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Dana White: Conor McGregor Has Already Called Wanting a Rematch with Khabib Nurmagomedov

The future of the lightweight division will remain murky until the Nevada Athletic Commission decides how to handle to post-fight brawl at UFC 229 involving Khabib Nurmagomedov, Conor McGregor and members of both fighters’ corners.
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Morning Report: Dana White on Demetrious Johnson not wanting to fight T.J. Dillashaw: You don’t make the fights around here

After Demetrious Johnson submitted Wilson Reis at UFC on Fox 24 to tie Anderson Silva’s record for most UFC title defenses, the talk turned to whether Johnson is the greatest fighter of all time and who he would face next to break the record. Ostensibly, the next man in line for a title shot was third-ranked flyweight Ray Borg. But when bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt pulled out of his scheduled fight with former champ T.J. Dillashaw, Dillashaw campaigned for the next flyweight title shot.

Unfortunately for the UFC, Johnson wasn’t too keen on the idea and the most recent episode of the UFC Unfiltered podcast, UFC President Dana White responded to Johnson’s disinterest in the Dillashaw “superfight.”

“D.J. doesn’t want to fight him,” said White. “Why? It’s insanity. This is the first fight ever in D.J.’s history that he actually gets pay-per-view [points]. He gets pay-per-view on this one and this is the first real fight people will care about and want to see on pay-per-view and he is refusing to fight T.J. Dillashaw.”

Johnson has said that he doesn’t want to fight Dillashaw, who has never competed in the 125-pound division, and would instead like to fight Borg who he views as the next legitimate title challenger. White takes umbrage with that stances, saying that he has no problem with Borg but that Dillashaw is clearly a more worthy title challenger for Johnson.

“If you look at Ray Borg right now, what’s he ranked five or six? The guy’s ranked five or six. T.J. Dillashaw is a former world champion, coming down from the weight class above, who’s next in line for the title shot there. Absolutely, he’s next in line if that’s what he wants.”

Apparently with the title fight against Garbrandt now off the table, Johnson is the fight that Dillashaw wants next. And though Johnson doesn’t want the fight and is the champion, White says he’s the President of the UFC and that what he wants is the most important thing and that he’s with Dillashaw.

“At the end of the day, you know how I am with that stuff, unfortunately for D.J. you don’t make the fights around here – I do. So that’s the fight we’re pushing for. That’s the fight. I talked to T.J. Dillashaw yesterday. That’s the fight he wants, he’s ready, he’s already cutting weight.”

Dillashaw has never fought at 125 pounds before but it appears he will have to be able to do so by UFC 215 in August, the date the UFC appears to be targeting for the title bout.


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Tonsils. Sage Northcutt thinks he’ll be back “stronger than ever” after tonsil removal.


VIDEO STEW

Tyron Woodley is a good person.

We had a lot of great interviews this week. This is the best.

But Vitor being Vitor is also great.

Embedded.

If you needed a reason to hate it, Don King is for it so that should be enough.

TTTHS.

Been really impressed by Bellator’s promo work lately.


LISTEN UP

The Naked Truth. Discussion about 212 and fighters ducking opponents.

Submission Radio. Huge UFC 212 preview with a bunch of MMA media luminaries.

Talking Brawls. UFC 212 preview from the boys.


SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE

Beef.

JBJ lecturing Gus on morals is something else.

Don’t worry guys, company man Joe gonna get Reebok to suddenly pony up an extra 100M.

Preach.

And shine he did.

Savage.

McMann is delightful.

FYI.

Just not against Jake Shields.

I want to hate but I’m no better.


FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Jon Fitch (29-7-1) vs. Brian Foster (27-9); PFL, June 30.

Smealinho Rama (10-2) vs. Ronny Markes (16-5); PFL, June 30.

Joao Zeferino (21-8) vs. Herman Terrado (14-3-1); PFL, June 30.

Jason High (20-6) vs. Caros Fodor (11-5); PFL, June 30.

Sara McMann (11-3) vs. Ketlen Vieira (8-0); UFC 214, July 29.

Rashad Evans (19-6-1) vs. Sam Alvey (30-9); UFC Fight Night: Mexico City, August 5.


FINAL THOUGHTS

It’s finally here. The best fight of the year. Aldo-Holloway is one of the fights the reaffirms why we love this sport, and I for one, could hardly be more excited. Also, peep the new edition of The Naked Truth. It’s our best episode yet.

Enjoy the weekend everyone and Conor bless.


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Tony Ferguson on not getting full show money, not wanting to take pay cut vs. Michael Johnson

It wasn’t that Tony Ferguson didn’t want to fight Michael Johnson at UFC 209.

