Holloway was told he was unfit to make weight with an hour left. They told Anthony Pettis who was supposed to fight Michael Chiesa before Chiesa got hurt by Conor that he had an hour to make title weight and the main event was his. He missed weight by .2 lbs and has two hours now thanks to NYSAC rules to cut the 2 tenths of a lb.
Conor McGregor and his hoodlums went on a rampage and stormed the Barclays center. Once in they started smashing stuff and throwing stuff around. He went after Khabib's bus and threw a dolly through the window of the bus breaking the glass which caught Michael Chiesa and gave him a few lacerations which cost us Chiesa vs Pettis. The glass also got Ray Borg in the eye and cost us Borg vs. Moreno at UFC 223 on saturday as well. Conor has been arrested and is in jail. He will be in court this morning as he is being charged with 3 counts of assult and 1 count of criminal mischief. I personally hope he is released from the UFC for being nothing more than a terrorist, thug, and bully.
Khabib and Tferg were supposed to square off Saturday for the lightweight belt but Tferg tore his LCL in a freak accident. Ortega and Holloway were both offered the fight against Khabib and they both accepted. Holloway was the UFC's choice and is set to replace Tferg for a lightweight opportunity.
In other news Matt Brown tore his ACL and is out of the bout with Carlos Condit and Alex Oliveira is stepping in to keep the card alive.
Cerrone and Leon Edwards have finalized a contract to headline UFC Singapore in what should be a great welterweight bout.
And finally TJ Dillashaw has been scheduled a fight against Cody Garbrandt at UFC 227 in August in a rematch for the bantamweight championship.
Dana early this week said if Conor can't come back before September he will need to be stripped of his belt and will get a title shot when he returns. Then a day or two later we had the announcement of Tony Ferguson vs. Khabib. Hasn't been confirmed if it is for the interim belt yet or the main title but the fight enough is exciting for now no matter which belt. That fight is going to happen on April 7th in Brooklyn at UFC 223.
Another big fight has been announced as Josh Emmett has been scheduled a fight with Jeremy Stephens who just won a massive fight less than 6 days ago over the Korean Wonder boy Do Hoo Choi. That fight will happen in just over a month on February 24th at UFC Orlando.
One more major fight was announced as well this week and that fight was Justin Gaethje vs. Dustin Poirier. They haven't set a card yet but expected to be early spring and is definitely a fight to keep an eye on in this lightweight division.
Ricardo Lamas has a new opponent after Jose Aldo left to fill in for an injured Frankie Edgar. Lamas will be fighting the 12-1 Josh Emmett on December 16th.
Following his loss last weekend Bobby Nash has decided to take a break from fighting. This was his third straight loss by KO and he wants to take time to evaluate his health.
Its official that Dan Cormier will be defending his Light Heavyweight title against Volkan Oezdemir at UFC 220. This will take place January 20th, in Boston.
Derek Brunson will face off against Jacare Souza at UFC on FOX 27. Souza will be looking to come back from his loss while Brunson is coming off his KO finish of Machida.
Gokhan Saki was forced off of the UFC 219 card due to injury. He was supposed to face Khalil Rountree and Michal Oleksiejczuk will take his place on the card.
Derrick Lewis is set to meet Marcin Tybura at UFC Fight Night 126. The UFC hasn't made an official announcement yet, but both fighters have said it's a done deal. Both fighters are coming off of losses, but I'm worried about Lewis because his health hasn't been great in his last couple matches. Hopefully he has gotten better in the time since his last fight.
Dana White has said in a statement that Mark Hunt "was never cleared to fight." During the statement he makes no mention of the fact that Mark Hunt has evidence to support that he has already been cleared leading up to this fight. What he did say however was that after hearing about what Mark Hunt said about his troubles with memory loss and slurring his words, White tried to push him to getting some extra tests done. Dana continues to say that when Hunt refused taking the extra tests, is when he pulled Hunt from the fight.
NYSAC has changed their policy regarding weigh-ins in the aftermath of the controversial Cormier weigh-in. Now the rules state that nobody, including the fighter, is allowed to touch the towel except for the two official commission staff. They also approved an instant replay system after dealing with the controversy surrounding the illegal, then not illegal knees of Gegard Mousasi against Chris Weidman.
"Under NYSAC policy now, the in-ring referee is permitted to view the sequence that ended a fight to determine the correct outcome. Such a review only can occur in the time between the fight being stopped and the final decision being announced. The in-ring referee may consult with the alternate referee, but authorization to make the final call rests solely with the in-ring referee.
No fight can resume after the instant replay review."
