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Thiago Silva high on cocaine, carrying gun in videos released by wife

Thiago Silva’s estranged wife, Thaysa, released two videos this week that show her ex-husband’s potentially dangerous behavior.

Thiago Silva is an MMA fighter who was charged with two counts of aggravated assault in February for allegedly threatening his wife and her boyfriend with a gun. Silva was arrested after barricading himself inside his Florida home (mugshot below). He was also initially charged with attempted murder, but those charges were quickly dropped by the judge. The other charges were eventually dropped because Thaysa became uncooperative with authorities and moved out of the country, leading UFC boss Dana White to reinstate the fighter (UPDATE: Shortly after this story was published, the UFC dropped Silva).

Thiago Silva mugshot

Thaysa gave an interview to Globo this week from Abu Dhabi, where she moved with her boyfriend to start a new life away from her abusive and dangerous ex-husband.

Along with the interview, Thaysa released the videos which show Thiago carrying a gun and apparently high on cocaine. Thaysa says she was filming him in case he killed her.

Below is the second video along with a transcription of their conversation:

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Ronda Rousey rips Cyborg, says she is not good enough even with steroids

Ronda Rousey Cyborg Santos

Ronda Rousey and Cris “Cyborg” Justino have long been rivals in the MMA world despite never facing each other.

Cyborg dominated the Strikeforce women’s featherweight division from 2009-2010 before Rousey took over in 2011. The Brazilian fighter, who is 12-1 (with one no contest) in her pro MMA career, tested positive for steroids following her Dec. 17, 2011 win over Hiroko Yamanaka. She disappeared for a year and a half while she cleaned up, giving Rousey the chance to take over as the biggest name in the sport.

Rousey became the face of women’s MMA and ran through her competition to the point that many have called for her to fight Cyborg. Though Rousey is not afraid to fight Justino, she is always more than willing to rip the cheater. Two years ago, Rousey said that Cyborg was a dick and has a dick. In April, she called Cyborg an “it.

Rousey spoke with the Brazilian media in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday and took some time to lay into Cyborg again. Rousey said she would be willing to fight Cyborg but says the steroids user’s only strength as a fighter is her strength, which is obtained through unnatural means.

“She was fighting, it was a while ago, and she just got dropped five times in a match. And really, to be honest, I haven’t been really too impressed with her actual skill set,” Rousey said via MMAFighting.com. “It’s only her strength that she draws off.”

Rousey then went on to say that Cyborg is not technically proficient as a fighter.

“The mistakes that she makes technically are absolutely terrible and basic. The only reason why she gets away with it is because of her strength, and people don’t realize how strong I actually am. Ask the girls that I’ve fought. They weren’t expecting this. Because I don’t look like it, it doesn’t mean I don’t have it.

“She doesn’t have any feeling in her punches, she pushes her punches. She can’t knock people out with one punch, she just overwhelms them,” she added. “My pace, nobody can overwhelm me. And the way that she is on the ground, it’s absolute horrendous. And her distance is absolute horrendous. The only thing that she has is pace and power, and I have pace, precision and power.”

Rousey also said Cyborg was going to fight in the UFC but bailed as soon as she found out fighters would be subjected to random drug testing. Rousey believes Cyborg has avoided dropping down from 145 pounds to 135 because she knows it would be difficult to dope and drop the weight.

Even though Rousey knows many people will cheat, she says she will always be clean and it will feel more satisfying to beat them despite being at a disadvantage.

“The reason why people dope is because they lack self-confidence. The reason why [Cyborg] was using steroids is because that girl does not believe that the best that she has is good enough, and that will always be there in her mind. And you know what, she’s right. The best that she has isn’t good enough, even on drugs.”

“You know what, you can have every advantage in the world over me, you can have better funding, you can have a better program, be on all the drugs in the world, but I’m gonna be good enough to beat you despite of it.”

Rousey has a big mouth and people dislike her for that, but it’s hard not to love those comments. How can you not root for someone with that attitude?

[Also see: Whom will Ronda Rousey fight next?]

Joe Rogan thinks Jon Jones would be more popular if he were white

Jon Jones beltJon Jones isn’t exactly a people’s champion. The 27-year-old is the youngest champion in UFC history, but there are plenty of people who would like to see his run come to an end. Does that have anything to do with the color of Jones’ skin? Joe Rogan believes it does.

“I don’t know why Jon is not more loved or popular than he is,” Rogan said on his podcast earlier this week, as transcribed by David St. Martin of MMAFighting.com. “I don’t understand it. In my opinion, I will never miss a Jon Jones f—ing pay-per-view. I’ve heard people say, ‘Oh, he’s cocky. He’s this and [that].’ I wonder what the f— is going on with that and I’m going to throw this out there, I’m just going to say it: I wonder how much of it is racism. I really do.”

Rogan went on to use Chael Sonnen as an example, though I’m not sure that makes the most sense. Plenty of people despise Sonnen, and I’m one of them. I don’t care what color his skin is; he’s obnoxious.

“You know why? Because I think they look at him as this cocky black guy and I think a lot of people have an issue with that,” Rogan said of Jones. “I think that if he was a white guy and he was doing the same thing, a la a Chael Sonnen, I think he would be way more popular. Chael was never the successful athlete that Jon is, but I think Chael was way more successful as a promoter than Jon is. Jon has not been nearly as cocky or outwardly braggadocious as Chael was.”

Rogan was just getting warmed up.

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Anderson Silva seeing psychologist over broken leg

Anderson Silva

Anderson Silva will return to the octagon in January for the first time since breaking his leg on Dec. 28, 2012, in a loss to Chris Weidman.

Though Silva has resumed training and is preparing for his fight with Nick Diaz, he has not overcome all obstacles associated with the brutal injury. Specifically, he is trying to overcome the psychological effects of the injury.

“I feel no pain at all,” Silva said in an interview to Fantastico. “My strength is back because I’m back to training. The hardest part is self-confidence, to kick again as I used to.”

Silva even admitted to Fantastico that he is haunted by the ghosts of the injury and seeing a psychologist to get over it.

“I’ve worked with a psychologist so I can get rid of the ghosts of those horrible moments of that fight, when I had that accident,” Silva said. “I’m a little apprehensive in training. I know I can execute the movement, but I end up not doing it for fear.”

Silva doesn’t believe it will happen again, but he is still worried about it.

“Yeah, I won’t get hurt. I know I won’t get hurt, but fear is natural,” he added. “I don’t want to feel that pain ever again. No way.”

Silva’s apprehension is completely understandable and it’s why many felt the injury would ruin his career. How can he have full confidence and trust in kicking again at full strength after seeing his body fail him last time? The guy will be facing a 13-month layoff as a result of the broken leg. That’s no fun to go through.

[Previously: Anderson Silva not sure he wants to fight eight more times]

Despite his psychological issues, I still believe Silva will beat Diaz.

Translation via MMA Fighting

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.