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UFC President Dana White doesn’t like to match-make on fight night, but he sure had a lot of ideas about potential scraps after UFC 205.
White revealed the likely direction for two UFC divisions, telling MMAjunkie a rematch between welterweight champ Tyron Woodley (16-3-1 MMA, 6-2-1 UFC) and Stephen Thompson (13-1-1 MMA, 8-1-1 UFC) should happen after the two fought to a majority draw.
“You rematch them,” White said. “It was a draw, and the fight was ridiculous. It was a ‘Fight of the Night.’ Do it again.”
Another fight that makes sense to the promoter is a middleweight title bout between champ Michael Bisping (30-7 MMA, 20-7 UFC) and Yoel Romero (13-1 MMA, 8-0 UFC), who knocked out ex-champ Chris Weidman (13-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) in vicious fashion on the pay-per-view main card.
"Yeah, that’s the fight that makes sense,” White said. “He beat Chris Weidman tonight. I don’t know when, but that’s the fight.”
Conor McGregor had an announcement to make after becoming the first simultaneous two-weight-class champion in UFC history on Saturday night: He's going to become a father.
"I'm going to be a daddy early next year," the UFC lightweight and featherweight champion said during the UFC 205 post-fight press conference at New York's Madison Square Garden. "I'm crapping my jocks, it's messing with my head."
With a family to feed, McGregor has decided it's time to really cash in. His second-round knockout of Eddie Alvarez to claim the lightweight belt in the main event of UFC 205 capped the event which drew the biggest gate in the illustrious history of the world's most famous fight venue: UFC 205 drew a reported gate of $17.7 million, topping the record of $13.5M set by Evander Holyfield vs. Lennox Lewis in 1999.
And while the bombastic Irishman has certainly reaped financial benefits for his exploits, he wants more: With the company selling for an eye-popping $4.2B to Hollywood entertainment conglomerate WME-IMG this summer, McGregor bluntly stated that he want's what's his.
"If you want to come at me, if you want me to stick around and help service that debt and continue to push the company, bring me on board, for real," McGregor said. "I need to be set for life for this. If you want me to be truly on on board, then I need to be all-in on this proper, as an owner, and have an equity stake in the company. That's what I'm looking for."
NEW YORK – It was a historical event by virtue of being the UFC's first event at Madison Square Garden, and when Conor McGregor defeated Eddie Alvarez to become the promotion's first two-division champion it only solidified the date.
And UFC 205 was historical in other ways, too. Saturday night's event broke the all-time MSG live gate record, bringing in 17.7 million, outdoing boxing's title tilt between Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield back in 1999 ($13.5 million).
According to UFC president Dana White, the list of records goes on.
"Sitting here tonight we broke every record in UFC history tonight," he said in the post-fight press conference. "Every record. The only one I’m waiting on now is the FOX number, how did FOX Sports 1 do. It would be really, really weird and make no sense if we didn’t break that one too."
The famous Madison Square Garden was the home of an historic night of fights. A card topped by no less than 4 champions saw four (T)KOs, one submission and six decisions. The prelims had a great argument for being the greatest set of prelims in 2016, and the main card brought the action as well. Here’s who won the bonuses for the very best performances.
Performances of the Night: Yoel Romero and Conor McGregor
Fight of the Night: Stephen Thompson vs. Tyron Woodley
Conor McGregor seemed poised to throw down with just about everyone Friday.
Hours after a tense confrontation and Twitter beef with Tyron Woodley, McGregor had verbal altercations with both Woodley and Khabib Nurmagomedov backstage at the UFC 205 ceremonial weigh-ins Friday afternoon at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Kelvin Gastelum's time at welterweight appears to be at an end.
Following yet another botched weight cut by Gastelum, this time ahead of his pivotal UFC 205 showdown against Donald Cerrone, UFC president Dana White made it clear that the UFC is done giving the TUF 17 winner further chances to prove himself at 170 pounds.
Friday's news that the UFC 205 bout between Donald Cerrone and Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 205 was scrapped due to Gastelum's weight-cutting issues was a big disappointment for fans going to Saturday night's show at Madison Square Garden.
But the fight fallout has apparently led to what on paper looks like a better action fight just down the road. Cerrone will meet veteran slugger Matt Brown next month in a welterweight matchup at UFC 206 in Toronto, sources tell MMAFighting.com's Ariel Helwani.
Former longtime UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will be eligible to return from his latest suspension in July. But that doesn't mean Dana White is in any rush to put him back on the top of the card.
Speaking on a Sirius XM town hall hosted by sportscaster Jim Rome on Thursday, White said putting Jones atop the bill is too risky a proposition.
Will Donald Trump be at UFC 205? UFC president Dana White told TMZ it's a possibility.
White said Trump told him that had he won the election he'd show at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 12 for the fights. Of course, that was a while ago — before Trump, the Republican nominee, became the United States president-elect Tuesday night in a victory over Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
A head-to-head showdown between the UFC and Bellator highlights a slew of early 2017 events announced by the UFC.
UFC 208 will take place on Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. That will run head-to-head in the market against Bellator 170, which is headlined by Tito Ortiz vs. Chael Sonnen, just 35 miles down the road at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif.
- UFC 209 was announced for the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, on Feb. 11.
- It returns to its home base of Las Vegas on March 4 for UFC 210. A venue was not announced.
- The UFC released several news UFC Fight Night dates: January 28 in Denver; Feb. 19 in Halifax, Nova Scotia; and March 11 in Brazil, venue TBD.
The middleweight matchup between Rashad Evans and Tim Kennedy could go on after all, just at a different time and place as was originally set.
Sources tell MMAFighting.com that plans are in the works for Evans and Kennedy, who were scheduled to meet at UFC 205 in New York City this weekend, to instead compete against each other at UFC 206 in Toronto.
The inevitable became a reality on Wednesday as Jon Jones was stripped of his interim UFC light heavyweight just days after receiving a one-year suspension in the arbitration case for his failed UFC 200 drug test. ESPN first reported the news, which marked the second time in the past two years that Jones has been stripped of a UFC title.
The UFC is going international in back-to-back months with a trip to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada in February and a trip to London in March.
UFC Fight Night Halifax will go down Feb. 19, 2017 at Scotiabank Centre while UFC Fight Night London is set to take place March 18, 2017 at The O2 in London. Specific broadcast details were not announced, though the events are expected to air on FS1.
Shane Carwin now has an opponent for his return to mixed martial arts competition.
The former UFC interim heavyweight champion, who recently announced he's coming out of a five-year retirement, will meet Iran's Amir Aliakbari, a fellow heavyweight, in the quarterfinal round of the RIZIN World Grand Prix open weight tournament on Dec. 29 in Saitama, Japan.
Additionally, the remaining three quarterfinal bouts are also set: In a previously announced fight, Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic will take on former PRIDE 205-pound champion Wanderlei Silva; super heavyweight Baruto takes on heavyweight Tsuyoshi Kosaka, who takes the place of Jiri Prochazka (who dropped out due to a knee injury); and light heavyweight Valentin Moldavsky squares off with heavyweight Szymon Bajor.
A middleweight bout between Rashad Evans and Tim Kennedy is officially off Saturday’s UFC 205, but both fighters will receive their show money.
Unfortunately for Kennedy (18-5 MMA, 3-1 UFC), a replacement opponent will not be sought after Evans (19-5-1 MMA, 14-5-1 UFC) was forced off the event.