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MMA DieHards Radio: Rose Namajunas, Tara LaRosa, Chad Elliot


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MMA DieHards Radio welcomes back a pair of WMMA combatants and a gentleman who is becoming a regular as of late.

Hosts Jason Kelly (Twitter @JayMMADieHards) and Joe Rizzo (@rearnakedchoke) are joined by UFC strawweight Rose Namajunas (@rosenamajunas), WMMA pioneer Tara LaRosa (@TaraLaRosa) and M and A sports Media owner Chad Elliot.

Namajunas is one of eleven women selected to compete on TUF 20 and join the UFC’s latest addition to to their divisions, the women’s 115-pound weight class.  Namajunas, along with the other 10 females, were adopted from Invicta, the world’s premier WMMA league.

LaRosa, a fighter who has been putting work in for years, recently got inducted into the New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame.  We’ll discuss her body of work and what it means to achieve such an honor.  And with the unfiltered LaRosa, we never know what other topics we’ll cover.

Chad Elliot (@FTFAcademy), owner of the Fear the Fighter Training Academy and M and A Sports Media, will join Kelly at the beginning of the show to share some information on functions the academy has coming up.

Tara LaRosa: “There’s some things you need to know if you’re going to fight in Japan”

Tara LaRosa (L) vs. Kelly Warren (R). photo courtesy of Sherdog

The heritage and mystique of martial arts in Japan is attractive to many MMA fighters, but before you plan on competing in Nihon, Tara LaRosa has a few things to make you aware of.

LaRosa (Twitter: @TaraLaRosa) went to Yokohama, Japan, and lost a majority decision to Rin Nakai at “Pancrase 252: 20th Anniversary” on Sept. 29

LaRosa put her skills on display in back-to-back bouts in Japan in 2005, but had not competed there until recently meeting Nakai after failing to secure a slot in the house on “The Ultimate Fighter 18.”  LaRosa spoke with MMA DieHards Radio and detailed all experiences, both absurd and unique, about her latest trip to The Land of the Rising Sun.

The fight

LaRosa, the more seasoned and taller competitor, battered Nakai in the opening frame with solid punches that were connecting with power.  Nakai had no choice other than clinching up with LaRosa to avoid taking further punishment, yet was still bullied by the American.  The first round was a no brainer, LaRosa won.

In Round 2, Nakai managed to stay on top of LaRosa after taking her to the ground, but did zero damage.  LaRosa did not absorb any significant strikes, just spent the frame on the defense and the round could’ve been awarded to either.

The third and final stanza saw LaRosa utilize the same strategy and techniques as she exhibited in Round 1, landing punches while keeping her distance and avoiding takedown attempts.  Nakai eventually secured a takedown and latched on to a key-lock submission.

LaRosa was extremely impressed, but was not about to tap out with only 40 seconds left in a bout she believed she was winning.

The match went to the judges’ scorecards.  As you may or may not know, controversy is no stranger to a match involving a decision outcome between a North American and Japanese fighter in Japan.

“They gave her the majority decision, which means two judges scored it for her and one scored it a draw,” LaRosa told Jason Kelly and Joe Rizzo on MMA DieHards Radio.  ”See, that tells me I won.  If a Japanese judge gave me a draw, that means I won the whole thing.  But whatever, we knew what was going to happen going over there.  I knew if it went to a decision I was going to lose no matter what.  And I did.”


The submission that Nakai attempted in the third round caused unknown damage to LaRosa’s shoulder.  LaRosa said she could hear her shoulder tearing and compared it to the sound of ripping a drumstick off a turkey.  The tough-as-nails LaRosa played off the injury like it was nothing when doctors came to check on her following the bout.

After the medical staff left her locker room, LaRosa laid on the floor, suffering in agony to the point she felt nauseous.  She had a brief conversation with her manager, Monte Cox, describing the match and pain she was enduring afterwards.  Cox advised her to allow the doctors to treat her, as they are qualified and are purely looking out for her health.

“I love Pancrase for this,” LaRosa said.  “They had a team of doctors working the show.  I don’t know if this is normal and this is how it always is over there, but they had a team of doctors and a shoulder specialist.   They brought the doctor in, and his assistant, and they worked on me for 25 minutes or so and put my shoulder back in (the socket).  Thank you Pancrase, thank you Japanese doctors.”

