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Midnight Mania! Cyborg is interested in Zuffa boxing- “Why not?”

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We live in a strange version of reality. Cris “Cyborg” Justino, already the UFC women’s featherweight champion, faces former boxing champion Holly Holm at UFC 219. Holm, ironically, is already on record saying she isn’t interested in boxing again for Zuffa, which is Dana White’s project to expand into the boxing world. Floyd Mayweather, meanwhile, is reportedly really interested in a UFC fight, doubtless against Conor McGregor for one last payday.

Cyborg, meanwhile, says she would like the challenge of pure boxing.

You know, I just hear about the UFC want to make a boxing promotion. I would like to fight boxing, and if maybe they had the opportunity, why not? I’m young, I can train it. I like challenging myself, if I had the opportunity to fight one day in boxing, why not? Just keep training and learning each time.

She has been sparring with several professional boxers in preparation for Holm, including Mia St. John and Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields. She spoke about how she sees her relationship with Shields as an alliance that helps grow women’s presence in combat sports in general, whether boxing or MMA.

Cyborg has tried her hand at other combat sports before, to mixed results. She fought a few Muay Thai bouts, eventually running up against the limits of her skillset, as she was roundly schooled by Jorina Baars in 2014. She has been working and learning since then, and boxing is another sport entirely. If Zuffa Boxing really does take off, Cyborg might just get the chance to show off her talents in a third combat sport.


Insomnia

Lomachenko’s callouts are all jokes, apparently… but I would much rather see Mayweather return to box Lomachenko than get choked out in an MMA fight

Check out Lomachenko’s confidence and his dismissal of Mayweather here.

Francis Ngannou celebrates how far he’s come in a short time:

Someone drew UFC champion Rose Namajunas some amazing fan art:

Wow! @wherpig

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Get creative with it

Looks like Tim Elliot will be making a quick turnaround after all

Rafael dos Anjos’ handling of Stephen Thompson here is masterful

Oluwale Bamgbose explains why competing in MMA can be awful; not just the fans, but the lack of any actual money in this sport for the athletes.

Michael McDonald’s brutal hand break, in his victorious Bellator debut, sparked a conversation about hand wraps between Matt Brown and Conor McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh.

Of course “throw more elbows” is the conclusion Matt Brown would reach.

Cowboy Cerrone practicing the back elbow Anderson Silva used in his Cage Rage days

Tyron Woodley had surgery… but why did he need a hair net when his beard remained this long??

Speaking of beards, Emil Meek’s beard may have gotten a bit… out of hand

How did Chael Sonnen know this back in 2012, and was he genuinely not aware the cameras were rolling?

UFC featherweight Dan Hooker apparently fought a 282-lb. man in a ring once:

Jim Miller has a great voice, will definitely be pursuing a second career in music:


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This is why there won’t ever be another Muhammad Ali

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Ronda Rousey ‘Why We Fight’ video: ‘It’s like eating and sleeping’

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Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey calls fighting “an innately human thing, like eating and sleeping,” which I guess makes sense, since you can eat a knee to the face and go to sleep.

The question of Why We Fight is the driving force behind her new eight-part web series starring Golden Gloves champion Zac “Kid Yakima” Wohlman, who travels the world trying to solve the motivational riddle of unarmed combat.

“There is no one answer to why we fight,” Rousey — who will executive produce Verizon’s Go90 series — told People.com. “My motivations are very different than anyone else’s and I think that’s why this series is so fascinating.”

One question mixed martial arts (MMA) fans are still asking is why Rousey doesn’t fight following consecutive losses to Holly Holm and Amanda Nunes. While “Rowdy” has yet to officially retire, she’s expected to make her pro wrestling return at some point in 2018.

Until then, this is the closest we’ll get to seeing her involved with fighting.

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Chuck Liddell teases comeback with Tito Ortiz staredown: ‘Why not?’

Who’s down for round three?

It’s no secret whispers have been growing louder about a potential comeback from former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell. Well, the 47-year-old Hall of Famer threw more fuel onto the fire Sunday night on Instagram, posting a staredown opposite his old rival, “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy,” Tito Ortiz.

Why not?

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Liddell and Ortiz, of course, share quite a history.

The two legends were friends and training partners in the early days of the UFC before turning on one another and forging one of the most memorable rivalries of the early Zuffa era. Liddell and Ortiz ultimately met twice inside the Octagon, with Liddell winning both matches — a second-round knockout at UFC 47, followed by a third-round knockout at UFC 66 two years later.

