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Dana White knows for a fact GSP will be back in UFC

Georges St-Pierre UFC 167Georges St-Pierre is currently on a break from fighting, but UFC boss Dana White says he knows for a fact that the welterweight champion will be back.

Speaking with the media Friday ahead of UFC 171 in Dallas, White talked about GSP returning after being asked if it is fun to have the Canadian fighter out.

“Is it fun for Georges St-Pierre to be gone?” White said. “I wouldn’€™t say it’s fun. But the welterweight division is exciting right now. When Georges does come back, whoever is standing there will be a fun fight.

“I know for a fact he will [come back].”

GSP has been less certain about his future. The 32-year-old left the UFC after barely beating Johny Hendricks by split decision in November. There were rumors that an unplanned pregnancy and family illness played a role in his departure from the sport. Then there were all the comments GSP made about the UFC’s lax stance against drug testing that made it sound like that was another reason he soured on the sport.

Most recently, though, St-Pierre said his OCD was the main reason why he left. GSP said he would obsess over his fights and opponents and admitted that practice was not healthy, so he wanted to give himself a break. That explanation made it seem much more likely that he would make a return when he’s ready.

GSP is one of the most popular fighters in the organization and one of the most highly-paid. He doesn’t exactly need the money, but when he grows tired of his break, he’ll probably want back in like White says.

Ronda Rousey would move up to 145 to fight Gina Carano

Ronda RouseyRumors have been floating about a potential Ronda Rousey-Gina Carano fight ever since UFC commentator Joe Rogan went on the radio and teased a big announcement involving Rousey.

While we have no idea if Carano, who last fought in 2009 before pursuing an acting career, would have any interest in returning to the fight game, we do know that Rousey would be willing to make a special weight concession for Carano that she would not make for anyone else.

“To fight her would be a real honor and I think that’d be a milestone for the sport. But, I mean, you can’t fight for anyone but yourself. I wouldn’t want her to fight for any other reason than if she wants to fight. It’s a personal decision for everyone,” Rousey said Friday in Dallas via MMA Fighting.com.

“There are exceptions that I would make for Gina that I wouldn’t make for anyone else,” Rousey said.

The implication is that she would move up to 145 to fight Carano. Rousey normally fights at 135 and has said that she would not go to 145 even to fight Cristiane Justos, who is coming off a steroids suspension and considered to be the top other women’s fighter.

If Rousey does not end up fighting Carano, a possible match with Cyborg looms. Cyborg has been dying for the fight and even cut ties with former manager Tito Ortiz in order to increase the likelihood of a match happening; UFC boss Dana White does not get along with Ortiz, so his involvement with Cyborg was an impediment.

The other strong possibility for Rousey’s next fight would be Cat Zingano. Rousey was originally slated to face Zingano, but Cat injured her knee and had to pull out of their fight. Instead, a rematch between Rousey and Miesha Tate was arranged. Zingano had previously beaten Tate to earn the shot at Rousey, so most believe she would give Rousey more of a challenge.

White has recently said that Rousey will not be fighting again until the fall.

Fart causes MMA fighter to tap out, vomit (Video)

Now here is something we’ve never seen before. An MMA fighter won his match on Saturday thanks to a foul-smelling fart to the face of his opponent. Seriously.

According to Cage Potato, the fight seen above took place in the 2014 NAGA Vegas Grappling Championship on Saturday. The two fighters were battling on the mat and there was no clear advantage, but suddenly the guy on top just stopped fighting, allowed his arm to get locked (or something) and just tapped out. There didn’t seem to be a great submission hold, but some light was shed on the mystery when the guy puked on the mat.

You can see the losing fighter tell the referee and his opponent that the other guy farted in his face.

He then grabs a paper towel and prepares for the cleanup.

Truly one of the funniest, greatest, most bizarre MMA fights we’ve ever seen.

And does the guy who won have a nickname yet? If not, Jack the Ripper would be appropriate, or maybe gas mask, the gas chamber, gas master or windbreaker could work.

I mean the look on this guy’s face just said it all:

MMA fighter fart

H/T Bloody Elbow

Chris Heatherly taken away on stretcher after illegal elbow from Chidi Njokuani (GIF)

Chidi Njokuani Chris HeatherlyChris Heatherly had to be taken away on a stretcher after being struck by an illegal Chidi Njokuani elbow to the spine during their RFA fight at the Pershing Center in Lincoln, Neb., on Friday night.

The fight was called at 3:31 of round 1 and determined a no-contest by the referee.

Heatherly was down for about 10 minutes before being taken away. He was moving after being hit in the spine, but the blow was a forceful one and caught him in a terrible spot. We surely hope the best for him.

