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The UFC's next edition in Toronto already has its first Canadian fighter on the card, as Combate reported that former strawweight title challenger Valerie Letourneau will return to take on promotional newcomer, Poliana Botelho.
Just days removed from the UFC’s announcement of a Conor McGregor vs. Eddie Alvarez lightweight title fight, ‘Mystic Mac’ posted a questionable photograph on his Instagram page.
In the photo, McGregor appears to be smoking a suspicious looking hand-rolled ‘cigarette’, with squinty eyes and an overall relaxed demeanor.
Somebody just got run over in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and believe it or not, the driver was not former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion Jon Jones.
Instead, it appears to be ex-UFC welterweight Henry Martinez, who is accused of plowing through a bicyclist on I-25 and leaving the scene of an accident, in addition to driving on a revoked license, according to KRQE.com.
But he didn't get very far.
That's because a concerned citizen, who just so happened to be packing heat, was able to track down the inactive mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter and hold him at gunpoint until police arrived.
After losing out on a marquee matchup against Kelvin Gastelum, Jorge Masvidal will get another notable name in the UFC welterweight division later this year.
Masvidal (30-11 MMA, 7-4 UFC) will face Jake Ellenberger (31-11 MMA, 10-7 UFC) in the latest addition to December’s lineup for The Ultimate Fighter 24 Finale.
UFC officials today announced the bout following an initial report from the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Jose Aldo doesn’t want to be in the UFC anymore, and his team is willing to go to court to fight out of his contract with the promotion.
"I think Dana and the new owners have to understand that there’s a completely unsatisfied employee who doesn’t want to continue," Pederneiras said. "If that was in Brazil and a guy said ‘boss, I want to leave,’ I’d say ‘Ok, I can’t hold you.’ The contract we have in the UFC, ‘boss, I want to leave,’ the answer is ‘no, you’ll be stuck with me, you might not do anything, but you can’t leave here.’ Is that something nice?
"I think it creates dissatisfaction, and he will want to go to court. He would have to go to court to cut this contract. And the damage a dissatisfied person, someone like Aldo, talking sh*t to everyone about a lot of things, I think the company wouldn’t want a guy like this every day in the media talking trash. Since the guy doesn’t want to do it, let him leave! ‘I just want to leave, I don’t want to stay here anymore, I don’t want to fight here. I don’t want to be in anymore.’ We don’t want a war, we don’t want a fight, we don’t want to talk bad about anyone. We only want the right to say ‘I don’t want to be here anymore. It’s not about money, I don’t want to be here anymore.’"
According to the report, Aldo still has six fights left in his contract with the UFC. "Scarface", who beat Frankie Edgar for the interim belt at the historic UFC 200 event in Las Vegas, was unhappy with the way he was treated by the promotion after losing to McGregor in December.
"He was already pissed off with the situation of being left aside without an answer," Pederneiras said. "You can’t do that with someone like Aldo. You can do that to someone who just entered the UFC now, but not with a guy that went undefeated for 10 years, not with a guy that was the first and only champion until he lost the belt in a 13-second situation, and earned his rematch, was fooled and it didn’t happen. I think the company has its financial side – I have a company and will always think on the financial side – but I won’t lie to my employee. If there’s no way to do it, there’s no way to do it. I won’t tell everybody something, put in the news for everyone to see, and then be caught in a lie."
UFC president Dana White has vowed that Conor McGregor will abandon one of his two UFC titles if McGregor achieves his dream of becoming a two-weight world champion by defeating lightweight beltholder Eddie Alvarez on Nov. 12 at UFC 205. McGregor, however, appears to have other plans.
"They're going to have to gather an army to try and take one of them (belts) off me, and that's out straight," McGregor said Tuesday at the raucous UFC 205 kickoff press conference in Madison Square Garden. "One's going to be there, one's going to be there, and I'm going to be picking and choosing who I want to destroy next. And that's it."
"I'm going to wrap one (belt) on one shoulder, and I'm going to wrap the other on the other shoulder, and they're going to need a f*cking army to come take them belts off me," McGregor said.
UFC champion Conor McGregor is never hesitant to discuss money. However, he put a price tag on his financial gains from a busy 2016 fight campaign.
When asked how UFC 205 specifically will improve the numbers in his bank account, McGregor didn’t answer directly. Instead, he skipped ahead to answer what his year-end total will apparently look like.
“I feel by the time 2016 closes out, I’ll be closing in on $40 million,” McGregor said at the UFC 205 news conference. “This is a $40 million year for me. A damn good year.”
UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor is fighting lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205, and Jose Aldo has had enough.
Aldo, who beat Frankie Edgar for the interim featherweight title at UFC 200 in July, was hoping to finally get his rematch with "The Notorious" after that victory, but instead saw the Irish star get a shot for the 155-pound belt at New York City’s UFC 205 after beating Nate Diaz in a rematch at 170 pounds.
