• Anthony Pettis misses weight; unable to compete for UFC interim featherweight title

    Andreas Hale at Cagewriter 1 day ago

    UFC 206 was dealt yet another blow Friday and the interim featherweight title picture just got a little more complicated.

    Anthony Pettis came in three pounds overweight for his interim title showdown with Max Holloway, which serves as the main event of the UFC’s pay-per-view in Toronto. In order to qualify for the interim title, Pettis needed to come in at 145 pounds. But in his second fight at featherweight, he didn’t come close. A visibly gaunt Pettis was well over the weight limit and it was announced that he will no longer be able to compete for the interim title on Saturday night.

    Pettis is the first fighter to miss weight for a title fight since 2007 when Travis Lutter was unable to make weight for his middleweight title shot against Anderson Silva.

    Pettis will be fined 20 percent of his purse and was also subject to the wrath of UFC president Dana White, who obviously wasn’t pleased with “Showtime” not being able to make weight.

    “If Pettis wins, I’ve got to decide if I want him to fight for the 145-pound (title),” White said. “I don’t know if he can make the weight.”

  • Dana White reveals that 'Cyborg' was offered two 145-pound title fights

    Andreas Hale at Cagewriter 4 days ago

    The ongoing saga of what weight Cris “Cyborg” Justino’s next fight would be at has been a complicated one. However, it appears that the UFC was willing to finally open the door for one of the most dominant women in all of MMA to compete in a newly formed featherweight division.

    Although Justino had fought twice in the UFC at a catchweight of 140 pounds, the Brazilian struggled mightily to make weight on both occasions and stated that she wouldn’t be able to cut below that without having severe medical issues. Without a 145-pound division, she essentially was a fighter who floated around with nothing at stake.

    UFC president Dana White revealed on the UFC Unfiltered podcast that Justino, who currently holds the Invicta FC 145-pound title, was offered a pair of fights against Holly Holm and Germaine de Randamie for what would be the inaugural UFC women’s featherweight title. Unfortunately, Justino turned both fights down.

    “I offered Cris Cyborg a title fight at 145 pounds about a month ago,” White said. “She had eight weeks to get ready for it. She said she couldn’t make the weight.”

    A second fight was offered with more time for Cyborg to make weight. Again, Justino declined.

  • Conor McGregor reportedly considered for role in HBO's 'Game of Thrones'

    Andreas Hale at Cagewriter 5 days ago

    UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor may be taking some time off from the Octagon, but that doesn’t mean he’ll be out of the spotlight.

    The only person in the UFC to hold world titles in two different weight classes simultaneously is reportedly scheduled to make an appearance in HBO’s “Game Of Thrones.” According to a report by Belfast Live, one of the directors of HBO’s popular show is a huge fan of McGregor and thought that the Irishman would be a perfect fit on the show. The report also said that Mystic Mac would appear in one of the final two seasons of the show.

    Although the reports have yet to be confirmed by McGregor or HBO, the lightweight champion’s manager recently told MMA Junkie that HBO has been after McGregor “for a while” and interested in getting him involved in their programming.

  • Jon Jones reveals he used to get 'black out drunk' before every fight

    Andreas Hale at Cagewriter 8 days ago

    Jon Jones made a startling admission about his alcohol abuse during his appearance on the Joe Rogan Experience. The former light heavyweight champion is currently serving a suspension for failing a drug test prior to his UFC 200 fight and decided to deliver a tell-all interview with Rogan that revealed some interesting things about Jones.

    Perhaps the most shocking thing about the two-hour interview was Jones revealing that he used to get “black out drunk” before all of his fights.

    “I had this crazy thing that I would do where I would party one week before every fight,” Jones said. “And I did it throughout my whole career. And it was stupid, but it was this mental crutch that I had.”

    Jones said he would drink and party all night, deprive himself of sleep and essentially do everything wrong so that he would have a built in excuse just in case he ever lost.

    “I trained for the fight, but I definitely had this thing where I felt invincible,” Jones said. “And I did a lot of wild stuff leading up to the fight. I definitely didn’t give it my all. Really partying, drinking, staying up all night.”

  • Mayweather's camp: Conor McGregor's boxing license is a 'masterful con job'

    Andreas Hale at Cagewriter 9 days ago

    If nothing else, Conor McGregor is certainly stirring the pot in regards to a rumored boxing match with retired boxer Floyd Mayweather.

    The Irishman obtained a license to professionally box in the state of California this week, further fueling speculation that the UFC star is angling toward a fight with Mayweather. McGregor’s agent and the California State Athletic Commission both confirmed with ESPN.

    The current UFC lightweight champion is taking a brief hiatus away from the sport as he awaits the birth of his first child in early 2017. But he’s been adamant about fighting Mayweather and has demanded $100 million if the fight were to come to fruition. However, Mayweather remains retired and hasn’t expressed interest in fighting again.

    “Conor McGregor can say anything he wants to but he has a boss and his name is [UFC president] Dana White,” Ellerbe said. “He is under contract to the UFC and if he wanted to fight Floyd Mayweather in a boxing match he can’t because his bosses wouldn’t allow that to happen.”

  • Dana White created interim featherweight belt because of huge logjam

    Kevin Iole at Cagewriter 9 days ago

    There were a lot of disappointed fans when the UFC announced that Conor McGregor had given up the featherweight title he’d won at UFC 194 by knocking out Jose Aldo in just 13 seconds.

