DC: If Brock can't fight, I'll rematch Miocic
Daniel Cormier: "I’ll tell you this on record: If Brock Lesnar doesn’t make it to the fight for any reason, I’ll fight Stipe again. That is not a problem. There is no reason I wouldn’t fight Stipe. I’m only fighting Brock because I’m fighting Brock. But if he doesn’t make it, I’ll fight Stipe again. There you go.”
UFC Fight Night 141 on 11/24 in Beijing, China
UFC Fight Night 141 will be held on November 24, 2018 at Cadillac Arena in Beijing, China. Michael Ma, Endeavor China CEO: “MMA’s popularity is quickly rising in China, and we look forward to bringing our growing fanbase the best that UFC has to offer.” Schedule of all upcoming UFC fights
Dillashaw: I am the bantamweight G.O.A.T.
T.J. Dillashaw after defeating Cody Garbrandt for the second time in a row: “This cements my legacy as the greatest bantamweight of all time. I could tell that Cody was already hurt when we started that exchange, and then I lined up the shot. I got a little excited when I should have slowed down and finished him, but I got the job done.” H/T ModBee
Demetrious Johnson makes event high $380,000 with no win bonus at UFC 227
The California State Athletic Commission released UFC 227 fight purses to MMA Fighting. In the main event. TJ Dillashaw made $350,000 guaranteed, while Cody Garbrandt made $200,000. Demetrious Johnson made $380,000 with no win bonus, while Henry Cejudo made $100,000, also with no bonus. Cub Swanson made a guaranteed $90,000 (with another $40,000 if he won), while Renato Moicano, who won. made $52,000 ($26 to show and 26 to win).
White: No further punishment for McGregor
When Conor 'Dolly' McGregor attacked a fighter bus with a hand truck in a hapless attempt to intimidate Khabib Nurmagomedov, UFC president characterized it as the "most disgusting thing that has ever happened" in UFC history. The court eventually essentially sentenced McGregor to community service; White says McGregor will face no further punishment. “Suspended? He hasn’t fought in 2 years. How much longer should we suspend him? He’s obviously lost lots of money. Millions of dollars in what went down in New York. What more could we do to him? He went through the legal process and got what he got. That’s it!” H/T TMZ
Opening odds as high as -205 for Nurmagomedov
When it was announced that undefeated UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov would defend his belt vs. former division champ Conor McGregor at UFC 229, a number of lines went up, tracked by Best Fight Odds. McGregor/Nurmagomedov - SportBet (+128/-142), 5Dimes (+125/-145), Pinnacle (+138/-156), Bovada (+130/-160), BetOnline (+140/-160), William H. (+138/-175), Sportsbook (+167/-205). Unlike a spread on a football game (ex. Pats +7), in MMA the line on the game is called a money line. (+167/-205) means you have to bet $167 on Nurmagomedov to win to win $100, and if you bet $100 on McGregor to win and he wins, you make $205.
Edgar vs. TKZ to headline UFC 25th Anniversary Show
The UFC debuted on November 12, 1993 in Denver, Colorado. UFC Fight Night 139 on November 10, 2018 in Denver will serve as the official 25th anniversary event. It will be headlined by 'The Answer' Frankie Edgar vs. 'The Korean Zombie' Chan Sung Jung. Edgar is coming off a decision win over Cub Swanson at UFC Fight Night 128 on April 21. Jung is coming off a KO win over Dennis Bermudez at UFC Fight Night 104 on February 4, 2017. He been out since due to knee surgery and before that was out for nearly four years to fulfill his compulsory military requirements in his home nation of South Korea. Schedule of all upcoming UFC fights
Diaz, Poirier: F@$% the UFC
Nate Diaz showed late to the UFC 25th anniversary press conference and said little. Diaz fights Dustin Poirier at UFC 230. “It’s time to go, so it’s time to go. This is a championship fight right here. Since my last fight, I’ve been in a lawsuit, so I wasn’t eligible to fight. I don’t know why nobody told you guys that.” Then it was announced that 155 champ Khabib Nurmagomedov would fight former champ Conor McGregor at UFC 230, and Diaz walked out in the middle of the promo. Neither Diaz nor Poirier is impressed. "I’m not fighting on that show fuk the UFC," tweeted Diaz. "I ain't fighting on that show either F the UFC," tweeted Poirier.
Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor at UFC 229 on 10/6
At last. Undefeated lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov will defend vs. former division champ Conor McGregor at UFC 229 on October 6 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The announcement was made by president Dana White at a press conference for the UFC’s 25th anniversary; neither fighter was in attendance. The move comes a month after McGregor cut a plea deal with Brooklyn prosecutors stemming from a hapless attack on a fighter bus Nurmagomedov was in; ‘Dolly’ McGregor was incensed that members of Nurmagomedov’s team had had words with SBGi teammate Artem Lobov. McGregor lost his belt when he decided to box Floyd Mayweather Jr and make over $100 million, instead. Nurmagomedov has a perfect 26-0 record. H/T MMA Fighting
'Smell Test' in full effect for Brock Lesnar
UFC drug czar Jeff Novitzky has previously referenced a "smell test" that anti-doping efforts use in determining which athletes receive extra testing. Former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar, who saw his last bout outcome overturned to an NC after failing an anti-doping test, gives every appearance of having tasted horse meat. In other words, he smells. USADA's Athlete Test History page, indicates as of 8/1, Lesnar has been tested three times in 2018. As Lesnar reentered the USADA testing pool on July 3, that's three tests in less than 30 days. By contrast, Mark Hunt, who fought a doping Lesnar, and does not look like a horse meat aficionado, was tested just once in 2018 to date.
