Dana White Hopes to Get Three More Fights Out of Daniel Cormier

UFC president Dana White has always said he’ll never tell a fighter to keep competing if they are contemplating retirement.

Well that might stand true for every other fighter on the roster but apparently White has a different way of thinking when it comes to reigning heavyweight and light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier.

Cormier has said that he plans to retire from fighting next March around his 40th birthday with the current timeline for his career allowing for one more contest, most likely against WWE superstar Brock Lesnar in early 2019.

White says nothing has been determined regarding Cormier’s next fight but he would like to see the two-division champion stick around for a while longer than he originally planned.

“We don’t know that either, yet,” White told TMZ about Cormier facing Lesnar next. “Cormier’s got a couple left in him.

“That was what I would obviously like to see — [Jon] Jones and Cormier fight again at heavyweight but right now Cormier’s team wants him to retire now. They want him to retire right now. I hope we can get three more fights out of him.”

Cormier has said he’s moved beyond his rivalry with Jones after two past fights against him and would happily retire without facing him again.

Jones has always stated that he’s not really interested in a trilogy with Cormier after two previous fights against them.

That said, White definitely seems interested in booking the third fight if he can convince Cormier to stick around beyond his March deadline.

Right now nothing has been determined regarding Cormier’s next fight with Lesnar just recently re-upping with WWE for at least five more months with plans for him to perform at WrestleMania in April. That doesn’t doesn’t mean Lesnar can’t fight in the UFC but it’s possible it could delay his return against Cormier but again nothing has been set in stone yet.

ONE Warrior’s Dream Fight Highlights: New Welterweight Champion Crowned

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Zebastian Kadestam and Tyler McGuire clashed in Jakarta on Saturday to determine the identity of the new ONE welterweight champion. Check out the highlights!

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UFC Beijing: Francis Ngannou Not Expecting Easy Fight in Curtis Blaydes Rematch

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Francis Ngannou takes on Curtis Blaydes in the main event of Fight Night Beijing for the second time after defeating Blaydes via doctor stoppage before the third round of their fight two years ago.

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Gegard Mousasi Set to Defend Belt in Bellator: Fedor vs. Bader Co-Main Event

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The co-main event of Bellator’s return to the “Fabulous” Forum in Inglewood, Calif. on Jan. 26 will see reigning middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi (45-6-2) defend his title against undefeated Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Rafael Lovato Jr. (9-0).

The main event of the card will feature the Finals of the Bellator Heavyweight World Grand Prix, where the greatest heavyweight of all-time Fedor Emelianenko (38-5, 1 NC) faces current light heavyweight champ Ryan Bader (26-5) for the Bellator world heavyweight title. A recently added featherweight bout will pit super-prospect Aaron Pico (4-1) against the always-tough Henry Corrales (16-3). Additional bouts will be announced in the coming weeks.

Tickets for Bellator 214: Fedor vs. Bader are on sale now and can be purchased at the Forum box office, as well as Bellator.com and Ticketmaster.com. The event will be broadcast live and free on Paramount Network at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT and will be simulcast live on DAZN. Preliminary action will stream on Bellator.com and globally on the Bellator Mobile App.

Fighting out of Leiden, South Holland, Netherlands, Gegard Mousasi will be looking to follow-up his decisive TKO victory over Rory MacDonald at Bellator 206 in what will be his second title defense since becoming champion earlier this year. “The Dreamcatcher” is currently in the midst of an impressive eight-fight win streak that dates back to 2016. The 33-year-old judo black belt has dominated the stacked middleweight class since signing with Bellator in 2017, collecting three victories in as many bouts, including a pair of knockouts against Rafael Carvalho and MacDonald in both of his world title fights. The former Strikeforce champion, who debuted in impressive fashion against Alexander Shlemenko,now looks to extend his current win streak and defend the middleweight belt for the second time in just five months.

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Rafael Lovato Jr. will be making his sixth appearance for Bellator, a bout where not only will the 35-year-old’s unblemished mark of 9-0 be on the line, but also a world championship belt. Since signing with the Viacom-owned promotion in 2017, the Oklahoma City-based fighter has tallied five wins and four finishes, three of which came in the opening round, including his most recent submission win over top middleweight contender John Salter at Bellator 205. A fourth-degree black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, the former Legacy FC middleweight champ will finally have his shot at Bellator gold when he takes on current 185-pound champion Mousasi in the co-main event of Bellator’s return to Los Angeles on Jan. 26.

