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Ronda Rousey to fight Cat Zingano or Bethe Correia next?

Ronda Rousey

UFC boss Dana White is still angling for Ronda Rousey to face Gina Carano next, but another candidate has entered the mix for a shot at the champion.

Bethe Correia beat Rousey’s buddy Shayna Baszler convincingly at UFC 177 on Saturday night in Sacramento and called out Rousey in her post-fight interview.

“I want to have a shot at Ronda at some point,” Correia said through an interpreter after the fight, according to the LA Times.

Rousey was fired up after hearing that Correia wants a piece of her. She immediately texted White.

“As soon as [Correia] started talking, Ronda texted me and said, ‘I want that fight. I want it before somebody else beats her,’ ” White said. “I said, ‘Calm down lady.’ ”

[Also see: Rousey wanted by WWE?]

Correia is now 9-0 (3-0 in the UFC) and is on the short list of candidates to fight Rousey. White is still hoping to sign Carano to the organization and have her fight Rousey next. He spoke with the media about his attempts to sign the fighter-turned-actress.

“It’s still complicated … but we’re so close. There’s like a couple of minor issues and then we’ll be done,” said White.

When asked if Carano would be signed by the end of the year, White answered confidently, saying, “Oh yeah.”

[Related: Rousey says Carano is worst style matchup for her]

If the UFC isn’t able to sign Carano, White says Cat Zingano would be next for Rousey. Zingano beat Miesha Tate in April, 2013 to earn a shot at Rousey. However, Zingano hurt her knee and needed surgery, so Tate replaced her and lost to Rousey for the second time. Zingano (8-0) is still looking for her first shot at Rousey.

But White says Correia is in the mix, especially after what she did on Saturday.

“I don’t think Bethe moves up because of the rivalry; I think Bethe moves up because of what she did tonight,” White said via MMA Junkie. “That was crazy. The punches she hit (Baszler) with, I haven’t seen anything like that since (Phil) Baroni (versus) (Dave) Menne. She looked good tonight. That’s what’s going to get her a fight with Rousey.”

Below are some video highlights from Correia’s win:

McKayla Maroney, Hope Solo pictures leaked

McKayla Maroney not impressed

Nude photos of a number of celebrities were leaked onto the web Sunday causing a mass hysteria for obvious reasons. The nude pictures of Jennifer Lawrence and Victoria Justice captured mostly everyone’s attention — no surprise.

The Lawrence nude selfies look like ones she took using her phone. Same deal with Justice, though she at least was smart enough to cover up in the pics (and she denied on Twitter that the pics were real). Lawrence confirmed the photos were of her and her attorneys are acting aggressively.

Kirsten Dunst, Teresa Palmer, Becca Tobin, Jessica Brown Findlay, Kristen Ritter and Mary Elizabeth Winstead were other actresses/models who had photos leaked.

Two notable athletes were also part of the group: Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney and soccer goalie Hope Solo.

Alleged nude photos of Justin Verlander and girlfriend Kate Upton also were leaked.

Maroney later tweeted that the photos of her were fake:

Rajon Rondo reportedly told Celtics he wants to be traded

Rajon RondoRajon Rondo has been mentioned in trade rumors for the past few years, and it looks like that is for good reason: he wants out of Boston.

ESPN Boston reporter Jackie MacMullan, who is a regular panelist on ESPN talk show “Around the Horn,” said in a behind-the-scenes conversation recorded by the show last week that Rondo has told the Celtics he wants out.

The problem, as MacMullan says, is that the Celtics would not be able to get good value for him in return. She mentions the Kings as a possible trade partner, but says Rondo told Sacramento he would never re-sign with them. They also mention the Knicks, but New York doesn’t have much to offer.

Rondo is set to earn $12.9 million next season and will be a free agent after that. In an interview with The Boston Globe back in July, Rondo indicated he was looking forward to exploring free agency.

“It just depends,” Rondo said about his free agency plans. “I don’t know if I’m going to do 10 teams. I may do a lot. I don’t know. It’s kind of like college all over again, with recruiting, only times 50 because they have a ton of money to throw at the guys and they don’t have any restrictions on what they can do. No [NCAA] rules.

It might just make sense for the Celtics to trade him rather than lose him in free agency.

Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union wedding photos

Dwyane Wade Gabrielle Union family

Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union got married on Saturday night in Miami in front of many fellow celebrities. The wedding took place at Chateau Artisan castle in Miami, a day after the rehearsal dinner was held at Prime 112 steakhouse.

You may recall all the fuss about privacy at the wedding ahead of time.

Guests were forced to sign confidentiality agreements saying they would not take photos at the wedding or anything else of the like. In fact, guests were not allowed to bring their cell phones to the event. But that doesn’t mean we didn’t get some tastes of how things were; many guests shared pre-wedding pictures on social media.