Leading up to his fight this weekend, another fighter from Team Alpha Male is throwing accusations at TJ Dillashaw. On TUF Talk earlier this week, Chris Holdsworth made claims that Dillashaw ended his career with intentionally illegal knees to the top of the head in practice and he implied that Dillashaw has been a long-time user of PED's. I would usually want to give accusations like these more weight, but considering it is this close to his fight against Alpha Male Champ, Cody Garbrandt and everyone has had bad blood with Dillashaw since he left Alpha Male, I am inclined to not believe these statements.
Tyron Woodley has said that when he comes back for his time off, instead of looking at the ever-growing list of welterweights ready for a shot, he is going to push hard for the winner of Bisping vs. GSP. He claims from there, if he wins, he will stay up at middleweight. Two problems with this are 1. He isn't in Dana's good graces since his last fight was "boring" and unfortunately whether or not Dana likes you can make or break your career. 2. It's already been stated and supposedly in the contract of each fighter, that whoever wins this weekend will go on to face Whittaker at UFC 221. Now if Woodley can get in someone's ear that he can be entertaining against the winner of 221, then he may have a chance at this plan.
Al Iaquinta has suffered an injury and is out of his fight against Paul Felder at UFC 218. Charles Oliveira will be stepping in to face Felder.
This Week with Conor: Things finally seem to be going the way we want them to in the way of McGregor finally defending his title. Dana has said previously that Tony Ferguson is next for Conor after his win over Lee for the Interim title, but we know not to put any weight to what comes out of his mouth. Earlier in the week, the management group that manages both Conor and Tony have said that they feel Ferguson deserves the shot and are trying to persuade McGregor into taking that fight next. On top of this, Conor has said himself that of all the options he sees open, he wants to unify the belts next to shut up all the haters that say he doesn't deserve to be champion. He also claims that contracts have been drafted, but no details have been worked out yet.
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The 11-1 Kamaru Usman is facing off against another unranked opponent in Emil Weber Meek. They will meet at UFC 219 on December 30th. Usman has been undefeated in the UFC while Meek hasn't fought in over a year since making his debut last December. With still no main event announced for the last ppv of the year, Marc Diakiese got added to the card against Dan Hooker.
After losing his fourth out of his last six fights, Artem Lobov claims he plans to discuss his future with the UFC. Initially it seemed as if he planned on retiring, but then he said that he might look into getting released so he can take a few professional boxing matches.
Bethe Correia was forced out of a fight after having to deal with an emergency surgery. She was planned to go against Irene Aldana in January.
Cody Garbrandt said that once he beats Dillashaw, he wants to move down to 125 to face Demetrious Johnson. Garbrandt believes that nobody else in the bantamweight division is worthy of a fight against him so he thinks the Greatest of All Time the only logical next step.
Now I normally don't post things of this nature, but I found it interesting to talk about. This hasn't been talked about practically at all except coming from Michael Bisping. Bisping discussed today, in his most recent "attack" on GSP that he believes St. Pierre will duck Robert Whittaker if GSP beats Bisping. Whittaker is the Interim champ and everybody has said that it is in GSP's contract that if he wins the belt in November that he has to defend it in 185. Bisping says he thinks that St. Pierre will use the leverage of his popularity to threaten retirement for a rework of his contract after winning the middleweight belt. Bisping claims that he will look for Woodley next at GSP's native 170 and take that belt. He goes on to say that from there, he will again use his retirement as leverage to get a catch-weight bout against McGregor. Bisping says he believes GSP's plan is to sweep all three then retire again. Now I chose to talk about this because even though all of this has only ever come from Bisping (and this is the same guy who said he knows his PED accusations against St. Pierre are bullshit and he just wants to get under GSP's skin) it's still a very entertaining idea to think about. First of all, I think that if this becomes even partially true I want the involved parties to be honest about it and take the titles out of the picture except for the note of achievement. What I mean by that is, if this does somehow happen, and Georges St. Pierre does actually beat all three, I believe it should be noted that he was a three-division champ with an asterisk or some other title of achievement to be able to go 3-0 against UFC Champs in a row. From there each champ defeated should keep their belt and move on to face their next actual title defense, of course assuming this becomes GSP's path. I have also noted that I'm not usually fond of these types of situations, but really I just get upset about the way a lot of them have been handled. Most of the time, Dana says "X person will fight Y person next" while X person tells everyone that will listen "Nuh uh I'm gunna fight Z person next" and after months of contrasting stories Dana goes "OK X person is going to fight Z person and here is a handful of expletives for anybody that thinks X person vs. Y person is a good idea." If everyone is honest about the situation from the start and it is someone like GSP who has already demonstrated that he could go against the top fighters and it doesn't hold up divisions too long like someone else who hasn't defended a title in two years then I'm all aboard for "money" fights and I believe if this becomes even partially true I'd like to watch it play out.
In a semi-satisfying piece of news, Kevin Lee says that he plans to move up to welterweight after his fight last week. He spoke about how terrible this weight cut went and noted that this wasn't the only one to be rough on him. He wants to move up to be healthier and not have the cut be as big of an impact on his performance.
