Jesse Ronson guns for UFC contract following weekend win over Ryan Healy

Sore hands and feet are Jesse Ronson’s only career roadblocks at this moment.

Ronson believes a recent victory over fellow lightweight Ryan Healy proves he’s capable of joining his well-known teammates in the UFC.

“I would like for this fight to put me on the next level, but we’ll see how it goes,” he told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).

Ronson (12-2) dominated Healy (23-12) over three rounds to earn a unanimous-decision win at this past Friday’s Score Fighting Series 7 event, which took place at Hamilton Place Theatre in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The event’s main card, including Ronson’s feet, aired on AXS TV.

One judge scored the lopsided fight 30-25 in favor of Ronson, a native of nearby London, Ontario. The crowd, including 75 of his friends and family, chanted “UFC” during the action.

Ronson, though, snickered at the thought of a UFC offer on his desk.

“I didn’t know they came that soon,” he joked. “Was I supposed to get it on Saturday?”

The 26-year-old has had far more time to win over his training partners at London’s Adrenaline Training Center, which Sam Stout, Chris Horodecki and Mark Hominick founded. An endorsement from the Canadian MMA stars won him the representation of agent Rob Roveta.

“They’re pulling for me,” Ronson said. “We’ll see if I get that call.”

The resources at Ronson’s disposal were considerably smaller in his early career. He trained at a kickboxing academy in London and had few grappling partners.

“I would do jiu-jitsu with the guys that were there,” he said, “with guys that didn’t know what jiu-jitsu was, and I was fighting MMA.”

That changed when Ronson joined Adrenaline in September 2010. Although he went 1-2 in his next three outings, including an eye-opening loss to the well-rounded Mike Ricci of “The Ultimate Fighter 16″ fame, he has won his past seven fights.

And Healy, who’s brother is current Strikeforce contender Pat Healy, couldn’t keep the fight on the mat to ground and pound him.

Although satisfied with his win, Ronson expressed frustration at being unable to finish his opponent, who took no fewer than three head kicks in the waining minute of the third and final round.

“I was just upset because I think I landed six or seven clean ones with my power leg and two or three with my lead leg, and I was like, ‘This guy has to go down from one of these,’” Ronson said. “So I threw the one and he wobbled, so I’m like, ‘One more and he’s going down.’ I hit him with the second one, and he didn’t go down. The more he didn’t go down, the more I wanted to hurt him and try to knock him out.”

The knockout didn’t come, but Ronson certainly made a statement about his abilities.

If the UFC comes calling, he said he’d like to fight in February. But in reality, any time will do.

“If they call me and say, ‘Do you want to fight this guy,’ I’m not going to say no,” Ronson said.

For more on Score Fighting Series 7, stay tuned to the MMA Events section of the site.

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Willow and Jaden Smith Take Flight at LAX

Posted Thursday December 20, 2012 7:40 PM GMT

Traveling as a family, Jaden and Willow Smith caught a flight at LAX Airport in Los Angeles on Thursday (December 20).

The “Whip My Hair” singer wore a maroon jacket, head scarf, and gray boots as she carried her little terrier in a travel bag while her 14-year-old brother wore a black sweatshirt lined with animal-print fur and Beats headphones.

Earlier this week, the 12-year-old star joined “True Grit” child actress Hailee Steinfeld to celebrate her Sweet 16.

The gals nabbed manicures courtesy of Sally Hansen and sipped on mocktails at Rolling Stone Restaurant and Lounge in Los Angeles.

Enjoy the pictures of Jaden and Willow Smith at LAX Airport in Los Angeles (December 20).

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Willow and Jaden Smith Take Flight at LAX

Posted Thursday December 20, 2012 7:40 PM GMT

Traveling as a family, Jaden and Willow Smith caught a flight at LAX Airport in Los Angeles on Thursday (December 20).

The “Whip My Hair” singer wore a maroon jacket, head scarf, and gray boots as she carried her little terrier in a travel bag while her 14-year-old brother wore a black sweatshirt lined with animal-print fur and Beats headphones.

