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Daniel Cormier on UFC 230 Fight With Derrick Lewis: ‘The Deal I Got Was So Good’

The announcement of the main event heavyweight title fight next month at UFC 230 in New York between Daniel Cormier and Derrick Lewis definitely surprised a few fans, given the short notice.
Cormier had announced previously that he would retire from MMA for good by March 2019 and a fight with World Wrestling Entertainment super star Brock Lesnar had been pencilled in for “early 2019.”
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‘The No. 1 Pound-For-Pound Fighter On The Planet’

I don’t typically watch these goofy “Embedded” video blogs, but this one actually matters as we gear up for the UFC 229 pay-per-view (PPV) event, scheduled for Sat., Oct. 6, 2018 inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

That’s because UFC 229 marks the first time mixed martial arts (MMA) fans will see Conor McGregor in almost two years, which means his Khabib Nurmagomedov title fight will let us know if he’s still the king of combat sports, or just the promotion’s part-time court jester.

From the official YouTube description:

On Episode 1 of UFC 229 Embedded, lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov finishes his training camp, surrounded by his coach, fans and “big energy.” Former lightweight champions Tony Ferguson and Anthony Pettis prepare in their respective hometowns for a high-stakes co-main event. And two-division champ Conor McGregor returns to form, gathering his team for a late-night training session in Las Vegas. UFC 229 Embedded is an all-access, behind-the-scenes video blog leading up to UFC 229: Khabib vs. McGregor taking place Saturday, October 6th on Pay-Per-View.

We’re just five days out.

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 229 fight card on fight night (click here), starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET.

To see who else is fighting at UFC 229 click here.

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‘The Greatest Fighter To Ever Step Foot Inside The Octagon’

Hey, remember back in April when Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White told the mixed martial arts (MMA) world that Daniel Cormier — not Jon Jones — was the greatest light heavyweight of all time?

Yeah, he was just kidding.

Or perhaps he was trying to sell “DC” to a bunch of up-and-coming fighters (and a casual audience) when Cormier was coaching season 27 of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF). Either way, that opinion has changed now that “Teflon Jon” is back in business.

“Jon Jones … and many people will tell you this … is probably the greatest of all time,” White told ESPN’s First Take. “I think Jon Jones is the greatest fighter to ever step foot inside the Octagon. If he could have kept his personal life on track, God knows what this guy would be doing right now.”

Jones was will be reinstated by UFC next month after serving a reduced sentence from United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). That means White has to promote “Bones” for an upcoming pay-per-view (PPV), so I guess he’s “fixable” after all.

There were rumors of a UFC 230 return; however, White continues to put Jones back inside the Octagon in first-quarter 2019 against an opponent to be named. With Daniel Cormier tied up with Brock Lesnar, the next logical choice would be that Alexander Gustafsson rematch.

Time till tell.

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‘The Ultimate Fighter 27’ Finalist Joe Giannetti Released from UFC After One Bout

Joe Giannetti didn’t make much of a first impression at “The Ultimate Fighter 27” finale, and now he’s no longer part of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
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‘The Ultimate Fighter 27’ Finalist Joe Giannetti Released from UFC After One Bout

Joe Giannetti didn’t make much of a first impression at “The Ultimate Fighter 27” finale, and now he’s no longer part of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
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‘The Ultimate Fighter 27’ Finalist Joe Giannetti Released from UFC After One Bout

Joe Giannetti didn’t make much of a first impression at “The Ultimate Fighter 27” finale, and now he’s no longer part of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
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‘The Ultimate Fighter 27’ Finalist Joe Giannetti Released from UFC After One Bout

Joe Giannetti didn’t make much of a first impression at “The Ultimate Fighter 27” finale, and now he’s no longer part of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
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Luke Rockhold Happy to Fight Weidman at UFC 230 But Needs ‘The Right Contract’

It has been reported for a number of weeks now that a matchup between former Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight champions Luke Rockhold and Chris Weidman was in the works for UFC 230 in November at Madison Square Garden, New York although nothing has been made official yet.
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White Still Bashing Ngannou: ‘The Guy Completely Lost His Mind’

The fact that Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White loves to gamble has been well documented, and the way he continues to shit all over heavyweight power puncher Francis Ngannou leaves me wondering if White bet the house on “The Predator” and came up empty at UFC 220.

I don’t know how else to describe the constant fighter bashing, as White previously tore into the Cameroonian for acting like an egomaniac. I’m not sure what his behind-the-scenes crime was, but it’s not like he destroyed a fight card on two-days notice.

And we can’t even blame this three-round snoozer, because White gave “Black Beast” a free pass and even rewarded him with a co-main event slot on the biggest pay-per-view (PPV) card in history.

“Francis Ngannou, at the time that he was coming up, I believed this guy was going to be the guy, was going to be the heavyweight champion,” White said in a recent media scrum (via MMA Junkie). “And he lost his mind. This guy completely lost his mind and started to act in a way that you just don’t act.”

When I think of “lost mind” I think of this.

“Ngannou has a lot of things he needs to fix personally and professionally to see if he ever gets back on track again,” White said.

The Las Vegas fight boss has been forced to endure some pretty big hardships over the years, like former champion Jon Jones crashing cars into people and blowing up drug tests and McGregor getting arrested and hauled off to jail.

But Ngannou gets too cocky and it’s a national crisis.

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Heavyweight, Female Featherweight Cast of ‘The Ultimate Fighter 28’ Revealed

The cast for 28th season of “The Ultimate Fighter” has been released.
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