Daniel Cormier is willing to put his UFC Light Heavyweight title on the line and give Jon Jones an immediate rematch. Cormier won the belt back in May after ‘Bones’ Jones was stripped of his title and suspended from the organisation following his well-documented run-in with the law.
Jones pleaded guilty to the hit and run accident back in April but avoided jail time and was sentenced to 18 months community service. The ex champ was reinstated by the UFC and is now in pole position to regain the belt that was stripped from him. Jones recently took to twitter to direct a message to Cormier’s need for a rest before fighting again:
“Take as much time as you want, the fire inside of me won’t be dying down anytime soon. #AndStill “
Speaking to UFC Tonight, Cormier defended his decision to take a little break and advised he’s due in Las Vegas for talks with White and Fertitta.
“The UFC respected that I was in such a tough fight with Alexander Gustafsson that they gave me some time. Tomorrow I’m actually going out to Vegas with my manager. We’re going to talk to Dana and Lorenzo. We’re going to discuss the future whether it’s going to be Jones, what’s it going to be, where’s it going to be.”
With Jones in pole position to get an immediate rematch it may irk the likes of top contenders Ryan Bader and Anthony Johnson, but ‘DC’ is only too willing to stand toe to toe with Jones again next. He sees it as the fight that makes sense and it will also afford him the chance to avenge his only defeat.
“I’m the champion now and I want to fight him. I am willing to give him a title shot immediately back into the UFC. It’s great for the fans, great for the organization because he is pound for pound the best fighter in the world.”
As for where the possible fight would take place, Cormier stated he would not fight him in Madison Square Garden in New York . While there is no guarantee the UFC would be allowed to fight in Jones’s home state due to the state ban on MMA, Cormier wants Jones to fight in an area where people are disappointed in his recent actions.
“I’m not going to fight him in New York. I’m not going to give him that comfort. I want him to be able to fight in a different place, make him face the people that are disappointed for his actions.”
He continued to say,
“Obviously, fighting in Madison Square Garden would be a tremendous opportunity for anybody, but under these circumstances, I am the champion. I want to dictate where this fight takes place if we have that option. It would be huge, I wrestled in Madison Square Garden, so I’ve done it before. I don’t need to do it again.”
With Cormier in Las Vegas we could well know the answer to his next opponent very shorty. Wherever the fight will take place the Light Heavyweight division will have never seen a more bigger and crucial fight.
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UFC to Sell #VegasStrong Shirts and Donate the Proceeds
Our hearts are heavy this week as we remember our brothers and sisters that lost their lives in Las Vegas.
The perpetrator Stephen Paddock opened fire on a crowd of concertgoers from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel, killing 59 people and injuring over 500 more.
It was the largest mass shooting in Modern American history.
Dana White and the UFC were quick to step up as they donated $1M to the residents of Las Vegas who were affected by this tragedy. White has also stated that this weekend’s UFC 216 card will be “dedicated to the entire city of Las Vegas.”
UFC president Dana White tells me the organization will donate $1 million to the families of those affected by the tragedy in Las Vegas
— Adam Hill (@AdamHillLVRJ) October 2, 2017
The UFC and Fanatics have also teamed up to sell #VegasStrong shirts and 100% percent of the proceeds will be donated.
These shirts are available at UFCStore.com
Dana White posts sparring footage of Conor McGregor and Paulie Malignaggi
What happens in the gym, stays in the gym.
That is, until recently when Conor McGregor’s camp posted photos of his former training partner Paul Malignaggi on the receiving end of what looked to be a knockdown during a sparring session. McGregor, preparing for the blockbuster fight against Floyd Mayweather taking place on August 26, brought in Malinaggi to help sharpen and test his skills in preparation for the boxing contest.
However, when pictures of their sparring battles surfaced, painting Malignaggi in a negative light. The former IBF/WBA World Champion boxer turned analyst took to social media to defend himself stating the images were taken out of context, sparking controversy.
— Paul Malignaggi (@PaulMalignaggi) August 4, 2017
Late Friday evening, UFC President Dana White out all of the rumors to bed by taking to Instagram to post a pair of clips from their sparring session, most notably, the infamous “knock down” that Malignaggi defended adamantly.
Video 1: The video shows McGregor blasting Malignaggi with a hard left hand that popped his head back and then following up with a series of punches causing Malignaggi to retreat from the pressure.
Video 2: The knockdown. Conor hits Malignaggi with a punching combination, sending the former boxing champion to the canvas.
While the knock down does come after a series of punches from McGregor, Malignaggi was not completely knocked out. With this video evidence coming to light, it seems the UFC Lightweight Champion’s hands may be better prepared for the upcoming fight against one of boxing’s best than previously thought.
Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather takes place on August 26, 2017 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series – Week 2 Recap
The second week of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series provided some incredible moments from fighters looking to earn their shot in the UFC.
With five fights on the docket and Dana White handing out only one, possibly two UFC contracts at the end of the show, fighters not only had to win their fights, but make a statement to impress the boss. If nobody makes a strong enough impression, White could also decide to not award anyone with a contract.
That was not the case on Week 2 thanks to three exciting finishes.
Sean O’Malley said in video packages in the lead up that he shows up to knock people out and he did exactly that with an exciting first round finish of Alfred Khashakyan. O’Malley kept his undefeated record in tact by utilizing hard, fight-ending strikes that sent his opponent to the canvas in the closing minute of the first round. A hard right hand dropped Khashakyan for good and O’Malley ran over towards Dana White to let him know he’s ready for his shot.
— UFC Fight Pass (@UFCFightPass) July 19, 2017
The Ultimate Fighter 22 veteran Thanh Le got the fans on their feet with his impressive finish of Lazar Stojadinovic, and made his case with Laura Sanko for Dana White to give him a contract. Stojadinovic, a solid boxer began fighting angry in the second round after getting caught with a few clean strikes, which only left more openings for Le. Moments later, Le would land a beautiful kick followed up by hard strikes to get the second-round stoppage.
— UFC Fight Pass (@UFCFightPass) July 19, 2017
Daniel Spohn, after a rough start to his fight against Angel De Anda, recovered from illegal blows to the back of the head to lock in a submission in the first round. Referee Big John McCarthy paused the action after three illegal blows by De Anda, and once the action resumed, Spohn blitzed across the cage to unleash strikes and eventually find the arm triangle submission.
At the conclusion of the show, Dana White decided to give Sean O’Malley an opportunity on the big stage by awarding him with a UFC contract due to his flashy, exciting style inside the Octagon.
— UFC Fight Pass (@UFCFightPass) July 19, 2017
Below are the full results of Week 2:
- Daniel Spohn (16-5) vs. Angel De Anda (18-6)
- Result: Daniel Spohn def. Angel De Anda via Submission (Arm Triangle), Round 1 – 3:10
- Sean O’Malley (8-0) vs. Alfred Khashakyan (8-4)
- Result: Sean O’Malley def. Alfred Khashakyan via KO (Punch), Round 1 – 4:14
- Thanh Le (7-1) vs. Lazar Stojadinovic (15-6)
- Result: Thanh Le def. Lazar Stojadinovic via KO (Strikes), Round 2 – 1:35
- Sidney Outlaw (9-4) vs. Michael Cora (4-2)
- Result: Sidney Outlaw def. Michael Cora via Unanimous Decision (29-27, 29-28, 29-27)
- CJ Hamilton (11-5) vs. Casey Kenney (7-0-1)
- Result: Casey Kenney def. CJ Hamilton via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
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