Rules and regulations

If you were ever a fan of Pride FC, One FC, or even paid the slightest bit of attention to the Japanese MMA scene, you know corruption, manipulation and mind games are a big part of what they do to out-of-country competitors.

“There’s some things you need to know if you’re going to fight in Japan,” LaRosa explained.  “Number one, they’re going to hit you with things last minute.  They’re going to try to mess with you, I don’t know if they’re trying to or not, but they do.

“They sprung this one on us in the locker room before the fight – costume check.  They have to check your outfit, I don’t know what they’re checking for in particular, but they’re checking your outfit.”

While LaRosa didn’t have any issues with her attire, fellow “Pancrase 252: 20th Anniversary” competitor Richie Whitson was harassed due to not having draw strings in his shorts.

While LaRosa passed the last-minute wardrobe check, she had some questions regarding the rules, seeing as Pancrase didn’t have a meeting prior to fight day to clarify them with all the competitors.  Some rules she was expecting, others she was surprised by, and one is suspect of being tailor-made for this matchup.

“They said there’s no up-kicks.  What the (expletive) do you mean, no up-kicks?” LaRosa said.  “When she’s standing and I’m lying on the ground, on my back, I can’t kick up at her face.  No up-kicks.  Well, (expletive), how convenient is that?  She’s 5-foot-1 and I’m 5-foot-6.  Alright.  Great.  That’s fine.

“I’ve fought under so many rule constraints that I just roll with it.  You can tell me what-the-hell-ever and I’ll just try to curtail my game plan to it.  So, no up-kicks.  That’s why it looks a little funny in the third round and she’s standing, bent right over my knees, right over my legs, and I’m thinking, ‘Shit, how convenient is this? She’s not even guarding her face.’  I wanted to kick her right in the face.  Maybe it’s just for women, maybe they put special rules on you like that, I don’t know.  They did on Danielle West, she couldn’t do any chokes and she couldn’t throw any knees, but that was because she missed weight.”

Before any combat sports bout can proceed there’s a matter of weighing in, which, in Japan, offers a much harsher set of penalties than North American MMA promotions for not staying within the parameters of a weight class.

In most MMA competitions around North America, if a fighter does not make weight for a bout he or she must forfeit 20 percent of their purse.  However, what LaRosa learned in Japan about not making weight is a little drastic, but would surely decrease the number of mixed martial artists missing the mark.

“I don’t think many people know this because everyone is shocked and horrified,” LaRosa explained.  “When you miss weight you get fined $2,000.  It doesn’t matter what the hell you’re making.  If you’re making  $3,000, if you’re making $2,000, you have to pay Pancrase $2,000.  If you’re over far enough that they call off the fight, or you can’t fight because you’ve cut so much weight that you’re dying, not only do you have to pay $2,000, you have to pay them back for your flight.

“I don’t know where everybody else came from, but my flight was about $3,100, so I was not missing weight.  Now you’re in the hole about five grand.  If you don’t fight, you get a loss on your record.  It’s considered a forfeit, it’s reported as a loss.  So that’s what happens if you miss weight and you don’t fight.  There may be some other (expletive) in there as well, I don’t know.”

There is even more professional suffering for missing weight.

“If you miss weight and you do fight, the best you can get is a draw.  Even if you win, if you choke them out, knock them out, armbar them, rip out their spleen, what-the-hell-ever you do, you get  a draw.  And you still have to pay $2,000.  That’s protocol.”

The food

If you are a resident of the U.S. or Canada, you know damn well that we don’t offer much in the way of traditional dishes.  (Editor’s Note: The author is a professional chef.)  We opt to dine at Italian restaurants, Greek bistros, Chinese take-out, or something along those lines.  Although it fills the void, the taste of authentic food from its native country compared to a Canadian or American version of their plates is apples to oranges.

LaRosa learned just that in her visit to Japan.

“I don’t know what they did to it, or lack thereof, but just the ingredients are so much fresher and it’s such a clean taste,” LaRosa said.  “It wasn’t heavy with oil, and you know how so much Asian food is heavy with sodium? Well, this wasn’t at all, not at all.  I ate lunch and dinner the two days I was there prior to weigh-ins and I woke up on weight.  I didn’t have to cut water, I didn’t have to (do) anything.  It was amazing.

