• Jose Aldo on Conor McGregor: 'Nothing stands out'

    Elias Cepeda at Cagewriter2 days ago

    UFC featherweight champ Jose Aldo (24-1) has said talk of him potentially fighting Conor McGregor (16-2) is premature, and even "disrespectful." In a recent MMA Junkie interview, he seemed to maintain that stance, and insisted that he's singularly focused on challenger Chad Mendes and their Oct. 25 fight date.

    However, Aldo didn't go so far as to say that he hasn't kept close tabs on McGregor's fights and progress. “I make it a point to observe all fighters in the featherweight category,” he said.

    “I’m the champion, and I plan to remain the champion. I do pay attention to any featherweight fight where someone is ranked in the UFC, since that could potentially be my next adversary."

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  • Frank Mir wants third Brock Lesnar Fight in UFC

    Elias Cepeda at Cagewriter2 days ago

    Former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir (16-9) has been ambivalent about whether or not he'd return to MMA competition after a long career and losing four straight. In a recent interview, however, Mir said he wants to fight again, if he can get a rubber match with fellow former champ, the retired Brock Lesnar (5-3).

    "If Lesnar comes back, I think it will be good for MMA," Mir told Globo.

    "He is still popular, people still know who he is and this brings more attention.  He and I have a win each in the times we face.  A new fight between us would be very welcome.  I'd love to welcome him in the UFC."

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  • Chael Sonnen: 'I'm not sorry for drug use'

    Elias Cepeda at Cagewriter4 days ago

    Retired UFC fighter Chael Sonnen is finally being honest about intentionally violating drug rules, but he isn't about to apologize for any of it. Speaking on his new podcast, , Sonnen says he'll just have to live with intentionally trying to game the system.

    "I'm not going to apologize because I'm not sorry. I'm a consenting adult. I knew exactly what I was doing. This was a premeditated decision," Sonnen said.

    Sonnen went on to explain the rationale and criteria he used when deciding what drugs to take. What substances were and were not allowed by governing athletic commissions was not one of the criteria he was concerned with.

    "For me, the litmus test was flawed, but here was my litmus test: Can't be a steroid, and it's got to be legal," Sonnen explained.

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  • UFC champ Ronda Rousey: ' I would rather die than lose'

    Elias Cepeda at Cagewriter5 days ago

    UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey is undefeated in her MMA career, and she intends to keep it that way. In fact, during a recent interview with Showtime, the "Rowdy" one said she'd rather die than lose a fight.

    “I know that I would rather physically die than die inside from losing a fight. I remember every single loss of my career, but have forgotten so many of my victories," she said. “It’s not that I’ve never lost; it’s that I’ve lost at the worst times, so I know what a loss is. That’s why I want to win so much more than these other girls."

    According to the 135-pound queen, she's already psychologically faced that choice during fights and pushed through. 

    “There have been times during a fight when I thought I was going to die,” Rousey said. “I thought to myself, ‘I would rather break my neck than lose this fight.’"

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  • Titles and soccer stadiums: Conor McGregor's big plans

    Elias Cepeda at Cagewriter5 days ago

    If you think UFC featheweight Conor McGregor has accomplished a lot in just four fights in the promotion, wait until you hear what he's got planned next. The Irishman has already all but been promised a title shot, next, against the winner of this month's championship rematch between Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes.

    In a recent interview with SevereMMA, McGregor predicts when he'll win the title, where he'll defend it, and announces some division-hopping plans for afterwards. "I’ve skipped the queue and now I’m the world title contender, I’m number one contender. My next fight is most likely going to be for the title. After that there will be no catching me,” he exclaimed," McGregor began.

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