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Tyron Woodley: Jon Jones Called Me Personally to Offer Assistance in Fight Against Colby Covington

Ultimate Fighting Championship interim welterweight champion Colby Covington has made his fair share of enemies along the way during his UFC career, including his former college roommate Jon Jones.
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Recovered from Shoulder Surgery, Alexander Gustafsson Awaits ‘Meaningful Offer’ from UFC

Alexander Gustafsson is fully healthy and ready to return to the Octagon, but he isn’t exactly sure what his next move will be given the current state of the light heavyweight division.
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Recovered from Shoulder Surgery, Alexander Gustafsson Awaits ‘Meaningful Offer’ from UFC

Alexander Gustafsson is fully healthy and ready to return to the Octagon, but he isn’t exactly sure what his next move will be given the current state of the light heavyweight division.
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Recovered from Shoulder Surgery, Alexander Gustafsson Awaits ‘Meaningful Offer’ from UFC

Alexander Gustafsson is fully healthy and ready to return to the Octagon, but he isn’t exactly sure what his next move will be given the current state of the light heavyweight division.
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Nate Diaz says he laughed at Eddie Alvarez fight offer: ‘He just got melted by the guy I just beat up’

Nate Diaz and Eddie Alvarez could have fought in 2015. The two got into a backstage altercation at UFC 188 in Mexico City and there was plenty of interest at that time about a matchup between the two hard-nosed lightweights.

It didn’t happen, though. Diaz told Ariel Helwani on a special edition of The MMA Hour last week that Alvarez turned the bout down at that point because he was waiting for a title shot. When the UFC offered him Alvarez back in January of this year, Diaz was no longer interested.

“They texted me about the Eddie Alvarez fight,” Diaz said. “And I’m just like pshht. Eddie Alvarez had his chance. Remember when I seen him in Mexico and I called him out? I was like I want to fight him the next day.”

Things have changed significantly for Diaz since the confrontation with Alvarez. He beat Michael Johnson in December 2015, then stepped in on short notice to face Conor McGregor at UFC 196 in March 2016, shocking the world by submitting McGregor in the second round. Diaz and McGregor fought a rematch at UFC 202 last August and McGregor pulled out a tight majority decision.

After the Diaz fights, McGregor challenged Alvarez, by then the UFC lightweight champion, at UFC 205 last November and knocked Alvarez out in the second round.

When the UFC came calling about an Alvarez bout, Diaz said he didn’t even say no.

“I just laughed,” Diaz said. “‘Do you want the Eddie Alvarez fight?’ How dare you. He just got melted by the guy I just beat up. He just got plumbed by Conor and I just beat Conor’s ass. I just laughed at them, like ‘Get the f*ck out of here, call me with some real sh*t.’”

Diaz believes he knows why the UFC offered him that fight. He said a few days after he laughed it off, he got an e-mail saying his contract had been extended six months. UFC fighters have provisions in their contracts allowing the UFC to lengthen contracts if they don’t accept fights by a certain time.

“You guys just offered me that fight that you knew I wasn’t gonna take so you can extend my contract, because it was almost over,” Diaz said. “My time was almost up on my contract. You get your loophole. Don’t be trying to play me.”

Diaz has since been offered a fight against Tony Ferguson, which he also turned down, so it’s likely his contract will be extended another six months. Diaz said he’s not looking to be a free agent necessarily. He just wants one of two things from the UFC in a prospective fight: more money or an opponent he’s motivated to be locked inside a cage with.

Ferguson didn’t fit that bill for Diaz. Neither did Alvarez.

“You had your chance,” Diaz said of the former UFC 155-pound champion. “That’s not a fighter. You’re not a fighter. … You didn’t want the fight. You had your chance.”

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Floyd Mayweather Laughs at Dana White’s Offer to Fight McGregor: ‘He’s a F—ing Comedian’

No surprise here, but Floyd Mayweather isn’t interested in Dana White’s offer to box Conor McGregor in the UFC.
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Luke Rockhold content modeling while he waits for fight offer that ‘makes sense’

He may have lost his belt to Michael Bisping at UFC 199, but former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold‘s career is still on the uptick. The California-based fighter has expanded his horizons a bit since that fight in early June, rolling out a business called Grapes that just launched, and also “dabbling in a different market.”