In a way, Ian McCall just retired this week. He asked for his free-agency and the UFC agreed. He hasn't fought since 2015 and has pulled out of ten fights in his career due to various injuries. I say he retired because he is claiming he is now only accepting fights that make him more than $100k per fight. Those numbers are relatively high for the new UFC payscale and may detract other companies from wanting to sign him.
Johny Hendricks has made big life changes heading to this next fight and the future. He has moved out to train with Greg Jackson full-time and has been working with a UFC nutritionist to maintain a healthy weight cut. He said the guys at Jackson helped bring out his fire and he says he feels like the fighter he was years ago.
UFC Fresno just got a new fight seeing Bryan Caraway finally back against Luke Sanders. Sanders is coming off the first loss of his career.
Gokhan Saki got added to UFC 219 which is the last card of the year. He will be facing off against Khalil Rountree. This should be a fun match between two power strikers.
Dana White said that they are organizing a title fight between Cyborg and Holly Holm, but did not provide any details. Cyborg made claims that she wants it to be at UFC 219, but they are trying to pay her less than her last fight.
Both Stephen Thompson and Rafael dos Anjos have called out fighting Robbie Lawler for an Interim title fight. This comes on the heels of Tyron Woodley saying he is taking time off to nurse a shoulder injury. Thompson has a fight coming up against Jorge Masvidal and admits he needs a win there to be considered for an Interim title fight. A couple days after I added this, RDA got confirmed against Lawler for UFC on Fox 26, but not for an Interim title.
This week with Conor: I haven't added this for a few weeks because McGregor has been uncharacteristically quiet. It's back on this week even though he has still been quiet, for that exact reason. After winning the interim belt, Dana White said that Tony Ferguson is the only guy next for McGregor. Now Dana has proven very unreliable in what comes out of his mouth, while he is pretending to give people what they ask for, McGregor is off jawing at the next fight that makes no sense, then he eventually gets what he wants instead of what Dana said they are doing. So it makes for a very interesting moment that Dana is apparently steadfast as declaring Ferguson as Conor's next fight and absolutely nothing saying otherwise.
Rafael Natal announced his retirement at the beginning of the week. After 15 years he decided that he is going to become a coach for the other members of his gym.
Anthony Johnson's manager is claiming that Rumble is looking to come back to the UFC and as a heavyweight. No other comments have come out and there are currently no official confirmations, but it would be fun to see Rumble back in the octagon.
Nothing is official yet, but after starting a poll for his fans on social media, Dan Cormier announced that by popular demand he will fight Oezdemir next. There is not date set, but both parties agree to the fight and hope it can come soon.
Demetrious Johnson has said that if he can keep his title against Ray Borg, he will be looking to UFC 218 for his next competitor. At 218, Henry Cejudo and Sergio Pettis will fight for what Johnson believes is the number 1 contender spot.
The first two fights have been added to the UFC 218 card and we get to see Holloway defend the featherweight belt against Frankie Edgar. Unless another title fight comes along, what is most likely the co-main is Alistair Overeem vs Francis Ngannou. Ngannou called out Overeem to fill the spot when Junior Dos Santos had to back out of their fight at UFC 215. For whatever reason the fight wasn't able to be made at that time so they will be meeting up at 218.
Soon after, the UFC offered up another a couple more fights for 218. Alex Oliveira will slug it out against Yancy Medeiros. Oliveira is undefeated in his last five fights and Medeiros is 2-0 since his move to welterweight. Justn Gaethje will take one his rival coach in this season of The Ultimate Fighter, Eddie Alvarez.
Cub Swanson vs Brian Ortega has been made official for the Fight Night Fresno main event in December. Undefeated Ortega will be looking to break into the top 5 against #4 Swanson.
Carlos Condit is finally coming back from the dead to try and get back in the win column against Neil Magny at UFC 219. Condit's last fight was in Aug. 2016 and his last win was in May 2015. Many people will be cheering for this fan favorite and with this being his return fans will be more excited than ever.
With Shogun forced to withdraw from his upcoming matchup, Yushin Okami has stepped in to face Ovince St Preux this weekend at Fight Night Japan.
The UFC has been notified of a violation of the USADA doping policy by Carlos Felipe. The sample was an out of competition sample taken back in the end of July. Since it's an out of competition sample, the USADA will handle the results and issue the punishment. He has been pulled from his upcoming fight in October and they are looking for a replacement.
The USADA has issued a one year sanction for Nick Roehrick's violation.The period of ineligibility began on August 17.
Matt Brown has announced that it will be his last fight when he faces Diego Sanchez on November 11.
In December, the UFC will be making its debut in Fresno, California. The event will be a Fox Sports 1 Fight Night.