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Miesha Tate feels she is due a pay raise in next UFC contract

Miesha Tate

Miesha Tate is one of the UFC’s carryovers from Strikeforce and still fighting on her old deal with the old organization. Tate has fought three times for the UFC and has one fight left on her contract, and she believes she is worthy of a pay raise on her next deal.

Speaking at an event in New York Thursday to raise awareness for HIV testing and safe sex, Tate shared her contract thoughts with MMA Fighting.

“I do want to get paid more, of course,” she said. “I think my stock’s gone up a lot since fighting in the UFC. I think the contract that transpired when I was still in Strikeforce, transitioning to the UFC, doesn’t reflect what I feel like I’m worth. So that’s a whole process that has to happen.”

Tate says she would like to have a new deal in place before her final fight on her current deal. She lost her first two fights in the UFC — first to Cat Zingano and then Ronda Rousey — but she beat Liz Carmouche last month. Sarah Kaufman, to whom she lost in 2009, has called her out since and wants to face her again.

Tate says she hasn’t responded because she doesn’t want to get into the cat-calling Twitter game, but if you connect the dots, it seems like she has more important things on her mind before beginning to discuss her next opponent. Miesha reportedly made $28k to fight Carmouche and an additional $28k as a win bonus. She definitely is worth more than that.

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Anderson Silva says he will fight again next year

Anderson SilvaAnderson Silva has been cleared to begin training at full force, and he already is planning his return to the octagon.

Silva said in an interview with MMA Heat’s Karyn Bryant that he is planning to resume fighting next year. UFC boss Dana White had been saying that Silva could return this year, but the Spider says he’ll be back next year.

Silva also says his leg is back to full strength. He said in the first month after snapping his leg against Chris Weidman that he was in a lot of pain, but his concerns eventually wore off.

Silva turned 39 in April but is still contracted for several more fights with the UFC. Last year he signed a 10-fight contract. We doubt he makes it that far, but it sounds like his career will be back on track before too long.

H/T Bloody Elbow

Miesha Tate: Gina Carano fighting Ronda Rousey is a joke

Miesha Tate

If you think that Gina Carano returning from five years away from MMA and getting a shot at Ronda Rousey in her first fight back is a little ridiculous, you’re not alone. Another top female fighter, Miesha Tate, feels the same way.

In an interview with MMA Junkie radio, Tate said she felt like Carano fighting Rousey right away would be “kind of a joke.”

“I really feel that it’s just kind of a joke,” Tate told MMAjunkie Radio. “It really is. Gina was a great fighter, and she’s a beautiful woman. Ronda is a great fighter, and she’s an attractive girl. But to say that Gina should be able to come in after five years of nothing and take on arguably the best female fighter ever? Come on.”

Carano hasn’t fought since August 2009 when she lost to Cyborg for her lone defeat. Rousey, on the other hand, has been fighting regularly since making her professional debut a little over three years ago. Carano has been making movies while Rousey has been mastering her sport. The two are at two completely different points in their careers.

But don’t take this to mean that Tate feels Carano is undeserving of fighting in the UFC; she just feels Carano is undeserving of an immediate title shot. Instead, she thinks Carano should face someone like her as a challenge first before getting the shot at Rousey.

Tate also knows exactly why the UFC want to do a fight between Carano and Rousey. It’s pretty obvious for anyone with eyes.

“The only thing that drives that is they’re both attractive,” Tate said. “It makes the women’s title hold no value. It makes it look like it’s a joke and they just put whatever’s going to sell. If we’re going to really legitimize women’s MMA as a sport and have it respected as a sport, then you have to treat it as such.”

I’ve said the exact same thing. There’s no way the UFC could legitimately have Carano return and fight Rousey immediately. She would need a tune-up fight first — someone she could beat — before that fight is made. But maybe the UFC does not want to risk the possibility of Carano losing a first fight and having the marquee matchup between Gina and Ronda go away.

Jon Jones talks trash about Phil Davis, Chuck Liddell on Instagram

Jon Jones beltJon Jones has been talking some crap ever since beating Glover Teixeira at UFC 172 in Baltimore on Saturday night.

On his Instagram account — you know, the same account where he used some homophobic terms against an Alexander Gustafsson fan — Jones posted responses to Phil Davis and Chuck Liddell, both of whom have talked some crap about him recently.

Here’s what “Mr. Wonderful” said about Jones on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani in March:

“But I will tell you this, I don’t dislike Jon Jones. I quite like him. I think of Jon Jones as a shortbread cookie. He’s soft, he’s sweet, but when I get my hands on him he’s going to crumble in the palm of my hand, that’s what I think about Jon Jones.”

Well Davis lost to Rumble Johnson at UFC 172, so Jones posted the following video along with the words, “Crumble me like a cookie?” to his Instagram account on Monday:

Jones also brought the high heat to Chuck Liddell, who not only said Teixeira could beat Jones, but also said he could have beaten Jones.

Jones wrote this about Liddell on Instagram: “Talking all that trash before the fight.. you mad bro?”

He also posted this picture:

Chuck Liddell

Looks like Jones is really feeling himself now. Either that, or the person who’s running his Instagram account is.

Tito Ortiz says UFC is erasing his legacy

Tito OrtizTito Ortiz is set to make his Bellator MMA debut later this month when he fights Alexander Shlemenko. The 39-year-old was one of the best fighters in UFC history, but his relationship with Dana White has been strained for quite some time. In fact, Tito thinks White dislikes him so much that he has started pretending he doesn’t exist.

After Jon Jones beat Glove Teixeira by unanimous decision at UFC 172, a graphic showed how Jones now has the most wins in the light heavyweight division (14) in UFC history. Ortiz had 15 wins between 199 and 206 pounds during his UFC career.

As Bloody Elbow noted, the light heavyweight division was not yet established for five of Ortiz’s victories at that weight. I guess that means he technically has only 10 wins within the light heavyweight division. But even if they are counting him as having 10 wins at that weight, the graphic still didn’t feature his name.

Could it have simply been an oversight? I guess it’s possible, but given the history between Ortiz and White we would highly doubt it.

Jon Jones does Ray Lewis dance before fight in Baltimore (Video)

Jon Jones Ray Lewis danceJon Jones beat Glover Teixeira by unanimous decision at UFC 172 in Baltimore on Saturday to successfully defend his heavyweight title, and there’s little doubt he also won over the fans in the arena.

As Jones was making his way through the tunnel to the octagon for his fight with Teixeira, he paused and busted out with the Ray Lewis dance to make the crowd go wild.

Give Jones some credit because he actually nailed it. I mean it was much better than LeGarrette Blount’s version of the squirrel dance.

Do you think Jones’ brother Arthur, a former Ravens defensive lineman, gave him the idea to do it?

Chris Beal lands sick flying knee KO in first UFC fight (Video)

Chris Beal flying kneeChris Beal made his UFC debut on Saturday night, and he made quite the impression.

The 5-foot-8 bantamweight landed a sick flying knee on Patrick Williams in the second round of their fight at UFC 172 to improve to 8-0 in his career. I mean this flying knee was just executed beautifully. Dana White even called it the most perfect flying knee he’d ever seen.

Hard to argue with him on that point. That KO was sick!

Video via @25Stanley