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UFC On Fox 22: Has Mickey Gall Bitten Off More Than He Can Chew Or Will He Run Through Sage Northcutt?

And the hits just keep on coming as the UFC sets up for yet another event this Saturday night as Paige Vanzant clashes with former Invicta atomweight champion Michelle Waterson. But before these two women meet head to head we’ll get to see Mickey Gall get his wish to face off against the natural lightweight Sage Northcutt in a welterweight match up. It’s a fight that has generated enough interest for it to be genuinely appealing, especially considering how early each of these young men are in their career. Will Gall’s callout prove to be the wise move or has he bit off more than he can chew against Northcutt?

From what I’ve gathered from Mickey Gall so far in his career is that he has solid striking with an affinity for grappling. As far as his stand up goes we only have a handful of examples both in which featured the young upstart battling men with little experience. We got to see his grappling game as he faced off against the inexperienced CM Punk back at UFC 203. The fight may have done more to answer questions about the former WWE wrestler than it did to measure Gall’s potential in the UFC. Being the longer, bigger man, Gall will most likely aim to get this fight to the ground as soon as possible rather than play around on the feet. Expect him to follow a similar game plan to what we saw in the CM Punk fight. Gall will throw some strikes and feints on the feet in order for Northcutt to counter and over compensate. Once that happens expect for Gall to shoot for a double leg takedown.

From what we’ve seen from Sage Northcutt this far in his MMA career, there’s a lot to like. He can wrestle, he can grapple, but he does much of his best work on the feet. What he’s missing is technical savvy. At times he finds himself too far forward against opponents who are obliged to take the karate expert down once he’s in their range. Gall is likely to employ a wrestling based game so it’s going to be important for Northcutt to keep his distance in this fight. He will likely have a speed advantage which he should consistently exploit with jabs or lunge punches then shuffle out before Gall can counter with strikes or a takedown attempt. Fighting in a broken rhythm will be key to throwing Gall off of his game and maintaining a gulf in between them will only enhance Northcutt’s chances of landing devastating power punches when he feels so inclined.

Both of these young men are still prospects with a ton of upside. While Northcutt has falter d against wrestlers in the past, working with welterweight champion Tyron Woodley has likely given him the preparation he needs to counter Gall effectively. Look for Sage Northcutt to pull out the victory with a second round TKO.

Will it be Sage Northcutt or Mickey Gall at UFC on Fox 22?


Jonathan Salmon is a writer, martial arts instructor, and geek culture enthusiast. Check out his Twitter and Facebook to keep up with his antics.

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UFC On Fox 22: Has Mickey Gall Bitten Off More Than He Can Chew Or Will He Run Through Sage Northcutt?

And the hits just keep on coming as the UFC sets up for yet another event this Saturday night as Paige Vanzant clashes with former Invicta atomweight champion Michelle Waterson. But before these two women meet head to head we’ll get to see Mickey Gall get his wish to face off against the natural lightweight Sage Northcutt in a welterweight match up. It’s a fight that has generated enough interest for it to be genuinely appealing, especially considering how early each of these young men are in their career. Will Gall’s callout prove to be the wise move or has he bit off more than he can chew against Northcutt?

From what I’ve gathered from Mickey Gall so far in his career is that he has solid striking with an affinity for grappling. As far as his stand up goes we only have a handful of examples both in which featured the young upstart battling men with little experience. We got to see his grappling game as he faced off against the inexperienced CM Punk back at UFC 203. The fight may have done more to answer questions about the former WWE wrestler than it did to measure Gall’s potential in the UFC. Being the longer, bigger man, Gall will most likely aim to get this fight to the ground as soon as possible rather than play around on the feet. Expect him to follow a similar game plan to what we saw in the CM Punk fight. Gall will throw some strikes and feints on the feet in order for Northcutt to counter and over compensate. Once that happens expect for Gall to shoot for a double leg takedown.

From what we’ve seen from Sage Northcutt this far in his MMA career, there’s a lot to like. He can wrestle, he can grapple, but he does much of his best work on the feet. What he’s missing is technical savvy. At times he finds himself too far forward against opponents who are obliged to take the karate expert down once he’s in their range. Gall is likely to employ a wrestling based game so it’s going to be important for Northcutt to keep his distance in this fight. He will likely have a speed advantage which he should consistently exploit with jabs or lunge punches then shuffle out before Gall can counter with strikes or a takedown attempt. Fighting in a broken rhythm will be key to throwing Gall off of his game and maintaining a gulf in between them will only enhance Northcutt’s chances of landing devastating power punches when he feels so inclined.

