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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:

Ronda Rousey reportedly wanted by WWE

Ronda RouseyRonda Rousey has a lot more going on in her life at the moment than just mixed martial arts. The undefeated UFC women’s bantamweight champion has launched her acting career with “The Expendables 3″ and “Fast & Furious 7.” Might she also be working with the WWE in the near future?

According to Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer, WWE is reportedly preparing an offer for Rousey to get her to appear in an upcoming pay-per-view event. Here are the details of the subscription-only report, courtesy of Fansided:

Following her enjoyable visit to WWE’s SummerSlam show in Los Angeles on August 17th, The Wrestling Observer says that the company is more interested than ever in doing business with the mixed martial artist.

Her time at and around the Staples Center earlier this month – specifically her interactions with Stephanie McMahon – opened a lot of eyes to the champ and her potential value to WWE. Combine that with her role in Sylvester Stallone’s The Expendables 3, a film that disappointed at the box office but which featured WWE-friendly celebs like Sly and Arnold Schwarzenegger, and suddenly Rousey became a figure of great interest to WWE brass.

The Observer believes the company will be making her an offer to do something for them on television and/or pay-per-view (PPV) very soon.

Rousey has quickly become more than just an MMA fighter. She’s a full-blown celebrity, and it wouldn’t be at all surprising to see the McMahon family try to cash in on her fame. As Fansided reminds us, Stephanie McMahon flashed the “Four Horsewomen” hand gesture toward Rousey when she was sitting ringside at Summerslam. Rousey proudly flashed it back.

I’m sure it’ll happen at some point. Rousey wouldn’t be the first athlete to jump between the WWE and UFC, and she has been open about her desire to become a successful actress. As The Rock could tell you, WWE can certainly help with that.

H/T Black Sports Online

Dana White vlog from UFC 175 is must-see (Video)

Dana White gave UFC fans a treat with his latest vlog.

Published to YouTube Wednesday, White’s “Dana White UFC 177 – Dillashaw vs Barao II vlog” is packed with incredible behind-the-scenes footage from UFC 175.

Matt Mitrione Stefan Struve

The video shows Matt Mitrione’s reaction to learning that Stefan Struve had to pull out of the fight because of an emergency medical condition. Fans see Struve crying in a bathroom and being comforted by Mitrione; Uriah Hall yelling in pain as he gets his dislocated toe treated; White apologizing to Ronda Rousey for her post-fight interview; and Rousey being treated for her badly injured knuckle.

It’s all pretty awesome.

Ronda Rousey: Gina Carano is worst style matchup for me

Gina CaranoMost fans, pundits and observers feel like Gina Carano would hardly present a challenge to Ronda Rousey were the two to meet in the octagon. Rousey feels otherwise.

There has been a lot of talk about the two women squaring off against each other in a fight even though Carano hasn’t fought since 2009 and isn’t even part of the UFC. UFC boss Dana White is working on signing Carano, who is said to have interest in fighting.

Rousey maintains that Carano would present a huge challenge for her.

“Gina is the worst style matchup for me possible,” Rousey told MMAjunkie. “She’s the only girl that I feel like has the best feeling and the best sense of distance.

“There are very few women that have had one-punch knockout power. There are other girls that they overwhelm the other person. They get TKOs and stuff like that. But Gina has one-punch knockout power, and that’s the kind of person that I have to be the most cautious of. That’s the style that’s the worst for me, and ever since the beginning, I’ve been positive that Gina is the worst style matchup for me.”

Well, when you put it that way, anyone who has one-punch knockout power poses a threat as an opponent. But as much as Rousey has been dominating and as long as Carano has been out of the game, the chance of Gina landing against Rousey is very small.

Rousey also has her eye on the UFC 182 card on Jan. 3. She says she wants to co-headline with Jon Jones, who will be facing Daniel Cormier on that card. White initially said they would fight in December if Carano signed with the organization, but that was over a month ago.

