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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