Several UFC Fighters React To Cris Cyborg/USADA Reports

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Needless to say, when the news regarding Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino (Cris Cyborg) being notified by USADA of a potential UFC Anti-Doping Policy violation on Thursday, the MMA community and social media worlds were buzzing about the story. Having just turned down the opportunity that most felt she had been waiting on for years when she rejected offers from the UFC to fight Holly Holm and Germaine de Randamie in the first-ever UFC Women’s Featherweight Championship bout at the UFC 208 pay-per-view event in Brooklyn, New York in February, Cyborg was already one of the hottest topics in the MMA world. Now that USADA has notified her of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation, everyone seems to be talking about Cris Cyborg right now. Featured below are some of the reactions to the Cris Cyborg/USADA story from MMA personalities, including UFC fighters Kelvin Gastelum, Derek Brunson, Patrick Cote, Ben Saunders, Lauren Murphy and more.

Dana White Indicates Cyborg/USADA Reports Explain Her Turning Down UFC Title Fights

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https://youtu.be/EcqO3GVVWrs He’s never been one to hold back, folks! TMZ Sports recently caught up with Dana White, where the celebrity-gossip website got the UFC President’s unfiltered reaction to the recent Cris Cyborg/USADA reports. When discussing the fact that USADA notified the Invicta FC Featherweight (145-pound) Champion of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation on Thursday, the longtime UFC boss brought up her recent surprising call to turn down offers from the UFC to fight in the first-ever UFC Women’s Featherweight (145-pound) Championship bouts. “First fight she had eight weeks to get ready,” White told TMZ Sports in the interview (see video above). “Second fight she had 11 weeks to get ready and the third fight she just turned down.” “I thought it was just strange that she was turning down all these fights … not so strange now,” concluded White. Holly Holm vs. Germaine de Randamie to determine UFC’s first-ever Women’s Featherweight Champion headlines UFC 208 on February 11th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Dana White On UFC Pound-For-Pound Rankings: “How Is Conor McGregor Not #1?”

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https://youtu.be/SbwY8nSA488 This week, UFC President Dana White appeared as a guest on “The Michael Kay Show” on ESPN New York 98.7 FM to promote both the UFC 207 pay-per-view scheduled for next Saturday in Las Vegas, as well as UFC 208, the first-ever UFC event at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. During the interview, the UFC boss touched on a couple of topics related to “The Notorious” Conor McGregor. Among other topics he discussed about the Irish mega-star, White questioned how he is not the number one ranked pound-for-pound fighter in the sport right now. McGregor, who currently sits at number two in the UFC’s official pound-for-pound rankings, should be the clear-cut number one ranked P4P fighter, according to White.
“When you talk about the pound-for-pound, they don’t have Conor McGregor as the pound-for-pound … the media does the ratings [and] when you talk about what pound-for-pound really means, how is it not Conor McGregor,” said White. “The guy was the [145] pound champion, [155] pound champion and beat a guy at 170 [pounds]. That’s what pound-for-pound really means.”
In what has become a regular occurence in recent Dana White interviews, the UFC President was once again asked about his behind-the-scenes relationship with the UFC’s hottest star, Conor McGregor. While on the ESPN radio program this week, White again brought fans up to speed regarding where things stand between UFC brass and the reigning UFC Lightweight Champion.
“Conor and I are very cool,” said White. “Do I put up with a lot of different stuff with this guy? Yeah, I do because he’s worth it and he’s different. But I’ll tell you this, people always ask, ‘What are you gonna do when Chuck Liddell retires? What are you gonna do when Anderson Silva’s gone? What are you gonna do when GSP’s gone? What are you gonna do when this guy’s gone?’ The list goes on and on…16 years later, it’s no different. Everybody was saying, ‘What’s gonna happen to the NBA when Michael Jordan retires?’..If you’re a fight fan, we bring you great fights.”
Also discussed during his appearance on the show was his latest thoughts regarding a potential trilogy bout / rubber match between McGregor and arguably his biggest career rival, Stockton, California native Nate Diaz.
“The problem with the rubber match is Diaz is a 170 pounder,” said White. “He’s a massive guy. Conor is a very talented guy, he’s very, very good. Every time he goes out there he looks better… [But] we should have never done it in the first place. That’s what weight classes are for. They wanted to do it, we did it. They wanted to do it again, we did it again. They’re 1-1.” White continued, “There’s only so many of those wars you can be in in your career. It takes a lot out of you. Some guys go into wars like that and they’re never the same after it. Look at Meldrick Taylor when he fought Julio Cesar Chavez. He was never the same after that fight. We’ve had those type of fights too. I believe that Rory MacDonald was never the same after the Robbie Lawler fight. That fight ruined him. I don’t want to do that to someone special like Conor McGregor. It’s just not right.”
H/T to MMAFighting.com for transcribing the above Dana White quotes from The Michael Kay show.

