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.