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Dana White: Personal Issues Delaying Ferguson’s Return

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) interim Lightweight champion Tony Ferguson hasn’t competed since defeating Anthony Pettis at UFC 229 in a thrilling brawl last October (see it again here).

Though it hasn’t been for a lack of offers, as it was revealed that “El Cucuy” passed on the chance to face current Featherweight champion Max Holloway at the upcoming UFC 236 event on April 13 for, you guessed it, the interim title at 155 pounds.

While Tony did say that fight just wasn’t something that fit his goals at the moment, UFC president Dana White recently revealed that “a lot of personal issues” is what’s keeping Ferguson out of the Octagon. White said as much when responding to a fan on social media.

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The day prior to Dana’s statement, Ferguson published this cryptic tweet:

To further add to the intrigue, Sherdog founder Jeff Sherwood revealed he had an inside tip regarding an incident involving Tony’s family, though he didn’t reveal much.

Meanwhile, “El Cucuy” latest social media post had this to say:

The best thing anyone could do for me is give me a chance to be GREAT, thank you for believing in me. Pursuing something Amazing gives me the strength of 100 men. DOUBT MAKES ME STRONG keep it coming “Teamwork Makes The Dreamwork”

Ferguson is currently riding an impressive 11 fight win streak and hasn’t tasted defeat in nearly seven years, which is good enough to give him the No. 1 ranking in the world, only behind division champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.

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Cormier And Jones Get Personal Over ‘Positive’ UFC 232 Drug Test

The MMA world is still reeling from the Christmas anti-miracle that is UFC 232 getting moved from Las Vegas to Los Angeles over an ‘abnormal’ Jon Jones drug test. Specifically, a December USADA urine test that found 60 picograms of oral Turinabol metabolite in Jones’ system, an amount that USADA and the UFC both agree is probably from his initial drug test failure in July of 2017.

But wait … the metabolite didn’t show up in several other Jones drug tests? And it shows up again now, a year and a half later? Is everyone really 100% sure that points to a tiny amount still hanging around? The skeptical side of me wonders whether this is all just poorly done micro-dosing. Add in Jones’ suspicious T/E levels in 2015 and off brand Viagra excuse in 2016 and I’m starting to doubt Jon’s pretty convincing “I’m just a f**k up” line.

Whatever the case, Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson will still go down, just at the Forum in Inglewood instead of the T-Mobile Arena in Vegas.

Fans who booked up a Vegas vacation with the intent of attending UFC 232 are pissed. Also unhappy? Daniel Cormier, whose legacy is forever tied to Jon Jones and his many screw ups. “DC” responded to the situation shortly after it was revealed, panning USADA and thanking the Nevada commission for not moving forward with the fight.

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That last Instagram post caught Jones’ attention, and things quickly got personal. Here’s what he wrote to Cormier in the comments before quickly deleting the message:



Yep, in case you thought things had changed in the last ten minutes, Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier still don’t like each other.

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Owen Roddy Claims McGregor’s Antics Towards Nurmagomedov Are Not Personal

On Oct. 6, the Ultimate Fighting Championshipwill host what may be its biggest-ever fight, between UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and former champion Conor McGregor.
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Owen Roddy Claims McGregor’s Antics Towards Nurmagomedov Are Not Personal

On Oct. 6, the Ultimate Fighting Championshipwill host what may be its biggest-ever fight, between UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and former champion Conor McGregor.
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Travis Browne: Derrick Lewis made this personal, I’ll show him what this s—t is all about at UFC 208

Streaking Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight slugger Derrick Lewis will collide with grizzled 265-pound veteran Travis Browne at the upcoming UFC 208 pay-per-vew (PPV) event, scheduled for Feb. 11, 2017 inside Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Mostly because “Black Beast” kept asking for the fight.

That didn’t sit too well with “Hapa,” who believes Lewis may be looking for the path of least resistance. While Browne certainly is a “name” in the heavyweight division, he’s also coming off back-to-back losses.