Bellator: Fedor vs. Bader Fight Card

Main Card:

  • Heavyweight World Grand Prix Finals Main Event: Fedor Emelianenko (38-5, 1 NC) vs. Ryan Bader (26-5)
  • Middleweight World Title Bout: Gegard Mousasi (45-6-2) vs. Rafael Lovato Jr. (9-0)
  • Featherweight Feature Bout: Aaron Pico (4-1) vs. Henry Corrales (16-3)

Preliminary Card:

  • Lightweight Preliminary Bout: Mike Segura (9-6) vs. Richard Leroy (7-1)
  • Lightweight Preliminary Bout: Jorge Juarez (3-0) vs. David Pacheco (Pro Debut)

*Card subject to change

UPDATED: UFC Fighter Rachael Ostovich Attacked, Hospitalized

UFC flyweight Rachael Ostovich was attacked over the weekend and hospitalized with severe injuries.

MMAWeekly.com sources confirmed the incident, though details were scarce, following an initial report by TMZ Sports and confirmation by KHON2 News in Hawaii.

The initial report from TMZ stated that Ostovich was attacked while in Hawaii and that she may have suffered a broken orbital bone. The attacker was believed to be someone that Ostovich knew, but the attackers identity has yet to be revealed and details of the attack have not been released.

UFC officials were not able to comment on the situation at the time of publication.

[UPDATE – Monday, Nov. 19, 1:45 p.m. ET] A short time after publication, sources told MMAWeekly.com that Ostovich was released from the hospital on Monday and that police are investigating the situation as a felony domestic violence incident.

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Ostivich is scheduled to fight returning flyweight Paige VanZant on the UFC’s first fight card on the ESPN+ digital streaming service. UFC Fight Night on ESPN+ is slated for Jan. 19 in Brooklyn, N.Y. 

That bout is obviously in doubt following the attack, though there has been no word from her camp or from the UFC as to the bout’s status.

[UPDATE – Monday, Nov. 19, 11:15 p.m. ET]  Hololulu Police have released a statement regarding the assault on Ostovich that occurred over the weekend:

“The Honolulu Police Department has opened a second-degree assault investigation for an incident involving a 27-year-old female victim and a 27-year-old male suspect.  The victim and suspect were arguing prior to the assault.  The victim suffered head injuries and was treated at a hospital.

“The incident took place at a Waianae residence on November 18 at 2 a.m.  The investigation is continuing, and no arrest has been made at this time.”

Watch Francis Ngannou Stop Curtis Blaydes in 2016 (UFC Beijing Free Fight)

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Before they face off for a second time in the main event of UFC Fight Night Beijing on UFC FIGHT PASS take a look back at Francis Ngannou and Curtis Blaydes first meeting from UFC Fight Night Zagreb in 2016.

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Rachael Ostovich Out of Fight Against Paige VanZant Due to Injuries Suffered in Assault

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Rachael Ostovich has been forced out of her upcoming fight against Paige VanZant due to injuries suffered in an assault this past weekend in Hawaii.

Ostovich suffered a broken orbital bone and other injuries as a result of an attack that is currently being investigated as a domestic violence incident.

Honolulu Police confirmed on Monday that a second-degree felony investigation is ongoing, although no arrests have been made at this time.

Ostovich was treated and released from the hospital but her management team at Suckerpunch Entertainment says in a statement that she will be unable to compete on Jan. 19 at her next scheduled bout in Brooklyn, New York.

“A very unfortunate incident occurred Sunday night with Rachael Ostovich that ended with her suffering a fractured orbital and other injuries. As a result of these injuries she will not be able to compete in her upcoming bout with Paige VanZant on January 19th. Rachael is now home from the hospital with her family and will be going back for further check ups on her orbital. The family would like to ask for some privacy as they sort through this matter. We would like to thank the UFC for all their support on this matter as well as the fans and media for your concern.”


Ostovich is currently 1-1 in the UFC after joining the promotion by way of ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ reality show.

She was expected to face VanZant on the first ever UFC card on ESPN but now the organization will search for a replacement with Ostovich recovering from the injuries she suffered in the assault.


Demetrious Johnson Leaves UFC for ONE: ‘I’ve Never Seen a CEO Speak So Highly of His Athletes’

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At a press conference in Asia, Demetrious Johnson talked about his move from the UFC to ONE Championship.

(Forgive the shakiness, but we had to go guerrilla style for this one.)

Upon his ONE Championship arrival in Singapore, Johnson stated: “I’ve never seen a CEO speak so highly of his company and his athletes.”

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UFC Fighter Rachael Ostovich Attacked, Police Investigating Domestic Violence Incident

UFC women’s flyweight fighter Rachael Ostovich was hospitalized over the weekend in Hawaii after she was attacked by an unnamed assailant. Sources close to the fighter confirmed that Ostovich was attacked and had been released from the hospital following an initial report from TMZ. TMZ additionally reported that Ostovich had possibly suffered a broken orbital […]

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Manny Pacquiao Set For January Return

Manny Pacquiao is set to make his return to the boxing ring come January. Pacquiao will meet former four-division champion Adrien Broner from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019. Pacquiao will be defending his WBA welterweight championship. The contest will air on Showtime pay-per-view (PPV). Tickets will go on sale […]

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