Conor McGregor moving up to lightweight after Jose Aldo fight is 'almost set in stone'
Conor McGregor might not be long for the featherweight division. Even if he beats Jose Aldo to unify the UFC featherweight title.
"I feel like it's almost set in stone -- KO Jose and KO whoever holds that lightweight belt," McGregor said Wednesday at a UFC 194 media lunch. "And within the next two fights, I will be a two-weight world champion once again. But this time within the UFC."
McGregor held both belts under the Cage Warriors banner in Cage Warriors. A lot to still has to happen for him to do the same thing on the big stage, though.
Joe Rogan says UFC contract complete in August, unsure if he'll return to commentary
Joe Rogan’s days as a UFC commentator could be numbered.
The longtime UFC commentator and analyst, one of the most popular personalities in the sport, recently revealed his contract with the organization is set to expire in August – and he’s non-committal about whether he’ll re-up.
“My contract’s up in August. I might leave in August,” Rogan said on “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast. “It’s possible. I like doing sh-t that scares me. I like doing stuff – I like taking chances in that I like walking away from things. I like doing that. I like experiencing new things. You open up new doors, your mind starts firing in a different way. I’m not a big fan of doing the same sh-t over and over and over again.
Dana White says Ronda Rousey will receive immediate rematch against Holly Holm
UFC President Dana White believes a rematch between UFC women's bantamweight champion Holly Holm (10-0) and former champ Ronda Rousey (12-1) is imminent.
"I think that if we didn't make the rematch, me and [UFC CEO] Lorenzo [Fertitta] should probably lose our promoters' license," White said on the morning ESPN radio show Mike & Mike. "Yeah, that fight's going to happen. I don't know when, but that's the fight that will happen."
Dos Anjos unhappy with Cerrone's IV use: 'He has plenty of stomach to drink beer'
Donald Cerrone has been cleared to use an IV to rehydrate after cutting weight for his title fight against champion Rafael dos Anjos, at UFC on Fox 17 this December 19th. The move appears to have, rubbed Dos Anjos the wrong way.
According to the champion, that gives "Cowboy" an unfair advantage, but it ultimately will not matter, as he believes he will still beat him soundly, like he did the first time they met.
UFC Store: McGregor wins featherweight title, Ryan Bader heavyweight champ
At this point, you have to wonder if UFC isn’t playing a joke on hardcore fans, or if Reebok is in charge of its official store.
Whatever the case, the promotion has a serious quality control problem on its hands.
In the latest of wardrobe gaffes involving official UFC apparel, the UFC’s online store offers a t-shirt that advertises Conor McGregor as the man who “has defeated Chad Mendes for the Featherweight Title Champion!”
Sage Northcutt pulled from TriStar gym ahead of Cody Pfister fight on Dec. 10
That was fast.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight phenom Sage Northcutt, who went to the famed TriStar Gym back in October, will no longer be using the Montreal facility to prepare for his upcoming fight against Cody Pfister, which takes place at the UFC Fight Night 80 event on UFC Fight Pass on Dec. 10, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Reebok Botches UFC Gear Again, Creates Super-Fighter Anderson Aldo
Well, America’s No. 2 athletic brand is at it again. And this time, there’s really no excuse for their ignorance.
Reebok recently released its new UFC fighter kit, for one of the sport’s top stars. Two of them. Kind of.
Have you heard of that UFC legend Anderson Aldo? Yeah, neither have I. Epic Reebok fail. The shirt was supposed to be Anderson Silva’s, but somehow Anderson Aldo got onto it. Who exactly is making these shirts? Scott Coker? Nick Diaz? Edmond Tarverdyan?
UFC 195 gets change-up: Russell Doane out, Joe Soto in vs. Michinori Tanaka
Just a few days after announcing a bantamweight fight between Russell Doane and Michinori Tanaka for UFC 195, there has been a switcheroo.
Doane (14-5 MMA, 2-2 UFC) is out of the January fight against Tanaka (10-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) in favor of onetime title challenger and former Bellator featherweight champion Joe Soto (15-4 MMA, 0-2 UFC). The update was made to the official fight card at UFC.com.
