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Daniel Cormier: Relationship ‘Tense’ with UFC Because Promotion Wants to Strip LHW Belt

Last week, reports surfaced that the UFC was looking to book a rematch between Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson at the promotion’s year-end card.
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Was the UFC Right to Strip Nicco Montano of Her Belt?

The UFC wanted to flesh out a 125-pound division for the ladies, so they put together a season of TUF that would crown a champ, and Nicco Montano ended up winning it. But that was ten months ago, and when it came time for her to defend her belt for the first time – at UFC 228 this past weekend – her weight cut put her in the hospital.

So the UFC stripped her of her title.

The reasons why are obvious. For a litany of health reasons, Montano has been stuck on the sidelines, resulting in a division that has been frozen in suspended animation. Sure, flyweights have fought. But for what? Fighters battling for top contender status are fighting for nothing when the champ is completely out of reach.

The other obvious reason for stripping Montano is the fact that her latest health woe resulted from a failed weight cut. At the end of the day, a champ of a particular division has to be able to make weight in that division. Otherwise, it’s all a charade.

Was the UFC right to take away her belt?

Montano doesn’t think so.

 

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Of course, the argument can be made that the UFC did her a favor. Because if trying to make 125 pounds puts her in the hospital, then Montano shouldn’t be obligated to make that weight anymore. Let her seek her fortunes at bantamweight.

Valentina Shevchenko got screwed out of fighting for, and likely winning, a championship belt on Saturday night. But according to Dana White, Shevchenko is still at the front of the line when a bout to determine the new champion is made. It sucks that Shevchenko, and the entire division, had to weight nearly a year for the logjam to be cleared, but whatevs.

As for Montano… now she has all the time in the world to get better. There’s no pressure, and she doesn’t have to deal with would-be challengers spitting venom at her. I think that’s a definite upside to this whole debacle.

What do you think?

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Was the UFC Right to Strip Nicco Montano of Her Belt?

The UFC wanted to flesh out a 125-pound division for the ladies, so they put together a season of TUF that would crown a champ, and Nicco Montano ended up winning it. But that was ten months ago, and when it came time for her to defend her belt for the first time – at UFC 228 this past weekend – her weight cut put her in the hospital.

So the UFC stripped her of her title.

The reasons why are obvious. For a litany of health reasons, Montano has been stuck on the sidelines, resulting in a division that has been frozen in suspended animation. Sure, flyweights have fought. But for what? Fighters battling for top contender status are fighting for nothing when the champ is completely out of reach.

The other obvious reason for stripping Montano is the fact that her latest health woe resulted from a failed weight cut. At the end of the day, a champ of a particular division has to be able to make weight in that division. Otherwise, it’s all a charade.

Was the UFC right to take away her belt?

Montano doesn’t think so.

 

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Of course, the argument can be made that the UFC did her a favor. Because if trying to make 125 pounds puts her in the hospital, then Montano shouldn’t be obligated to make that weight anymore. Let her seek her fortunes at bantamweight.

Valentina Shevchenko got screwed out of fighting for, and likely winning, a championship belt on Saturday night. But according to Dana White, Shevchenko is still at the front of the line when a bout to determine the new champion is made. It sucks that Shevchenko, and the entire division, had to weight nearly a year for the logjam to be cleared, but whatevs.

As for Montano… now she has all the time in the world to get better. There’s no pressure, and she doesn’t have to deal with would-be challengers spitting venom at her. I think that’s a definite upside to this whole debacle.

What do you think?

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Jessica Andrade Offered to Face Valentina Shevchenko for Flyweight Belt at UFC 228

Jessica Andrade’s one-punch knockout of Karolina Kowalkiewicz at UFC 228 may have earned her another strawweight title shot down the road, but “Bate Estaca” would have been willing to fight for championship gold on Saturday in Dallas.
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Watch Darren Till’s UFC 228 video blog, ‘Un-Till The Belt’

Missing the UFC’s fight week vlog? Why not try ‘Un-Till The Belt’ instead.

