UFC news: Dana White on Cris Cyborg, Colby Covington receives next title shot, Tyron Woodley releases music video

7 Aug

talkSPORT.com brings you a round up of all the biggest news and gossip from the world of UFC

Colby Covington receives next title shot

Dana White confirmed on Tuesday night that Colby Covington’s victory over former champion Robbie Lawler sealed a fight against Kamaru Usman later this year.

“That’s why I put Covington on ESPN against a guy like Lawler,” White said when asked if the fighter was assured the next shot at the welterweight title.

“You can say whatever you want about Covington, you don’t like him, you don’t this, that, or whatever — he put on a clinic against Lawler, who is a beast. Lawler’s been in all the big fights, former world champion, hits like a truck and Colby completely shut him down.

Covington’s next bout has been decided
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“His cardio was impressive and the way that he beat Lawler was even more impressive.”

Covington previously held the UFC interim welterweight title just over a year ago, but was stripped of the belt when he was unable to face then champion Tyron Woodley.

Tyron Woodley releases new video

Tyron Woodley has released another music video to continue his exploits in the industry.

The former UFC welterweight champion released his debut album, Chaos Theory, earlier this year.

On Monday, Woodley dropped the music video for “Money and The Love” – which comes after “Beat Yo Ass” featuring Wiz Khalifa.

Dana White opens door for Cyborg-Nunes 2

White has opened the door for another Cyborg-Nunes bout
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The UFC president previously stated he was ‘no longer in the Cyborg business’ and she was free and clear to sign wherever she wanted.

However, White last night addressed the topic with reporters, saying: “It had to kill her to apologise to me. She did because what she did is one of the dirtiest things you can do. Fans and media need to get it though their heads she did not want to fight Amanda Nunes.

“She just needs to call me tomorrow.”

UFC news: McGregor comeback date revealed, Lemos speaks out on failed drugs test, Woodley calls out Covington on Twitter

27 Jul

talkSPORT.com brings you a round up of all the biggest news and gossip from the world of UFC

McGregor to return early next year

McGregor earned a staggering amount of money last year, despite only fighting once
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Conor McGregor could make a return to the UFC in early 2020, according to Dana White.

Speaking on the Rich Eisen show, the UFC chief said said: “I think McGregor is gonna come back at the beginning of next year.

“So, realistically, all these guys are looking at September to see what happens with Khabib and (Dustin) Poirier.

“After that fight plays out, I think there’s gonna be a lot of movement going on.”

Woodley hits back after Convington joke on Twitter

Woodley was fuming with the Convington’s tweet
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Tyron Woodley was not impressed after Colby Covington poked fun at him on social media.

‘Chaos’ took to Twitter to share a picture of Woodley and Jorge Masvidal in ice baths, tagging Ben Askren and writing, ‘I think we need new best friends’.

Masvidal famously knocked out Woodley’s longtime friend and training partner Askren at UFC 239.

This was Woodley’s response:

Lemos releases statement after failed drugs test

Undefeated heavyweight Giacomo Lemos has spoken for the first time since a failed drugs test saw him removed from UFC 240.

A statement read: “I still don’t really know what happened, but we suspect that an anti-inflammatory injection I took on my last fight in Seoul [on April 8], before I had a contract with the UFC, was contaminated with this substance, a substance that stays longer in your body.

“I got confirmation that I was going to fight in the UFC on six weeks’ notice. My test was done on July 9, and unfortunately the result came back two days before my debut. We’re also investigating all supplements I took since then and we’ll get them analyzed as well to check for a possible contamination, besides asking for the B sample to be tested because the amount was so low it would mean no benefit in this fight.

“I want to make clear that I’m completely against any form of doping. I’ve was always been a clean athlete and competed in many different sports, being drug tested before, and never tested positive for anything.

“My goal is to continue in the UFC proving my innocence in this case because I know I have what it takes to fight for the belt one day.”

Darren Till’s stunning win against Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone ahead of UFC welterweight title fight against Tyron Woodley

4 Sep

Ahead of Darren Till’s welterweight title fight against Tyron Woodley, talkSPORT.com looks at his stunning victory against the legendary Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone in 2017.

The 25-year-old Scouser never looked in trouble against one of the most respected fighters in the UFC.

He didn’t know how to combat Till’s punching and the fight in Poland was eventually stopped in the first round.

Till, from Liverpool, has the chance to become UFC welterweight champion

His opponent, the 36-year-old Woodley, won the belt Till will be trying to claim at UFC 228 on 8 September when he stopped Robbie Lawler in 2016.

Since then he has seen off Stephen Thompson and Demian Maia to retain his crown.

However, this is a ‘super fight’ according to the champion.

“My focus right now is fighting Darren Till, going out there and putting on a great performance,” he said. “A fighter that’s worthy of my attention, bringing true skills to the table. I think that should be my focus. We’ll talk about any other type of fights after this fight is over with.”

Till is undefeated in 18 mixed martial arts fights. “Getting this belt won’t make me content,” he said. “Winning the middleweight belt after this one won’t make me content. The only time you will see me content is when everyone is calling me the greatest fighter of all time.”

 

UFC 228: Watch Tyron Woodley vs Robbie Lawler again ahead of welterweight title defence against Darren Till

28 Aug

Ahead of his welterweight fight against Darren Till in September, the UFC has posted the moment Tyron Woodley became the division’s king.

That happened in Atlanta, Georgia when the 36-year-old floored Robbie Lawler at UFC 201 in 2016.

Since then he has seen off Stephen Thompson and Demian Maia to retain the belt, with the Till fight taking place at UFC 228 on 8 September in Texas.

Woodley has been the UFC welterweight champion since beating Robbie Lawler in Georgia in 2016

Till, from Liverpool, is undefeated in 18 mixed martial arts fights. “Getting this belt won’t make me content,” he said. “Winning the middleweight belt after this one won’t make me content. The only time you will see me content is when everyone is calling me the greatest fighter of all time.”