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Valentina Shevchenko to Face Sijara Eubanks for Flyweight Title in UFC 230 Headliner

With less than a month to go before its next visit to Madison Square Garden, the Ultimate Fighting Championship was still scrambling for a signature fight to headline the marquee venue.
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Gegard Mousasi Expected Rory MacDonald ‘Would Do More’ in Bellator 206 Title Fight

Gegard Mousasi expected to emerge from Bellator Bellator 206 with his hand raised. But he also expected a little bit more resistance from Rory McDonald.
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Gegard Mousasi Destroys Rory MacDonald, Retains Middleweight Title in Bellator 206 Headliner

Reigning Bellator MMA middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi utterly dominated Rory MacDonald in the superfight main event of Bellator 206.
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Gegard Mousasi Destroys Rory MacDonald, Retains Middleweight Title in Bellator 206 Headliner

Reigning Bellator MMA middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi utterly dominated Rory MacDonald in the superfight main event of Bellator 206.
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White On Diaz Vs. Poirier Title Fight: ‘It’s Nutty As Hell’

Despite UFC 230 not having an official main event, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White is refusing to entertain a 165-pound title fight between co-headliners Nate Diaz and Dustin Poirier.

Both lightweight fighters have lobbied on social media over the past few weeks to turn their three-round scrap into a five-round championship bout in effort to take the main event spot on Nov. 3 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Scheduling such a fight would force the promotion to create an entirely new division just to save a single PPV card. While UFC has pulled off some trickiness in the past to bolster an event, White is not open to it this time around.

“I definitely saw that,” said White in a recent interview with TMZ Sports (shown above). “It’s nutty as hell. The guy signed a deal to fight at 155 pounds against Poirier – from the minute the deal was signed and he went out on stage, he’s just been, you know – it’s completely weird. That’s what it is.”

Adding gasoline to the fire was a recent tweet by Diaz suggesting the bout was off because Poirier didn’t want to fight at 165 pounds (shown below). This comes after Diaz hinted at not fighting at UFC 230 following a press conference back in August.

“He has to, yeah,” White said when asked if Diaz will still show up. “The guy signed a deal, tickets went on sale, all this stuff is in motion – you can’t just sign a deal and then do the things he’s doing right now, and not fight. If you look at what he’s doing, I swear to God I had some police officers come in here this afternoon and say ‘Ah man, it sucks, the Diaz fight is off.’ Most people think that the fight isn’t even on because of what he’s doing on social media.”

Even though UFC 230 has no main event in place with just over one month to go, White is not looking at Diaz vs. Poirier to fill that void. In fact, the UFC president suggests it was never even an option.

“Not only will there not, we did not ever discuss that with him, was never an option, or anything,” said White.

For now, Diaz vs. Poirier is locked in as UFC 230’s co-main event. If Diaz actually shows up for his first Octagon appearance since a decision loss to Conor McGregor two years ago, his clash with “Diamond” could be one of the best of the year.

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Brent Primus-Michael Chandler Title Rematch Set for Bellator Event on Dec. 14

Apparently Michael Chandler signed the contract.
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Brent Primus-Michael Chandler Title Rematch Set for Bellator Event on Dec. 14

Apparently Michael Chandler signed the contract.
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Nate Diaz and Dustin Poirier Pushing Hard for a 165-Pound Title Fight

The UFC is coming to Madison Square Garden for UFC 230, and as they’re wont to do, they’re trying hard to cobble together an epic main event. But they’re having trouble doing that, so co-main eventers Nate Diaz and Dustin Poirier have an idea: Make their fight into a title fight. The weight class? A heretofore unheard of 165-pound division.

The idea is insane. And also perfect.

Here’s Diaz and Poirier going back and forth on Twitter over the issue:

Now, there’s is no 165-pound division. The cutoff for welterweights is 170 pounds, the cutoff for lightweights is 155, and in between are just dudes living their small lives as borderline dwarves and hobbits. Diaz and Poirier are playing us, and playing the UFC by very publicly trying to force their hand.

But…

Why not let Diaz and Poirier fight for a made-up title? I mean, what’s the difference between that and the UFC having them fight for an interim belt in an established division?

There is no difference. The prize for the victor at the end is still some arbitrary thing that has no real value when it comes to the UFC’s stars and those stuck in their orbit. And Diaz is certainly a star, while Poirier is on the cusp of breaking out, too.

I saw let them have their fake belt. If it makes them happy, and adds luster to their match, why not?

What do you think?

 

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Brent Primus-Michael Chandler Title Rematch Set for Bellator Event on Dec. 14

Apparently Michael Chandler signed the contract.
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Nate Diaz and Dustin Poirier Pushing Hard for a 165-Pound Title Fight

The UFC is coming to Madison Square Garden for UFC 230, and as they’re wont to do, they’re trying hard to cobble together an epic main event. But they’re having trouble doing that, so co-main eventers Nate Diaz and Dustin Poirier have an idea: Make their fight into a title fight. The weight class? A heretofore unheard of 165-pound division.

The idea is insane. And also perfect.

Here’s Diaz and Poirier going back and forth on Twitter over the issue:

Now, there’s is no 165-pound division. The cutoff for welterweights is 170 pounds, the cutoff for lightweights is 155, and in between are just dudes living their small lives as borderline dwarves and hobbits. Diaz and Poirier are playing us, and playing the UFC by very publicly trying to force their hand.

But…

Why not let Diaz and Poirier fight for a made-up title? I mean, what’s the difference between that and the UFC having them fight for an interim belt in an established division?

There is no difference. The prize for the victor at the end is still some arbitrary thing that has no real value when it comes to the UFC’s stars and those stuck in their orbit. And Diaz is certainly a star, while Poirier is on the cusp of breaking out, too.

I saw let them have their fake belt. If it makes them happy, and adds luster to their match, why not?

What do you think?

 

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