UFC Names Cub Swanson vs. Dooho Choi As 2016 “Fight Of The Year”

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https://youtu.be/Xnghchybhb4 On Thursday, UFC unveiled their list of the top ten fights held inside the Octagon this year. Available now at UFC.com is TOP TEN – THE BEST FIGHTS OF 2016, an article by Thomas Gerbasi that looks at the top ten UFC fights of 2016. The UFC’s year-end article ranks the top ten bouts that took place this year and although things could always change depending on how the action goes inside the Octagon at next Saturday’s UFC 207: Nunes vs. Rousey event — the final UFC show of 2016 — the number one fight of the year should be a lock regardless. In the featured article on the official UFC website, the thrilling UFC 206 bout between Cub Swanson and “The Korean Superboy” Dooho Choi sits as the number one fight of 2016. Considered by most the best fight of the year, and by some the potential best fight of all-time, Swanson and Choi engaged in an epic three-round battle that will re-air as part of the special free offering of UFC 206 on FOX Sports 1 on Christmas Eve. UFC.com included the following blurb about the Swanson-Choi fight in their article on the top ten fights of 2016:
When the featherweight bout between Cub Swanson and Dooho Choi was announced, every fight fan worth his or her salt expected an epic battle that would steal the show at UFC 206 in Toronto. But did anyone really expect the fight to be this good? Well, it was, with Swanson silencing any critics that made him the underdog and Choi proving that despite his status as a knockout artist, he was no frontrunner. In 15 minutes of high-level and fast-paced action, this was the best of mixed martial arts on display for the world to see.
Check out UFC’s list of the top ten fights of 2016 below.
1. Cub Swanson-Dooho Choi 2. Conor McGregor-Nate Diaz II 3. Robbie Lawler-Carlos Condit 4. Steve Bosse-Sean O’Connell 5. Tyron Woodley-Stephen Thompson 6. Joanna Jedrzejczyk-Claudia Gadelha II 7. Polo Reyes-“Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim 8. Donald Cerrone-Matt Brown 9. Tony Ferguson-Rafael Dos Anjos 10. Robert Whittaker-Derek Brunson

Video: Ronda Rousey Breaks Down Her KO Of Bethe Correia Ahead Of UFC 207

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https://youtu.be/D2YQ_N8mqRo Ahead of her long-awaited Octagon return against Amanda Nunes at next Friday’s UFC 207 pay-per-view, UFC mega-star Ronda Rousey is featured in the latest promotional video released by the UFC for the big show. Featured above is “UFC 207: Ronda Rousey – My Fight Against Bethe Correia,” which features the former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion breaking down her impressive first-round knockout victory of Brazilian Women’s Bantamweight contender Bethe Correia back at UFC 190. Rousey returns to the Octagon next Friday night for the first time since losing her title via crushing head kick knockout defeat to Holly Holm, as she challenges Nunes for the title she once held in the UFC’s final pay-per-view event of 2016. UFC 207: Nunes vs. Rousey takes place live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Friday, December 30th. Join us here on 12/30 for live round-by-round results coverage of the pay-per-view.

Video: Dominick Cruz Breaks Down His Second Win Over Urijah Faber Ahead Of UFC 207

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https://youtu.be/NE2YcQ7wQDc Ahead of his latest title defense against a Team Alpha Male fighter in Cody “No Love” Garbrandt in the co-main event of next Friday’s UFC 207: Nunes vs. Rousey pay-per-view, UFC Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz is the subject of the latest promotional video released by the UFC for the big event. Featured above is “UFC 207: Dominick Cruz – My Fight at UFC 199,” which features the reigning UFC 135-pound champion breaking down his second win over Team Alpha Male leader, the recently retired Urijah Faber, from their trilogy bout / rubber match at the UFC 199 pay-per-view back in June. Cruz returns to the Octagon to defend his UFC Bantamweight Championship against Garbrandt in the co-main event of UFC 207, the final PPV of 2016, which also features Amanda Nunes vs. Ronda Rousey for the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship in the main event. UFC 207: Nunes vs. Rousey takes place next Friday, December 30th, from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Join us here at MMANews.com on 12/30 for live round-by-round results coverage of the pay-per-view.

WATCH: Chael Sonnen Beats Tito Ortiz in 1998 College Wrestling Match

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4OVc6u0MvM&app=desktop While their main event fight at Bellator 170 on January 21st will be the first time that Tito Ortiz and Chael Sonnen face each other in a professional fight, it will not actually be the first time they’ve competed against each other one on one. On Friday, as a special treat for the holiday weekend, Flo Wrestling uploaded the above video of Sonnen making quick work of Ortiz in a January 23, 1998 collegiate wrestling match. 19 years before their fight is scheduled to take place, almost to the day, Sonnen pinned Ortiz with a headlock in just 44 seconds. Back in November at a press conference for Bellator 170, Ortiz fielded a question about the 1998 match, when he was asked if he was going to try to out-wrestle Chael to prove a point:
I’m gonna be the bully in this fight. I’m gonna push him around. He doesn’t realize how big a 205 pounder I really am. You gotta understand: This is a juiced-up 185 pounder. I’m a true 205 pounder. I walk around [at] 225 solid. He gets the takedown? I’m gonna submit him. People don’t understand my jiu jitsu is great, my submissions are great. I understand that. I know what I need to do in this fight. But when he doesn’t get the takedown, and it’s after the first round, and he’s like “I’ve taken three years off. [inhales deeply] Where my oxygen? My big muscles aren’t working!” That’s when I just start warming up. This fight? I’m gonna expose every one of his weaknesses.
Bellator 170 will be the promotion’s debut at the Los Angeles Forum. Paul Daley fights Brennan Ward in the co-headliner, which is a likely welterweight title eliminator, plus the style clash that is Hisaki Kato vs. Ralek Gracie has also been announced for the main card.

‘Cyborg’ Rep Claims Positive Test Due to Post-Fight Therapy for Severe Weight Cut

A representative for Cristiane Justino claims that the fighter’s recently announced anti-doping violation does not involve performance enhancing drugs.

Dana White Reacts to Cyborg’s Potential Anti-Doping Violation: ‘Not so Strange’

Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White reacts to news that Cris Cyborg has been flagged for a potential anti-doping violation.

Updated: Cris ‘Cyborg’ Tests Positive for Diuretic, Faces Possible 1-Year USADA Suspension

Cristiane Justino could have bigger problems than not being included in the UFC’s inaugural women’s featherweight title bout.