“What we call pot stickers over here, forget about it.  They’re so much better over there.  They taste entirely different.  The stuff that we have over here is (expletive), OK?  I could stay there for the food alone.”

Along with the mouth-watering cuisine that comes from Japanese restaurants is an equally delicious, yet peculiar method of purchasing food.

In North America, when we think of eating from a vending machine it’s junk food or less-than desirable sandwiches.  In Japan, where they have more vending machines than people, you can get a scrumptious meal ranging from live crab to homemade pizza without the services of a chef.

“There’s vending machines everywhere, even in residential areas,” LaRosa said.  “We were in Yokohama, which is its own city, it’s not Tokyo; Tokyo is a different thing.  So, we were in Yokohama, which is a lot less touristy, and there’s vending machines right outside apartment buildings.  They’re everywhere, like, everywhere.  If you live in a sub-division or something, you’re not going to see random vending machines anywhere, right?  Well, they’re there.”

LaRosa’s trip to Japan was one of a kind, to say the least.  As a tourist, the food and sights are very satisfyinng enough.  To a foreign mixed martial artist, given what could be stacked against you, are you prepared to compete in Japan?

Pass the yen.

MMA DieHards Radio: Tara LaRosa



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On this episode of MMA DieHards Radio, hosts Jason Kelly (Twitter: @JayMMADieHards) and Joe Rizzo (Twitter: @rearnakedchoke) welcome back Tara LaRosa.

LaRosa (Twitter: @TaraLaRosa) recently competed against Rin Nakai at “Pancrase 252: 20th Anniversary” in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan.  LaRosa and Nakai went to a decision, which resulted in controversy.  LaRosa appeared to have done enough to earn the judges’ decision, but, in Japan, it’s tough for an American to seal the victory and that led to Nakai picking up the win.  Although LaRosa was disappointed she left The Land of the Rising Sun without a win, she did enjoy many of the things Japan had to offer.

LaRosa also talked TUF 18, shared funny stories in Japan and revealed what she’ll sell for $1,000.  Listen up! This is a classic you do not want to miss!


MMA DieHards Radio: Tara LaRosa, Jared Rosholt

On this episode of MMA DieHards Radio, hosts Jason Kelly (Twitter: @JayMMADieHards) and Joe Rizzo (Twitter: @rearnakedchoke) welcome UFC newcomer Jared Rosholt and women’s MMA veteran Tara LaRosa.

Rosholt (Twitter: @JaredRosholt), a heavyweight mixed martial artist, makes his UFC debut at “The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale” on Nov. 30 against Walter Harris at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.  Rosholt is on a four-fight win streak and has only lost once in his nine-fight career.

LaRosa (Twitter: @TaraLaRosa) joined us to talk about her TUF 18 experience, her close friends Shayna Baszler and Roxanne Modafferi, as well as her upcoming bout in Japan.  As usual, LaRosa holds no punches when covering any and all topics, so do not miss out.

Tara LaRosa predicting Rousey to win, Tate to lose and who can beat the champ

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A veteran of WMMA, Tara LaRosa has a keen insight on the beginning of women’s bouts in the UFC, and what the promotion will need to do in the future.

LaRosa (Twitter: @TaraLaRosa) is a 24-fight veteran of the sport, who’s professional MMA debut was in April 2002.  She’s won four titles in four different promotions in two separate weight classes – bantamweight and flyweight. She won gold medals, three apiece, between the Naga Grappling World Championships and the FILA Grappling World Championships, plus two silver medals in the ADCC’s.  She’s competed around the world and fought some of the best women’s MMA has to offer over the years.

Needless to say, LaRosa knows mixed martial arts.

On Saturday, UFC 157 will take place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., and history will be made when Ronda Rousey puts her UFC women’s bantamweight title on the line against Liz Carmouche.  Rousey is an overwhelming favorite in the inaugural women’s UFC match, and as much as LaRosa likes Carmouche, she’s going with the safe bet on this fight.

“Rousey is getting better and better,” LaRosa told Jason Kelly and Joe Rizzo on MMA DieHards Radio on the MMA DieHards Radio Network.  “Her overall skills are increasing.  I don’t see her losing this; I see her pulling off an armbar.  If Liz gets too close at all, and if Liz doesn’t get too close, Rousey is going to play the distance and make it happen. 

