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Dana White says UFC, Khabib Nurmagomedov Have Reconciled Following Brawl in Las Vegas

Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White and lightweight king Khabib Nurmagomedov have come to terms after the fallout from The Eagle’s UFC 229 fight against Conor McGregor, where a massive brawl ensued following a submission victory for Nurmagomedov.
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Dana White says UFC, Khabib Nurmagomedov Have Reconciled Following Brawl in Las Vegas

Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White and lightweight king Khabib Nurmagomedov have come to terms after the fallout from The Eagle’s UFC 229 fight against Conor McGregor, where a massive brawl ensued following a submission victory for Nurmagomedov.
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Dana White says UFC, Khabib Nurmagomedov Have Reconciled Following Brawl in Las Vegas

Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White and lightweight king Khabib Nurmagomedov have come to terms after the fallout from The Eagle’s UFC 229 fight against Conor McGregor, where a massive brawl ensued following a submission victory for Nurmagomedov.
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Sergio Pettis to Return to Bantamweight Following UFC 229 Setback, Coach Says

Sergio Pettis appeared to have turned a corner at 125 pounds with a signature win against Joseph Benavidez earlier this summer.
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Dana White Says UFC 229 Fell Short of 3 Million PPV Buys, But Did ‘Way Over’ 2 Million

UFC 229 didn’t hit 3 million pay-per-view buys, but it still did pretty well, according to Dana White.
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Fabricio Werdum Says He Refused USADA’s Offer to Snitch for Reduced Sanction

Last month, Fabricio Werdum was given a two-year suspension by USADA after testing positive for the anabolic steroid tenbolone and its metabolite epitrenbolone in an out-of-competition screening conducted in April.
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Joanna Jedrzejczyk Says She’s ‘Gotten Offer’ to Fight Valentina Shevchenko

The Ultimate Fighting Championship hasn’t announced who Valentina Shevchenko will face for the vacant women’s strawweight crown, but there’s a pretty decent chance her opponent could be former muay Thai rival Joanna Jedrzejczyk.
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Nutritionist Says Till ‘Can Make 170 With Ease For Years To Come’

Darren Till may not have defeated UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley earlier this month at UFC 228, but the young contender still has a very bright future in the organization.

But where exactly should that future take place?

While Till is a proven title hunter at 170 pounds, the weight cut has not been kind to him. Blessed with a bigger frame better suited for the middleweight division, “Gorilla” has struggled to get his body down to welterweight standards. He did surprisingly come in at 169 pounds for his title fight opposite Woodley, but missed weight by 3.5 pounds for his main event clash with Stephen Thompson at UFC Liverpool back in May.

Till also weighed in at 176 pounds for his third Octagon appearance against Jessin Ayari back in 2017.

Despite his storied troubles with the cut down to welterweight, Till’s nutritionist, Eoghan Gallagher, believes the 25-year-old Englishman can continue to do it for years to come.

“[The weight cut] did go extremely well in the end. I was very confident [he would make weight] and I think he can make 170 with ease for years to come, it’s just all about what his preference is moving forward,” Gallagher told MMAFighting’s Peter Caroll.

Even though Till would most likely succeed at the middleweight level, he’s an absolute headache at 170 pounds. His big body, strong frame, and precise striking skills is good enough to defeat any top contender on any given night. Remember, many people were picking Till to defeat Woodley at UFC 228.

“Ideally, what I’d like to do moving forward is spend six to eight weeks with him in Liverpool in a much longer camp than this one, obviously this was a short-notice fight,” Gallagher said of Till’s UFC 228 camp. “I’d look to get the weight down earlier, get him a bit slimmer — a little bit less aggressive than I had to do it this time. I’d get the weight down slowly, making the cut in the end extremely easy.”

“This cut was super easy,” he continued. “The actual water cut itself did not take a significant amount of time. When he jumped on the scales and we saw 170, his teammate Mike Grundy and I were there, we were all together and it was a really emotional moment for us.

