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I know what some of you are thinking: Who cares what a WWE wrestler and Hollywood actor thinks?

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), apparently, as the world's leading mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion recently put "Hercules" on the cover of its latest magazine, along with an excerpt about his relationship with several prominent fighters (and one surprise prediction).

From UFC.com:

"I always have my eyes on the champions, specifically the heavyweight and light heavyweight champs. Cain Velasquez is an animal with the type of heart and conditioning that makes me want to run through a wall at 3 a.m. and do my cardio and training. My buddy Jon Jones is a very special fighter who bridges fighting and artistry like no one ever before has. They're both incredibly inspiring champions who are needle movers in the world of MMA. And I bet 2015 will be the year of Anthony 'Rumble' Johnson: a bad dude. When he becomes champion, I'm gonna have to claim him as my cousin!"

A couple of things have to happen before that becomes a reality.

While the two traded barbs at UFC 171 earlier this year, Jones must first get through Daniel Cormier at UFC 178, while Johnson has his hands full with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC on FOX 12. Depending on how quickly Alexander Gustafsson heals up, "Rumble" may need another fight.

But at least he has a vote of confidence from "The Great One."

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