Both of these young men are still prospects with a ton of upside. While Northcutt has falter d against wrestlers in the past, working with welterweight champion Tyron Woodley has likely given him the preparation he needs to counter Gall effectively. Look for Sage Northcutt to pull out the victory with a second round TKO.

Will it be Sage Northcutt or Mickey Gall at UFC on Fox 22?


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Coach: Michael Bisping a bigger fight for Georges St-Pierre than unconfident Tyron Woodley

Georges St-Pierre is currently negotiating with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

That means “Rush” (25-2) could make his mixed martial arts (MMA) return at some point in 2017, though don’t expect the former 170-pound champion to come back to the weight class he once ruled. Not because he doesn’t want to reclaim his crown, but rather because current welterweight titleholder Tyron Woodley isn’t a big enough fight.

Coach Firas Zahabi talks to ESPN’s 5ive Rounds podcast:

“I would love the Bisping fight to be honest with you. I feel the welterweight division doesn’t have a supremely confident champion yet. Tyron Woodley is a great champion, but he’s on his first defense. We need someone to build a history like Georges did, to have a super fight. With Bisping, it would be for the middleweight title. That would make it epic. Georges needs to come back for a mega fight, super fight. Something five rounds, something historical. Not just another contender. I still think Georges is the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. He trains regularly so I still see him in action and the guy is a monster. I hope Georges and the UFC, his management team at CAA, they book him again. He’s such an incredible talent sitting by the wayside. It’s crazy to me. I think it’s a matter of time. I’m hopeful at least.”

I’m not holding my breath.

After three years on the sidelines, St-Pierre — now 35 years old — started training for his Octagon return. At the top of his hit list is current middleweight champion Michael Bisping, who would probably leave Yoel Romero high and dry for a chance to make some of that “GSP” money.

Nothing personal, just business.

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Anthony Pettis: The only good striker Max Holloway faced is Conor McGregor and I have way more tools than ‘Notorious’

Anthony Pettis is without a doubt one of the best and most creative strikers in all of mixed martial arts (MMA). But as he gears up to vie for the interim featherweight title at this weekend’s (Sat., Dec. 10, 2016) UFC 206 pay-per-view (PPV) event in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, he’ll be doing it against someone who isn’t afraid to go toe-to-toe in Max Holloway.

That said, “Showtime” is more than confident he has the striking, power, and overall skill set to take out “Blessed,” who he best describes as a younger version of himself. Besides, the only good striker Max has faced thus far is Conor McGregor, according to Pettis, and Anthony says he has way more tools in his arsenal than “Notorious” does.

“I see Max as a younger version of myself; raw, natural talent and he definitely wants it bad. But I got the skill set to beat the guy with the striking and I got the power and size on him,” said Pettis during a recent stop at the UFC Unfiltered podcast with Jimmy Norton and Matt Serra.

“The only other striker he fought of my caliber is Conor McGregor, and you saw how that went down. I feel like I have way more tools than Conor McGregor,” he said. “Conor McGregor has a big left hand and some decent kicks. I have submissions, wrestling, I have everything; I’m the complete package. Now I have the size, so it’s a great weight class for me.”

While it may be a “great” weight division for Pettis, he has no plans to stay there permanently, as he intends to climb back up to lightweight down the line in an attempt to reclaim his strap.

Still, Pettis won’t deny that he enjoys having the size and power advantage at 145 pounds. Whether or not that equates to a win over “Blessed” and another world title, remains to be seen.

To learn more about the upcoming UFC 206 PPV event click here.

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Robert Whittaker: I’m faster than Derek Brunson, he underestimates my power at UFC Melbourne

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) gave Robert Whittaker headlining duties for its upcoming UFC Fight Night 101 mixed martial arts (MMA) event on FOX Sports 1, which takes place this Saturday (Nov. 26, 2016) inside Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Thank Luke Rockhold for that.

