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By the looks of UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, one would assume that he walked out of the Octagon the recipient of such a beating that he lost his title.

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It took nearly two years to get Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight Josh Barnett back into the Octagon after losing to Travis Browne at UFC 168 back in late 2013. “The Warmaster” finally returned at UFC Fight Night 75 and took a unanimous decision win over Roy Nelson in Japan (watch it).

Next time could take even longer.

“His manager said that Josh had an amazing week last week in Japan, but he told me bottom line is Josh makes more money acting,” Ariel Helwani told UFC Tonight. “He’s healthy. If the UFC offers him a big fight, he could fight in two months, but he might not even fight again. Josh needs to decide what’s more important, his finances or his legacy.”

Heavyweight fighters becoming actors? There seems to be a lot of that going around these days.

Barnett, 37, was last seen chewing scenery with longtime action star Steven Seagal (more on that movie here) and is currently in talks for a prominent acting role in another upcoming film. In addition, the part-time pro wrestler keeps himself active on the Metamoris grappling circuit.

“The Warmaster” is currently ranked No. 6 at 265 pounds.

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Not only is Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey the highest paid fighter in all of mixed martial arts (MMA), she’s also the greatest female athlete who ever lived, according to the gang at ESPN.

That makes a nice little addition to her recent ESPY.

“Rowdy,” who was unseeded in the original bracket, KOed Missy Franklin, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Diana Taurasi, and Florence Griffith Joyner before taking out tennis superstar Serena Williams, capturing 52 percent of the vote in the process.

That said, not every sports fan is breaking out the bubbly.

Any UFC fans out there care to defend the results of this recent poll?

Photo courtesy ESPN.

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It seems nobody can beat Ronda Rousey – not even tennis superstar Serena Williams.The UFC women’s bantamweight champion knocked out the 21-time Grand Slam singles champion in a fan poll on for the title “Best Female Athlete Ever.”

.@RondaRousey tops @SerenaWilliams and wins our #BestFemaleAthleteEver bracket.
— espnW (@espnW) September 14, 2015

The final, which had more than 13,000 votes tallied according to ESPNW, concluded a 32-woman bracket style tournament where fans got to vote in each round. To reach the finals, Rou … Read the Full Article Here

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Dana White Says Ronda Rousey Is UFC's Biggest Star Ever, Man Or Woman
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In 2011, Jon Jones became the youngest Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) titleholder ever, thanks to a violent, technical knockout win over Mauricio Rua at UFC 128. “Bones” was just 23 years old.

That record may soon fall, however, if Paige VanZant has anything to say about it.

“12 Gauge” — who is 2-0 inside the Octagon with wins over Felice Herrig and Kailin Curran — says she’s on course to break Jon’s record of youngest champion to ever compete inside the eight-walled cage. Still, she admits she isn’t in a big hurry to get to the big dance, because at the age of 21, she has two years to get it done.

From her conversation with Sherdog:

“I need to remind myself and remind people that this is my ride. This is my journey. It’s up to me what fights I take. I’m going to take my time. I’m 21 years old. I still have two years to be the youngest belt holder if I wanted to.”

Aside from taking care of business inside the cage, Paige has also shown she has the “it” factor to make waves outside the Octagon, too.

Much to the chagrin of some, the up-and-coming contender signed an exclusive deal with Reebok earlier this year, proving that her bubbly personality and fighting chops are a perfect combination to earn recognition with big-time sponsors.

She still isn’t satisfied, however, as VanZant is determined to grow her popularity and fan base with each and every fight. And she’ll do it with the aide of her coaching staff at Team Alpha Male.

For Paige, having a consistent team that teaches her the right technique is part of her success.

“I think that’s something that’s always been in me. I think that’s something a lot of Team Alpha Male fighters just happen to have, that desire, that will that you have to win and the stubbornness that you won’t give up. It’s that fighter that’s born inside of you. I think that I’ve always had that my entire life. I’ve always been a fighter. I just get the technique here.”

VanZant will return to action this weekend (Sat., Sept. 5, 2015) when she takes on Alex Chambers in the opening bout of the UFC 191 pay-per-view (PPV) event.

And she’ll be on her game, too, because she knows an upset loss to Chambers — who doesn’t exactly have the same recognition and fan fare she possesses — can easily change all of that.

We shall see.

To see the finalized line up for UFC 191: “Johnson vs. Dodson 2” click here.

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“I think this era right now is the best it’s ever been. I think in the past we always had top level guys but I think it dwindled off after four or five. Right now there’s guys that are 12th, 13th, 14th, that are great fighters in the heavyweight division. I think the top 10 right now is extremely stacked. And I think it’s the most stacked it’s ever been.”

— If there was ever a division that has often been criticized for its lack of depth, it was the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight division. But, according to former division champion Frank Mir, those days are no more. In fact, Mir — who takes on Andrei Arlovski in the co-main event of UFC 191 on Sept. 5, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada — told FOX Sports that the 265-pound weight class is the best it’s ever been. As in, stacked! When you look down the list, it’s rather hard to disagree with the longtime veteran. And if all goes as planned, the UFC’s big men could soon be welcoming the greatest heavyweight of all time into the fold.

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