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Morning Report: Jon Jones blasts Chael Sonnen; Wanderlei Silva says he’s fighting Gegard Mousasi

What a weird situation. Any of the other 364 days of the year, if Wanderlei Silva tweets that he’s fighting Gegard Mousasi on six days notice at UFC on FUEL 9, we all believe him. But if it’s April Fool’s Day, and the likes of Tim Kennedy have already done the same, then who knows what to think? So, that being said, here’s where we stand. Silva announced Monday afternoon that the UFC contacted him to replace Alexander Gustafsson against Mousasi at UFC on FUEL 9. UFC President Dana White subsequently refuted that claim, telling MMAFighting.com’s own Ariel Helwani, Gus is still fighting! It’s April fools. Stay of [sic] twitter and the net today! Nonetheless, Silva continued to insist his announcement wasn’t just the truth, but that he was also in the middle of packing his bags in order to fly out to Sweden on Tuesday morning, telling Brazilian outlet Tatame, You can celebrate because daddy is in the house again. (For what it’s worth: yes, Mousasi already accepted Silva’s challenge; yes, that fight is a violence aficionado’s wet dream; and yes, You can celebrate because daddy is in the house again, may be the greatest line ever.) 5 MUST-READ STORIES Silva says he’s fighting Mousasi. Wanderlei Silva announced on Twitter that he agreed to replace Alexander Gustafsson against Gegard Mousasi at this weekend’s UFC on FUEL 9 event in Stockholm, Sweden. UFC President Dana White disputed Silva’s claim, however Silva insisted the announcement was not an April Fools joke and that he was packing his bags to fly to Sweden on Tuesday, telling Brazilian outlet Tatame: You can celebrate because daddy is in the house again. Jones blasts Sonnen. UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones blasted his upcoming opponent, Chael Sonnen, in a UFC 159 pre-fight interview. He just doesn’t believe, and that’s why he comes up short in every opportunity he has to be a champion, said Jones. He doesn’t have a champion’s soul, heart, work ethic. Nothing. … He’s not a champion. He’s not made out of championship stuff. He just wants that spotlight. He wants that opportunity. He wants that big fight, and I’m gonna give him what he wants. I will defeat Chael Sonnen in an extremely devastating fashion. The MMA Hour. Following a one-week hiatus, Ariel Helwani and the The MMA Hour return with another stacked lineup featuring Gegard Mousasi, Dan Hardy, longtime broadcaster Mauro Ranallo, Ross Pearson, Bec Hyatt and NBC personality Michelle Beadle. Kyle returns. Strikeforce veteran Mike Kyle ended his brief retirement to fight Valentijn Overeem at a Championship Fighting Alliance event scheduled for May 24, 2013 at the Bank United Center in Coral Gables, FL. RYU exits fight game. Facing mounting losses, MMA apparel brand Respect Your Universe (RYU) — sponsor of fighters such as Jon Fitch, Cheick Kongo and Ben Askren — elected to step out of the fight game. MEDIA STEW As if you needed further evidence that Don Frye is the manliest man alive… Leave it to Pat Barry to reveal some disturbing industry secrets. Item No. 1 on today’s fight docket: England’s most casual four-second knockout. (Fight starts at 2:35.) Props to Harry Williams for the find. Item No. 2 on today’s fight docket: Brutal top game all the way from Kazakhstan. (Fight starts at 0:25.) (HT: Reddit) Tonight’s episode of The Ultimate Fighter 17: The second set of quarterfinal match-ups take place, as Team Jones’ Josh Samman battles Team Sonnen’s Jimmy Quinlan, plus wildcard winner Bubba McDaniel tests his mettle against this season’s prohibitive favorite, Uriah Hall. I’m not even a Dragon Ball Z fan and this Mark Hunt highlight was still ridiculously cool. FUEL 9 DRAMA @hagge10 card is still the same ”” Dana White (@danawhite) April 1, 2013 UFC news my guys fight Saturday agains Musasi!!! What you think? UFC just contact me about Saturday,UFC acabeu de me ligar o que acha? ”” Wanderlei Silva (@wandfc) April 1, 2013 I am read I don’t have any injure and training a lot,to treinadinho e sem lesao nenhuma!!! ”” Wanderlei Silva (@wandfc) April 1, 2013 Fight is fight!!! ”” Wanderlei Silva (@wandfc) April 1, 2013 @wandfc hey mr Silva, if this is true and you are ready to fight me than I accept the fight, It’s an honor for me Much respect for you ”” Gegard Mousasi (@mousasi_mma) April 1, 2013 @ufc @danawhite at this moment I do not have any new info about my situationBut if ufc want’s and mr @wandfc is ready for me than let’s Go! ”” Gegard Mousasi (@mousasi_mma) April 1, 2013 BUNCH OF JOKESTERS IN HERE Gustafsson is out. I’m getting on a plane to Sweden. Gegard Mousasi is going to have one hell of a fight with me. ”” Tim Kennedy (@TimKennedyMMA) April 1, 2013 After numerous injuries this year, talking it over with my family and coaches, I have decided to retire from MMA for my health an well being ”” Louis Gaudinot (@LouGaudinotUFC) April 1, 2013 FREE Jerry Sandusky #AprilFools ”” Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunsonMMA) April 1, 2013 I FINALLY GAVE IN!!!FIGHTING CHUCK LIDDELL IN HIS COMEBAC…

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