Morning Report: Dana White says Ronda Rousey is the biggest star the UFC has ever had and will soon be paid like it

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

While UFC president Dana White reminds us Alistair Overeem and Cris Cyborg are very well cemented on his bad side, women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey seems to exist on a whole other plane of existence.

Speaking with media at UFC headquarters in Las Vegas Thursday, White says Rousey is MMA's biggest star by a mile and that she's about to be paid like it, via Yahoo! Sports' Kevin Iole:

"She's the hugest superstar," White said of Rousey, who will defend her belt against Sara McMann at UFC 170. "I'm going to go out and say she's the biggest star we've ever had."

White said depending on how the pay-per-view results do on Feb. 22, Rousey, in just her third UFC fight, could break into the company's top 10 all-time in terms of career earnings.

If Rousey's managed to achieve that premier status chiefly off a single rivalry bout with Miesha Tate, what sort of business could she manage fighting Cyborg? Still No. 1 in quite a few women's pound-for-pound rankings, Cyborg continues to insist competing at 135 pounds could do irreversible damage to her body. According to White, who, at one point challenged the room to defend Cyborg's claims of being free of performance enhancing drugs, seems to think her and Rousey don't even exist in the same universe.

"Ronda's never cheated, ever," White said. "She's an Olympian. She's a world champion who has not only defended her [expletive] title, but I asked her to go back-to-back and she [expletive] did it. Coming straight off filming two [expletive] movies, a training camp. This girl, the other thing with this girl? She gets the [expletive] flu, gets sick, run down, [expletive] like she's going to die, and she still [expletive] trains through camp.

"I've got a big 6-foot-8 [expletive] musclehead whose rib hurts and won't [expletive] fight dos Santos. This chick does two movies back-to-back, fights, comes back in [expletive] camp, films 'The Ultimate Fighter,' [expletive] does all these appearances and all this other [expletive]. She's a [expletive] rock star. She's never cheated. She's done all these great things. She's an Olympian and she has to answer questions about Cyborg [expletive] Santos?"

If you're holding your breath for Rousey-Cyborg, that's your cue to go ahead and exhale.

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Crying game. Meet Patrick Cummins, the man stepping in for Rashad Evans to fight Daniel Cormier at UFC 170.

Bad news. Early reports were a bit optimistic as it seems Evans will require knee surgery and could be sidelined 'for a while,' according to Dana White.

DC on Cummins. Cormier says he's ready to set the record straight on fight night. "He may say he broke me in practice and made me cry, but I guarantee you, more times than not, Pat Cummins was on the receiving end of whatever whipping was doled out on that day."

Willing to wait. Gegard Mousasi says he's happy to wait for a title shot with a win over Lyoto Machida.

Chael-Wandy off UFC 173. Chael Sonnen will now face Wanderlei Silva in a headliner bout for a UFC Fight Night on FOX Sports 1 in Brazil.

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MEDIA STEW

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Are you sold?

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Ronda Rousey training with 3X Olympian Martin Berberyan.

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A glimpse at Patrick Cummins from a 2013 fight.

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Hopefully Rashad has a nice stack of Todd McFarlane books to get him through.

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Ronaldo Souza interviews Lyoto Machida and Gegard Mousasi.

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Conor McGregor shows off some hidden talent.

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Long watches.

MMA Vivisection: UFC Fight Night 36 - Machida vs. Mousasi predictions + analysis

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TWEETS

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Beggars can't be choosers.

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Jones deleted them, but...

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Ben not happy.

And

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What could have been.

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Congrats.

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Get well soon.

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Back on the water.

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But can she make a caramel macchiato?

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Friday is leg day.

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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Announced yesterday (Feb. 13 2014)

Wanderlei Silva vs. Chael Sonnen moved from UFC 173 to UFC Fight Night Brazil

Rashad Evans out, Daniel Cormier vs. Patrick Cummins at UFC 170

cancelled Ian McCall vs. Brad Pickett at UFC Fight Night 37

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Top Prospects to Watch this Weekend

Here are some of the better prospects in action this weekend.


Iron Cage Warriors - 14 Feb - Jastrzebie Zdrol, Poland


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Mateusz Teodorczuk (11-2) vs. Vasily Fedorych (16-2)

Age: 24 Age: 22

Height: 5'10 Height: 6'0


Teodorczuk is part of the growing line of talent Polish fighters emerging across the European, and soon international MMA scene. He is riding an 9 fight winning streak, with his last win a submission over Paul Redmond opening many people's eyes. 7 of his 11 wins have come by way of submission.


Teodorczuk vs. Pointon

Teodorczuk vs. Redmond


Cage Warriors FC - 15 Feb - London, England

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