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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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UFC 165 results: Khabib Nurmagomedov wins decision over Pat Healy

The main card of the UFC 165: “Jones vs. Gustafsson” pay-per-view (PPV) tonight (Sat., Sept. 21, 2013) at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, kicked off with a lightweight battle pitting Strikeforce veteran Pat Healy, in his first bout since having his victory over Jim Miller overturned thanks to a positive drug test for marijuana, against Khabib Nurmagomedov.

What way to kick off a show.

The two engaging 155-pound brawlers lived up to their reputations, unloading on each other with heavy punches and combinations throughout a busy opening round. Neither took the advantage, however, not really. Healy was cut on his cheek but generally, both appeared to be none the worse for the wear.

“Bam Bam” was more aggressive early in the second round but Nurmagomedov avoided taking too much damage and let Healy wear himself down enough that a late takedown was far too easy to achieve.

Still, it was relatively close.

Then, in the third, Nurmagomedov found the takedown in just over one minute, leading to Healy’s corner begging for him to get back to his feet. The Canadian crowd may not have liked it, but it was an effective point-scoring strategy in a close fight where every little bit counts.

The high point of the fight came when Nurmagomedov picked Healy up, walked him all the way across the cage, and slammed him to the mat. Despite the fact that there were two minutes left, that pretty much sealed the deal for the round.

But the fight, overall, was incredibly close.

Ultimately, Nurmagomedov was awarded the decision on scores of 30-27 across the board.

For complete UFC 165 results and blow-by-blow coverage of all the night’s action click here.

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Healy and Nurmagomedov Agree to UFC 165 Tilt

Khabib Nurmagomedov recently called out TJ Grant, but it looks like the Russian fighter has landed a fight with another top ten fighter instead, as Pat Healy has reportedly agreed to battle the rising lightweight. According to a report from MMA Fighting.com, sources close to the event have confirmed the two have verbally agreed to [...]

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UFC 165 Update: Top-10 Lightweight Healy Meets Unbeaten Nurmagomedov on Sept. 21

World-ranked lightweight Pat Healy will return to the Octagon against hot prospect Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 165, the promotion announced Sunday.
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Pat Healy, Khabib Nurmagomedov verbally agree to meet at UFC 165


An important lightweight bout has been penciled in for UFC 165.

Contenders Pat Healy and Khabib Nurmagomedov have verbally agreed to meet at the Sept. 21 event in Toronto, MMAFighting.com confirmed with sources close to the event. According to those same sources, the fighters have yet to sign bout agreements.

The fight was first reported by Valetudo.ru.

The veteran Healy (29-16, 1 NC) defeated Jim Miller via submission at UFC 159, however, his successful return to the UFC was tainted after he tested positive for marijuana following the fight and was suspended for three months by the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board. As a result, Healy’s win was changed to a no contest, and he lost the opportunity to earn $ 130,000 in fight night bonuses.

“When you mess up, all you can do is step up and own it,” Healy said on The MMA Hour after the fight.. “I wish I could blame someone else, but it’s my own fault. It’s my own bad choices. So, I gotta be a man about this. It sucks and it’s embarrassing and it’s not something I want my name involved with it, but it is what it is now and I have to be a man about it.”

The 24-year-old Nurmagomedov (20-0) has looked impressive in first four UFC fights. He had been campaigning for a fight against B.J. Penn, but he’ll have to settle for one of Penn’s training partners.

UFC 165, headlined by Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson for the UFC light heavyweight title, will take place at the Air Canada Centre.

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