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‘Reckless’ Fabricio Werdum wants rematch with Stipe Miocic at UFC 200

There’s no telling what’s next for the UFC heavyweight division’s crown after UFC 198. Stipe Miocic claimed the title after stopping Fabricio Werdum with a one-punch knockout victory, but there’s no stated top contender from the promotion. While many might point to Alistair Overeem, nothing is official.

That uncertainty, coupled with what he sees as his record of achievement, is why Werdum believes the next course of action for the new champ would be to grant an immediate rematch.

“I don’t think he’s better than I am overall. I think I’m a complete fighter and I showed that in the fight. I was very conscious,” Werdum said at the post-fight press conference via translator. “The right word is reckless,” he said of his performance. “I was a little bit reckless. I had my vision too open. I needed to focus a little bit more on him. Sometimes that happens. Your vision opens and in that moment he hit me and I didn’t see it. It landed on the chin.

“I think the most fair thing would be, I have six consecutive wins. I was the champion. I think the fair thing would be to get a rematch.”

UFC President Dana White was not in attendance and no UFC official commented on Werdum’s statement. While immediate rematches have been granted even in bouts where one fighter was clearly beaten, Werdum’s case for a rematch is historically thin.

“In my opinion, I think that I was the champion until today. I think it would be the most fair, but I never had that problem. It’s not my decision. I’m not the one who decides. I don’t have options. I don’t have to pick one guy. There’s one guy that I’m going to fight and that’s it.

“I think what’s most fair is I’ve been showing for a long time. Six consecutive wins. Obviously, I’m sad. Everybody knows my profile. Everybody knows that I’m not like this, that I’m sad. I think that a defeat is three steps backward and a victory is one step forward.”

As for what did him in, Werdum chalked it up to being sloppy and pushing the fight quicker than it needed to be. Some observers pointed to his jovial attitude during fight week and even his walkout to the cage, but the former champ stated he took everything seriously. His loss, he argued, is not related to that.

“For example, some people were talking about that maybe I was too worried about the happy face or the promotion. It wasn’t that. It has nothing to do with that,” Werdum argued. “People know me and I’m going to be the same. I’m not going to start laughing here because I’m sad right now in defeat, but I’m going to come back better and I’m sure I’m going to retain this belt again.

“I was very well prepared physically and mentally, but I thought that I was attacking pretty well. I think he was better than me, like I said. He was better than me, but I want to fight the sooner the better. Maybe at UFC 200 against him. I know it’d be very difficult, but I would like to fight as soon as possible. He was better than me tonight, but for sure, I’ll win in the future.”

Werdum told the media his next move is to return home to Los Angeles to be with his family and talk to his coaches. He also has to serve out his suspension from the athletic commission for the knockout loss. But like Cat Zingano after losing to Ronda Rousey, Werdum wants a do-over, a chance to fix an obvious and disastrous error.

“I’m suspended for 30 days, but we know with the suspension I can’t train. But obviously I’m going to train. Everyone does it. I know that to fight again I need that time. I need those 30 days. I want to come back as soon as possible. I’m very eager,” he said. “I already had a goal of becoming the greatest of all time. Now I want to get the belt back, so it motivated me even more.”

While it may seem unlikely to others and generally buck trends of how rematches are typically granted, Werdum knows what he wants. He believes he needs just one more chance to make things right and that a rematch is in order. Whether Miocic grants him one, Werdum said, is not up to him. He plans to lobby hard for what he believes he’s owed.

“I know that Stipe Miocic was better than me. I know that he’s not going to accept a rematch, but I know he’s not the one who decides,” Werdum contended. “I know he’s going to want to keep the belt for six or seven months, but I want to fight as soon as possible.”

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Former UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo willing to rematch Conor McGregor in the streets

It’s no secret that former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Featherweight king Jose Aldo is chomping at the bit to get his hands on current champion Conor McGregor after losing his 145-pound title to the Irishman back at UFC 194.

McGregor finished Aldo in just 13 seconds.

Since then, the Brazilian legend has thrown shade at McGregor at every moment possible. He believes “Notorious” beat him with a lucky punch. He has lobbied for a rematch and now looks hungrier than ever to get his revenge on the fighter who ended his 10-year unbeaten streak.