Liddell parted ways with the UFC in late 2016 after serving in a largely honorary executive role with the company since his retirement in 2010, a casualty of the promotion-wide staff cuts made by the new UFC owners at WME-IMG. Since then, Liddell has posted a variety of training videos and images on his social media accounts, teasing the idea of the comeback. Liddell’s longtime trainer John Hackelman even recently said “it would all depend on the opponent” when asked about the possibility of the “Iceman” lacing up the gloves for one more run.

Would Ortiz be a tantalizing enough foe to coax Liddell back? Or how about Vitor Belfort, the 40-year-old legend who picked up a win at UFC 212 and called out Liddell?

As Liddell recently told TMZ, “we’ll see.”

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Nate Diaz feels lack of respect, push from UFC: ‘Why aren’t we on blast everywhere?’

If you were sitting around last March wondering why Nate Diaz and his older brother Nick Diaz weren’t fighting at UFC 209, you weren’t alone.

Despite widespread fan support for the Diaz brothers to be included on the card that shared the numerals of their infamous Stockton area code, neither Diaz made an appearance at UFC 209. And according to Nate, the UFC never even asked.

“It was almost like an ego thing the UFC was playing,” Diaz said Wednesday on a special edition of The MMA Hour. “Like, no one even called. People were demanding it all over my Twitter and sh*t. People were like, ‘why aren’t Nick and Nate on 209?’ No one called. Why didn’t anyone call for that? I hear people saying they dropped the ball. They did drop the ball on that one.

“I think it would’ve made sense. Like I said, I don’t want to fight nowhere, but it’s what should’ve happened. Right? Isn’t it what should’ve happened? Shouldn’t they have done that? Everybody was expecting it already, why wouldn’t they have no tried to make that happen? They didn’t even attempt. … They just want this to die out. They want me to die out and go away.”

Instead of a ‘209’ themed card that featured the Diaz brothers and was staged in northern California, UFC 209 ended up being an average Las Vegas event headlined by a sluggish rematch between UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson.

But for Diaz, who remains one of the UFC’s biggest stars, the situation at UFC 209 was merely emblematic of a larger problem regarding the lack of promotional support he feels from the company.

“I’m cool, whatever, but is that not what’s happening?” Diaz asked. “Why aren’t we on blast everywhere? … Can I be marketed? Why am I not on the f*cking Wheaties box? Look at the Wheaties box right there — more people know me than him. How come when I go to UFC on FOX, all these dorks are on the wall? Can I get a picture on the wall? Can I get promoted and marketed in a positive way? Like I said, I race, I’m a vegan, I do triathlons, I f*cking teach kids. But all they want to do is (promote) middle fingers and hide me out in the dark corners still.

“Like, you want to put rumors our about me fighting? Let’s start off first by flying me out on a private jet, putting me in a suite, and talking to me respectfully, asking me to have a fight, instead of f*cking putting rumors out that I turned down fights. Because like I said, I’ll fight anybody today, but if we’re going to [do this], I need to be treated like a respectful human being. I need to be asked and treated correctly, because I’m not playing this game no more. You know what I’m saying? You guys have no stars. There’s nobody.

“They try their best to not talk about us,” Diaz continued. “It’s like, as soon as somebody says ‘who’s the stars?,’ they’ll purposely not say me and Nick. But we’re still getting invited to huge parties. They’re still calling. The only ones who ain’t calling are you. We’re not going away.”

One of the examples Diaz pointed to was the blockbuster UFC 205 event last year in New York, where Diaz had to find his own means to gain entry into the event.

“I texted f*cking Dana (White), like ‘what’s up?’ He’s all, ‘man, we’re sold out.’ I’m like, man, I don’t give a f*ck. I don’t want a ticket. Grab me at the front door and walk my ass in,” Diaz said. “What the f*ck you talking about, ‘I ain’t got tickets, I’m sorry?’ That’s crazy. And that’s no hard feelings to Dana.”

Diaz also pointed to the promotional tour he did for his rematch against Conor McGregor at UFC 202 — a event which, along with the first Diaz-McGregor fight at UFC 196, stands as two of the three highest-selling UFC pay-per-views of all-time.

In the lead-up the rematch, Diaz was featured on both Conan and Jimmy Kimmel Live in appearances that he said his management set up without the UFC’s help. And according to Diaz, things changed once the UFC caught wind of them.

“Later, I found out the UFC was like, ‘the only way you can have Nate Diaz on the show is if you have Conor, too,’” Diaz said. “And then my guy who linked it up was like, ‘no, we’re going on without Conor. We’re going out by ourselves. It’s not about him.’ And they’re like, ‘alright, well then they’ve got to at least put a clip of him on.’ You know what I’m saying? Doesn’t that kind of show what’s going on? What? It’s crazy.”

A clip of McGregor berating Diaz ultimately ended up airing midway through Diaz’s appearance on Conan.

And while Diaz’s gripes with the UFC date back longer than most, the lack of respect he feels from the promotion is part of the reason why he likely won’t accept a fight on July 8 against Tony Ferguson at UFC 213.

“I’m not going to just accept a fight because it’s the best move for him and Conor and their manager and the UFC,” Diaz said. “So I’m doing everybody else a favor now? I don’t owe nobody no favors. I never got a compliment for whipping the golden child’s ass. All I did was get dissed as this f*cking 200-pound monster who f*cking beat Conor, then he came beat from adversity and whipped my ass. I don’t think that happened, but they’re fooling everybody pretty good into believing that.

“So, first of all, if they’re going to talk to me about anything, I’d like to be treated with a little more respect and be complimented. Can I get a compliment for whooping your guy’s ass? And now they’re trying to spread rumors about me fighting Ferguson. I’m like, how am I all of a sudden now a lightweight, when all this time Dana White was spitting about how I was a middleweight and praising Conor for fighting my big ass? I’m 174 right now, eating as much as want. Are you kidding me? So I want a little respect from somebody over there.”

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Fabricio Werdum shoots down Luke Rockhold callout: ‘Why would I fight a chicken?’

Heavyweight contender Fabricio Werdum has responded to middleweight Luke Rockhold’s callout with some less than kind words.

Luke Rockhold has been largely absent from the UFC news grind for months now as he slowly recovers from knee surgery. But he sure made some headlines yesterday, eschewing more conventional middleweight targets to call out heavyweight Fabricio Werdum instead.

“I think me and Werdum got some old beef from Strikeforce,” he said on UFC Tonight. “He’s a guy I’ve always wanted to fight. I’ve thought it through and I like the style matchup. Given what’s going on in the middleweight division right now, screw that, I’m coming to heavyweight. Let’s do this.”

Fabricio was all set to face Ben Rothwell on the UFC 211 card in Dallas, Texas … until Rothwell failed a drug test and got provisionally suspended by USADA. That leaves him without a dance partner for the May 13th card. So what does he say about a possible Rockhold fight?

“I only fight people, I don’t fight chickens,” Werdum told MMAFighting.com. “He’s just promoting himself because he knows nobody is talking about him. I’m one step away from the belt. Why would I fight a chicken?”

You’d think Werdum would jump on the chance to fight a much smaller opponent, especially one associated with a camp that he doesn’t get along with at all. But it seems like Werdum doesn’t like much of anything being offered to him these days, a Luke Rockhold fight included.

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Fabricio Werdum on Luke Rockhold’s callout: ‘Why would I fight a chicken?’

It looks like the rivalry between former UFC champions Fabricio Werdum and Luke Rockhold won’t be settled inside the Octagon.

Rockhold, an ex-middleweight champion, called out the 240-pound Brazilian following his comments on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour, saying he’d move up to heavyweight to squash his beef with Werdum.

“Everyone’s steaming over this new fight I brought up,” Rockhold said Wednesday night on UFC Tonight. “I think me and Werdum got some old beef from Strikeforce. He’s a guy I’ve always wanted to fight. I’ve thought it through and I like the style matchup.

“Given what’s going on in the middleweight division right now, screw that, I’m coming to heavyweight. Let’s do this.”

Werdum, who bounced back into the win column with a win over Travis Browne after losing the UFC heavyweight championship to Stipe Miocic, recently had another fight canceled when Ben Rothwell got flagged for a potential USADA violation. He surely doesn’t like Rockhold, but is looking for bigger competition as he moves closer to another shot at the heavyweight championship.

“I only fight people, I don’t fight chickens,” Werdum told MMA Fighting after Rockhold’s comments. “He’s just promoting himself because he knows nobody is talking about him. I’m one step away from the belt. Why would I fight a chicken?”

