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Three-Division Champ? Dillashaw Open To Max Holloway Superfight

Reigning UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw will try to join Conor McGregor, Daniel Cormier, and Amanda Nunes as the only fighters in UFC history to simultaneously hold two titles, when he challenges current flyweight champion Henry Cejudo later this month at UFC on ESPN+ 1 in Brooklyn.

While Dillashaw has dominated the competition at 135 pounds, including back-to-back title wins over rival Cody Garbrandt, “The Viper” has never competed at the flyweight level. In order to leave UFC on ESPN+ 1 a two-division champion, Dillashaw must successfully cut weight, adapt to his new environment, and take out the man who just ended Demetrious Johnson’s historic flyweight title reign.

Should Dillashaw accomplish that feat then the sky will truly be the limit. In fact, the UFC bantamweight king is already contemplating a potential move up to featherweight after his journey down to 125 pounds.

“Would I move up to 145 [pounds]? Absolutely, man,” Dillashaw said during a recent Instagram live video. “I would love to. I’m a professional. I train hard. Making ’25s has been a process in its own… To get my body down there and do it the right way. ’45s would have to be the same thing, it would be a lot of work.

“Right now I’m in love with food because I don’t get to eat as much of it. If I went ’45s I’d hate it because I’d be doing nothing but stuffing my face but that’s definitely something I would love to do.”

Of course, a move up to featherweight for Dillashaw would equate to a potential clash with current champion Max Holloway, who is coming off a brutal TKO win over Brian Ortega and has won his last 13 fights in a row. Dillashaw understands that he’ll have to get past Cejudo first, but the idea of winning a third UFC title is too good to pass up.

“Everyone wants me to go to featherweight and fight Max,” said Dillashaw. “I would love to. But look, one step at a time. Let’s run through Cejudo first then Max can be next. [I can] be the first one to ever go for three belts.”

Dillashaw will try to set his plans in motion when he takes on Cejudo at UFC on ESPN+ 1 on Jan. 19 from inside Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

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Bellator Sends Champ Darrion Caldwell to RIZIN to Clean House

Bellator has done it again.

On RIZIN’s New Years Eve show, Darrion Caldwell – Bellator’s bantamweight king – will be fighting Japanese star Kyoji Horiguchi. Remember when the UFC sent Chuck Liddell to fight in PRIDE FC? This is similar, except Caldwell might actually win. And it’s cool as hell that Bellator is doing this cross-promotional thing.

Horiguchi is no pushover, though. He’s already won a RIZIN bantamweight grand prix, and was 7-1 in his UFC run, losing only to then-champ Demetrious Johnson. Caldwell is tough, the “Gooch” is tough, and this fight should be bonkers.

Here’s the official release:

Bellator is pleased to announce that the organization’s current bantamweight titleholder Darrion Caldwell (13-1) will represent the promotion in an exciting matchup against 2017 Rizin Bantamweight Grand Prix winner Kyoji Horiguchi (25-2). The two will compete for the inaugural Rizin bantamweight championship at Rizin 14 on Monday, Dec. 31 from Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

In the three-round (15-minute) Rizin FF world championship bout – which will be held in a ring under Rizin’s unique rule set – the victor of Caldwell vs. Horiguchi will leave Japan’s historic combat sports venue a Rizin FF champion. Caldwell’s Bellator bantamweight title will not be on the line in the contest.

“I am very grateful and honored that Bellator and Scott Coker would send us their unarguable bantamweight champion to fight for Rizin’s first-ever world title fight. This title fight will be a true champion vs. champion to determine the world’s best bantamweight fighter,” Rizin FF President Nobuyuki Sakakibara said. “We hope this kind gesture will kick off of a series of exciting matchups between both promotions in 2019. My dream would be that eventually we can co-promote a mega event in both countries with a ‘Champion Carnival’ taking place where stories and rivalries can be built and told.”

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Bellator Sends Champ Darrion Caldwell to RIZIN to Clean House

Bellator has done it again.