That gives “The Reaper” an opportunity to make a statement in the middleweight division against a fellow up-and-coming contender as Derek Brunson, like the hometown product, has also won five in a row.

“He’s definitely an athlete,” Whittaker told Bloody Elbow. “He’s got a skill set that demands respect. He got into the top-10 in pretty good fashion. I think I’ve got to be wary of his power.”

The last person who wasn’t paid mightily for that miscalculation.

“I think my striking is faster [than Brunson’s] and I think he underestimates my power a bit,” he continued. “My striking and my timing are huge advantages, I’ve got them both down pat. That’s what I’m good at and I know I’m good at. So it’s gonna be interesting to see what happens.”

Don’t blink.

After a rocky start to his UFC career, Whittaker (16-4) went on to capture five straight, including his unanimous decision win over Rafael Natal at the UFC 197 pay-per-view (PPV) event back in April.

It will be interesting to see how the main event outcome changes this early next week.

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Thomas Almeida expected better-ranked opponent than Albert Morales

Thomas Almeida is one of the top prospects in the UFC bantamweight division, but the first defeat of his professional career forced him down the rankings.

Almeida headlined UFC Fight Night 88 against Cody Garbrandt in May, but was stopped in the first round by the Team Alpha Male talent. Six months later, “Thominhas” returns to action in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 100 on Saturday in Sao Paulo, Brazil, against Albert Morales, and admits he was hoping for a better-ranked opponent on Nov. 19.

“A fight is a fight, and every athlete in the UFC is a great athlete, so I’m going there to do my job and win,” Almeida said during a recent media day. “I wanted to fight someone ranked higher than me, but it didn’t work. But I’m sure this opponent will be tough and I will have to prove I’m ready. My focus is on Morales now.

“I want so bad to get (at the top of the division that pressure) doesn’t bother me,” he continued. “I see this as a motivation, and nothing has changed. It was one step back to take more steps forward. I never said the road would be easy, but it’s part of the experience to go through challenges to become a real champion.”

The Chute Boxe fighter admits he didn’t even know who Morales was when his coach and manager Diego Lima called him to inform him of his next bout. A former BAMMA, RFA and Bellator fighter, Morales enters the cage holding a 6-0-1 record after fighting to a draw with Alejandro Perez in his UFC debut in September.

“I didn’t know him, so I looked up on YouTube on my phone and watched some of his fights,” Almeida said. “I didn’t know him, but I saw that he’s a tough guy who likes to stand. He’s taller, too. I will have more time to analyze and set a strategy. But I wanted to fight, I didn’t care who or where. There’s no easy fight in the UFC.”

Almeida was expected to be a part of the UFN 100 card in Sao Paulo since the event was first announced by the promotion, but he was only added to the card a month before. He won’t have more than four weeks to prepare specifically for Morales, but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t training.

“I’ve been training since my last fight, so I was thrilled to get the news,” Almeida said. “I’m happy to be fighting at home. (Fighting on short notice) is not a problem. I wasn’t doing anything specific, I was just looking to evolve in all areas. Now it’s time to work on the things I need to do in the fight.”

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Tyron Woodley says Sage Northcutt is ‘better than expected,’ admits he had to eat his own words

Newly crowned Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight king Tyron Woodley will have his hands full when he meets confusing striker Stephen Thompson at UFC 205 on Nov. 12 from Madison Square Garden in New York City. In effort to familiarize himself with the Karate style of “Wonderboy,” Woodley brought in mixed martial arts (MMA) youngster Sage Northcutt to help him train.

But before he felt Northcutt’s talents firsthand, Woodley was among many who believed Northcutt was given royal treatment when he entered the Octagon for the first time at UFC 192 as a 19-year-old kid. An awkward sparring session, a removal from Tristar Gym and untimely excuses led more to believe “Super” wasn’t exactly cut out for the big leagues.

“We’ve all had our comments about Sage as a fighter, I think,” said Woodley earlier this week during UFC 205′s conference call (audio replay here). “Some of the fighters were a bit envious of his entrance into the UFC, and some of the endorsements and some of the things that came with it, him being so young. We all had something to say, me included. And after training with him, I had to bite a couple of my words because he’s way more well-rounded than what I expected, what I thought.”