That market is the world of modeling, which Rockhold was in New York for on Monday for business dealings to do with Fashion Week. The new sideline pursuit was something he said he’s been in discussions to do since before UFC 199, and his potential income as a model, could end up being better than what he makes as a fighter.

Rockhold was an in-studio guest on The MMA Hour on Monday, and he said that the seven-figure potential was one of the reasons he could afford to wait for the right fight offer to come along before jumping in the Octagon again. 

“I definitely want to fight, and I want to get back to that title and get my shot,” Rockhold said. “So, it’s about making the right move next, and making it worth my while. I’m not going to just go out there and put my body on the line when I can get paid that much more in this world [modeling]. So, if they make it worth my while, I’d love to come back. This is what I love to do — I love to fight. But, it’s got to make sense.”

The 31-year-old Rockhold had won five straight fights heading into UFC 199, which was supposed to be a rematch against Chris Weidman, whom he’d beat at UFC 194. When Weidman injured himself just a couple of weeks before the fight, Bisping stepped in and scored an upset knockout over Rockhold.

Rockhold, who said he still has a contract for several more fights, has used his time away to advantage as an entrepreneur, and said that he has done his best to move on from the Bisping loss.

“You got to get over it,” he said. “That’s the sport. I let my guard down, I prepared foolishly and I went in there with a bad mindset and I paid for it. I’ll pick myself up, I’ll rebuild myself as I always have and I’ll do what I need to do. I know what I’m capable of I just need to go out and fight with the mindset that got me here. And you can’t take anybody for granted. It was a mistake, and it won’t happen again.”

Rockhold said he has some “big contracts” he’s working on in New York with the “top two brands” in the industry. He didn’t divulge much else on that front, but made it clear that it was lucrative enough to make him patient about jumping back in the Octagon. He also said that he wasn’t having any problems with the UFC, that business is just business.

“I have a good relationship with the UFC for sure,” he said. “It’s just, they’re always going to…it’s business, they’re going to make things to their advantage, of course. Try to take advantage of certain things and put you in a place and do what they can. That’s business, that’s how it is. And guess what, I’ve got my own business on the side and I can stand my ground too. I can take some time off.”

Rockhold, who trains primarily out of the American Kickboxing Academy with Daniel Cormier in San Jose, California, was quick to distinguish his interests in the pursuit of “stacking cash.”

“I’m a fighter at heart, but I’m here to get paid, so if there’s more potential [in modeling], I’ll take it,” he said. “And we’re talking big numbers, so I could laugh and let my body heal and wait for the time’s right to come back and fight when it makes sense.”

When asked if November would be a good time for his return to action, when the UFC visits Madison Square Garden for the first time at UFC 205, he said that would be great.

“But at the same time, if I’m going to go put my body [on the line], and put off deals in [the modeling] world, it’s got to make sense in my world,” he said. “If I’m going to put down deals that are worth more than I’m fighting for and I’m avoiding a shoot or something I need to do, it just doesn’t make sense. I’m going to go beat my body down and put myself through hell. I love the reward at the end, but the reward’s got to be worth it.”

Told that there were whisperings of the UFC doing a middleweight tournament at MSG — featuring him, Weidman, Yoel Romero and “Jacare” Souza — to settle up the contenders while Dan Henderson and Bisping fight for the title, Rockhold said he was down.

So long as the offer is right.

“There’s potential in that,” he said. “I feel like, let’s make it worth my while.”

When asked if he felt like he was underpaid by the UFC, Rockhold thought about his words carefully.

“Yeah, yeah,” he said, though he admitted that he “made some pretty good money” as a champion.

“This year’s been a pretty damn good year.”

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Nick Diaz says he’d fight Tyron Woodley at UFC 202 ‘if they make me an offer I can’t refuse’

Tyron Woodley called to defend his newly won UFC welterweight title against Nick Diaz in just three weeks at UFC 202, and Diaz wasted little time answering that call on Monday, telling TMZ that an Aug. 20 dance date sounds just fine to him as long as the money is right.