“He’s looking up and down the top 10 for the easiest fight and choosing my name,” Browne told ESPN. “I don’t know how much more personal it gets than that. I’m not usually one to talk trash, and I do respect him as a fighter, but you want to test yourself, buddy? I’m your man. I’ll show you what this shit is all about up here.”

Lewis is ranked No. 9, just one spot ahead of No. 10-ranked Browne.

Who ya’ got?

UFC 208 will feature the women’s inaugural featherweight championship showdown pitting Holly Holm against Germaine de Randamie. Elsewhere on the card, Glover Teixeira and Jared Cannonier hook ‘em up for light heavyweight bragging rights.

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Morning Report: Travis Browne says Derrick Lewis calling him out makes this fight ‘personal’

After his uninspiring fourth-round TKO of Shamil Abdurakhimov at UFC Fight Night: Albany a couple of weeks ago, Derrick Lewis was highly critical of his performance, calling it one of his “terriblest fights of all time” and apologizing to the fans for his poor showing. When Jon Anik asked him who he would like to fight next, Lewis responded that he had intended to call out Travis Browne or Mark Hunt but that after his performance that night, he was going to “sit his a** down.” And while that’s not exactly a call out of Browne, that’s not stopping Browne from taking it as an insult heading into their fight at UFC 208.

Speaking with ESPN recently, Browne said he viewed being the guy a young up and comer wants to fight as about as personal as someone can get.

“He’s looking up and down the top 10 for the easiest fight and choosing my name. I don’t know how much more personal it gets than that. I’m not usually one to talk trash, and I do respect him as a fighter, but you want to test yourself, buddy? I’m your man. I’ll show you what this s**t is all about up here.”

Perhaps Browne is upset because Lewis wasn’t the only rising heavyweight prospect who called him out that night. Francis Ngannou, who impressed with a sensational submission victory over Anthony Hamilton in the co-main event that evening, also called out both Browne and Hunt along with Andrei Arlovski in his post-fight interview. Getting called out by every rising fighter has to get a bit tiresome.

It probably also doesn’t help that the two fighters are seemingly trending in different directions. Lewis is currently riding a five-fight win streak, the longest in the division whereas Browne is in the middle of a rough patch in his career, losing his last two in a row and four of his last six fights dating back to 2014. His most recent loss was in a rematch with Fabricio Werdum, a loss he blames in part on a disgusting finger dislocation he suffered early in the bout.

“That was the weirdest sensation I’ve ever had in a fight. I looked down and saw a bone popping out of my hand. When that happens, and there’s a dude trying to take your head off, I didn’t know what to do. I got a timeout I maybe wasn’t supposed to. I don’t know what to tell you.

“Going into that fight, I was ready to f**king scrap, get down, ugly, go after it. And then that weird s**t happens, it took the wind out of my sails.”

The bout was stopped so Browne could see a ringside doctor and should have been stopped right there. Instead, the bout was allowed to resume but the result ended up being the same, with Browne never able to generate much significant offense after the injury.

And that’s been one of the problems for Browne since he left Jackson-Wink MMA in 2014, consistently generating offense. Browne is 2-3 since leaving the gym that got him on the precipice of a title shot and many of his losses have been characterized by what looks like a lack of urgency. Browne says the camp switch was too improve his boxing skills but that in so doing he may have also forgotten to use his other tools which has been a problem.

“It’s time to use what I’ve learned but still incorporate more of my game,” Browne said. “Whatever strikes I need to throw, I need to let them go. I remember in the Cain [Velasquez fight], I was thinking, ‘I should throw a kick. I should throw a kick,’ and I just didn’t.”

