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Lyoto Machida will make his Bellator MMA debut next weekend at Bellator 213 where he’ll face former Bellator middleweight champion Rafael Carvalho, but he also has his eye on future challenges — including one past victim.
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UFC president Dana White revealed Conor McGregor’s next potential opponent last night (Fri., Nov. 30, 2018) during TUF 28 Finale’s post-fight show on FOX Sports 1.
White, who was asked what UFC had in store for “Notorious” as he awaits his hearing with Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) on Dec. 10 for UFC 229’s post-fight brawl, revealed that he wants McGregor to fight lightweight contender Dustin Poirier and UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov to defend his title against top contender Tony Ferguson with the winners to fight each other.
“The fight that makes sense right now is probably [Dustin] Poirier,” White said of McGregor’s potential return. “And then Tony [Ferguson] gets a shot at the title and the two winners fight each other.
“But I’m not sure exactly on a date when Conor’s going to fight yet. We have to get through this Nevada State Athletic Commission stuff first.”
Remember, McGregor defeated ‘Diamond’ via first-round TKO at UFC 178 four years ago. While this is a stylistic matchup that bodes well for “Notorious,” Poirier has racked off a 8-1 (1 NC) record in his return to 155 pounds so all bets should be off. If it should happen, it would be the second rematch of McGregor’s UFC career (Nate Diaz being the other).
As far as the Khabib vs. Ferguson fight, that’s an obvious choice. They are the two best lightweights on the planet today and have already been scheduled to fight a whopping four times. There’s always a chance that either Khabib or Tony fall out of another fight, but it’s a clash of MMA stars that simply needs to happen.
Unfortunately for all you “Cowboy” fans, White also took a moment to clear the air about that pesky Donald Cerrone vs. McGregor rumor.
“The ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone fight has never, ever been discussed,” said White. “That’s completely not true.”
Only time will tell if White’s matchmaking stays true, but it’s an interesting setup to think about as we approach 2019, especially considering it’s a direct path for McGregor to get his rematch with Khabib.
Some of you newer fans may not remember when Gina Carano weighed in for EliteXC: “Heat” back in 2008, but poor “Conviction” had to drop her drawers — and everything else — in order to hit the 141-pound mark for her catchweight fight against Kelly Kobald.
The towels were less than cooperative, leading to a few close calls (recap here).
These days, female fighters who strip to make weight get to lumber onstage hiding inside that shower-curtain costume that Daniel LaRusso wore in The Karate Kid, but even then things can get a bit dicey.
That explains why Cynthia Calvillo was so wobbly when trying to make weight for UFC Fight Night 140 last weekend in Argentina (watch the replay here). Sure, she felt like shit, but by her own words, she wasn’t on the verge of fainting.
“I think it looked way worse when I weighed in,” Calvillo said on Saturday. “It looked like I almost fainted, but the truth of the matter is when I got onto the scale my face didn’t look too happy. I was being really careful, the towel itself was too low, they told me to put my hands up and I would have shown my whole top. So that’s why I went down, it looked like I was gonna faint, but that’s not the case. I just didn’t want to give everyone a free show.”
Calvillo came in at 118 pounds for her strawweight fight against Poliana Botelho, a bout she won by first-round submission to kick off the FOX Sports 1 main card from inside Parque Roca Arena in Buenos Aires (highlights here).
Perhaps it’s time for that Michelle Waterson fight?
Calvillo (7-1) was actually booked to throw down with “Karate Hottie” earlier this year; however, a failed drug test for marijuana torpedoed that bout and sent Waterson to victory against Cortney Casey-Sanchez last April.
“It’s just a fight that we had at the time,” Cavillo said. “She was somebody who was ranked above me. I think it’s a good fight, I have respect for her, but we signed a contract and I like following through with it.”
Waterson (16-6) was last seen capturing a unanimous decision win over Felice Herrig at UFC 229 back in October.
While a proposed clash with Paulo Henrique Costa has fallen through for a second time, Yoel Romero still has designs on headlining the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s debut on ESPN+.
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