“I will get there and run through (Edgar). It doesn’t matter what happens, we will win the fight,” said Aldo during a UFC 198 Q&A in regards to fighting former UFC Lightweight champion Frankie Edgar at UFC 200 (h/t MMA Fighting). “After that, we will get (McGregor) even if it’s in the streets.”

Wow. So it seems like Aldo will do whatever it takes to get another crack at McGregor. At this point, that arguably makes him as dangerous as he’s ever been. With his eyes set on the top of the Featherweight division, guys like Edgar better watch out.

If Aldo does in fact beat “The Answer” in the rematch to their UFC 156 title fight (Aldo won via unanimous decision), he’ll most likely fight McGregor by the end of 2016.

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T.J. Dillashaw-Raphael Assuncao Bantamweight Rematch Possible for UFC 200

Even with its headliner already booked, Dana White recently said the promotion wasn’t done adding fights to the UFC 200 lineup, and now that statement seems to be coming to fruition.
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T.J. Dillashaw in talks to rematch Raphael Assuncao at UFC 200

UFC 200 may be getting another battle between top-five fighters.

As reported on UFC Tonight on Wednesday, a bantamweight rematch between former champion T.J. Dillashaw and Rapahel Assuncao is in the works for the big milestone card in Las Vegas.

Dillashaw and Assuncao fought at UFC Fight Night 29 in 2013, with the Brazilian taking a narrow split decision victory.

That fight would be the last that the former Team Alpha Male fighter Dillashaw would lose for the next two years. The 30-year-old Dillashaw (12-3) rattled off four victories in a row, including a dominant performance over Renan Barao at UFC 173 to take home the 135-pound title. He later repeated the feat at UFC on FOX 16 in July of last year.

Dillashaw lost the title to Dominick Cruz at UFC Fight Night 81 in Boston.

Assuncao, 33, has been sidelined for more than a year-and-a-half with injuries. However, the 33-year-old has won seven straight fights dating back to his UFC 134 victory over Johnny Eduardo in 2011. He last appeared against Bryan Caraway at UFC Fight Night 54, scoring a unanimous decision victory.

UFC 200 takes place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on July 9. The event will feature a light heavyweight title fight between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier in the main event, as well as an interim featherweight title bout between Frankie Edgar and Jose Aldo. Both fights are rematches.

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Conor McGregor Thinks He’ll Toy With Nate Diaz in Rematch

Yesterday, featherweight champ Conor McGregor went on a bit of a tirade on Twitter, firing off barbs at nemesis Nate Diaz. They included: He has made more excuses for the first 8 minutes of our fight than I have made for the last 2 minutes of our fight. https://t.co/pukpqnF1YJ — Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) May 2, […]

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Conor McGregor Thinks He’ll Toy With Nate Diaz in Rematch

Yesterday, featherweight champ Conor McGregor went on a bit of a tirade on Twitter, firing off barbs at nemesis Nate Diaz. They included: He has made more excuses for the first 8 minutes of our fight than I have made for the last 2 minutes of our fight. https://t.co/pukpqnF1YJ — Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) May 2, […]

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Conor McGregor Thinks He’ll Toy With Nate Diaz in Rematch

Yesterday, featherweight champ Conor McGregor went on a bit of a tirade on Twitter, firing off barbs at nemesis Nate Diaz. They included: He has made more excuses for the first 8 minutes of our fight than I have made for the last 2 minutes of our fight. https://t.co/pukpqnF1YJ — Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) May 2, […]

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Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor rematch officially off of UFC 200, Diaz to get new opponent

It’s dead.

The highly anticipated rematch between Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor will not go down at UFC 200 officially, promotion president Dana White announced Friday during a press conference in Las Vegas. White said the UFC is working on finding Diaz a new opponent.

“Nate Diaz wants to fight at UFC 200 and he will fight at UFC 200,” White said.

The entire saga began Tuesday when McGregor seemed to announce an impromptu retirement on Twitter. Hours later, White explained on ESPN that McGregor had been pulled from the bout, because he would not fulfill promotional obligations this week in Las Vegas.

White said McGregor has been officially ruled out of UFC 200.

“I just don’t see how that’s fair,” White said. … “It’s just part of the deal. These guys came.

“You think I don’t want Conor to fight? Of course, I do. It’s just not right.”

