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The MMA Hour with Urijah Faber, Travis Browne, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Chris Leben, Cole Miller, Glenn Robinson, Kevin Iole, Rener Gracie and Eve Torres in studio

The Mixed Martial Arts Hour is back in your life. Below is a rundown of who will be stopping by and when:

1:00 p.m. ET — Yahoo Sports MMA/boxing writer Kevin Iole will discuss Georges St-Pierre’s recent comments about the UFC, UFC on FOX 10 and the search for the new executive director of the Nevada Athletic Commission.

1:25 p.m. — Chris Leben will update us on his fighting future.

1:45 p.m. — UFC lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov will discuss his recent troubles finding an opponent.

2:05 p.m. — Featherweight Cole Miller will look back at his win over Sam Sicilia at UFN 35 and talk about why he called out Donald Cerrone after the win.

2:25 p.m. — UFC heavyweight Travis Browne will preview his upcoming title eliminator against F…

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Dana White on Khabib Nurmagomedov: ‘Nobody wants to fight this guy’

With a 21-0 record and five straight wins in the UFC, Russian lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov is fast working his way up the ranks.

Or was, at least. The UFC has run into trouble finding a next opponent for the American Kickboxing Academy fighter, as both Gilbert Melendez and Nate Diaz reportedly turned down the bout.

That’s led UFC president Dana White to believe Nurmagomedov is being ducked.

Guys can say whatever they want, ‘I’ll fight this guy, I’m not afraid,’” White said Wednesday on a FOX Sports 1 interview. “Nobody wants to fight this guy.”

While Melendez has been quiet about a fight that was expected for UFC 170 which never quite got done, Diaz was blunt, telling his boss over Twitter “pay me.”

White countered that Diaz, loser of two of his past three fights, isn’t in position to demand a contract renegotiation.

“I don’t dislike the kid, I like the kid very much,” White said. “You’ve won one of your last three fights and you’re looking for a contract renegotiation? The kid makes money, the kid makes very good money, and to ask for more money to fight makes no sense. Or he wants a title fight makes no sense. You won one of your last three, you looked impressive against Gray Maynard, and Diaz is one of those guys, he’s a kid who always comes out to fight and is exciting. But to try to renegotiate.”

So it’s back to the drawing board for White, who heaped praise on the unbeaten fighter no one seems to want a part of.

“When you turn down fights like this, and it’s not those two [Melendez and Diaz], it tells me no one wants to fight this kid. This kid says ‘They shouldn’t want to fight me. They’re smart.’ He’s calling everybody out, he wants to fight, he’s my kind of guy.”

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Nate Diaz Ain’t Scared, Homie: The Khabib Nurmagomedov Saga Continues

Reports that Nate Diaz turned down a possible fight with undefeated Russian Khabib Nurmagomedov may not paint a complete picture of the truth, according to Diaz manager Mike Kogan. Nurmagomedov, who’s riding an impressive win streak in the UFC and soundly defeated Pat Healy in his last outing, was rumored to be facing former Strikeforce […]

The post Nate Diaz Ain’t Scared, Homie: The Khabib Nurmagomedov Saga Continues appeared first on Caged Insider.

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Morning Report: With Nate Diaz out, Khabib Nurmagomedov waits for a lightweight to answer Dana White’s challenge

After a wild weekend or back and forth between UFC brass and a number of lightweights, Khabib Nurmagomedov’s dance card remains empty. The undefeated Dagestani standout has been getting a bit antsy about finding his next opponent, openly mocking some of the division’s elite. Things came to a head Saturday when UFC president Dana White tweeted that Nate Diaz had turned down a potential scrap with Nurmagomedov.

Diaz, who quickly responded on Twitter himself, claimed that wasn’t the case.

Nurmagomedov issued the challenge again, but was met with no response.

Enter Diaz’ manager, Mike Kogan. On Sunday, Kogan admitted that while the fight was offered, the promotion refused certain conditions, effectively pumping the brakes on talks. “Nate has never turned down a fight against anyone,” Kogan told MMA Mania. “There are conditions that we asked for that were turned down by the UFC, so the fight didn’t happen.”

Elaborating on the issue to FOX Sports, Kogan explains where exactly the UFC wasn’t willing to budge:

“We asked for Nate’s contract to be redone. The UFC turned it down. We asked for a change to his contract, and changes to when the fight takes place. They said no and we said no thanks. This is supposed to be a professional sport, but then this resorts to these Twitter wars. This isn’t a street fight, it’s a professional sport. If it’s a street fight and they want to see who the better man is they know where the fuck Nate is, and then we can see who is the better man.”

