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Anderson Silva

Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva has kept everyone up-to-date on his progress from a December broken leg. Now, “The Spider” is ready to step up his rehab to another level.

Ed Soares, the manager for Silva, told MMAjunkie.com that his client has been cleared to resume MMA training. Silva was being looked over by doctors at the Kerlan-Jobe clinic in Los Angeles.

“We’ve talked with the UFC, and we’ll see what they come up with,” Soares said, in regards to a possible return to the Octagon for the former champion.

Silva (33-6) previously stated that he would not fight again this year, but UFC president Dana White recently said there was a chance he could return. White added that if it wasn’t late-2014, early-2015 would be the time for Silva’s return.

“He always does that with the media,” White said. “I don’t know if he likes to play with you guys or what he likes to do, but I said, he’ll be back in 2014 or first thing in 2015. End of 2014 or beginning of 2015 is what I said.”

In December, Chris Weidman successfully defeated Silva for a second time after checking a leg kick that left the challenger on the canvas with a broken leg. Earlier in the year, Weidman stopped Silva in the second round to become the UFC champion.

As for who Silva might be facing off against, Soares said “He’s not one to call anyone out particularly.” The 39-year-old holds numerous UFC records, including for the longest title reign and most consecutive wins.

josh thomson

Josh Thomson and the Diaz brothers have had their fair share of issues in the past.

So, when Thomson’s Twitter account showed a post reflecting his displeasure with Nick Diaz, it didn’t seem completely out of the ordinary. The former champion has used social media in the past to “discuss” his fighting career with the likes of Anthony Pettis and others.

Thomson, though, retracted when he stated that his phone was stolen and the post in question was not made by him. Here’s what first appeared on his page:

“I knocked out your brother, I’ll knock ur (expletive) ass out in San Jose July 26th. Let’s do it (expletive), San Jose vs. Stockton. Yup, (Expletive) U NICK DIAZ!”

Nick Diaz announced his retirement and has turned down a handful of opportunities to return to the Octagon. Thomson is coming off a loss to Benson Henderson via decision, but bested Nate Diaz last year via knockout.

Thomson took to Twitter to explain what happened, saying, “People that know me, know I wouldn’t ever talk about a fighter like this. My phone was stolen last night while at dinner. I respect every fighter and especially the Diaz brothers. Nate and Nick always been cool guys to me and nothing bad to say. My apologies to anyone who was offended by the tweets and texts.”

So, do you believe him? Or did Thomson just use the “hack,” “stolen” or other clever word as an escape after he realized the backlash coming his way over the messages?

bruce buffer

“IT’S TIME!”

Those two words have made Bruce Buffer famous all across the world.

Buffer, the ring announcer for the UFC, stars in a Brazilian Renault commercial where he helps an expecting-father prepare for child birth with his wife.

As you can imagine, Buffer shows up at just the right moment in time to give his famous saying.

ronda rousey

UFC female bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey is giving credit where credit is due. And that credit is going to Bethe Correia.

After defeating Jessamyn Duke last month, Correia made a motion with her hand signaling that was one down, three to go in regards to the “Four Horsewomen.” The MMA stable consists of Rousey, Duke, Shayna Baszler and Marina Shafir.

Rousey (9-0), who is set to face Alexis Davis later this year, discussed what Correia (8-0) did while co-hosting “The Fighter & The Kid” podcast with Brendan Schaub.

“It’s smart. That’s what they needed to do. The girls are (expletive) taking a cue by getting people interested,” Rousey said (thanks to MMAjunkie.com for transcribing). “This chick is undefeated. She’s fighting Shayna (likely next), so Shayna’s UFC debut is either going to be a huge win for Shayna or this girl is going to be still undefeated.

“That’s a storyline.”

It’s interesting to hear Rousey talk about the division like this, but you understand how she knows the best way to make money is to gain interest in the fights. Correia gets it, and she might be well on her way to a title shot with another victory.

Days Of Old: One-Night Tourney Back In MMA World

The days of old are returning in Oklahoma, as BattleGrounds MMA is hosting a one-night, eight-fighter tournament. The event takes place June 27 from the BOK Center in Tulsa.

Six of the eight have already been signed for the welterweight tournament, which will see the winner pocket $50,000.

The bracket includes Dennis Hallman, Cody McKenzie, Chris Honeycutt, Luigi Fioravanti, David Mitchell and Josh Bryant.

Kenny Monday, a former Olympic wrestler, is in charge of BattleGrounds MMA. He stated plans to hold a lottery drawing after weigh-ins to determine the bracket.

“We’re excited to have assembled a group of incredibly talented and accomplished athletes for this landmark tournament,” he said. “The one-night tournament is truly the toughest test physically and mentally in all of combative sports.

Hallman is a veteran of the MMA world, compiling a 53-14-2 record over his career with two wins over Matt Hughes, while McKenzie (15-4) is an alum of The Ultimate Fighter and recently competed for the UFC. Honeycutt (4-0) is a former NCAA wrestling runner-up, while Mitchell (14-4) is a protege of Urijah Faber. Fiorvanti (24-11) is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Bryant (14-4) is an alum of TUF.

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