After suffering his first career loss at the hands of Bryan Barberena at UFC on FOX 18 earlier this year, Northcutt managed to get back into the UFC win column with a decisive victory over Enrique Marin at UFC 200. Marin has since been released from the promotion and Northcutt has been brought in by the UFC welterweight champion to mirror the most puzzling striker in the game today.

“He’s strong, he’s powerful, he’s fast,” added Woodley on Northcutt. “He’s a great resource to train with, so I had to bite my own words, and I would think as long as he still focused and stays true to who he is — because it sounded like everybody wants him to be somebody else — as long as he can do that, I think he’ll go a long way in this sport. He’s young.”

“We want to compare him to guys who are my age. He calls me Mr. Woodley and it feels so weird, but I’m like, man, this kid is [20] years old.”

As Woodley gears up for his first 170-pound title defense at UFC 205, Northcutt will put his hair on the line and attempt to overthrow Mickey Gall at UFC on FOX 22 on Dec. 17.

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Bobby Lashley would rather fight Fedor Emelianenko than for Bellator title

When most top fighters are reaching their peak in camp, Bobby Lashley, who meets Josh Appelt in Bellator’s co-main event on Friday night’s Spike TV event from Memphis, was busy doing something completely different in his second job as a pro wrestler.

Lashley (14-2) was once being groomed by Vince McMahon to be the next big star in pro wrestling nearly a decade ago, in what now seems like a surreal lifetime ago. His big push was being managed by Donald Trump in the “Battle of the Billionaires” WrestleMania match in 2007 where the loser of the bet between Trump or Vince McMahon (represented by another wrestler, Umaga, who passed away many years ago), would get their head shaved bald. While McMahon controlled the script, Trump was never going to let his head be shaved and the outcome was obvious. Still, the show drew the most pay-per-view buys, 1,250,000, of any non-boxing event in history up to that point in time. Lashley won, and Trump escaped with his unique hair intact.

But Lashley had a falling out with WWE management shortly after, and both sides reached an agreement where neither would disparage the other. Since that big match, Lashley has bounced around pro wrestling and MMA. He’s now 40, and while he’s now an eight-plus-year veteran, he’s still really an untested heavyweight. He’s strong and as physically impressive looking as anyone in the sport. Unlike most former amateur wrestling stars of his age, he still has the quick reflexes and takedowns. As far as the rest of his game, nobody knows because most of his opponents haven’t been able to stop his takedowns. Both of his losses, one in 2010 and the other in 2012, were fights he was winning until he was beaten more by exhaustion than any opponents.

Since dropping weight, that hasn’t been an issue. And even at his age, and particularly given his size, he’s still surprisingly quick.

He noted recently doing some movement drills with Joseph Benavidez, one of the fastest fighters in UFC, that Benavidez came to him after and said, “Holy S***, I was expecting you to be strong but I never thought you’d be able to make like a lightweight.”

“Part of it is strength and conditioning training, but some of it is the luck of the genetic draw,” Lashley says. “When I see guys close to my age, I never think they can move like I move.”

A lot of his quick wrestling comes from his background. Most wrestling heavyweights were always big guys and learned to wrestle a power style. Lashley started wrestling in high school as a 112-pounder, went though some growth spurts but still was recruited to wrestle at 157 pounds in college. When he showed up as a freshman at 195, he wrestled as a 177-pounder and won three NAIA national championships.

Since signing with Bellator two years ago, he’s 4-0 with all wins by stoppage, but his biggest name opponent was James Thompson. Friday is yet another showcase fight. Lashley has a history of strong quarter hour gains for Spike TV whenever he fights, stemming from his pro wrestling name.

“I think it’ll be he typical thing,” Lashley says about Appelt. “He’ll come out and swing hard and swing fast. This is his Rocky story. He may not get another shot.”

Lashley’s training was broken up by going to Orlando from Oct. 2-9 to do television tapings for TNA Wrestling, which has been his home for years. TNA has struggled badly since losing Spike TV at the end of 2014, but as far as wrestling itself has gone, this was Lashley’s best year as a performer. He was pushed as the dominant world champion of the brand, with the idea that he’s a proven real fighter that nobody could beat. His big improvement came in interviews, formerly a weakness.

He dropped the championship on Oct. 3, but will be on television weekly on Pop TV over the next few months of already taped material in matches attempting to get it back.

