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When you have a rich dad like UFC president Dana White, things tend to be a little more glamorous than what us regular folk experience in life.
Just ask Dana’s son, Aidan, who is coming off one of the most ridiculous 16th birthday parties a teenager could ever ask for. It was so wild that TMZ had cameras capturing the late-night action poolside at Drai’s in Las Vegas earlier this month (shown above).
Not only did White splurge to get his boxer son a brand new Land Rover Defender, but he paid out of pocket to have A$ AP Rocky, Migos, DJ Carnage, and even Everlast perform on stage.
This isn’t the first time White has spoiled one of his sons, having bought Dana Jr. a brand new BMW and booking Kendrick Lamar for his 16th birthday party last year.
While this is a nice gesture from a father to his son, maybe White should open up his wallet to the fighters who have made him rich. Just this past week, it was revealed that UFC featherweight contender Brian Ortega was not paid for his work leading up to UFC 226 earlier this month.
His opponent, UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway, eventually had to pull out of their co-main event fight and Ortega declined a short-notice, non-title bout opposite divisional head hunter Jeremy Stephens. Still, “T-City” should have been compensated for his training camp, media obligations, weight cut, and flight out to Vegas.
Such is life. Some of us are simply luckier than others.
If I remember correctly, I think I had a pool party at my parents house when I turned 16. Not as memorable as Aidan White’s Vegas throwdown, but water was still involved.
Daniel Cormier will have the opportunity to make history later tonight (Sat., July 7, 2018) at UFC 226 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, when he challenges Stipe Miocic for the UFC heavyweight championship.
If “DC” is able to get past Miocic he will become just the second fighter in UFC history to simultaneously hold two belts in different weight classes (Conor McGregor being the first).
It’s an incredibly opportunity to say the least, especially considering Cormier last fought at heavyweight back in 2013. But fight fans should not forget how dominate the UFC light heavyweight champion was back when he was competing at heavyweight. Cormier not only defeated the likes of Josh Barnett and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva en route to claiming the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix, but he swiftly beat down Frank Mir and Roy Nelson after stepping over to UFC five years ago.
After making a transition to light heavyweight in 2014 to avoid an eventual heavyweight showdown with teammate and best friend Cain Velasquez, Cormier is coming back home. It will be a chance for him to shed his past failures opposite nemesis Jon Jones at 205 pounds and prove once again that he’s one of the very best fighters in the world. It provides him the opportunity to separate himself from his divisional ties to “Bones” and create his own history in a different weight class.
If Cormier can return to his old stomping grounds and knock off a champion who just set the UFC record for most consecutive heavyweight title defenses (3) then it’s possible that the 39-year-old will go down as one of the top five best fighters of all time. Because even though Cormier was unable to get over the hump against Jones at light heavyweight, he’s on the cusp of doing something that Jones has only dreamed about.
That’s the ultimate one-upper if you ask me. Unfortunately, it will have to come at the expense of Miocic this weekend in Las Vegas.
MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 226 fight card, starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 7 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.
Who is Darren Till fighting next?
That’s a great question, because the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight standout is already ranked No. 2 at 170 pounds, so anything less than a title fight would be a step backwards.
As of this writing, Tyron Woodley is the reigning division titleholder while Colby Covington wears the substitute strap. I think most mixed martial arts (MMA) fans expect them to fight at some point over the next few months to unify the belts.
Would Till be willing to wait until the end of the year to fight?
If not, the only fighter ranked above Stephen Thompson — who Till defeated by unanimous decision earlier this year in Liverpool — is former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos. The Brazilian came up short against Covington at UFC 225.
“Vegas Wednesday to watch UFC 226 and plan my next fight,” Till wrote on social media.
Let the speculation begin.