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Feeling No Support From The UFC, Al Iaquinta is Enjoying Life Without Pressure of Fighting

The relationship between Al Iaquinta and the Ultimate Fighting Championship seems to get worse by the day and now it might be close to breaking point after the New York native pulled out of his most recent fight with Justin Gaethje at UFC Lincoln.
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Colby Covington Says UFC 228 Will Be a Failure Without Him Headlining

Colby Covington is at it again, suggesting that the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s next pay-per-view event, UFC 228, which features a title bout between welterweight champion Tyrone Woodley and Darren Till, won’t generate much interest without him.
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Colby Covington Says UFC 228 Will Be a Failure Without Him Headlining

Colby Covington is at it again, suggesting that the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s next pay-per-view event, UFC 228, which features a title bout between welterweight champion Tyrone Woodley and Darren Till, won’t generate much interest without him.
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UFC 216 Salaries: Tony Ferguson Takes $500K, Mark Godbeer Makes $30K Without Fighting

Tony Ferguson is at least half million dollars richer after his Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight title win. On the other hand, he actually had to fight to get it.
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Featherweight champion Max Holloway is still without a UFC contract

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight champion Max Holloway, at some point over the past four years, forgot how to lose, racking up 11 straight wins, including last June’s finish over Jose Aldo, which netted the promotion’s 145-pound strap.

When will “Blessed” make his first title defense?

That remains to be seen, since the 25-year-old Hawaiian is a king without a castle, as the “Junior” showdown was the last fight on his current UFC contract. As you might expect, being champion with that kind of winning streak demands a pretty penny.

From his conversation with told KHON2.

“I’m just asking for a fair shake. You see a lot of these guys, a lot of these other champions making what they’re making. I’m not trying to take anything away from them, but I feel like I’m one of the more exciting fighters under contract in the UFC. At the end of the day, I’m the king. I’m in my throne, you know? If you want to come see me, come see me.”

Holloway (18-3) is expected to meet with UFC officials over the next few days.

“Blessed” has a legitimate claim to being the most exciting fighter in his (or any) division, grabbing eight violent finishes during that 11-fight streak, which includes technical knockout victories over Aldo and Anthony Pettis.

Time to see what that’s worth to UFC.

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Morning Report: Dana White: What is Nate Diaz worth without Conor McGregor? The kid isn’t in a position for pay-per-view points

On Wednesday, Nate Diaz went on The MMA Hour where he discussed all manner of things, including turning down an interim title fight with Tony Ferguson and his take on all of the Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather hullaballoo. That same day, UFC President Dana White responded that he didn’t know if either Nate or his brother Nick would ever fight again and that he didn’t think they really wanted to fight.

This juxtaposition has become an increasingly common one for Dana White. A year ago, Georges St-Pierre made clear his intentions to come back to MMA but White insisted St-Pierre didn’t actually want to return because the former welterweight champion insisted on restructuring his contract with the UFC, one made before the inception of the Reebok deal and the removal of sponsorship money. Similarly here, because Diaz insists on his next fight being “all the way right, financially,” White insists that Diaz doesn’t actually want to fight because, according to White, he’s already getting the best offer that’s viable from the UFC.

Speaking with Yahoo Sports, White said that for Diaz to be worth the kind of money he’s asking for, he would need to accept and win an interim title fight against Tony Ferguson.

“Whatever his deal is, he’s got a pretty good deal,” White said. “I mean, listen, at the end of the day, what is Diaz worth without Conor McGregor? I don’t know. The kid isn’t in a position for pay-per-view or any of that type of [stuff]. But this could put him in a position. If he fought Tony Ferguson, it would be for the interim title.

“Obviously, if you held the interim title, you would get a piece of the pay-per-view. Diaz has to put himself in a position to make the pay-per-view money.”