Unlike in the past, when the wrestling company would promote his fights, and Bellator would promote his wrestling, with the companies on different networks, his fight has barely been mentioned on the wrestling show, although his status as a fighter is constantly talked about.

To save costs, TNA tapes a couple of months at a time. The timing didn’t help Lashley, who was doing physically taxing main event caliber matches nightly during the week he normally would have been doing his peak fight training. Worse for him, the tapings were delayed because of the Hurricane Matthew hit Orlando in the middle of their tapings week and they had to shut down for a few days, extending the tapings longer than originally planned.

“I had one fight that was like that,” Lashley says. “Before my first fight in Bellator, I had a match with Bobby Roode and got all busted up. It is challenging taking going this close and the hurricane pushed the tapings back. But I had a boxing coach with me. It’s not like I was missing workouts. We didn’t have anything in the mornings so I could get a good cardio workout in early and some ground work in.”

“That being said, it takes a toll on the body,” he says of doing so many hard matches condensed into a short period of time.

A big part of his focus now is on recovery.

“I’ve been doing a lot of stretching and a lot of yoga, and I feel so much better after a hard training day,” Lashley says. “I stretch a lot at night and then I wake up the next morning and feel incredible. I’m pretty light right now and train doing more functional movements.

“It’s been a long time since I did the meathead bodybuilding style lifting. I haven’t done that in a long time. I’m doing more athletic training, lactic acid building.”

Most athletes who have tried to do MMA and pro wrestling have said you can’t do both at the top level at the same time. Even Brock Lesnar had taken three months off pro wrestling when he returned to the UFC in July. But Lashley, at 40, has done both for eight years now.

“It just depends on what you want to do, ” he says. “It depends on the kind of person you are. In the wrestling world, some guys like to go out and celebrate, but that’s just not me. After a show, I get something to eat and go to my hotel room and get sleep. I treat work like work. You have to have a lot of discipline to do it. If you don’t have the discipline, (doing both) will kill you.”

C.M. Punk made a very celebrated move from wrestling to MMA, but he left wrestling completely and trained for two years before his first fight. Ryback, a hugely muscular 290-pounder, has at least talked to Bellator, although no deal has been made. Unlike Lashley, neither had a combat athletic background.

“I don’t know Ryback,” he says. “Punk put himself in a situation that was a little tougher. The thing is, you don’t know how good that kid (Mickey Gall) is. He’s technically undefeated. Punk went for it. Sure, money was a big factor. Some of the guys (in wrestling) who want to make the transition — a guy like Shelton Benjamin (a two-time All-American wrestling heavyweight at Minnesota) was a tough guy, but in general they (the amateur wrestlers) would have a better chance.”

Lashley is looking at maybe two more years of MMA, but said he’s going wrestle “forever,” or at least until his body won’t let him.

Even though Bellator needs to crown a heavyweight champion, and he, Matt Mitrione and Cheick Kongo are the company’s three biggest name heavyweights, he doesn’t seem motivated by the title as much as proving something.

“At the end of the day it’s about the money,” he says. “If I was offered a shot at fighting for the title, going for the title, or fighting Fedor, I’d go Fedor all the way. As far as a shot against Kongo, the money is important. If winning the title means making more money, then that’s what I’m going for.”

Lashley noted while throwing around Fedor Emelianenko’s name as being tops on his wish list that he has no knowledge that the former Pride champion is close to any kind of a deal with Bellator.

“But I’d like to fight someone to prove something to the naysayers,” he says. “I’d much rather fight somebody who is a bigger name, like Fedor, then fight for the championship. He’s Fedor. He’s an enormous name and I always looked up to him before. He’s an amazing fighter and I’d love to step in the ring with him. It would be unbelievable.”

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UFC 205 tickets: Resale price highest ever for promotion, more than Mets vs. Royals World Series seat

UFC 205, which takes place at Madison Square Garden in New York, N.Y., on Nov. 12, 2016, is so good that I intended to purchase tickets and travel “back home” to watch the landmark event with close friends. Take off the writer cap, rehash old memories — create a few new ones — and just enjoy a night of great fights without professional responsibilities. I was able to get in the “Fight Club” presale, even though “Fight Club” is archaic and dumb since even I confused it with my “Fight Pass” membership for about 30 minutes, and loaded up my cart — four seats, $ 1,500 in the 200-level. I thought it was a bit steep, my friends even steeper, but I convinced them it was well worth it. Moments later, I went to “Checkout” and the total topped more than $ 6,000 — it was $ 1,500 per seat (not total).

