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Ronda Rousey heading for fall fight with Gina Carano or Cyborg?

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Ronda Rousey has fought twice in the last two and a half months and won both of her bouts fairly easily. It looks like she may be running out of opponents in women’s MMA, which means the UFC may have to get creative with her next fight. And they may be doing so.

UFC commentator Joe Rogan teased a big announcement about Rousey’s next fight during an appearance on “Kevin & Bean” on LA radio station KROQ Friday. Here’s what he said (as transcribed by MMA Fighting):

“I wish I could tell you what I know. I wish I could tell you,” Rogan said in response to the hosts questioning whether Rousey will be challenged. “I know some secret stuff. I know some secret stuff, but I can’t tell you. You might actually know, but I can’t tell you. I can say no more than I’ve already said. I will tell you this … within the next probably week or so a huge announcement will come about women’s fighting… It’s going to be crazy. Madness. I wish I could [talk about it now], but I would betray the confidence of my friend and employer.”

Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer mentioned two names as possibilities for Rousey’s next fight: Gina Carano and Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino.

Carano seems like a very unlikely opponent to me. She is 31 and has not fought since Aug. 15, 2009, when she lost to Cyborg. She’s starred in a handful of action movies since leaving the fight game, so I don’t see why she would get back in the octagon. And if she were, why would she start with a fight against Rousey? That’s too tough of an assignment.

Cyborg seems much more likely as an opponent. She has fought twice since being suspended a year for testing positive for steroids in 2011, and she has expressed plenty of interest in fighting Rousey. She’s also made it easier for the UFC to make the fight by no longer having Tito Ortiz, a longtime Dana White antagonist, serve as her manager. The one issue about a Rousey-Cyborg fight is the same one we’ve had all along: at what weight will they fight? Rousey fights at 135, while Cyborg fights at 145 and has said she can’t cut to a weight that low. My guess is they’ll figure something out.

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On a related note, ESPN’s Brett Okamoto reports that Dana White told him Rousey’s next fight will be in the fall, not during the summer as some reported.

H/T Bloody Elbow

Arianny Celeste on Ronda Rousey: I don’t like the way she carries herself

Arianny-CelesteRonda Rousey is incredibly outspoken. Her undefeated record in the octagon and outgoing personality are the main reasons she is such a marketing machine. The latter, however, is why famous UFC ring girl Arianny Celeste is not Rousey’s biggest fan.

Before Rousey defeated Sara McMann on Saturday, Celeste told MMA Junkie Radio that she does not view Ronda as a positive role model for women.

“I don’t really like the way she carries herself,” Celeste said. “I don’t think she’s a good role model for women. I think that women should empower each other and give each other a little pat on the back.

“I’ve personally been talked about by her, and I don’t even know her. I’ve met her twice. She said a couple things in her Maxim interview. A lot of people pointed it out to me, but I didn’t really acknowledge it. … She’s paving the way for women’s MMA, and I’ve made being a UFC Octagon Girl into a career. She should definitely recognize that and be nice.”

The Maxim interview Celeste referred to took place in August 2012, when Rousey joked that it would have been fun to rank higher on Maxim’s Hot 100 list than Celeste.

“It would have been really funny if I’d beaten [UFC Octagon Girl] Arianny Celeste, because that would be like a triathlete coming along and beating the runners in a marathon,” Rousey said at the time. “Like, ‘Ha-ha, it’s your job to show your titties—I do that better than you!’ Maybe next year. She’s only getting older, and I’m reaching my prime.”

As Bloody Elbow pointed out, Rousey also took a shot at ring girls in general during a separate 2012 interview with Sherdog.

“There’s a reason why the ring girls aren’t asked to star in movies, and it’s because they’re pretty but talentless,” Rousey said.

That’s probably reason enough for Celeste to dislike Rousey, and I’m sure Rousey doesn’t care. After all, this is a woman who openly discusses her sex life on talk shows. She doesn’t seem to be concerned with what people think of her.

Ronda Rousey KOs Sara McMann with knee to midsection (GIF)

Ronda Rousey beat Sara McMann at UFC 170 on Saturday night in Las Vegas. Rousey winning was not at all a surprise, but there was one shocker with the outcome: she did not win via armbar for the first time in her pro fighting career.

Instead, Rousey caught McMann with a devastating knee to the midsection in the first round that caused McMann to go down. Rousey jumped in for a few punches to finish off McMann, and referee Herb Dean stepped in to call the fight.

Though McMann was disappointed with the stoppage, she said after the fight that she understood Dean’s decision to step in and call it.

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Ronda Rousey responds to Jon Jones about promotional help

Ronda RouseyRonda Rousey on Wednesday responded to Jon Jones‘ comments that she gets more of a promotional push from the UFC than he does by saying that she’s owed some of the help.

Jones said last week that he has disagreements with the UFC and he wondered if that plays a role in him not receiving the same kind of promotion from the organization as Rousey receives. Rousey seemed to take that comment personally.

