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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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Dana White ‘very confident’ Gina Carano wants to fight in UFC

Gina CaranoIt has been rumored for months that Gina Carano will take a break from the big screen and return to the octagon, and UFC boss Dana White seems very optimistic that it will happen. White spoke with Heidi Androl of FOX Sports earlier this week about his meeting with Carano, and here’s what he had to say.

“Gina and I had a good meeting,” White said. “I’m very confident that she does want to come back and she does want to fight. We do not have a deal but we might [soon].”

The popular speculation has been that Carano will return to fight undefeated women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. White has steered clear of denying or confirming those rumors, but he did say that Carano wants to return for a shot at the championship belt.

“She wants to fight whoever the champion is,” White said.

Carano hasn’t fought since Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino beat her back in 2009. She is now 31, and fighting Rousey after taking several years off would be a tall order. A rematch with Cyborg seems more likely for Carano, though a fight against Rousey would bring in a ton of money and create plenty of buzz. If White wants it to happen, it will happen.

H/T Bloody Elbow

Sam Stout was so disoriented after knockout loss he tried choking the referee (GIF)

Sam Stout refereeSam Stout was so messed up after his first-round knockout loss to KJ Noons at “The Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale” in Quebec City Wednesday that he actually went to choke out the referee after getting up from the punch.

Noons won 30 seconds into the fight after connecting on a massive punch to the chin. Stout took a few more punches to the chin, but when he got back up, he went for a guillotine choke on the referee, who obviously didn’t take the attack in a threatening way.

At what point do you think Stout realized what he had done?

GIF via ZombieProphet
Tip via Arsen D.

Joe Rogan thinks Ronda Rousey would beat Floyd Mayweather

Ronda RouseyUFC commentator Joe Rogan believes that Ronda Rousey would beat Floyd Mayweather if the two were to fight.

Rogan was a guest on ESPN2′s “SportsNation” Tuesday and was asked about the hypothetical matchup between the women’s MMA champ and undefeated boxer — a topic that became a popular discussion a few months ago.

Rogan broke down the fight and explained why he thinks Rousey would win.

“It’s all about how much time Floyd has to prepare, because he will really have to work on his takedown defense. That would be the big thing,” said Rogan. “If Ronda got a clinch on him, it’s not just about worrying about being taken down to the ground, it’s worrying about knees to the body. It is worrying about her manipulating his body in ways that he doesn’t understand.”

Rogan said it would take six months to a year of Floyd training with the best trainers in the world to get his grappling to a point where he would be able to contend with Rousey. He also said point-blank when asked that he thought Rousey would win the fight.

“It’s too hard to avoid the clinch. If you watch a Floyd Mayweather fight, they very rarely end in a one-punch knockout. He has brittle hands. His hands break. You are talking about small gloves where hands are going to break even easier. She keeps her chin tucked, hands high and gets a hold of you. There is going to be a lot of things she is doing that he doesn’t understand.”

Rogan was very measured with his analysis of the hypothetical, saying that he only believes Rousey would win that fight now. He allowed that Mayweather could win a fight between them in the future if he had time to train in MMA.

Though some people think this is an absurd thing to say, I agree with everything Rogan said. Boxing is only one discipline of MMA, and it’s not the most effective one in a fight where everything else is allowed. Once an MMA fighter gets a takedown on a boxer, it’s game over. And I think Rousey would be able to get a takedown and beat an untrained Floyd.

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Jon Jones claims he was hacked after anti-gay Instagram comments

Jon Jones beltJon Jones sent a tweet Tuesday night saying he was hacked and pleading his innocence hours after a kid on Instagram claimed that the UFC star wrote homophobic comments on his pictures.

The person making the accusations is an MMA fan named Daniel Javid, who goes by “Champagnedanii” on Instagram and boasts in his bio that he’s an a–hole.

On Tuesday, Javid posted a screenshot of what he says are name-calling, homophobic comments Jones left on his Instagram pictures.

“Jon Jones stalked me on insta through twitter, blocked me & called me a fag 5 times. @AlexTheMauler knock him out – #ufc #jonjones #alexandergustafsson” the person wrote on Instagram.

He included this screenshot, which shows homosexual-related comments Jones’ account left on his pictures:

Jon Jones Instagram

What prompted everything? Javid sent this tweet and the same comment on Instagram to Jones just before the Instagram messages came:

Javid told LBS that he was born and raised in Sweden and is a big fan of MMA star Alexander Gustafsson. The Gustafsson angle is likely why Jones had so much hostility towards him.

Jones tried to clear everything up with this tweet:

Are you buying it? Javid doesn’t believe he was hacked. He points out that Jones posted a picture of himself on Instagram a few hours after the comments on his picture came, which is a sign to him that Jones was still controlling the account.

H/T MiddleEasy via tipster KrisBrewski