In short, I’ll be working from home that night in South Florida.

Accordingly, I was not surprised when I read on FOX Business (via SeatGeek) that the average resale price of a UFC 205 ticket is now $ 1,368. That’s already more than $ 200 than fans were willing to pay on average ($ 1,136) to watch UFC 200, which was a milestone event for the world’s leading mixed martial arts (MMA) league that featured stars such as Miesha Tate, Brock Lesnar, Daniel Cormier and Jose Aldo, among others.

“To put that current average resale price in perspective, the most in-demand World Series game we have seen up to this point was Game 3 between the [Kansas City Royals and New York Mets] last year, which had an average resale price of $ 1,205,” SeatGeek content analyst Chris Leyden told FOXBusiness.com.

Even though the Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz 2-led UFC 202 months later topped UFC 200 on pay-per-view (PPV), the report indicates that tickets to watch the rematch live inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, sold for an average of $ 929.

That’s significant because McGregor will spearhead UFC 205, taking on Lightweight champion, Eddie Alvarez, in the main event of the evening. “Notorious” will attempt to become UFC’s first-ever dual champion — he currently holds the Featherweight strap. But, that’s not the only factor in play.

UFC, which spent untold millions over several years to get MMA legalized in “The Empire State,” has overloaded the card (watch the spine-tingling video trailer here). UFC 205 features three title fights – Welterweight champion Tyron Woodley vs. Stephen Thompson and women’s Strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz are the others — and two potential No. 1 contender eliminator matches Yoel Romero vs. Chris Weidman (Middleweight) and Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Michael Johnson (Lightweight).

As of Tuesday, the cheapest available ticket for UFC 205 cost $ 931, according to SeatGeek, which is probably still a little rich for my blood, but a steal five weeks out from “the biggest, baddest card ever” all things considered.

To check out the latest UFC 205: “Alvarez vs. McGregor” fight card and rumors click here.

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UFC 204: Vitor Belfort believes his value is worth much more than he’s earning

Yes, salaries in the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA) have increased dramatically over the last few years (example here), but there are still quite a bit of fighters who feel they aren’t getting paid what they are worth.

Among them is Vitor Belfort, who says while he gets paid well per fight, his name and accolades should be valued more than they currently are. As he told Fox Sports, he is currently more pre-occupied with trying to book himself some relevant fights in order to up his bank account.

His words:

“Every fight for me it’s a good payday. But I think my value is much more than I’m earning right now, what I bring into the sport. I really do believe, especially where this sport is, my value can be much bigger than what it is right now. There’s no doubt about it.I love to compete and of course now that the real money’s in the sport, I’m looking for fight that’s going to be relevant for myself. For business and this is a business as well as a competition. I’m looking to have fun and make a lot of money.”

As it stands, Belfort earned $ 300,000 for each of his last two fights.

As Belfort sees it, the fact that Gegard has been hunting a a fight against him for the longest time only proves that fighters are eager to share the cage with him because they recognize his value.

“That’s the fight we wanted. He wanted it as well. When two guys want it, it’s good. Business is done. It’s just shows the value. My stake goes up. Guys want to fight you and not the champion, that makes you special. People don’t want to fight a bum. People want to fight guys that’s relevant to the sport and that raises your price. That’s good. It shows what I’ve done. That’s what we’re here for. We’re here to fight each other. “

Should he prove victorious against “The Dreamcatcher” at tonight’s (Sat., Oct. 8, 2016) pay-per-view (PPV) event in Manchester, England, “The Phenom” looks to set himself up for another big payday as he believes Michael Bisping will look for a rematch against him should he defeat Dan Henderson in the main event of the evening.

Wishful thinking, or real possibility?

MMAmania.com will provide LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 204 fight card on tonight (Sat., Oct. 8, 2016), starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. ET, right on through the FOX Sports 1-televised under card bouts at 8 p.m. ET and then main card PPV, which is slated to begin at 10 p.m. ET.

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