Johnson, after all, handed Ferguson his last loss back in 2012. It’s Ferguson’s only blemish in his past 16 fights, and like any fighter worth his salt, the top lightweight contender longs to avenge his defeats.

“I wanted to whoop Michael Johnson’s ass and avenge my loss,” Ferguson said on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour.

But there was a big catch which kept the fight, which would have been a last-minute replacement matchup after Khabib Nurmagomedov had to pull out of his his planned co-main event with Ferguson on Friday, from happening.

The UFC wanted to make a significant cut in Ferguson’s contracted pay, and Ferguson wasn’t having any of it.

“I can’t take a pay cut for no title,” Ferguson said. “It made absolutely zero sense. I begged them to pay my fairly to whup his ass but they refused.”

Ferguson had been slated to make $ 250,000 to show for the fight, with a $ 250,000 win bonus attached. While “El Cucuy” declined to place a specific dollar figure on how much of a pay cut they asked for him to fight Johnson, his words indicated it was a steep request.

“It wasn’t what I wanted,” Ferguson said. “They wanted to give me something but I wanted my show money, I felt like at least i deserved that. The day before, to take a huge pay cut, more than probably half. It just, it’s frustrating, dude.”

So Ferguson declined to take the fight, hoping to get his show money. But he didn’t receive that, either. Ferguson told MMAjunkie in an interview published Wednesday that the UFC gave him less than half of the $ 250,000 he would have made if he fought Nurmagomedov. Ferguson would have also made another $ 250,000 if he won the fight.

“It was like a slap to the face,” Ferguson told MMAjunkie. “My training expenses were a lot larger than any other fight I’ve ever done because this was supposed to be the biggest fight of my career. So now I’m sitting here, and it’s like, what is my worth to the UFC? Like, do I not fight enough? Do I not bleed enough for them? It’s going through my head right now, because I didn’t lose.

“I did everything in my power that I could to show up on that scale, and that’s what I thought we were going to do. That’s why you call it show money. And to every fan that’s out there in the world, (UFC President) Dana (White), he said they cut me out a check, and I didn’t get a check, and then this morning I got my wire, and I’m looking at it and I’m like, ‘What the frick, man?’ I’m like, ‘Seriously?’”

A UFC official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told MMA Fighting that Ferguson received in the six figures almost double the standard show money for fighters. The UFC is not contractually obligated to pay a fighter who does not fight, but has given fighters their show money in the past. The official said UFC brass wanted to make sure Ferguson was compensated in some way. This was a unique situation, because the UFC lost an interim title fight and a co-main event of a pay per view.

Ferguson, though, didn’t seem to come out of the ordeal too satisfied.

“I’ll fight anybody as long as not as I’m not punished for something that somebody else has not shown up to do,” Ferguson said on The MMA Hour. “I did everything on my end, showed up, did media obligations, showed up on the scales. I did everything, I was ready, dude.”

In the wake of everything that went down, Ferguson was left to ponder what often seems like the capriciousness of the fight business.

“Like all fighters, I budgeted my entire camp off my show money,” Ferguson said. “My wife works, I’m saving my money to buy a home, I’m remodeling it, which is for my absolute purpose for the career. This fight was going to have enough to afford this house, my payments for the year, the remodeling job for my home gym so I can raise my son. Yet here I am, looking at my empty space on the wall with no belt and I’m still trying to stay as humble as possible and professional. It’s hard.”

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Olivier Aubin-Mercier talks fighters association, wanting to fight Andrew Holbrook

TORONTO – Olivier Aubin-Mercier talks to the media about his submission win over Drew Dober at UFC 206, fighters association, wanting to fight Andrew Holbrook, and much more.

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Irene Aldana torn between wanting Invicta title shot or UFC next

KANSAS CITY — After knocking out Faith Van Duin at Invicta FC 19 on Friday, Irene Aldana talked about being nervous stepping in the cage, whether she wants a title shot against Tonya Evinger or the UFC next and training with new UFC signee Alexa Grasso.

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Ian McCall on wanting to fight despite blood infection: ‘I’ll die doing this’

LAS VEGAS — Ian McCall traveled to Brazil in November knowing he was under the weather. He still cut the pounds he needed and successfully hit the flyweight 126-pound limit.

A few hours later, McCall was in the hospital with an infection in his blood. He had to pull out of his UFC Fight Night 56 co-main event bout with John Lineker in Uberlandia, Brazil. But it wasn’t by choice. If it were up to him, McCall said, he still would have fought.

“I still made weight having a sickness, a bacterial infection,” McCall told MMA Fighting on Wednesday at The Ultimate Fighter 20 Finale media day at the Palms. “I think that kind of opened John’s eyes, too. Like, I’ll die doing this. I don’t care. I didn’t pull out, UFC pulled me out. They took me to the hospital. Their doctor pulled me out.”

