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Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier off air conversation is unreal, must-see TV (Video)

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Just in case you had any doubts about whether or not the beef between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier were real, watch this video.

Jones and Cormier did an interview on ESPN’s “SportsCenter” earlier this week to promote their upcoming Sept. 27 fight at UFC 178, but the real fireworks came during the off-air portion of their exchange when they were done with their segment.

This video emerged on Friday and it shows the heated, profanity-laced, chilling conversation the two had. It started with Jones calling Cormier a “pu**y,” and Cormier responding by calling Jones fake for trying to play the nice guy in the public eye.

The line of Cormier calling Jones fake continued until Cormier said he wished he could enter Jones’ booth to spit in his face. Though Jones remained calm after that threat, he turned quickly and literally said he would kill Cormier if he spit in his face.

[Also see: Jon Jones, Daniel Cormier fight at press conference (Video)]

This is some of the craziest, realest, wildest video I’ve seen. The language is not safe for work, so the video has been placed below.

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Ronda Rousey: ‘I want to be the highest-grossing actor in the world’

Ronda RouseyRonda Rousey still dominates opponents with little effort in the octagon, but mixed martial arts is not the only thing on the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion’s mind. Rousey has been open about her passion for acting, which she discovered with her role as Luna in “The Expendables 3.” But the 27-year-old doesn’t want to be known as a fighter who has been in movies. Eventually, Rousey hopes to be a well-known and respected actress.

“I didn’t grow up wanting to be an action star,” she recently told ESPN the Magazine. “I just didn’t think it was in the cards. Now that it’s a possibility, I’m like, “Screw it, I don’t give a s—, if The Rock can become the world’s highest-grossing actor, I can have that same goal.” I want to be the highest-grossing actor in the world someday.”

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who gained his fame through professional wrestling, was the top-grossing actor of 2013 after his movies — including “Fast & Furious 6″ — raked in $1.3 billion globally. The Rock was second behind Robert Downey Jr. on the same list in Forbes this year.

Rousey still has a contract with Dana White and UFC and could end up fighting Gina Carano in what would be one of the most-watched female MMA fights of all time. Despite that, she said she did many of her own stunts in “The Expendables 3.”

“I did all of my own stunts, except for a couple of falls,” she explained. “I had a fight that December, so Dana White wouldn’t let me do anything too dangerous, but nobody else could do a lot of those fight scenes, so it fell to me. I’m an adrenaline junkie, and I love jumping off of stuff, so they promised to let me do my own falls if I don’t have a fight next time.”

In addition to “The Expendables 3,” Rousey also has roles in the upcoming “Fast & Furious 7″ and “Entourage.” She has already put together a fairly impressive resume. I doubt Rousey will ever be the highest-grossing actor in Hollywood, but a full-time acting career is a definite possibility after she is done fighting.

H/T MMA Junkie

Paul Heyman: Brock Lesnar would consider UFC return

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Brock Lesnar’s manager Paul Heyman says the former UFC champion would consider a return to the octagon if his situation changed with the WWE.

Lesnar signed a 3-year deal with the WWE in April 2012 and broke the Undertaker’s win streak at WrestleMania this year. If things weren’t going so well in the wrestling world, he’d be more inclined to check out the UFC again, Heyman says.

“If a change of circumstance happens, and it’s a no-brainer to get Brock back into the cage, I’m sure it’s something he would consider,” Heyman said on “The MMA Hour” via Bloody Elbow. “At this moment, it’s not a topic of conversation because things are going so well in WWE.”

If Lesnar ever did return to the UFC, he would have a long line of people who would want to challenge him. That line starts with Alistair Overeem, who beat Lesnar by TKO at UFC 141 on Dec. 30, 2011, and called out Brock earlier this year.

Lesnar has immense popularity and means big business and ratings for whichever organization of which he is a part. At 37 years old, it’s not realistic for him to continue much of a fighting career, but he certainly could fight once or twice before being too old.

Lesnar is scheduled to face John Cena in the headlining match at SummerSlam on Aug. 17 for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. He is 5-3 in his professional MMA career, which included a 4-fight win streak in which he rose to become the UFC heavyweight champion.

