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Midnight Mania! Dana White calls Tyron Woodley full of shit, Woodley fires back

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Despite Dana White’s strong feelings about it, Tyron Woodley continues to push for this Nate Diaz fight. Nate wants the bout too, telling ESPN.com:

“I’m getting to the point where I’m sick of not fighting. I’m not getting any younger,” Diaz told ESPN. “I put that tweet out saying I wanted to fight in May or June, but I didn’t say who because I was weighing my options. And now, Woodley is my best option.

”I see him on TMZ every week, talking about me. I’m like, ‘What the f—? If that’s what you want to do.’ It’s not really my weight class, but I’m with it. I think it’s my title we’re fighting for. If he’s the one calling me out, whose title are we fighting for? Who’s the real champion here?”

Diaz is right about Woodley calling him (literally) on TMZ.

Dana fired back with all the scorn he could muster, telling UFC Tonight that the welterweight champion is full of shit. Via MMAFighting.com:

“[Woodley’s] full of sh*t,” White said. “That fight was never made, you couldn’t be more wrong, he couldn’t be more full of sh*t, and it’s absolutely not true. It’s so not true that our lawyer hit him up today and said he needs to stop saying these kind of things, because it’s absolutely not true.”

“Dos Anjos is the fight we’re looking at for Woodley,” White said. “That’s the fair fight, he just won a great fight against Robbie Lawler and looked good and what I love about that fight is dos Anjos will bring it. He will come after Tyron Woodley and it will be a great fight. That’s the fight that’s gonna happen.”

White also repeated his talking point that Diaz had turned down several fights with lightweight opponents:

“We’ve offered Nate Diaz five or six fights in the last several months and he’s turned them all down,” White said. “I’ve said many times over the last several months that I don’t see Nate Diaz fighting. Will he fight this year? Maybe he’ll come out and see he wants to fight eventually, but no, he’s turned down every fight we’ve offered.“

Woodley wasn’t long in responding to Dana White, and he certainly has a point.

White, not unlike the current United States President, does have a long and frequent history of factually incorrect and misleading statements. Among many other examples, he said Anderson Silva would not be fighting Daniel Cormier at UFC 200 (hours before the bout was announced), and most memorably denied the UFC was being sold for 4 billion dollars, including releasing a memo to his employees to that effect. (Many of those employees were subsequently let go.)

In this case, Tyron Woodley is angling for a bout which, divisionally, makes very little sense, but from a promotional standpoint, might very well make sense. Given the direction WME-IMG have taken in these cases lately, it does seem possible Woodley is right.


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Some Wednesday trash talk between Tyron Woodley and Rafael Dos Anjos also went down:

TJ Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt went at it on Twitter too:

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I never wanted to know this about Kenny Florian.

Head movement! Head movement! Head movement:

This seems like a great grappling match to make.



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Look at this spinning back kick.


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My top three fights for UFC 221 are Luke Rockhold vs. Yoel Romero, Mark Hunt vs. Curtis Blaydes, and the debut of Israel Adesanya.

Meisha Tate says the Cyborg title defense isn’t enough for her to buy UFC 222.

Dominick Cruz on the secrets to life:


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Midnight Mania! Anthony Johnson fires back at Daniel Cormier: “take your cry baby ass on”

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Anthony Johnson responded today to DC’s accusations that he is f***ing soft after word got out that Johnson met with UFC executives to discuss a heavyweight comeback fight. The gist of Cormier’s complaint was that if Rumble wanted people to believe his retirement story, he should have stayed gone longer; coming back six months later meant that he had just been mad about losing to DC. He also ripped into Rumble for being too friendly with Jon Jones. (transcript via MMAFighting.com)

“What the f*ck are you so friendly with a guy in your weight class for?” Cormier said. “F*ck that. The competitor in you shouldn’t allow you to be that nice to that guy. In my mind, that dude is f*cking soft. You should never be that f*cking friendly with somebody, especially if it’s somebody that you may end up fighting. We can be respectful but you don’t need to be f*cking friendly bobbing all over the place.”

