Former UFC middleweight champ Chris Weidman wants Jon Jones – ‘I don’t think he’s looked that good’

27 Sep

Chris Wiedman is a former UFC middleweight champion who defeated Anderson Silva in his prime – twice.

There’s no doubt that Silva goes down as one of the all-time greats in MMA, but many would argue Jon Jones is the very best ever.

Chris Wiedman is a former world champion
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After losing four of his last five outings in the octagon, Wiedman is making the step up to light-heavyweight and he is targeting a date with Bones where he could shock the world for the second time.

Before he does that, he’s got to face the unbeaten Dominick Reyes on October 18.

Still, he’s made it no secret that his goal is to face Jones and he doesn’t think the UFC light heavyweight champion is the force he once was.

“Being the guy that shocks the world, not once but twice, against what people think are the greatest of all time, and against someone that most people think can’t even be beaten,” Weidman told Submission Radio. “That’s where Anderson Silva was when I fought him and this is where Jon Jones is right now, and so that motivates the hell out of me. That’s the legacy I want.”

Jones going at it with longtime rival Daniel Cormier
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“I don’t think he’s looked that good, I don’t think he’s looked as dangerous. He’s not finishing, and I see there’s a lot of… he’s great, but I see there’s definitely holes in there,” Weidman continued. “I always believed there’s a blueprint to beat him. 

“You see it a little bit more, but I always knew he’s beatable, and I think if it was a guy like me with power in the hands and also the wrestling that’s better and Jiu Jitsu. So, I think that’s really I take it to him. But no one’s been able to do that yet. He’s done a great job, he adjusts really well in there. So, that’s the goal, is to get in there with him.”

Reyes, however, is just one of a crop of guys at 205lbs that are making a lot of noise and are on the rise. Guys like Johnny Walker and Aleksander Rakic as well as Reyes will have a lot to say about Wiedman getting a shot at Jones.

Conor McGregor down to 12th in new UFC pound-for-pound rankings as he hasn’t won a fight in nearly three years

25 Sep

The UFC is a place with hundreds of fighters signed and only 15 places ranked in each of their 12 division across both men and women.

However, the pound-for-pound list is a sacred list and one of the most debated in all of MMA.

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The rankings system has been called into question several times. An argument could be made that UFC President Dana White will put money match-ups before rankings, but this is a business, too.

For instance, Leon Edwards has won eight fights in a row in the welterweight division – including a win over a former champion at lightweight in Rafael Dos Anjos – and he still can’t get a title shot.

The latest UFC rankings have seen Valentina Shevchenko move above Conor McGregor – and rightly so. The Irishman hasn’t fought since losing to UFC lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov in October 2018.

Take it a step further: McGregor hasn’t won a UFC bout in nearly three years! He last beat Eddie Alvarez in 2016 to become the first ever dual-weight champion in UFC history with the lightweight and featherweight straps.

 

And yet, he sits in the pound-for-pound list, which has to be considered subjective. Here’s the full list:

1. Jon Jones – UFC light-heavyweight champion

2. Khabib Nurmagomedov – UFC lightweight champion

3. Henry Cejudo – UFC bantamweight and flyweight champion

4. Stipe Miocic – UFC heavyweight champion

5. Amanda Nunes – UFC Women’s bantamweight and featherweight champion

6. Daniel Cormier

7. Max Holloway – UFC featherweight champion

8. Kamaru Usman – UFC welterweight champion

9. Robert Whittaker +1 – UFC middleweight champion

10. Tony Ferguson -1

11. Valentina Shevchenko +1 – UFC Women’s flyweight champion

12. Conor McGregor -1

13. Dustin Poirier

14. Israel Adesanya

15. Tyron Woodley

For the majority of MMA fans, it cannot be disputed whom the top two are. Jon Jones is arguably the greatest MMA fighter of all-time and Khabib is entering that conversation himself.

But which order?

UFC news: Daniel Cormier has decided to finish Stipe Miocic trilogy for his MMA retirement fight – not Jon Jones

24 Sep

Daniel Cormier always said he would retire at the end of 2019 when he was 40 years old.

That means DC has time for one more fight, but who is it going to be? Will it be the Jon Jones trilogy or the Stipe Miocic trilogy?

Daniel Cormier retains light-heavyweight belt by rear naked choke - exactly how he predicted it would go
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According to the man himself, he’s aiming for the latter.

