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UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor will go up to 155 pounds to challenge lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez in the main event of UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, attempting to become the first-ever simultaneous two-weight world champion in the biggest event in UFC history.
The headliner is the third title fight to hit the Big Apple in the UFC¹s first show in New York State.
McGregor will retain his featherweight title through UFC 205.
The UFC 205 card now includes:
Eddie Alvarez vs. Conor McGregor – for lightweight title
Tyron Woodley vs. Stephen Thompson – for welterweight title
Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz - for women strawweight title
Rashad Evans vs. Tim Kennedy
Raquel Pennington vs. Miesha Tate
Donald Cerrone vs. Kelvin Gastelum
Liz Carmouche vs. Katlyn Chookagian
Thiago Alves vs. Jim Miller
Frankie Edgar vs. Jeremy Stephens
Tim Boetsch vs. Rafael Natal
Lyman Good vs. Belal Muhammad
Coach Mike Winkeljohn offered his thoughts on former student Travis Browne and his lack of improvement under “boxing coach” Edmond Tarverdyan.
"I think he went to a boxing coach and tried to learn just that style and he's put all of his eggs in that one basket," Coach Winkeljohn told Submission Radio. "The problem with that is, MMA is big and sometimes you have to pull all the tools out of your tool box. If the few tools that you decide to bring to the party don't work, you're kind of screwed. But if you have access to more tools and more variety, you can do more things and then the unpredictableness comes along and makes even those first tools more effective."
Coach Winkeljohn also added that he isn't necessarily interested in working with Browne again, and is instead more concerned with the students already under his wing.
"I will never say never, but at the moment I don't want him. It's just one of those things. I don't dislike him, but he left and I have my other guys now that I'm focused on. And, you know, he left and he said some things about how he's learning these skills he didn't have before."
Coach Mike Winkeljohn gave his thoughts on a potential heavyweight match-up between Jon Jones and Stipe Miocic.
"Well (Stipe would be) the scariest fight to date because it's the one-punch power and then it's a strength of someone that can be on top of you," Winkeljohn told Submission Radio. "And Stipe is very, very strong and because of that one-punch power it's scary. It makes people second-guess what they're doing. So for that reason it's kind of the scariest fight in that way, but it's kind of like fighting (Anthony) Johnson or anyone else like that -?? if you can avoid the big punches, then Jon Jones can dominate."
While Jones' unprecedented title reign took a tempestuous turn several years ago, Winkeljohn remains confident that Jones' only true battle is against himself.
"I'm a big believer in what Jon Jones can do. I told everybody a long time ago, nobody beats Jon Jones but himself, that's what I said. Nobody studies as hard as Jon Jones, looking at tape. He knows what his fighter's going to do before he does it and Jon can beat anybody out there. I think he's going to just continue to dominate the Light Heavyweight division if he wants. If he wants to step up for Stipe, we just can't get hit by those big punches. Other than that, I think Jon could dominate that fight."
Much of the drama surrounding UFC Fight Night 95 focused not on whether Cristiane "Cyborg" Justino would defeat UFC newcomer Lina Lansberg, but instead whether the Invicta FC featherweight champion would be able to successfully make the UFC's mandated catchweight of 140 pounds.
Ultimately, Justino succeeded in her goal, cutting down from 165 pounds to the one-pound allowance of 141 in less than a week. However, video released by Justino's team in the days after official weigh-ins showed that Justino may have tipped the scales a few ounces above her 141-pound limit. And according to Justino's nutritionist, weight-cutting guru George Lockhart, that extra weight was permitted by the Brazilian athletic commission (CABMMA) charged with overseeing the proceedings in Brasilia, Brazil.
"That was up to the commission, I believe, so I think you get a variable in there," Lockhart said. "And a lot of people don't know this, a lot of times when you step on the scale, a lot of the digital scales, especially in the U.S., it only goes by .5. So if you're, let's say, 171.2, it rounds down to 171. If you're 171.3, then it rounds up. So a lot of people don't know that, but again, I'm going to get you down to the damn gram (that you need to be at), so you don't have to sit in a bath longer than need be, so you don't have to work out any longer than you need to."
Heavyweight prospect Ruslan Magomedov is the latest UFC fighter to fall under the sword of the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).
The UFC announced Monday that Magomedov has been informed of a "potential anti-doping violation" stemming from an out-of-competition drug test collected by USADA on Sept. 7. The UFC did not specify the nature of the banned substance found in Magomedov's sample.
"The UFC organization was notified that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Ruslan Magomedov of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collection made on September 7, 2016. USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case. It is important to note that, under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full and fair review process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. Additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward."
The lineup is set for the UFC’s second trip to the Philippines for UFC Fight Night 97 in October.
The event takes place Oct. 15 at SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay, Manila, Philippines. The entire event will stream on UFC Fight Pass. It’s the UFC’s first event in the Philippines since UFC Fight Night 66 in May 2015.