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Morning Report: Joe Rogan on Georges St-Pierre vs. Michael Bisping: ‘Why have f**king championships at all?’

When the UFC announced last week that Georges St-Pierre would be coming out of retirement to challenge Michael Bisping for his UFC middleweight championship, the response was mixed. While many fans were excited about St-Pierre’s return, and even believed the fight itself was interesting, some did not like the fact that St-Pierre was cutting to the front of the line of a division currently rife with qualified title challengers, specifically, previously presumed title contender Yoel Romero. Well, add Joe Rogan to the list of people less than thrilled about the booking.

Rogan recently went on ESPN’s 5ive Rounds podcast where he voiced his desire to see Romero get his day in court, and why he thinks Bisping vs. St-Pierre is “not good at all.”

“I really want to see Yoel Romero get a shot at the title. I know he’s waiting, he’s waiting right now for what I think is an interesting fight between Michael Bisping and Georges St-Pierre. I think that’s an interesting fight. I don’t like it in terms of the hierarchy of the division. I think that, as far as the division goes, it’s not good at all. It sort of hijacks the whole situation.”

The decision to have St-Pierre challenge for the title coming off of a three-year layoff, in a weight division he’s never fought in, is the latest in a string of decisions met with skepticism from die-hards in the MMA community. Recent UFC decisions like introducing a plethora of interim titles or creating a women’s featherweight division despite lacking almost any fighters in the weight class, have been viewed by some as sacrificing the “sporting legitimacy” of the UFC in favor of quick monetary gains, causing some fans to worry about the direction the sport is taking. And though Rogan doesn’t harbor those same concerns, he says the purist in him doesn’t like some of the recent choices being made.

“I don’t like it. I’m not concerned because there’s great fighters and you get them together and you make great fights. I’m not concerned at that. But from a purist point of view, and someone who feels like – look, if you’re going to have a champion and you’re gonna have these divisions where one man rules over the division, there should be a very clear hierarchy… If you have a champion and you have all these people waiting in line to get a shot at that champion, the person who is perceived to be the best in that division is the one who should be fighting the champion next. The champion should always be fighting the number one available challenger. Right now, that is Yoel Romero.”

Rogan goes on to explain that he understands the reasons for making the fight and that he understands and appreciates Bisping’s position, that St-Pierre is a big money fight and that Bisping deserves that payday. However, despite his agreement that Bisping deserves the “big money fight,” Rogan says that, promotionally, what is the point of having champions if money fights are going to take precedence?

“As a person who deeply respects the position of champion – if you’re gonna do this whole interim title thing and you’re gonna have guys come back after being out of the sport for three years and get a shot right at the title, why have f**king championships at all?

“Why have a champion at all? Just set up great fights. And if you’re just setting up great fights, well that’s a great fight. Bisping versus GSP is a great fight. If you’re going to have a title, this is the champion of the world, then the champion should be defending his title against the number one challenger and that right now is Yoel Romero.”

The one thing that has made the UFC’s decision to once again forego matching Bisping up against a true contender more palatable for fans bothered by the lack of sporting meritocracy is Bisping’s claim that after he beats St-Pierre, he intends to fight Yoel Romero (or whoever else is the number one contender) on a six- to eight-week turnaround. And while, in a perfect world, that would be optimal, Rogan is skeptical.

“You know, Michael says that he’s going to fight Georges and then six weeks later he said he’ll be ready to fight Yoel Romero right afterwards but I wouldn’t believe that if I was Yoel Romero. When was the last time anybody ever did that? Has anybody ever defended the title against a former world champion and all-time great and then six weeks later defended the title again? I mean, come on, get out of here. That’s not happening.

“I see him drunk, in Vegas, in English flag underwear, having a great time. I think he’s gonna make a giant payday and good for him. I get it.”


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TWEETS

DC is upset.

He’s a popular man.

Solidarity.

Never ceases to amaze me that dudes who fight alongside and train with women, continue to say ish like this.

Rousey.

#DayWithoutaWoman #resist

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Cool.

Feels like there are better uses for that TV than this.

THANKS FOR THE SMART TV!

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USADA visits.

Derrick Lewis appears to be enjoying vacation.

Dominican Republic

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Woodley getting his acting on.