Here are Chris Bosh and wife Adrienne:

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Jimmy Johnson: Jerry Jones comes across as a rich A-hole

Jerry-Jones-Jimmy-JohnsonThere is no love lost between Jimmy Johnson and Jerry Jones. The two were teammates at Arkansas, where the won a national championship together in 1964, before rekindling their winning ways with back-to-back Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl championships in 1992 and 1993. It was all downhill from there.

As Jones reminded us in a lengthy feature that was written by ESPN’s Don Van Natta Jr., his relationship with Johnson soured 20 years ago. Despite Johnson’s success with the team, Jones said he has no plans of inducting him into the Cowboys Ring of Honor.

“Disloyalty … I couldn’t handle the disloyalty,” Jones told Van Natta Jr. “Whether it was right or not, by every measurement you can go, I had paid so many times a higher price to get to be there than he had paid, it was unbelievable.

“There was just an undermining that went on. It’s subtle. It’s smart. I lost my tolerance of having an associate, a friend, not be loyal. I’ve been told, ‘That’s trite. You should be bigger than that.’ I mean, really, am I so dumb that I don’t know you don’t fire a coach after y’all just won two straight Super Bowls?”

Johnson remembers it quite differently. The legendary coach says Jones brought him in with an understanding that Jerruh would handle the business side of things and Jimmy would handle football. When rumblings of the Cowboys being a dynasty started, Jones wanted more credit.

“When I went to the Cowboys, Jerry told me he’d handle the marketing and money and I’d handle the football and we’d make history,” Johnson said in a statement included in the feature. “That changed after the first Super Bowl. I appreciate the opportunity he gave me and I’m proud of what we were able to accomplish.”

After reading all the things Jones said about him in the piece, Johnson sounded a bit less appreciative.

“(The feature was) about like I expected,” Johnson told Bob West of the Port Arthur News in an email. “Jerry comes across like a rich a–hole.”

Both men are getting old. Johnson and Jones are 71. Give the success they enjoyed together, you would think one or both of them might express a willingness to bury the hatchet now that they have entered the twilight years of life. Jerruh’s recent comments make it seem like there is little to no chance of that ever happening.

H/T Dallas Morning News

Floyd Mayweather’s baby mamas Josie Harris and Melissia Brim fighting on Instagram

Josie Harris Melissia Brim

Floyd Mayweather Jr. can’t avoid drama in his life even when he’s not the one involved. This time there is beef between his baby mamas.

Floyd has four children: three with Josie Harris (the woman he assaulted and went to jail for – pictured left) and one with Melissia Brim (pictured at right). For some reason, Harris decided to take a huge swipe at Brim over Instagram Saturday night.

Here’s what Harris wrote about Brim in an attacking message:

Josie Harris Instagram

So that’s Harris acting out because it’s pretty clear she’s jealous of what Brim is getting from Mayweather. I can’t decode that full message, but the reference to Miss J’s old house, shoes and bags is probably about Melissia getting some of Shantel Jackson’s leftover belongings (Jackson is Floyd’s ex-fiancee). The question about her son and father was a way of trying to embarrass Brim; the father supposedly is in jail.

It’s pretty obvious that Josie is jealous Melissia is getting attention and things from Floyd. Melissia is still part of The Money Team and even has shared screenshots of herself Facetiming with Floyd, so she’s obviously in the picture compared to Josie, who seems to be in a relationship with another man lately.

In response, Melissia shared a picture of her with Floyd. She added this caption:

Floyd Mayweather Melissia Brim

“That face you make when someone irrelevant tries to use you to get their followers up lmao Few things about MelissiaRene…. I know who I am, I don’t give a damn what others think about me, I play the FRONT never the BACK , I’m a Boss, I worry about self because self preservation is the law of the land & last, but not least, I’m a woman before anything & if I have somethin to say I’m not hiding behind NO ONE or ANYTHING…. #HAPPYSUNDAY”

That’s pretty obviously her way of taking the high road in this.

Way to set a great example for your children, Josie. It’s no wonder you and Floyd got together; you both are petty and can’t avoid little beefs and drama.

Auburn ball boy is insanely fast (Video)

Is it possible that one of the most athletic people on the field at an SEC football game wasn’t even a player?

Auburn ball boyOne of the ball boys for the Auburn-Arkansas game Saturday showed off some insane speed when he chased down and pretty much kept pace with Tigers wide receiver Melvin Ray on a 49-yard touchdown catch.

Did you see how fast that guy was? He came out of the gates like he was running from a pride of hungry lions. Guy closed faster than a Radio Shack store.

If Auburn hasn’t already invited him out for a tryout, some other programs have to. Guy can run.