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UFC female bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey appeared on an episode of Bruce Buffer’s “It’s Time” podcast to discuss her career and future.

While Rousey maintains hope for a January 3 fight with Cat Zingano at UFC 182, she made it known that nothing has been finalized just yet. Zingano is coming off a victory over Amanda Nunes in her long-awaited return.

“I hope January 3 we’ll be able to fight,” Rousey said (thanks to MMAjunkie.com for the transcribing). “It’s still up in the air a little bit. We’ll see how she’s feeling after her last fight.”

For Rousey, it’s been an extended period away from competition. She closed out 2013 with a December submission win over Miesha Tate, quickly jumping back into training and finishing Sara McMann in February.

Between movie and photo shoots, Rousey stayed in shape, defeating Alexis Davis in July to improve to 10-0 in her career with four successful title defenses.

Zingano (9-0) has scored two wins inside the Octagon, having also finished Tate in 2013. She suffered a knee injury in training after being declared the No. 1 contender, and also battled the loss of her trainer and husband to suicide.

“I really, really like Cat,” Rousey said. “I will fight that girl at the total peak of my ability and the best that I can do. That’s how I show her my respect. I give her a little bit of everything I have. I want to show that respect for her.”

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Vitor Belfort hasn’t fought since landing a head-kick that knocked out Dan Henderson back in November. By the time “The Phenom” finally returns to the Octagon, it will have been well over a year on the sidelines.

While many have called into question what kind of fighter Belfort will be without the use of TRT – something he was granted for each of his three finishes in 2013 vs. Henderson, Luke Rockhold and Michael Bisping – he believes the answers will come.

“The fact that I haven’t fought in 2014 will only make my opponents surprised with my performance,” said Belfort, during an interview with MMAFighting.com. “I had time to adapt myself and evolve even more. Despite not having fought, I worked hard at Blackzilians and spent this whole time getting ready to win my third world title in a different weight class in the UFC.”

Belfort (24-10) was set to meet Chris Weidman for the middleweight title in December, but a hand injury caused Weidman to bow out. No date has been set for the bout, but it is likely to take place in early 2015.

Despite things not going exactly as the Brazilian planned in 2014, he isn’t looking back with hate or anger.

“I’m positive that those adversities will only make me stronger and ready for the next challenges,” Belfort said. “I was expecting to fight and win the title, but I believe that everything happens for a reason.

“My training routine is intense, it’s part of my lifestyle. I will continue focused on reinventing myself and getting stronger every day, waiting for the fight.”

Belfort is 6-2 since returning to the UFC in 2009 with a finish of Rich Franklin. His two losses were both via stoppages, as Anderson Silva knocked him out in a bout for the middleweight title in 2011 and Jon Jones submitted him for light heavyweight gold a year later.

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Former Strikeforce champion Miesha Tate can say she one-upped Ronda Rousey in at least one department. Though it isn’t for the better.

According to the website LAD Bible, Tate is one of the latest celebrities to become involved in a nude photo scandal that has hit Hollywood and professional sports hard.

Hackers have obtained nude photos of Tate, according to the report, and are selling them for $350 per picture. Along with Tate, the list includes Lake Bell, Miss Teen Ontario 2014, Misty May-Treanor, Amber Heard and Penelope Cruz.

As for her fighting career, Tate is coming off a win over Rin Nakai and is rumored to be set for a meeting with fellow former UFC title contender Sara McMann.

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The title-pursuit of Anderson Silva remains a seemingly ever-changing feel.

Some interviews, Silva says he has no desire to ever wear the UFC middleweight belt again. In others, it is all he talks about.

Recently, Silva interviewed by his manager Jorge Guimaraes on Passando a Guarda and talked about getting himself back into the role of a title contender after facing Nick Diaz in January at UFC 183.

“I think about fighting for the title again, of course,” Silva said (thanks to MMAFighting.com for transcribing). “I have seven fights left in my contract and, if I have a chance to fight for the title again, I will fight. I will fight the fights I have left in my contract and, if I earn a chance to fight for the title one day, against (Chris Weidman) or not – not being a friend or a training partner – I will be happy.”

Weidman has scored two straight finishes of Silva, earning the title the first time and successfully defending it last December. In that meeting, “The Spider” suffered a gruesome broken leg that has left him sidelined and recovery since.

Many believed the loss to Weidman would mark an end to Silva’s fighting career, but the Brazilian sounds enthused to be competing once again.

“I’m really excited. It’s my comeback, I have to be excited,” he said. “I’m training a lot, really happy with everything that is happening.

“Nick Diaz is a tough guy. He fights really well, has a great physical condition and a great technique, so it’s going to be a nice fight. If Nick does a clean fight, if he fights standing without stalling, we’ll do a spectacular fight. Nick has great boxing and it’s going to be a fantastic fight. Every UFC fan will like it.”

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Josuel Distak, a trainer for Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, wants to see his fighter in action sooner rather than later.

And with Souza stating he believes he should be the next contender to the UFC middleweight title, that might have to happen at a different weight class – unless he wants to put his ranking on the line. Current champion, Chris Weidman, is expected to meet Vitor Belfort next year.

Distak is fine with that, as he recently told Sherdog he feels a meeting Dan Henderson at 205 pounds would make for an ideal fight in early 2015 for the former champion.

“I would love to see him facing Henderson in Feburary, on the same card that Belfort will face Weidman,” Distak said. “Henderson is a legend and the fans would love to see that matchup.

“I believe Jacare already proved that he deserves a shot at the middleweight title. I like the idea of putting Jacare in a special light heavyweight fight. I truly believe that, with the exception of Rafael ‘Feijao’ and Rogerio ‘Minotouro,’ Jacare can fight anyone in that division.”

Souza (21-3) recently won his seventh straight when he submitted Gegard Mousasi this past September. He is 4-0 since coming over from Strikeforce to the UFC, including wins over Francis Carmont, Yushin Okami and Chris Camozzi. His last loss came in 2011 to Luke Rockhold for the Strikeforce title.

Henderson hasn’t fought since a loss early this year to Daniel Cormier, and has stated plans to compete again next year.

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