Knowing an opportunity when he sees it, Michael Johnson joined the fray Sunday.

Johnson had been campaigning to face Diaz, but told MMA Fighting he’s after anyone ahead of him in the divisional standings. With back-to-back wins over Gleison Tibau and Joe Lauzon, a win over Nurmagomedov (currently ranked No. 7) would undoubtedly push Johnson (No. 13) into the division’s top ten. To his credit, Jamie Varner also threw his name in the ring, but after dropping two of his last three and a tough short-notice fight with Abel Trujillo coming up at UFC 169 you would have to imagine it being a tough sell to Nurmagomedov and UFC brass, alike.

Nurmagomedov was originally slated to face perennial contender Gilbert Melendez at UFC 170 until White officially put the kibosh on it Jan. 3. According to Melendez’ training parter Jake Shields, it’s a fight ‘El Nino’ still wants down the line, but that nothing was ever agreed to before being prematurely announced late last December.



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‘One day I’ll fight at 155.’ UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo says competing in the heavier weight class is still very much in his plans.

No regrets. Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre says he’s been loving his time away from MMA. “I just took a break. I spent Christmas time and New Years, with my family. That’s something I haven’t done for a long time.”

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The Hierarchy of MMA – Revised and Expanded!

Recently WSOF match-maker Ali Abdel-Aziz threw down the gauntlet with Bellator in a proposed PPV event matching up stars from respective organizations. It certainly started a lot of debate concerning which promotion is number two behind the UFC and how close these trailing promotions are when it comes to roster talent.

I decided it was time to add some statistics to the debate so that we have some sort of factual information to gain insight into just how the top market share of fighters is divided up, rather than pure speculative opinion. We must all understand that most rankings are subjective anyway, so the weight of this information should be scrutinized and I accept that this is no way definitive.

Check out the rest of the post here.


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Nate Diaz says Dana White and UFC are ‘full of s–t,’ insists he didn’t turn down Khabib Nurmagomedov fight

Sounds like the promotion and one of its top fighters — along with his controversial manager — are not on the same page when it comes to matchmaking.

This is starting to get ugly.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White recently told the mixed martial arts (MMA) community that Khabib Nurmagomedov would not be fighting Nate Diaz at one of the promotion’s upcoming events, because Diaz “turned the fight down.”

Read those comments here.

Turns out Dana and the UFC are “full of shit,” according to the outspoken Stockton slugger, who took to his Twitter account to let the world know he never turned down a fight against “The Eagle,” not long after he initially tweeted, “F U PAY ME.”

See for yourself.


A gutsy move, considering how much blood is already on the chopping block.

Diaz is no stranger to social media head games, recently claiming he had no intention of fighting Gray Maynard at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 18 Finale because he was already committed to his high school reunion. Diaz did show up, but once again found himself in the headlines for his paltry purse.

See the surprising numbers here.

Despite calling out everyone from B.J. Penn (really) to Diaz himself, Nurmagomedov is still without an opponent, since a rumored fight against Gilbert Melendez — a teammate of Diaz – failed to materialize for the UFC 170 pay-per-view (PPV) event next month in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Sounds like Joe Silva has his work cut out for him.

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Dana White: Gilbert Melendez vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov is officially off

That lightweight barnburner for UFC 170 fans were briefly teased with is officially a no-go.

The UFC listed Gilbert Melendez vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov on the event poster for the Feb. 22 card at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. UFC officials confirmed the matchup at the UFC 168 post-fight news conference.

But the bout’s officially off, according to UFC president Dana White, who previously indicated via Twitter the fight wasn’t a done deal.

“Not happening,” White told FOXSports.com, who broke the news Friday.

Nurmagomedov’s manager Mike Constantino wasn’t sure why the bout is no longer a possibility, but he said Nurmagomedov is ready to fight anyone as soon as possible. Furthermore, Constantino singled out Nate Diaz as an opponent that Nurmagomedov would like to fight.

Melendez’s management team did not immediately respond to a request for a comment on the situation.

UFC 170 is headlined by Ronda Rousey vs. Sara McMann for the women’s bantamweight title, with Daniel Cormier vs. Rashad Evans as the co-main event. No word just yet whether either Melendez or Nurmagomedov will remain on the card.

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Report: Gilbert Melendez meets Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 170

Well this is going to be violent…

There will be some violence at UFC 170 in February.

