Week of 6/23
Big news came through at the start of the week with the UFC declaring that Germaine de Randamie had been stripped of the featherweight title due to her unwillingness to fight the #1 competitor, Cris "Cyborg" Justino. It was then stated that Cyborg will fight Megan Anderson for the vacant title at UFC 214 which is something they have been campaigning for a while. This is also the announcement of Megan's signing to the UFC coming from Invicta as their featherweight champ. Later in the day Randamie claimed that she had never been told and found out through social media and is now looking into leaving the organization. There is no response from the UFC as of now.
Nate Diaz is being sued by his old management team. They claim that he fired them "unexpectedly" prior to his UFC 202 fight and as a result never paid them their percentage that they feel they are owed for how much they helped him leading up to the fight.
This week with Conor: Recently a video was put out by McGregor's camp that shows him sparring with a boxer by the name of Chris van Heerden and it looked as if Conor was doing really well. Well, Van Heerden recently spoke up and told his side of the story. Chris van Heerden tells that he was asked to come to their camp for two sparring sessions right around the time Conor was training for the Diaz rematch. He agreed to come out and says when he first got there he made it clear that he didn't want any footage or press because he wasn't getting paid and he was just there to help someone out. Chris goes on to say that on the second session they had asked him to record them sparring and he reiterated that he was against it. Soon after the second session, Van Heerden was alerted to the fact that footage had been put out and was giving a very different view of what had happened. First he contacted the gym who told him that Conor wanted it so they did it anyway without Van Heerden's permission which caused him to respond by putting out the unedited video which is about three minutes long and shows that Conor was getting beat up. He would land a shot here and there, but he was out struck, man handled and showed poor head movement.
Week of 6/30
It was announced on Monday that UFC 215 will be moved from late August to September 9th and it will be the UFC's first trip to Edmonton. Current fights are Gavin Tucker vs. Rick Glenn at feather weight and two ranked light heavyweights, Ilir Latifi vs Tyson Pedro.
For the first time in his career Donald Cerrone had to pull out of a fight and it was due to injury. He was supposed to fight at 213 and rumors are going around that they are just going to push his matcfh back to 214 as he claims he will be ready by then. There are also talks of other people coming in to fight Robbie Lawler at 213 so the UFC doesn't have to lose him as a main card spot.
Megan Anderson is also out with injury so she was pulled from the fight against Cyborg at 214. Her replacement is Tonya Evinger who has a record of 19-5.
This will be the co-main on a card with 3 title fights. The main event is Jones vs Cormier 2 and the fight just before the co-main will be Tyron Woodley and Demian Maia. Upon making this fight official Dana said that GSP is going to fight the winner of this fight which is interesting because that means with the extra time off he is going to get back to his original weight instead of going up and screwing around with Bisping.
On Wednesday, the UFC announced that Francis Ngannou will face off against Junior Dos Santos at UFC 215. Ngannou has been skyrocketing to the top of the heavyweights with all five of his UFC wins ending in finish and he is determined to make Junior next on that list.
In a new development, we learned that the USADA has made contact with Nick Diaz about a potential violation stemming from three whereabouts failures within a twelve month period. Every fighter on the roster has to notify both the UFC and USADA any time they go most places so they know where to be found and can be reached in the event of a random drug test. Nick has been suspended indefinitely until a resolution comes to this case and a proper and appropriate punishment can be enforced.
Finally the most disturbing news I have seen in a while. The UFC and WME-IMG are allegedly looking to sell the entire flyweight division. If this is even close to real it has to have something to do with Dana trying to force Demetrious to fight T.J. As a reminder Dana told Johnson that he had to fight T.J. after Cody had to back out or he would shut down the whole division. D.J. responded by telling to him to just shut it down then. In my opinion this is just another reason that Dana White needs to go. All he is does is care about people who have the largest mouth and favors fights that don't make sense, but draw a crowd as opposed to what's good for divisions or fighters that deserve it. I can't blame him for being a businessman and wanting the company to bring in money, but way too many complaints have been coming from true fight fans and fighters alike as well as fighters actually leaving for his crooked approach to matchmaking and forcing what he wants on the matchmaker.