Aldo: I watched porn instead of McGregor fight
UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor beat former title holder Jose Aldo in 13 seconds at UFC 194. When McGregor fought lightweight Nick Diaz, at welterweight, Aldo says he was otherwise occupied with a Brazilian television channel called "Sexy Hot."
According to its website, "The Sexy Hot is a channel of tv adult Brazilian, marketed as subscription or pay-per-view in operators of pay TV. Is the first channel with adult content (erotic and sex explicit) of the Brazilian television. The programming is directed to public hardcore and straight."
Aldo appeared Sunday night on the Brazilian language television show Extra Ordinarios, and prior to the interview, told a Combate reporter that the night before, he was watching the porn channel instead of the title fight.
Conditioning coach: Nate Diaz was basically coming off couch for Conor McGregor
When Nate Diaz told UFC President Dana White he was in shape for a short-notice fight with Conor McGregor at UFC 196, he was mostly being truthful.
When he said he was training for a triathlon, that wasn’t technically a lie. Diaz is always active in some way or another.
Just three months ago, the UFC veteran had put in a solid training camp for a pivotal fight with Michael Johnson at UFC on FOX 17, and the benefits of his hard work were still present.
It just so happened that wasn’t the full story. An Instagram post today on Diaz’s official account told the more truthful one about his readiness for this past Saturday’s UFC 196.
According to a video posted by the now-victorious welterweight, he was shooting tequila on a yacht in Cabo San Lucas, “gettin my chillax on wit my dudes … before I got the call.”
Conor McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh says, if it were up to him, a rematch with Jose Aldo would be next
Even in defeat, Conor McGregor managed to come off as an asset to the sport following Saturday night’s main event against Nate Diaz.
McGregor said he would take the loss "on the chin," but that he would be back. He held his head high and answered every question directed at him. And in the end, he lived by his word of being "humble in victory or defeat."
Same goes for his coach at SBG Ireland, John Kavanagh, who was a guest on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. Kavanagh reiterated McGregor’s words about picking himself up and moving on. Yet when asked what the next move would be for the Irish firebrand — who is just a couple of years has become one the UFC’s most marketable stars — he said he wasn’t sure just yet.
Paige VanZant joins ‘Dancing with the Stars’ cast
Top strawweight Paige VanZant has her next challenge lined up, but it won’t be inside a UFC Octagon.
One of the top prospects in the UFC 115-pound division, VanZant has joined the cast of "Dancing with the Stars" for the 22nd season. A former dancer, VanZant was paired with two-time "Dancing with the Stars" winner Mark Ballas.
The TV show is set to debut on March 21. VanZant is the first active UFC fighter to be on the show. In previous editions, after they announced their retirements, Randy Couture and Chuck Liddell, competed on the "Dancing with the Stars".
Joanna Jedrzejczyk on filming TUF with Claudia Gadelha: 'I think I broke her already'
Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Claudia Gadelha almost stole the show at the "Unstoppable" press conference before UFC 196. UFC president Dana White had to send security to get between them on the dais and then White had to forcefully separate the two women during a faceoff.
White then explained later that night at the EA Sports UFC 2 video game launch party at Mandalay Bay that just a few days earlier Jedrzejczyk and Gadelha got into a "full-blown fist fight" after The Ultimate Fighter 23 filming wrapped up. The two women are coaching against one another on the show, which will being airing April 20 on FOX Sports 1.
UFC 196 medical suspensions: Nate Diaz out after McGregor fight, but only until 4/20
Leave it to Nate Diaz to get suspended until April 20.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission today released medical suspensions stemming from the pay-per-view event at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena.
In a twist that’s so MMA, Diaz gets free on 4/20 following his bloody second-round submission of UFC featherweight champ Conor McGregor.