GIF via Zombie Prophet; Tip via Arsen D.

Chael Sonnen says TRT ban may force him to quit UFC

Chael SonnenChael Sonnen says quitting the UFC may be a consideration because of the recent new rules about TRT.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission announced last week that they were no longer allowing TRT (testosterone replacement therapy). Most fighters who have low testosterone levels apply for therapeutic use exemptions to receive the treatment. It was viewed as a way of cheating because the TRT users were believed to be past steroid users whose testosterone levels were only low because of past steroid abuse. UFC boss Dana White said the UFC would try to do the same thing and move towards banning TRT.

When the NSAC first announced the move, Sonnen, who is a TRT user, said he would have to adjust. On Wednesday’s edition of “UFC Tonight,” Sonnen said matter-of-factly that quitting the sport altogether is an option.

“If it doesn’t work, I may have to stop the sport,” Sonnen said. “It’s as simple as that.”

Sonnen I think was saying that more to make a point about notorious TRT user Vitor Belfort needing to adjust rather than himself facing the end, but the point is clear. The TRT ban is a game-changer in MMA. No longer will fighters be able to turn to TRT as an anti-aging option once they get older. If they can’t get by without it, they’re toast.

H/T MMA Junkie

Dana White doesn’t deny Ronda Rousey vs. Gina Carano rumor

Ronda Rousey

UFC commentator Joe Rogan started some ferocious speculation earlier this week when he teased a big announcement regarding Ronda Rousey’s next opponent. He said the announcement about Rousey and women’s fighting is “going to be crazy” when it is made. That has led many to assume Rousey is either going to fight Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino or Gina Carano.

According to MMA Fighting, UFC boss Dana White was given a chance to throw water on the Carano fire Wednesday and chose not to.

“Where did that come from!?” White reportedly told UFC Tonight’s Ariel Helwani. “LOL.”

In other words, he could have come out and denied it but chose not to. Does that mean that Carano, who is 31 and hasn’t fought since Cyborg beat her in August 2009, is actually going to fight the undefeated Rousey? Probably not.

As LB mentioned before, Cyborg seems like the more likely opponent for Rousey. She has made it known that she wants to fight Rousey on numerous occasions. The only question is what weight the two would fight at, since Rousey fights at 135 and Cyborg fights at 145.

If there’s one thing we know about White it’s that he’s a great promoter. Having the MMA world buzz about anything — even if it’s a Rousey-Carano fight that will never happen — is always a good thing.

Ronda Rousey heading for fall fight with Gina Carano or Cyborg?

Ronda Rousey

Ronda Rousey has fought twice in the last two and a half months and won both of her bouts fairly easily. It looks like she may be running out of opponents in women’s MMA, which means the UFC may have to get creative with her next fight. And they may be doing so.

UFC commentator Joe Rogan teased a big announcement about Rousey’s next fight during an appearance on “Kevin & Bean” on LA radio station KROQ Friday. Here’s what he said (as transcribed by MMA Fighting):

“I wish I could tell you what I know. I wish I could tell you,” Rogan said in response to the hosts questioning whether Rousey will be challenged. “I know some secret stuff. I know some secret stuff, but I can’t tell you. You might actually know, but I can’t tell you. I can say no more than I’ve already said. I will tell you this … within the next probably week or so a huge announcement will come about women’s fighting… It’s going to be crazy. Madness. I wish I could [talk about it now], but I would betray the confidence of my friend and employer.”

Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer mentioned two names as possibilities for Rousey’s next fight: Gina Carano and Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino.

Carano seems like a very unlikely opponent to me. She is 31 and has not fought since Aug. 15, 2009, when she lost to Cyborg. She’s starred in a handful of action movies since leaving the fight game, so I don’t see why she would get back in the octagon. And if she were, why would she start with a fight against Rousey? That’s too tough of an assignment.

Cyborg seems much more likely as an opponent. She has fought twice since being suspended a year for testing positive for steroids in 2011, and she has expressed plenty of interest in fighting Rousey. She’s also made it easier for the UFC to make the fight by no longer having Tito Ortiz, a longtime Dana White antagonist, serve as her manager. The one issue about a Rousey-Cyborg fight is the same one we’ve had all along: at what weight will they fight? Rousey fights at 135, while Cyborg fights at 145 and has said she can’t cut to a weight that low. My guess is they’ll figure something out.

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On a related note, ESPN’s Brett Okamoto reports that Dana White told him Rousey’s next fight will be in the fall, not during the summer as some reported.

H/T Bloody Elbow