Be that as it may, he intends to continue his work at the Glendale Fighting Club while adding in some new training partners and hopefully expanding his coaching assistance as well. It’s a decision that has real stakes behind it. Another loss puts Browne dangerously close to getting cut from the UFC. At the minimum, it would possibly drop him off the rankings entirely make it difficult for him to earn his way to a title shot that many suspected he would eventually get when he was one of the hottest heavyweight prospects in the game. But Browne is unconcerned by all that. He says this is all part of his development and that one day those visions will prove true.

“I didn’t come from wrestling. I didn’t come from boxing or kickboxing. These are my growing pains and you’re seeing me develop on the biggest stage against the best of the best. I feel the best is yet to come. Keep doubting me. Please keep doubting me. I will give you something to be upset about if you doubt me.”

Browne will have the opportunity to prove those doubters wrong when takes on Lewis at UFC 208 on Feb. 11 in Brooklyn, N.Y.

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MUST-READ STORIES

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Projecting. Cody Garbrandt believes Dominick Cruz is projecting when he brings up concussions.

Unfazed. Holly Holm isn’t bothered by the absence of Cris Cyborg from the 145 lb. title fight.

Nah. Dan Hardy appreciates the call out but rejects Mickey Gall’s invitation to fight.

Live to fight another day. Cub Swanson wishes Doo Ho Choi’s corner had thrown in the towel.

Shame. UFC on Fox 22 salaries are out with Sage Northcutt and Urijah Faber leading the way.

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MEDIA STEW

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Free fight, Cruz-Faber 3.

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And Garbrandt during that fight.

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Garbrandt on Jay and Dan.

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Holly Holm on Hot 97.

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TTTHS.

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It’s apparently Cody Garbrandt day on YouTube.

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LISTEN UP

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Beatdown with Ray Sefo.

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Severe MMA.

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Show the Art.

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TWEETS

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Jonny Bones trying to get his grapple on.

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Well done.

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Met “Da Diaz” brothers in 2004 at the finish line of my then GF’s triathlon. We exchanged numbers and the next week Nick brought his 209 crew up to my summer job at The Hitchcock Azevedo wrestling camp to lock horns, be humble, learn and teach. I’ve seen these guys misunderstood, have highs and lows (much like myself), be villians be heroes and become legends! Little did i know we would be pioneers that help put Nor-cal on the mma and world map together, exchange greetings on holidays, have business Ventures together @torque1_net and grow up as individuals. The “Diaz middle finger” and Cali Kid “hi mom” all come from the same place. Thanks for the friendship along the way! I appreciate the alliance! @teamalphamalemma @diazbrothers_209 @nickdiaz209 @natediaz209 #916 #209 #530 #707 #whoswhonetwork building from the ground up!

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#FearTheReturn #dec30 #rouseyvsnunes #ufc207 pic by @ewillphoto

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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

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Paul Felder (12-3) vs. Gilbert Burns (11-2)UFC 208, February 11.

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TODAY IN MMA HISTORY

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2014: Lyoto Machida stopped C.B. Dollaway with a body kick and punches in the main event of UFC Fight Night 58. It is at this point the final victory of his career.

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FINAL THOUGHTS

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Have a great Tuesday y’all and see you tomorrow.

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Chael Sonnen Suffers Personal Loss

Chael Sonnen, the erstwhile UFC star who’s been suspended for failed PED test but may or may not be considering a comeback, suffered a great personal loss today: his newborn daughter, born prematurely, passed away. As per Ariel Helwani: Very much regret to inform that @ChaelSonnen‘s newborn daughter has passed away. My heart goes out to […]

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Interview: Ken Shamrock Talks Kimbo Slice, Bare Knuckle Boxing, Personal Protection, and His Ministry — Part 1

By Zach Heim, with Chad Blessinger 

Ken Shamrock is a busy man these days. 2015 finds the “World’s Most Dangerous Man” involved in a Bellator main event against Kimbo Slice, a professional bare knuckle fight, a ministry for God, stock trading, and at least four other business and professional ventures. He is busier than ever building a future for himself off of 30 years of hard work, and lucky for us, we managed to get a few minutes with Shamrock to discuss a variety of topics.

