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  • Jon Jones NYC radio appearance (Getty Images)After his dominant win at UFC 140, Jon Jones talked about taking a break from fighting and treating his parents to a vacation.

    Jones' inactivity lasted just three weeks before he began to get the itch again.

    "[Jones] called about four days ago and said 'okay let's go, I'm done with vacation.'" UFC president Dana White said on "The MMA Insiders" on ESPN1100/98.9 FM in Las Vegas (12:37 mark). "He said he wanted to take all this time off and then they were calling me four days ago saying he wants to fight as soon as possible. He's ready to go."

    With so many of the promotion's stars on the shelf with injuries (Junior dos Santos, Cain Velasquez, Georges St-Pierre, Anderson Silva) that's great news for the first quarter of 2012. A decision on Jones' next fight will have to wait until after UFC on Fox 2 on Jan. 28.

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  • Floyd Mayweather and Chris Brown hoop it up (Getty Images)Floyd Mayweather helps the city of Las Vegas make millions during his fight weekends. That was enough to convince a Las Vegas Justice of the Peace to delay Mayweather scheduled jail time.

    More than a few observers were shocked by Melissa Saragosa's the change of heart, but not UFC president Dana White.

    "Nothing surprises me with boxing anymore. Good for Floyd, he must have some damn good lawyers. 'Let's let this guy fight and make a few million bucks, then we'll have him go to jail.' That's incredible," chuckled White (6:33 mark).

    Melissa Saragosa pointed to the proposed May 5th date as the reason she'd push back Mayweather's scheduled arrival until June 1. There's little that the Nevada State Athletic Commission will go along with the judge's decision and license Mayweather for the fight.

    "What's strange to me is the Nevada State Athletic Commission wouldn't even let Chael Sonnen coach "The Ultimate Fighter and that guy cleared up all his problems. He didn't have a jail date pending and he wasn't even allowed to coach," White said on ESPN1100/98.9 FM in Las Vegas.

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  • Belfort/Silva screenshotFollowing his fight next week at UFC 142, Vitor Belfort will join Wanderlei Silva to begin taping for "The Ultimate Fighter Brazil." Dana White confirmed that American fans can watch Belfort, Silva and the show on Fuel TV.

    "Nobody knows this yet and it's the first time it's being told. And to be honest with you the deal isn't 100 percent done yet, but I'm so confident it's going to happen, I'll give it to you guys ... The Ultimate Fighter Brazil' will air on Fuel TV," White told ESPN1100/98.9 FM in Las Vegas. "All this unique content that we're doing in these other parts of the world, Fuel TV is going to take."

    White explained why the promotion needed a channel that could take more of its programming.

    "The UFC has so much content. Even Spike, if you look at what a huge percentage of their programming that we used to be, we still needed more," White said. "We need more, more, more. We have all these things we're working on."

    The UFC president realizes that Fuel TV isn't available everywhere (36 millions homes vs. 100+ with Spike and FX) so fans will have to make a decision.

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  • 'Cyborg' Santos glamour shot (AP)

    Women's mixed martial arts may suffered a serious blow on Friday when the California State Athletic Commission announced Strikeforce 145-pound champ Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos tested positive for an anabolic steroid.

    Dana White, appearing on ESPN1100/98.9 FM, painted a bleak picture for female fighting at the highest level.

    "It pretty much does [kill the Strikeforce women's featherweight division]. We were going to hold [on to] that division and just do fights with Cyborg," White said. "Whenever there was a new contender, we would do the fights with Cyborg."

    White said there is no champion now at 145 pounds.

    "Yeah, she's getting stripped of the title. I don't know, we'll see what happens [with the rest of the division]," said White.

    Strikeforce officials were a little more non-committal.

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  • JardineWeighStrikeforcecomLAS VEGAS - The first Strikeforce card under the new Zuffa deal with Showtime is a go.

    It's one of the more loaded Strikeforce cards in recent memory, featuring good, young fighters at 205, 185 and 170 pounds.

    Keith Jardine is a new entry at middleweight. Yesterday, he was walking around in excess of 200 pounds. He looked okay in making the cut to 185. Check out the comments on the YouTube video. Most of the viewers thought Jardine looked horrible.

    We'll find out tomorrow night if the weight cut was too much. Keep a close eye on Jardine's stamina his fight against Strikeforce middleweight champ Luke Rockhold makes it out of the first round.

