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Hand Injury Likely to Sideline UFC Champ Robert Whittaker Until February

Robert Whittaker’s next title defense likely won’t come until early next year.
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Junior Dos Santos Says Brock Lesnar Likely Won’t Be Clean For UFC Return

The MMA world was turned upside down by the profane in-cage promo cut by Brock Lesnar after Daniel Cormier knocked out Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic in their title fight at UFC 226 on Saturday. However, it seems few within the sport other than Cormier are excited about the WWE superstar’s UFC return. Count Junior dos Santos in with those who are dubious about Lesnar’s prospects.
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Developmental Deal Likely Means More Bouts Outside UFC for Greg Hardy

Former NFL player Greg Hardy made his professional MMA debut and earned a UFC developmental contract on the second season of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series.
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Developmental Deal Likely Means More Bouts Outside UFC for Greg Hardy

Former NFL player Greg Hardy made his professional MMA debut and earned a UFC developmental contract on the second season of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series.
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Ronda Rousey: UFC Return ‘As Likely As Me Going Back to Another Olympics for Judo’

Ronda Rousey has never officially announced her retirement from mixed martial arts, but she came pretty close during a recent appearance on “The Ellen Degeneres Show.”
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After Narrow Title Loss, Valentina Shevchenko Says Next Fight Will Likely Be at 125 Pounds

Valentina Shevchenko may be ready to move on from Amanda Nunes — at least for now.
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‘Money Fight’ PPV Buys Likely Less Than Dana White’s Claim, But Still a ‘Massive Success’

The “Money Fight” could still be a record breaker in terms of pay-per-view buys, but it will likely fall far below UFC President Dana White’s recent projection.
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Conor McGregor disciplinary case with Nevada commission likely to be resolved next week

Conor McGregor’s saga with the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) should be over next week.

On Wednesday, McGregor’s disciplinary case will be brought back to the table by the commission, per an agenda posted to the NAC website Friday. MMAjunkie was the first to report its appearance.

The agenda states that the NAC will hold a hearing to address McGregor’s recent motion for a re-hearing in the disciplinary case stemming from the water bottle-throwing incident from the UFC 202 pre-fight press conference back in August. McGregor was fined $ 75,000, made to do 50 hours of community service and asked to do a public-service announcement (estimated at a $ 75,000 value) by the commission in October.

McGregor had been challenging the NAC’s ruling in Nevada court. But last month, the UFC lightweight champion met with NAC executive director Bob Bennett and chairman Anthony Marnell in Las Vegas and requested a re-hearing.

If the commission votes for a re-hearing, there are two options on the agenda. One is to give McGregor that full re-hearing Wednesday. The other is for the commissioners to vote on an agreement that McGregor and Bennett have already come to, per the agenda.

Bennett has said that he will also re-address the sanctions on Nate Diaz, who was also involved in the incident, if McGregor gets a new slate of punishments. Diaz was fined $ 50,000 and made to do 50 hours of community service for his role in the skirmish.

At that press conference, Diaz and his team left early and a member of the squad threw a bottle in the direction of McGregor’s team. That ignited a fracas that saw McGregor’s team, Diaz and Diaz’s team and then McGregor from the stage tossing water bottles and other objects at each other. McGregor also threw an energy drink can in the direction of Diaz’s team.

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Jon Jones Likely to Face Cormier-‘Rumble’ Winner Upon Return From Suspension, UFC Boss Says

Even though his most recent transgression sabotaged the UFC 200 main event, Jon Jones will probably receive an immediate light heavyweight title shot when he returns to action this summer.
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Morning Report: Dana White says Jon Jones will likely get an immediate title shot upon his return from suspension

Stop me if you’ve heard this before, Dana White appears to have changed his mind.

Back in November, UFC President Dana White went on a Sirius XM town hall with Jim Rome where he said, “I would never take the risk of headlining a show with Jon Jones again.” This statement came on the heels of Jones receiving a one-year suspension from USADA for his failed drug tests leading up to UFC 200.

But now White seems to be singing a different tune. While speaking with the UFC Unfiltered podcast recently, White said he expects Jon Jones will challenge for the UFC light heavyweight title for his first fight back from suspension.

