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ronda rousey

UFC female bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey has been the co-main event for the last two Chris Weidman middleweight title fights. Now, “Rowdy” is hoping to score a spot with Jon Jones.

After an injury to Jones – the light heavyweight champion – pushed back his scheduled title defense vs. Daniel Cormier from September to January, Rousey made it known she is also targeting that time for a return.

“I’d love to be on the New Year’s card again,” said Rousey, during an appearance on UFC Tonight. “Everything that’s happened with Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier, I’d love to share a card with them.”

Rousey scored a 16-second knockout of Alexis Davis last month in the co-main event of Weidman-Lyoto Machida on the Fourth of July weekend event. She was also on the year-end card in 2013 opposite Weidman-Anderson Silva.

Currently, along with preparing to generate interest with media stops for her role in “The Expendables 3,” Rousey is rehabbing from knee surgery.

“This is my fourth knee surgery,” she said, “and my third scope. It’s going to be scary when I come back because I’ve been operating on one leg for several years now. When I’m 100-percent, I feel sorry for people.

“No, I don’t ever feel sorry for people.”

Rumors continue to float around that the UFC will sign Gina Carano to meet Rousey, as that is the fight she wants the most. If not, she’s ready for anyone else willing to sign on the dotted line.

“Gina Carano was the first fight I ever saw,” Rousey said. “I’d love to measure myself against her. Also Holly Holm, and I’m excited for Cat Zingano.

“I’m looking forward to all of them. I’d love to fight (Cris) Cyborg right now.”

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Jon Jones

UFC president Dana White returned from a vacation and immediately jumped into the fire, talking to about the current state of affairs in his promotion.

Of course, the pressing news concerns Jon Jones, Daniel Cormier and Alexander Gustafsson. Originally, Jones and Gustafsson were set to meet in September, but a training injury knocked “The Mauler” out.

Cormier was given the spot and accepted, and a whirl-wind media tour ensued. However, the UFC light heavyweight champion went down with an injury of his own recently and the bout has been shelved until the new year.

That didn’t sit too well with Gustafsson, but White isn’t giving in.

“Gustafsson is upset, but it’s not like we took Gustafsson out of the fight. Gustafsson got hurt and he’s out,” White said. “Cormier stepped in and accepted the fight and this is the fight that is going to happen now.

“The reality is we had Gustafsson versus Jones, he was the number one contender, that was the fight. He got hurt,” White said. “He fell out of the fight. Well, people can say, ‘Now Jones is hurt.’ Well yeah, but this is the fight that’s happening now.”

While the Swede has stated through his manager that he will not take another fight before competing for the belt, White said he will “probably fight again” before.

“He’ll probably have to stay active, stay top of mind and hte guy has to make money,” White added, even saying that Anthony Johnson would make sense as an opponent.

ufc 182

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones underwent successful surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee suffered in training recently.

“Bones” was scheduled to face Daniel Cormier next month, but that fight has been pushed back to January and UFC 182.

The surgery was the first significant one for Jones in his MMA career and will mean he only competed once – a decision win over Glover Teixeira – in 2014.

Jones also posted a video of his drive home, along with a “lighter” moment with his management team.

ufc fight night 47

Ahead of their collision this Saturday night at UFC Fight Night 47, Ryan Bader and Ovince St. Preux both appeared on “UFC Tonight” Wednesday evening.

Check out interviews with both fighters. FightLine will have coverage of the Bader-OSP fight, along with post-fight news and information.

scott coker

Bellator previously boasted a roster that included female fighters. After disbanding the divisions, new president Scott Coker is bringing the ladies back.

The promotion announced on Thursday that they have signed Marloes Coenen and Julia Budd to contracts and will help usher in female featherweights in Bellator.

“We’re incredibly excited to bring in two of the best athletes competing in our sport today,” Coker said. “We are making a commitment to bring back the female division to Bellator, and feature some of the world’s best in the Bellator cage.”

Prior to seeing Strikeforce dissolve, Coker helped give Ronda Rousey, Gina Carano, Cris Cyborg, Sarah Kaufman, Miesha Tate and others a chance to shine on the big stage.

Coenen is a former Strikeforce champion who sports an overall record of 21-6. She owns 15 submission wins to her credit, including 12 in the first round.

“After fighting professionally for over 15 years, I am honored to be invited into the Bellator cage,” Coenen said. “Fighting for Bellator brings my spirit back for fighting! It is great to be working together with Scott Coker again as we both have the same vision on fighting. My style is fighting with the objective to knock my opponent out or to submit her. That is exactly what I am planning to do the very first second I step into the Bellator cage.”

Budd has picked up four straight wins and is 6-2 in her career, including a 2011 loss to Rousey.

“I’m ecstatic about the opportunity that Bellator is giving the 145 female division and I’m especially excited to be one of the first females to fight for Scott Coker under the Bellator banner,” Budd said. “This gives me the opportunity to showcase my skills as one of the best fighters in the world on one of the biggest stages in the world.”

The press release added that Coenen and Budd are scheduled to fight later this year on Spike TV.

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