Over the weekend the UFC held a retreat event for all the fighters. It was light-hearted and a good way for them to relax and mingle. For those that follow any of the fighters on social media you got to see some pretty interesting interactions. There are a couple I want to talk about in particular and you may have heard news of them already. First, the interaction between Tyron Woodley and the man coming after his belt, Demian Maia. Someone was filming while Tyron snuck up behind Maia and jumped on his back and jokingly locked in a choke. You could tell both fighters took it as a joke and I think it adds a different kind of excitement for the match because there probably won't be much trash talk between these two and maybe before the fight gets too close, more antics. On a more serious note, Tyron did say that he plans on going through his entire training camp for Maia with a weighted backpack on to adjust his stamina and endurance to the extra weight.
The other news story from the weekend is between Cyborg and Angela Magana. The part we all know is that Cyborg was cited for battery for punching Magana in the face. What led up to this was apparently months of degrading and name-calling from Magana on social media. At the retreat, I'm not sure who started it, one of the fighters made a comment to the other, they exchanged words and Cyborg boiled over. There is no official ruling or statement from the UFC regarding the incident. However, after this Magana went back to social media and said she would fight her, but the UFC wouldn't allow it because of the weight difference (115 vs. 145). So she challenged her to a jiu-jitsu match outside of the UFC and in the days following started calling out other fighters for seemingly no reason. This prompted Jessica Andrade to volunteer to fight her just to shut her up on behalf of everyone she was bothering.
Cyborg later in the week went back to campaigning for her new featherweight division. She wants the UFC to hold a featherweight tournament with the final two coaching season 26 of TUF which is also when they will be creating womens' flyweight. From their those two will fight at the Ultimate Fighter Finale. Dana isn't the kind of guy who would make a whole division for three people (Randamie, Holm and Cyborg) so there must have been people who verbally committed to this division and I think this would be the right way to make these people start owning up to their obligations.
After Dana pulled GSP from his fight against Michael Bisping, it was announced that Yoel Romero would go up against the champ in late July or August. Even sooner than that Bisping pulls out of the fight saying he has a knee injury and has to have surgery before he can fight. This caused Dana to create an interim middleweight title fight between Yoel Romero and Robert Whittaker. This match is going to be insane and give Bisping one hell of a challenge. Bisping then comes out to say that his knee has been injured for months at this point and I don't know if this is true or if he was just thinking of a defense from all of the people claiming he ducked Yoel. What I do know is, if it was this serious for this long we would have lost the Bisping vs. GSP fight anyway because he would have backed out of that. Or even worse because this has happened before, he got his ass beat, blames the knee and we have to watch a rematch that goes the exact same way and we have to suffer through it more times than necessary.
Demetrious Johnson has been in the news a lot recently starting with the Cody Garbrandt vs. T.J. Dillashaw fight. I know "What does he have to do with the title fight above him?" Don't worry I'll get there. Sometime last week Cody announced that he was leaving for Germany to get experimental treatment for his back issues he has been having. Obviously Dana chimes in and claims that it will not effect his upcoming fight against T.J. in just over a month. SPOILER ALERT: it did effect the fight and it is entirely scrapped for the time being. Dillashaw says he doesn't want to wait and he asks Demetrious for a title fight if he goes down to 125 and he says he will make 125 and fight whenever the UFC comes to D.J.'s hometown. Johnson says he would love to fight T.J. at some point, but it's no gain for him at the time because there are others in his division more qualified and Dillashaw has no career flyweight fights. He says if T.J. gets top-ranked wins at flyweight or gets the bantamweight belt then he would do it. Earlier this week, D.J. says that he was sent a contract for Dillashaw by the UFC, but he didn't sign it and he is waiting for them to send him one for Borg because that's who he believes is next and he thought they verbally agreed to him being next. He later says that he was sent a second T.J. contract and still no word about a Ray Borg contract. Dillashaw also told ESPN that he has a nutrionist that is already helping him get to 125 and if Johnson really wanted to get paid and make that record-breaking defense mean something he would pick Dillashaw instead of Borg. At the rate this is going we may not see Mighty Mouse fight for a while because, by his claims, they are trying to force a title fight for someone who doesn't deserve it and Demetrious won't let that happen.
Joanna Jedrzejczyk appeared on UFC Unfiltered yesterday and she made it clear that she wants to fight Rose Namajunas next. I couldn't find what she was referring to, but Joanna was implying Rose was talking trash when she said she would, "shut her mouth for her."
The NYSAC changed their weigh-in rules on April 13th and it is just now making headlines. They won't say if it has to do with Dan Cormier cheating just a few days before the change on April 7th. The official wording is as follows: When on the scale, the combatant shall stand still with his or her feet flat upon the scale and shall not make physical contact with any person or object other than the scale. No other person shall touch the scale when a combatant is in the act of weighing in. While on the scale, the combatant shall follow any direction issued by the Commission.
The Comission noted that due to their previous wording, if he did what everybody accused him of, it wouldn't have been against the rules anyway and they wanted to make that change so it could not be attempted by anyone in the future.
This week with Conor: Nobody is in the news as much as he is and even when he is taking time off people can't stop talking about him. During a conference call that is supposed to be about UFC 212, someone decided to ask Jose Aldo about a Conor rematch. Aldo responded by saying that both he and the UFC tried for an immediate rematch, but Conor kept declining. He also said he has no interest in it anymore because he knows Conor won't come back since he believes Conor took the title and ran. Showtime is claiming that they are eyeing an early fall date for the McGregor vs. Mayweather match. Oscar De La Hoya took to social media to say that this matchup is bad for the sport of boxing. He says its a joke to promote one of the best boxers against someone who has never boxed competitively pro or amateur. He added that he is not trying to discredit Conor as an elite MMA fighter, but just because he is good at one sport doesn't mean he will be good at another.