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Morning Report: Jon Jones and Georges St-Pierre targeting fall return

We have a mountain of goodness to navigate this morning, but before we can go outside and play, let’s get down to business. Two of the UFC’s top draws, light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, are both targeting an autumn climb back into the Octagon, according to dual reports made by’s Ariel Helwani on Tuesday’s edition of UFC Tonight. Jones, still hampered by his once-gruesome toe injury, hoped to return to action this summer, however he’s now eyeing an October title defense on the advice of his doctors. And yes, when the time comes, Bones still wants the lanky Swede, Alexander Gustafsson. As for St-Pierre, the Canadian sensation is also aiming for an October return. UFC President Dana White told Sportsnet on Tuesday that he expects St-Pierre to defend his belt against Johny Hendricks, although nothing is set in stone at the present moment. For his part, Hendricks repeated his claim that it’s looking like St-Pierre is scared to fight him. However, Hendricks’ words led UFC Tonight analyst Kenny Florian to drop this interesting little nugget, which was quickly agreed upon by Chael Sonnen. Yes, I do think he’s scared. That’s exactly why Georges St-Pierre performs so well. He is fueled by his fear, and that’s why he trains so hard, Florian said, before ominously adding, And number two, I think we [should] wait to see what’s going to go on with Georges St-Pierre. I’m not sure he’s going to fight Johny Hendricks because I think he’s waiting to see what’s going to happen with Chris Weidman and Anderson Silva. 5 MUST-READ STORIES Jones, St-Pierre update. UFC champions Jon Jones and Georges St-Pierre are both eyeing a return to action in October, according to a report from UFC Tonight. Evans out to rediscover fire. Rashad Evans was once on top of the world. Yet after consecutive disconnected performances, he now finds himself striving to rediscover the fire that once burned inside of him. ‘Bigfoot’ to visit doctor. In today’s WTF story of the day, Antonio Bigfoot Silva — who cuts to make the heavyweight limit — told Fighters Only that he intends to seek physician clearance to see if he can healthily drop down to 205 pounds and fight Thiago Silva. If can do it, I will drop weight to make this fight for sure, Silva added. All I want to do is just fight him because words won’t make him change. He’s mentally sick, we’re completely different people. I am a family guy. I respect my father, mother, wife, I treat my friends well, without pulling their legs, and I don’t take drugs. Bellator switches nights. Following season nine’s debut episode, Bellator MMA will transition to a Friday night time slot from 9-11 p.m. ET, beginning September 13, 2013. first reported the move. Daley booked. London-based fight promotion Cage Warriors reached a deal with Bellator to secure the services of welterweight slugger Paul Daley for a one-off bout against Lukasz Chlewicki at its next event, Cage Warriors 57, which takes place July 20, 2013 at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England. MEDIA STEW Check out the Fightmaster crew (plus Matt Mitrione) calling their shot for UFC 161’s main event. The lesson: Next time some computer nerds are giving you the runaround — BLAM! — kick to the balls. (For those interested, there’s a behind-the-scenes feature for this clip.) Who didn’t see this coming: ‘Rampage Jackson signed by Bellator? Welp, better upload one of his most brutal losses.’ Classy move, Zuffa. The Metamoris crew doesn’t waste any time, folks. Check out the new trailer for Metamoris 3’s featured match. Yep, of course this ridiculously lavish gym is located in Dubai. Where else would it be? I don’t know what Cliff Thompson’s most embarrassing post-fight interview was before this, but my guess is it didn’t involve projectile vomit. (HT: Reddit) THE CURSE OF ‘WHAT IFS’ Well this sucks…should be headed to the airport to win me a #ufc world championship! #keeponpushin ”” Eddie Wineland(@EddieWineland) June 11, 2013 JUST SO YOU KNOW 95% of MMA fighters make a fraction of what people think…… ”” Nik Lentz Ufc mma (@NikLentz) June 11, 2013 MR. WHITE @aaronsimpson: Impressive. Even an @danawhite reference. @maclethal: via @youtube ”” Dana White (@danawhite) June 11, 2013 I SEE WHAT YOU DID THERE In discussions with AMC about having me in The Walking Dead. They decided against it realizing that there couldn’t be any following episodes ”” Tim Kennedy (@TimKennedyMMA) June 11, 2013 WHAT A MESS Self note: it takes longer to get 2 toilet on crutches and don’t eat so much asparagus. ”” phil baroni (@philbaroni) June 11, 2013 EMBRACE IT Brooklyn Supreme, world’s largest horse ever. 1928-1948”¦wooow…A lot of meat right here yeah ”” Alistair Overeem (@Alistairovereem) June 11, 2013 FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS Announced yesterday (Tuesday, June 11, 2013): UFC on FS1 #2: Darren Elkins (16-3) vs. Hatsu Hioki (26-6-2) FANPOST OF THE DAY To…

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