Russian mixed martial arts (MMA) website “MMA Boxing” is reporting that the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has booked former Strikeforce Lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez to face the Dagestani wrecking machine Khabib Nurmagomedov on February 22, 2014 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Melendez was last seen victorious over Diego Sanchez at UFC 166 in Houston, Texas at the Toyota Center. The bout was the best of the night and is in consideration for one of the top fights of the year. Before that, he came up short against Benson Henderson when he challenged for the UFC Lightweight title.

Nurmagomedov has been on an absolute tear since making his UFC debut. He’s undefeated in his 21-fight career and is currently on a five-fight winning streak in the Octagon. He was last seen facing Pat Healy at UFC 165, where he won a hard fought Unanimous Decision.

UFC 170 will take place on pay-per-view (PPV) and is headlined by a light heavyweight bout between Rashad Evans and Daniel Cormier.

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Official UFC rankings updated after UFC 165: Khabib Nurmagomedov, Francis Carmont crack Top 10

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) “official” rankings are refreshed!

The media rankings are listed on UFC.com, covering all eight weight classes (including women) plus a pound-for-pound list. Rankings are updated approximately 36 hours after each UFC event, which means we’re back with another installment following this past weekend’s (Sept. 21, 2013) UFC 165 show in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

The biggest movers and shakers this week were in the Lightweight and Middleweight divisions as Khabib Nurmagomedov finally made the cut thanks to his impressive unanimous decision win over Pat Healy, while Francis Carmont cracked into the 185-pound elite courtesy of a six-fight win streak that he kept alive with a wrestling-minded victory over Constantinos Philippou.

One notable incremental movement is Renan Barao gaining one spot on the pound-for-pound list after throttling Eddie Wineland with a spinning heel-kick to the grill to retain his interim 135-pound belt. He’s “Money!”

If you’re wondering how the world’s largest mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion (in conjunction with FightMetric) compiles its list, here’s the criteria:

Rankings were generated by a voting panel made up of media members. The media members were asked to vote for who they feel are the top fighters in the UFC by weight-class and pound-for-pound. A fighter is only eligible to be voted on if they are in active status in the UFC and a fighter can only appear in one weight division at a time. The champion and interim champion are considered to be in the top positions of their respective divisions and therefore are not eligible for voting by weight-class. However, the champions can be voted on for the pound-for-pound rankings.

That voting panel includes MMAmania’s own George Halvatzis Jr, Matthew Roth and Michael Stets. You can check how our rankings stack up compared to the overall consensus by selecting either “George Halvatzis Jr. (MMAmania.com),” “Matthew Roth (MMAmania.com)” or “Michael Steczkowski (MMAmania.com)” in the voting panelists tab at the top of the page.

Below are the updated UFC.com rankings (+/- = movement in rankings)

1. Jon Jones
2. Georges St. Pierre
3. Jose Aldo +1
4. Anderson Silva -1
5. Cain Velasquez
6. Renan Barao +1
7. Demetrious Johnson -1
8. Anthony Pettis
9. Chris Weidman
10. Benson Henderson

Champion: Demetrious Johnson
1. Joseph Benavidez
2. John Dodson
3. Ian McCall
4. John Moraga
5. John Lineker
6. Jussier Formiga
7. Tim Elliott
8. Chris Cariaso
9. Louis Gaudinot
10. Darren Uyenoyama

Champion: Dominick Cruz
1. Renan Barao (Interim Champion)
2. Urijah Faber
3. Michael McDonald
4. Eddie Wineland
5. Raphael Assuncao
6. Brad Pickett
7. Scott Jorgensen
8. Mike Easton
9. T.J. Dillashaw
10. Takeya Mizugaki (Previously un-ranked)

Champion: Jose Aldo
1. Chad Mendes
2. Ricardo Lamas
3. Frankie Edgar
4. Cub Swanson
5. Chan Sung Jung
6. Dustin Poirier
7. Dennis Siver
8. Nik Lentz
9. Clay Guida
10. Erik Koch

Champion: Anthony Pettis
1. Ben Henderson
2. Gilbert Melendez
3. T.J. Grant
4. Josh Thomson +1
5. Gray Maynard -1
6. Rafael dos Anjos
7. Khabib Nurmagomedov (Previously un-ranked)
8. Nate Diaz -1
9. Jim Miller -1
10. Donald Cerrone -1

