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Ryan Bader felt like he had done more than enough to warrant a shot at UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier next.

Instead, UFC officials tabbed Alexander Gustafsson for Cormier and gave “Darth” Rashad Evans. Both fights are scheduled to be part of the UFC 192 lineup from Houston.

Bader, a former Ultimate Fighter winner who has won four in a row since a 2013 loss to Glover Teixeira, is ready to deliver vs. Evans. “Suga” marks the fourth former UFC champion Bader will have fought since 2011.

“I go out there and look impressive, there’s nobody else that deserves (the next title shot),” said Bader, during a recent interview with Submission Radio. “At the end of the day my goal is the belt. I’m happy to fight whoever wins that fight.”

First up for Bader will be Evans, who hasn’t fought for over a year due to an extensive knee injury. He was actually scheduled to meet Cormier before going down with the injury.

“Honestly, I’m surprised if he shows up,” Bader said. “If you’re not training for two years your body isn’t used to that, the rigors of a training camp and what you have to put it through to be in peak physical condition.

“You can skate by and do just enough and show up to the fight pretty much unprepared, but you made it. We’ll see how that happens. Two ACL surgeries in a row is no joke, especially at his age.”

ronda rousey

Kleio Valentien jumped at the opportunity to portray Ronda Rousey in an adult movie.

Valentien, who plays the leader in “Ronda ArouseMe,” recently talked with Submission Radio about the film.

“I was really excited about it,” she said. “I love watching UFC. I used to love watching PRIDE.

“I grew up first watching boxing and then whenever all of the MMA fights started coming around a whole lot and being publicized, I started watching. Getting to play a role of a woman who is badass and kicks ass, I’m like, ‘yes, of course I would love to.'”

Valentien, though, admitted that many people have called her out on the film, saying she “doesn’t look exactly like Ronda.”

“I’m sorry I don’t like exactly like her,” she said. “I don’t look as hot as her. She’s (expletive) fit as hell and amazing.”

Rousey, during a social media question-and-answer session, said she was happy with the film because it was allowing people to make money. That pleased Valentien.

“I’m glad that she is not angry about it and that she’s a good sport about it,” she said.

ufc fight night 74

In what is one of the longest droughts in recent memory, the UFC will return next Sunday night with UFC Fight Night 74.

Set for the SaskTel Centre in Saskatchewan, Canada, the main card and most of the prelims air live on FOX Sports 1. This marks the first UFC card to take place in Saskatchewan.

In the main event, featherweights Max Holloway and Charles Oliveira do battle.

Holloway (13-3) has won six in a row since a loss to Conor McGregor via decision back in 2013. That includes stoppage wins over Cub Swanson, Akira Corassani, Clay Collard, Andre Fili and Will Chope.

Oliveira (20-4) is on a four-fight win streak after a decision defeat at the hands of former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar. He has submitted Nik Lentz, Hatsu Hioki and Andy Ogle during his recent run.

Also set for the main card are Neil Magny vs. Erick Silva, Patrick Cote vs. Josh Burkman, Chad Laprise vs. Francisco Trinaldo, Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Tony Sims and Maryna Moroz vs. Valerie Letourneau.

All the action begins on UFC Fight Pass at 6 p.m. ET with Shane Campbell vs. Elias Silverio and Daniel Jolly vs. Misha Cirkunov. Four other prelims air on FS1 at 7 p.m. ET featuring Sam Stout-Frankie Perez, Yves Jabouin-Felipe Arantes, Nikita Krylov-Marcos Rogerio de Lima and Chris Kelades-Chris Beal.

FightLine will be bringing you coverage all week leading up to the event, along with play-by-play the night of the fights.

Below is the current lineup, along with a video promo:

MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1/9 p.m. ET)

Featherweight: Max Holloway vs. Charles Oliveira

Welterweight: Neil Magny vs. Erick Silva

Welterweight: Patrick Cote vs. Josh Burkman

Lightweight: Chad Laprise vs. Francisco Trinaldo

Lightweight: Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Tony Sims

Female Strawweight: Maryna Moroz vs. Valerie Letourneau


Lightweight: Sam Stout vs. Frankie Perez

Bantamweight: Yves Jabouin vs. Felipe Arantes

Light Heavyweight: Nikita Krylov vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima

Flyweight: Chris Kelades vs. Chris Beal


Lightweight: Shane Campbell vs. Elias Silverio

Light Heavyweight: Daniel Jolly vs. Misha Cirkunov

ronda rousey

UFC female bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey was recently pegged as the eighth-highest earning female athlete by Forbes.

Rousey earned $6.5 million from June 2014 to June 2015 according to the magazine. She is the lone combat sports athlete to make the list.

Tennis superstar Maria Sharapova was estimated at $29.7 million, with $23 million coming from endorsements. The rest of the list included Serena Williams, Carolina Wozniacki, Danica Patrick and Ana Ivanovic.

Rousey starred in films such as “Fast and Furious 7,” “The Expendables 3″ and “Entourage,” also releasing her autobiography, “My Fight/Your Fight.”

Inside the Octagon, the former Olympic bronze medalist has bested Cat Zingano and Bethe Correia in recent months. She is likely headed for a third meeting with Miesha Tate later this year.

Paul Daley

Paul Daley and Fernando Gonzalez will square off this September in a kickboxing match as part of Bellator MMA: Dynamite 1.

The bout is a featured attraction for the combination MMA and kickboxing card with Glory. The action goes down September 19 from the SAP Center in San Jose.

Tito Ortiz challenges Liam McGeary in the main event for the light heavyweight title, while Phil Davis, Emanuel Newton, Linton Vassell and Muhammad “King Mo” Lawal compete in a one-night tournament to crown the No. 1 contender in the division.

Along with Daley-Gonzalez, Zack Mwekassa faces Saulo Cavalari for the vacant Glory light heavyweight title and Gabriel Vega defends his featherweight belt vs. Serhiy Adamchuck.

“Glory has been a great partner for this event, bringing several world-class, championship kickboxing matches to the table,” Bellator MMA president Scott Coker said. “Daley and Gonzalez are two incredible strikers in our welterweight division, and we’re looking forward to seeing them lay it on the line with Glory gloves on their hands. It would be great to see the winner of this fight take on Glory’s welterweight champ Nieky Holzken in the future.”

Daley is a veteran of kickboxing, going 20-3 during his 13-year combat sports career. He is coming off a victory over Dennis Olson at Bellator 140. Gonzalez is a former WBC National Muay Thai cruiserweight champion.

“We’re thrilled to have athletes the caliber of Daley and Gonzalez testing their striking inside the ring” GLORY CEO Jon Franklin said. “Under GLORY rules, our fans know to expect non-stop action, and these two fighters that Bellator has selected are perfect fits. We’re expecting fireworks.”

Below is the current lineup:

MAIN CARD (Spike TV/9 p.m. ET)

Bellator Light Heavyweight Championship
Liam McGeary (c) vs. Tito Ortiz

Bellator Light Heavyweight Tournament Final

Vacant Glory Light Heavyweight Championship
Saulo Cavalari vs. Zack Mwekassa

Glory Featherweight Championship
Gabriel Varga (c) vs. Serhiy Adamchuck

Kickboxing: Paul Daley vs. Fernando Gonzalez

Bellator Light Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal
TBA vs. TBA (Phil Davis, Emanuel Newton, Linton Vassell, Muhammad “King Mo” Lawal)

Bellator Light Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal
TBA vs. TBA (Phil Davis, Emanuel Newton, Linton Vassell, Muhammad “King Mo” Lawal)

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