The lineup features 10 bouts, with four serving as the main card.
MAIN CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 10 a.m. ET)
Ricardo Lamas vs. B.J. Penn
Derrick Lewis vs. Marcin Tybura
Janel Lausa vs. Yao Zhikui
Mizuto Hirota vs. Cole Miller
PRELIMINARY CARD (6:45 a.m. ET)
Sam Alvey vs. Alex Nicholson
Mehdi Baghdad vs. Jon Tuck
Ryan Janes vs. Dongi Yang
Seo Hee Ham vs. Danielle Taylor
James Moontasri vs. Alex Morono
Ali Bagautinov vs. Kyoji Horiguchi
Coach and former UFC fighter Akira Corassani with the revelation:
"Everybody has a plan before they get hit" Acceptance: With zero excuses and pure admiration for @linalansberg the obvious conclusion is... Cyborg is just a better fighter, too strong, too heavy possesses power that can put any woman or man to sleep. To accept that as a team is very hard trying to figure out what we could've done differently. We turned every stone in this weird and crazy camp doing over 100 interviews along with one month before the fight traveling to Brazil for a two day promo shoot. We did what we had to do but we fought the last boss with no "insert coin" option! The home country crowd wanted Lina dead covering Tag team's song "Whoomp there it is" as she was walking in smiling! To make a long story longer... Lina had a chat with Cyborg where she mentioned that she walked into the cage at 170 lbs (77 kg). Now that means TWO weight classes up along with that additional skill level. What can be harder than doing all of this in your UFC debut!? I know she will be back and show what she is about but what she did taking this fight believing in herself is admirable! Fighters should ask themselves if they would do it? Forget about the average joe getting anxiety and jitters from singing at a half-empty karaoke bar! I am Linas biggest fan and I will make sure she bounces back! I wanna thank the REAL fans for their support and all the friends and family supporting her through this. She will be back!
So she went from 165 to 141 to 170 in the span of five days. Sounds healthy!
"The American Gangster" promised to wreck anyone and everyone willing to compete this November. That includes former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz. Unfortunately for Sonnen, "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" did not share his grand vision.
From Submission Radio:
"Chael calling me out on November 2nd? I'm the one who calls the shots, not him! We'll fight in January. We're not going to fight in November. I'm gonna give him some time to get used to being at his weight, off of steroids, so he can train through that time. November 17th is not happening. I'm calling the shots, not Chael Sonnen. Yeah he talks well, yeah he does his thing, but no, this is my weight class. I'm the one who calls the shots. Tito Ortiz is gonna call the shots."
The Brazilian commission overseeing this past Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 95 apparently won’t let Roy Nelson’s post-fight actions slide.
After Nelson vented his frustration with a stoppage win over Antonio Silva by kicking and then flipping off referee “Big” John McCarthy, the Comissao Atletica Brasileira de MMA, or CABMMA, announced the incident will be addressed by a Brazilian court.
CABMMA spokesperson Cristiano Sampaio claimed today that Nelson’s case will be taken up by the Superior Justice Court of Sport, which handles judicial questions pertaining to sports in Brazil.
“Even though CABMMA understands Roy Nelson’s ‘frustration’ in that situation due to his close relationship with his opponent, that does not justify his act and can open a serious and dangerous precedent in the sport,” Sampaio wrote in an email to MMAjunkie. “We, as the regulation body of MMA in Brazil and member of the Association of Boxing Commissions, will not tolerate such conduct.
“All the licensed professionals involved have to act accordingly, respecting the rules, commission, promoter and fans, where unsportsmanlike behavior will be subject to fines and suspensions.”
Bellator 162 in Memphis is starting to take shape, and Kimbo Slice's son — Kevin Ferguson Jr. — is slated to make his professional MMA debut.
On Sunday, Bellator officials informed MMA Fighting that 'Baby Slice" will take on the 24-year old Rick Bing, who is also making his pro debut in the MMA cage. The fight will take place on the prelims of Bellator 162.
Before there was the Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA), there was Ed Soares — the manager.
Soares, who has long made a name for himself as the manager of perhaps the best pound-for-pound fighter of all time, Anderson Silva — as well as overseeing the careers of other champions such as Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Jose Aldo and Lyoto Machida — will be giving up the reins as a fighter manager in early 2017. That's when his new venture, the Legacy Fighting Championship Legacy Fighting Alliance gets rolling.
UFC lightweight Paul Felder is leaving Brazil with a new battle scar.
The 32-year-old fighter fought Brazilian Francisco Trinaldo in the main card of Saturday's UFC Fight Night 95 in Brasilia, Brazil. Felder lost via technical knockout, as the doctor overseeing the bout called the fight off due to a huge cut on Felder's right eyebrow. The cut was caused by repeated elbows and punches from Trinaldo. The fight was officially stopped at 2:25 of round three.