Johnson responded, claiming Cormier is only salty because he talks to Jon Jones. From his Facebook page:

Damn D.C. didn’t know you were salty cuz I talk to the 1 guy that knocked you out. Fucking soft is what you called me, oh well that’s your opinion.Saying I gave Jon advice lol buddy what advice is there to give him? I wasn’t fighting either one of you, so there’s no point of giving advice. That’s not my style! I believe in fair fights period.Friend’s? We were NEVER friend’s! I’ve respected every man in the sport no matter what. I’ve shown JBJ respect through his tough times and have shown you respect the same way.I retired cuz I have other thing’s in life I want to do but just cuz I met with UFC and talked you have an issue.So take your cry baby ass on and praise God that Jon screwed up and you got the belt back that way!

Cormier responded:


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Justin Gaethje gets it

I missed this gem, also from Gaethje:

So… just bread? Just soft bread? Grain free? What is it made of? Dangit, I guess this sponsored post worked, because now I have questions.

Each personality is reflected in each picture: crazy Tony Ferguson, styling Kevin Lee, focused Demetrious Johnson, aggressive Ray Borg.

The easiest way to gain social media approval when a lot of people don’t like you? Post puppies. Can’t nobody be mad at puppies.

Hello from #chunkBrowne

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Cung Le’s instructional clips on Instagram are actually pretty good tips for utilizing his unique approach to MMA.

John Moraga’s walkout song got censored due to the Las Vegas shooting

“Notorious” will be in theaters in November

Great matchup at bantamweight

Matt Brown is asking the important questions. I don’t care, this is extremely my jam either way.

#nerdy or #badass ??? Tell me in comments

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Cub Swanson is fighting out his UFC contract in December.

Nice poster from Boss Logic

This is quite the sales spiel from Shane Carwin

Makdessi feeling confident after training with Duke Roufus

Russian MMA is just so weird


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Great MMA sequence

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His UFC Shanghai opponent Sheymon Moraes


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Relevant: Andy Richardson breaks down Tony Ferguson’s signature D’Arce choke:

The Fights Gone By podcast:

Jimmie Rivera speaks up about his upcoming fight with Dominick Cruz

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Chael Sonnen fires back at Chuck Liddell following Bellator callout: ‘Say when’

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell, who also rests comfortably in the promotion’s hall of fame, is contemplating a return to mixed martial arts (MMA) under the Bellator banner on Spike TV.

Depending on this.

While Bellator boss Scott Coker is more interested in using the melting “Iceman” as a promotional tool, considering the former Dancing with the Stars contestant turns 48 in December, Liddell (21-8) has other plans.

Like snapping his three-fight losing streak.

Unfortunately, he hasn’t competed in over seven years, so he might need a tune-up fight before taking on anyone of merit. In Liddell’s mind, former UFC stablemate Chael Sonnen fits the bill.

See those comments here.

Sonnen (29-15-1) has already registered two fights for Bellator and sits at 1-1. After getting submitted by Tito Ortiz back in January, “The American Gangster” turned away Wanderlei Silva last June.

Anyone interested in seeing these two throw down?

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Demetrious Johnson fires back: ‘UFC’s mistreatment and bullying has finally forced me to speak out’

Demetrious Johnson has had enough.

On the cusp of making history, the UFC flyweight champion, who is one title defense away from becoming the most successful champion in UFC history, has provided MMA Fighting with an exclusive statement (below) about his current relationship with the UFC.

Over the past month, the UFC has attempted to book Johnson in a title fight versus bantamweight contender TJ Dillashaw, however, Johnson has resisted that idea.

In the statement, which you can read in its entirety below, Johnson, who’ll be a guest on Monday’s episode of The MMA Hour, explains why and lays out, in great detail, other issues he’s had with UFC management as of late. He also responds to UFC president Dana White, who recently said it was “insanity” that Johnson was in favor of fighting top flyweight contender Ray Borg over Dillashaw.

Below is Johnson’s full response, and it’s unlike anything you’ve ever read from one of the best fighters in the history of mixed martial arts:

For years I have been a company man and kept quiet, accepting fights, doing as they asked, and always remaining humble and grateful for the opportunities provided to me through mixed martial arts. This is how I was raised through the sport. Unfortunately, UFC’s mistreatment and bullying has finally forced me to speak out. I’ve decided to speak out now as I feel like my values and character as a person and a fighter are being tarnished by an organization I’ve done nothing but sweat and bleed for over the last seven years of my life. If it takes me speaking up and encouraging other fighters to ban together to start getting fair treatment, then so be it.