On RIZIN’s New Years Eve show, Darrion Caldwell – Bellator’s bantamweight king – will be fighting Japanese star Kyoji Horiguchi. Remember when the UFC sent Chuck Liddell to fight in PRIDE FC? This is similar, except Caldwell might actually win. And it’s cool as hell that Bellator is doing this cross-promotional thing.

Horiguchi is no pushover, though. He’s already won a RIZIN bantamweight grand prix, and was 7-1 in his UFC run, losing only to then-champ Demetrious Johnson. Caldwell is tough, the “Gooch” is tough, and this fight should be bonkers.

Here’s the official release:

Bellator is pleased to announce that the organization’s current bantamweight titleholder Darrion Caldwell (13-1) will represent the promotion in an exciting matchup against 2017 Rizin Bantamweight Grand Prix winner Kyoji Horiguchi (25-2). The two will compete for the inaugural Rizin bantamweight championship at Rizin 14 on Monday, Dec. 31 from Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

In the three-round (15-minute) Rizin FF world championship bout – which will be held in a ring under Rizin’s unique rule set – the victor of Caldwell vs. Horiguchi will leave Japan’s historic combat sports venue a Rizin FF champion. Caldwell’s Bellator bantamweight title will not be on the line in the contest.

“I am very grateful and honored that Bellator and Scott Coker would send us their unarguable bantamweight champion to fight for Rizin’s first-ever world title fight. This title fight will be a true champion vs. champion to determine the world’s best bantamweight fighter,” Rizin FF President Nobuyuki Sakakibara said. “We hope this kind gesture will kick off of a series of exciting matchups between both promotions in 2019. My dream would be that eventually we can co-promote a mega event in both countries with a ‘Champion Carnival’ taking place where stories and rivalries can be built and told.”

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Bellator Sends Champ Darrion Caldwell to RIZIN to Clean House

Bellator has done it again.

On RIZIN’s New Years Eve show, Darrion Caldwell – Bellator’s bantamweight king – will be fighting Japanese star Kyoji Horiguchi. Remember when the UFC sent Chuck Liddell to fight in PRIDE FC? This is similar, except Caldwell might actually win. And it’s cool as hell that Bellator is doing this cross-promotional thing.

Horiguchi is no pushover, though. He’s already won a RIZIN bantamweight grand prix, and was 7-1 in his UFC run, losing only to then-champ Demetrious Johnson. Caldwell is tough, the “Gooch” is tough, and this fight should be bonkers.

Here’s the official release:

Bellator is pleased to announce that the organization’s current bantamweight titleholder Darrion Caldwell (13-1) will represent the promotion in an exciting matchup against 2017 Rizin Bantamweight Grand Prix winner Kyoji Horiguchi (25-2). The two will compete for the inaugural Rizin bantamweight championship at Rizin 14 on Monday, Dec. 31 from Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

In the three-round (15-minute) Rizin FF world championship bout – which will be held in a ring under Rizin’s unique rule set – the victor of Caldwell vs. Horiguchi will leave Japan’s historic combat sports venue a Rizin FF champion. Caldwell’s Bellator bantamweight title will not be on the line in the contest.

“I am very grateful and honored that Bellator and Scott Coker would send us their unarguable bantamweight champion to fight for Rizin’s first-ever world title fight. This title fight will be a true champion vs. champion to determine the world’s best bantamweight fighter,” Rizin FF President Nobuyuki Sakakibara said. “We hope this kind gesture will kick off of a series of exciting matchups between both promotions in 2019. My dream would be that eventually we can co-promote a mega event in both countries with a ‘Champion Carnival’ taking place where stories and rivalries can be built and told.”