Remember UFC fight week blogs? Yeah, those were the days. But while the promotion may have stopped doing them, we’ve seen an uptick of fighters documenting their fight week instead. Darren Till is the latest one to put together a video series, entitled Un-Till The Belt, for his UFC 228 title shot against Tyron Woodley.

Episode one focuses on the month leading up to the fight and showed Till hanging out with other rising UFC stars: Israel Adesanya, Mike Perry, and James Vick.

Episode two follows Till and his team to Las Vegas where they’re working at the UFC Performance Institute to prepare for Tyron Woodley.

For those worried about his weight, there’s even a segment with Darren’s nutritionist. Based on the fridge full of cauliflower we saw, he won’t fail over a tiramisu incident at least.

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Watch Darren Till’s UFC 228 video blog, ‘Un-Till The Belt’

Missing the UFC’s fight week vlog? Why not try ‘Un-Till The Belt’ instead.

Remember UFC fight week blogs? Yeah, those were the days. But while the promotion may have stopped doing them, we’ve seen an uptick of fighters documenting their fight week instead. Darren Till is the latest one to put together a video series, entitled Un-Till The Belt, for his UFC 228 title shot against Tyron Woodley.

Episode one focuses on the month leading up to the fight and showed Till hanging out with other rising UFC stars: Israel Adesanya, Mike Perry, and James Vick.

Episode two follows Till and his team to Las Vegas where they’re working at the UFC Performance Institute to prepare for Tyron Woodley.

For those worried about his weight, there’s even a segment with Darren’s nutritionist. Based on the fridge full of cauliflower we saw, he won’t fail over a tiramisu incident at least.

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Retire? It’s Belt Or Bust For Justin Gaethje Ahead Of UFC Lincoln

Coming off a two fight losing skid, Gaethje wants to show the world – and himself – he’s still championship material.

Justin Gaethje is in a strange place with his career. On one hand, he’s at the height of his fame, with many UFC fans considering him one of the most entertaining fighters in the sport. On the other, his UFC record currently sits at 1-2 with two bad knockout losses in his last two fights. He’s now facing James Vick at UFC Lincoln on August 25th in what many consider a softball match up — relative to facing Eddie Alvarez and Dustin Poirier back to back, anyway.

Gaethje previously said that he’d retire if he got outclassed by Vick. Now in a new interview with MMANYTT he’s clarifying that statement somewhat, saying he’ll retire if he feels he’s no longer UFC champion material.

“100-percent. When that’s not my goal, I will retire,” Gaethje said. “I want to be the best. I want to be the best in the world.”

As far as Gaethje is concerned, those two losses were valuable experience that will make him a better fighter down the road.

”Fighting on a UFC card, there is nothing like it,” he said. “Experience is a hell of a trait to have and now, with some experience under my belt, it will do a lot of things for me.”

And if James Vick wants to dismiss him because of his recent losses, he does so at his own peril.

“If you watch the fights, you have to understand how close either one of us were to getting the ‘W’ and finishing that fight,” Gaethje said. “For James Vick to sit here and say I’m a B-league fighter and I don’t deserve the accolades that I’m getting — the bonuses, the main events — they guy just doesn’t get it. I’m painting a pretty clear picture of what pure effort can achieve in this sport and if you don’t want to pay attention, that’s not my problem.”

Gaethje has talked a lot about the changes he’s making leading into this fight, and it certainly seems like Saturday in Nebraska could be a make or break moment for his career. Will we see a new and improved Gaethje 2.0? Or will he throw caution to the wind as usual once the leather starts flying? I’m not even sure which way I want it to go.

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Lesnar Drops His WWE Belt At Summerslam As UFC Run Looms

Brock Lesnar is no longer a WWE champion, making it all the more likely his next appearance will be in the UFC cage.

Brock Lesnar is no longer the WWE Universal champion.

Lesnar lost the belt to Roman Reigns in the main event of WWE’s big Summerslam event from the Barclays Center in New York City, in what many believe is a precursor to his move from pro wrestling back into the UFC.

