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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.

Glove touch to Bloody Elbow

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

Tyrone Spong suffers broken leg on kick at Glory 15 (GIF)

Tyrone Spong legTyrone Spong suffered a broken leg during his fight with Gokha Saki at Glory 15 in Illinois Saturday.

Spong is a Muay Thai/kickboxing expert who also fights in MMA. He was facing Saki in the Glory 15 Istanbul light heavyweight world championship kickboxing tournament and lost when he attempted a kick with his right leg and had it checked by Saki. His shin shattered.

It was very similar to what happened with Anderson Silva when he lost to Chris Weidman in December.

Spong is now 74-7-1 in his kickboxing career, which is still pretty darn impressive. This was the finals of the tournament.

GIF via ZombieProphet

Tito Ortiz’s new girlfriend is model Amber Nichole Miller

Tito Ortiz Amber Nichole Miller

Tito Ortiz is back all over the MMA scene and may be returning to fight Bellator middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko on May 17.

Ortiz appeared on Bellator’s show Friday and discussed the fight with Shlemenko. Accompanying him at Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, Calif., for the show was his new girlfriend, model Amber Nichole Miller.

Miller is actually a former UFC ring girl who worked UFC 40 when Ortiz fought Ken Shamrock.

The two have been dating since at least last fall, which is when they began posting pictures of each other all over social media. Miller still posts tons of pictures of the two of them together. Almost every Monday she continues to list her boyfriend as her “Man Crush Monday.”

This is pretty noteworthy not just because Miller is a knockout and ex-ring girl, but also because of Ortiz’s history with Jenna Jameson.

Ortiz and Jameson were married and have two children together, but they’re no longer together and Ortiz recently received custody of their twin sons. Last year Jameson went on a major Twitter rant accusing Ortiz of being a drug addict. She also slammed him when he was busted for DUI in January.

Miller is not in a position we would wish upon anyone in terms of having to deal with Jameson as the ex, but she definitely seems smitten with Ortiz and comfortable with his sons. The four made some appearances together:

Now, because I know you’re looking for it, here are some more pictures of Ortiz’s girlfriend, the lovely Amber Nichole Miller:

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Gina Carano to meet with Dana White about her UFC future

Gina CaranoGina Carano has been the subject of multiple rumors that she may be returning to the UFC, and now it sounds like a comeback could be in the cards.

During an interview with Arsenio Hall Thursday to promote her new movie “In the Blood” which comes out Friday, Carano said she is “kinda considering” fighting in the UFC and plans to meet with Dana White next week to discuss her future, MMA Fighting reports.

“I love it,” Carano said about fighting. “It’s something I can do that makes everything else disappear. I dream about it. I just didn’t know if I was ever going to get placed with the opportunity to make a comeback. So I’m either going to do it now or retire and say, I’m never going to do it. So now is the moment.”

Hearing this from Carano is not that surprising considering she said recently that she is “very open” to an MMA return. But just the fact that she is meeting with White next week is a good sign for those clamoring to see her fight again.

Ronda Rousey has expressed interest in facing her. That would be a great one, though Gina would definitely need a tune-up fight first.

But you know what’s another interesting aspect of all this recent buzz? The timing.

Anyone else find it funny that there’s suddenly all this talk about Carano making a return to the Octagon right around when her movie’s due out? Is this coincidental, or was it a joint effort from the UFC and the movie? The timing is definitely very convenient.

While on Arsenio Hall, Carano also did this fun game where she had to guess whether a word was a cocktail or fighting term. Fun stuff: