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Donald Cerrone just wants to fight.

He’s stated before that his wish is to compete six times within a calendar year, and he is currently heading towards fight No. 3 just four months into 2014.

Cerrone submitted Edson Barboza Saturday night at UFC on FOX 11, and immediately asked UFC president Dana White to insert him into the next event – which takes place this coming Saturday – as a replacement.

While White turned that down, Cerrone made sure to tell the FOX Sports 2 post-fight show he is ready for anybody.

“Anybody that wants to sign on the dotted line, I’m ready to go,” he said. “Next week in Baltimore (UFC 172). Albuquerque (New Mexico in June). There is no running for me.

“Whoever wants to make money, any hungry fighters out there,” said Cerrone, looking directly into the camera. “‘Cowboy’ has the answer. Sign the line. I don’t care where you are at on the roster.”

Cerrone, who picked up his ninth UFC fight-night bonus and 14th overall including his WEC run, floored Barboza with a stiff jab before quickly transitioning to the back and locking in a rear-naked choke. It was the 15th submission win in his career and third straight finish.

“It was the opportune moment to jump in with a submission,” Cerrone said. “Everybody knows Cowboy starts slow and has gotta ask, ‘Which Cowboy is gonna start up?’ It was the optimal moment to go for the submission, especially after I took 30 punches before I got going.”

Chael Sonnen, working the analyst table on the show, threw out TJ Grant as a potential opponent for Cerrone.

“Sure,” he replied. Whoever wants to sign.”

Brian Stann, also an analyst, tossed out Sonnen as an opponent, to which Cerrone stated “yes.” Even former UFC fighter David “Tank” Abbott got brought up, and Cerrone accepted him as an opponent.

While he continues to drive UFC officials crazy with his non-fighting sports such as bull riding and wakeboarding, Cerrone believes they are what drives him to be the best fighter he can inside the cage.

“I go out (and do those things) and when it comes time to train, I train,” he said. “Training seven days a week is hard. I went back to doing what I do, which is screwing off on the weekend to be a maniac.”

ronda rousey

UFC female bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey isn’t afraid to say exactly what she wants, and that’s likely why UFC president Dana White thinks so fondly of her.

In a recent interview with Yahoo! Sports, Rousey made it pretty clear that she feels if the UFC brings Cris “Cyborg” Justino in, that she could end up killing women’s MMA in the promotion.

Rousey feels that Cyborg has been a steroid user “for so long that she’s not even a woman anymore. She’s an ‘it.'”

“If she comes to the UFC and I beat the (expletive) out of her and then I retire and become an action movie star, then the UFC is still going to be stuck with her,” Rousey said. “The division could die. She could ruin the whole sport.

“Even thought it’s a fight a lot of people want to see, even if I beat the living crap out of her, it won’t be good for the sport because then she’d still be in the UFC.”

Rousey and Alexis Davis are currently booked for the July UFC 175 co-main event role during International Fight Week in Las Vegas. Many had Rousey pegged for a possible fight with Gina Carano, but that is currently unavailable because Carano has not signed with the promotion.

“I’d be honored to fight a competitor like Gina, who is an example of what real respect and honor is in the cage,” she said. “I really think with Cyborg taking all of those steroids and hormones and then going into the cage, it’s like going in with a weapon. It’s certainly very negligent, but it’s also criminal. I believe, it really is. Promoting her would be promoting the act and I think it would be wrong in every way.”

Cyborg previously tested positive for an anabolic steroid that she cited was used for cutting weight and not building up her muscle mass. Rousey, though, doesn’t feel that is an excuse – or the right one. Cyborg was fined and suspended for a year by the California Athletic Commission for the failed test.

“I think it should be like the Olympics,” she said, in reference to failed drug tests. “If you (expletive) up once, you’r not going to the (expletive) Olympics. There should be a zero tolerance policy where if you’re caught doing anything, you should be done forever.”

rich franklin

UFC president Dana White provided updates on a number of subjects during his post-fight media scrum this past weekend following UFC on FOX 11 from Orlando.

White discussed the possible return of Dominick Cruz, and who the ex-UFC bantamweight champion could fight, the prospect of Rich Franklin working for ONE FC and why it’s taken so long to bring a card to Mexico.

Cruz, who was stripped of the title after suffering a groin injury earlier this year, has not fought since a 2011 decision victory over Demetrious Johnson. “The Dominator” has undergone two knee surgeries in the past three years, along with taking time off to coach The Ultimate Fighter against rival Urijah Faber.

“I have heard nothing from Dominick Cruz,” White said. “I don’t think after this much of a layoff, that throwing him in there for (a title) fight (would be good).”

White, though, quickly added that he would respect the wishes of Cruz if that’s what he desired, adding, “if he wants to come right back and fight (Renan Barao), we would do it. I just think Barao is nasty.”

Barao was declared the undisputed champion prior to successfully defeating Faber earlier this year. He won the interim title over Faber after Cruz went down with his knee injury.

Franklin, a former UFC middleweight champion, is headed to Asia to meet with ONE FC and discuss an executive role. He stated previously that White and Lorenzo Fertitta gave their blessing, and White confirmed that.

“He’s still under contract to fight with us if he ever wanted to fight, but he got offered a really good opportunity to go work with those guys,” he said. “I’m happy for him.”

White made sure to take a few shots at other past UFC fighters in the process, saying, “There is nothing wrong (with taking another job) if you come and ask. It’s the sneaky guys who lie to your face…..”

He also said that they would find a fight for “Ace” if he decided to compete one final time. Franklin still has a bout left on his deal, but has not fought since a 2012 loss to Cung Le.

The current plans have UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez returning to action this fall and meeting No. 1 contender Fabricio Werdum in Mexico. White stated over the weekend that details for The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America remain unset, but Velasquez and Werdum seem like strong choices for coaching spots.

Getting the UFC into Mexico has been more of a headache for White than he ever imagined, saying, “I used to talk about where we wanted to go, but I didn’t know what I know no. It’s a lot tougher than I thought.”

He said television deals have been worked out and he’s “really excited about (the Mexico card). “It’s going to be a home run.”

ronda rousey

UFC president Dana White has known Chuck Liddell for many years, managing him, directing him and now working alongside him.

So when White looks at Ronda Rousey and sees her willingness to do whatever the UFC needs, he can make an easy comparison.

“Ronda called me and said, ‘I want to fight,'” said White, during an interview with MMAjunkie.com. “She wants to stay busy, she wants to keep fighting. If oyu tell her she can’t fight, she’ll tell you to, ‘(Expletive) you, I want to fight.’

“Ronda is my new Chuck Liddell. Seriously. She’s my new Chuck Liddell. She will fight anybody, anywhere, anytime.”

Rousey (9-0) will return to the Octagon this July and meet Alexis Davis for her UFC female bantamweight title. The bout is scheduled to be the co-main event of UFC 175, which takes place during International Fight Week in Las Vegas.

For the former Olympian, it’s been an incredibly busy stretch. She completed filming The Ultimate Fighter last year and moved directly into training to meet Miesha Tate in December and film her roles for “The Expendables 3″ overseas at the same time.

After that, she jumped right back into camp to meet Sara McMann in February before returning home and filming more movie roles for “The Entourage” project. Now, after taking just a few weeks off, she will fight again in a few months.

“She wants to fight,” White said. “She’ll fight back-to-back. She’ll fight on 24 hours’ notice. She’s the new Chuck Liddell.”

Liddell (21-8) retired in 2010 after a loss to Rich Franklin. He competed just once in 2008, ’09 and ’10, but before that, was fighting almost three times a year for the UFC from his debut in 1998 to 2007.

nick diaz

UFC president Dana White wants to get both Nick and Nate Diaz back inside the Octagon and fighting as soon as possible – and as many times as possible.

White’s stated numerous times that he is a fan of both fighters, but the trouble they bring with them when it comes to negotiating deals appears to be getting to the boss.

Nick Diaz announced his retirement for a second time after a loss to Georges St-Pierre, and recently stated he needs $500,000 to fight again. Nate Diaz is trying to get his recently-signed contract changed after besting Gray Maynard.

“This is one of those situations that is going to be a sad story in a few years,” said White, during his media scrum following the TUF Nations Finale. “What people don’t realize when you’re in the moment and your time is now, guys don’t realize until it’s over. You will never make that kind of money again for the rest of your life.

“You should fight as much as you can, get as popular as you can and get as much money as you can.”

White added that he would like to talk with both brothers about their issues, but “You can’t pick up the phone and call these guys.

“I talked to Nick. I offered him the (Hector) Lombard fight. He said he was interested, then he disappears,” White said. “You can’t contact him again. Life goes on. The world moves on without you.”

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