The last couple of weeks in the MMA world have been confusing, to say the least.
UFC 205, which will host the promotion’s long awaited debut in New York, was expected to feature a lightweight championship showdown between Eddie Alvarez and Conor McGregor in the main event. After several conflicting reports, however, it’s now looking like Alvarez will defend the 155-pound title against Khabib Nurmagomedov instead.
According to the latest report from Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports, Dana White says McGregor’s foot is hurt and wants him to rematch Jose Aldo at featherweight.
“Conor’s foot is hurt, but he thinks he can fight,” White said. “I want him to fight Aldo.”
Headliner Cris Cyborg apparently made weight for her catchweight main event showdown with Lina Lansberg later tonight (Sat., Sept. 24, 2016) at UFC Fight Night 95 live on FOX Sports 1 from Ginasio Nilson Nelson arena in Brasilia, Brazil, which was the maximum of 141 pounds. But, according to this behind-the-scenes image above, courtesy of cyber sleuth @mikedyce, the Brazilian may have tipped the scales at 141.6 pounds.
Here's the video, go to the 9:20 mark to see her weigh in officially.
BRASILIA, Brazil – The UFC’s final 2016 trip to Brazil now has eight confirmed bouts.
With the UFC Fight Night 100 headliner between Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Alexander Gustafsson confirmed during Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 95 broadcast on FS1, UFC Senior VP and GM of Brazil Giovani Decker announced six other matchups at the evening’s post-event news conference.
The new additions include middleweights Krzysztof Jotko vs. Thales Leites, heavyweightsChristian Colombo vs. Luis Henrique, bantamweights Johnny Eduardo vs. Manny Gamburyan, light heavyweights Gadzhimurad Antigulov vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima, flyweights Matheus Nicolau vs. Ulka Sasaki and welterweights Michael Graves vs. Sergio Moraes.
Additionally, a bantamweight bout between Pedro Munhoz and Justin Scoggins was previously reported by MMAjunkie.
Pride FC may be dead, but the heated rivalry between Wanderlei Silva and Charles Bennett is more alive than ever.
After his post-fight speech, Bennett taunted Silva from the ring, while Silva just watched and smiled. And it didn't end there. Just minutes after the callout, Combate Americas CEO Campbell McLaren tweeted a photo of what appeared to be another brawl between "Krazy Horse" and "The Axe Murderer."
The trilogy fight between former PRIDE FC champions Mirko Cro Cop and Wanderlei Silva is scheduled to happen at Rizin FF 2016 World Grand Prix quarter finals. The news was announced on the broadcast of the tournament's opening round on Sunday.
The Rizin FF Grand Prix quarter finals are scheduled to take place on Dec. 29 in Saitama, Japan.
T.J. Dillashaw has been asking for a rematch with Dominick Cruz for a while now, and on Friday evening, he took to social media to take another stab at it. Dillashaw offered the UFC champ a bet and is willing to put his entire ‘show’ money on the line.
“Yo what's up guys, first things first I need to congratulate Dominick Cruz for making the comeback he did. But it's time to put your money where your mouth is,” Dillashaw wrote on Instagram. “Tired of all the drama no more campaigning or talking shit to get this title fight rematch. I'm willing to bet 100k that I beat you in a rematch, you win I fight for free you lose you match my bet.”
“Time to put up or shut up! I believe I'm the better fighter and just want to prove it. Where you at, don't be scared homie. This is as real as it gets! You Talking about money fights, look no more here it is! I obviously believe in myself do you?”
Cody Garbrandt, who is likely to receive the next title shot, has since responded to Dillashaw. Interestingly enough, he implied that his former teammate has been using performance enhancing drugs.
"What are we out here campaigning for title shots now I'll smack ya both around Tj you aren't the same with usantidoping in the game!
One of the best prospects in women's MMA is going to be out for a while.
Mizuki Inoue tore her ACL recently and will require surgery, sources told MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani. Invicta FC president Shannon Knapp confirmed the information and said Inoue was on the short list of potential next challengers for Angela Hill's strawweight title.
Typically, an athlete will need around one year to recover from ACL surgery. It's unclear if there's any kind of loose timetable for Inoue's return.
Louis Smolka has had a busy day.
First, he drew the ire of the interwebs after posting a video online in which he said his scheduled UFC Fight Night 96 opponent, Sergio Pettis (14-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC), had a “hurt vagina” as his reason for pulling out of their flyweight fight with what his trainer called a “minor injury.”
But now Smolka (11-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) no doubt will be hoping to put that behind him since he has a new opponent for the card: Brandon Moreno (11-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC). A UFC official confirmed the fight to MMAjunkie today following an initial report from FOXSports.com.
UFC Fight Night 96 takes place Oct. 1 at Moda Center in Portland, Ore. The main card airs on FS1 following prelims on FS2 and UFC Fight Pass