A loaded card just continues to get even more stacked.
UFC President Dana White today confirmed that top lightweight contenders Michael Johnson (17-10 MMA, 9-6 UFC) and Khabib Nurmagomedov (23-0 MMA, 7-0 UFC) will also meet on the card.
Roy Nelson was upset at referee Big John McCarthy for not stopping his heavyweight bout with Antonio Silva when the Brazilian was knocked down, and kicked the referee moments after the fight was finally stopped Saturday night at UFC Fight Night 95. Despite Roy Nelson's apology after the event, UFC president Dana White is not happy with him.
Days after the UFC event in Brasilia, Brazil, White went on UFC Unfiltered podcast and criticized the longtime heavyweight veteran for his action.
"You can’t apologize for that," White said. "You don’t ever, ever put your f**king hands on a referee, or your feet, for any reason whatso f**king ever. You don’t do it. He needs to be buried. He went over there and he put his foot on his ass to like push him over, you know what I mean? Was flipping him off, yelling whatever. You wanna flip a ref off, there is never, ever a situation where you put your f**king hands on a referee. Ever. You can’t apologize for that."
"I’ve been traveling since the fight so I haven’t seen what’s going on, but if the Brazilian athletic commission doesn’t reign on him, man, it’s not good," White said. "You don’t ever put your hands on a referee. I don’t care what the circumstances are, you don’t do. And listen, we don’t always agree with them, we have our favorites, we have our least favorites, [Steve] Mazzagatti, you know. The guy, no matter how good or whatever you feel about him, they are there for your safety. They are there to keep you safe. F**king, that dope isn’t the… you know what I mean?"
"This guy is the f**king judge of when a fight should or shouldn’t be stopped? You’re a fighter, you go until the referee tells you to stop. John McCarthy is very qualified in what he does, he’s been here a lot longer than f**king Roy Nelson has been. And for Roy Nelson to go over and put his f**king hands on a referee, it can’t happen. It can never happen. But John is sitting there in his knees, tending to Bigfoot, and you come up behind him and f**king kick him? It’s despicable, it’s disgusting, it can never f**king happen, ever again."
The potential for a women's superfight between Ronda Rousey and Cris "Cyborg" Justino is still alive, according to UFC president Dana White.
Speaking on the UFC Unfiltered podcast, White said the former UFC women's bantamweight champion is interested in fighting the current Invicta and former Strikeforce featherweight champion.
"Ronda wants to fight her," White said. "We'll have to figure out at what weight to fight. But Ronda wants that fight. ... Ronda could do 40."
Khabib Nurmagomedov might not be getting a title shot, but he could be given a nice consolation prize.
UFC president Dana White said Tuesday on ESPN's SportsCenter that he is working on a fight between Nurmagomedov and fellow lightweight contender Michael Johnson for UFC 205 on Nov. 12 in New York. The headliner for that event, of course, will be Eddie Alvarez defending his lightweight title against Conor McGregor, which White announced Monday night.
"Khabib was also supposed to get a title fight at 155 pounds," White said. "Khabib called and says, ‘Alright, I get it. Conor is getting this fight? Put me on New York, too.' So, he wants to fight Michael Johnson."
Conor McGregor will have to give up a title, after all. Just not until after UFC 205, according to Dana White.
The UFC president said Tuesday on SportsCenter that McGregor will go into the lightweight title fight with Eddie Alvarez on Nov. 12 as the featherweight champion — with the chance to make history and become the first fighter to hold two UFC belts at the same time. If McGregor wins, though, one of those belts will have to be forfeited.
"He wants to try to gain both belts and he will give up one of the titles after that fight in New York," White said.
Which one? White wasn't telling, replying "good question."
"He's got some stuff going on right now, some personal stuff that I'm sure he'll announce when he's ready," White said. "But this fight made sense."
White said he and McGregor argued about him coming back for UFC 205 due to the injury, but McGregor told him "I know my body better than you do," White said. White was asked what's it like negotiating with a guy like McGregor.
"It's not that bad," White said. "He's an intelligent guy. And the thing that I love and respect about Conor McGregor is that he wants to fight everybody. He's my kind of guy."
Well, the UFC's maiden voyage to New York's Madison Square Garden got big in a hurry.
On Monday night, UFC president Dana White announced that Conor McGregor will again attempt to make history by becoming the first dual champion in UFC history against current lightweight kingpin Eddie Alvarez. That was the main event that many people were holding out hope for, given the scope of the event.
Then on Tuesday, White also made official that Long Island's own Chris Weidman would face Yoel Romero in a middleweight bout for the Nov. 12 card. White made the announcement while making an appearance on The Boomer & Carton Show.
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."