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Daniel Cormier grew up in a sport where backing down from a challenge was never the answer.

Cormier, a former U.S. Olympic wrestler and ex-Oklahoma State University standout, was thrown into the spotlight this week after getting into an altercation with UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones.

In the hours following the impromptu brawl, “DC” stated he was just defending himself – and would do it again if the same situation arose.

“I figured he was trying to intimidate me,” said Cormier, during an appearance on UFC Tonight. “He put his head down on my head and nudged me forward, and I pushed him off me.

“If a guy gets in your face and makes contact, I respond. Was it the right thing to do? No. But if he did it again, I’d do the same exact thing.”

Cormier shoved Jones back after the “nudge” and “Bones” retaliated with a swing that sent both men tumbling off the make-shift stage. No one was seriously hurt.

“I believe it is mental warfare,” Cormier said. “If I allowed him to do that to me, he would have gotten a one-up on me and I expected him to do the same thing to me.”

At following media events, the two remained more on an even-keel level, while several video interviews saw them separated entirely.

Regardless of what happens between now and September 27 at UFC 178, Cormier is hoping all the tension produces nothing short of a classic.

“I’m searching for a guy that is the equal to me in the Octagon,” he said. “I want that dogfight. Hopefully, Jon will be that guy.”

ronda rousey

UFC female bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey wants to follow in the footsteps of Dwyane Johnson, better known as “The Rock.”

And that could mean leaving what first brought them to the spotlight.

Johnson was a standout college football player before moving into his role in the WWE as The Rock. He held world titles and became both a fan favorite and heel over the course of his career. However, once Hollywood called, Johnson left pro wrestling and embarked on a movie career.

Sure, he’s made several stops to his old home to help TV and pay-per-view ratings, but acting is Johnson’s full-time profession.

Rousey, who won bronze in judo at the Summer Olympics, is an undefeated MMA fighter and has earned praise for her abilities to balance acting and fighting. “Rowdy,” though, has a goal – and that could drive her away from the UFC.

“I didn’t grow up wanting to be an action star. I just didn’t think it was in the cards,” she said, during a recent interview with ESPN. “Now that it’s a possibility, I’m like, ‘Screw it, I don’t give a shit, if The Rock can become the world’s highest-grossing actor, I can have that same goal.’

‘I want to be the highest-grossing actor in the world someday. I never aspired to be second. I was taught as a kid that you can do whatever you want in this world, so why not be the best in the world at it? Even when I was bartending, I wanted to be the world’s best, most efficient and charming bartender. That’s how I do things.”

Rousey will appear in the upcoming film, “The Expendables 3,” and has other roles on the horizon. She’s also planning on fighting once more this year – if her injuries allow it – or early in 2015.

Chael Sonnen

While the Nevada Athletic Commission tries to sort things out on their end, Chael Sonnen is planning to move forward with competing this weekend at Metamoris 4 against Andre Galvao.

According to a report by Bleacher Report, Sonnen will ignore a possible suspension by the NAC and face Galvao on Saturday. It was previously stated that Sonnen could be fined an excessive amount by the commission if he elected to compete, stemming from previous failed drug tests.

The former UFC No. 1 contender retired after he failed his first drug test earlier this year, but another failed test result also came back. Sonnen went in front of the NAC and admitted he wrongdoing, accepting their suspension of his fight license.

Sonnen-Galvao, though, is set to take place in Los Angeles as a grappling match inside the Petersen Automotive Museum. Check out a trailer for the event in the video below:

ufc 178

Several hours after they tried to “throw-down” at Ultimate Media Day, Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier appeared on a segment entitled “Fighting Words” on FOX Sports Live late Monday night.

Jones, the reigning UFC light heavyweight champion, and Cormier tussled after facing off on stage in Las Vegas earlier in the day. The two also made an appearance on ESPN’s “SportsCenter” just hours after the incident, while the UFC stated plans to wait until the Nevada Athletic Commission has a chance to review the matter before handing out any punishment.

Jones and Cormier are set to meet September 27 from Las Vegas at UFC 178 in the main event.

nate diaz

It appears as if the career of Nate Diaz remains in a state of limbo.

Mike Kogan, the manager for Diaz, recently appeared on Submission Radio to discuss the matter. Diaz, a former No. 1 contender, has not fought since a 2013 victory over Gray Maynard.

“Right now, nobody’s talking to anybody,” Kogan said. “Dana (White) made it very clear that Nate should be happy with what he has and he doesn’t see any reason to even discuss it.

“(Diaz) is not really as popular as I guess we believe he is and that was that. We just kind of stopped there. So, right now, nobody’s talking to anybody.”

Diaz (17-9) has gone 4-2 in his last six, including wins over Jim Miller and Donald Cerrone. Recently, Miller and Cerrone faced each other, with “Cowboy” coming out on the winning end. Kogan also volunteered his fighter for a rematch with Cerrone, but was turned down.

“At some point, hopefully we will have some kind of a discussion and something will happen one way or the other. Now that being said, we have offered a number of fights that we were happy to take even with the current structure, but we weren’t given those,” he said. “I reached out to the UFC before the Donald Cerrone/Miller fight even happened and said, ‘Hey, how about we fight the winner? Nate beat both of them, they’ve both since fought four times and won, you know’, and they said ‘Oh you know, let’s see how the guys are after the fight, maybe they’re banged up, maybe there not.’

“Next thing you know, they announce the fight with Khabib (Nurmagomedov vs. Cerrone). Then Khabib blows his knee like 15 minutes later and now they’re saying he’s gonna be fighting Eddie Alvarez who’s not even signed with the UFC yet. And we asked for that fight when Michael Johnson got injured.”

Kogan and White had an interesting exchange on Twitter over comments made by the UFC president regarding Diaz and his ability to provide a draw.

“Dana said Nate had the lowest rated fight in FOX history which is not true, that was Demetrious Johnson. Nate’s fight against Miller actually peaked at three million views on the same night that (Floyd) Mayweather was fighting and Shane Mosley was on the undercard, which you know, he’s a name fighter, which means people are going to tune into that undercard fight and not just wait for Mayweather to hit,” Kogan said. “And on that night, on FOX he did three million views with his fight. He’s not responsible for the rest of the card and the aspects that the show generates, but even the show did 2.4 million average which was higher than the Demetrious Johnson fight.”

White both sides continue to hold their cards, Kogan feels “it’s like Jerry Springer.

“If you’re gonna be out there trashing my guy, then I’m gonna say something. I’m not just gonna be sitting back like, ‘Oh, yeah you know, we’re so blessed to be breathing this air.”

Kogan also represented Jason High, who was released from the UFC after shoving an official following a fight. He said an appeal of his ban is set for August 12.

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