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Jon Jones

Daniel Cormier believes Jon Jones could be the greatest heel the UFC has ever seen. If he wanted to.

Cormier, during a recent interview with MMAjunkie.com, explained that he believes the UFC light heavyweight champion could excel in a role like that of boxing great Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

Meaning, when the fans boo, they are still in attendance and still putting down money for pay-per-view events.

“If I was Jon Jones, being that people seem to want to dislike him, I would go 100-percent Floyd Mayweather, Jr.,” Cormier said. “He wins all the time and people dislike him, but they always tune in to see him. People want to believe Jon’s not being 100-percent real with us. They’re thinking that we’re seeing kind of an act, so give them you. If they believe you’re a complete ass, then just be an ass.”

Cormier is set to face Dan Henderson next Saturday night in the co-main event of UFC 173. A win would likely position him as the next contender after Jones meets Alexander Gustafsson sometime yet in 2014.

The former U.S. Olympic wrestler and frequent guest on FOX Sports’ MMA programming added that “They’ll watch to hope that you lose, but at the end of the day, you’ll still be winning. Because Floyd Mayweather makes $40 million every time he fights. At the end of the day, that is winning.”

Mayweather recently fought on a pay-per-view main event, bringing in over $30 million just in fight purse alone. He was successful, defeating Marco Maidana.

ufc tonight

The future of Matt Brown is one that has been brought into the conversation on a daily basis since he scored his seventh straight victory recently by finishing Erick Silva.

Some view Brown as the next contender to the UFC welterweight title, while others feel he needs another win – or maybe two – before getting his crack at Johny Hendricks and the belt.

On Wednesday’s edition of “UFC Tonight,” Brown was brought up by analysts and hosts Chael Sonnen and Kenny Florian.

Currently, Hendricks is still recovering from bicep surgery that was needed after he won the title in a fight with Robbie Lawler. It was vacated when Georges St-Pierre decided to step away from MMA after defending it vs. Hendricks.

“I’d like to see him fight Nick Diaz,” Sonnen said. “I want to see someone fight Nick.”

Diaz, a former contender, remains retired. He announced his decision to leave the sport after a loss to St-Pierre, and the UFC has offered him a handful of chances to return – all of which he has said no to.

Florian went with another Top-10 fighter in deciding who Brown should face next, saying, “I’d like to see him fight Hector Lombard.

“He’s very exciting and has a lot of power,” Florian said. “Matt can’t be in a boring fight, but Hector is so explosive and so powerful. He’s a great contrast to the lanky Matt Brown.”

Lombard, a former Bellator champion, has gone 3-2 since signing with the UFC. He defeated Jake Shields in his most recent bout, scoring a decision over the former UFC title contender.

Jon Jones

Bas Rutten is known more today for his announcing, but the Dutch fighter is a former UFC heavyweight champion who posted a 28-4-1 before retiring in 2006.

The current face of the UFC, Jon Jones, is working his way up the charts and into the history books following a seventh successful title defense over Glover Teixeira. But one thing “Bones” did in his win over Teixeira bothered Rutten so much that he is calling him a “dirty fighter.”

“Yes, he is a dirty fighter,” said Rutten, during an interview on Inside MMA. “He knows exactly what he is doing at any given time. His fighters were definitely in (Teixeira’s face). For a long time. He was constantly rubbing him in the face.

“Yeah, I’m sorry. I’d have to say, ‘Yes,’ (to Jones being dirty).”

UFC president Dana White initially agreed to an extent with Rutten, stating that the eye pokes were an issue. However, after re-watching the contest, White backtracked on his comments.

It’s doubtful that Jones cares too much with what Rutten has to say, as he posted a video on social media “crying” about getting poked in the eye following his recent win. He quickly took the video down off his Instagram account.

Jones is scheduled to return to action later this year against Alexander Gustafsson in a rematch of their 2013 decision that went to the champion.

Below is the complete segment with Rutten discussing Jones. He is joined by Miesha Tate on the program, who was serving as a guest co-anchor.

brittney palmer

Honestly, for about 99.9-percent of his comprising the male population, UFC Octagon girl Brittney Palmer was never available anyway.

But as of this past weekend, she is officially not available.

Palmer was married last Saturday, ending her run as a single lady.

“What an amazing weekend!” she posted on her site. “I’m so happy and blessed to marry such an amazing person and I still can’t believe I am now married to my best friend. I became a Mrs., that was one of the best moments of my life… Woo!!! I’m married!!!!! Yessssss!!!!”

Palmer married Aaron Zalewski, a nobody to the MMA world. He is an investor professionally.

Urijah Faber was among those on hand, as he posted several pictures of the new couple. Arianny Celeste, a fellow Octagon girl, was also present.

“Sorry dudes, Brittney Palmer is off the market,” Faber wrote. “Congrats Aaron & Britt!! Been like fam since 06.”

Celeste posted on Twitter, “Congrats. Such a beautiful celebration of love.”

Matt Brown

Erick Silva engaged in one of the more memorable rounds in UFC history over the weekend against Matt Brown, nearly defeating the top welterweight contender at UFC Fight Night 40.

Silva, though, was unable to stop Brown’s win streak, as “The Immortal” finished him in the third and earned his seventh straight victory.

The Brazilian dominated the opening five minutes, catching Brown with a stiff kick to the stomach area that dropped him. Silva pounced, attempting to secure a rear-naked choke.

After the battle, he was carried out of the Octagon on a stretcher and taken to a nearby hospital for further examination. UFC president Dana White initially believed Silva may have suffered a concussion and a possible fractured jaw, but he escaped without serious injury.

On Twitter, he offered his thoughts on the contest, stating, “At first, I would like to thank the people that supported me and stopped by to watch the fight. I know I let them down.

“I have no excuses, I know that I’m behind these tough guys but I will always accept fighting regardless of the opponent or my possible win or loss. I know that many will criticize but I’ll not give up and I’ll be back soon.”

Silva (16-5) was seeking his first UFC win streak, but dropped to 4-4 overall with the promotion. Earlier this year, he stopped Takenori Sato via first round TKO after falling to Dong Hyun Kim last October.

Since coming to the UFC in 2011, Silva has defeated Luis Ramos by knockout, lost to Carlo Prater via disqualification, submitted Charlie Brenneman, dropped a decision to Jon Fitch and submitted Jason High.

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