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Curtis Blaydes Believes There’s ‘No Doubt’ He’s Next in Line for UFC Heavyweight Title

Outside of a loss to Francis Ngannou in his debut, Curtis Blaydes is unbeaten inside the Octagon and getting better with each fight. After adding Alistair Overeem and Mark Hunt to his resume in 2018, the Chicago native believes he’s risen to the top of the division.
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Curtis Blaydes Believes There’s ‘No Doubt’ He’s Next in Line for UFC Heavyweight Title

Outside of a loss to Francis Ngannou in his debut, Curtis Blaydes is unbeaten inside the Octagon and getting better with each fight. After adding Alistair Overeem and Mark Hunt to his resume in 2018, the Chicago native believes he’s risen to the top of the division.
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Curtis Blaydes Believes There’s ‘No Doubt’ He’s Next in Line for UFC Heavyweight Title

Outside of a loss to Francis Ngannou in his debut, Curtis Blaydes is unbeaten inside the Octagon and getting better with each fight. After adding Alistair Overeem and Mark Hunt to his resume in 2018, the Chicago native believes he’s risen to the top of the division.
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Curtis Blaydes Believes There’s ‘No Doubt’ He’s Next in Line for UFC Heavyweight Title

Outside of a loss to Francis Ngannou in his debut, Curtis Blaydes is unbeaten inside the Octagon and getting better with each fight. After adding Alistair Overeem and Mark Hunt to his resume in 2018, the Chicago native believes he’s risen to the top of the division.
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Curtis Blaydes Believes There’s ‘No Doubt’ He’s Next in Line for UFC Heavyweight Title

Outside of a loss to Francis Ngannou in his debut, Curtis Blaydes is unbeaten inside the Octagon and getting better with each fight. After adding Alistair Overeem and Mark Hunt to his resume in 2018, the Chicago native believes he’s risen to the top of the division.
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Dana White Still Believes Yoel Romero Should Move to 205, But, Should UFC Look at Third Fight With Robert Whittaker?

(This post first appeared on MMAFrenzy.)

If following last night’s headliner at UFC 225 between Robert Whittaker and Yoel Romero, you believe a third fight is in order, well, it looks like that might not happen.

If you watched the contest, then you know it was one of the best middleweight bouts in recent memory. Whittaker outscored Romero in the opening two rounds, but in round three, the latter decked the champ before he recovered and returned fire. Round four was competitive, but round five was pretty much a blow out for Romero, who dropped Whittaker again and appeared to be on the verge of finishing the fight. In fact, many folks have opined that the round should have been scored a 10 – 8 for Romero (via the new scoring rules). None of the judges, however, did so. Whittaker walked away from the bout with a controversial, split decision win.

Well, as you know, even if Romero had been handed the decision, he wouldn’t have been given the belt, since he came in at 185.2 for the fight. It was a repeat from what went down in February, when Romero didn’t secure the interim title after knocking out Luke Rockhold, because he missed weight for that fight as well.

After the card, White was asked if he still believes Romero should move to 205. Prior to the card, the UFC President had said he thinks that’s what the Cuban wrestler should do. White stood by that belief at the post-fight presser.

“Probably a good idea. We’re going to have to talk to him and his team, and it’s probably a good idea for him to go to 205. “

But is this really the route the UFC should go? Should they pass on Whittaker – Romero 3? Considering how last night’s bout unfolded? Yes, Romero missed weight, and he looked horrible after making his second attempt. But, the fighter has insisted his cut was stopped prematurely by the commission. Of course, health concerns need to be monitored here, but has the UFC thoroughly vetted what happened ? To conclude the book should be closed on Romero’s run at 185?

Now, another reason one could make the case for Whittaker – Romero III is due to the state of the middleweight division. When White was asked about the status of Chris Weidman and Kelvin Gastelum, really, the only two 185’ers right now who you could tap for a title fight, he said this:

“Weidman’s still hurt; his hands still messed up. So he’s going to be out for a while longer.”

“No comment on Kelvin Gastelum. He should have been the back-up here tonight when this all went down. He couldn’t do it. He’s got some personal issues that he seriously needs to take care of.”

So, depending on what issue Gastelum is dealing with, perhaps, the former welterweight contender could be a possibility in the not too distant future. But, would that fight draw more views that Whittaker – Romero III? That’s a good question.

At the end of the day, as the news cycle moves on, and Whittaker takes times to recover from a broken hand, calls for a third bout with Romero will have likely diminished. It’s just really unfortunate that Romero missed weight again, as, in a vacuum, a third scrap between the two sounds about right.

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Till Believes ‘Wonderboy’ Was ‘Forced’ Into UFC Liverpool Main Event

Darren Till is gearing up for the biggest fight of his MMA career thus far as he takes on former UFC welterweight title challenger Stephen Thompson at UFC Fight Night 130 on May 27 from inside Echo Arena in Liverpool, England.

As one of the bigger and more dangerous fighters at 170 pounds, Till hasn’t seen a long line of contenders wanting a chance to steal his divisional momentum. Few fighters, if any, have called him out, especially after the 25-year-old southpaw destroyed veteran Donald Cerrone via first-round knockout back in October.

Luckily, “Wonderboy” stepped up and agreed to fight Till in his own backyard. It’s a bout that could propel Thompson back into title consideration, but one that Till believes the veteran reluctantly took.