Earlier this week, the 12-year-old star joined “True Grit” child actress Hailee Steinfeld to celebrate her Sweet 16.

The gals nabbed manicures courtesy of Sally Hansen and sipped on mocktails at Rolling Stone Restaurant and Lounge in Los Angeles.

Enjoy the pictures of Jaden and Willow Smith at LAX Airport in Los Angeles (December 20).

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Robert Griffin III ‘ready to go’ for Washington Redskins

Robert Griffin III fully practiced Wednesday, with NFL.com’s Albert Breer reporting the rookie quarterback was expected to play Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan cautioned that the team would see how Griffin responded Thursday before getting too optimistic. It’s safe to be optimistic now.

Griffin fully practiced again, and Shanahan confirmed there were no problems. Griffin hasn’t been officially “cleared” yet, but Shanahan expects the quarterback to start.

“If there’s no setback, doctors feel he’ll be ready to go,” Shanahan said.

RG3 will be given the choice to wear a knee brace against the modestly improving Eagles defense.

Follow Gregg Rosenthal on Twitter @greggrosenthal.

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Gwen Stefani: Chic Shopping in L.A.

Posted Wednesday December 19, 2012 10:41 PM GMT

Trying to finish up some holiday shopping, Gwen Stefani went with a friend to Maxfield in Los Angeles on Wednesday (December 19).

The No Doubt frontwoman looked chic in a black-and-red blazer, black leather pants, and red-rimmed shades as she walked out empty-handed.

After recently completing a seven-night run at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, the 43-year-old singer went right back to work making music.

Last week she tweeted, “Back in the studio! Song writing yay,” followed by a photo of her lipstick-stained coffee cup with the caption, “Stop procrastinating.”

Enjoy the pictures of Gwen Stefani leaving Maxfield in Los Angeles (December 19).

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Robert Griffin III makes strides at Redskins practice

The one-week run of The Kirk Cousins Show might not get a second run.

The Washington Times reported Wednesday that Robert Griffin III moved with ease on his mildly sprained right knee at Wednesday’s practice.

The Redskins rookie starting quarterback planted on his injured leg, threw the ball to receivers and practiced rolling out, according to the newspaper.

Griffin is hopeful he’ll play Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles after sitting out a Week 15 win over the Cleveland Browns, which saw Cousins shine in relief.

RG3 suffered a lateral collateral ligament sprain in a Week 14 victory over the Baltimore Ravens. He participated in drills last week, drawing similar glowing reports, but was ultimately deactivated against the Browns. With another week of rest, Griffin should be ready to lead the 8-6 Redskins into this pivotal NFC East battle.

Follow Marc Sessler on Twitter @MarcSesslerNFL.

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Miley Cyrus — Grabs a Handful of ‘Big Booty Ho’ for Her Birthday

Miley’s B’day Gift
Grabs a Handful of
‘Big Booty Ho’

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Miley Cyrus
had a butt-naked birthday celebration — latching on to a stripper’s bare ass, and TMZ has the first pic of the awesome encounter … inspired by none other than 2 Chainz!

Miley rang in her 20th last month with a house party in Hollywood … and sources inside the bash tell us Miley’s friends ordered a few strippers — one of whom dropped a booty-shaking lap dance on the birthday girl.

We’re told Miley couldn’t resist (we understand) … jumped up, hugged the dancer and grabbed her ample butt, which was busy swallowing a pink g-string.
 
Miley issued a warning tweet before her birthday … “if I don’t get atleast one big booty hoe my friends are officially not my friends anymore” — a clear nod to “Birthday Song” by 2 Chainz.

Even with Miley’s hands-on approach … her stripper-palooza was totally G-rated compared to her bf Liam Hemsworth‘s last birthday cake.

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“Les Miserables” Featurette Featuring Hugh Jackman Released: Watch Here!

Posted Tuesday December 18, 2012 10:15 PM GMT

As the big Christmas Day release draws near, Universal Pictures has released a new behind-the-scenes featurette for “Les Misérables.”