CagePotato: You were supposed to fight Kimbo Slice a long time back until a last-minute cut over your eye forced you to bow out. Tell us about that experience.

Ken Shamrock: Yeah, there’s a lot to it. My father had went into a coma and I spent about three weeks at the hospital with him while I was training for this fight. I got on a plane because he told me I needed to go take care of business. So I get on a plane and I fly down to do the fight. The night before the fight they called and told me he went into a coma or they put him on a machine or whatever…they had to keep him on life support. They asked what I wanted to do. So I said don’t do anything until I get back. So there was a lot of stuff going on, along with some different business stuff that was happening.

I grabbed a friend of mine and moved everything out of the hotel room. I was in a suite, so I had an area just to roll around to get my head back in to where it needed to be, a light roll, nothing heavy. I just caught his head the wrong way, it cut me, went to the hospital got it triple stitched/double stitched. I asked the doctor, “Can you clear me?” and he said, “If they let you fight, I’ll let you fight.” I went to the arena, got into the locker room and the [Florida] Commission came in, the promoters came in and I clearly told them I would fight. Of course, the Commission ixnayed it, [saying] you know we can’t take the risk. I told them if it [the cut] opens up or breaks they can stop the fight, it’s on me. No big deal, just let it roll, the fights not going to go very long. There’s no way he’s going to last very long. But if it does open up, you can stop me. I’m ok with that. Well, they said no. The fight didn’t happen.

Now what really made me angry was that when they wouldn’t let the fight happen, all the sudden all these different types of stupid comments started coming into play. Kimbo and his team being a part of that and what really upset me the most was the fact that I had made a sacrifice to go out and do this fight. My father had a problem and they put him on life support, things didn’t work out the way they should have but yet I still hear these stupid comments about why I wouldn’t fight, how come I didn’t fight, I got cut, I cut myself, I’m afraid, all these things coming from the Kimbo camp. It just boiled in me and there was not much I could do about it. I always kept it in my mind that if I ever had the opportunity to get into a ring and fight him in mma, I’d be waiting for him.

Neither of you have fought an MMA fight in 5 years and it has been reported the Missouri Commission is going to ask you to do some additional medical testing. Has any of that begun and what exactly does that entail?

They are going to want extra testing, which to me is, you know, whatever, it is what it is. I don’t know why, I thought we got past this stuff, you know, years and years ago with prejudices against women, against colors, against gender, sexual preferences — all these things. We are supposed to have grown as a nation but we continue to keep pulling people aside for whatever the reason the may be because they may be older or they speak different or whatever the reason is. It seems they can’t let it go. Why in the world would you test somebody who is clearly passing all the regulations they are supposed to pass as a regular fighter? Why does it have to be extensive testing because you are 50 years old or your forty years old? Either you pass, or you don’t pass. I don’t understand what their sanctioning reasons are for. It’s either you pass or you don’t pass. If you pass, you fight. I don’t care what age you are.

I think Kimbo showed a lot about himself when he fought Petruzelli the night they wouldn’t let you fight. Seth knocked him out in, what, 15 seconds or something like that?

I don’t get some of these comments that people are making about “Well if he stands up, he’s gonna lose,” and “If he can’t take him down, he’s going to lose.” I’m thinking, “Who are these people, where is their education?”

Not a lot of people knew much about Seth Petruzelli before that fight, which I suppose made his win all the more shocking. 

To me it’s ridiculous. I don’t think Kimbo’s going to handle me, whether it’s stand-up or on the ground. We know [he can't handle me] on the ground, but even stand-up I just; I watched his boxing. He hand picks his guys, and even then you see [his weaknesses]. Like I said, you know, I’m not going to take him lightly. I’m going to prepare like this is the best fight in the world. But like I said, in the back of my mind, I don’t see a problem here either stand-up or on the ground.

