Cris Cyborg To Drop To 135 Pounds And Wants To “Retire” Ronda Rousey

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Ronda Rousey tonight makes the third defense of her UFC women’s bantamweight championship as she defends against Sara McMann in the main event of UFC 170. If Rousey is victorious tonight, her next title defense is unknown at this time.

Her longtime rival Cris Cyborg would like to get that crack at Rousey. The reason the fight hasn’t taken place yet is that Cyborg had refused in the past to drop from 145 to 135 pounds and wanted the fight to take place at a catchweight of 140 pounds.

Cyborg sent a statement to “Inside MMA”:

“In reference to Ronda’s statement that I am looking for a payday so that I can retire, you’re right, I am looking for a payday to retire you like I did Gina Carano. But to show it’s not only about money, I challenge you to a fight – winner takes all. Or better yet let’s fight for FREE. ANYTIME! ANYWHERE! Ask your daddy Dana to make it happen.

My English is not that great, so sorry if I was misunderstood. I didn’t literally mean I would die if I made 135. What I meant was that my doctor recommended that I did not fight the rest of my career at 135, which is what the UFC wanted.

You have fought 154 in the Olympics and 145 in MMA. You can meet me at 140 easier than for me to go down to 135. The only reason you want the fight at 135 is because you feel that is your only chance because you hope the weight cut will affect me. You guys say I’m irrelevant, yet watch my highlights. The true MMA fans not only know me, but know I’m the best. Sad that you give the true MMA fans no recognition by saying that they don’t matter.

I’m currently training to fight at 145 on March 28 and in early May. My team has hired a medical doctor to help me make 135. I plan to challenge and win the Invicta 135 Championship in the summer and challenge you, champion to champion, for your 135 belt in December.

Now I know critics will say “I thought you said you would die if you made 135.” All I’m promising is that I will give 100 percent to try to get to 135 to make this plan happen. If I do, I will still listen to my doctor’s advice and fight no more than three times at 135: first to win the Invicta belt, the second time to kick your ass and the third time to kick your ass again so that the world can see it wasn’t luck. You can even have me tested every week up to the fight. That way you will not have an excuse after I kick your ass.”

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UFC 170 Weigh-In Results: Ronda Rousey, Sara McMann Set For Main Event

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UFC 170 weigh-ins took place moments ago from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, which is where tomorrow nights card takes place. All 22 fighters on the card made weight including the main event fighters, UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and challenger Sara McMann.

“I think it’s an amazing, historic event for the UFC,” Rousey added. “It’s not two guys fighting that you found in the back of a bar.”

“I think this is going to be the best women’s fight the UFC has ever had,” McMann said.

Here are the results from the UFC 170 weigh-ins:

•Ronda Rousey (135) vs. Sara McMann (135)
•Daniel Cormier (205) vs. Patrick Cummins (205)
•Rory MacDonald (171) vs. Demian Maia (170)
•Mike Pyle (171) vs. T.J. Waldburger (171)
•Stephen Thompson (170.5) vs. Robert Whittaker (170)
•Alexis Davis (135) vs. Jessica Eye (136)
•Raphael Assuncao (136) vs. Pedro Munhoz (135)
•Cody Gibson (135.5) vs. Aljamain Sterling (135.5)
•Zach Makovsky (125) vs. Josh Sampo (126)
•Erik Koch (155) vs. Rafaello Oliveira (155)
•Ernest Chavez (156) vs. Yosdenis Cedeno (155.5)

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Watch UFC 170 Weigh-Ins Today At 7 PM ET

UFC 170 takes place tomorrow night in Las Vegas. The main event features Ronda Rousey defends her UFC women’s bantamweight title against Sara McMann. In the co-feature, Daniel Cormier battles Patrick Cummins.

Before the fights can be made official, all 22 fighters have to weigh-in. You can watch the UFC 170 weigh-ins in the video stream above.

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UFC 170 Preview Show

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UFC 170 takes place on Saturday night from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The main event features UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey battling Sara McMann. The co-feature has Daniel Cormier facing off with Patrick Cummins.

We talk to Bleacher Report and UFC.com writer Duane Finley as we break the main card of the show. Finley discusses the significance of the co-main and main event and what other fights to watch out for on the card.

Finley then discusses the latest news on Gilbert Melendez and whether he will end up in Bellator or the UFC, if this could be a game changer for MMA and more.