“They [UFC] just told me they’re gonna go talk to Stipe,” Cormier told ESPN. “That’s it. I’m just worried about what I can control.

“I’m not in a place right now where I’m chasing, I’m waiting, I’m begging,” Cormier said.

“I’m not gonna do any of that stuff. I don’t need to. … I hope he fights me, run it back like I ran it back for him. I didn’t necessarily have to. I could have took that win last July and said that was beautiful and fought somebody else.”

Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier have been long-term rivals in the UFC
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Cormier has a split series with both men, although his win over Jones was originally a loss before being overturned after Bones was found to have drugs in his system.

Jones reigns at 205 pounds, but Cormier wants to regain the heavyweight title and he feels he didn’t put on his best performance in his UFC 241 loss to Miocic.

“I’m really not trying to take anything away from Miocic and his corner,” Cormier said. “I just lost. But I felt I could have done a lot of things better.

Stipe Miocic punished Daniel Cormier in their second meeting
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“We run it back. A true heavyweight rivalry will carry a sport, and I think right now we have that with Stipe and I.

“I intend to go back and get the job done and fight the way I train to fight.”

Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Georges St-Pierre fight ‘can happen’, says UFC president Dana White

21 Sep

Dana White wants to make the Tony Ferguson vs Khabib Nurmagomedov fight.

However, the UFC president said a mega fight between the Russian and the legendary Georges St-Pierre is not off the table either.

Khabib is undoubtedly the best lightweight on the planet at this moment in time
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Nurmagomedov is a perfect 28-0 and the lightweight champion of the world, with Ferguson perhaps being the only top name he is yet to conquer.

It’s the fight that makes sense to White and UFC fans alike, but the boss also acknowledges the difficulties of making it happen previously.

Speaking to TMZ Sports, he said: “Tony Ferguson is the fight that needs to happen.

“We’ve tried to do it four other times, so hopefully we can get it done this time. But that’s the fight that makes sense.”

St-Pierre retired from MMA earlier this year in part due to the UFC’s reluctance to give him a super fight with Nurmagomedov.

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That is known to be the preferred option in the Russian’s camp, even before Ferguson.

Although White clearly wants Ferguson in that spot, he is now open to making the GSP fight, too.

“That can happen, too,” he added. “We’ll see what happens with Tony. Tony’s had opportunities before that he didn’t take, so if he doesn’t, then I would be interested in talking about GSP.”

MMA news: Dana White teases Conor McGregor UFC return, Nate Diaz hits back at BMF belt critics

20 Sep

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Dana White is hopeful Conor McGregor will return to UFC soon
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Dana White teases Conor McGregor UFC return

UFC president White has revealed McGregor could make his mixed martial arts return at UFC 245 in December.

McGregor has not been seen inside the octagon since losing to Khabib Nurmagomedov almost a year ago.

Conor McGregor has been missed in UFC
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White said: “I’m sure you saw his tweet. Conor wants to fight on December 14 in Dublin, but we have [UFC 245] in Vegas.

“So if he doesn’t fight on that card, he will fight early next year.”

Nate Diaz hits back at BMF belt critics

Diaz and Jorge Masvidal are set to do battle in the main event of UFC 244 on November 2.

The pair will fight it out at Madison Square Garden for the BMF title, a one-off belt which has been introduced by White.

And Diaz has hit back at people who have criticised the new belt.

He told TMZ: “If there’s any hate or negativity towards it and if there’s anybody who’s hating on it, like some of these journalists in here, it’s because none of you guys are no fighters, you’re b******, so shut the f*** up.

“Tell me I ain’t the best motherf***** in the game and watch me and watch me fight the whole game.”

Jorge Masvidal rules out fight with Conor McGregor

Before the announcement of his fight with Diaz, Masvidal had called out McGregor for a match.

However, Gamebred appears to have moved on after White said he was too big for the Irsishman.

Jorge Masvidal is no longer interested in a match with Conor McGregor
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When asked about a potential fight with McGregor, Masvidal said: “You can’t ask me that.

“The man right here [White] said I’m too much man for that dude, so don’t bring that dude up no more in my interviews.

“He [White] already said it himself, so that fight is not available.”

Khabib Nurmagomedov next fight: When will UFC superstar return? Will he face Conor McGregor?

