Amanda Nunes apologizes to Ronda Rousey

Amanda Nunes apologized to Ronda Rousey for her behavior following their match.

Brazilian fighter, Nunes, defeated Ultimate Fighting Championship superstar and Hollywood actress, Ronda Rousey, for the UFC bantamweight championship at UFC 207. Rousey was at one point an unstoppable force in the octagon, making quick work of opponent after opponent. Her star had risen to the point that she was an internationally renowned personality. Before her fight with Nunes, Rousey suffered the first loss of her career to Holly Holm. Holm then lost to Meisha Tate in UFC 196. Nunes defeated Tate at UFC 200 and then faced the returning nova, Rousey.

Rousey and Nunes had a contentious lead up to the fight in which both fighters guaranteed the defeat of the other. Nunes would go on to defeat Rousey in 48 seconds before going on long, emotional rants about her victory and posting mocking references to Rousey on her social media. Nunes apologized for her unsportsmanlike conduct.


“Let me take a moment to explain myself. I was overwhelmed with adrenaline, emotion and hurt at the time. I held so much in during the weeks prior to my fight with Ronda. I might have said or posted some things at the time that I now realize was not the right thing to do. I want to apologize to Ronda. Her fans and mine and the UFC as well. Ronda is an amazing athlete and has done so much for this sport, especially for the women. #respect,” posted Nunes on Instagram.


Amar’e Stoudemire announces decision to play in Israel

Retired NBA player, Amar’e Stoudemire announced on Monday that he will join Hapoel Jerusalem.

Stoudemire, who was a six time NBA All Star and one time All NBA first team selection, partially owns the Israeli club for which he will play next year.

Stoudemire will have to sell his ownership stake in the team in order to play.

“A dream come true,” claimed Stoudemire, who believes he is a descendant of the biblical Hebrew people.

“This is a very, very emotional decision for me because at this moment, I have to uproot my family who have been stable in the U.S. to move to a different country,’’ said Stoudemire. “It’s also a spiritual journey as well. The next phase of my career – people have documented my journey with the Holy Land the last six years, the interest in playing in Israel. That dream has come true.’’

Stoudemire, who returned to the New York Knicks ceremoniously to be retired in the jersey he donned for five years of his career, admitted that he had thoughts of returning to the NBA for another season.

“We had a brief discussion with Miami. It didn’t go far,” said Stoudemire in an interview with the New York Post. “I wanted to compete. The reason I left to New York [at the end of the 2015 season], I was to trying to win a championship. I know my time was limited as far as my NBA career. I wanted to take advantage of my health. If that wasn’t the case, I would’ve stayed here in the rest of my career.’’