The full list of suspensions stemming from UFC 196 includes:
Nate Diaz: Suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days for right eye laceration
Ilir Latifi: Needs X-ray on left toe, if broken then suspended 180 days, or until cleared by doctor
Valentina Shevchenko: Suspended until 30 days with no contact for 21 days for left eye laceration
Siyar Bahadurzada: Must have jaw cleared by doctor or suspended 180 days; minimum suspension for 21 days with no contact for 14 days
Brandon Thatch: Needs X-ray on left foot, if broken then suspended 180 days, or until cleared by doctor; minimum suspension 45 days with no contact for 30 days
Nordine Taleb: Needs X-ray or MRI of left knee and must be cleared by doctor, or suspended 180 days
Erick Silva: Suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days
Marcelo Guimaraes: Needs X-ray or MRI of left knee and must be cleared by doctor, or suspended 180 days; minimum suspension 45 days with no contact for 30 days
Chas Skelly: Suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days
Justin Salas: Suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days for right eye laceration
Julian Erosa: Suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days
Holly Holm wants quick return after title loss, would 'love' Miesha Tate rematch
Holly Holm said complacency led to her downfall and the loss of her UFC women’s bantamweight title to Miesha Tate on Saturday at UFC 196.
Holm (10-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) suffered a crushing fifth-round submission loss to Tate (18-5 MMA, 5-2 UFC) in pay-per-view co-headliner at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena, and it couldn’t have come in more gut-wrenching fashion.
“The Preacher’s Daughter” was largely in control for more than four rounds of action. Save for a point late in the second round when Tate got her opponent’s back and nearly finished with a choke, Holm kept the fight standing and picked her shots with precise striking combinations.
UFC 196 bonuses: Tate, Diaz earn some extra cash
UFC 196 was quite the event. While the first three fights on the main card went to decisions, the co-main and main event delivered in spades with crazy finishes. So it shouldn't be surprising that those fighters were rewarded for their efforts tonight in Las Vegas.
It took forever for the bonuses to actually be announced because the press conference started way late, but your fight of the night was never really in doubt - Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz will take home $50,000 for their thrilling headlining bout that ended with Diaz choking out the 145 champ.
In terms of individual performance bonuses, they were doled out as expected as well. Miesha Tate earned 50k for her amazing fifth-round submission win to claim the women's bantamweight championship from Holly Holm. And Diaz claimed 50k for submitting McGregor in the main event.
UFC 196 scorecards: Without finish, Miesha Tate vs. Holly Holm likely a draw
Miesha Tate was arguably on her way to winning the fifth round, but if she hadn’t secured the fight-ending choke, she wouldn’t be the UFC’s new women’s bantamweight champion.
In Saturday’s UFC 196 pay-per-view co-headliner at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena, Tate (18-5 MMA, 5-2 UFC) used a late-fight rear-naked choke to dethrone Holly Holm (10-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) and claim the belt....
UFC 196 pre-fight facts: Conor McGregor could make history with another KO
UFC 196 may no longer be the multi-title-fight super card it was originally intended to be, but tonight’s pay-per-view event at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena will is still one of the biggest of the year.
The main event sees UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor (19-2 MMA, 7-0 UFC) jump up two weight classes to for a welterweight fight with Nate Diaz (18-10 MMA, 13-8 UFC), and in the co-headliner, women’s bantamweight champ Holly Holm (10-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) meets Miesha Tate (17-5 MMA, 4-2 UFC).
For more on what’s at stake for the card’s 24 competitors, check out 90 pre-fight facts about UFC 196...
Conor McGregor, Nate Diaz won't be penalized by NAC for UFC 196 press conference actions
LAS VEGAS -- The Nevada Athletic Commission will not be reprimanding anyone following Thursday's near-scuffle after the UFC 196 press conference.
"UFC president Dana White handled the situation," NAC executive director Bob Bennett told MMAFighting.com.