20 Sep

Khabib Nurmagomedov is in negotiations over his next UFC fight and he hopes it will be held in his home country of Russia.

‘The Eagle’ returned to the Octagon earlier this month after nearly a year out following his controversial win over Conor McGregor.

Khabib Nurmagomedov beat Dustin Poirier at UFC 242
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He headlined UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi and successfully defended his lightweight title by submitted Dustin Poirier in the third round.

The 30-year-old is now looking to book his next bout and he has discussed his options.

Khabib Nurmagomedov next fight: When will UFC star return?

Nurmagomedov says he is ’80 per cent sure’ his next fight will take place in his native Russia.

“Negotiations are continuing with the UFC. I really want to fight in Russia,” he told Russia’s Channel 1.

“In St. Petersburg there’s a closed arena [Gazprom Arena].

“In Moscow, Luzhniki Stadium is open… I was there at the [football] World Cup final when it rained, if that kind of rain happened it would ruin an [MMA] event.

“In St. Petersburg the stadium seats 75,000 people, I could fight there. In a small arena it wouldn’t work.

“I really want to fight here, talks are continuing, I’m about 80 percent sure my next fight will be in Russia.”

Nurmagomedov added: “I don’t want to put pressure on [Dana White]. I can only give him advice.

“He sees the ratings himself, on Channel 1 [in Russia], from UFC 242, not only in Russia but around the world. I want to fight in front of the fans here.”

UFC fans are still awaiting a rematch between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor
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While rumours have swirled that Nurmagomedov could face Tony Ferguson or a rematch with McGregor next, the Russian’s manager Ali Abdelaziz has suggested otherwise.

Abdelaziz told TMZ: “As far as I know, ‘GSP’ is next. That is what I want.

“Tony doesn’t get what he wants. We get what Khabib wants, and if Khabib calls me and says he wants Georges St-Pierre, Georges St-Pierre will be next.”

Conor McGregor could have his next fight at UFC 245 in December, Dana White says when discussing his return

20 Sep

Conor McGregor has been making the kind of noise lately that suggests he is on the cusp of a return to the octagon.

After nearly a year since his loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov and subsequent six-month suspension, it seems the Irishman is finally serious about fighting again.

Conor McGregor has not fought since losing to Khabib Nurmagomedov last October
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He was in talks to face surging lightweight Justin Gaethje before he suffered a broken hand in training and now Dustin Poirier seems to be at the head of the queue.

Earlier this week, Notorious hinted he would be ready to fight in December.

UFC president Dana White, though, said it wouldn’t be in Ireland. “I’m sure you saw his tweet. Conor wants to fight on December 14 in Dublin, but we have [UFC 245] in Vegas.

“So if he doesn’t fight on that card, he will fight early next year.”

The only fight we are expecting for UFC 245 on 14 Decembre at the moment is Amanda Nunes defending her women’s bantamweight title against Germaine de Randamie.

One fight we won’t see is McGregor versus Jorge Masvidal with the latter claiming White has told him he’s ‘too much man’ for McGregor.

Dana White confrims ‘Baddest Mother F****r’ belt will be made for Jorge Masvidal vs Nate Diaz at UFC 244

20 Sep

UFC fans have reason to be excited for Nate Diaz and Jorge Masivdal clashing at UFC 244 in New York.

That’s a guaranteed war waiting to happen and although no official title is on the line, both men have said this is for the ‘Baddest Mother F****r in the Game’ title.

Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal are going to lock horns at UFC 244

It’s a cool nod to how each man has been a warrior in the octagon and taken any fight, but it’s more than that.

According to Dana White, UFC are making a one-off belt – just for this event – for the winner in Madison Square Garden.

“I said to my guys, ‘Listen, tell me if I’m crazy, but what if we think about actually having a ‘baddest mother f****r in the game belt,’” he explained at a Diaz and Masvidal press conference.

“My guys loved it, and we started talking about it, and we went into the design team at the UFC. We started to design it,” adding it will be ready.

“I will physically have that belt when I come back to New York,” White said.



The fight is sure to have major implications on the welterweight division with Masvidal insisting that if he wins, he expects to challenge either Kamara Usman or Colby Covington for the title.

Diaz has always got a trilogy fight with Conor McGregor waiting, but Masvidal claims the UFC president says he won’t be getting his hands on the Irishman.