Focusing on star Hugh Jackman, the video includes the Aussie hunk belting out a song and talking about the iconic role of Jean Valjean, as well as the work put in to capture the character.

About his part, the 44-year-old actor gushes, “This is the kind of role you dream of playing. I’m gonna give 110%. I’m gonna do everything I can to make this role live.”

After castmates and director Tom Hooper praised Hugh’s work ethic, leadership, and preparation on set, Mr. Jackman acknowledged the challenge of bringing the Broadway show to the big screen, saying, “I think musicals are the Mount Everest of movie making.” Watch the behind-the-scenes look at Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean below.

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Dave Letterman to Talk Sex Scandal on “Oprah’s Next Chapter”

Posted Tuesday December 18, 2012 7:53 PM GMT

In a very rare opportunity, the public will get to hear late-night talk show host David Letterman open up about his own life, including the infamous sex scandal in an interview with Oprah Winfrey .

On January 6th, the daytime icon will host the late-night mainstay on “Oprah’s Next Chapter” for an in-depth conversation that will include the 2009 affair with a staffer that resulted in an extortion plot and public disclosure.

Other hot topics will include marital troubles, his battle with depression, the long-running feud with Jay Leno, and the relationship between himself and Oprah.

In the teaser trailer below, Oprah fires off some tough questions and Dave replies candidly, “I hurt a lot of people.” “Oprah’s Next Chapter” airs on Sunday at 9/8 c on OWN.

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Tiffani Thiessen — I’m DROPPING Instagram Over ‘Ridiculous’ New Terms

Tiffani Thiessen
I’m DROPPING Instagram
Over ‘Ridiculous’ New Terms

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The Instagram mutiny is underway … with a bunch of celebs already vowing to NEVER use the photo-sharing service again after the company announced a HUGE change in policy. 

Instagram has been under fire for updating their terms of use … which says users “agree that a business or other entity may pay us to display your username, likeness, photos (along with any associated metadata), and/or actions you take, in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions, without any compensation to you.”

The statement pissed off tons of users — famous and non-famous — including Kate Walsh and Tiffani Thiessen .. who tweeted, “Really sad to have to end my luv 4 @instagram. Will be deleting my account due 2 their ridiculous new terms.”

And there’s more … “Dancing with the Stars” pro Cheryl Burke is also abandoning ship … tweeting, “Can’t believe Instagrams new policy! They r allowed 2 use ALL of ur images in advertising. Will be erasing my account shortly.”

FYI — The new terms of use do not go into effect until January 16.

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‘Honey Boo Boo’ — Redneck Reality Shows Ignite SURGE in Hillbilly Porn

‘Honey Boo Boo’
Redneck Reality TV Ignites
SURGE in Hillbilly Porn

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America’s obsession with hillbillies is spilling over into the adult industry in a BIG WAY … because sales of redneck-themed porn has nearly TRIPLED in the last two years … TMZ has learned.

The toothless, backwoods, yokel formula has already proven to be a recipe for success in reality TV — spawning hits like “Honey Boo Boo,” “Duck Dynasty” and “Swamp People” … in fact, MTV has already announced plans for an upcoming hillbillly-themed reality show.

Now, one of the biggest websites in porn is also recording record sales in the hillbilly/redneck genre (there’s a XXX genre for everything) … and it credits the boom in sales to the bumpkins on the “mainstream” side of the things.

TMZ spoke with a rep for GameLink.com, who tells us the company has seen a 250% increase in Southern, white-trashy porn titles since 2010 … when the redneck reality shows began to take off.

In fact, we’re told prior to the release of the reality shows, hillbilly porn was one of the site’s worst-sellers. But now, Southern-themed titles like “Hillbilly Honeys,” “Real White Trash” and “Ozark Sex Fiend” are RISING AGAIN … with no signs of slowing down.

Redneck porn — no teeth? No problem.

