actually #1), but a match-up between the two is starting to look like the “Mayweather vs Pacquiao” of women’s MMA.
• As promised: Pettis trains capoeira and Emelianenko punches sand sculptures. Yep, you read that last part right. By the way, does anyone else think the second sculpture looks eerily similar to Fedor?