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.