What is the current status of the Lion’s Den? How many gyms are there? What is going on with that part of your career?

I still have Team Lion’s Den. In fact, it is my son, myself, and I will be fighting under Team Lions Den in this fight coming up. My son still fights under it. I have three boys. They fight under it. All my family fights under it. That’s as far as it goes. Right now Team Lion’s Den is basically a ministry outreach program. (It’s) my non-profit organization where I walk out and I help youth and do motivational speaking. I transferred that in that direction but the Team Lion’s Den is definitely not dead now. It’s just that right at this point in time I’m just so focused on really doing more work for my ministry and work for young athletes who are amateurs who are trying to turn pro. I don’t want to, obviously, but them under a team flag or anything like that. I just want to help these guys make good decisions on their own for their own career.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of this interview, which will be up tomorrow.

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Interview: Ken Shamrock Talks Kimbo Slice, Bare Knuckle Boxing, Personal Protection, and His Ministry — Part 1

By Zach Heim, with Chad Blessinger 

Ken Shamrock is a busy man these days. 2015 finds the “World’s Most Dangerous Man” involved in a Bellator main event against Kimbo Slice, a professional bare knuckle fight, a ministry for God, stock trading, and at least four other business and professional ventures. He is busier than ever building a future for himself off of 30 years of hard work, and lucky for us, we managed to get a few minutes with Shamrock to discuss a variety of topics.

CagePotato: You were supposed to fight Kimbo Slice a long time back until a last-minute cut over your eye forced you to bow out. Tell us about that experience.

Ken Shamrock: Yeah, there’s a lot to it. My father had went into a coma and I spent about three weeks at the hospital with him while I was training for this fight. I got on a plane because he told me I needed to go take care of business. So I get on a plane and I fly down to do the fight. The night before the fight they called and told me he went into a coma or they put him on a machine or whatever…they had to keep him on life support. They asked what I wanted to do. So I said don’t do anything until I get back. So there was a lot of stuff going on, along with some different business stuff that was happening.

I grabbed a friend of mine and moved everything out of the hotel room. I was in a suite, so I had an area just to roll around to get my head back in to where it needed to be, a light roll, nothing heavy. I just caught his head the wrong way, it cut me, went to the hospital got it triple stitched/double stitched. I asked the doctor, “Can you clear me?” and he said, “If they let you fight, I’ll let you fight.” I went to the arena, got into the locker room and the [Florida] Commission came in, the promoters came in and I clearly told them I would fight. Of course, the Commission ixnayed it, [saying] you know we can’t take the risk. I told them if it [the cut] opens up or breaks they can stop the fight, it’s on me. No big deal, just let it roll, the fights not going to go very long. There’s no way he’s going to last very long. But if it does open up, you can stop me. I’m ok with that. Well, they said no. The fight didn’t happen.

Now what really made me angry was that when they wouldn’t let the fight happen, all the sudden all these different types of stupid comments started coming into play. Kimbo and his team being a part of that and what really upset me the most was the fact that I had made a sacrifice to go out and do this fight. My father had a problem and they put him on life support, things didn’t work out the way they should have but yet I still hear these stupid comments about why I wouldn’t fight, how come I didn’t fight, I got cut, I cut myself, I’m afraid, all these things coming from the Kimbo camp. It just boiled in me and there was not much I could do about it. I always kept it in my mind that if I ever had the opportunity to get into a ring and fight him in mma, I’d be waiting for him.

Neither of you have fought an MMA fight in 5 years and it has been reported the Missouri Commission is going to ask you to do some additional medical testing. Has any of that begun and what exactly does that entail?