“I feel like, I’m owed a little bit of help, damnit,” Rousey said on a conference call Wednesday to promote her title fight with Sara McMann, according to MMA Fighting. MMA Fighting says Ronda said her comment with a laugh that seemed half-joking, half-serious.

“I had to do so much to get to this, I’m not going to complain about it.”

Rousey is exactly right. The UFC didn’t have women fighting in the organization until her amazing performances and trash talking convinced Dana White to create a women’s division in 2012. It was all through her talent, hard work and promotional efforts. She’s been a pioneer and did a lot of the work on her own before the UFC supported her. She absolutely deserves the push.

Rousey also gets a push from the UFC because she’s a unique talent and has the ability to reach different audiences from Jones. She appeals to a broader array of people and has the unique ability to introduce more fans to the sport. She’s probably the most marketable fighter in the organization especially with GSP and Anderson Silva out, so it makes sense for them to capitalize on her. Also, the UFC can’t waste any time with her knowing that she has thought about walking away from the sport to act in movies.

Maybe Jones doesn’t receive the same push that Rousey does, and maybe that’s partially because he can be uncooperative. But he has been marketed plenty by them. He was sponsored by the UFC, he’s sponsored by Nike and he’s been in a Bud Light commercial with Dana White. Tell me he hasn’t had his moments as the UFC’s favorite.

Jon Jones implies UFC is spending too much time pushing Ronda Rousey

Jon JonesRonda Rousey is one of the most marketable faces in mixed martial arts. She’s a woman, she’s attractive, and she has dominated the UFC since becoming the first female fighter to sign with the organization in 2012. Dana White loves promoting her and for good reason, but does Jon Jones think too much time is being spent on it?

Jones is scheduled to defend his light heavyweight championship for the seventh time against Glover Teixeira at UFC 172 on April 26. Rousey will defend her title against Sara McMann at UFC 170 on Feb. 22. Jones feels that Rousey’s fight is receiving more attention, and he’s not surprised by it.

“We don’t always see eye-to-eye with the UFC, so I don’t know if they are always necessarily pushing me and whether that’s a smart idea on their end or not. Who knows?” Jones told Bloody Elbow last week. “I do know that they are pushing Ronda Rousey really hard, and she’s gotten a lot of great opportunities. I don’t know what they’re going to do, but I’m pushing myself all the time so, I’m not really worried.”

Jones recently said he wants to fight Cain Velasquez or schedule some sort of “superfight” sooner rather than later. When Dan Henderson pulled out of his fight against Jones before UFC 151 because of injury, Jones refused to fight Chael Sonnen as a replacement. That would have been a huge draw, and his refusal infuriated Dana White. Sonnen later admitted that he and Henderson set Jones up.

The man they call “Bones” also angered White when he wrecked his car in a DUI back in May 2012. He was once hand-picked as the fighter UFC wanted to market the most, and that seems to have cooled off a bit. Jones thinks that is because he is different from old school fighters.

“I know that I’m a lot different from some of the guys from the past,” he explained. “Guys like Chuck Liddell, and guys like Matt Hughes that would just get up and do anything, anytime, and never voice their opinion. I’m trying to change a lot of things in the game — making sure the fighters are being respected, making sure our own brands are being respected, things like that. We just don’t always see eye-to-eye on everything. Either way it works out.”

Jones is 19-1 and is one of the UFC’s best fighters. He is still a huge draw, so he will be marketed plenty. That said, Rousey is defending her title just two months after her last fight. Jones’ pickiness almost certainly discourages White and company on some level.

H/T Yahoo! Sports 

Ronda Rousey said CM Punk was sexy

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While most of you were watching the BCS National Championship Game, Ronda Rousey and many others were taking in “Old School Raw” in Baltimore on Monday night.

One of those people was MMA superstar Ronda Rousey, who tweeted that she thought Punk looked sexy.

As Rousey said, just when she called Punk sexy, he lost to Roman Reigns.

No response yet from Punk, at least that we know of. If I were Rousey, I might be worried about some backlash from Punk’s girlfriend AJ Lee, based on what happened to Michelle Beadle. Good thing Rousey can defend herself.

H/T Fight Opinion

Ronda Rousey reacted to Anderson Silva’s injury like the rest of us (GIF)

Ronda-Rousey-Anderson-Silva-reactionThe broken leg that Anderson Silva suffered during his loss to Chris Weidman at UFC 168 over the weekend was one of the nastiest injury’s the sport has ever seen. If you have watched the replay of the moment where Silva snapped his leg, you must have a pretty strong stomach. In fact, it was so bad that even Ronda Rousey almost fell out of her seat when she saw it.

After retaining her UFC title by submitting Miesha Tate with an armbar, Rousey watched the Silva-Weidman fight in her locker room. A hidden camera captured her reaction to Silva’s broken leg. Rousey may be one of the toughest women in the world and someone who is capable of beating up men at movie theaters, but the flopping leg made her cringe like anyone else.

Rousey’s reaction was much more reasonable than the one we think we heard from Weidman’s corner.

GIF via For the Win