#SwipeRight Filming today and realize #ImMyDadfysSon !!!!!!! #TheFavorite

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Chiesa rocking a Diaz shirt.


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FINAL THOUGHTS

Because I thought of it while watching the rankings report, here are my current P4P rankings.

  1. Demetrious Johnson
  2. Tyron Woodley
  3. Conor McGregor
  4. Jose Aldo
  5. Joanna Jedrzejczyk
  6. Daniel Cormier
  7. Anthony Johnson
  8. Joseph Benavidez
  9. Max Holloway
  10. Stipe Miocic
  11. Amanda Nunes
  12. Demian Maia
  13. Fabricio Werdum
  14. Cody Garbrandt
  15. Dominick Cruz

Also, Robbie Lawler should be ranked ahead of Stephen Thompson at welterweight as should Maia. Thompson has wins over exactly one currently ranked welterweight… Jake Ellenberger. Maia has six. I’m sure y’all will hate both of those takes so have at me. Until tomorrow, be easy.


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Tyron Woodley, Stephen Thompson get testy in interview: ‘Why you gotta be so mean?’

Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson just turned up the promotion game.

The relationship between the two, even going back to before they fought at UFC 205, has been mostly cordial and respectful. It got pretty tense, though, in an interview Thursday on ESPN.

Woodley said it was funny that Thompson is considered the better striker since he outstruck him back in November in what ended up being a majority draw. Thompson replied that Woodley only hit him two times that did any damage. Woodley countered that he dropped him four times, which Thompson tried to laugh off as being untrue.

“That’s how you know your head is so shook,” Woodley said. “You got knocked down four times. How I hit you twice and you got knocked down four times?”

Thompson replied: “Four times? … That’s in the past, though.”

“Your math is off,” Woodley fired back. “Maybe you should have went to college.”

Both men, who will meet in the main event of UFC 209 on Saturday night in Las Vegas, still agreed that things were not personal between them. Woodley just wants to defend his UFC welterweight title and Thompson wants to take it from him.

“Why you gotta be so mean, man?” Thompson joked after the trash talk. “This guy is so mean.”

Woodley laughed, but said Thompson is the one who is always talking. Thompson said he’s going out there to prove he’s the best 170-pound fighter in the world, to which Woodley replied: “You’re going out there to fool yourself.”

Another thing they could both agree on: neither was pleased with the draw at UFC 205.

“It wasn’t the victory that I wanted to have and now we’re dong it again,” Woodley said. “I’m gonna let those 4-ounce gloves do the talking.”

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Conor McGregor doesn’t plan to vacate titles after UFC 205: ‘Why not defend them both?’

The running narrative from the UFC is that Conor McGregor will be forced to vacate either his featherweight or lightweight title if he is able to defeat the organization’s reigning 155-pound champion, Eddie Alvarez, on Nov. 12 in the main event of UFC 205.

But McGregor is an active fighter, one who has fought an average of every four months since he recovered from ACL surgery in mid-2014, and he doesn’t see the point of ruining such a historic feat.

“Vacate? I don’t know, we’ll see about that,” McGregor said on a Thursday conference call ahead of UFC 205. “Why not defend them both? I fight every week. I only fought last week. So, I can defend them both.”

On the surface, McGregor’s assertion flies in the face of past statements made by UFC president Dana White, who has insisted all along that McGregor will be forced to give up one of his titles with a win over Alvarez.

Still, White also insisted that McGregor would be forced to give up his UFC featherweight title in order to move up in weight and challenge Alvarez in the first place, and that didn’t end up happening. So while McGregor continues to maintain that the UFC will have to “gather an army” to take one of his belts after UFC 205, he also admitted to being frustrated by people’s insistence on looking so far ahead when such a historic event is standing right in front of them.

“I’m going to go out and put on a show and we’ll go from there,” McGregor said. “Everyone always looks ahead so much, talking about vacate the belt or let’s talk Vegas. It’s like, let’s enjoy this moment right now, because it took so long to get here. So many hours went into getting the UFC into New York City and now here we are. Now here we are, a potential two-weight world champion. A superfight, champion versus champion, first time a champion has gone up. These are all historic moments.

“Everyone is talking about after. ‘We’ve got to take that belt off of him, we’ve got to get back to Vegas. Let’s just enjoy this historic moment for what it is. So that’s what I’m doing, I’m looking to enjoy this whole experience and I’m very confident in my preparation, very confident in my opponent that I’m facing, so I’m looking to just enjoy this whole process.”