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Patriots’ Kraft family to donate $25K to assist Sandy Hook

The New England Patriots were affected like the rest of America by Friday’s tragedy. For the team’s ownership, which plans to donate $25,000 to help Newtown, Conn. and its people, it hit a little closer to home.

The Kraft family owns the Rand-Whitney corrugated box plant in Newtown, just a mile from Sandy Hook Elementary School. And it was through that connection that Patriots owner Jonathan Kraft first heard the horrible news on Friday.

It was to be the day the senior management at the factory would celebrate the retirement of one of the managers, who’d worked there for 15 years. Kraft called in during the day to pass along his well-wishes, not having heard about what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The president of the company picked up the phone, and told him they had canceled the celebration and were holding counseling sessions instead.

Kraft asked why. The president told him what happened. And with their history of over two decades in Newtown, Jonathan says the decision on how to move forward – to provide help wherever possible – was simple.

“To me, the adults who lost their children in this are so important, the future of the school and how it moves forward is important, the town is important,” Kraft said on Sunday morning. “It’s not for us to make the decision on what to do with the money. But we’re gonna help.”

Kraft said the events of Friday also had a profound impact in the Patriots’ locker room the last couple days, and one that was very noticeable to him.

“The players have been really effected by it, just hearing guys talk,” Kraft said. “You never hear guys talk about current events, but the guys were talking about it on Friday afternoon and Saturday in the building. A lot of guys have young children. A lot of guys have guns. There was a lot of talk here.”

To honor the victims, the Patriots will wear decals on the backs of their helmets Sunday, have a moment of silence prior to their Sunday night game against the Niners, and light 26 flares to honor the 26 victims.

Follow Albert Breer on Twitter @AlbertBreer.

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Tom Cruise Stops by “El Hormiguero” in Spain

Posted Sunday December 16, 2012 11:41 AM GMT

Making a stop in Madrid to promote his new film, “Jack Reacher,” Tom Cruise visited the TV show “El Hormiguero” in Spain on Saturday (December 15).

The 50-year-old actor wore a gray sweater and dark jeans as he happily chatted with host Pablo Motos. One day after the fancy Madrid premiere, Tom was happily tossing food into the air and chatting with puppets on the high-rated Spanish language show.

In the film, Tom Cruise plays the title character, a former military police officer who is recruited by an alleged sniper to help prove his innocence.

As previously reported by GossipCenter, the Pittsburgh premiere of the film that was originally scheduled for Saturday night was cancelled due to the tragedy at a Connecticut elementary school.

Enjoy the pictures of Tom Cruise on the TV show “El Hormiguero” in Spain (December 15).

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The Kardashians Stroll Around Miami Before Heading to Work

Posted Saturday December 15, 2012 5:02 PM GMT

After a relaxing day out and about, the Kardashian sisters all headed to the DASH store in Miami on Saturday (December 15) to check up on their south Florida boutique.

Looking stunning in figure-hugging white dresses, Kim and Kourtney made their way past the mob of photographers, while Khloe followed closely behind in a tan and black ensemble.

In a new, recently released preview of their upcoming series “Kourtney and Kim Take Maimi,” the E! reality sisters get tough with their “dolls” after seeing their signature store in disarray.

Appalled at the appearance, Khloe says, “I am not having a good moment right now. This is not the way the store should look,” followed by Kourt saying, “This does not represent us well. I would rather close the store, everyone’s fired, and let’s move on…”

The newest Kardashian spin-off premieres on E! in January. Check out the preview below!

Enjoy the pictures of the Kardashian sisters out and about in Miami, FL (December 15).

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Champ Rockhold calls Larkin attack ‘pretty amateur,’ eyes early 2013 for return

Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that he never signed a bout agreement to fight Lorenz Larkin and never intended to fight at the promotion’s final event.

When officials announced the Jan. 12 event in early November, Rockhold (10-1 MMA, 9-0 SF) said he informed officials that a wrist injury lingered and that he was unable to fight.

