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.