    Strikeforce weigh-in (Courtesy Strikeforce.com)

    Luke Rockhold (185) vs. Keith Jardine (185)
    Robbie Lawler (186) vs. Adlan Amagov (186)

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  • JardineGettyImagesWhen Keith Jardine was announced as the next opponent for Strikeforce middleweight champ Luke Rockhold, it was greeted with a groan by many.

    Jardine is only 3-6-1 since 2008 and has never fought at middleweight. How does that warrant a title shot?

    "You know what? To me, it's all about my body of work," Jardine told The MMA Fighter Corner on FoxSportsRadio920 in Las Vegas. "I fought so many world champs. I've beat some world champions. I'm going to be a terror at middleweight. Screw all those guys [on the Internet]. We'll see in a couple of days who belongs in the ring."

    Knowing there be negative reaction to him getting a title shot, Jardine stayed away from the critics. What he concentrated on was a new diet. Working nutritional guru Mike Dolce, Jardine said he's eliminated all supplements and he's feeling fresher than ever at the age of 36.  That's a big deal for a guy who is attempting to fight at 185 pounds for the first time in his career.

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  • With CM Punk walking out Chael Sonnen, who should walk with Mark Munoz?

    CM Punk (Taylor Hill/Getty Images)Pro wrestling champion C.M. Punk is getting involved with MMA ... sort of. He will walk out Chael Sonnen for UFC on Fox 2 at the United Center in Chicago. Punk is from a far southwest suburb of Chicago, and always gets a huge ovation when he performs in the city with the WWE, so Sonnen is playing the right card. With Punk by his side, there's little chance that Sonnen will be booed, as he is so often.

    What is Mark Munoz to do? Sonnen's opponent is well-liked and will undoubtedly have Chicago's sizable Filipino community on his side, but it's hard to combat a WWE champion's cheers. Who could

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  • UFCBadBloodFox is going all in with the UFC by using its cable channel Fuel TV to roll out a ton of fight-related programming. Initial results have been more than solid.

    Even with cool shows like Bas Rutten's "Punk Payback," Jason Ellis' "Ellismania" and "Thrillbillies," the channel hasn't really pulled in major numbers in the past. As a result, it was more than willing to turn over a good chunk of its programming to the fight promotion. Fuel TV blew things out on New Year's Day with a 24-hour marathon and the gains were obvious.

    The Jan. 1 UFC programming produced the second most-watched day in the network's history with the average viewership for the day up 378 percent over Sunday's average for 2011. Fuel TV also had its most-watched Primetime night ever, which was 493 percent higher than Sunday's average for 2011.

    The programming wasn't varied. It was mostly showings of UFC 79, with new behind-the-scenes coverage, and the recent UFC DVD release "UFC: Bad Blood."

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  • WoodleyHappyStrikeforcecomStrikeforce is in search of Nick Diaz's replacement. Tyron Woodley's wonders why.

    Woodley thinks he's the guy to carry the Strikeforce 170-pound division. He told the media in attendance at Wednesday's Strikeforce workouts that he's the "uncrowned champ."

    Most observers believe he'll be matched against Tarec Saffiedine next time out to decide who gets the strap. There's one problem - Woodley already beat Saffiedine last January. The unbeaten 29-year-old wonders why he'd have to face Saffiedine again.

    Both fighters are featured on Saturday's Strikeforce card in Las Vegas (Showtime 10 p.m. ET/PT).

    "I'm cordial with Tarec," Woodley said. "We had a conversation face to face. I said, 'I respect the fact you want a rematch, but I fought Paul Daley on the same night you fought Scott Smith. Not the same thing.You just don't jump into a title fight because you beat Scott Smith. That's not fair.'"

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    Muhammed Lawal's game can be described as spectacular at times, but he wants to be known as a guy who's solid with his fighting fundamentals. He can't says the same about Lorenz Larkin, his opponent this weekend at Strikeforce in Las Vegas.

    "With Lorenz Larkin you've got a flashy guy that does the unpredictable," Lawal, nicknamed "King Mo," told ESPN1100/98.9 FM in Las Vegas.

    Lawal said the fight may resemble the classic 2001 battle between boxers Prince Naseem Hamed and Antonio Barrera. For years, Hamed dazzled people with his unpredictability and power. He met his match in Barrera, who worked angles defensively and brought his attack straight at Hamed.

    "You got Hamed who is very flashy and unorthodox and Barrera, who was a hard-nosed, solid Mexican fighter. With me, I'm a solid, hard-nosed, good wrestler and I've got power," said King Mo. "I'm a slugger. I'm going to break him down."

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