Those hoping for a more MMA-centric plotline – an appearance from expected opponent and two division UFC champ Daniel Cormier, perhaps – were disappointed to instead see only Braun Strowman appearing ringside in an attempt to cash in his ‘Money in the Bank’ insta-title shot briefcase. Instead, the only thing he got was an ass whupping from Lesnar, who beat Strowman mercilessly with a chair before tossing the briefcase across the arena.

That was enough of a distraction to allow Reigns to catch Lesnar with a spear, pinning him in what was a surprisingly quick main event for a big Summerslam. But as far as MMA fans are concerned, Lesnar has now lost his belt which seemed like an important requirement before he could return to the UFC.

As mentioned, Lesnar is expected to fight Daniel Cormier sometime in early 2019 once he is no longer under suspension from USADA, the drug testing agency that nailed him for clomiphene back in 2016. But according to Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer, Lesnar hasn’t signed a bout agreement and is only bound to the UFC insofar as he can’t fight MMA for any other promotion.

That leaves the door open for Lesnar once again using the UFC to pry another big contract out of Vince McMahon and the WWE. But Lesnar’s jaunts back and forth from the UFC are big money and big visibility, a win win win for the UFC, Lesnar, and WWE. So unless another strange pro wrestling plot twist occurs, we can all look forward to seeing Lesnar challenge Cormier for the UFC heavyweight belt in early 2019.

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Watch Ronda Rousey Win A WWE Belt At Summerslam

Rousey becomes just the third person in history to hold both a WWE and UFC title.

Much like her early matches in MMA, Ronda Rousey just tore through her opposition quick to take a championship belt. This time it was the WWE’s RAW Women’s Championship title, which she took off Alexa Bliss in a five minute squash match that ended with (what else?) an armbar.

The whole affair was a bit anti-climactic. Bliss offered no real offense and took three or four bumps before Rousey mangled her arm and forced a tap. The ending had shades of Rousey’s first fight against Miesha Tate, where Ronda snapped Miesha’s arm backwards. We’ll have to get back to you on the time, but I think the celebration actually lasted longer than the match itself.

With the victory, Ronda Rousey joins Ken Shamrock and Brock Lesnar as they only athletes to win titles in both the WWE and UFC.

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Embedded! ‘That Belt Will Start Collecting Dust’

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will offer combat fight fans a championship doubleheader later tonight (Sat., Aug. 4, 2018) at UFC 227 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

UFC 227 will be headlined by the bantamweight grudge match between reigning 135-pound kingpin T.J. Dillashaw and ex-champion Cody Garbrandt, while offering a co-main event tilt between UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson and former title challenger Henry Cejudo.

In preparation for the two title fight rematches, the promotion has released the latest and greatest episode of UFC 227 “Embedded,” which can be seen above in its entirety. This time around, the action focuses on final weight cuts, staredowns, and pre-fight preparations before the action unfolds this evening in L.A.

From the official YouTube description:

On Episode 5 of UFC 227 Embedded, athletes sound off at Ultimate Media Day before squaring off with their opponents: middleweights Kevin Holland and Thiago Santos; strawweights JJ Aldrich and Polyana Viana; flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson and Henry Cejudo; and bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw and former champion Cody Garbrandt. Back at the host hotel, Garbrandt gets more celebrity support as Chuck Zito and Russell Peters stop by. Final weight cuts begin Thursday night for the fighters including featherweight foes Renato Moicano and Cub Swanson. Everyone makes weight on Friday morning, and a packed ceremonial weigh-in sets the stage for an incredible event. UFC 227 Embedded is an all-access, behind-the-scenes video blog leading up to the two world title rematches taking place Saturday, August 4th on Pay-Per-View.

To watch episodes one, two, three, and four of UFC 227 “Embedded” click here, here, here, and here.

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 227 fight card on fight night (click here), starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on FX at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET.

For much more on UFC 227 click here.

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