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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.

Jon Jones calls Daniel Cormier ‘fresh meat’ over Twitter

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Daniel Cormier is finally getting his wish and will have a shot to fight Jon Jones at the main event at UFC 178 in Las Vegas on Sept. 27, and the trash talk has already begun for the two.

Alexander Gustafsson was originally scheduled to face Jones in a rematch of their fight at UFC 165 a year ago, but he suffered a torn meniscus during training this week. The UFC announced Wednesday that Cormier will step in as the replacement fighter, which is a solution pleasing to all parties.

Cormier, who is 15-0 in his professional career, has been dying for a shot at Jones and even moved down from heavyweight to light heavyweight to prepare for the chance. He has been calling out Jones for two years.

Back in June, Jones called Cormier the tougher fighter. Dana White even said Jones preferred to face Cormier.

Now that the fight has been set, Jones is fired up. He sent this tweet in which he called Cormier “fresh meat”:

Jones has run through most of the competition within the light heavyweight division pretty easily. Cormier may give him the toughest test of all.

Jones is excited about the fight, Cormier is excited, and the fans should be, too. This will be a good one.

Holly Holm: Gina Carano has earned shot at Ronda Rousey

Gina CaranoGina Carano has not fought for over five years, but she will still get a title shot at Ronda Rousey upon signing with the UFC, company boss Dana White has said.

Many people feel like Carano is undeserving of a title shot because of her long layoff. Miesha Tate, who has lost to Rousey twice, is one of those people. I feel similarly and don’t think Carano should be fighting Rousey without winning one tuneup fight first.

Holly Holm, who recently signed with the UFC to provide more competition in the women’s bantamweight division, shared her thoughts on the matter and seems to be fine with Carano getting the shot at Rousey.

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“Carano has been on the big show before, so she can handle the pressure,” Holm wrote in a chat on ESPN.com. “There are a lot of girls who have been working hard for a shot who might deserve it a little more than someone who has been out that long, but Carano has put a lot of time in before. She’s earned her spot in certain ways. Who am I to say Carano is undeserving of an opportunity? I’ll let the promoter make those decisions.”

That’s a pretty politically correct answer from Holm. She’s a new fighter in the organization and isn’t about to make enemies with White before she’s even had a fight. Even though she’s saying one thing, it seems that she still has some reservations, as she should. How can anyone expect Carano to hang with Rousey after over a five-year absence? Washington Wizards Michael Jordan thinks that will be a challenge.

Previously: Gina Carano and Ronda Rousey to fight in December if Carano signs

Gina Carano and Ronda Rousey to fight in December if Carano signs

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Gina Carano and Ronda Rousey will fight in December at UFC 181 in Las Vegas if Carano signs with the UFC, company boss Dana White said Friday in Ireland.

According to Yahoo! Sports’ Kevin Iole, the UFC has a meeting with Carano’s representatives on Monday. If the two sides are able to agree to a deal, Carano would be set to face Rousey on Dec. 6 at the Mandalay Bay.

Carano (7-1) has not fought since losing to Cyborg in 2009. She won the first seven fights of her pro career, fighting mostly in the now-defunct EliteXC promotion.

After receiving attention for her fighting, Carano transitioned into movies and has appeared in seven films. She expressed an interest in returning to fighting amid rumors of a potential fight with Rousey.

While Carano was off making movies, Rousey’s MMA career was blossoming.

[Also see - Ronda Rousey: Gina Carano had a fantastic rack]

Rousey credits Carano for her interest in the sport, which began not too long ago. Following a career as an Olympian judoka, Rousey began doing MMA and had her first pro fight in 2011. She’s annihilated her competition going 10-0 in a little over three years in the sport, winning all but one of her fights in the first round.

While Rousey seems to only be getting better, Carano is returning to the octagon following a five-year absence. This doesn’t set up to be a good matchup for Carano, and we seriously doubt she’ll even be able to present a challenge.

[Related - Miesha Tate: Gina Carano fighting Ronda Rousey is a joke]

Still, Rousey wants this fight. Carano wants the fight. The UFC wants the fight. The fans will tune in to watch, regardless of how much of a mismatch it may be. I don’t think the fight is a good idea for Carano, but it will be an interest-generator and money-maker, and that’s what entertainment is all about.

Previously: Rousey says she would move up in weight to fight Carano

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Ronda Rousey: ‘I don’t know who he is’ (Video)

Ronda-RouseyFloyd Mayweather Jr. and Ronda Rousey will never fight each other, which is probably for the best. For starters, one is a male and the other is a female. They also compete in very different sports, so someone would probably get hurt. But don’t worry, Mayweather has no idea who Rousey is, anyway.

On Tuesday, USA Today’s Bob Velin jokingly asked Mayweather how he thinks Rousey would do in a fight against him.

“Actually, I don’t know who he is,” Mayweather said while shrugging.

If Floyd was messing around he did a great job of selling it. He legitimately looked confused, though it is hard to believe that anyone who fights for a living has not heard of the most popular female fighter in the UFC. Maybe that was just Mayweather’s way of fluffing off people like Joe Rogan who say Rousey could take him.

Either way, that reaction was pretty damn funny.

Video via The Big Lead

Gina Carano in the UFC? Dana White says he will sign her next week

Gina CaranoNow that Ronda Rousey has run through all the competition in the UFC, organization boss Dana White is looking outside the promotion to bring in more potential opponents. During the week he announced the signing of boxer/kickboxer Holly Holm. Next week he plans to add Gina Carano to the roster.

“One down, one to go,” White told ESPN’s Brett Okamoto of his plans to add challengers to Rousey. “I’m going to meet with Gina next week and get that f—ing thing done. Next week, man.

“It’s just a matter of me and Lorenzo going to jump on a plane to Los Angeles, get in a room with her and her lawyer and get this thing done.”

Carano (7-1) moved on to a movie career after losing to Cyborg Justino in 2009 and has not fought since then. White says Gina has an interest in fighting (Carano has said she’s interest in a return) and facing Rousey and that it’s just a matter of agreeing on a contract.

Though Carano’s ability to challenge Rousey is in question, there is little doubt about the drawing power of such a fight. Carano has become a movie star in the last five years and has received more attention since dating actor Henry Cavill. Rousey is one of the biggest stars in the UFC. The two of them fighting each other would generate all sorts of buzz and interest.

The only problem is that Carano might want to return for one fight and one fight only: Rousey. She doesn’t belong in the octagon with Rousey for her first fight back, but can she and the UFC risk her taking a loss in a tuneup fight? Probably not. The better fight is Rousey-Holm, while Rousey-Carano is the one that will sell the best.

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Ronda Rousey broke her thumb on Alexis Davis’ face

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Ronda Rousey absolutely dominated Alexis Davis to successfully defend her UFC women’s bantamweight title on Saturday night. The entire fight lasted just 16 seconds. Believe it or not, that was long enough for Rousey to suffer a significant injury.

Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times reports that Rousey will be out for over two months due to a broken thumb she suffered against Davis. Considering the fight only consisted of a punch, a knee, a hip toss and multiple punches to the head, we have to assume Rousey literally broke her hand on Davis’ face.

You would expect Rousey to have escaped the bout unscathed when the fight was called after 16 seconds. That just goes to show you that anything can happen in a short amount of time.