UFC Matchmaker Mick Maynard called and offered the fight vs. Ray Borg. I thought [Sergio] Pettis was a more marketable name and on a longer winning streak. Mick went back to Dana, then came back and told us that I had no choice, it was going to be Ray Borg, not Pettis, and there were no other options. That was the command from Dana and company. This would mean that my only chance at PPV points at flyweight was vs. Ray Borg. I said OK, but it’s not fair to make that my only chance at PPV points, when Cody Garbrandt is saying he wants to come down and fight me at flyweight, which was the fight I wanted. We told Mick that to be fair we would take the fight, but [we] want PPV points for future fights at flyweight. Mick agreed and said it was fair and didn’t see any problem with that situation. Mick spoke to Dana and [UFC matchmaker] Sean Shelby, who then told him to deny giving me any future PPV points for all of my future flyweight fights. Further, I still had to fight Ray Borg and they were giving me no other choice. I accepted the fight with Ray and decided to deal with the unfair situation and despicable treatment by Dana and Sean after I succeed in breaking the consecutive title fight defense record in my next fight vs. Borg. Mick thanked me for accepting the fight, knowing that I was being screwed over and mistreated by Dana and Sean.

I wanted a reason for not being allowed any future PPV points. Sean Shelby called and told us how smaller fighters don’t sell, that UFC can’t make stars of anyone, and that a fight between Cody and I wouldn’t be a sellable fight. We disagreed. I think a fight between Cody and I would be popular if it was even given a small serving of the marketing efforts put into other big fights.

UFC has failed to market and promote me appropriately. Prior to my last fight, where I tied the record for the most consecutive successful title defenses, we waited to re-post UFC’s social media posts about me from their Facebook page. There weren’t any posts until a few days into fight week, then, there were a total of two posts. In comparison to others who they promote across their social media platforms, they failed to do their job in promoting me and that monumental event. In my recent conversations, Sean and Dana have confirmed UFC’s lack of desire to put any effort into promoting us.

In addition to the above, I want to address the lack of marketing and promotion of the flyweight division, even though Dana will claim otherwise. I would challenge that the UFC doesn’t even market the division. It’s been three years since the UFC launched three new divisions in two years (2012 to 2014) where they focused most of their marketing efforts to grow female mixed martial arts, which I understand. But, we are now three years post-launch, and the company continues to do the bare minimum in marketing the division well past the launch of these other divisions. As a fighter, I pay very close attention to the amount of marketing that goes into and around my fights and I can tell you that you’d be hard pressed to find much that has been done to promote me outside of TUF 24, which was minimal in comparison to other fights, fighters and shows. With me, the UFC chooses not to market the best fighter in the world and arguably the greatest fighter of all time. I can’t think of any other sports organization in the world that has the best player in the sport where the league, or the organization, doesn’t market that player to their loyal fan base to sell more of their product. Look at my track record for showing up to fights. Look at my track record of finishing fights. Look at my track record of getting fight night bonuses. Ask yourself if you think that if the UFC decided to truly put marketing dollars behind me that they couldn’t sell me or my fights.

Completely unrelated — and after the accepted fight vs. Ray Borg — Cody Garbradt injured his back and TJ Dillashaw said he wanted to fight me. Dana told me he wanted me to fight TJ, which I disagreed with for multiple reasons. First, TJ has never fought at flyweight and is unlikely to make the weight, which would then eliminate the possibility of breaking the title defense record. Second, they have already told me that a fight between Cody and I wouldn’t be sellable, so fighting TJ would have no monetary upside. Third, TJ is not a flyweight or a current champion in another weight class and was KO’ed by the flyweight whom I beat twice already. Last, Ray Borg and I already agreed to the fight, which UFC tyrannically demanded, while denying me any future PPV points.