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Bellator MMA Inks Ex-UFC Champ Benson Henderson to New Long-Term, Exclusive Deal

Benson Henderson isn’t going anywhere.
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Bellator MMA Inks Ex-UFC Champ Benson Henderson to New Long-Term, Exclusive Deal

Benson Henderson isn’t going anywhere.
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Manager: UFC Champ Khabib Nurmagomedov Seeking At Least $50 Milllion for Next Bout

Khabib Nurmagomedov just beat the biggest star in mixed martial arts, and now, it appears as though he wants to be compensated accordingly.
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UFC Moncton: Anthony Smith Delivers Warning to Jon Jones in Response to Former Champ

It remains to be seen if Anthony Smith ends up facing Jon Jones in the coming months, but “Lionheart” delivered a warning to the former, light-heavyweight champ, following his win last night at UFC Moncton.

Smith took on fellow contender, Volkan Oezdemir in Saturday’s headliner, and proceeded to finish the feared striker with a rear-naked-choke in round three. Following round two, it looked like Oezdemir might be headed to victory, as he controlled much of the second frame. Smith, however, rebounded in round three, and scored the biggest win of his career.

Well, after the bout, Jones was asked for his take on Smith’s performance, and the star labelled it as “OK”. Smith was asked to respond to Jones’ tweet, and here’s some of what he had to say (quotes via MMA Junkie):

“If he ain’t worried about it, what’s he watching for?” Smith said. “Jon Jones should worry about Alexander Gustafsson first. I think that performance was exactly one Jon Jones would hate to see. You’re not going to get me out of there with a little bit of flash and some hard punches. That ain’t going to happen. But if I was Jon Jones, I would probably be a little bit more worried about Alexander Gustafsson than Anthony Smith right now.”

“(He’s not going to win) if he’s more focused about what me and Volkan Oezdemir are doing, that’s for damn sure,” Smith added. “The best Jon Jones has to show up to win that fight. I’d imagine with all the time off that Jon is going to train his ass off. He claims that he didn’t train at all for the first one, so the real Jon Jones shows up, I’d imagine he gets it done. I hope he does because that’s who I want. That’s no disrespect to Gustafsson. I want to be the man to take out Jon Jones, but he’s got to get through Gus first.”

There you have it. Now, Jones’ comments shouldn’t come as that big of a surprise really. While Smith showed a ton of heart last night, and once again, demonstrated he’s a very dangerous fighter, he didn’t cruise through Oezdemir. It should also be noted that Jones didn’t come out and outright, criticize Smith’s performance either.

Smith is on point in noting that Jones should worry about beating Gustafsson first, after all, their first fight in 2013 was very competitive, and “The Mauler” has remained a top contender for a reason. The two will rematch on December 29th at UFC 232, which will go down in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Former Champ Eddie Alvarez Leaves UFC for ONE Championships

Former champ Eddie Alvarez is a UFC fighter no more.

After four years and eight fights in the Octagon, Alvarez entered free agency after his last fight (a TKO loss to Dustin Poirier), and has just signed with Asian promotion ONE Championship.

If you’ll recall, Alvarez used to fight in Japan back in the day. He then jumped to Bellator and became a champ there before going to the UFC.

ONE is considered the best Asian-based promotion out there, and they regularly hold events in countries the UFC has never been able to break into (like Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand – they even have an event scheduled for Myanmar (whose government would probably arrest and execute half the MMA media outright).

It’s a safe bet that Alvarez is getting paid a healthy sum for this move.

Here’s the official announcement:

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Former Champ Eddie Alvarez Leaves UFC for ONE Championships

Former champ Eddie Alvarez is a UFC fighter no more.

After four years and eight fights in the Octagon, Alvarez entered free agency after his last fight (a TKO loss to Dustin Poirier), and has just signed with Asian promotion ONE Championship.

If you’ll recall, Alvarez used to fight in Japan back in the day. He then jumped to Bellator and became a champ there before going to the UFC.

ONE is considered the best Asian-based promotion out there, and they regularly hold events in countries the UFC has never been able to break into (like Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand – they even have an event scheduled for Myanmar (whose government would probably arrest and execute half the MMA media outright).

It’s a safe bet that Alvarez is getting paid a healthy sum for this move.

Here’s the official announcement:

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