“We just hugged it out and we were like, ‘Wow’. Absolutely, Darren can make 170 with ease with the systems that we have in place.”

If that system is a prolonged solution to Till’s difficult cut down to 170 pounds then there is no reason for “Gorilla” to move up in weight. His loss to Woodley earlier this month was the first of his professional mixed martial arts (MMA) career and not enough to completely wipe Till out of contention entering 2019.

However, that doesn’t mean UFC won’t push him up a division at the first sign of trouble. With so many fighters failing weight cuts before monster fights, the promotion can’t afford to play with fire anymore.

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Valentina Shevchenko Says She’ll Gladly Fight Joanna Jedrzejczyk For Vacant 125-Pound Title

Valentina Shevchenko is ready to move on with her Ultimate Fighting Championship flyweight career, and she already has a next step in mind.
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Jones Inspired By McGregor, Says Irishman’s Wrestling ‘Shouldn’t Be Underestimated’ Against Khabib

Hate him or love him, Conor McGregor has done things in combat sports that no other fighter has ever even dreamed of.

The 29-year-old Irishman quickly rose the ranks as a UFC featherweight before knocking out champion Jose Aldo in 13 seconds back in 2015. After that, “Notorious” moved up in weight to fight Nate Diaz twice at 170 pounds, knocked out Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 in New York City to claim the lightweight championship and become the first fighter in UFC history to simultaneously hold two titles, and then eventually locked down a $ 100 million boxing superfight with undefeated pugilist Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Add in McGregor’s marketing expertise and ever-growing bank account and it’s easy to see why other fighters around mixed martial arts (MMA) look up to the brash Irishman. This includes former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, who is currently sitting on the sidelines after failing his second United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) drug test last year.

“Conor McGregor has definitely inspired me to reach for bigger fights,” said Jones during a recent appearance on Allow Me To Interrupt. “The higher the risk, the higher the reward. That’s my plan, take a page out of his book. And start challenging myself against some pretty scary dudes.”

While Jones is eager to return to the Octagon and test himself against the best fighters at light heavyweight and heavyweight, he can’t do anything until his USADA punishment is dished out. In the interim, “Bones” will have the chance to witness another chapter in McGregor’s historic career as “Notorious” makes his Octagon return against undefeated UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov next month at UFC 229.

It’s a matchup that looks deadly on paper for “Notorious,” but Jones believes the former two-division UFC champion shouldn’t be overlooked at this point in his career.

”I believe that Conor McGregor has wrestling,” said Jones. “I don’t think it’s at the level of Khabib. I believe that Khabib will get the majority of his takedowns that he goes for. Conor, he’s an athlete. He shouldn’t be underestimated.”

Many believe that McGregor’s only chance to defeat Khabib on Oct. 6 in Las Vegas is to catch him with one perfectly-timed left hand. That may be true, but Nurmagomedov is going to have to find a way to finish McGregor on the ground when he gets him there. To this point, Khabib hasn’t necessarily stopped opponents inside of Octagon when he should have. Just look at how long Al Iaquinta, Edson Barboza, and Rafael dos Anjos lasted amidst one-sided beatdowns by “Eagle.”

”I think Khabib, his boxing defense isn’t the the strongest. I don’t understand why he doesn’t work a lot of jiu jitsu,” explained Jones. “If you can take down anybody, why not know how to finish them? He depends on ground-and-pound and he never finishes anyone with that. Khabib is a black belt wrestler. If he adds a black belt in jiu jitsu to his recipe, he’d be extremely scary.”

Jones may be right, but that doesn’t mean Khabib still can’t dominate McGregor at UFC 229, take him down at will, and punish him on the ground for the full 25 minutes. It will be up to McGregor to get back to his feet and let his hands lead the dance.

Luckily, we will find out in one month’s time if McGregor can shock the combat world yet against and instill even more inspiration into all-time great fighters like Jones.

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