After telling Dana my reasons, Dana angrily told me that I am fighting TJ, once again, with no other option or say in my career, and against the plans we had previously laid out. He went on further to say that if I didn’t take the fight against TJ, and drop Borg as the opponent, he would get rid of the entire flyweight division. He said, this is for TJ and I’m taking away TJ’s opportunity. That fact that he feels that what I should do in my career is for TJ, tells where his priority lies.

Sorry Dana, my career is about Demetrious Johnson and my goals of fighting the best current flyweights, breaking the record of title defenses, going after the bantamweight champion after I have broken the record, and making money for my family. My career is not about doing for Dana’s buddy, who is neither a bantamweight champion or flyweight contender. We ended by disagreeing and left it there. The next day, Dana went to the media and announced that I was fighting TJ Dillashaw, in an obvious attempt to bully me in the media and tarnish my reputation. I posted a short statement letting people know that I had not agreed to the TJ fight, but had already agreed to fight Ray Borg, as demanded by UFC.

Dana put up an interview stating that it was “insane” that I didn’t want to fight TJ, that “he makes the matches and that is the match he is making,” and, “You tell me why DJ doesn’t want to fight TJ,” trying to make it as though I am scared or ducking TJ Dillashaw.

Mick spoke to me to try to change the offer from Ray to TJ. I told Mick that I thought TJ should fight once in the division first, prove he can make the weight and get a win at that weight, then fight me if I wasn’t already busy with Cody. Mick agreed that it made the most sense.

Later Mick called again, as mandated by Dana, to try to make the fight with TJ and drop Ray. We told him that we didn’t think TJ would make the weight and the fight would be off since it would no longer be a title fight without TJ making weight. Mick said they guaranteed that TJ would make weight. We told him that since it was guaranteed by TJ and UFC was demanding and putting me in a bad circumstance, then it is fair that if TJ didn’t make weight, the fight would be off and I would still get my guarantee, plus TJ’s guaranteed pay. Mick said that Ray would be on the card and he could fill in if TJ didn’t make weight. We said, oh, then which one do I train for? I thought TJ guaranteed he was making weight. Is it a world championship with the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter on earth, or an amateur tournament where I don’t know who I’m fighting until I get there. Obviously there was no guarantee and they just wanted to push me to do something that they knew wasn’t a good choice for my career. The “guarantees” that they made had nothing to back them up and they were unwilling to give a real guarantee to compensate me for all the damage I put on my body preparing for a fight that may not happen. The fact that they said Ray will be a backup shows the lack of respect they have for what we go through in preparing for a fight at this level.

Mick went back to Dana and Sean, then came back and told us that they don’t agree with my request and I have to fight TJ with no guarantee to make weight or financial incentive if he doesn’t make weight. This is typical of the unfulfilled promises and bullying that has gone on through my UFC career.

In summary:

I agreed to their tyrannical demand to fight Ray Borg and Ray also agreed.

UFC has refused to give me PPV points on any future flyweight bouts, and has never given me any PPV points on previous bouts. My request was fair and the matchmaker in charge of the flyweight and bantamweight division agreed.

I gave UFC fair conditions to change the fight to TJ Dillashaw and they refused.

Dana and Sean have told me that they have no interest in marketing me or the smaller divisions, so when they say that I will make PPV money vs. Dillashaw, they leave out the fact that I have to hit certain numbers of buys, which will not be hit if they fail in marketing me like they have in my previous fights.

If TJ doesn’t make weight, I can’t break the record for the most consecutive title defenses and they have denied paying me in that circumstance.

Dana has made an effort to bully me in the media as well as in private, in order to get what he wants, even though it is not what is best for me or the sport.

If Dana says this will be a big PPV fight for me, and that they will promote it properly, then he can pay for it up front and explain to Ray Borg why he is being taken out of the fight that the UFC matchmaker in charge of the division put him in. Otherwise, it is just another lie and attempt to bully me to do something that Dana wants, but is not the right thing to do for the sport or my career.

UFC’s track record in making an effort to promote my fights, and Dana’s claim that this is a big chance for PPV dollars for me tells a different story than what Dana is stating to the public.