“If they make me an offer I can’t refuse,” Diaz said. “But I doubt that’s going to happen. I’m over here, look at me right now — I don’t need nothing. I don’t owe nobody nothing. I don’t owe anybody sh*t. I haven’t been fanatical about fighting since I was 15 or 14, since I was eight years ago.

“Once I turned pro, I was like okay, this is not fun and games now. This is me. I’m going to come and I work on karma. I’m not going to go after somebody if I don’t have a reason behind it, so as soon as there is some sort of a reason for me to do something that I need to do, then I’ll do it. Nobody’s done what I’ve done in this sh*t. It just hasn’t happened yet.”

After spending 18 months on the shelf, Diaz is once again free to fight, as Diaz’s farcical suspension from the Nevada Athletic Commission due to a questionable positive drug test for marijuana metabolites expired on Aug. 1.

The 32-year-old former Strikeforce champion now reenters a very different UFC than the one he left, however he remains one of the organization’s biggest draws, and it is clear he still knows it.

“I want to fight the best guy,” Diaz said. “You know what, I always want to fight the best guy, but the thing is I’m on top. I’m the one on top. They’re dropping my name. I don’t need no fake-ass piece of plastic. F*ck that. I could fight and we could do a catchweight too. Everybody wants to do a fight with me, champions at 170, champions at 185. I said we can meet halfway. I don’t owe nobody nothing. I’m a pay-per-view without a title. I don’t need that fake-ass plastic to beat somebody.”

UFC 202 takes place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and is headlined by a rematch between Diaz’s younger brother, Nate, and UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor. The pay-per-view is anticipated to be one of most profitable in UFC history, and as Woodley suggested, adding a double-dose of Diaz would only make it bigger.

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Jon Jones calls Daniel Cormier an ‘absolute coward’ for offer to help Ovince Saint Preux

Jon Jones was not amused by Daniel Cormier’s offer to help Ovince Saint Preux prepare for UFC 197.

During an appearance Monday on The MMA Hour, Cormier extended an open invitation for Saint Preux to travel to San Jose and train — all expenses paid — at American Kickboxing Academy ahead of his UFC light heavyweight interim title fight against Jones on April 23.

While Saint Preux ultimately declined Cormier’s offer, Jones was less than pleased by the whole exchange, which he saw as an act of fearfulness on Cormier’s part.

“Daniel is an absolute coward who will never beat me,” Jones said on The MMA Hour. “And I say that not from an arrogant place. I say that from a place where, me getting my belt back, it means everything to me. That belt right now is a big part of my life. It means everything to me. Me losing to OSP should be the last thing that [Cormier] would want, because if I were to somehow lose, that means he doesn’t get to avenge his only loss.”

Jones defeated Cormier via unanimous decision in Jan. 2015 at UFC 182 following a long and heated build-up between the two rivals. As fate would have it, the fight marked the unofficial end to Jones’ reign as light heavyweight champion. He was forced to vacate the belt just months later after fleeing the scene of an automobile accident which left one pregnant victim with a broken arm.

With Jones out on indefinite suspension, Cormier rebounded by filling the void as UFC light heavyweight champion, first seizing the belt by submitting Anthony Johnson, then defending it against Alexander Gustafsson.

Jones’ absence did little to cool the rivalry though, even with Cormier now ruled out of his anticipated rematch against Jones at UFC 197 due to injury.

“His inviting OSP to his training camp shows me that he’s so grateful that he’s not fighting me in three weeks,” Jones said. “That he’s so grateful that he gets to have one more family photo-op with that belt, because he knows that he’s not going to beat me, especially now with a knee injury. He’s going to be nursing his knee to get back to 100-percent. I’m going to just be getting stronger, better, faster, more rehearsed in my gameplan to beat him.

“So, Daniel, man, he’s a mental midget. I’m not worried about Daniel. Obviously him inviting OSP shows that he’s so lucky he’ll be watching from the sidelines and not actually in that cage with me.”

