• Dana White won’t UFC bring fans back to a half empty arena, not even Cowboys Stadium
    MMA Weekly

    Dana White won’t UFC bring fans back to a half empty arena, not even Cowboys Stadium

    UFC president Dana White has achieved a lot of first during 2020. He was the first to get his fight promotion and in turn the sport back to a regular schedule. He was the first to find a way to safely put his athletes in a bubble where he could run fights in the U.S. or internationally. White and the UFC have been first in a lot of ways, but one thing he resisted was being first to welcome a live crowd back into the arena. There are some locals that have offered to allow a certain amount of fans into an arena for live sports. White, however, isn't interested. He insists that he will not go back to welcoming fans to UFC events until he can pack the house to the rafters. "I'll go anywhere where I can sell out the whole arena. I'll stay here at the Apex instead of going somewhere I can't have a full crowd. " TRENDING > Mike Tyson tells UFC’s Joe Rogan he’s fighting Roy Jones Jr. because of Bob Sapp (Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube)

  • Dana White insists Jon Jones hasn’t notified UFC of move to heavyweight
    MMA Weekly

    Dana White insists Jon Jones hasn’t notified UFC of move to heavyweight

    When will we see former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones fight at heavyweight? Apparently, that depends upon when he officially becomes a heavyweight. UFC president Dana White, following Saturday night's UFC 255 in Las Vegas, told reporters in the room, including from MMAWeekly.com, that Jones is not officially a heavyweight. "No, not that I'm aware of. He hasn't told us," said White. Should that lead us all to believe that Jones will be back in the 205-pound division if and when he returns to the Octagon? No. Not at all. Why hasn't Jon Jones booked his UFC heavyweight debut? Why else would Jones have voluntarily relinquished the UFC light heavyweight championship, all the while saying his intent was to move up to heavyweight? Some have speculated that maybe he is laying low to avoid drug testing while putting on the weight to make a move to heavyweight feasible. That doesn't fly either. According to USADA records, Jones has been drug tested 19 times in 2020, including twice thus far in the fourth quarter, which is comprised of October, November, and December. So what gives? Simply put, Jones is likely trying to put on the weight necessary to compete in the heavyweight division. Most of the top tier fighters in the division are at the upper end of the scale. The heavyweight division provides for athletes weighing between 206 and 265 pounds. Considering his pedigree, Jones would enter the heavyweight pool at the deep end. Current UFC champion Stipe Miocic typically weighs around 245 pounds. The weight doesn't drop off with the next few contenders. Francis Ngannou and Curtis Blaydes fight at about 260 pounds, Jairzinho Rozenstruik weighs around 250 pounds, and Derrick Lewis is generally pushing the top-end at 265 pounds. And keep in mind that these are their weights on weigh-in day. They could way more, considerably more, on fight day. If Jones doesn't bulk up, he's going to be in trouble in today's heavyweight division. Even though he likely walked around at about 230 pounds at light heavyweight, that is not when he is in prime athletic condition. If he is going to fight anywhere near the level of the Jon Jones we've become accustomed to, Jones will need to add the weight in a fashion that provides for more muscle, more power, and maintains as much of his athletic ability as possible. That is apparently what he's been up to, and why he has yet to request a heavyweight fight from UFC officials. Sure Jones could ask for and receive a heavyweight bout right now, but according to his social media posts, he's taking the Georges St-Pierre approach. When St-Pierre was dominating the world at welterweight, he was continually asked when he was going to move up to middleweight. His response was that if and when he did so, he it would likely be a permanent move, as he wanted to do it in a smart fashion. He would take his time to add the weight in incremental fashion. Bulking for bulk's sake isn't the best approach, especially for fighters like St-Pierre and Jones that rely more upon their athletic abilities than a shear love to scrap. Jones may not be talking to the UFC about his first fight at heavyweight yet, but he has been posting on social media, showing his progress as he continues to put on the pounds in the form of added muscle. View this post on Instagram A post shared by BONY (@jonnybones) View this post on Instagram A post shared by BONY (@jonnybones) View this post on Instagram A post shared by BONY (@jonnybones) TRENDING > Mike Tyson tells UFC’s Joe Rogan he’s fighting Roy Jones Jr. because of Bob Sapp So what's happening with the UFC light heavyweight title? What's next at light heavyweight isn't exactly clear. Soon after Jones vacated the UFC light heavyweight championship, Jan Blachowicz fought Dominick Reyes for the vacated title. Blachowicz won. Shortly after that fight, White said that the UFC was going to make Blachowicz's first title defense opposite middleweight champion Israel Adesanay, who wanted to move up and challenge him. The Blachowicz vs. Adesanya fight isn't a done deal yet, though. "Israel Adesanya wants to move up and take that fight. So we'll see how this whole thing plays out. It's not done yet, but they're interested and so are we," White said at the UFC 255 press conference. In the meantime, Glover Teixeira defeated Thiago Santos earlier this month and injected his name into the mix for a shot at the 205-pound title. Currently, it is unclear if the UFC will get a deal done for Blachowicz to fight Adesanya or if Teixeira, the No. 1 light heavyweight contender, will get a crack at the belt at 41 years of age. (Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube)

  • Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Brandon Moreno named new UFC 256 main event; Ferguson vs. Oliveira co-main
    MMA Weekly

    Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Brandon Moreno named new UFC 256 main event; Ferguson vs. Oliveira co-main

    UFC 256 headlining bouts UFC 256 main event: Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Brandon MorenoUFC 256 co-main event: Tony Ferguson vs. Charles Oliveira Just three days after Deveison Figueiredo defended his UFC flyweight championship, he has inked a deal to defend it against Brandon Moreno. Figueiredo headlined UFC 255, putting the flyweight belt on the line against Alex Perez. He made quick work of Perez, submitting him in less than two minutes. Moreno, the No. 1 ranked flyweight, also fought on the UFC 255 fight card, stopping Brandon Royval with one tick left on the clock in the first round of their featured preliminary bout. A day later, on Sunday, news that the latest UFC 256 headlining bout was nixed. Petr Yan was set to put his bantamweight belt on the line against Aljamain Sterling, but had to withdraw. Yan later said that he was forced off of the fight card because of visa issues. UFC president Dana White must have already known about Yan likely being off the card on Saturday night, as he mentioned at the UFC 255 post-fight press conference that he was working on keeping Figueiredo and Moreno in Vegas to fight in December. On Tuesday, the UFC announced that the bout had been signed. Figueiredo will make the second defense of his belt in back-to-back pay-per-views, when he faces Moreno in the UFC 256 main event on Dec. 12 in Las Vegas. Joining them on the card in the UFC 256 co-main event is a pivotal lightweight bout between Tony Ferguson and Charles Oliveira, which was also further confirmed on Tuesday. UFC 256 was initially planned to be a championship tripleheader; what happened? The UFC’s initial plan was for UFC 256 to feature welterweight champion Kamaru Usman defending against Gilbert Burns, women’s double-champ Amanda Nunes putting her featherweight belt on the line opposite Megan Anderson, and Yan vs. Sterling. In the midst of signing Yan vs. Sterling, the Usman vs. Burns bout fell off the card when Usman indicated that he would not be physically ready to compete on the Dec. 12 fight card. Nunes vs. Anderson was then elevated to main event status. That lasted only a few days before Nunes withdrew because of undisclosed medical issues. That left Yan vs. Sterling as the likely UFC 256 main event, but now even that fight is a bust, leading us to Figueiredo vs. Moreno as the latest, and hopefully final, headliner. TRENDING > Khabib Nurmagomedov teases meeting with Dana White; does retirement decision loom? Trending Video > Dana White freaks out over Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr. news (Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube)