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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.

Rumble Johnson destroys Lil Nog with TKO in 44 seconds (Video)

Rumble Johnson destroyed Lil Nog in 44 seconds to score a first-round TKO win at UFC on FOX 12 Saturday.

Lil Nog hadn’t fought since beating Rashad Evans at UFC 156 in Feb. 2013 and the rustiness and age showed for the 38-year-old. He stood with Johnson and tried to trade punches, but he could not avoid getting hit.

Rumble caught him with an uppercut by the cage and pressed forward where he proceeded to bounce Nogueira’s head like he was playing with a bolo bat. After about 5 vicious uppercuts, Herb Dean stepped in to thankfully call off the fight.

Nogueira is now 21-6 and has lost 3 of his last 5 fights. Retirement has to be a consideration. Johnson, meanwhile, has won 8 straight inside the octagon and continues to look like one of the most dangerous strikers in the light heavyweight division.

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Jon Jones responds to Daniel Cormier: ‘Oh shut up please’

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The beef between Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones is real.

Cormier was serving as an analyst for UFC on FOX 12 Saturday and talked about his upcoming fight with Jones. Cormier tooted his own horn, boasting about how he could beat Bones.

“I tell you fans: I have the skill, I have the confidence, I have the ability to go in there and beat the best fighter in the world,” he said on the program.

“This is what I’m made to do. This is why I’m in the UFC. I believe my style matches up great against Jon Jones. Sept. 27 is my coronation day. I’m going to be the king of the UFC and king of the pound-for-pound rankings.”

Clearly Jones was watching the show, because it didn’t take him long to respond. Here’s the tweet he sent:

It didn’t take long for Cormier to reply:

Will Cormier make good on his promises? Or will Jones shut him up? This is definitely shaping up to be one of the best fights of the year.