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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

Dana White: Cyborg looked like Wanderlei Silva in a dress

Cyborg Justino

Don’t expect Ronda Rousey to be reprimanded by the UFC for calling Cyborg Justino an “it” when the boss of the company has very similar beliefs about the controversial female fighter.

Rousey, who has verbally sparred with Cyborg over the years, took matters even further during a recent interview with Yahoo! Sports’ Kevin Iole. Rousey ripped Cyborg, saying that she could be the end of women’s MMA if she became champion. Rousey also criticized Cyborg for cheating and said all the steroids Cyborg have taken turned her from a woman into an “it.”

Many people felt that comment crossed the line and that the organization should discipline her for it. One MMA apparel company was so incensed over the comment that they offered $5,000 to any fighter who knocks out Rousey.

But UFC boss Dana White is on the same page as Rousey. On Thursday he defended Rousey for the namecalling and even went so far as to say that Cyborg looks like a man.

“She called her an it. [Cyborg] calls Ronda a chicken. Should Ronda be offended at being called a chicken? Grow the f–k up, everybody,” White said Thursday at a press conference in Baltimore ahead of UFC 172, via MMA Fighting.

“I said, when I saw [Justino] at the MMA Awards, she looked like Wanderlei Silva in a dress and heels. And she did, did she not? Who wants to dispute that she didn’t look like Wanderlei?” added White.

“She was walking up the stairs, jacked up on steroids beyond belief and looked like Wanderlei Silva in a dress and heels.”

Seriously, if you thought what Rousey said was bad, then what do you make of White’s comments? And with White defending Rousey — and we already know Rousey is his favorite — how can you expect any discipline?

This is just the latest example in a series of many unprofessional moments from Dana White.

Chuck Liddell thinks he would have beaten Jon Jones

Chuck LiddellChuck Liddell is one of the best light heavyweight fighters of all time and thinks he could have taken the current light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, if the two met in their primes.

Though Liddell, 44, is impressed with Jones’ overall fighting, he believes he would have presented a very difficult matchup for the current 26-year-old champ.

“I think I would have been a horrible matchup for him,” Liddell told FOX Sports. “I would have walked through his punches and he wouldn’t have caught me with anything.”

The one area where the Iceman thinks Jones needs some improvement is in his punching.

“I think it’s too early to tell,” Liddell said. “If he finds his punching power — a good straight [cross], a good hook — then we’ll see. I mean, not only score with it, but hurt somebody. Then we’re talking.”

Liddell went 21-8 with 13 knockouts in his fighting career. He was known for his strong chin and great knockout power.

As good as Liddell was, Jones may be the best light heavyweight of all time. He has excellent reach, good striking and great wrestling abilities. Liddell says he would have been a tough matchup, but I’m pretty sure Bones would have been even more difficult.

Keep in mind that Liddell has been making a lot of noise this week because his training partner, Glover Teixeira, is facing Bones on Saturday at UFC 172. He’s naturally going to be building up his guy while downplaying Jones’ ability.

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MMA apparel company offers $5k to fighter who knocks out Ronda Rousey

Ronda RouseyMMA apparel company Americana MMA wants to see Ronda Rousey have her head handed to her so badly that they’re offering a $5,000 bonus to the fighter who knocks her out.

Americana MMA issued the offer after being incensed by Rousey’s recent negative comments about Cyborg Justino, whom Rousey called an “it.”

They posted the following to their Twitter and Facebook accounts after seeing Rousey’s comments:

Though I first thought that they were offering the money for publicity, my opinion has changed; they genuinely seem to be upset with Rousey and want to see her lose. They even said they declined an interview about the story.

But there is one twist; somehow the story was turned around and people began thinking Americana MMA offering a bounty to anyone who knocked out Rousey. They had to issue this clarification:

“I really can’t believe that some people are stupid enough to think that we placed a bounty on Ronda Rousey and that any random person can physically harm her to win $5K. Let’s make this clear for those of you that don’t understand. The offer was made for a professionally sanctioned fight between professional fighters; be it Alexis Davis, Cat Zingano or anybody else scheduled to fight her in the future. We don’t condone random acts of violence so put your bats away.”