“Jon Jones is supposed to return around July so the timing is perfect. I haven’t talked to him. I have not talked to Jon Jones since the whole incident [at UFC 200]. Depending on where Jon’s head is and where he thinks he is, I would assume he would come right back and try to get his title back,” White said.

Jones is eligible to return to fighting this July which will mark over two years since Jones has held the UFC light heavyweight title. After Jones was stripped of the title and suspended by the UFC, Daniel Cormier defeated Anthony Johnson to become the UFC light heavyweight champion. As Jones has been beset by outside the cage issues, Cormier has defended the belt once and is now set to rematch “Rumble” Johnson this April at UFC 210, with the winner apparently looking at a Jones match up for later in the summer.

Coincidentally, April will also mark one year since Jones last competed, a unanimous decision win over Ovince Saint Preux for the interim title belt. That bout was originally supposed to be a title fight against Cormier as Jones’ return bout, but an injury forced the champion out, resulting in Jones taking a short notice, interim bout. Jones now appears to be set for the same type of immediate title shot and White says that’s because anything else doesn’t really make sense for Jones.

“The problem with this sport, there is no light one. If you’re going to go in there and give it, at least go in and try to get your belt back. It’s like everyone was saying Ronda should have had a tune up [fight]. There are no tune-up fights. When you break into the top five in the world, everybody’s nasty. Everybody’s nasty. What you don’t want to do is lose to somebody [ranked] 8, 9, 10. It knocks you right out of the top 10 and it doesn’t make sense.”

Considering Jones is one of the UFC’s biggest stars, it certainly doesn’t. With Conor McGregor focused on boxing, Jones versus the winner of Cormier-Johnson is likely one of the biggest pay-per-views the UFC will do next year. If nothing else derails it beforehand, that is.


Born in Iran. Gegard Mousasi is unsure if he’ll be allowed to travel to the U.S. for UFC 210 as a result of Donald Trump’s travel ban.

Class. Amanda Nunes issued an apology to Ronda Rousey.

Retired. Dana White says Ronda Rousey is “probably done” fighting.

Union. Conor McGregor believes there “needs to be something” in the manner of a fighter union.

Rematch. Anthony Johnson says Daniel Cormier “knows what’s coming” when they rematch.


T-Wood Champ Camp with Renato Laranja, 27 time world champion in BJJ….

Dana on TMZ saying Ronda doesn’t have it anymore.

Derrick Lewis interview.

The ‘Black Beast’ LIVE!

@TheBuzzer’s Andy Nesbitt is LIVE with Derrick ”The Black Beast” Lewis at Houston Super Bowl radio row.

Come hang LIVE!

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Machida interview.

Dennis Bermudez went to the Super Bowl opening day and Cooper Manning’s suit is absurd.

And here’s The Menace killing zombies in preparation for this weekend.





Amanda apologizes.


Jorge wants to title eliminator.

Khabib and Ariel had an exchange.

DC got Khabib mad at Ali.

Masvidal feeling it these days.

Young blood.

Lobov wants that Cub fight.

Werdum with Kadyrov.

Eu com Presidente da Chechenia @kadyrov_95 e seus 5 filhos

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Only loosely fighting related, but if CM Punk gets another fight, make it Blade.


Josh Koscheck (17-10) vs. Mauricio Alonso (12-7); Bellator 172, Feb. 18.

Anatoly Tokov (24-3) vs. Francisco France (13-4-1); Bellator 172, Feb. 18.


2004: Mark Kerr knocked himself out while securing a takedown against Yoshihisa Yamamoto at Pride 27.

2008: Luke Rockhold made his Strikeforce debut, knocking out Josh Neal at Strikeforce: Young Guns II.

2014: Jose Aldo successfully defended his UFC featherweight title, winning a unanimous decision against Ricardo Lamas at UFC 169. Also that night, Renan Barao stopped Urijah Faber with punches to retain his bantamweight title


Kind of wild to realize Jon Jones has missed two years of his prime. If none of this extracurricular stuff had happened, he might already be the heavyweight champion.

Hope everyone has a good one. Take it easy and see y’all tomorrow.

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