With the UFC currently desperate for any stars capable of driving a pay-per-view – so much so that they offered St-Pierre a middleweight title bout in lieu of a host of more qualified contenders – White’s insistence that Diaz isn’t in a position to make pay-per-view money is a strange one. Diaz, already a known and well-liked fighter beforehand, became one of the biggest stars in the UFC after defeating McGregor last year. Still, White insists this is an issue of Diaz not wanting to fight and, though he admits both Nate and Nick are popular, he also says he won’t try and force them to fight.

“It doesn’t frustrate me at all [that they’re inactive] because I’ve learned that you can’t make people fight, man. It’s the same thing when people ask me, ‘What if this guy retires,’ or ‘What if that guy retires?’ This is a business that, your head has to be in this game. You have to want to become a world champion. You have to want to fight. You have to go through everything it takes to get into the cage. It doesn’t frustrate me at all. We’ll keep offering the Diaz brothers fights until one of them says yes or they never fight again.

“It doesn’t change my life one way or another. People really like the Diaz brothers. When they get in there, they’re tough and gritty and they mix it up. They’re fun to watch and their interviews are fun, and funny. They’re popular guys. But at the end of the day, people are excited about guys who want to win world titles and they want to find out who the best fighters in the world are in each weight class. Those are the things that sell and those are the things that people are interested in.”

Or course, White has a point and that’s why Demetrious Johnson is the most popular fighter in MMA. Maybe Nate can learn a thing or two from Mighty Mouse about how to be a “needle mover.”


MUST-READ STORIES

Violence. The UFC has signed WSOF champion Justin Gaethje.

Wolf tix. Nate Diaz says wolf tickets are making a return with McGregor vs. Mayweather.

Joanna knows. Joanna Jedrzejczyk says she knows she can knock out Jessica Andrade after training with her.

Welch. Battlefield FC has yet to pay multiple fighters from their last event.


VIDEO STEW

Joanna lunch scrum.

Free fights.

Dana’s latest on Floyd, says it’s not close.

Bellator in focus.

TTTHS.

Free LFA fight.


LISTEN UP

Morning Wood Show. Junior dos Santos interview and Woodley talking about acting.

Fight Society. Frankie Edgar interview and PVZ discussion.

Bushido Talk. Chuck Liddell and Anderson Silva discussion.


SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE

Most exciting fighter in MMA. Literally.

Seriously, FOTN bonuses are spoken for anytime Gaethje is on the card.

That Weidman, so hot right now.

Double dog dare ya.

Savage.

Please, no. Anderson doesn’t need that.

Awesome.

How could anyone not love JDS?

Definitely never thought I’d see that.


FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

N/A.


FINAL THOUGHTS

Dana White will go to his grave before starting to come off paying fighters anywhere near their actual value. Best compliment any fighter in MMA can receive is Dana saying that they don’t actually want to fight.

Another off weekend for MMA but another weekend of solid, top-shelf boxing. If that’s your bag, enjoy Canelo-Chavez Jr. tomorrow. If not, hang in there, 211 is right around the corner and it’s the best card of the year.

Have a good weekend y’all.


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Holly Holm’s coach Mike Winkeljohn surprised to get 145-pound title shot ‘without Cyborg involved’

Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm will be fighting for a title again at UFC 208 in Brooklyn, and the set-up for that is somewhat serendipitous. Holm, who has lost a pair of fights in a row, was selected to fight in the inaugural women’s featherweight title fight on Feb. 11 against Germaine de Randamie. The decision to book Holm against de Randamie was met with some criticism given that the weight class has been ruled for a decade by Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino, who last fought Lina Lansberg at a 140-pound catchweight bout in September.

Yet Holm was willing to fight in the new weight class, and she was available — which, according to the UFC, “Cyborg” was not.

And Holm’s longtime coach Mike Winkeljohn said during an interview on The MMA Hour that that was precisely the case. According to Winkeljohn, Holm was willing to fight Cyborg at a catchweight before the title fight with de Randamie materialized for a card in need.

