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  • Ronda Rousey media scrum in Rio de Janeiro

    RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil -- UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey spoke to the Brazilian media at Flavio Canto’s judo school in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and discussed the importance of judo in her life, her advantages in MMA because of her background in judo, what would it take for her to fight Cris Cyborg, potential bouts against Gina Carano and Bethe Correia, who’s the next Ronda Rousey at TUF 20 and much more.

  • Ronda Rousey rips Cris Cyborg: ‘The best she has isn’t good enough, even on drugs’

    RIO DE JANEIRO -- Ronda Rousey has strong words for Cris Cyborg.

    The UFC bantamweight champion spoke to the Brazilian media on Tuesday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and attacked the Invicta FC’s featherweight champion. According to Rousey, Cyborg, who is expected to make her 135-pound debut later this year, asked to be released from her UFC contract to avoid random drug testing.

    "I would fight her, but 24 hours after the announcement of out-of-competition drug testing, she asked to be released from the UFC," Rousey said. "I’m under contract with the UFC, I can’t leave. She can come back whenever she wants, I’m here."

    Cyborg went 2-0 in MMA after the last bout under the Strikeforce banner, and recently competed in a muay thai title fight against Jorina Baars, losing via decision.

    "She was fighting, it was a while ago, and she just got dropped five times in a match. And really, to be honest, I haven’t been really too impressed with her actual skill set," Rousey said. "It’s only her strength that she draws off.

    "If you remember when she fought Gina (Carano), she pulled her into mount two different times. Those are very grievous technical mistakes. The mistakes that she makes technically are absolutely terrible and basic. The only reason why she gets away with it is because of her strength, and people don’t realize how strong I actually am. Ask the girls that I’ve fought. They weren’t expecting this. Because I don’t look like it, it doesn’t mean I don’t have it.

    "She doesn’t have any feeling in her punches, she pushes her punches. She can’t knock people out with one punch, she just overwhelms them," she added. "My pace, nobody can overwhelm me. And the way that she is on the ground, it’s absolute horrendous. And her distance is absolute horrendous. The only thing that she has is pace and power, and I have pace, precision and power."

    Cyborg might lose some of her power when dropping down to 135 pounds, but Rousey doesn’t think she would become an easy match-up. However, Rousey thinks doping is the reason why the Brazilian is taking so long to cut down.

    "I think that everybody has something, and I think that she would still be a great competitor at 135, but I think that she knows that it would be much harder for her to get away with doping and to make weight at 135," she said. "That’s why she resisted for so long. But then when she saw she had no other options, she started cutting down.

    "But she’s still outside the organization, going outside the country. I’m sure she’s trying to dope as long as possible and then come into the UFC. But it doesn’t matter. I grew up fighting in judo and I knew there were people out there doping, but I never used that as an excuse to do it. I just wanted to beat them despite of it. ‘You know what, you can have every advantage in the world over me, you can have better funding, you can have a better program, be on all the drugs in the world, but I’m gonna be good enough to beat you despite of it.’

    "The reason why people dope is because they lack self-confidence. The reason why she was using steroids is because that girl does not believe that the best that she has is good enough, and that will always be there in her mind. And you know what, she’s right. The best that she has isn’t good enough, even on drugs."

  • UFC Fight Night 52 Fight Card: Hunt vs. Nelson

    MMA Fighting has the UFC Fight Night 52 fight card for the Hunt vs. Nelson event at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

    In the main event, Mark Hunt squares off against Roy Nelson. Myles Jury faces Takanori Gomi in the co-main event.

    Check out the UFC Fight Night 52 fight card below.

    Main card (3 a.m. ET on UFC Fight Pass)
    Mark Hunt vs. Roy Nelson
    Myles Jury vs. Takanori Gomi
    Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Amir Sadollah
    Miesha Tate vs. Rin Nakai
    Kiichi Kunimoto vs. Richard Walsh
    Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Jon Delos Reyes

    Undercard (12:30 a.m. ET on UFC Fight Pass)
    Alex Caceres vs. Masanori Kanehara
    Katsunori Kikuno vs. Sam Sicilia
    Hyun Gyu Lim vs. Takenori Soto
    Michinori Tanaka vs. Kyung Ho Kang
    Kazuki Tokudome vs. Johnny Case
    Maximo Blanco vs. Dan Hooker

  • Eddie Alvarez fires back at Gilbert Melendez, but hopes Melendez beats Anthony Pettis

    Gilbert Melendez and Eddie Alvarez have yapped at one another from afar for years.

    If the two ever meet in the Octagon, and the action is as heated as their trash talk, we're in for an epic encounter.

    Melendez, the long-time Strikeforce lightweight champion, and Alvarez, his two-time Bellator counterpart, were long considered among the top non-UFC lightweights, if not the two very best, for quite some time.

    Alvarez is set to make his UFC debut in the co-main event of UFC 178 on Sept. 27 against Donald Cerrone. Melendez, for his part, is less than impressed.

    "I feel he's fallen off the past couple years, to be honest," Melendez recently told reporters. "Maybe our paths will cross now. And I'm so not scared at all if that's the case."

    Apprised of Melendez's comments, Alvarez couldn't resist returning fire.

    "Oh, is that what he thinks?" Alvarez told MMAFighting.com. "Tell you what, I think Diego Sanchez must have really landed good with those uppercuts when they fought last year, if that's the case. He must still be feeling them."

    Melendez has made it clear he considers himself above Alvarez in the pecking order. He meets fellow TUF 20 coach Anthony Pettis for the latter's UFC lightweight title on Dec. 6 in Las Vegas.

    In Alvarez's ideal scenario, he'll beat Cerrone, Melendez will knock off Pettis, and the winners will tangle.

    "I hope Melendez beats Pettis," Alvarez said. "Nothing against Pettis, but I want Melendez to win that fight. I want to beat Donald and then finally get my hands on Melendez with the title up for grabs. Best of all worlds."

  • Corey Anderson vs. Gian Villante slated for UFC 181

    Corey Anderson has received his first post-TUF assignment.

    "The Ultimate Fighter 19" light heavyweight winner will meet Gian Villante at UFC 181 on Dec. 6, the promotion announced on Tuesday.

    Anderson (4-0), nicknamed "Beastin 25/8," needed just 61 seconds to defeat Matt Van Buren via TKO at the TUF Finale in July. The 24-year-old was the first light-heavyweight pick for Team Frankie Edgar.

    Villante (12-5), a training partner of UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman, won his second UFC fight in June when he defeated Sean O'Connell via split decision.

    UFC 181, headlined by Weidman vs. Vitor Belfort for the UFC middleweight title, will take place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

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