“Carmouche is a very powerful person.  Striking and grappling, she’s specifically very powerful.  That’s not something you want to play around with, so I think Rousey understands that and she’s probably going to try to end it early.  I think she’s going to be successful.”

LaRosa said she thinks Carmouche is good overall, but based on her past performances, Rousey’s arsenal is something she can’t envision “GirlRilla” avoiding.

The fighter to dethrone Rousey, in LaRosa’s opinion, must possess a grappling ability that surpasses the majority of other combatants.  There are various highly touted grapplers in WMMA, but who is the one that could stop the undefeated Rousey?

“I’d be pushing for Marloes Coenen,” LaRosa said.  “That’s kind of who I think has a real good chance at taking it, but (the) old-school Marloes.  Marloes from back in the day, I think could do it.  I think old-school Tara LaRosa could do it.  I know people like to talk about Miesha (Tate) has a lot of grappling experience, but she really doesn’t.  It would be very interesting if Kyra Gracie got into MMA, seriously.  That could be a really interesting match-up right there.  Sara McMann is a hopeful, but I don’t think Sara could evade the armbar for three rounds.  Her wrestling is good, but I don’t know.  Shayna Baszler might be able to pull it off, there’s another one.  Alexis Davis might be able to do it, she’s so scrappy.  She’s really good on the ground.

“The whole thing is getting to the ground without falling into that armbar.  And that’s the whole thing, it’s like how a really good wrestler can shoot and re-shoot.  Ronda can throw you and armbar, if you get out of it and you’re in that position, she’s got another one coming for you right after it.  I don’t know, but yeah, I think I would go with Alexis Davis or Marloes Coenen or Shayna.”

Pressed to narrow it to one, LaRosa made her decision.

“(Davis) got better and better, even since I fought her.   She was really good when I fought her, her ground was really good.  I got stuck in her triangle-(choke) for the better part of the second round.  She’s relentlessly tough, too.  She just keeps coming, constantly and constantly.”

With Cris “Cyborg” Santos, the opponent many fans wanted for Rousey, signed to Invicta FC and refusing to fight at bantamweight, there is an idea that a Strikeforce title rematch might be in the air for Rousey in the UFC.

Tate relinquished her Strikeforce belt when Rousey submitted her in March 2012, but she lasted longer than anyone has in the cage with “Rowdy.”  Even though, it was only 4:27 into Round 1, Tate gave Rousey the most competition the champ has had to date.

Tate makes her UFC debut against Cat Zingano at “The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale.”  If Tate is victorious, it could possibly set up a rematch against Rousey, but LaRosa doesn’t think “Cupcake” will even get that far.

“(Tate’s) going to lose,” LaRosa said.  “Cat is pretty damn good.  She’s not as experienced, but Miesha doesn’t use her experience.  With Cat versus Miesha, I think Cat is going to out-strike her.  Miesha is just kind of dumb.  This is a girl that tried to wrestle Sara McMann in a grappling tournament.  That is the stupidest thing in the whole world, ever.  I really don’t even know what she was trying to do with Rousey, she was trying to wrestle or judo her or whatever, but it sure as hell didn’t work.  She ain’t that bright.”

With Rousey, Carmouche, Tate, McMann, Davis, Zingano and others on the UFC roster, the promotion’s introduction of WMMA appears to be set.  However, with only one weight division of women in the UFC, LaRosa can foresee problems.

But she knows a solution.

“There are girls in the UFC, right now, that could make 125 (pounds),” LaRosa said.  “If some of these chicks happen to lose or become (fan) favorites, would they open a 125-pound division in the UFC?  They’re going to run out of fights if they don’t.  If they want to do at least one women’s fight a month, with all the infinite shows that they do, they’re going to run out of fights.”

Spoken like a true veteran.

MMA DieHards Radio: Jimmy Smith, Tara LaRosa, Clarissa Chun

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Jason Kelly (Twitter: @JayMMADieHards) and Joe Rizzo (Twitter: @rearnakedchoke) return with a wide range of guests on Wednesday’s MMA DieHards Radio.