“That’s exactly what happened, is Cyborg can’t make the normal 135-pound division and so, because she gets to play by special rules, we said okay look, we’ll fight you at 138,” he said on Monday. “That was our first offer. I’m not going to lie, I probably would have went to 139 with it. But it wouldn’t have made sense for Holly, where the weight was at, to offer to fight her at a higher weight. Of course not, why would I do that?

“Apparently [Justino] turned that down. And then Dana came up with a 145-pound title apparently Dana offered it to Cyborg before we even accepted that it was for a title, and I think she turned it down as well. So, that’s all I know about it other than Holly has never turned down a fight in her life. She’s willing to fight, no doubt about it, even out of her weight division. And how could you turn this one down? A title fight at 145? It puts her right back where she wants to go mentally. And when she has to step up, that’s her best for performance.”

One thing that Winkeljohn made clear was that if the UFC had presented Holm a chance at the 145-pound title against Justino, they would have accepted the offer just the same.

In fact, he said he was taken aback initially that “Cyborg” wasn’t part of the equation.

“Very surprised that they would offer without Cyborg involved,” he said. “It makes sense now that Cyborg…they needed to put some fights together, I think, and Holly is a big draw. She can sell, and they needed some big fights, and they needed them now. They can’t wait down the road until Cyborg gets her weight down or whatever the case is. That’s just the way it played out.

Winkeljohn has worked with the 35-year-old Holm in Albuquerque going back to the beginning of her boxing days. He has seen her win titles in the ring, and in the Octagon, and knows that there are big paydays coming to Holm in 2017.

Should she defeat de Randamie, she would be come the first woman fighter in the UFC to have held belts in two different weight classes. And a victory would set up numerous big fights, depending on which way the UFC might want to go — especially with UFC 207 featuring Ronda Rousey’s return against current bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes.

Holm defeated Rousey at UFC 193 in November 2015, and since that time the rematch has loomed through Rousey’s hiatus from fighting in 2016.

“I don’t know, at that point in time it’s all about money,” Winkelhohn said. “Pay-per-view points, all that kind of stuff. So, if she has a title, and I’ll tell you — if Nunes beats Rousey, I think Holly would like to go back down there and fight Nunes as well. If Cyborg’s the biggest money fight, that would be the fight. There’s no doubt about it, if Ronda wins the fight, I think that becomes one of the biggest fights the UFC has ever seen, and that would be the smart fight for everybody to take. I think Dana would agree on that.”

Still, heading into UFC 208 the elephant in the room will be handing out a featherweight title to anybody other than “Cyborg,” who was the last Strikeforce champion in that division, as well as the reigning Invicta FC champion.

Asked his thoughts on why the UFC would opt to have a featherweight title fight without Justino, Winkeljohn said it was largely circumstantial.

“I don’t know, it’s not for me to know why,” he said. “I think ‘Cyborg’ needed some more time to get down to weight, but I guess people are saying she’s out there power lifting, so she has no worry about it. She’s going to do what she wants. That’s her weight division, 145. Like I said, the smart move is Holly was at 135, and fighting her at 135 would have been the smart move, and 136 would have been a smart move. But that’s where we’re at.

“So let’s get this title, and Cyborg, if she wants to be in line, great. If Nunes or Rousey are there and Holly wants to drop back down, great. I want to put Holly in a position where she really has to work hard and I love it when she’s the underdog.”

As to whether he liked the idea of Holm fighting long-term at 145 pounds, Winkeljohn said he goes back and forth on that.

“Yes and no,” he said. “The [weight] cuts have never been easy, and Holly is very good size for 136. Yes and no. But she’s right in between. I mean, a 140-pound division would probably be a great place for Holly Holm. And she’s getting older. She’s getting older and the cuts are getting a little bit harder on her, on her body, but she’s willing to fight in either division.”

