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Rivera: Garbrandt Should Lose His Spot For Stalling

Note to up-and-coming fighters: stop wasting time working your way up the ladder by doing stupid things like winning fights and building your brand.

Instead, try soliciting some of the major players in the UFC front office, because it’s not who you know, it’s who you … well, you get the idea. That’s according to top bantamweight contender Jimmie Rivera, who takes issue with the way former champion, Cody Garbrandt, “earned” his title shot.

“Cody was the seventh-ranked guy that got lucky and sucked somebody’s d—k or something like that and got a f—king shot,” Rivera told “Inside The Cage” on BJPenn.com. “He ended up beating [Dominick] Cruz who can’t box and became champ. He defended his belt and lost it right away to Dillashaw, then he fought for it again and lost to TJ and they were quick finishes. So, I don’t think he’s one of the best fighters out there. I think he’s in the way and him not wanting to fight until next year, I think he should lose his spot.”

Rivera is sour because Garbrandt is sitting on the sidelines until 2019, a timeout designed to help his recovery from lingering injuries, which means “El Terror” can take a different fight, or ride the pine until “No Love” is good and ready.

That might be easier said than done, as the waters remain stagnant at 135 pounds with champion TJ Dillashaw dropping to flyweight for a Henry Cejudo showdown, while Marlon Moraes and Raphael Assuncao run it back for the next crack at the crown.

Until UFC matchmakers come up with something better, check out the rest of the bantamweight Top 10 right here to see some of Rivera’s other options.

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Paulo Costa Accuses Yoel Romero Of ‘Stalling,’ Pulling Out of UFC 230 For More Time To Train

Surging Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight Paulo Costa has taken a shot at Yoel Romero for pulling out of their scheduled fight at UFC 230 because he believes the Cuban wants to train more ahead of their much-anticipated clash
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Ronda Rousey AMA on Reddit: ‘Cyborg’ stalling because of money, not because of weight

UFC women’s bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey, says the hold up for a fight against Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino comes down to money and not the Invicta featherweight champion making the proposed 135-pound weight limit.

You may as well embrace it, fight fans.

The Ronda Rousey vs. Cristiane Justino conversation is not dying down anytime soon. Whether it be “Cyborg” appearing on ESPN Sportscenter to say the fight “has to happen,” or threatening Rousey with legal action for comments she made in an interview about steroids, the talk from both sides is ongoing.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bantamweight champion brought forth a new wrinkle to the oft-discussed potential showdown against “Cyborg” on her Reddit earlier this evening (Mon., Aug. 10, 2015) during an “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) session.

But this latest salvo fired at “Cyborg” from “Rowdy” wasn’t about steroids or making weight.

It was pertaining to money.

Rousey said the main hold up for the highly-anticipated fight that’s been discussed for over two years is due to dollars and cents, and not about Justino — who is the Invicta featherweight champion — making the 135-pound weight limit in order to fight for the UFC women’s bantamweight title.

“Sincere opinion about Cyborg: she’s just waiting to be offered enough money to get her ass kicked (‘cuz she knows she’ll get her ass kicked),” Rousey wrote. “I know for a fact she can make the weight. She consulted with Mike Dolce (my current nutritionist) before I ever started working with him and after consulting with her he said he could get her in “the best shape of her life” at 135. She then started being represented by Tito Ortiz and all talk stopped.

“The delay is all about money, not her weight. She made 145 pumped full of steroids. She can healthily make 135 without them. Her shows that she headlines lose thousands of dollars, and the majority of the tickets are given away because no one will buy them. She needs me. So pretty much we’re waiting for her to realize that she needs to fight me before I retire or she’ll never have enough money to retire. I would like me kicking her ass be my retirement fight but whether she steps up or not, I’ll walk away undefeated and happily ever after regardless.”

George Lockhart, Justino’s nutritionist, added some depth to the narrative during an appearance on Monday’s (Aug. 10, 2015) edition of “The MMA Hour” and said he felt “Cyborg” could “definitely” make the weight by December of this year if she had too.

Expect more of this discussion to be ongoing, as evidenced by Tito Ortiz claiming on Inside MMA that Justino was offered a fight against Rousey at UFC 194 in December — which White vehemently denied in an interview with Yahoo. There will assuredly be more back and forth to come between the two fighters in the days and weeks to come.

Until then, Rousey gets a third go-round with Miesha Tate.

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