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Urijah Faber thanks Conor McGregor, fires back at TJ Dillashaw, Duane Ludwig

Urijah Faber wasn’t amused by last night’s TUF 25 premiere, or the TUF Talk segment that followed, it appears.

In a wide-ranging Instagram post late Wednesday night, Faber took aim at former teammate T.J. Dillashaw and ex-coach Duane Ludwig, while also throwing in a thank you to Conor McGregor. Check it out below.

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Video: Dana White fires back at ‘uppity, 80-year-old’ Meryl Streep for recent comments about MMA

The mixed martial arts (MMA) community was caught off guard last night (Sun., Jan. 8, 2017) when actress Meryl Streep took to the stage at the 74th annual Golden Globes Awards and stated that the sport is “not an art.” While nobody should be moved by Streep’s uneducated view on MMA, it’s interesting to see how some people look at the sport. According to Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White, Streep’s outlook on MMA was to be expected.

“It’s not going to be everybody’s thing and the last thing in the world I expect is an uppity, 80-year-old lady to be in our demographic and love mixed martial arts,” said White in a recent interview with TMZ Sports (shown above).

“If you really look at who follows the UFC and is into…

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Wanderlei Silva fires back at Mirko Cro Cop, explains decision to pull out of RIZIN tournament

Wanderlei Silva won’t be fighting Mirko Cro Cop at the RIZIN open weight tournament quarterfinal on Dec. 29 in Japan, and the Brazilian finally broke the silence on Sunday morning.

Days after Cro Cop saying that Silva had pulled out of the bout because he was “scared,” the former PRIDE champion, who went 0-1-1 against the Croatian under the PRIDE banner, explains that the injuries he sustained after being hit by a car in May forced him to cancel the bout.

Speaking in Portuguese in a video he posted on his YouTube channel, Silva attacked Cro Cop for his comments and expressed his desire to face the heavyweight in the future.

“My recovery, I couldn’t be able to be 100 percent for this fight,” Silva said. “I’m a professional, I’d never fight against Mirko or anyone else not being prepared. But what astonished me is that this Croatian, this Mirko Cro Cop guy, called me the best in the world, a legend in front of me, but behind the computer he’s talking a bunch of crap.

“What kind of man are you to say this crap online and not to my face? Are you only a man in front of the computer, p—y? Who do you think you’re talking to? Don’t worry. It won’t be now, but you’ll get what is yours. I know really well how to catch you. I know you’re afraid of me, coward.”

Silva said he was set to make a million dollars in the fight, but wouldn’t enter the ring just to get his paycheck.

“I was offered a large amount of money, I was offered a million dollars,” Silva said. “I could go in there and see what happens. If I fought 30 seconds or a minute, I’d get my prize the same way. But I’m a professional, straightaway, and I’d never do this not being 100 percent to fight. Everybody knows I’m coming off a serious injury.

“I’m training well and training to be back to my old shape, the real ‘Axe Murderer’. I won’t fight just to fight, I’m fighting to win. Silva is back. Wait for it.”

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Wanderlei Silva fires back at Mirko Cro Cop, explains decision to pull out of RIZIN tournament

Wanderlei Silva won’t be fighting Mirko Cro Cop at the RIZIN open weight tournament quarterfinal on Dec. 29 in Japan, and the Brazilian finally broke the silence on Sunday morning.

Days after Cro Cop saying that Silva had pulled out of the bout because he was “scared,” the former PRIDE champion, who went 0-1-1 against the Croatian under the PRIDE banner, explains that the injuries he sustained after being hit by a car in May forced him to cancel the bout.

Speaking in Portuguese in a video he posted on his YouTube channel, Silva attacked Cro Cop for his comments and expressed his desire to face the heavyweight in the future.

“My recovery, I couldn’t be able to be 100 percent for this fight,” Silva said. “I’m a professional, I’d never fight against Mirko or anyone else not being prepared. But what astonished me is that this Croatian, this Mirko Cro Cop guy, called me the best in the world, a legend in front of me, but behind the computer he’s talking a bunch of crap.

“What kind of man are you to say this crap online and not to my face? Are you only a man in front of the computer, p—y? Who do you think you’re talking to? Don’t worry. It won’t be now, but you’ll get what is yours. I know really well how to catch you. I know you’re afraid of me, coward.”