The latest UFC 195 card now includes:
Champ Robbie Lawler vs. Carlos Condit – for welterweight title
Andrei Arlovski vs. Stipe Miocic
Drew Dober vs. Erik Koch
Lorenz Larkin vs. Albert Tumenov
Joseph Duffy vs. Dustin Poirier
Masanori Kanehara vs. Michael McDonald
Nina Ansaroff vs. Justine Kish
Edgar Garcia vs. Sheldon Westcott
Diego Brandao vs. Brian Ortega
Stephen Thompson vs. TBA
Joe Soto vs. Michinori Tanaka
Michael Bisping vs. Gegard Mousasi set for UFC Fight Night 83 in London
UFC officials today announced the first three scheduled bouts for February’s UFC Fight Night 83 event in London, including a middleweight matchup of Michael Bisping (27-7 MMA, 17-7 UFC) vs. Gegard Mousasi (37-6-2 MMA, 4-3 UFC).
Additional bouts include featherweights Makwan Amirkhani (12-2 MMA, 2-0 UFC) vs. Mike Wilkinson (9-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) and lightweights Rustam Khabilov (17-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) vs. Norman Parke (21-4-1 MMA, 5-2-1 UFC).
Bisping vs. Mousasi was not confirmed as the headliner for the card, with a UFC official telling MMAjunkie that “bout positioning on the card will follow in due course.”
Morning Report: 'Bad guy' Urijah Faber says he's ready to challenge 'shaken up' T.J. Dillashaw
A clean break can sometimes bring closure to a relationship, but it doesn't seem to be the case with Urijah Faber and his former protege T.J. Dillashaw.
Caught between the feuding of Faber and his striking guru Duane Ludwig, the UFC bantamweight champ left Sacramento's Team Alpha Male for Colorado's Elevation Fight Team in October.
According to Faber, the split hasn't done much to alleviate tensions.
"No, it's not relief," Faber told Submission Radio. "It's not the best feeling, to be honest. [Dillashaw] and I aren't the best of friends like we were before. I feel like he's turned himself into a victim in this whole situation. I feel like, in his mind, I'm 'the bad guy' because he left our team. I told him, 'If you're not on the team you can't be coming in here and training with us.' He feels that I kicked him out of the gym. He said it in an interview or something like that, which is comical.
‘Jacare’ Souza going after Dana White if he doesn’t get title shot after UFC 194
Ronaldo Souza got past every single middleweight the UFC put in front of him inside the Octagon, and he wants no one else besides the champion after UFC 194.
Matched up against top contender Yoel Romero on Dec. 12, "Jacare" demands a title shot if he’s victorious in Las Vegas.
"I’m not thinking about this," Souza said of the possibility of not being the next in line. "Here’s the deal: I will defeat Romero, and I’ll get Dana White later. I can’t get that matchmaker (Joe Silva) because he’s too small. Dana White is a bit bigger.
Henderson wants to stay in UFC, but will test free agency
Former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson earned a split decision win over Jorge Masvidal at UFC Fight Night 79 in Seoul, Korea. It was his second win a row, have defeated Brandon Thatch in the Fight of the Night earlier this year. Both bouts were at welterweight. He previously dropped two in a row at lightweight.
It was the last fight on his UFC contract.
In Seoul, after the decision was announced, he took of his UFC gloves and left them in the Octagon, a ceremonial representation of the end of his current contract with the organization.
Benson Henderson vs. Jorge Masvidal UFC Fight Night 79 scorecard
The Benson Henderson vs. Jorge Masvidal UFC Fight Night 79 scorecard reveals another close decision win for Henderson on Saturday morning.
Henderson won the fight via split decision (47-48, 48-47, 49-46) at the Olympic Gymnastics Arena in Seoul, South Korea.
Mark Craig gave Masvidal rounds 1, 3 and 5 en route to his 48-47 score, while Barry Foley gave rounds 1, 2, and 5 to Henderson for his 48-47 score for Henderson.
Charlie Keech gave rounds 2, 3, 4 and 5 to Henderson.