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GSP, Jon Jones “Happen” To Run Into Each Other In NYC

Georges St-Pierre and Jon Jones have surely crossed paths on a number of occasions.

However, when they did so this past weekend in New York City ahead of both the Super Bowl and UFC 169, it didn’t seem like they wanted anything to do with one another.

GSP recently left the UFC, vacating his welterweight title in the process. St-Pierre claimed he needed time away to clear his head, and has been seen out and about quite a bit since doing so.

Check out the video, courtesy of the gossip hounds at TMZ below. And make sure to catch the pair of “evil eyes” Jones shoots St-Pierre before “noticing” him there.

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Nick Catone Posts Picture Of His Ridiculously Swollen Knee

Nick Catone’s fight with Tom Watson was ripped apart by several members of the “media,” and even his boss, UFC president Dana White.

Well, Catone might have a pretty good reason for struggling to finish out Watson: he tore his ACL.

The New Jersey fighter posted a picture of his swollen knee, with the ligament looking to be about two-or-three times the size of his normal right knee.

“Knee is banged up,” he posted, along with the below picture.

Catone’s decision win was one of 10 on the card, much to the dismay of White.

Backstage at UFC 169

Thanks to a presence on television that has increased at a seemingly exponential rate, a worldwide reach that has brought shows to nearly every corner of the globe, and a Fight Pass subscription service that gives fans insight into what happens backstage, there are very few unique perspectives left when it comes to the experience of a live UFC event. But there is still one angle that is rarely seen, and it’s a point of view that shapes much of what the general public sees and perceives. Want a peak behind the curtain? Want to see the ugly, bloody process of how the sausage gets made? Then let me welcome you to…the press room.
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Cowboy Calling: Cerrone Willing To Face Khabib Nurmagomedov

If Khabib Nurmagomedov can’t fight Nate Diaz, or Gilbert Melendez, there is somebody out there willing to face him.

Donald Cerrone, fresh off a recent victory, answered Nurmagomedov’s challenge on Twitter Monday.

“(Cerrone) wants to fight a lot. I need opponent for a long time. Lets do this fight in April,” Nurmagomedov posted.

Cerrone, wasting little time, replied back “I’m down.” When a follower mentioned everybody being afraid to face Nurmagomedov, he stated, “I’m not scared.”

The trash-talk between followers of both fighters continued, as someone wrote to Nurmagomedov, “Promise not to lay n pray on Cowboy,” to which he replied, “Of course, I’m a striker now.”

Nurmagomedov (21-0) has defeated Pat Healy, Abel Trujillo, Thiago Tavares, Gleison Tibau and Kamal Shalorus since debuting in 2012.

Cerrone (22-6) is on a two-fight win streak after going 1-3 in 2013.

UPDATE: UFC officials have indeed booked Cerrone, but not against Nurmagomedov. Instead, he will face Edson Barboza this April at UFC on FOX.

Former TUF Fighter: Julianna Pena In For A New World

One of the biggest stories going around prior to this past Saturday’s UFC 169 event was the knee injury suffered by recent Ultimate Fighter winner Julianna Pena.

I just happened to be talking with another former TUF competitor, Gilbert Smith, after news of Pena’s incredibly horrible knee injury was reported. She had suffered a torn ACL, MCL, PCL, meniscus and other damage, likely keeping her on the sidelines for at least a year – while UFC president Dana White stated two years out of action for her.

Smith, who himself suffered a partially torn MCL prior to his most recent fight, said he felt “sorry for her.”

Some reports said Pena was “attacked” by a jealous teammate. Others said it was just a training injury. Either way, Smith knows she is in for the long haul in terms of working her way back.

“She’s maybe done,” he said. “Two years on the sidelines out. When she does come back, if she does, the whole game will have changed. Two years not competing……

“She doesn’t have a lot of fights in her career, she is still pretty new, still adjusting to fighting at a high level.

“I have never heard of such a bad knee injury.”

Smith suffered his own injury during a training session, which he admitted was while “goofing around” with a teammate.

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