In a statement posted to Facebook on Thursday, McGregor said that he wanted to concentrate on training after losing to Diaz at UFC 196 in March and did not want to go through with a mini media tour this week and next in Vegas, Stockton, Calif., and New York. McGregor said he offered to do promotion in May, just not right now. McGregor is currently training in Iceland.

“Is it too much to ask to shoot a commercial or do the promotion for the fight?” White asked Friday.

McGregor tweeted Thursday night that the ball was in the UFC’s court to keep the fight on. But that won’t happen now. White confirmed the fight is officially off Friday.

“We gave Conor every opportunity in the world to get here,” White said.

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Patricio Freire Says Title Rematch Against Daniel Straus Promised with Win at Bellator 153

According to Patricio Freire, his most recent loss at Bellator 145 occurred because he was not the most desperate man in the cage that night.
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Holly Holm: It’s ‘very possible’ the UFC is waiting to book me for Ronda Rousey rematch

Holly Holm didn’t get the rematch she wanted. Instead, there’s a chance she gets the rematch the UFC wanted from her all along.

There has been a divide in what Holm and the UFC have wanted after Holm knocked out Ronda Rousey in the second round of their UFC 193 main event in November.

The UFC didn’t want Holm to fight again until Rousey returned to the Octagon, the safe and sure bet for a rematch that would be a promoter’s dream. Rousey not being able to come back until the end of this year and Holm preferring to stay active threw a monkey wrench into the UFC’s plan. So, Holm got her wish and defended the belt first against Miesha Tate at UFC 196 last month.

Tate, of course, had a monkey wrench of her own. She beat Holm by fifth-round submission to win the women’s bantamweight title. What is that saying about the best-laid plans?

From the jump, Holm wanted that rematch with Tate with the rationale that she had been beating Tate until “Cupcake” pulled off that stunning rear-naked choke in the final round. The UFC preferred Tate wait for Rousey to return setting up a third matchup between the two hated rivals.

Those plans went south as well when Tate said it was her desire to fight sooner than the end of the year. So, the UFC booked Tate to defend her title against Amanda Nunes at UFC 200 on July 9 in Las Vegas.

But what about Holm? That’s what she is wondering as well. No one is sure who wanted Nunes rather than a Holm rematch, thought the UFC and Tate are pointing fingers at each other. It doesn’t matter at this point, though. Nunes is the opponent and Holm is the odd woman out.

And that could leave Holm right back where this rollercoaster started: against Ronda Rousey. “The Preacher’s Daughter” told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour that she would not be surprised if the UFC waited to book her again until Rousey’s comeback in November or December.

“It’s very possible,” Holm said. “I don’t know what their real thinking is, but they’re obviously a successful business for a reason. They’re a successful promotion. They usually have their reasons behind everything.”

Holm still wants to fight Tate next for the belt, which is why she she’s rooting for Tate to beat Nunes in July. But it’ll be a while before Holm gets that fight, if she does. So she’s reassessing her options at the moment.

“I’ll be ready either way,” Holm said. “If I rematch with Ronda, I’m gonna train my butt off. If I rematch with Tate, I’m gonna train my butt off. If they give me one of the other top girls in the meantime, I’m gonna train my butt off.

“I feel like at this point, not having the rematch, which is what I really wanted, I kind of just changed my train of thought to just be open to whatever. I don’t want to be so focused on that that if something else comes my way that I don’t take advantage of the opportunity.”

If Tate does beat Nunes, she probably wouldn’t be ready to fight again until the fall at the earliest. Rousey will be back relatively around the same time. Holm doesn’t wait to wait, but at this point she’s resigned herself to it. A Holm-Rousey rematch is still one of the biggest fights the UFC can do — maybe the biggest? — even if there’s no title in play.

“Who knows?” Holm said. “Maybe they’ll put Ronda and I together and the winner of that goes for the belt.”

That very well could be the UFC’s current plan. Cat Zingano and Julianna Pena will fight at UFC 200 and the winner of that matchup would also have a case for a title shot against the Tate-Nunes winner. Things have heated up in the women’s bantamweight division in Rousey’s absence and her return will only push things to a boil.

Maybe the UFC will get Holm vs. Rousey 2 this year after all.

“And that could be it,” Holm said. “They could be waiting for that.”

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