The BMF belt is going to be an interesting design and you can guarantee that would sell for a hell of a lot of money at auction.

Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz at their press conference
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At the press conference in New York yesterday, there was nothing but respect between the two men and most fans are finding that a refreshing take.

Masvidal is coming off the fastest knockout in UFC history he secured against Ben Askren and before that he knocked former challenger Darren Till out cold.

Diaz made a long-awaiting return to the octagon against Anthony Pettis in August and put on a clinic to get the victory.

Jorge Masvidal vs Conor McGregor? UFC president Dana White told Gamebred he was ‘too much man’ for the Irishman

20 Sep

Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz faced off at a press conference in New York yesterday ahead of their clash on November 2.

The pair will headline Madison Square Garden at UFC 244 and it will be the promotion’s 500th event.

Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz at their press conference
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These are two of the most respected fighters in the game today, but the biggest star in MMA is still Conor McGregor by a distance.

The Irishman holds records for the top five highest-grossing cards in UFC history, two of which came against Diaz.

Just one day removed from claiming a fight between himself and McGregor would result in ‘murder charges’, Masvidal was asked again whether he could face Notorious.

Conor McGregor is expected to return to UFC shortly
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Masvidal shut the idea down because UFC president, citing UFC president Dana White as the reason.

“The man right here said I’m too much man for that dude, so don’t bring that dude up in my interviews any more.

“He already said it himself so that fight is not available.”

When White was asked for his take, he said: “Let this fight happen. I don’t know, let’s see how this works out.”

 

Having seen rival Khabib Nurmagomedov beat Dustin Poirier to defend his lightweight title in September, McGregor, who has not fought since losing to the Russian in 2018, suggested he is ready to return and wants a Dublin date in December.

However, UFC 245 in scheduled for then, in Las Vegas, and White said it’s not impossible to see him there.

“Conor wants to fight December 14 in Dublin but we have a fight in Las Vegas so if he doesn’t fight on that card, he’ll fight early next year.”

The 31-year-old has also ensured his name has been linked with a rematch against Nurmagomedov by tweeting shortly after the Poirier fight: “Book my rematch for Moscow.”

And McGregor has also been engaging in a war of words with Poirier, whom he beat in 2014 when the pair competed at featherweight.

Ben Askren, who was knocked out by Masvidal in five seconds earlier this year, said McGregor should shut up and just fight.

“We just wanna hear you shut up on social media and actually take a fight. Give me a damn break. It’s been a year, and before that another year.

“Just shut up. No more tweets, let’s fight already. Conor can tweet, he just can’t tweet about fighting everyone without hopping in there.”

UFC news: Ben Askren says what we are all thinking about Conor McGregor – ‘shut up and fight’

19 Sep

Ben Askren isn’t always flavour of the month with MMA fans, but the former Bellator and ONE welterweight champion has said what we’re all thinking with Conor McGregor right now.

Appearing on Ariel Helwani’s show, the accomplished wrestler suggested McGregor is in no position to act like he’s too good to fight anybody or talk a big game – he just needs to be fighting.

Ben Askren spoke to the media at UFC London
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“Conor, shut up and stop trying to act too good for it. Take the damn fight. Take a fight, take any fight, we don’t care,” Askren said on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show.

“We just wanna hear you shut up on social media and actually take a fight. Give me a damn break. It’s been a year, and before that another year.

“Just shut up. No more tweets, let’s fight already. Conor can tweet, he just can’t tweet about fighting everyone without hopping in there.”

Askren is recovering from the fastest knockout in UFC history at the hands of Jorge Masvidal at UFC 239, but he has a chance to get back into welterweight contention when he takes on fellow grappler Damien Maia on October 26.

McGregor seems on course to face Dustin Poirier again and Askren believes if he’s smart, he’ll do that and avoid the surging Justin Gathje.

“The Dustin fight, that’s probably a great fight for him,” Askren said. “Dustin’s got a lot of hype, he just came off a world title shot. If there’s a fight that’s gonna get Conor back in it, boom, that’s it.

“I don’t think they’re gonna make Khabib-Conor, it’s just not gonna happen. Nate Diaz is tied up. Who are Conor’s other options? Justin Gaethje is, but if you’re Conor, I’d rather fight Dustin Poirier before I fight Justin Gaethje.”