Following the press conference, Conor McGregor punched Nate Diaz's right hand away from his face while they were squaring off for the media and fans in attendance, which almost led to a brawl. Fortunately for everyone involved, security and a whole host of UFC officials diffused the situation rather quickly. Diaz threw a kick towards McGregor in the midst of the melée, as well, but it did not land.
According to his team, Diaz did not injure his hand as a result of the punch.
Extra security is expected to be in place for Friday's weigh-in at the MGM Grand.
Stephen Thompson to meet Rory MacDonald at UFC Fight Night Ottawa
The UFC will be heading north of the border again on June 18.
During Friday's "Unstoppable" media conference, UFC president Dana White announced that the promotion's initial foray into Canada's capital city of Ottawa would feature a clutch welterweight bout between Stephen Thompson and Rory MacDonald.
The bout — which will be the card's main event — is expected to have title implications.
Dominick Cruz-Urijah Faber 3 to Serve as UFC 199 Co-Headliner on June 4
Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber will renew their rivalry in the UFC 199 co-main event on June 4.
UFC President Dana White announced the bantamweight championship matchup during the promotion’s “Unstoppable” press conference in Las Vegas on Friday afternoon. UFC 199 is expected to be headlined by a middleweight title rematch between Luke Rockhold and Chris Weidman. The event will take place at The Forum in Los Angeles, marking the UFC’s first show in LA not to be held at Staples Center..
UFC Fight Night Zagreb Complete with Addition of 3 New Bouts
The lineup for UFC Fight Night in Zagreb, Croatia, is now set, as promotion officials recently announced the addition of three fights to complete the 13-bout card.
The recent additions include a bantamweight tussle between Ian Entwistle and Alejandro Perez; a featherweight clash between Lucas Martins and Robert Whiteford and a strawweight tilt pitting Maryna Moroz against Cristina Stanciu.
UFC Fight Night Zagreb takes place at Zagreb Arena and is headlined by a heavyweight showdown between Ben Rothwell and Junior dos Santos.
Dana White: ‘I absolutely hate’ the ‘business side’ of Holly Holm vs. Miesha Tate
When Holly Holm knocked out Ronda Rousey to capture the UFC women's bantamweight title in November, UFC president Dana White joked that he and UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta should have their promoters' licenses taken away if they booked anything other than an immediate rematch.
Of course, those statements ended up being premature, considering that Holm is just days out from defending her title for the first time against Miesha Tate at UFC 196, but that doesn't mean White has to be happy about it.
"I'll tell you this, to be brutally honest with you, as a fan, I love her attitude and I love that. As the business side, I absolutely hate it," White said Thursday on The Jim Rome Show. "Holly vs. Ronda is the biggest fight in UFC history, without a doubt. I think this thing does close to two million buys, and she's going in Saturday night against Miesha Tate
Invicta FC Champ Cris ‘Cyborg’ Seeking Spot on UFC 198 Card in Brazil
While a showdown with Ronda Rousey may be on the backburner, Cristiane Justino still has UFC dreams.
In a recent post on her website, “Cyborg” makes her case to be included on the upcoming UFC 198 card in Curitiba, Brazil on May 14.
“It has been almost 10 years since I last fought in my home country of Brazil. I am very lucky that over the last decade my Brazilian fans have continued to support me and my career as I chased my dreams as a world champion, while living and competing in America,” Justino wrote.
Cain Velasquez undergoes successful surgery, eyes summer return
Former two-time UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez is making progress from his latest setback.
MMAFighting.com's Ariel Helwani reported on Wednesday's edition of UFC Tonight that Velasquez recently underwent back surgery. Sources say the procedure went well and he's got an eye on his return to the Octagon.
While Velasquez (13-2) has been a killer in the Octagon over the course of his career, the American Kickboxing Academy standout has been known as much for his injury woes as for his success in the cage. The 33-year-old has endured long absences due to shoulder and knee woes before having to pull out of a planned Feb. 6 rematch with current champion Fabricio Werdum due to back issues.