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Nurmagomedov Vows to Never Fight in UFC Again Without Title Shot After UFC 205

Khabib Nurmagomedov is the latest UFC contender to feel slighted by the perceived special treatment of Conor McGregor, and he is willing to take drastic measures to express his discontent.
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Dana White explains why he started UFC 202 press conference without Conor McGregor

LAS VEGAS — The launch to UFC 202 fight week started with a familiar sight.

With their Aug. 20 rematch looming, Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz were supposed to kick off the UFC 202 festivities at a press conference Wednesday inside the Copperfield Theatre at 1:00 p.m. PT. But as has become a McGregor tradition, that start time came and went with the UFC featherweight champion nowhere to be found.

Rather than wait for McGregor’s presence though, the UFC started the press conference without him.

“He has to start respect people’s time, man,” said a visibly agitated UFC president Dana White. “Yours, theirs, mine, [the other fighters'], David Copperfield’s, everybody’s. We have only so much time in this room.

“We’re having a press conference here. If it’s over before he gets here, then it’s over.”

McGregor ultimately showed up close to 1:30 p.m., approximately a half-hour after the scheduled start time and nearly 20 minutes after Diaz arrived. Still, the “The Notorious” seemed unbothered by the UFC’s decision to start the proceedings without him.

“I thought it was at half-one,” McGregor said. “I was told it was half-one. Vegas traffic is heavy as well this time of year. I don’t know, there must be a McGregor show going on because the place is packed out.

“These f*cking press conferences, I’ve made these press conferences,” McGregor added. “I’ve helped shape what this is, and then also they’ve got me f*cking kicked off cards before, so look, I’m just happy to be here. I’m ready to fight. That’s all I know. Cut all the bullsh*t, I’m here, I’m ready to fight. You know you’re going to get a fight when I’m here. You know it’s going to be a show, so forget all of this other crap and this timekeeping and other stuff. I’m here.”

In the end, McGregor’s attendance was short-lived but memorable.

Diaz stormed out of the press conference just minutes after the Irishman arrived. He and his team then ignited a chaotic scene that saw both they and McGregor hurl water bottles and energy drinks at one another across the venue, bringing the press conference to an early conclusion.

Before the afternoon erupted into craziness though, Diaz was asked whether he cared about McGregor’s absence. And not surprisingly, he shrugged off the situation with his trademark smirk.

“Nah, I’m don’t care,” Diaz said. “It’s rude.”

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Conor McGregor: UFC 200 card ‘bombed’ without me on it

In a new interview with GQ Magazine, UFC featherweight champion and UFC 202 headliner Conor McGregor was asked about a number of topics related to his career. The Irish fighter spoke about his UFC 196 loss to Nate Diaz, his expensive fight camp for Saturday’s rematch and more.

Another topics McGregor addressed was UFC 200.

McGregor and Diaz were originally set to face off as the main event in July, but McGregor was removed from the UFC 200 card in April when he refused to meet the UFC’s pre-fight media obligations. McGregor briefly threatened retirement, but never formally declared. After attempts to find Diaz a suitable replacement failed, both fighters were pulled from the card.

Eventually, an agreement between McGregor and Diaz was reached to fight again and the pair were set up as the top bout for UFC 202.

Nevertheless, McGregor told GQ he wasn’t impressed with what he saw at UFC 200, which included a scuttled main event due to pre-fight testing that flagged Jon Jones as having failed a test for performance enhancing drugs. Co-main event participant Brock Lesnar would also later be shown to have failed tests both in and out of competition.

According to McGregor, he wanted to get back on the UFC 200 card after he was removed, but the UFC wouldn’t let him. In the end, he said, the card ended up suffering as a consequence.

“People spend a lot of money to come see me fight from my hometown, and they had already purchased tickets, so I wanted to get back on that card,” McGregor told the magazine. “They weren’t having it. They didn’t put me in the card—that’s okay—and the card bombed. I was ringside. The fights weren’t great, but now here we are.”

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