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While UFC President Dana White might have said that Yoel Romero is getting the next middleweight title shot, Michael Bisping is still under the impression that he’ll be fighting Georges St. Pierre.
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White said Saturday at UFC 211’s post-fight press conference that he expects to finalize McGregor’s side of the contract on Sunday, before then turning his sights to negotiating with Mayweather’s side in the hopes of striking a deal.
“We’re right there,” White explained. “I’m expecting an executed agreement tomorrow, and then I’ll start working with Team Mayweather next week.”
While that would seem to be good news for those hoping to see the reigning UFC lightweight champion take on Mayweather in a blockbuster boxing bout, White did not appear overly confident about the next step in the process.
“Look, we’re just getting this deal done with Conor,” White said. “What do you think the Mayweather side is going to be like, and how much time do you think I’m going to spend on this? We’re going to give it a shot.”
White indicated that his level of commitment to getting a deal done with Mayweather’s side “depends on how ridiculous” the boxer’s demands are.
And while a fight between Mayweather and McGregor remains one of the biggest running stories in combat sports, White has suggested numerous times over the past few weeks that he won’t be willing to spend more time than is necessary working on negotiating a deal for Mayweather-McGregor, as it would take away time he could be committing towards UFC-specific goals.
“Yeah [it’s going to be profitable for the UFC], but the question is how profitable,” White said. “You can assume how many buys you’re going to do — there’s no guarantee. Every time you put on a pay-per-view, it’s a roll of the dice. You don’t know what’s going to happen. So, you don’t know. There’s some fights that you do know, and this feels like one of those fights that should do that, but you never know.”
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight titleholder Rafael dos Anjos is set to make his 170-pound debut against ex-Strikeforce welterweight kingpin Tarec Saffiedine at the upcoming UFC Fight Night 111 mixed martial arts (MMA) event, set for June 17, 2017 inside Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore.
His first step toward becoming UFC welterweight champion.
“I have been sparring with bigger guys, trained a few times with Michael Bisping and the guys Bisping takes to the gym,” dos Anjos told MMA Fighting. “No rush, but my goal is the welterweight belt. But I’ll do at welterweight what I did at lightweight, no rush. I’ll slowly get there. I have the qualities to get there. But a win over Tarec Saffiedine will definitely put me in this mix.”
It’s a long way to the top (if you want to rock and roll).
Dos Anjos (25-9) is abandoning his post at 155 pounds — a weight cut he was not in love with — after coming up short in back-to-back losses to Eddie Alvarez and Tony Ferguson, with the former costing the Brazilian his division crown.
Anyone think Dos Anjos can go all the way at 170 pounds?
Reigning UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk will seek to defend her title for the fifth consecutive time when she takes on Jessica Andrade on May 13 at UFC 211. And after that, Jedrzejczyk already has her next opponent in mind: former Invicta FC titleholder Michelle Waterson, who meets Rose Namajunas in a high-profile title eliminator on April 15 at UFC on FOX 24.
“I’m impressed with her,” Jedrzejczyk said of Waterson on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “Let’s see. She has a good fight coming up with Rose, so we will see. We will see. I think that she might be my next challenger after I beat Jessica.”
Following UFC on FOX 24, the winner of Namajunas vs. Waterson will most likely stand as the highest ranked strawweight in the UFC’s official media-generated rankings to not have already suffered a loss to Jedrzejczyk (excluding Andrade).
Waterson is thus far a perfect 2-0 in the UFC, having picked up impressive wins over Angela Magana and Paige VanZant, the latter of which drew the biggest UFC television audience in nearly three years. Namajunas, meanwhile, is 3-2 in the UFC, but has sandwiched quality wins over VanZant, Tecia Torres, and Angela Hill between disappointing losses to Karolina Kowalkiewicz and Carla Esparza.
And when it comes down to it, Jedrzejczyk doesn’t sound too impressed by what she has seen and heard from “Thug Rose.”
“You know what’s weird? Like, I met Rose. I have so much respect for this girl,” Jedrzejczyk said. “I think she’s one of the most talented strawweights in the UFC, but she needs more experience. But, I think there is something wrong with her head.
“She got her chance to fight the Polish chick. But she lost to her and now she says ‘oh, I want to fight Joanna, I want to beat her, I know how to beat her.’ Come on. Get your chance, beat the best, and become a challenger. It’s so crazy.”
Jedrzejczyk pointed to a recent meeting she had with Namajunas to further illustrate what she meant.
“The thing is, like, I met her in Denver,” Jedrzejczyk said. “We shake hands, we spoke to each other. And two days after, I heard that she was like, ‘oh, I want to beat Joanna.’ Shut up. You had your chance to beat Karolina and Carla Esparza before, and some others, but you just lost. Come on. Work hard, get your ass to the gym, put on better fights, and you’re going to get this title shot.
“But be honest. If you don’t like me, don’t shake my hand and don’t talk to me. Don’t talk behind my back. I’m kind of a straight person and this is what makes me mad. I’m good with that, but I think Michelle Waterson will [beat] Rose.”
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