You can follow Duane Finley on Twitter @DuaneFinleyMMA.

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UFC 170 Video: Daniel Cormier Gets Physical With Patrick Cummins At Press Conference

The co-main event of UFC 170 on Saturday night featuring Daniel Cormier vs Patrick Cummins is quite arguably the most anticipated fight on the card. The light heavyweight fight was made eight days ago when Rashad Evans had to bow out of the fight due to suffering a knee injury in training.

Cummins told UFC President Dana White that while helping train Cormier for the 2004 Olympics, he “broke” Cormier and made him cry. Cormier hasn’t denied that it happened, but you can tell it has agitated him throughout the week.

It came to a head today when they did the pre-fight press conference staredown, when Cormier walked right up to Cummins and shoved him. Cormier then clenched his fist like he was going to punch Cummins, which you can see in the video above.

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UFC 170: Ronda Rousey Defeats Miesha Tate In Rematch At UFC 168

UFC 170 takes place this Saturday night from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The main event will feature Ronda Rousey defending the UFC women’s bantamweight title against the undefeated Sara McMann. The co-main event features Daniel Cormier facing off with newcomer Patrick Cummins.

Rousey just fought two months ago defeating Miesha Tate in their rematch at UFC 168 at the end of December. It was Rousey’s most competitive fight of her career as she went into the third round and defeated Tate by submission due to an armbar to retain her title.

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Dana White UFC 170 Video Blog

UFC 170 takes place on Saturday night from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The main event is Ronda Rousey defending the UFC women’s bantamweight championship facing off with Sara McMann. The co-feature has Daniel Cormier dropping down from heavyweight to light heavyweight to battle Patrick Cummins.

UFC President Dana White traditionally before a pay-per-view releases a video blog showing behind the scenes footage of previous events. On this video blog, you will see footage from UFC Fight Night 30 in October, TUF 18 Finale in Novemeber, UFC Fight Night 35 and UFC on FOX 10 events from January.

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Rashad Evans To Have Knee Injury; Could Be Out Up To Six Months

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It was announced last week when former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans suffered a knee injury and had to bow out of his fight with Daniel Cormier at UFC 170 this weekend. It was expected that Evans was only going to be out for about four weeks. Evans announced today in statement that he will be having surgery this week on his knee and is expected to be out for about six months.

“I am deeply disappointed to be missing the action at UFC 170,” Evans said. “But I am, as always, incredibly grateful for the support of my family, friends, management, the UFC, and most of all my fans during this minor setback. Thank you for your continued messages of support. I’ll be back stronger than ever!”

Ronald S. Kvitne who is the team physician of the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings and Los Angeles Blades is working on Evans with the procedure.

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Gilbert Melendez Agrees To A Deal With Bellator; UFC Can Match The Offer

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UFC President Dana White stated earlier in the week on “UFC Tonight” that he was done with the negotiations involving Gilbert Melendez. White said that if Melendez wants a deal done to stay in the UFC, call UFC CEO Lorenzo Fetitta and if the situation didn’t improve, Melendez better start looking for a new fight promotion.

Melendez took that advice as he agreed to a multi-fight and multi-year deal with Bellator. The UFC does have the right to match the offer, but how long they have is unknown at this time. The former Strikeforce lightweight champion is 1-1 in the UFC with a loss to former lightweight champion Benson Henderson in the main event of UFC on Fox 7 last April by a controversial split decision and defeated Diego Sanchez by unanimous decision in a fight of the year candidate at UFC 166 in October.

“The moment Gil was legally able to explore the free agent market, Gil’s management team reached out to me and we began figuring out how to bring Gil to Bellator,” Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney said in a press release.

“It’s no secret that I’ve been a big ‘El Nino’ fan for many years. Gil was one of the first fighters I tried to sign when I launched Bellator back in 2008, and he’s grown and developed into one of the best and most exciting lightweights on earth. Gil has a vision for what he wants to accomplish both inside and outside the cage and we can help make his vision a reality. We are in the business of developing and showcasing the greatest fighters on earth. That’s what we intend to do here with Gil and it’s what we’ll continue to do in the future.”

Melendez made a statement on Twitter saying what went down.

Will the UFC match Bellator’s offer?