Of course, that was not the end of it. Jones called Cormier a “p*ssy” in an incredulous string of follow-up tweets after the interview.

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Matt Mitrione has ‘very nice’ Bellator offer, but ‘unfinished business in UFC’

Matt Mitrione is at a career crossroads, but not a desperate one. Despite dropping his last two fights in the UFC (albeit the last one against Travis Browne ending on controversial terms), Mitrione is not begging for work or desperate for attention. In fact, he has a lot of options. The only question is which path he’ll take, not so much which path is better.

“I’m in a good spot, man,” Mitrione said on Monday’s The MMA Hour.

According to Mitrione, who fought out his UFC contract to seek free agency, he’s received an offer from Bellator. While specifics were not detailed, Mitrione was quick to note the deal Bellator offered is quite alright by him.

“UFC has the right to match,” he explained. “Definitely, I’ve got a very nice offer from Bellator. I’m very happy with that. I’ve been in talks with ONE [Championship]. I feel I am very happy with where things are with Bellator right now.

“As a matter of fact,” he continued, “I actually sent in today the official offer sheet from Bellator into the UFC to see if they want to match.”

Mitrone said he isn’t sure if they’ll match. “If they do, awesome. Great, then we can have a conversation,” he noted. As it stands, he believes the UFC has roughly two weeks to respond to Bellator’s offer, although he believes they’ll likely act one way or the other within a week. While he waits, he said he’s auditioned for a television color commentary job

For a 37-year-old fighter coming off of back-to-back losses, Mitrione knows he’s an excellent position. Still, while he said explicitly he’s pleased with the Bellator offer, there is work to be done in the UFC.

Mitrione lost to Browne in January, but only after a series of eye pokes went unpunished by the referee. Mitrione contended this not only affected his ability to fight, but according to the rules in Massachusetts where the fight took place, is grounds to have the result of the bout scratched or overturned.

That, Mitrione said, is one reason why staying in the UFC is appealing.

“I’d be happy with the offer from Bellator, but I feel that I have unfinished business in UFC,” he said. “If the UFC matched, my first fight would be with Travis again. That’s my money fight. I want that fight. I was beating him, I’m better than him, the world knows it, the world saw it, especially if they’re calling fouls where he can’t stop my forward aggression coming forwards. Travis is going to have a really bad night and he knows it, too. The world knows it.

“I swing leather,” he noted. “If I touch your face, especially if you’re reeling backwards, it’s not going to work out well for you.”

Mitrione has options, none of them bad. In fact, if his experience and that of Ben Henderson’s say anything, it’s that the free market works a lot better than many fighters realize.

“It’s interesting because if you think about it, the free market is becoming legit,” he explained. “Look at what Ben Henderson did, right? Got offered X and then got offered Y [raises his hand higher in the air]. And the X had a couple pie in the sky dreams, some pipe dream chases. But this one is legit, it’s money in hand and it made sense, especially since they don’t control anything that goes on. It’s just, ‘You’re going to get paid this.’

“Well, that’s pretty much what my conversation was [with UFC], too,” he said. “They made an offer before and the pie in the sky was a beautiful number, but it’s unrealistic. But that was on my original contract, which I turned down. Now we’ll see what they do, but I think if other fighters come out and see a number that gets released. They’ll be like, ‘Well, if he got offered this and they offered that, why would I ever re-sign unless I only want to fight in the UFC?’ If I’m looking for money, it’s a conversation to be had, at least.”

Mitrione doesn’t know much about Bellator’s heavyweight division. He conceded he hasn’t “done any homework on them yet”, but that he didn’t “need to.” For me, “I’m still around the UFC. I’m still their business until they say, ‘No, we don’t want to match it.”

While his future is up in the air, his desire to compete is not. No matter which way he goes, he has an aim. If it’s Bellator, it’s to be the best he can be there. If he stays in the UFC, well, we know what’s on his mind.

“And like I said, I’m still stuck on Travis. I want to fight Travis,” Mitrione stressed. “I got a grievance and I have a vendetta.”

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