McGregor, 28, is wrong when he claims to be the first UFC titleholder to go up in weight and challenge another champion — B.J. Penn memorably put his lightweight reign on hold to challenge welterweight king Georges St-Pierre at UFC 94 — but even in that case, the UFC was not willing to let Penn keep both titles in the event that he won. And at this point, considering what we’ve seen in recent months and the allowances given to McGregor, the same can’t be definitively said about UFC 205.

Considered to be one of the biggest financial draws in UFC history, McGregor captured the UFC featherweight title in late-2015 with a stunning 13-second knockout over longtime champion Jose Aldo, then immediately shot up to welterweight for a pair of fights against Nate Diaz. The Diaz bouts only happened because McGregor’s original foe, then-UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos, withdrew from UFC 196 with a foot injury, derailing McGregor’s first attempt to become a two-division UFC champion.

But now things have come full circle, and McGregor is once again readying to make his 155-pound UFC debut.

“I feel great at this weight,” McGregor said. “I’m lean, a lot leaner. I’m still eating a hell of a lot of food. Obviously it’s tougher to get to featherweight, but I think it’s crazy the way they say I can’t get to featherweight anymore, or all these crazy things, like I ain’t the undisputed champion. Like I haven’t gone in there and taken out the whole division, as early as last year. Like, December of last year, that was.

“It’s not even been a year. What’s that, eight months, 10 months, whatever? And then they’re talking about stripping and vacating and this type of stuff. Hang on a minute. What did I just go and do there? Did I not just take out that division? Am I not that champion? So wherever I sign, I’m going to fight, and you best believe I’m going to show up and be prepared. At 145, I’m the world champion. I took out them out. I’m damn good at 145, and I’m even better at 155, so wherever.”

With a chance to make history on a card that many believe will be among the highest-selling UFC pay-per-views of all-time, McGregor is finally nearing the goal that he set for himself when he entered the UFC just three years ago.

“It hasn’t been done before,” McGregor said. “It’s never even been close to a reality in this game, in the UFC. And then to do it on such a monumental stage like this, of course this will be one of my shining moments.”

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Julianna Pena on earning Ronda Rousey fight: ‘Why not me?’

Julianna Pena arguably earned the best win of her career on Saturday night in Houston, Texas at UFC 192. She seems to recognize as much, but that doesn’t mean she’s necessarily thrilled with how everything turned out.

“I’m a little disappointed, for several reasons,” she told the media at the post-fight press conference. “I had a couple of injuries that I wasn’t too happy about coming into this fight. I feel like if I was at 100 percent, then you definitely would’ve seen a finish. You would’ve seen me capitalize a lot more.

“I got a little greedy in the fight,” she continued. “I changed from a short choke to a full rear naked choke and back to a short choke again and didn’t sit in on my guillotine and let it roll through when that’s what I was planning on doing the whole time.”

According to Pena, the injuries impacted her ability to exact the sort of game plan and style of fighting she prefers. The win isn’t worthless, but Pena argued it was reflective of who she is either.

“Not getting those finishes cost me. I’m here to say that if I would’ve been able to pull that off, you guys definitely would’ve seen a finish. I’ll go get it next time. A win’s a win, so I’m happy with that, but at the same time, I’m a little disappointed I couldn’t walk away with the finish,” she noted.

That said, the win’s value puts Pena on the shortlist of contenders in the women’s bantamweight division, the very weight class ruled by UFC superstar Ronda Rousey. Pena called out Rousey in her post-fight interview with UFC commentator Joe Rogan.

When asked about shooting for the stars, Pena – despite acknowledging her performance was less than satisfactory by her own standards – should be enough to put her on the shortlist to face Rousey.

“Why not look too far ahead? I did not get in this sport to be in the bottom roster. I got in this sport to let the world know I’m the toughest 135-pound female fighter in the world.

“I’m 6-0. Ronda’s 6-0,” she stated. “I don’t think that it’s out of the realm of possibility. I’m looking to be in a title shot.”

After all, Pena told the media, if her opponent on Saturday had won, she’d be in the running for a title shot. Now that Pena’s the victor, why can’t she enjoy the same status?

Jessica Eye, after her loss to Miesha Tate, if she would have won, would’ve been next in line for a title shot,” Pena said.

“Why not me?”

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