Dana White Shoots Down Georges St-Pierre Fighting Conor McGregor vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov Winner

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UFC president Dana White is not willing to entertain Georges St-Pierre challenging the winner of Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor.

Nurmagomedov’s undisputed UFC lightweight title will be on the line when he and McGregor headline UFC 229 on Oct. 6 in Las Vegas.

St-Pierre returned from a near-four-year hiatus last year to move up to middleweight and immediately take the title from Michael Bisping. Despite assuring White that he would defend the belt if he won, St-Pierre, citing health issues at the increased weight, vacated the title a few weeks later and hasn’t fought since.

He has, however, expressed interest in challenging the winner of Nurmagomedov vs. McGregor for the lightweight title, further adding to his legacy.

White isn’t buying.

Georges St-Pierre Workout Interview“I’m not interested in that fight. He knows that and I’ve told him many times,” White said on The BBC MMA Show recently. “He was the 170-pound champion, he moved up to 185 pounds to take on Michael Bisping and put in his agreement that he would absolutely defend the title at 185 and then just dumped the title. I’m not interested.”

White understands what St-Pierre is doing and doesn’t fully fault him for it. St-Pierre ruled the welterweight division for years, defeating all comers, but now, as he nears a self-imposed career deadline of 40 years of age, the 37-year-old Canadian only wants fights that add to his legacy.

Although it would have made him a truckload of money, St-Pierre shot down a proposed match-up with Nate Diaz because he didn’t feel it fit the bill for solidifying his place in UFC history.

“Georges St-Pierre is looking for one-off fights where he can make a lot of money, which it’s smart, that’s what he should do, but we’re not interested in that,” White continued.

“I’m interested in Georges St-Pierre coming back at 170 [pounds], not at 155 pounds.”

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As he did when negotiations for the Bisping bout hit a rough patch, White doubts that St-Pierre really wants to fight. In fact, he’s not sure that he’ll ever return to the Octagon again, despite his success against Bisping in 2017.

“I don’t know. He’s not too excited about fighting or defending his title or anything like that. I don’t know if he’ll ever fight again.”

Eryk Anders Planning ‘Highlight Reel Finish’ at UFC Lincoln

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After winning the first 10 bouts of his pro career, middleweight Eryk Anders suffered his first defeat at UFC Fight Night 125 in February to former light-heavyweight title holder Lyoto Machida via split-decision.

For Anders, it’s not so much the damage Machida had done to win the fight, but the amount of activity the judges saw him have that put the fight in his favor.

“I didn’t get the results I was looking for,” Anders told MMAWeekly.com. “I think the key takeaway from the fight was seeing how judges score fights.

“During the fight I thought he was just basically putting his foot up there and touching me on the leg. In my head during the fight I wasn’t considering those significant strikes. He wasn’t doing any damage. There was a strike differential, but they were all leg kicks, and that’s how the judges looked at the fight.”

Since his loss was not a devastating one that exposed a potentially large hole in his game, Anders did not feel the need to overhaul his training, but more focus on upping his activity level for future bouts.

“I’m always consistently evolving my game in every facet of the game: whether it be on the ground, on the feet, or against the cage, wherever the fight takes place,” said Anders. “I would say more output. Throw more strikes. Go out and assert my dominance.

“I’m just moving forward. It was cool being undefeated. It gave the talking heads something to talk about, but at the same time I wasn’t under any extra pressure to remain undefeated. I just want to go out there and perform my best and get the W.”

Anders (10-1) will look to rebound when he faces Tim Williams (15-4) in a main card 185-pound bout at UFC Fight Night 135 on August 25 in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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“I’ve just got to be myself,” Anders said. “I think (Williams’) only chance of winning the fight is to get it to the ground. We are in a fist fight with four-ounce gloves. I’ve still got to go out there and perform, but I think I’m better wherever the fight takes place.”

