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Why Ronda Rousey Isn’t Fighting Until February

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Another episode of “UFC Tonight” aired on Wednesday, as Ariel Helwani offered up several interesting news bits in his “Inside the Octagon” segment.

First up, despite rumors of a potential meeting between Rashad Evans and Alexander Gustafsson in 2015 happening, “Suga” isn’t going to be ready in time. Gustafsson, the expected No. 1 contender, knows he will likely need to fight again to cement his title shot.

“Rashad Evans said he just doesn’t feel ready,” Helwani said. “The leg doesn’t feel stable. He doesn’t have the explosiveness he needs for fighting Gustafsson. His manager said he shouldn’t rush and wants to wait until March. Gustafsson wants to fight in January or February. We should know soon who he’ll be fighting.”

Keeping it in the light heavyweight division, former contender there, Dan Henderson, is targeting a return to middleweight for his next fight. And UFC Tonight co-host Daniel Cormier believes Gegard Mousasi would make for an interesting opponent.

“He wants to fight in January,” Helwani said. “He’d like to fight close to home in California, and he’d probably fight at 185.”

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