UFC 211’s Stacked Card of Fighters Face Off

The UFC is gearing up for what has emerged as its most stacked fight card of the year to date.

Several of the UFC 211: Miocic vs. dos Santos standout fighters were in attendance on Wednesday in Dallas, offering the media an opportunity to get in some final questions before they head to the Octagon on Saturday.

At the conclusion of UFC 211 Ultimate Media Day, the fighters faced off with their opponents, and MMAWeekly.com was on the scene to capture all the tension as Stipe Miocic and Junior dos Santos squared off, as did Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Jessica Andrade, and several other fighters.

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Joanna Jedrzejczyk on Jessica Andrade and Aiming for UFC Flyweight Title

Joanna Jedrzejczyk is about to put her strawweight belt on the line for the fifth time. She squares off with Jessica Andrade at UFC 211 on Saturday in Dallas.

At the UFC 211 Ultimate Media Day, Jedrzejczyk discussed the upcoming fight with Andrade and how she has her sights set on becoming the UFC’s first female dual-division champion.

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Jared Gordon: From Lookin’ For a Fight to UFC Debut (UFC 211 Video)

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Dana White: Lookin’ For a Fight prospect Jared Gordon makes his UFC debut on Saturday, May 13 on the UFC 211: Miocic vs. dos Santos 2 preliminary fight card.

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Anderson Silva Blasts ‘The Almighty’ Dana White

Anderson Silva recently spoke out about his treatment by the UFC. In particular, he referenced UFC president Dana White. 

Believing the 185-pound division has been held up by a fight between champion Michal Bisping and returning welterweight kingpin Georges St-Pierre, Silva made a demand that the UFC put an interim middleweight title on the line in a fight between himself and No. 1 contender Yoel Romero. He even threatened to quit fighting if it didn’t happen.

White declined to put the fight together.

Silva has yet to follow through on his declaration that he’d quit fighting, but he did respond to “The Almighty” White’s decision to, as he says, continue holding up the division.

In a recent Instagram live video interview, Silva, per a transcription by MMAJunkie.com, blasted White for the way he and the promotion are treating the middleweight fighters.

Anderson Silva“From the moment I feel like it’s unfair to me, I don’t have to accept it. And I won’t accept it. Got it? And, to make matters even worse, he – ‘The Almighty’ – does the following: He brings in a guy who came out of retirement, who’s not from the division and gets him to fight for the belt. But how does he take a guy who’s coming out of retirement, who’s not in the division – he’s going to have an excuse for that, OK? I’m warning you – to fight for the belt with a guy who won a fight on the scorecards and lost another one via knockout? With a guy who, allegedly, in his last interview, says he’s ready to fight and didn’t get him to fight with the No. 1 ranked guy, who’s Yoel Romero. The whole thing is bull(expletive). And I can’t keep quiet,” Silva said.

“All of the athletes in the division should speak up. There’s a lockout against the division’s athletes. It’s not that I’m pissy, because I won’t fight for the belt. I had the belt for 10 years. Nothing in this sport is new to me. But, for my business, there’s no reason for me to take a fight with Romero that isn’t for the interim belt. There’s no reason. I’m not an idiot; I’m not stupid. I want people to understand that, that they stop talking crap, because they don’t understand what happens behind the scenes in this sport. Unfortunately, all of athletes in the division are suffering due to this lockout,” he continued.

“I’m 42. Everything has happened to me in this sport. I’ve lost, I’ve failed a doping test, I’ve won, (I was) champion for years. I just want to fight and be happy. But, in order for me to fight with Romero – who’s a tough guy, everyone runs from him. They’re trying to protect Bisping from fighting him. Nothing more fair than me, the man, who allegedly ‘The Almighty’ – I wasn’t the one who said that, it was ‘The Almighty’ – a few years ago said he had the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, Anderson Silva.

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“But he, ‘The Almighty,’ has to explain himself to everyone. Now it’s explained. I don’t want people to keep asking me about this. I won’t fight because of this (expletive), which doesn’t happen only to me, but with all fighters in the division – period. ‘The Almighty’ owns the toy. Whoever wants to accept it, accepts it, and those who don’t want to, don’t. I won’t accept it. If I accept this circus, I have five kids, and I can’t go home and say, ‘I backed down.’ I’m a man, and I’ll go all the way. When you’re right, you have to go all the way. I’m sorry if this costs my leaving the UFC, retiring, being sidelined. (If) they want to mess with me, I don’t care. But what I’m doing is the right thing. It’s the right thing for me. It’s my manhood, and no one is changing that,” Silva explained.

“I’m outraged, but I’m happy I’m ending a camp that wasn’t money thrown away. With people I’m always learning with, a lot of cool people. I’m happy, coming home happy. In a way, happier than if I had fought. We managed to make ‘The Almighty’ alert. He’s going to have to put Romero to fight; there are no excuses. He’s the No. 1 ranked, and Bisping said he’s ready to fight. There are no excuses. In a way, I helped a co-worker. This is what we’re supposed to do, not call Dana White names or clash. But Dana shot himself in the foot. I have no problem with him. The problem is when it affects the fighters, who spend months away from home, who make the show happen. It’s not (White). He only sits there, makes fights and watches them. This is (expletive). It has to end.

“I love this, it’s my passion, but I can’t accept this type of (expletive). The UFC is not a sport. It’s an entity. MMA is the sport. The UFC is a brand that broadcasts and makes the MMA fights. One for all, all for one, and victory in war.”

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Joseph Benavidez Injured, Out of Next Scheduled Fight

It appears that Joseph Benavidez is out of his fight with Ben Nguyen.

Benavidez and Nguyen were slated to meet at UFC Fight Night 110: Lewis vs. Hunt on June 10 (June 11 local time) in Auckland, New Zealand.