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Daniel Cormier Back On UFC 170, Will Face Newcomer Patrick Cummins

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Last night Rashad Evans had to bow out of his UFC 170 fight next weekend against Daniel Cormier. The UFC also announced that Cormier would be taken off the card. Cormier stated on Twitter that he still wanted to fight next weekend, even if it had to be at heavyweight. You ask and you shall receive.

UFC President Dana White announced today that Cormier will stay on the card and face his former wrestling training partner, UFC newcomer Patrick Cummins.

Cummins is a two-time All-American and national champion runner-up from Penn State University and is undefeated in four career fights. As soon as Evans pulled out of the fight Cummins was asking for the fight on Twitter. Dana White told MMAFighting.com that Cummins told him that he made Cormier cry when they would train together. Cormier told MMAFighting that wasn’t the case at all.

“There’s a lot of pressure that comes with trying to win a gold medal, something that Pat wouldn’t understand since he was only a training partner to me and Kerry McCoy. He wasn’t the guy. I appreciate him stepping up and taking the fight, but we’re going to see who’s going to be crying after we fight next Saturday night.”

The fight will remain the co-main event of the show.

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Chael Sonnen vs Wanderlei Silva Shifted From UFC 173 To Main Event May 31 Card In Brazil

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Fans that were looking forward to UFC 173′s co-main event fight between Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva will have to wait a week later. The UFC has announced that they are moving the fight to main event a card to take place on May 31 in Brazil with a city and arena to be determined shortly. No reason was given to why the fight was moved.

Silva and Sonnen are currently the coaches for “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3″, which is still shooting at this time and will air on UFC Fight Pass starting in March. Dana White stated two weeks ago that their was an incident between the two during filming that turned physical.

Silva last fought in March of 2013 in a fight of the year candidate when he knocked out Brian Stann on a show in Japan.

Sonnen’s last fight was at UFC 167 when he lost to Rashad Evans by first round stoppage.

The fight looks like it will be on one of the Fox Sports channels or UFC Fight Pass.

Updated:The fight will coincide with “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3 Finals” and will air on Fox Sports 1.

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UFC Fight Night 36 Preview; The Latest On Alistair Overeem And Gilbert Melendez

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UFC Fight Night 36 takes place on Saturday night from Arena Jaragua in Jaragua do Sul, Santa Catarina, Brazil. The main event features a middleweight bout with former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida facing former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi. The co-feature has former Strikeforce middleweight champion Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza battling Francis Carmont.

We talk to Fighthype.com lead writer Percy Crawford to preview the card and the latest on Jessica Eye and Thiago Silva. Also we discuss, the Gilbert Melendez/UFC contract talks, Alistair Overeem/Dana White, the cancellation of the Rashad Evans and Daniel Cormier fight at UFC 170 and much more.

This podcast was sponsored by WarriorDating.com, “The World’s Premiere Dating Network For Martial Artists”. Follow them on Twitter @WarriorDating.

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Chael Sonnen Volunteers To Fight A “Sad” Daniel Cormier

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We reported moments ago that former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans had to bow out of his UFC 170 co-main event fight next weekend against Daniel Cormier. The UFC had pulled Cormier from the card as well as a replacement couldn’t be found on such short notice. Well so they thought.

Former UFC middleweight and light heavyweight title contender Chael Sonnen has volunteered his services to fight Cormier.

Cormier released a statement on Twitter stating he was sad and wants to fight.

Johnson responded on Twitter turning down the opportunity as he is facing Phil Davis at UFC 172 in April.

Sonnen whose is never one to be shy and turn down a challenge, accepted Cormier’s challenge.

Sonnen is currently scheduled to fight Wanderlei Silva at UFC 173 in May. The Oregon native is coaching The Ultimate Fighter Brazil opposite Silva and the filming of the show concludes on February 18.

No comment from the UFC yet as to whether they will make Cormier vs Sonnen.

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Rashad Evans Suffers A Leg Injury, Out Of UFC 170 Against Daniel Cormier

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A lot of anticipation was building towards the co-main event of Rashad Evans and Daniel Cormier at UFC 170 next weekend. Evans was riding a two-fight winning streak and Cormier is undefeated in 13 fights and was making his long anticipated debut at light heavyweight.

Yahoo Sports is reporting and has been confirmed by the UFC that Evans has suffered an injury and had to bow out of the fight. Cormier was also taken off the card due to not being able to find a replacement in that short amount of time.

