- Ryan McKinnell at Cagewriter3 hrs ago
If Jose Aldo thought his ribs were hurting, that's nothing compared to the sting his bank account is feeling now.
The outspoken UFC featherweight champ . And now, according to UFC President Dana White, Aldo was finally in line to get that big payday he wanted oh-so-badly before a rib injury forced him to pull out of Saturday's UFC 189 main event against arch-nemesis Conor McGregor.
“Believe me, he stood to make a lot of money -- a lot of money,” . “If he could’ve fought, he would’ve fought."
White was then asked how much Aldo stood to make.
"Millions of dollars. Yeah, he probably would’ve made close to $4 million."
As if having your rib crunched by a spinning kick to the side wasn’t enough, knowing you missed out on a multi-million dollar payday has to have the Brazilian extra salty.
Then again, the feud with McGregor has put the featherweight division on the map, despite Aldo’s half-decade reign. If McGregor can get past Chad Mendes in a few days, the anticipation for the stalled Aldo bout will be at a fever pitch.
- Ryan McKinnell at Cagewriter7 hrs ago
UFC featherweight contender Conor McGregor can never be accused of lacking confidence.
Whether or not he'll actually be the next UFC featherweight champion will be determined this Saturday at UFC 189 in Las Vegas, when “Notorious” faces off against Chad Mendes in the main event title tilt.
If you ask McGregor himself, the fight is just a formality. And he's so confident that he is willing to put his money where his mouth is.
A lof of money, actually.
UFC president Dana White was a guest on Tuesday’s edition of the Jim Rome show promoting the July 11 card. The conversation quickly turned to McGregor, and that’s when White dropped this bombshell:
"You want to know how confident this kid is?" White said. "I can't even believe I'm going to say this, but, he told Lorenzo and I the other day, ‘I'll bet you $3 million dollars I knock [Chad Mendes] out in the second round.'"
- Ryan McKinnell at Cagewriter1 day ago
Conor McGregor is quite possibly the largest fighter competing in the UFC’s featherweight division today.
On Saturday at UFC 189, McGregor meets Chad Mendes for the interim featherweight championship in Las Vegas. However, he will be forced to shed some serious pounds before the fight to meet the required divisional limit of 145 pounds.
27 pounds serious.
According to former UFC middleweight contender Chael Sonnen, who appeared on an episode of the Jim Rome Show to discuss UFC 189, he recently saw McGregor and was blown away by his size.
Sonnen, being the former fighter he is, immediately had to ask McGregor about his weight with a title fight just over a week away, “I was like, ‘Conor, what do you weigh?’ he said, ‘about 172 pounds.’
“He’s got to be 145 in eight days.”
A veteran with a fair share of tough weight cuts over his decade-plus career, Sonnen was asked how McGregor could possibly cut 27 pounds in such a short amount of time. He said it can be done, but it won’t be easy.
- Kevin Iole at Cagewriter1 day ago
Gilbert Melendez failed his post-fight drug test at UFC 188 in Mexico City, for what the promotion said in a news release announcing his one-year suspension were "testosterone metabolites" in his system.
Melendez, who lost a close decision to Eddie Alvarez on June 13, accepted the penalty handed down. He was fortunate that his failed test came before the July 1 switch to drug testing run by the United States Anti-Doping Agency, because at that point, it would have been a minimum two-year suspension.
But it was disappointing to hear Melendez, as so many fighters who fail their tests do, blame it on a product (presumably a nutritional supplement) he used.
- Ryan McKinnell at Cagewriter6 days ago
UFC President Dana White spoke to TMZ about Phil “C.M. Punk” Brooks, and said that the former WWE superstar is looking “phenomenal” and on track for a debut in early 2016.
Punk has taken his fair share of critique jumping headfirst into MMA. However, Roufus Sport training partners Anthony Pettis and Ben Askren have been vocal in their support of the 36-year-old rookie and are adamant that he will be able to transition smoothly.
White also said he thinks UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock needs to retire.
'Suga' set for October return
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans has been out of action for close to two years. According to UFC Tonight’s Ariel Helwani, Evans wants a return fight at UFC 192 in October against Ryan Bader.
Bader has expressed his desire for the fight as well and now it is up to the UFC to make it official.
Machida goes under the knife
Yoel Romero broke the Internet with his post-fight speech on Saturday. Unfortunately for his opponent, Lyoto Machida, that wasn’t the only thing he broke.