While the most important thing to Anders is getting back on track, he would like to secure a spot on a future card and have an opportunity to fight in one of the meccas of combat sports.

“I think you can call your shots a little bit more when you win,” said Anders. “I think if I can go out there and get an impressive W, hopefully I can fight again at Madison Square Garden. I want to get a highlight reel finish and get the invitation to fight whoever in November.”

Luke Rockhold vs. Chris Weidman 2 Finalized for UFC 230 in New York

A rematch between two former middleweight champions has been finalized for UFC 230 with Luke Rockhold taking on Chris Weidman on Nov. 3 in New York.

The fight was verbally agreed upon several weeks ago but Rockhold was still finalizing the details of his own side of the deal with the UFC until just recently. Now all parties have agreed on the details and bout agreements should be signed at any time according to sources close to the matchup. ESPN first reported Rockhold’s deal on Friday.

The fight will serve as a chance at revenge for Weidman, who lost the UFC title to Rockhold back in 2015 when he fell by fourth round TKO at UFC 194.

Most recently, Weidman defeated Kelvin Gastelum by submission before dealing with injuries that have kept him sidelined for over a year.

As for Rockhold, he teased a move to light heavyweight following his knockout loss to Yoel Romero earlier this year but with teammate and close friend Daniel Cormier still holding the belt in that division, he opted to delay that shift in weight class for now.

Rockhold will now look to re-enter the title race at 185 pounds when he faces Weidman in New York in what is a star studded card for the middleweight division with several top 10 fighters already booked for the Nov. 3 event.

As of now, the UFC still hasn’t secured a headliner for the card but the co-main event will feature a lightweight showdown between Dustin Poirier and Nate Diaz. Expect more details on the UFC 230 card in the coming weeks.

Relive Justin Gaethje and Michael Johnson’s War (UFC Lincoln Free Fight)

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Justin Gaethje emerged victorious in one of the fights year in 2017 at The Ultimate Fighter Finale in July against Michael Johnson. Don’t miss UFC Fight Night Lincoln on Saturday, August 25 on FS1.

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Gaethje will square off with James Vick in the UFC Lincoln main event, but Vick believes he has what it takes to take him out.

Champ Nicco Montano Sees Advantage in Being Underdog Against Valentina Shevchenko at UFC 228

Nicco Montano won the women’s flyweight title at The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale in December 2017 defeating veteran Roxanne Modafferi by unanimous decision. Since capturing the inaugural women’s 125-pound title, Montano has been sidelined with injuries. She’ll put her belt on the line for the first time against former bantamweight title challenger Valentina Shevchenko on Sept. 8 in the UFC 228 co-main event in Dallas.

Montano (4-2) will enter the fight as the champion and a considerable underdog to Shevchenko. Sports books have Shevchenko as a -900 favorite, but Montano thinks being the underdog is an advantage for her.

Nicco Montano vs Valentina Shevchenko UFC 25th Faceoff“It’s definitely an advantage. The scenario is kind of a win-win for me,” said Montano while appearing on the UFC Unfiltered podcast. “I’ve already made history. I’ve done a lot of things, especially opening up this new division. The other scenario is I beat Shevchenko, so it’s definitely a win-win for me. No stress on my shoulders.”

Shevchenko (15-4) made her flyweight debut in February, dominating Priscila Cachoeira at UFC Fight Night 125.  She earned a Performance of the Night award for the win and immediately became the top contender in the newly established division. 

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While oddsmakers have Shevchenko as the heavy favorite heading into the UFC 228 title bout, Montano’s used to overcoming the odds.  She was seeded No. 14 out of the 16 fighters on The Ultimate Fighter 26 and emerged with the belt.  Despite the wide gap in the odds, Montano expects a good fight when the two meet in Dallas. 

“I think it will be an entertaining fight for sure.”

UFC 228 is headlined by welterweight champion Tyron Woodley, who puts his belt on the line against Darren Till.

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