Chalk this up as another victory for Miss Rousey. She knows how to play that villain/bad girl role to perfection. It’s natural for her. And she’s so darn good, I don’t think Americana will have to worry about handing out that prize money.

H/T Bloody Elbow

Jon Jones not interested in move up to heavyweight

Jon Jones

UFC champion Jon Jones is no longer interested in moving up to the heavyweight division because he believes there are plenty of challenges for him at light heavyweight.

Jones (19-1) is set to face Glover Teixeira (22-2) Saturday at UFC 172 in Dallas, which could be a challenge even if Jones is listed as a heavy favorite. Beyond that, he has a rematch with Alexander Gustafsson to take care of and then some other potential fights. He says that has his attention more than heavyweight matchups.

“I have no interest [in fighting Cain Velasquez] at this point,” Jones said during Monday’s UFC 172 conference call via 5th Round. “There’s a lot of great competition for me to test myself against [at light heavyweight].

“Glover Teixeira, obviously, being first on the agenda. What a great challenge that will be. People are interested in rematches [with Alexander Gustafsson]. Phil Davis said he’s going to crumble me like a cookie. Lots of competition left for me and I’m excited to meet them all.”

I used to feel like Bones had to move up to heavyweight to really be tested, but his close fight with Gustafsson at UFC 165 in September changed my mind. I’m very intrigued to see the fights with Teixeira and Gustafsson for now and think that Jones definitely has a lot on the line against them. If he’s able to win a few of these tough ones, then maybe heavyweight might be the way to go. But for now, he definitely has some interesting competition ahead of him.

Ronda Rousey rips Cyborg, calls her an ‘it’

Ronda Rousey Cyborg Santos

Ronda Rousey has made it clear over the past few years that she does not like Cris Cyborg Justino, and in case you weren’t aware, she cemented that point a few days ago.

Rousey talked with Yahoo! Sports’ Kevin Iole Friday about some of her potential opponents. Rousey is scheduled to fight Alexis Davis on July 5, but the her potential fights are much more intriguing. Those would be against three people who aren’t even in the UFC — Cyborg, Gina Carano and Holly Holm.

Though Rousey had praise for Carano and showed interest in facing Holm, she ripped Cyborg. Rousey also said that while she is willing to face Cyborg, she does not agree with the steroids cheat being promoted by the organization.

“I’ve said before, I don’t care if she’s injecting horse semen into her eyeballs, I’ll fight her, but that’s just my personal decision,” Rousey told Iole. “But I can’t make a decision for the whole division. I can’t say it’s the right thing. This girl has been on steroids for so long and [has been] injecting herself for so long that she’s not even a woman anymore. She’s an ‘it.’ It’s not good for the women’s division. It’s not good at all.

“If she comes in the UFC and I beat the [expletive] out of her and then I retire and become an action movie star, then the UFC is still going to be stuck with her. The division could die. She could ruin the whole sport. Even though it’s a fight a lot of people want to see, even if I beat the living crap out of her, it won’t be good for the sport because then she’d still be in the UFC.

“I really think with Cyborg taking all of those steroids and hormones and then going into the cage, it’s like going in with a weapon. It’s certainly very negligent, but it’s also criminal. I believe, it really is. Promoting her would be promoting that act and I think it would be wrong in every way.”

Cyborg was busted for using stanozolol prior to her Dec. 2011 fight with Hiroko Yamanaka. She’s defended herself by saying that she is naturally muscular and that’s it, if you can believe that.

Rousey says the UFC should have a zero-tolerance policy for cheaters like the Olympics.

And here’s another interesting tidbit from Rousey: not only does she say it would be an honor to fight Carano, but she and her coach also believe the actress would be a tougher opponent than Cyborg. I definitely disagree with that notion.

I do have to say that it’s pretty darn awesome that Rousey is willing to fight Cyborg even though she believes the woman is on steroids. It truly shows how confident and fearless she is, and that’s awesome. That’s exactly why fans love her. In many ways, she embodies the spirit of a true champion.

Previously: Rousey to Cyborg – you don’t just have a dick, you are a dick!

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