“I think ‘cause [Thompson] didn’t want to take this fight he’s been talking a bit more out of tame lately,” Till said during a recent interview with MMAnytt. “Not bad, ‘cause you know, he’s not a shit talking, he’s not a bad person, he’s a nice guy. But just ‘cause I feel like he was forced into this fight he didn’t want to take it. But he’s still comin’ and he’s comin’ to beat me on home turf and we’ll see, mate.”

In Thompson’s defense, he’s never dodged any fight. From wrestlers like Tyron Woodley to brawlers like Jorge Masvidal to well-rounded prodigies like Rory MacDonald, “Wonderboy” has stepped up and fought all sorts of top-level guys.

With an elite striking arsenal and growing takedown defense, Thompson remains one of the most puzzling contenders at 170 pounds. He’s rarely beaten to the punch and never seems overwhelmed inside of the cage.

Till is looking to change just that early into their main event clash later this month.

“I truly believe I’m gonna stop him in the second,” Till predicted. “It wouldn’t surprise me if the first. I truly believe I’m going to stop Stephen Thompson.”

It’s safe to say that Till is one of the most confident fighters in UFC right now. With an undefeated record of 16-0-1, including four wins in UFC competition, the talented English fighter is on the cusp of a welterweight title shot.

And if Till is right, Thompson isn’t going to stand a chance of derailing his momentum at UFC Liverpool.

“There’s no 35-year-old man out there who can f*ckin’ last more than three rounds with a guy like me right now,” said Till.

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Fabricio Werdum Believes More Patience was Needed Against Alexander Volkov

It’s safe to say former Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight king Fabricio Werdum’s last fight against Alexander Volkov didn’t go to plan.
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Henry Cejudo Believes Demetrious Johnson Could Easily Defeat T.J. Dillashaw

Former flyweight title challenger Henry Cejudo has weighed in with his thoughts on the outcome of a potential superfight between the current Ultimate Fighting Championship 125-pound champion Demetrious Johnson and bantamweight ace T.J. Dillashaw.
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Couture Believes McGregor Should Get Bigger Piece Of UFC Pie

With limited star power to satisfy high expectations in revenue and pay-per-view (PPV) sales, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) needs Conor McGregor back in the Octagon.

McGregor, on the other hand, doesn’t necessarily need UFC, especially after scoring an eye-popping payday opposite boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. this past summer. But just because McGregor doesn’t need to return to UFC to add to his already growing Irish bank account doesn’t mean “Notorious” shouldn’t come back to solidify his legacy in mixed martial arts (MMA).

All signs point to McGregor stepping back inside of the cage later this year, but the 29-year-old businessman is going to need considerable compensation to do so. While UFC is unlikely to grant McGregor his wish of receiving equity in the promotion, the organization will most likely open up its wallet more than ever before.

According to former UFC champion and all-around MMA personality Randy Couture, McGregor deserves every penny he gets. As a fighter who brings more to the table than any man or woman before him, including this sport-jumping star, McGregor holds the sort of leverage than you simply can’t ignore.

“[Conor McGregor]’s the poster child for why we need the amendment for Mixed Martial Arts,” Couture said during a recent interview with Submission Radio (shown above). “It will be interesting to see if he comes back to MMA. There’s been a lot of rumors and a lot of talk. Has he been stripped of both his titles? Is he gonna come back and fight again? What’s gonna happen? Who’s he gonna fight? And the big question, what’s he gonna get paid after just getting paid 100 million dollars for a boxing match, even though it was just an exhibition and not for a title? What’s he gonna get paid the next time that he comes back and fights in MMA under the UFC moniker? Why would he expect to get paid any less than he got for boxing? I can guarantee you they are not gonna give him that kind of money. So again, why? What’s the difference? Where is the flaw here?”

As the biggest star in combat sports today, McGregor holds a lot of power in his hands. But as a fighter looking to secure his own financial future and get his hands on multiple opportunities inside and out of the cage, the Irishman hasn’t utilized his notoriety and promotional pull to help out other fighters (yet).

“It’s all these things that I’ve been talking about with regards to why we need to be protected by the federal legislation,” said Couture. “There needs to be transparency in our sport. The exclusive contracts need to be eliminated. We shouldn’t be coerced into giving away all these things in order to be ranked and fight for a title. I should be able to know how much money is made off of any show that I fight in, so I can negotiate for my share of that, my portion of that. So if I’m Conor McGregor, he probably feels like he deserves a bigger piece, and certainly 15 percent of it or 17 percent of it as he’s the guy putting butts in seats and having people sell pay-per-views. So all those things get brought into question by what Conor’s done so far. We would love to obviously have him involved and testify or be involved in pushing the Ali Act through. He’s aware of us, but so far he’s been very focused on his own deal and doing his own deal. So it will be interesting to see how that shakes out for him.”

While there are a ton of questions surrounding McGregor’s potential return to MMA, the current UFC lightweight champion has made it known that he wants to continue his fighting career. When McGregor comes back to UFC he’s going to have the ability to pull more strings than ever before, so it will be interesting to see how that leverage is used and what it changes for fighters that come after him.

With only a few fights left, McGregor will have limited time to set new trends as a star capable of digging deeper into UFC’s pockets. But considering the lightweight king has increased his earnings every step of the way, we’d be crazy to think “Notorous” won’t push the envelope in his ongoing contract negotiations.

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