This week we welcome Bellator commentator Jimmy Smith, Invicta FC’s Shayna Baszler and 2012 American Olympic Women’s freestyle wrestling bronze medalist Clarissa Chun.

The live stream is from 8:30-10:00 p.m. ET, 5:30-7:00 PT, and can be heard through the player above. The show is archived upon completion.

Smith (Twitter: @jimmysmithmma) is regarded as one of the best analysts in the business.  His extensive background in martial arts, both training and competing, combined with his vast media experience gives him an edge in the knowledge and delivery departments.

Chun (Twitter: @ClarissaChun), while not a mixed martial artist, has said she is entertaining the idea.  She might still have some goals to conquer in wrestling, but if the sport is stripped from the Olympics, Chun will not have the opportunity to accomplish those objectives.  This prompted to Chun to take a leadership role, with theCommittee for the Preservation of Olympic Wrestling (CPOW), which is a unit devoted to keeping wrestling alive in the Olympics.


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Rear Naked Choke Radio returns: 12 Angry Women (Fighters)


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Rear Naked Choke Radio has never done anything small.  On this epic special episode, Joe Rizzo and Matt Leung bring you 12 of the most lethal women in the world.  Yes, a dozen guests in 90 minutes — all professional female fighters.

Since I (Joe Rizzo) went into “retirement” in December, I had no idea if the show would come back.

At least for one day, we’re back.  Watch or listen to the show right here.  The live stream airs from LA Boxing in Paramus, N.J.

Women in MMA have never had the spotlight more than they do now.  The cause will not go further until you get to know some of the fighters better.  Decide who you love and who you hate after you hear their voices right here.

GUEST LIST (Twitter): Roxanne Modafferi (RoxyFighter), Tara LaRosa (@TaraLaRosa), Sarah D’Alelio (@SarahDalelio), Michele Gutierrez (@MGutierrezLV), Rosi Sexton (@RosiSexton), Shayna Baszler (@QoSBaszler), Zoila Frausto Gurgel (@ZoilaGurgel), Michelle Ould (MichelleOuld), Elaina Maxwell (@ElainaMaxwell), Alexis Davis (@AlexisDavisMMA), Sara McMann (@Sara_McMann), Jessica Eye (@JessicaEviEye).

*Note – Jessica Eye could not make the show but is being counted because 12 sounds better than 11.

Tara LaRosa: Twitter wars and separating the personal from the professional

LaRosa (in white) battles Carina Damm (photo courtesy of Sherdog)

With the heart of a warrior that saw her emerge victorious from a bout with Carina Damm earlier this month, Tara LaRosa has not waited long to throw herself into yet another contest, this time within the realms of social media.

Joining Joe Rizzo and Jeremy Fullerton on Rear Naked Choke Radio on the MMA DieHards Radio Network, the New Jersey native spoke candidly about a long time dispute with Strikeforce competitor Miesha Tate, which has recently flared up over a war of words on Twitter.

“I finally stood up and said something,” LaRosa said on the show, “because she’s been up in my butt for the past four years: ‘Yo’, fight me, why don’t you fight me? I’ll drop down to 125 (pounds).’ Because she knows I’m not going to… she’s over in New Jersey – in my home state – and now she’s talking (BS) on me. I’m like, ‘are you freaking serious right now?’ And now she’s said a bunch of stuff on Twitter so that’s it, I’ve had it.  So I started saying some stuff back.”

Despite previous feuds between the likes of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Rashad Evans almost doubling buy-rate figures and proving that bad-blood grudge matches sell well in the world of MMA, LaRosa was adamant she did not want the Strikeforce women’s welterweight championship contender to benefit from a payday at her expense, regardless of the outcome.

“I don’t want to fight her in public,” LaRosa said.  “I don’t want to settle this in public. Nothing’s going to be settled by fighting, you know, we’re not going to just fight it out and be friends.  I’m not going to fight someone I don’t like, why would I give you that kind of publicity? It’s (ridiculous).”

The specific cause behind the acrimony for one another shared by the world’s No. 2 (LaRosa) and No. 6 (Tate) female mixed martial artists remains unclear.  Insults, threats and taboo language have been liberally thrown around on their Twitter pages.  Its personal nature however, left LaRosa reluctant to disclose the finer details for the time being.

