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Midnight Mania! Dana White calls Tyron Woodley full of shit, Woodley fires back

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Despite Dana White’s strong feelings about it, Tyron Woodley continues to push for this Nate Diaz fight. Nate wants the bout too, telling ESPN.com:

“I’m getting to the point where I’m sick of not fighting. I’m not getting any younger,” Diaz told ESPN. “I put that tweet out saying I wanted to fight in May or June, but I didn’t say who because I was weighing my options. And now, Woodley is my best option.

”I see him on TMZ every week, talking about me. I’m like, ‘What the f—? If that’s what you want to do.’ It’s not really my weight class, but I’m with it. I think it’s my title we’re fighting for. If he’s the one calling me out, whose title are we fighting for? Who’s the real champion here?”

Diaz is right about Woodley calling him (literally) on TMZ.

Dana fired back with all the scorn he could muster, telling UFC Tonight that the welterweight champion is full of shit. Via MMAFighting.com:

“[Woodley’s] full of sh*t,” White said. “That fight was never made, you couldn’t be more wrong, he couldn’t be more full of sh*t, and it’s absolutely not true. It’s so not true that our lawyer hit him up today and said he needs to stop saying these kind of things, because it’s absolutely not true.”

“Dos Anjos is the fight we’re looking at for Woodley,” White said. “That’s the fair fight, he just won a great fight against Robbie Lawler and looked good and what I love about that fight is dos Anjos will bring it. He will come after Tyron Woodley and it will be a great fight. That’s the fight that’s gonna happen.”

White also repeated his talking point that Diaz had turned down several fights with lightweight opponents:

“We’ve offered Nate Diaz five or six fights in the last several months and he’s turned them all down,” White said. “I’ve said many times over the last several months that I don’t see Nate Diaz fighting. Will he fight this year? Maybe he’ll come out and see he wants to fight eventually, but no, he’s turned down every fight we’ve offered.“

Woodley wasn’t long in responding to Dana White, and he certainly has a point.

White, not unlike the current United States President, does have a long and frequent history of factually incorrect and misleading statements. Among many other examples, he said Anderson Silva would not be fighting Daniel Cormier at UFC 200 (hours before the bout was announced), and most memorably denied the UFC was being sold for 4 billion dollars, including releasing a memo to his employees to that effect. (Many of those employees were subsequently let go.)

In this case, Tyron Woodley is angling for a bout which, divisionally, makes very little sense, but from a promotional standpoint, might very well make sense. Given the direction WME-IMG have taken in these cases lately, it does seem possible Woodley is right.


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Some Wednesday trash talk between Tyron Woodley and Rafael Dos Anjos also went down:

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Max Holloway hits back at Conor McGregor on Twitter with sick Mayweather burn

Don’t be dragging Max Holloway into your social media beefs because he brings the fire.

Conor McGregor isn’t fighting in the featherweight division any more, but that didn’t stop him from throwing some shade at current 145 pound champion Max Holloway on Saturday afternoon. Shortly after Holloway was forced off UFC 222 with a leg injury (his first pull out in 18 fights with the UFC), McGregor posted this:

When there is no referee to save you.

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”When there is no referee to save you,” the caption read – a not so subtle jab at Floyd Mayweather, who has been teasing an MMA rematch against the Irish UFC champ.

Holloway didn’t appreciate being dragged into the beef, and here’s how he responded…

”When there is,” he said with a picture of McGregor being saved from Mayweather by the ref in the 10th round of their boxing superfight.

McGregor beat Holloway back in 2013, but Max can take a little pride in being the only UFC featherweight the Irish fighter didn’t manage to finish. Since then Holloway has gone on an impressive 12 fight win streak, taking the 145 pound title off Jose Aldo and then defeating him again in a rematch six months later.

We doubt Max and Conor will meet in the cage again now that McGregor is fighting at moneyweight, but you have to wonder how he’d fare against Holloway these days.

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Midnight Mania! “Notorious” director says McGregor needs to win fans back

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I had the opportunity last week to interview Gavin Fitzgerald, the director of the documentary “Notorious”, which is out now. It’s a fantastic look at the transformation Conor has gone through. The documentary includes footage of Conor before he even got into the UFC, when he had no money, and lived in his parent’s house with his girlfriend Dee Devlin. It’s an incredible watch; as someone who has been watching McGregor’s star rise, almost inexorably, from a brash newcomer to double UFC champion, it’s a little surreal seeing an early, broke McGregor talk enthusiastically about getting into the UFC.

The interview starts at the hour and four minute (1:04:00) mark:

Gavin spilled the goods on first meeting Conor and hearing him talk about “watching gorillas on the nature channel and observing their movements”, what McGregor is like off camera (which the documentary does a great job of capturing), whether McGregor scripts any of his press conference material, what it was meeting Arnold Schwarzenegger, and the moment he eventually realized Conor was going to knock out Jose Aldo.

He also gave his take on McGregor’s recent troubles, with the Bellator 187 slapping and shoving incidents, to apparently punching Irish mobsters in a bar. While he admitted he knows no more about the recent incidents than anyone else, he did think Dana White’s comments about Conor needing to find motivation again were insightful.

It’s kind of unfortunate, like from, he’s making bad press headlines at the moment, in conjunction with the film. I guess he’s probably going through something, but, you know, I think Dana made a good comment, he did, about Conor, and him waking up making 100 million in the bank account, and him finding that drive to fight again, you know? I guess that’s unprecedented, you know? Like, he went into this game for a knock and a few quid, as he said, and now he’s absolutely loaded. I mean, it’s, yeah. I just hope it doesn’t get any worse. I don’t know much more than anyone else about recent events, but I hope he gets his focus back.

I think the best thing for him is fighting, you know? I think at the moment, he’s only 29, he’s a lot to prove, a lot of records to break still. I mean, don’t forget, he’s already won two belts, he could easily win a third, so, there’s so much he can achieve still. And I’m sure he will.

I think he’ll win the fans back, because he has some of that to do. I think he has a lot of people who are turning, you know? So I think he needs to win them back, and the best way for him to do that is to get back fighting, and yeah, to become focused again.

I asked Gavin about the last time Conor had an extended break, when he tore his ACL in his last fight with Max Holloway. Gavin said that Conor’s fame has increased exponentially since then, so the situations are difficult to compare.

Back then, there weren’t as many cameras around him, you know? Like his stardom now is out of control, especially in Ireland. He can’t go anywhere without everyone knowing about it. I think he might have gone through a dark period after his first ACL surgery as well. But, like you said, he found his focus after that, and came back better than ever… I think the best thing for him is to get a goal in mind and get a fight lined up.

Seriously, watch “Notorious” if you get a chance. It’s on Netflix as well. Amazing inside look at Conor McGregor’s rise.


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Former heavyweight champ Fabricio Werdum will reap the benefits of Mark Hunt’s drama with the UFC, because instead of Hunt headlining UFC Fight Night 122 this weekend in Australia (which is Hunt’s usual gig), Werdum gets to do it. And since that means the Brazilian is fighting again after just barely a month ago, that […]

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