McCall (13-4-1), of course, didn’t have much of a choice. There’s no way the Brazilian commission would have let him compete. McCall calls the entire experience a “nightmare.” It took him 27 hours and four flights to get to Uberlandia. He missed one flight and the airline lost his luggage. Meanwhile, he was sick the entire time.

“For me, everything outside of the cage is super emotional,” McCall said. “It just wears on you. You don’t have control over it. I can’t beat the s*** out of this situation. You can’t physically do anything about it, so it’s hard.”

McCall will get a reprieve when he gets the fight with Lineker he wanted at UFC 183 on Jan. 31 here in Las Vegas. The Southern California native won’t have to travel all that far this time around. More than that, though, it’s just a huge fight for both men. The winner is likely to earn a title shot against UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson.

“This fight gives me a lot of validity into what I’m trying to accomplish,” McCall said. “It puts value into me having a title shot or at least one step closer to a title shot. If they don’t give me a title shot after this, of course I’ll make a stink about it.”

Lineker (24-7) poked some fun at McCall after he was forced to withdraw, telling reporters that McCall was going to need a trip to the hospital anyway. McCall didn’t mind the words. In fact, he said Lineker could have been harsher.

“I would have talked way more trash,” McCall said. “In reality, John is a nice guy. John held back from talking trash. He did.

“It’s just not in him. He’s a nice, nice guy. You have to talk a little bit of trash. That’s fine. But we are going to fight and you’ve avoided it long enough. You almost got away with not fighting me. Do or say whatever you want, but you’re going to end up on your back and you’re going to end up sleeping.”

McCall is already taking precautions to be healthier heading into this camp. His diet, he said, is already pretty clean, but instead of going out to eat and partying this weekend in Vegas, he’s going to keep it low key. “Uncle Creepy” even has his teammate Carla Esparza’s nutritionist making food for him.

There’s no way he wants a repeat of Uberlandia.

“It felt like the one machine I built just crapped out on me,” McCall said.

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What’s all this about Jon Jones not wanting to fight the Swede?

In the latest edition of Good Luck With The Truth, we take a stab at just what in the actual hell is going on between Jon Jones and the UFC. Jones, the UFC’s light heavyweight champion of considerable renown, is fishing for a new contract, as we were told by Dana White just last week. But it’s not new new, he has five fights on his existing contract. We were told that by White this week.

The difference of a week in the UFC is the difference between Kafka’s character Gregor Samsa going to bed as a human being in The Metamorphosis, and waking up a giant insect. In other words, we are never truly sure where reality starts or ends or even how we’ll look with antennae.

So what’s going on with the negotiations? Take your best guess, but one suspects icecaps. Jones, who was in South America when the UFC announced he’d be facing Alexander Gustafsson on August 30 (pending his consent), put out a cryptic tweet that said “let’s make a distinction between bad business and bad press.” Ominous foreshadowing?

Maybe, because on Monday, White gave an interview to UFC.com to bring everybody up to speed on the hold-up. Turns out Jones doesn’t want to fight Gustafsson, he wants to fight Daniel Cormier. You knew this thing wouldn’t be as easy as two guys signing on to fight one another. You just knew it.

In context, everybody understood that should Gustafsson beat Jimi Manuwa, and should Jones beat Glover Teixeira at UFC 172, that we would replay 2013’s “fight of the year” from UFC 165. There were obstacles to Gustafsson vs. Jones II, but they were successfully navigated. And the rematch was always the dangling carrot, from the fans perspective to the UFC’s to the fighters involved. This was the fight everybody wanted.

Supposedly.

But then Cormier frontloaded Dan Henderson into the twilight at UFC 173, and things have rapidly gotten complicated. How complicated? Enough that the UFC converted Cormier from No. 1B contender into a pawn. Enough that Cormier’s knee injury, suffered in training for Henderson, is now being overlooked to reinvent the pecking order. Enough that leveraging and posturing quickly become interchangeable and take place in public.

You can see the entire interview here, but since it’s only six power paragraphs long, I thought I’d dissect the White exclusive to try and figure out what’s what.

So let’s break it down.

Fans have been clamoring for the rematch between Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson ever since their epic championship bout at UFC 165 in September of 2013. Some consider that bout to be the greatest fight in company history.

This is one hell of a table setter. For starters, it tells readers (presumably fans) that fans (these readers) want their Gustafsson-Jones II come hell or high water. The word “epic,” which is as common in MMA vernacular as “tool,” “exposed” and “douche,” is meant to demonstrate just how terrifically colossal the thing is. And it is, there’s no mistaking the big nature of the fight. “Clamoring” isn’t necessarily hyperbole. But clearly there’s something wrong with “the pending” with this first paragraph, and I tell you what, the vibe isn’t good.