That’s why he’s particularly irritated by a series of verbal attacks from Lorenz Larkin (13-0 MMA, 4-0 SF) regarding his willingness to compete.

“He was obviously misinformed to some extent,” Rockhold said. “I’ve been in that situation, but just to lash out at me, that’s pretty amateur.”

Larkin, who today addressed his grievances with MMAjunkie.com Radio, was twice scheduled to vie for the title before injuries interceded.

“I just feel like guys are acting like they haven’t paved any way for them to go to the UFC and a catastrophe could happen on Jan. 12, where [UFC President Dana White is] going to be like, ‘No. I didn’t like the way you fought, and you’re not going to come over,’” Larkin said.

Rockhold, however, said the UFC wasn’t a part of his decision. He noticed his injury eight weeks prior to a fight scheduled for a Nov. 3 event and announced his withdrawal two weeks later.

“Every time I would grip something, it would be a sharp pain,” he said. “I’d punch wrong, and it would make me want to cry.”

Rockhold saw multiple doctors and had several MRIs done on his wrist. Training never completely resumed.

Four weeks ago, he underwent a blood therapy called PRP (platelet-rich plasma) to speed the healing process on what was diagnosed as a tear to his triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC) and ligament sprain. He also spent three weeks in a hard cast, which was removed this past week.

“I don’t take steroids, so I don’t know if I can heal as fast as some of these guys,” Rockhold said. “I do things the way I know how.”

Strikeforce and broadcast partner Showtime dually announced the Jan. 12 event with three title fights: lightweight champ Gilbert Melendez vs. Pat Healy, Rockhold vs. Larkin, and welterweight champ Nate Marquardt vs. Tarec Saffiedine.

Melendez earlier this month withdrew from the event, later titled “Strikeforce: Champions,” citing a nagging shoulder injury. News of Rockhold’s withdrawal became public over the weekend.

Rockhold believes the confusion over his status may stem from a conversation with Strikeforce officials following his first injury in which he gave a timeline for his readiness to fight.

“They never really got back to me, and they just thought I’d be ready, and I wasn’t able to get on it,” he said. “I don’t really know. I don’t really want to get into it, to tell you the truth. I wasn’t able to train.

“They announced the fight, and I immediately called and told them how I felt and now here we are. They wanted to make a date happen, and I know they want to get done with this thing probably as much as anybody else, and for some reason they have to put on a last card. Pushing this card hard, it seems like. I just wasn’t able to make the date at that time.”

Relations between Strikeforce parent Zuffa and Showtime steadily have deteriorated since a March meeting between UFC President Dana White and Showtime officials. White said he was “hands-off” with Strikeforce after his input on the look of the event was nixed.

Two Strikeforce events have been canceled due to high-profile injury withdrawals that prompted Showtime to decline low-wattage events.

With the promotion’s final event slated for January, Rockhold won’t defend the belt he won with a September 2011 decision over Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza. But he stressed that he didn’t withdraw from the event because he had designs on starting anew in the UFC once Strikeforce folded.

“That was not any part of my thought process,” Rockhold said. “I’m injured. I want to get paid. I want to shut Lorenz’s mouth. I’m not waiting in any shape or form for the UFC. You can never count on that happening. I’ve heard that in the past, and I’m not going to wait for that to happen.

“I have a lot of things I want to do in my life. This has set me back. I was going to buy a house, and now it looks like I’m going to wait until I’m more financially stable. I want to fight, plain and simple. It doesn’t matter who. Except at this point, after the talk, obviously I’m partial to fighting Lorenz.”

The feeling isn’t mutual for Larkin, who said he wants to move on.

Rockhold doesn’t hold that against the middleweight contender. He estimated he’ll be ready to return in three to four months after completely healing his wrist. He is unconcerned with the location of the next bout.

“I’d be completely happy with the UFC, but I just want to fight and get paid,” he said. “I want to be best in the world. Eventually, whether it’s here or there, I want those fights.”

For more on “Strikeforce: Champions,” stay tuned to the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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