Silva said he was set to make a million dollars in the fight, but wouldn’t enter the ring just to get his paycheck.

“I was offered a large amount of money, I was offered a million dollars,” Silva said. “I could go in there and see what happens. If I fought 30 seconds or a minute, I’d get my prize the same way. But I’m a professional, straightaway, and I’d never do this not being 100 percent to fight. Everybody knows I’m coming off a serious injury.

“I’m training well and training to be back to my old shape, the real ‘Axe Murderer’. I won’t fight just to fight, I’m fighting to win. Silva is back. Wait for it.”

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Tito Ortiz fires back at ‘Bad Girl’ Chael Sonnen, promises ‘payback’

Chael Sonnen said all Tito Ortiz had to do was say his name and a fight was on.

Consider that done.

Ortiz fired back at Sonnen, Bellator’s newest signee, Friday on Twitter. The UFC Hall of Famer and current Bellator star intimated that he was ready to welcome Sonnen to his new promotion. Ortiz referred to Sonnen as “Bad Girl” and told him “ass whippins” come at a cost in Bellator.

A fight between Sonnen and Ortiz is one Bellator is currently weighing for Sonnen’s debut, though nothing is official yet. Bellator president Scott Coker also mentioned Fedor Emelianenko and Rory MacDonald as potential Sonnen opponents.

Sonnen leaving the UFC and signing with Bellator was reported Thursday night by The Associated Press. The UFC granted Sonnen release and “The Bad Guy” said he signed a lucrative deal with Bellator in a conference call Friday.

Sonnen, a three-time title challenger in the UFC, also talked a bit about Ortiz on the call.

“Look, Tito is a legend,” Sonnen said. “Tito is great. Tito is even a friend of mine, but the bottom line is, he’s been around and I was jealous for a long time,” Sonnen said. “Jealousy is a hell of a thing. There’s a reason it’s one of the deadly sins. When I was out slugging trying to get fights, my shot, Tito was on TV and having the crowd cheer, doing the appearances, doing all these things that I fantasized and wanted to do. And there really never an opportunity to go against him.

“We were in the same division in college, same weight class, same conference. I’d see him around at events. I still see him around at the events, but he looks at me the same way I look at him. I look at him like, Tito, you know I could whip your ass. And he gives me that exact same look. Every time we’re in the same room together, it’s like this big alpha male contest. And he knows it’s going on, and I know it’s going on. So if the Bad Boy wants a piece of the Bad Guy, all you gotta do is say my name. I said his name. All he has to do is say mine.”

Sonnen has not fought since 2013 and is coming off a two-year suspension from the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) for failing multiple drug tests. Ortiz, 41, won two in a row for Bellator before dropping a title fight to Liam McGeary in September 2015.

Though Sonnen normally fights at 185 pounds, he said Friday that he’s willing to fight in any weight class — “gangster weight,” he called it — and Ortiz is on his list. A battle between two of the most well-known figures in MMA would certainly be a ratings bonanza for Bellator and Spike.

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Jon Jones blasts Daniel Cormier on Instagram, Cormier fires back

Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier busted out Photoshop for their latest round of social media sparring.

The festivities began Tuesday, when Jones posted the following photo to his Instagram page, substituting Family Matters’ Carl Winslow in place of the UFC light heavyweight champ:

Not to be outdone by Jones’ photo manipulation tactics, Cormier fired back immediately, dipping into his own reserve of television characters to post the following to his own Instagram account:

Cormier Instagram post

Cormier deleted his post shortly after taking it live – perhaps a nod at Jones’ own penchant for making social media posts go “poof” – but this is the Internet, and nothing ever truly disappears, as evidenced by the screenshot above.

Cormier’s did go straight for the kill, showcasing the former UFC light heavyweight king as Tyrone Biggums – a fictional, drug-addicted character from Dave Chappelle’s classic Chappelle’s Show – but you have to award points for the man throwing the first shot, in this case, Jones.

Regardless of who you think won this round of social media jousting, one thing is for sure: Their UFC 197 encounter April 23 is going to be all kinds of fun.

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