- Kevin Iole at Cagewriter6 days ago
UFC president Dana White told Yahoo Sports Wednesday that UFC 189 will set promotion records for largest paid gate in the U.S. and will set a Nevada record for attendance, even after the loss of featherweight champion Jose Aldo from the main event of the July 11 card at the MGM Grand.
A broken rib suffered in training on Tuesday forced Aldo out of his title defense against archrival Conor McGregor. The UFC replaced him with Chad Mendes, and they'll meet in the newly constituted main event for the interim featherweight crown. Aldo is expected to fight the winner when he's healthy.
The co-main event will remain the same, a welterweight title fight between Robbie Lawler and challenger Rory MacDonald.
White said the UFC had only received 50 requests for refunds since word of Aldo's withdrawal became public.
- Kevin Iole at Cagewriter7 days ago
One of the most hotly anticipated fights in mixed martial arts history was scrapped on Tuesday when Jose Aldo said his rib injury was too painful and would prevent him from defending his featherweight title against Conor McGregor on July 11 at the MGM Grand in the main event of UFC 189.
UFC president Dana White made the announcement during an appearance with McGregor on Tuesday on SportsCenter. Chad Mendes, who lost a tough match to Aldo for the belt last year in Brazil, will now meet McGregor for the interim title.
It's the fifth time in his UFC career that Aldo has pulled out of a bout with injury, but far and away the most devastating. Previously, injuries prevented Aldo from participating in UFC 125, UFC 149, UFC 153 and UFC 176.
This one, though, is the toughest one for all concerned to take. The bout pitted the long-time champion, one of the great fighters in the sport's history, against a fast-rising star who in just two years has skyrocketed to stardom.
- Ryan McKinnell at Cagewriter7 days ago
For the last week the UFC teased that fans would not want to miss Tuesday's official unveiling of the company's new UFC "Fighter Kits." They sent out emails and hit social media hard with each one of their champions campaigning for your attention.
Now, they might be hoping some of those emails went directly to spam.
Some of the UFC's biggest stars were on hand to give the fashion-week inspired event the extra push it needed. In fact, the only champion not on hand was UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo, who is back in Brazil nursing a rib injury that might keep him out of his UFC 189 title defense against Irish needle-mover Conor McGregor on July 11.
The look of the kit, themselves, is a stark departure from the billboard-esque fight shorts that athletes wore in year's past. Reebok even added an official "jersey" to go along with each fighter's choice of fight-night shorts – a jersey that will run you close to $100 if you'd like to purchase one.
- Ryan McKinnell at Cagewriter7 days ago
Did he or didn’t he?
That was the talk after Yoel Romero authoritatively dismissed Lyoto Machida on Saturday night at UFC Fight Night in Hollywood, Florida. The performance itself was stellar, with little to no mistakes on the Cuban-born immigrant's behalf.
The post-fight speech, however, was an entirely different story. Fans and critics immediately rushed to their DVRs in an attempt to decipher what exactly was said when the 38-year-old contender took to the microphone after a career-defining victory over “The Dragon.”
This much we do know: Romero was upset with America. He yelled at America through our television sets with great fervor. He wanted America to fix something.
Then, depending on your auditory skills, you either heard Romero say something about “no for gay Jesus,” or “no forget Jesus.”
[From Cagewriter: UFC's 'fight kit' reveal goes awry as Reebok misspells fighter names]
- Ryan McKinnell at Cagewriter9 days ago
Yoel Romero put on a career-defining performance on Saturday against former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida.
The 38-year-old middleweight uber-prospect stood with “The Dragon” and his famed strikes until late in the third round when he attempted his very first takedown. It was a beautiful trip takedown that placed Machida on his backside and Romero followed it up with a succession of brutal elbows that had the Brazilian’s head bouncing off the mat. Referee John McCarthy rushed in and halted the action, officially, at 1:38 of the round.
Romero transitioned to MMA at 32 in 2009 and has been lauded as one of the greatest wrestlers to ever compete in the sport. Now undefeated in all six of his UFC outings, Romero put on a performance against Machida that should have stolen the show.
Unfortunately, it was his post-fight speech that will be getting him more attention.
Romero, who goes by the nickname “Soldier of God” was draped in a “John 3:16” headband as UFC announcer Jon Anik approached him for the customary post-fight victory interview.
And that is when things got confusing.