After news broke the night of UFC 173 that Gustafsson agreed to terms on a rematch with Jones, everybody has been waiting on the champion to sign on for the historic rematch.

Here is the first shift in tone. “Everybody” — you, me, everybody — has been waiting on Jones to sign a fight that was announced in advance of his consent. Why announced ahead of his consent? Perhaps to put Jones in a compromising position publicly. Perhaps. Because the implication here is clear: It’s up to Jones not to ruin all of tomorrow’s parties. Gustafsson signed on, so what’s the hold up? The “historic” adjective is key, too. Jones surely wouldn’t let business get in the way of history! Imagine if Napoleon had done that! No, Jones needs to do this Gustafsson encore and we mean pronto.

So what’s the hold up?

Dare we peek over this ledge? Oh please, don’t let there be a hold-up, oh please…yup, should have freaking known. It’s Jon Jones.

According to UFC president Dana White, Jones doesn’t want to fight Gustafsson. In fact, the champion has said that he would rather face Daniel Cormier, who is coming off a dominant victory over legend Dan Henderson.

So there it is. Jones, the champion, is ducking Gustafsson just like 53 percent of the fight world suspected he would. He wants to fight Cormier, who scored the “dominant” victory over the “legend” Henderson. Ain’t that just the take all. Remember, after his UFC 172 victory over Teixeira, Jones didn’t even want to hear “that kid’s name.” Gustafsson is like Voldemort with a Swedish accent and a mile of range. Now Jones refuses to fight him again. It’s all very tidy. But let’s get to the good part…

“Just to clear up a couple things, people think we’re in contract negotiations with Jon Jones – we’re not. Jon Jones still has five fights left on his contract,” White said Monday afternoon in an exclusive interview with UFC.com. “So what we’re doing right now is trying to get him to sign the bout agreement for Gustafsson. He doesn’t want to fight Gustafsson…Lorenzo and I have a meeting with Jones on Thursday to get him to sign the bout agreement, and he’s asking to fight Cormier instead.”

Never mind that a Dana White interview on UFC.com should never be anything other than exclusive, we’ve seen this before.

The quickest path to outrage in the fight game is to shrug your shoulders and hint at unspoken cowardice. We’ve seen it with Anderson Silva when he didn’t want to fight Chael Sonnen again. There was Tito Ortiz back in the day. Nick Diaz accused Georges St-Pierre of ducking all the hitters. This is a surest way to foster outrage, by pointing an accusatory finger in a general direction…to make it appear as though one guy is, for whatever reason, dodging the other.

Which of course could be true. But, then again, it could be false. That the concept is being floated publicly from the promotional side of the ledger tells you how the UFC wants you to see it. Most conversations like this stay behind closed doors until they are resolved. In the case of Jones, who Dana White has blown up publicly before, it’s the race to mold perception. First impressions last the longest, and White knows that better than anybody.

Cormier recently spoke to sportsworldnews.com and said he’d be willing to fight Gustafsson if Jones won’t sign to fight the Swede. White said if Jones doesn’t sign the contract, who knows, Cormier vs. 
Gustafsson could be the move.

This to me seems slightly subjective. Jones either fights Gustafsson like everybody planned, or Cormier can fight Gustafsson (“who knows”). That’s the vague ultimatum being championed here. Either sign the fight bout, or the UFC (maybe) moves on without you.

Only, that’s complicated, too. Jones is the company’s most dominant champion in a time when dominant champions are scarce, and he’s atop every rational person’s pound-for-pound list (insomuch as rational people have P4P lists). If what we’re hearing is true, he’s not asking for a cupcake, he’s asking for Cormier, who promised he could take him down 100 times if he so desired. That’s why it’s weird when the UFC sort of closes the walls on Jones and makes it appear as though he’s being difficult for reasons that we can’t, for the very life of us, possibly fathom.

I want to see Gustafsson-Jones II as much as the next guy, but in negotiations, people posture. People see what sticks. People make demands. It’s meant to be a back-and-forth. Although, wait…no negotiations are taking place. There’s only a bout sheet sitting under Jones’ nose. The UFC simply wants him to sign it. If only things were that simple.

Is Jones being difficult? Possibly. But when he tweets out “Let’s make a distinction between bad business and bad press” as a prelude to something, well, it’s hard to think he’s aiming those words at Twitter followers, so much as those people in positions to blur the lines to that distinction.

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Nate Diaz Goes Off On UFC, Contract, Wanting Release

Ariel Helwani of MMA Fighting obviously just hit record and let Nate Diaz talk during their recent interview, because that is all Diaz did – talk. The former contender has been silent outside of a few messages on Twitter since defeating Gray Maynard last year. He asked for his release from the UFC. He asked […]

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