Joseph Benavidez TUF 24 Finale Post-Fight Press ConferenceBenavidez, a mainstay at the No. 1 ranked position in the UFC flyweight division, has been trying to stack up enough wins to get another crack at seemingly unbeatable titleholder Demetrious Johnson, while Nguyen is one of the fast-rising talents in the 125-pound division.

The fight will have to wait, however, as Benavidez on Wednesday posted on social media that he had suffered an undisclosed injury that has forced him out of the bout.

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“Sad to share that I suffered an injury, will not be fighting June 10th,” he wrote. “I’ll focus on what I can do and be back. Thank you for the support.”

UFC officials had yet to address the injury, as of the time of publication, and have not stated whether or not they will find Nguyen a new opponent.

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Jorge Masvidal Rips Michael Bisping for Fighting St-Pierre Instead of Romero

UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping has received a lot of flack from other fighters since agreeing to fight returning former welterweight kingpin Georges St-Pierre. Most of those fighters have been his peers in the 185-pound weight class, but now you can count welterweight contender Jorge Masvidal among his critics.

Masvidal, during Wednesday’s UFC 211 Ultimate Media Day, went off on Bisping for refusing to fight his teammate, No. 1 contender Yoel Romero.

“That dude’s just a (expletive),” Masvidal told FOX Sports about Bisping. “He’s upset about a couple things. He doesn’t like Cubans. My boy Hector Lombard had a run in with him back in the day, he kind of molested him in the elevator and that stuck with him. He always talks (expletive) about Yoel, not wanting to fight him. Then I said something about Yoel should be the one, I don’t even remember what I said, I was just rooting for my boy, my teammate, when Georges had the next fight.

“Then they asked me to be on his podcast and I said no. I’m not going to make his podcast famous and he’s been all butt hurt about it going on rants about me. That dude’s a (expletive).”

While Bisping has explained his decision as going where the money fight is, Masvidal apparently isn’t buying, instead implying that there might be some sort of underlying bias involved.

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“Dana White and the White Fighting Championships and white boys only fighting white boys is weird to me,” Masvidal continued. “Why aren’t you fighting Yoel, man? Is it because he’s Cuban or because he’s black? What is it that he can’t get that shot?

“Because he’s 7-0. Beating the best guys in the world, impressively, knocked them out. Why can’t he get the title shot? Then he’s saying he doesn’t want to fight Yoel, he wants to fight (Robert) Whittaker. To me that’s just a (expletive).”

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Demetrious Johnson Gets Belts… and His Floyd Mayweather Moment

In the lead-up to his most recent fight, UFC flyweight champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson complained that he wanted all of his earned UFC belts.

Yes, Johnson had the belt around his waist, but having seen other champions, such as Daniel Cormier, with multiple belts, he wanted his. 

With his victory over Wilson Reis, Johnson tied Anderson Silva‘s record for most consecutive UFC title defenses with 10. So he wanted to have 10 belts. 

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Part of his motivation was a desire to duplicate Floyd Mayweather Jr.‘s infamous photo with a plethora of belts arranged before him, covering a pool table. 

It seems UFC president Dana White heard Johnson loud and clear. Johnson on Wednesday posted a photo of himself with 10 UFC belts arranged around him, draped over his shoulders, and wrapped around his waist. 

Check it out!

 

GOLD!!

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It took 19 years but they’ll talk about it forever. #tbe #tmt www.themoneyteam.com

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Injury Forces Henry Cejudo vs. Sergio Pettis UFC 211 Cancellation

The UFC’s first stacked fight card of the year, UFC 211: Miocic vs. dos Santos 2, lost a highly anticipated flyweight fight on Wednesday. 

The 125-pound bout between Sergio Pettis and Henry Cejudo has been canceled, according to an initial report by MMA Fighting. Cejudo suffered a last-minute hand injury that will keep him from competing. UFC officials confirmed the injury and the cancellation. 

“Due to the close proximity of the bout, a replacement opponent will not be sought for Pettis, and the UFC 211 card will proceed with 13 bouts,” according to UFC officials.

Henry Cejudo vs Sergio PettisCejudo (10-2) was coming off of back-to-back losses to Joseph Benavidez and Demitrious Johnson, so he was unlikely to get a title shot out of the deal if he were to win, despite his No. 2 flyweight ranking.

Pettis (15-2), on the other hand, is currently on a three-fight winning streak. A victory over Cejudo, who has challenged for the belt once, would have gone a long way toward propelling Pettis into title contention. He currently sits at No. 6 in the division.

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The fight was expected to open the UFC 211 pay-per-view portion of the fight card, which takes place on Saturday in Dallas. With the bout’s cancellation, a bout between former World Series of Fighting dual-division champion David Branch and Krzysztof Jotko will be elevated from the FX Prelims to the main card. A featherweight bout between Jared Gordon and Michel Quinones will move from the UFC Fight Pass Prelims to take the Branch vs. Jotko slot on FX.

According to MMA Fighting, Pettis will receive his show money if he makes weight on Friday.

 

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Stipe Miocic Needed to Lose to Junior dos Santos

UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic told MMAWeekly.com that he needed to lose to Junior dos Santos in their first fight.

As the two men head into a rematch at UFC 211 on Saturday in Dallas, Miocic addressed losing to dos Santos via unanimous decision when they fought in the UFC on FOX 13 headliner nearly two-and-a-half years ago. It may just have been that loss that helped Miocic achieve his goal of becoming the UFC heavyweight champion.

But as much as he loves being a UFC champion, Miocic also had to address his latest toy… a metal detector!

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Frankie Edgar Wants to Stay Winning at UFC 211

Former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar wants to continue his winning ways when he takes on Yair Rodríguez on the UFC 211 main card on Saturday.

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