They are going to want extra testing, which to me is, you know, whatever, it is what it is. I don’t know why, I thought we got past this stuff, you know, years and years ago with prejudices against women, against colors, against gender, sexual preferences — all these things. We are supposed to have grown as a nation but we continue to keep pulling people aside for whatever the reason the may be because they may be older or they speak different or whatever the reason is. It seems they can’t let it go. Why in the world would you test somebody who is clearly passing all the regulations they are supposed to pass as a regular fighter? Why does it have to be extensive testing because you are 50 years old or your forty years old? Either you pass, or you don’t pass. I don’t understand what their sanctioning reasons are for. It’s either you pass or you don’t pass. If you pass, you fight. I don’t care what age you are.

I think Kimbo showed a lot about himself when he fought Petruzelli the night they wouldn’t let you fight. Seth knocked him out in, what, 15 seconds or something like that?

I don’t get some of these comments that people are making about “Well if he stands up, he’s gonna lose,” and “If he can’t take him down, he’s going to lose.” I’m thinking, “Who are these people, where is their education?”

Not a lot of people knew much about Seth Petruzelli before that fight, which I suppose made his win all the more shocking. 

To me it’s ridiculous. I don’t think Kimbo’s going to handle me, whether it’s stand-up or on the ground. We know [he can't handle me] on the ground, but even stand-up I just; I watched his boxing. He hand picks his guys, and even then you see [his weaknesses]. Like I said, you know, I’m not going to take him lightly. I’m going to prepare like this is the best fight in the world. But like I said, in the back of my mind, I don’t see a problem here either stand-up or on the ground.

What is the current status of the Lion’s Den? How many gyms are there? What is going on with that part of your career?

I still have Team Lion’s Den. In fact, it is my son, myself, and I will be fighting under Team Lions Den in this fight coming up. My son still fights under it. I have three boys. They fight under it. All my family fights under it. That’s as far as it goes. Right now Team Lion’s Den is basically a ministry outreach program. (It’s) my non-profit organization where I walk out and I help youth and do motivational speaking. I transferred that in that direction but the Team Lion’s Den is definitely not dead now. It’s just that right at this point in time I’m just so focused on really doing more work for my ministry and work for young athletes who are amateurs who are trying to turn pro. I don’t want to, obviously, but them under a team flag or anything like that. I just want to help these guys make good decisions on their own for their own career.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of this interview, which will be up tomorrow.

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Cris Cyborg gets personal: ‘I’ll make Ronda Rousey’s mom cry when I beat her p—y daughter’

There’s trash talk … then there’s this little rant from Cristiane Justino.

The Invicta Featherweight Champion apparently got wind of the comments made by Ronda Rousey’s mom, who insisted that her daughter — and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women’s bantamweight champion — would knock “Cyborg” to the ground and break her arm (read it).

The Brazilian responded on The Underground:

“Honda mom look like Kim Kardashian mom. She give interview for what? She want to be TMZ superstar? I missed weight 1 time in 10 years. I don’t know where she read this but I can guarantee I make 140lbs. Cat Zingano was world Champion 125 before going up in weight to test herself, same thing Pacquiao is doing against Mayweather. Honda would rather fight girls she know she can beat in the first round because the last time she challenge herself she only take home a Bronze medal. Maybe we can ask Dana to give the loser of our fight a medal so she feel better about herself. I don’t need my mom to give interview about how I will break some movie stars nose! Honda look pussy. Before she talk about me but now she quiet and her mom defend her. Everybody knows the time is coming. Ms. Housey please sit front row our fight and you will cry. Watch Joanna Jedrzejczyk last fight this is perfect example of how To stop takedown. I don’t want your belt, I want your soul. #ChampionVsChampion.”

Alrighty then.

Rousey is currently without a fight after mopping up Cat Zingano at last month’s UFC 184 pay-per-view (PPV) event in Los Angeles, California. There are a handful of contenders ready to challenge for her 135-pound strap – including another trash talking Brazilian — but nothing has been announced as of yet.

And if they can make “Mayweather vs. Pacquiao,” then I’m sure we can get “Rousey vs. Cyborg” by the end of 2015.

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