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Ronda Rousey takes another shot at Arianny Celeste

Ronda RouseyIn between complaining about the media sensationalizing some of her recent comments, Ronda Rousey took a shot at UFC ring girl Arianny Celeste, ensuring that she would once again make some headlines for her actions.

The tension between Rousey and Celeste began in 2012 when Rousey joked that it would have been nice to rank higher than the Octagon girl in Maxim’s Hot 100. She also took a general shot at all ring girls in another interview that year by saying they don’t have talent.

In a recent interview with MMA Junkie Radio, Celeste responded and said she didn’t like the way Rousey carries herself.

While meeting with the media prior to UFC 171 on Saturday, Rousey brought up Celeste’s comments.

“Like that whole Arianny thing. Those comments from the Maxim thing, that was from like 12 months ago. Did it just take her a year to come up with a comeback? Like why is this coming up now?” Rousey said.

Rousey then was asked how she felt about Celeste’s comments, and she decided to mock the Octagon girl’s intelligence.

“They made grammatical sense, which is good for her,” Rousey said, then laughed.

Rousey clearly just cannot help herself. And she wonders why she remains in the headlines or is a central figure for some of this stuff?

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And for the record, the reason why Celeste responded a year later was because it came up during an interview. Rousey should know just as well as anyone that many times headlines are made when people are asked questions, not because they volunteer stuff.

H/T Busted Coverage

Ronda Rousey would move up to 145 to fight Gina Carano

Ronda RouseyRumors have been floating about a potential Ronda Rousey-Gina Carano fight ever since UFC commentator Joe Rogan went on the radio and teased a big announcement involving Rousey.

While we have no idea if Carano, who last fought in 2009 before pursuing an acting career, would have any interest in returning to the fight game, we do know that Rousey would be willing to make a special weight concession for Carano that she would not make for anyone else.

“To fight her would be a real honor and I think that’d be a milestone for the sport. But, I mean, you can’t fight for anyone but yourself. I wouldn’t want her to fight for any other reason than if she wants to fight. It’s a personal decision for everyone,” Rousey said Friday in Dallas via MMA Fighting.com.

“There are exceptions that I would make for Gina that I wouldn’t make for anyone else,” Rousey said.

The implication is that she would move up to 145 to fight Carano. Rousey normally fights at 135 and has said that she would not go to 145 even to fight Cristiane Justos, who is coming off a steroids suspension and considered to be the top other women’s fighter.

If Rousey does not end up fighting Carano, a possible match with Cyborg looms. Cyborg has been dying for the fight and even cut ties with former manager Tito Ortiz in order to increase the likelihood of a match happening; UFC boss Dana White does not get along with Ortiz, so his involvement with Cyborg was an impediment.

The other strong possibility for Rousey’s next fight would be Cat Zingano. Rousey was originally slated to face Zingano, but Cat injured her knee and had to pull out of their fight. Instead, a rematch between Rousey and Miesha Tate was arranged. Zingano had previously beaten Tate to earn the shot at Rousey, so most believe she would give Rousey more of a challenge.

White has recently said that Rousey will not be fighting again until the fall.

Dana White doesn’t deny Ronda Rousey vs. Gina Carano rumor

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UFC commentator Joe Rogan started some ferocious speculation earlier this week when he teased a big announcement regarding Ronda Rousey’s next opponent. He said the announcement about Rousey and women’s fighting is “going to be crazy” when it is made. That has led many to assume Rousey is either going to fight Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino or Gina Carano.

According to MMA Fighting, UFC boss Dana White was given a chance to throw water on the Carano fire Wednesday and chose not to.

“Where did that come from!?” White reportedly told UFC Tonight’s Ariel Helwani. “LOL.”

In other words, he could have come out and denied it but chose not to. Does that mean that Carano, who is 31 and hasn’t fought since Cyborg beat her in August 2009, is actually going to fight the undefeated Rousey? Probably not.

As LB mentioned before, Cyborg seems like the more likely opponent for Rousey. She has made it known that she wants to fight Rousey on numerous occasions. The only question is what weight the two would fight at, since Rousey fights at 135 and Cyborg fights at 145.

If there’s one thing we know about White it’s that he’s a great promoter. Having the MMA world buzz about anything — even if it’s a Rousey-Carano fight that will never happen — is always a good thing.

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.