THIS WEEK’S BEST BET:
UFC 184: RONDA ROUSEY vs. CAT ZINGANO
Details/TV: At Staples Center, Saturday at 7 p.m., pay per view (suggested retail price: $60 high definition/$50 standard definition):
With a snazzy 10-0 record in the octagon, more new movie deals coming up and a SI swimsuit appearance showing off her talents, the only rap on Ronda Rousey at this point in her career must be . . . maybe we’ll just Eminem rap about it. On the first track of his latest album “Shady XV,” Eminem is “throwing shade” as the kids say with some lewd references to the UFC women’s bantamweight champ, capped off with call her “a slaughterhouse in a blouse.” Is that the kind of stuff that ups her street cred at all?
“I feel like getting rapped about by Eminem is like getting armbarred by me,” Rousey recently said on a “Jimmy Kimmel Live” show. “It might not be so pleasant if you’re on the other side of it, but it’s so skillfully done you have to be honored.” So maybe that’s the song she’ll have to pick as she marches into the octagon to take care of business against Zingano, the No. 1 contender with a 9-0 record and a personal friend of Rousey.
Because the UFC middleweight title fight between champion Chris Weidman and Vitor Belford was canceled because of Weidman’s injury, the Rousey-Zingano bout becomes the co-main event with former boxer Holly Holm (7-0) making her UFC debut against Raquel Pennington. Rousey will be fighting in Southern California for the first time since she retained her title with a first-round arm bar submission on Liz Carmouche in UFC 157 at the Honda Center back in February, 2013. That was last time the UFC was in Southern California. Staples Center last hosted an event in August, 2012, and had been scheduled to have UFC 176 last August, but it was canceled due to injuries.
The first bout begins at 3:30 p.m. The prelims are at 5 p.m. The event will also be carried live in movie theatres that have deals with Fathom Events. Other bouts include Lake Forest’s Jake Ellenberger against Fresno’s Josh Koscheck, L.A.’s Alan Jouban against Australian Richard Walsh, Ventura’s Tony Ferguson against Hawaii’s Yancy Medeiros and the so-called “Filipino Wrecking Machine” Mark Munoz, from Lake Forest, against Brazil’s Roan Carniero.
ALSO THIS WEEK:
The Kings and Ducks meet in Anaheim (Friday at 7 p.m., Channel 13, Prime Ticket) having split their first two contests, one on a shootout and the other in OT … The Kings and Ducks have home games against Detroit and Ottawa before this encounter. …. The Clippers have to face Memphis twice — Monday at 7:30 p.m. at Staples Center (Prime Ticket) and then Friday at Memphis at 5 p.m. (Prime Ticket). Their only previous meeting was back on Nov. 23 – a 107-91 loss at Memphis when Marc Gasol scored 30 points with 12 rebounds. … UCLA hangs out at Pauley Pavilion for Washington (Wednesday, 8 p.m., ESPN2) and Washington State (Sunday, 6:30 p.m., FS1) … Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine meet at Firestone Fieldhouse for the last West Coast Conference game of the regular season (Saturday at 3 p.m., TWC SportsNet) … more at this link.