    There was also speculation, including from John Kavanagh, McGregor’s highly respected coach, that the decision wasn’t McGregor’s. UFC president Dana White vehemently disputed that contention in an interview Thursday with Yahoo Sports.

    McGregor won the lightweight belt at UFC 205 on Nov. 12 when he stopped Eddie Alvarez in the second round. White promised at the post-fight news conference that night that McGregor would be forced to make a decision which belt he wanted to keep, and on Sunday, it was announced he’d decided to keep the lightweight.

    McGregor hasn’t commented publicly, though, and so Kavanagh’s words attracted a lot of attention.

    Since losing to McGregor in Boston on Aug. 17, 2013, Holloway has reeled off nine consecutive victories.

  • Coach calls UFC’s decision to strip Conor McGregor of title ‘ridiculous'; Cormier responds to being blamed

    Andreas Hale at Cagewriter 11 days ago

    Daniel Cormier’s removal from the main event at UFC 206 has caused a ripple effect throughout the MMA world that ended up seeing Conor McGregor having to “relinquish” his UFC featherweight title.

    The light heavyweight champion was scheduled to defend his title in a rematch with Anthony Johnson at the pay-per-view event on Dec. 10 in Toronto. However, his injury caused the UFC to elevate the co-main event between Anthony Pettis and Max Holloway to the main event and turned that bout into a UFC interim featherweight title fight. But in order to do so the UFC had to promote fellow interim titleholder Jose Aldo to full titleholder and strip McGregor of the title he won last December when he knocked Aldo out in 13 seconds.

    It’s a messy road that nobody seems to be happy with. But McGregor’s massive fan base decided to blame Cormier for the sequence of events.

    “Just think about how ridiculous that is, that it’s my fault Conor McGregor got stripped,” Cormier told “The MMA Hour.” “I didn’t say ‘I’m not going to fight so he can lose his belt.’ It doesn’t matter to me.”

  • Jose Aldo wants to avenge knockout loss to Conor McGregor at lightweight

    Andreas Hale at Cagewriter 12 days ago

    Jose Aldo is not completely satisfied with being UFC featherweight champion.

    The UFC announced on Saturdaythat Conor McGregor would “relinquish” the UFC featherweight title, which would make Aldo the champion, while Anthony Pettis and Max Holloway will compete for the interim featherweight title at UFC 206.

    “I was always the champion and will always be as long as I’m in the featherweight division,” Aldo told Brazilian TV show Planeta SporTV. “No matter what happens, I will always be the champion. I had no doubt about it. The moment I lost, I knew the belt would be mine. It was a matter of time. It’s not the way I wanted, but I’m happy because I know I’m the champion.”

    Although Aldo said that it wasn’t the way he wanted to become champion again, he isn’t surprised by how it all transpired.

    “First, I want to defend my title, and then go after a fight with him (at lightweight),” Aldo said. “Just like Dana (White) said, we can choose who we want to fight, so I want to fight him. That’s what will happen.”

  • Fedor Emelianenko signs with Bellator; is Georges St-Pierre next?

    Andreas Hale at Cagewriter 19 days ago

    One of the greatest heavyweights of all time is coming to Bellator.

    During the broadcast of Bellator 165: Chandler vs. Henderson, the MMA promotion announced the signing of Fedor Emelianenko and that “The Last Emperor” will be making his promotional debut at Bellator 172 on Feb. 18 against Matt Mitrione at the SAP Center in San Jose.

    “It’s great to be back in business with Fedor,” Bellator MMA president Scott Coker said about the man he worked with during his time at Strikeforce. “The man is a legend both inside and outside of the cage and I’m elated to bring him back stateside for the American MMA fans to witness him fight Matt Mitrione in San Jose. He and I go quite a ways back, and I look forward to continuing to build our partnership here in Bellator MMA.”

    Interestingly enough, Fedor will return to the very arena where he suffered defeat at the hands of Fabricio Werdum in a massive upset back in 2010. It was Fedor’s first loss in nearly a decade and the Russian fighter hasn’t quite been the same since. In his last outing, he barely survived against journeyman Fabio Maldonado but ended up being gifted with a controversial decision.

  • Nate Diaz says Dana White gave his UFC 205 tickets to Nick Jonas to keep him away from Conor McGregor

    Andreas Hale at Cagewriter 24 days ago

    Now that Conor McGregor has disposed of Eddie Alvarez and become the UFC’s first fighter to hold world titles in two different weight classes simultaneously, the options for his next fight are plentiful. But according to Nate Diaz, the one fight the UFC doesn’t want to make is a rubber match between him and McGregor.

    As a matter of fact, Diaz questions whether the UFC wants him and McGregor in the same building.

    Diaz spoke to ESPN about what he feels is the MMA promotion protecting their prized possession. He even went as far to suggest that he was denied tickets for UFC 205 by Dana White because there wasn’t enough room.

    “As soon as [McGregor wins], hundreds of people are turning around and staring at me,” Diaz said. Instead of having floor seats, he was relegated to watch the fight from a club box at Madison Square Garden. “I’m like, ‘Hey, what do you want me to do? The UFC didn’t even want to give me tickets to this fight. I think they gave Nick Jonas my seat.”

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