Previously: Dana White says Brock Lesnar is interested in UFC comeback

Jon Jones, Daniel Cormier fight at press conference (Video)

Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier have talked a ton of trash in advance of their Sept. 27 fight, and tempers finally boiled over during their scheduled press conference at the MGM Grand on Monday. Jones and Cormier were standing toe-to-toe on stage (standard stuff) when things turned ugly in a hurry.

Cormier started the scrum when he shoved Jones. The light heavyweight champion didn’t appear to say anything to the challenger, though he probably didn’t have after he called Cormier “fresh meat” over Twitter a few weeks ago. Jones responded to the shove by throwing a swing at Cormier and the two men tore the backdrop down while rumbling.

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Jones and Cormier have been going at it on Twitter for weeks, which is unusual for Jonny Bones. He’s typically quiet leading up to fights, but he continued the smack talk after Monday’s brawl.

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Anderson Silva, Nick Diaz to fight on Jan. 31

Anderson SilvaAnderson Silva and Nick Diaz will be making their returns to the octagon early next year in a highly-anticipated fight against each other, UFC boss Dana White announced.

White says Silva has received medical clearance to fight and is “100 percent healthy.”

The fight will take place Jan. 31 in Las Vegas and will be the main event. The event has not yet been named but could be UFC 183.

White shared a photo on Instagram of him with Silva confirming news of the fight:

“Lunch with the GOAT @spiderandersonsilva and just got the Diaz fight done!!!! #ufc #superfight” he wrote as the caption.

He says both fighters are excited for the fight.

Neither fighter has fought since 2013. Silva is coming off consecutive losses to Chris Weidman and recovering from a broken leg suffered in his last fight. He’ll be returning to the octagon after a 13-month layoff.

Diaz is also coming off consecutive losses. He lost to Carlos Condit in Feb. 2012 and GSP in March 2013. Often hard to deal with, Diaz was staying away from the UFC for what was believed to be disputes over how much he should be paid.

News of this fight should not come as a surprise; last month there were comments indicating both parties want the fight to happen.

Though the fight has two of the more exciting names in the sport, it’s not an ideal matchup. Diaz is well undersized compared to Silva, though he is one of the better fighters around.

Daniel Cormier on Jon Jones: I like his heel persona

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Jon Jones has engaged in a trash talking game with Daniel Cormier leading up to their Sept. 27 fight, which is something unusual for the champ.

Jones doesn’t typically talk before a fight, instead leaving most of that to his opponents (think Chael Sonnen). Cormier thinks that’s a sign that the champ is a little rattled.

“I like his heel persona. But for me, it just tells me that he’s a bit uncomfortable because this is out of character for Jon Jones. He doesn’t directly go at his opponents like he has with me. This is out of character a little bit,” Cormier said Monday as a guest on “The MMA Hour” via MMAFighting.com.

“I’m not in his mind or under his skin,” Cormier added. “But I know that he knows that he has a real fight ahead of him September 27th, so maybe he’s trying to use mind tricks on me to affect me. But, I mean, oh my goodness that is just so petty and childish. He can’t use mind games on me. I’ve deal with all this stuff for so long in my life that mind tricks don’t work. They won’t. They won’t ever work.”

Cormier also said he’s pleased Jones gave up the goody two-shoes act he tried to put on early in his career. Between the DUI and clash with Dana White, it didn’t take long for that image to dissipate. This Jones persona is much better. Now he just needs to leave his tweets up rather than delete them.

Dana White on Gina Carano contract talks: ‘It’s complicated’

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Dana White just changed the UFC’s relationship status with Gina Carano to “it’s complicated.”

White said last week that he planned to have Carano signed to a contract by the end of the week. That obviously didn’t happen, but White remains positive about the situation.

“It’s complicated,” White said Saturday after the UFC on FOX 12 card in San Jose via Bloody Elbow. “I’m very positive about it, but it’s complicated. I’m still working on it. That’s all I can say. It’s complicated.”

Carano has not fought since losing to Cyborg Justino in 2009 to mark her first ever defeat. She went into the movie business after that and began starring in a number of action films, but she has expressed interest in returning to the octagon.

White said that if Carano were signed to the organization, she would be in line for a Dec. title fight against Ronda Rousey. Women’s bantamweight contender Miesha Tate has expressed her unhappiness with that possibility, while UFC newcomer Holly Holm believes Carano is deserving of the shot.