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Daniel Cormier Blasts Alexander Gustafsson on Twitter over Luke Rockhold Comments

Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight ruler Daniel Cormier has fired back at Alexander Gustafsson in relation to comments the Swede made towards Luke Rockhold.
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Alexander Gustafsson Willing to Welcome Luke Rockhold to Light Heavyweight Division

After his loss to Yoel Romero in the UFC 221 headiner, Luke Rockhold might not be long for the middleweight division.
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Alexander Gustafsson Willing to Welcome Luke Rockhold to Light Heavyweight Division

After his loss to Yoel Romero in the UFC 221 headiner, Luke Rockhold might not be long for the middleweight division.
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Alexander Gustafsson Willing to Welcome Luke Rockhold to Light Heavyweight Division

After his loss to Yoel Romero in the UFC 221 headiner, Luke Rockhold might not be long for the middleweight division.
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Alexander Gustafsson Willing to Welcome Luke Rockhold to Light Heavyweight Division

After his loss to Yoel Romero in the UFC 221 headiner, Luke Rockhold might not be long for the middleweight division.
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Alexander Gustafsson Willing to Welcome Luke Rockhold to Light Heavyweight Division

After his loss to Yoel Romero in the UFC 221 headiner, Luke Rockhold might not be long for the middleweight division.
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UFC 221: Kelvin Gastelum ‘bothered’ by Luke Rockhold vs Yoel Romero title fight

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight contender, Kelvin Gastelum, was bothered when promotion matchmakers overlooked him when it came time to book an interim title fight.

A necessity after 185-pound kingpin Robert Whittaker was felled by Staph infection.

In his place, former champion Luke Rockhold and ex-division No. 1 contender Yoel Romero will collide for the substitute strap in the UFC 221 pay-per-view (PPV) main event next month in Perth, Australia.

More on that fight here.

“It does bother me a little bit that I haven’t even been considered for a shot, but it is what it is,” Gastelum told reporters at UFC 220 (via MMA Junkie). “I know this is a process, and I’m just dealing with the process.”

While Gastelum denies it, there’s a solid chance his perceived snub could be a result of turning down a “Soldier of God” fight at the UFC Fight Night 125 mixed martial arts (MMA) event in Belem, which eventually went to this guy.

Gastelum is currently ranked No. 6 in the division and only has claim to getting a crack at the crown after flattening Michael Bisping at UFC Shanghai. Prior to that, the former middleweight was stopped by Chris Weidman at UFC on FOX 25.

If you’re the UFC matchmaker, who does Gastelum fight next?

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Midnight Mania! Cormier on Rockhold training with Oezdemir: ‘Luke can’t beat me!’

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Daniel Cormier, at 38 years old, is quintessential Old Dad when it comes to technology. The UFC had him on Facebook Live recently, something he had apparently never done before. He was nonplussed at first- “When did this happen?”, but quickly adapted to the format, dropping knowledge on fans about his mindset going into the bout, even revealing his kids got slime on his shirt. “They get you when it’s unexpected. That’s why I’m expecting Volkan.”

He also addressed concerns about Luke Rockhold training with Volkan Oezdemir. Rockhold’s home is American Kickboxing Academy, but lately he has been doing his fight camps with Henri Hooft, honing his striking. This has given him the benefit of consistent sparring partners, one of whom is, you guessed it, “No Time”. But Cormier isn’t worried:

“Luke training with my opponent? Eh. Doesn’t matter. Luke can’t really help him. Luke can’t beat me! (laughs) What’s Luke gonna teach him?”

LIVE w/ the champ! Daniel Cormier is taking your questions NOW ahead of #UFC220! Ask away ⬇️

Posted by UFC on Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Luke will be attempting to beat a fighter Cormier says would beat himself in straight wrestling at UFC 221, when he faces the fearsome Yoel Romero for the interim middleweight title. Cormier’s test comes much sooner, this weekend, when he defends his light heavyweight title- which he admits does feel a bit like an interim title too- against Volkan Oezdemir at UFC 220.


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Stipe will not be outworked.

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Ronda’s identity apart from fighting is hard to get used to. She is repping nutritional supplements.

Angela Hill would love to be on the undercard of UFC 223 in Brooklyn.

This twitter meltdown was extraordinary.

And then today a last hurrah, a shoutout to Bjorn Rebney…

This would be a great fit for the Brooklyn card

Uh oh. Cynthia Calvillo just (potentially) popped positive for a marijuana metabolite. It’s not a performance enhancing drug… but USADA doesn’t care about that.

In other suspension news:

Weird techniques from Greg Jackson

Gaston Bolanos got back to his Muay Thai roots

Kickboxer Artem Levin practicing getting offline and pivoting footwork

Rory Macdonald is excited to make another human hurt this Saturday, but that human is far from helpless. Yes, I’m very stoked for Lima-Macdonald.

Ovince St. Preux said yesterday that he is open to moving to heavyweight if he can’t find an opponent in his division

For some reason this series of drills run by Phil Daru at American Top Team was mesmerizing to watch.

Khabib Nurmagomedov came by his skillset honestly.

Maybe not the most exciting wrestler in the entire world, but fun to watch nonetheless.


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Yoel Romero can’t get anyone to fight him, says Luke Rockhold ducked him in favor of ‘easier fight’

After losing to Robert Whittaker at UFC 213 in an interim Middleweight title fight, Yoel Romero hoped to return to action against Luke Rockhold. But, apparently Luke wasn’t having it, much to the chagrin of “Solider of God.”

However, it was all strategy on the part of Rockhold, as Yoel says the former Strikeforce and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion was simply looking for the easiest fight available.

“I don’t understand why he said no. I don’t understand. Maybe he had a strategy in the mind. He say, ‘No I wont fight Yoel, I will fight somebody easy.’ Respect to David Branch, but that’s the way he thinks, you know? That’s Luke’s mentality, ‘I want a more easy fight, win and Yoel Romero lose his last fight.’” said the tank of a middleweight on a recent edition of The MMA Hour.

After submitting David Branch in his first fight in over a year this past September (see it), Rockhold was the recipient of a surprise title shot a couple months later against Robert Whittaker after Georges St-Pierre decided to vacate the 185-pound strap due to an ongoing battle with colitis.

To hear the Yoel tell it, Rockhold needed to face him first with winner getting dibs on the next title shot.

“For my opinion, he needed a fight with me and the winner fight with Robert. The problem is UFC has a show in Australia and this guy is the champion right now in my division. So he needed somebody and UFC gave it to Luke Rockhold because he win his last fight,” added Romero, who says he is now waiting for someone to just agree to step into the cage with him.

“I am waiting for UFC for a fight. I want to main event Feb. 24 in Orlando. I am waiting for the fight for Luke Rockhold, but I know now he has a fight with Robert. Now I am waiting for somebody. But nobody say ‘Yes, I want to fight Yoel.’ So give me somebody, maybe Michael Bisping,” he said with a laugh, while confirming Kelvin Gastelum also turned down a fight against him.

Of course, on the heels of two straight brutal defeats, “The Count” is unlikely to return to action in February, as he instead plans to end his career on his home turf of London, England a month later.

Still, Romero needs a worthy contender to welcome him back into the cage, and I personally wouldn’t mind him facing off against the aforementioned Branch.

Or is he too “easy?”

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Andre Soukhamthath Replaces Injured Caraway, Meets Luke Sanders at UFC Fight Night 123

Andre Soukhamthath will step in for the injured Bryan Caraway and face Luke Sanders at UFC Fight Night 123.
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