“When I don’t like someone, it’s for a damn good reason, a really good frickin’ reason,” she said.  “It’s not some catty (BS) like I’m jealous of her success or jealous of her boyfriend; which is corny as hell. It’s extremely personal and I don’t particularly want to air all that.  And I don’t think she wants any of that to get aired to the public, either. That’s why she’s kept her mouth shut, (sighs) for the most part,
about what the real behind the scenes deal is.

“The only way I would put the entire story out there is if she pushed me hard enough. If she continues to push my buttons and say (BS) about me…I’m going to tell the entire the story with all the gory details.  I don’t think she wants that, because she’s going to look pretty bad.  I’m never going to forget what was done and what happened.  This is not a ‘work’ and this not to hype a fight.”

Speculating on the reasons for Tate to supposedly make matters as personal as they now stand, LaRosa toyed with the idea of a misplaced sense of admiration as a possible motive.

“It seems like she’s kind of copying me, like with sponsors, with things she’s says, she’s tried wear white, come out to my favorite music, it’s kind of eerie,” said LaRosa.  “I never noticed it until a mutual friend of ours brought it to my attention.  I also heard that I was her mom’s favorite fighter, which is really nice, but I can imagine the pressure on her to be successful.  I think she also tries to copy the Gina Carano blueprint, except Gina is classy and Miesha is trashy.”

As the MMA veteran with a record of 20-2 discussed “Takedown” Tate’s fighting words, it became clear LaRosa was not willing to throw away a long-term career plan for the sake of butting heads with her former training partner from Washington.  For any contest to materialize, the circumstances would have to be organic, contributing to LaRosa’s goals of clearing out the 125-pound division.

“If things work out to where I have to fight her – if she starts moving up the ranks or if she’s top five at 125, then yeah (I would fight her), because I’m trying to clean out the division,” LaRosa said.  “But she’s saying ‘Come to Strikeforce.’  Here is my point, why would I come to Strikeforce when – one – they don’t have a 125-pound division?

“What are they going to do with me, win, lose or draw, (after) one fight? They can’t promote me any further because I’m not going to go up to 135 so I can’t fight the rest of their girls unless they want to create a 125-pound division, which they’re not going to do.  Number two, the UFC just bought Strikeforce. It’s been said that once the Showtime contract is up with Strikeforce they’re going to possibly absorb Strikeforce into the UFC like they did with the WEC.  Dana White and the Fertittas, they’re not in favor of women’s MMA.  It doesn’t make sense for me.”

With a bout for Tate (13-2) against Marloes Coenen for the Strikeforce women’s welterweight championship slated to take place somewhere down the line, LaRosa did not give the Team Alpha Male fighter great odds, and she asserted that Tate had a lot of work to do before she should drop to 125 to meet her.

“If she wants to come down to 125 then I think she’s needs to work up to it, anyway,” LaRosa said.  “She’s not No.1 and I personally don’t think she’s going to beat Marloes,  I’ll put a hundred bucks on that.”

With the Twitter-war hostilities between LaRosa and Tate addressed, the Philadelphia Fight Factory product elaborated on her victory over Brazil’s Carina “Beauty But The Beast” Damm by a surprising means of submission, as well as what lies in her future with the Shark Fights promotion based out of Amarillo, Tex.

“I took (the Damm fight) on 10 days’ notice, which gave me about seven days of training,” LaRosa recalled.  “I  took a chance, which I generally don’t do, and came out with a freakin’ leg submission (laughs).  Hello?  I never do that.  Actually, I tapped Zack Makovsky (training partner and Bellator bantamweight champion) with that move (laughs).  He’s so going to kick the crap out of me for calling him out live on TV.

“I’m going to go about my business and keep fighting at 125.  Shark Fights wants me to fight again in June and they’re talking about Cat (Albert) Zingano. I’m planning on fighting multiple times for Shark Fights in the future, that’s and I’m going to try and clean out the whole division. That’s what I want to do and what I’ve been focused on for the last couple of years.  I’m 33-years-old, I’m getting up there so it’s time to do this.  Shark Fights has given me the opportunity to do that so I’m going to go with it.”

It seems there’s a defined line between Tara LaRosa’s personal and professional lives that she would prefer to maintain for now. As far as she’s concerned, its business as usual.

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