The news seemed to take people off guard as Evans was apart of today’s UFC 170 conference call and did an interview on “UFC Tonight” to promote the fight.

UFC President Dana White told MMAFighting.com that Evans has suffered a knee injury and would be on the shelf for about four weeks.

No announcement has been made on what will be the co-main of event of the show at this time. UFC 170 takes place next Saturday, February 22 in Las Vegas headlined by UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey defending her title against Sara McMann.

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Dana White Says He Gave Lyoto Machida A Personal Check For Defeating Tito Ortiz (Video)

Lyoto Machida returns to the cage this weekend when he faces off against Gegard Mousasi in the main event of UFC Fight Night 36. “The Dragon” made his middleweight debut in October knocking out Mark Munoz.

At UFC 84 in May of 2008, Machida squared off with former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz. That fight was the last on Ortiz’s contract and the feud with UFC President Dana White was at a fever pitch. White couldn’t wait for Ortiz to be gone and Ortiz felt the same way. Machida ended up winning the fight by unanimous decision.

White did an interview with Los Angeles radio host Big Boy and brought up an interesting story regarding that fight when Boy asked him if he ever wanted to see a fighter get their ass kicked in the UFC.

“There’s no doubt about it,” said White. “Absolutely. I can tell you this. Tito Ortiz is that guy, get his ass whooped. The only time in 13 years, all the fights we’ve ever done. Lyoto Machida beat Tito Ortiz, I actually wrote him a personal check.

“I literally bonused him myself.”

Ortiz returning to the UFC a year and a half later, went 1-5 and got inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame in 2012.

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Could CM Punk Excel In MMA? (Video)

Over two weeks ago, former WWE champion CM Punk left the WWE and his return is uncertain at this time.

Punk has made it known in the past of his passion for MMA. The Chicago native trains jiu-jitsu under Rener Gracie and has attended numerous UFC shows in the past. Punk was challenged last week by Mighty Morphin Power Ranger and MMA fighter Jason David Frank to a fight under the World Series of Fighting promotion.

MMAJunkie.com talked with numerous figures in the MMA world including Urijah Faber and Kenny Florian and asked whether Punk would be successful in the sport.

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UFC Changes Fight Night Bonus Structure

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If your fighting this weekend at UFC Fight Night 36, you now have a reason to be a little more amped up about your fight. The UFC announced earlier today that they are now changing the way fight night bonuses will be distributed. The organization released this statement earlier.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship announced today a modification to its live event bonuses. Effective immediately, UFC will award Fight of the Night bonuses to each of the fighters in the best fight of the night, as well as additional Performance of the Night bonuses to the two best individual performances on the card. The bonus amounts will remain $50,000. The Performance of the Night bonuses will reward the athletes who put on the best and most exciting individual performances.

Bonuses have been in Zuffa since 2006, with lightweight Donald Cerrone now in the lead with 13 after winning Knockout of the Night with his win over Adriano Martins at UFC on Fox 10 in January. “Cowboy” was tied with fellow lightweight Joe Lauzon and former middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva.

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“TUF Nations” Fighter Will Not Receive A UFC Contract After Show’s Completion Due To Racist Post

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The latest installment of The Ultimate Fighter is airing. The season is called, ““The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia” and the coaches are Australia’s Kyle Noke and Canada’s Patrick Cote. The focus of the series is the fighter who wins the season receives a six-figure UFC contract. Even in some cases, some of the other fighters on the show receive contracts into the company.

In the case of Tyler Manawaroa, he will not be receiving a UFC contract regardless of how he finishes the season.

Manawaroa who is apart of Team Australia had a racially sensitive post on his Instagram from 2012 and Canadian welterweight Kajan Johnson was the only who pointed out the post.

The UFC released a statement on the matter.

The UFC organization had hired an investigation company in Australia to conduct thorough background investigations on potential contestants for ‘The Ultimate Fighter Nations’ television series. Unfortunately, the background checks did not uncover all of the social media history by contestant Tyler Manawaroa. The UFC is committed to having an environment that is free from discrimination. Consequently, UFC has notified Manawaroa that regardless of how far he advances in the completed television series, the organization will not be offering him a contract to compete in the UFC.

“TUF Nations” concludes with a live finale on April 16 from Quebec City, Quebec, Canada headlined by Michael Bisping facing Tim Kennedy.

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