A lot can change in a week.
After light heavyweight contender Ryan Bader scored a unanimous decision over Rashad Evans Oct. 3 at UFC 192, Anthony Johnson's manager Glenn Robinson said "Rumble" wanted the next crack.
Johnson surprisingly took a little umbrage with the report, but a week removed he's apparently reevaluated the prospect of knocking Bader out of his 5-0 win streak.
Taking to Facebook Wednesday, Johnson laid into Bader over his resume and challenged him not to "run and hide."
Just read that Ryan Bader said he's the number one contender. Well, imo, he isn't by any means. How can a true athlete...Posted by Anthony "Rumble" Johnson on Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Bader has been campaigning to face light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier since "DC" won the vacant title by submitting Johnson at UFC 187 in May. Passed over in favor of Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 192, Bader is forced to sit in limbo as the promotion decides the fate of former champion Jon Jones.
UFC president Dana White said in May that Jones would get the immediate title shot once he returns from suspension, setting up the very bankable rematch between he and Cormier. If and likely when that happens, fighting the No. 1 ranked Johnson may be Bader's (No. 3) best move.
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Yanked. After the injury to Stipe Miocic, Ben Rothwell has been removed from next week's UFC Fight Night Dublin card. "I will shed a tear being in that crowd."
Change. A new MMA committee will take a look at regulations like 12-to-6 elbows and 10-8 rounds.
Chat Wrap. Luke Thomas discusses the Team Alpha Male fallout, Ronda Rousey issues, Nick Diaz petition and more in this week's live chat.
Off to meet GSP. Rising star Sage Northcutt opens up about training at Tristar Gym and cutting back on college to commit more time to training.
Round 2. Ronda Rousey's mom slams the champ's head coach again. "I would run over him with my car if there wasn't a law against it."
Ronda Rousey training in a pokemon costume for ESPN.
The blossoming bromance of TUF 22.
Claudia Gadelha with an update on her injured hand.
Nice mini-doc on Neil Seery and his training in Ireland.
Mark Coleman has a kind word for everyone who donated to help with his medical bills.
Our friends at Three Towers Games are working on a new mobile MMA game.
Golovkin vs Lemieux and the Slobber-knocker's Ball (Heavy Hands)
#107k #ThankYouAll https://t.co/2grAslobe6 pic.twitter.com/zgdr6UUFCl— nick diaz (@nickdiaz209) October 14, 2015
103k shoutout to all the people who signed and #speakup https://t.co/ls7itpNiB3 pic.twitter.com/DORL3q1FyS— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) October 14, 2015
Well I have been saying the same thing all along, gotta respect an honest...Posted by Miesha Tate on Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Soooo, @RothwellFighter you'd rather not get paid at all & pull out of a fight in Ireland of all places than rematch me on 11 day notice?— Matt Mitrione (@mattmitrione) October 14, 2015
I got the call. @RothwellFighter turned it down. You should contact Twitter to see if just @Rothwell is available https://t.co/ld3b3SXk3h— Matt Mitrione (@mattmitrione) October 14, 2015
' @mattmitrione lost all respect4u now, spewing such bullshit lies-make no mistake I'll crush ur lying mouth4free NO @ufc contract needed— Big Ben Rothwell (@RothwellFighter) October 14, 2015
That's cute, Ben because you already turned it down on Twitter & asked for Travis instead. Fight for free??? stupid https://t.co/cfwdOCem6Q— Matt Mitrione (@mattmitrione) October 14, 2015
I made a mistake BUT u capitalized on it. Good 4u but u know I answered when Joe called. All u had to do was say yes https://t.co/cfwdOCem6Q— Matt Mitrione (@mattmitrione) October 14, 2015
We discussed doing a +1 addendum for your fight so it wouldn't affect my fight with Travis. https://t.co/XruZEIzRkk— Matt Mitrione (@mattmitrione) October 14, 2015
Keep lying and this can happen again @mattmitrione @ufc pic.twitter.com/OqORLsXMj1— Big Ben Rothwell (@RothwellFighter) October 14, 2015
It can't, you see, because you'd have to fight me again and we all see where that went just now. See ya around, Ben! https://t.co/Q6UQkupLi6— Matt Mitrione (@mattmitrione) October 14, 2015
Just finished training with @firas_zahabi and @romac_gorilla pic.twitter.com/mxLs7kCu1H— Sage Northcutt (@sagenorthcutt) October 15, 2015
Just finished some Jiu Jitsu and technique with @firas_zahabi at TriStar pic.twitter.com/GhaC9sRyje— Sage Northcutt (@sagenorthcutt) October 14, 2015
"We're done. We're done."
wow, I was surprised with some amazing news today...BOY did I need it. check out the vid- http://t.co/JSpkLWDhCw— Johny Hendricks (@JohnyHendricks) October 14, 2015
Get well soon.
Literally out of surgery minutes ago. Ouch!around 6 loose bodies removed from my elbow. # painmeds... https://t.co/uW3PzsBjNd— michael (@bisping) October 15, 2015
Fingers healed up!! Back to the grind with my boxing coach @zeiltonmma !! #teamgadelha #mma #bjj #boxe #boxing pic.twitter.com/Jl4iEwEfiq— Claudia Gadelha (@ClaudiaGadelha_) October 14, 2015
Team meeting! @teamalphamale lastcall155 @paigevanzantufc @lancepalmer @justinbuchholz @cody_nolove... https://t.co/wbbwYXBgNd— Urijah Faber (@UrijahFaber) October 15, 2015
Extremely important @teamalphamale meeting. I luv these guys! https://t.co/q78MQVUSG4— Danny Castillo (@lastcall155) October 15, 2015
皆さんの制作への沢山の意見参考にします。今日は出場させて欲しい希望選手とマッチメークを聞きたいです！Thanx for ideas.Who do you want to see on the card, against who?Let me know! #rizinff— NOBUYUKI SAKAKIBARA (@nobu_sakakibara) October 14, 2015
Off the ✈️ straight to . Now we're going to Universal for the Halloween horror fest @ The Jungle... https://t.co/CYvHFqTC31— Cowboy Cerrone (@Cowboycerrone) October 15, 2015
Landing in Orlando straight to the gym with my friend @philipefurao, thanks @maguilausa for open the... https://t.co/D14XwFBmob— Rafael dos Anjos (@RdosAnjosMMA) October 15, 2015
Had to sit at Moe's bar and get a Krusty burger with a Duff beer. @ Universal Studios Orlando https://t.co/qp3bjRyiiE— Cowboy Cerrone (@Cowboycerrone) October 15, 2015
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