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Is that because Carano would need more time to prepare for the fight? Rousey believes Gina already is ready.

“She’s already been training for months and months and months. I think she’s already started quite a while ago, and she only has me in mind, and so I expect that she’s going to be extremely prepared and a very dangerous opponent despite what other people would like to speculate.”

[Related - Miesha Tate: Gina Carano fighting Ronda Rousey is a joke]

Even if Carano has been training — and we agree she probably has — training and fighting are two different things. Carano hasn’t had a fight in five years. Ring rust is a legitimate issue. Carano will definitely be battling that if she does agree to fight Rousey.

War Machine’s brother wants maximum psychiatric help for ‘insane’ bro

War Machine muscles

War Machine’s brother Michael has been speaking out in defense of his troubled bro since the allegations of the severe beating came out, and he hopes his brother will receive maximum psychiatric help.

Michael Eugene Koppenhaver says he has not seen his brother in a year due to War Machine’s insanity, but that has not stopped him from standing by Jon. He says the two are extremely different and that he does not agree with many of his brother’s life choices.

“mine not so much” was the rest of the thought.

Michael, who says the two used to be really close until he called out Jon for his negative and erratic behavior, is also being realistic about punishments for his brother. He said he wants maximum psychiatric help and little jail time for War Machine:

He also called his brother “insane.”

Michael Koppenhaver has shared numerous pertinent tweets regarding the case. You can see them below:

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Attorney: War Machine ‘is a good guy,’ did nothing illegal

War Machine mug shot

The statement and photos released by Christy Mack as well as the evidence in the police report paint War Machine as negatively as possible, but the MMA fighter’s attorney says that does not represent the full story in the alleged assault.

War Machine, real named Jonathan Koppenhaver, was ordered by Ventura County court Tuesday to be returned to Nevada, where he allegedly committed a brutal assault against his girlfriend and another man — Corey Thomas. Though Christy Mack says Koppenhaver beat her and left her with 18 broken bones and a lacerated liver, War Machine’s attorney says the media coverage has been one-sided and incomplete.

“The hardest thing for my client is seeing the responses from the media, the public. There’s been a lot of statements on one side,” attorney Brandon Sua said via KTLA. “The media has done a good job of painting my client as a monster, but my client is not a monster. He is a good guy.”

Sua also told KTLA that War Machine did “nothing wrong.”

Koppenhaver has not given his side of the story yet, though he did send some tweets about the incident. His tweets made it sound like he acted in self-defense. War Machine’s brother also gave an interview and said War Machine caught Christy Mack having sex with another man and that Mack grabbed a knife.

We did find one inconsistency in Mack’s statement: she identified Thomas as just a friend, while Thomas called her his girlfriend and said they’d been dating for 2-3 months.

Mike Tyson and Jon Jones boxing and Tyson sets him up for sick punch (Video)

Former world heavyweight champion boxer Mike Tyson and current UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones saw each other over the weekend and decided to have a little impromptu boxing sparring session. We’ll give you one guess regarding the outcome.

Jones posted this great video to his Instagram account and you can see Tyson throw three jabs before sneaking in a right that would have terminated Bones. The setup was as good as something seen in “The Sting.”

Tyson throws a stiff jab to the body and then throws it a second time. But on the second jab to the body, Tyson telegraphs it so Jones is only focusing on the jab, and then he sneaks in his right for a big punch that would have rocked Jones.

Mike Tyson Jon Jones

Tyson obviously held back on the right, but Jones and everyone “oooh’d” and “awww’d” over the Tyson punch. Even Jones admitted “he set that one up!”

Tyson was one of the most well-schooled boxers in the sport. He was smart, savvy and technically proficient. Most people look at him as just a brute, but this video shows you how he was just as much about smarts as power.

And how good was that combo? When I sent the video to Steve DelVecchio, he admitted he couldn’t even see the knockout punch. That’s that abbra-caddabra, holmes. Tyson has you focusing on one thing and forgetting about the other.

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