Champion: Georges St. Pierre
1. Johny Hendricks
2. Carlos Condit
3. Rory MacDonald
4. Demian Maia
5. Jake Ellenberger
6. Martin Kampmann
7. Nick Diaz
8. Robbie Lawler
9. Tarec Saffiedine
10. Matt Brown

Champion: Chris Weidman
1. Anderson Silva
2. Vitor Belfort
3. Ronaldo Souza
4. Michael Bisping
5. Mark Munoz
6. Yushin Okami
7. Luke Rockhold +1
8. Francis Carmont (Previously un-ranked)
9. Costa Philippou -2
10. Chael Sonnen -1

Light Heavyweight
Champion: Jon Jones
1. Alexander Gustafsson
2. Glover Teixeira
3. Phil Davis
4. Rashad Evans +1
5. Lyoto Machida -1
6. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
7. Dan Henderson
8. Chael Sonnen +1
9. Gegard Mousasi -1
10. Mauricio Rua

Champion: Cain Velasquez
1. Junior dos Santos
2. Daniel Cormier
3. Fabricio Werdum
4. Antonio Silva
5. Travis Browne
6. Josh Barnett
7. Frank Mir +1
8. Alistair Overeem -1
9. Roy Nelson
10.Stipe Miocic

Women’s Bantamweight
Champion: Ronda Rousey
1. Cat Zingano
2. Sarah Kaufman
3. Miesha Tate
4. Sara McMann
5. Liz Carmouche
6. Alexis Davis
7. Amanda Nunes
8. Germaine De Randamie
9. Julie Kedzie
10. Rosi Sexton

See anything that stands out?

Let’s get some feedback, Maniacs, then compare this list to the one recently compiled by the SB Nation rankings committee here. To compare these to the last official UFC rankings click here.

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‘I’m ready!’ UFC 165 winner Khabib Nurmagomedov wants Lightweight title shot

Heading into UFC 165: “Jones vs. Gustafsson,” which took place at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, this past weekend (Sat., Sept. 21, 2013), mixed martial arts (MMA) fans wondered how undefeated (21-0) Lightweight prospect Khabib Nurmagomedov would fair against a significant step up in competition, Pat Healy.

The two-time World Combat Sambo Federation champion delivered a rather rousing response, routing the tough Strikeforce veteran en route to a very impressive unanimous decision to kick-off the pay-per-view (PPV) main card.

Following the big win, Nurmagomedov called his next shot:

“Listen to me, UFC and Canada. There’s a gentleman (21-0), (5-0) in the UFC — UFC give me a title shot. I’m ready.”

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White sure seemed to agree that he was a bonafide talent on the rise, singing the Russian’s praises at UFC 165′s post fight press conference (watch full video replay here).

Following his dismantling of Abel Trujillo at UFC 160, many fully expected “The Eagle” to come into this scrap similar to the way Jim Miller did when he got served by “Bam Bam” at UFC 159. But, the young Russian emphasized crisp counter striking and tight grappling to score needed points, most notably during a close second round.

Nurmagomedov, for all intents and purposes, ran a well-rounded clinic on a very talented and experience adversary. The sky is seemingly the limit for the 25-year-old, who will undoubtedly have to kill some time while division champion Anthony Pettis attempts to hold off top contender Josh Thomson at UFC on Fox 9 later this year.

So what comes next?

With T.J. Grant continuing to nurse himself back to health, Gilbert Melendez vs. Diego Sanchez set to tango on an upcoming cards and B.J. Pennwho “Nurm” initially called out — fighting Frankie Edgar at Featherweight, the potential “top” options are few and far between.

Former 155-pound champion, Ben Henderson, however, is currently single.

Sure, the risk for “Smooth” is greater than the reward, but a match-up between the man all other contenders in the division have previously lost to (outside of Pettis) and an undefeated prospect — both awaiting shots in a clouded title picture — seems prime.

While Henderson might be a slight reach, a more likely scenario involves another surging fighter named Rafael dos Anjos. The Brazilian, who has rallied off five straight wins — most recently Donald Cerrone at UFC Fight Night 27 – would pose another stiff test for Nurmagomedov and would help sort out the weight class contenders from the pretenders.

One things for certain, if you ask Nurmagomedov, he will fight anyone. But, can the same be said for the rest of the division?

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If teammate Josh Thomson wins the lightweight title, Khabib Nurmagomedov ‘wants a piece”

TORONTO — Khabib Nurmagomedov talks about slamming and dominating Pat Healy at UFC 165, his future at lightweight, whether he’d fight teammate Josh Thomson for the UFC title, and more.

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