Poirier/Diaz booked as backup fight for McGregor/Khabib?
Rumors have been swirling that a lightweight title fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor is all but a done deal. The earlier announcement that Dustin Poirier will square off against Nate Diaz at UFC 230 bolsters that rumor. It would make a lot of sense for that bout to serve as a number one contender fight or in the case of an injury, either fighter could step into the title fight slot as well.
Why the heavyweight G.O.A.T. not planning to attend UFC Moscow
The UFC is finally coming to Russia with UFC Fight Night 136 on September 15 at Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Moscow. The greatest Russian fighter of all time and the heavyweight G.O.A.T., Fedor Emelianenko, who currently fights in Bellator MMA, told Sport24 that he likely won't be there. ”Russia has its own promotions, but many people are waiting for the UFC. Bellator, too. Personally, I am not a fan of the UFC, so I will most likely not go there.” Fedor fights Chael Sonnen in the Heavyweight GP semis at Bellator 208 on 10/13 in Uniondale, NY. H/T BE
Swanson cites USADA as key reason for re-signing with UFC
"I did get some huge offers, but the companies weren’t as stable and things like that, and it was really making me really think hard. But one of the biggest things is, I’m all for USADA. I spent a long time fighting for the company without the major drug testing, and I feel like I wasn’t a big fan of that, so I just was thinking in my head, ‘Do I really want to be fighting guys who I know are just cheating?’ And I’m not one to do that, so I was happy to sign back with the UFC and be in a clean sport.” H/T MMA Fighting
'Mighty' Johnson floats interesting path to G.O.A.T.
“If I was to go to ONE Championship, win the flyweight division there. Go to RIZIN, win the flyweight division there. And then go to Bellator … win the belt there. Now this speaks volumes. For me to have every unique looking belt around the world, that’s what gets me excited if you really want to know." H/T MMAjunkie
Correia misdirects frustration for fight removal over eye issue
After UFC women's bantamweight Bethe Correia was removed from a fight vs. Irene Aldana at UFC 227 over an eye issue, she expressed her frustration with theCalifornia Athletic Commission. However, CSAC executive officer Andy Foster explained to MMAjunkie that, “the promotion determined Correia was unfit to fight. The UFC has pulled her off the card, which they’re entitled to do as a promoter."
Weidman 'kinda pissed off' at not getting title shot
Kelvin Gastelum and UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker will serve as opposing coaches on TUF, and then fight. Former division champ Chris Weidman campaigned for the title shot, but is instead fighting Luke Rockhold at UFC 270; The All American appeared on The Ariel Helwani MMA Show to lament. “They were saying they couldn’t depend on me with my hand. … It kind of pisses me off because there are a whole lot of things that can wrong with any fighter, so for them to put me in that predicament pisses me off a little. ... I mean you got Gastelum who hasn’t made weight, Romero hasn’t made weight and Whittaker has been injured, too. … it’s not like I am the only guy...what can you do?” H/T MMA Mania
Pettis vs. Formiga added to UFC 229
On his show for ESPN, Ariel Helwani revealed that a bantamweight bout between Sergio Pettis and Jussier Formiga has been added to UFC 229, which is scheduled for October 6th in Las Vegas, NV.
Cerrone parts ways with striking coach Brandon Gibson
Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone has had the highly respected striking coach Brandon Gibson in his corner for the last nine fights. Cowboy initially won four in a row, but has gone 1-4 since. Now ESPN reports the pair have mutually parted ways. "I wish Cowboy and his team all the best moving forward," said Gibson. "I think a new look and direction will be good for him." Greg Jackson from Jackson Wink MMA will continue in Cerrone's corner.
UFC on FOX 30 has bafflingly low ratings
Dave Meltzer, who knows everything about MMA television ratings, reports that he is perplexed as to why UFC on FOX 30 was the lowest-rated event in the seven-year history of the series, averaging a 1.04 rating and 1,678,000 viewers. The Poirier vs. Alvarez main event drew 2,338,000 viewers; only Souza vs. Brunson did worse with 2,244,000 viewers. While July is low, 30 was 18% lower than July ’17 and 41% lower than July ’16. The card was easily better than last year’s events. 30 had little competition. On the positive side, the show was the highest rated in all the key male demos on television. H/T MMA Fighting
McGregor Happy for Aldo's win over Stephens at UFC on FOX 30
Conor McGregor: “I was so happy for him. Honestly, truly happy to see the joy he had after it. It’s a crazy business, and I know he’s gone through a lot of stuff. So to see him come back with that great finish, I was very happy for him and his coach, Andre Pederneiras. The whole of Ireland was happy for Jose Aldo that night.”