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SAT. UPDATE: Roddy Piper coverage, UFC 190 preview, & more

by David Bixenspan | davidbix@wrestlingobserver.com

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We're also looking for reports on today's WWE house shows in Hidalgo, TX and Ontario, CA, as well as the Thursday night NXT show in Tampa and last night's NXT show in Lakeland, FL at Dave Meltzer

Dave will be on CBC News in Canada 5:00 p.m. ET (airing again at 6:00 and 9:00) talking about the death of RoddyPiper.

UFC 190: Rousey vs. Correia is live from the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil:

Main Card at 10:00 p.m. ET on pay-per-view (Four hour window due to addition of TUF Brazil 4 finals)
Ronda Rousey (135) vs. Bethe Correia (134) for Rousey's UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship
Mauricio Rua (206) vs. Antonio Rogeiro Nogueira (206)
Glaico Franca (156) vs. Fernando Bruno (155) in the TUF Brazil 4 Lightweight Finals
Reginaldo Vieira (135) vs. Dileno Lopes (135) in the TUF Brazil 4 Bantamweight Finals
Stefan Struve (265) vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (240)
Antonio Silva (265) vs. Soa Palelei (264)
Claudia Gadelha (116) vs. Jessica Aguilar (116)
 
Prelims on Fox Sports 1 at 8:00 p.m. ET:
Demian Maia (171) vs. Neil Magny (171)
Rafael Cavalcante (205) vs. Patrick Cummins (206)
Warlley Alves (171) vs. Nordine Taleb (171)
Iuri Alcantara (136) vs. Leandro Issa (136)
 
Prelims on UFC Fight Pass at 7:00 p.m. ET:
Vitor Miranda (186) vs. Clint Hester (186.7)
Hugo Viana (136) vs. Guido Cannetti (135)
 
This is an odd main PPV card. It's a show heavily tailored to the Brazilian market, but Ronda Rousey in the main event...but that means she wasn't able to do a media blitz in the U.S. The undercard has a ton of name value with Shogun, both Noguiera brothers, and even Struve to an extent. Hell, Shogun-Lil' Nog is a rematch of their Fight of the Year winner. Gadelha-Aguilar is a great title eliminator fight at strawweight. And to the casual fan, hey, you're getting a biggest, longer PPV than usual for the same price!
 
In reality, the main event is a mismatch even for a Ronda Rousey fight. At least going into her past fights, you could try to find a path to victory for her opponents: Sara McMann won't be taken down and is the better, harder hitting striker. Alexis Davis can keep her at bay with low kicks and is a good enough grappler to avoid armbar traps. Cat Zingano...well, by that point, we had seen enough to know Rousey would win, but we expected Rousey's toughest fight, not the shortest title fight in UFC history. Bethe Correia is a journeywoman who UFC has literally had to pretend has knockout power in ads for this show.
 
Worse, all of the name fights on main card have serious potential to be very depressing. Shogun and Lil' Nog is a rematch of the Fight of the Year from literally a decade ago, and both fighters have the durability of guys who were in the Fight of the Year a decade ago. Big Nog should not be fighting (it's not a secret that he has a seriously impaired left eye), Struve is a question mark due to his heart valve issue (though he appears to have really dedicated himself to this camp), and it could be really ugly. Bigfoot Silva also should not be fighting given the shape he's in off the testosterone replacement therapy he desperately needs due to his acromegaly. At least we have Gadelha-Aguilar and Magny-Maia is a great featured prelim.
 
World Series of Fighting 22: Palhares vs. Shields airs live from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada at 10:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network:
 
Resumer Palhares (c) vs. Jake Shields for the WSOF Welterweight Title
Marlon Moraes (c) vs. Sheymon Moraes (no relations) for the WSOF Bantamweight Title
Mike Kyle vs. Clifford Starks (replacing Thiago Silva) in a light heavyweight fight
Abubakar Nurmagomedov (Khabib;s brother) vs. Jorge Moreno in a welterweight fight
Jimmy Spicuzza vs. Islam Mamedov in a lightweight fight
 
The main event is fascinating, possibly the best fight that can be made outside of the UFC right now. Unlike Jon Fitch when he was cut by the UFC, we have no indication that Shields isn't, at worse, a top 15 welterweight (though he's probably top 10). He's also an incredible grappler (who eeked out a decision over Maia in his next to last UFC fight) challenging the most terrifying grappler in the welterweight division. Moraes-Moraes is also a really strong fight on paper, and Nurmagomedov's debut is going to be well worth checking out. This is, in some ways, a better main card than th UFC 190 PPV it's going against.
 
NJPW G1 Climax Day 9 in airs live from Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium at 3:00 a.m. ET on NJPW World:
 
Non-Tournament Matches:

1. Satoshi Kojima, KUSHIDA, Ryusuke Taguchi & Yohei Komatsu vs. Tomoaki Honma, Tiger Mask IV, Mascara Dorada & David Finlay Jr.
2. Michael Elgin & Jay White vs. Yujiro Takahashi & Cody Hall
3. Hirooki Goto, Yuji Nagata & Captain New Japan vs. Shinsuke Nakamura, Tomohiro Ishii & YOSHI-HASHI
4. Kazuchika Okada & Gedo vs. Karl Anderson & Tama Tonga
G1 Climax A Block League Matches:
5. Kota Ibushi vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan
6. Katsuyori Shibata vs. Bad Luck Fale
7. A.J, Styles vs. Doc Gallows
8. Togi Makabe vs. Tetsuya Naito
9. Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Toru Yano
 
Not the most eye-catching card, but Gallows-Styles is really intriguing on paper (Gallows works surprising well with high flyers, not that Styles isn't much more than that these days) and Ibushi is the type of guy who could get something interesting out of Tenzan these days.

We're also looking for reports on tomorrow's WWE shows in Fresno and Stockton. 

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