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Dana White in Talks With Jose Aldo About Next Move

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Remember Jose Aldo, the UFC’s first ever Featherweight champion? The one who cleaned out the entire division over a 19-fight win streak that spanned almost ten years? Once considered a top pound for pound fighter, he truly looked invincible until the Conor McGregor express came along and brought Aldo’s dominant reign to a violent end.

It only took 13 seconds for the long-time champ to lose the title. Surprisingly his name faded from the title picture just as quickly. Everyone from social media, the MMA media, podcasts and radio shows spent the next few weeks speculating about McGregor’s most likely opponent and frankly, a rematch with Aldo was largely absent from the conversation.

Aldo finally returned to the headlines last week when ESPN Brazil scored an exclusive interview with UFC President Dana White, who revealed the status of negotiations with Aldo.

“I call him next Wednesday [which is today, the 10th of February] and we’ll talk to decide who’s next for him,” White told the Brazilian ESPN outlet. He went on to confirm that the fight would definitely be for a title.

Jose Aldo reaffirmed his position about his next move, commenting through social media, “I wanted to make it clear to the UFC that I will not accept any fight other than the belt, for all I did over the years and because of the way the (McGregor) fight ended.”

The belt that Jose Aldo hopes to fight for may not the 145lb title, as Dana White’s cryptic comments leave some questions unanswered. What does he mean by stating that Aldo will fight for a title, yet his agenda for their discussion is who he will fight?

That statement makes it seem that the who it’s not current champion Conor McGregor, as he already has a fight booked for the Lightweight title. The title doesn’t seem to matter as much to Aldo as does the man who took it from him. Aldo had his own confusing comments, like when he told the Brazilian media, “The only exception (to a non-title fight) would be a fight anytime, anywhere against Conor McGregor. Since he is afraid to give me the belt, the fight doesn’t even have to be for the belt. I just want to win.”

Like Dana White, Aldo’s comments raise important concerns. For example, why would he volunteer to fight a champion only to say that he has no desire to reclaim his title? Also, if his next fight is against McGregor the title is guaranteed to be at stake, so why would Aldo even say such things? It sounds like raw emotion talking and Aldo may be overcome with tunnel vision, desperately longing for redemption.

So, what title is Aldo supposedly fighting for? And who will his opponent be if not McGregor?

The obvious answer is Frankie Edgar, which is his nickname after all. It’s been established that McGregor will not be made to relinquish the featherweight title so if Dana makes good on his promise Aldo’s next fight can only be an interim title; unless he elects to wait it out and possibly fight McGregor.

But who’s to say that he’ll return to the Featherweight division right away, if ever? Besides, waiting for a promised title shot has repeatedly proven to be a foolhardy endeavour, especially without an interim strap to force the UFC’s hand. A lot of things could happen in the meantime. Either fighter could get injured or another compelling matchup could overshadow the public’s desire to see Aldo McGregor In the meant time UFC, give that fans what they want EDGAR VS Aldo

 

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Exclusive: Derek Brunson: “Anderson was definitely a little lubed up”

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Derek Brunson fought Anderson Silva back in February of this year, at UFC 208. Brunson would go on to lose the fight by controversial unanimous decision. However, the controversies didn’t stop at the questionable decision, Brunson also claims Silva was greasing during the fight. The Wilmington, North Carolina native, posted about it on Twitter a few days ago:

Speaking with MMA Latest, Brunson explained why he believes Silva was greasing during the fight. “Anderson was definitely a little lubed up. Every time I grabbed him he was just slipping out of everything, and his takedown defense was really good that night. I was definitely curious to know why he was very slippery, which I definitely think he had some kind of substance on his body. He knows I’m a wrestler obviously, he’s an old, savvy veteran, so he was definitely trying to play all the rules and be very strategic, and make it harder for a wrestler to grab him.”

Brunson is set to face Lyoto Machida come October 28, when asked about whether he was worried about Machida greasing, considering Gegard Mousasi accused him of doing so in their fight, Brunson admitted he wasn’t too worried.

Well I’m not too worried, but like I said, I put it out there because I know they’re friends and I know, obviously, that’s kind of what the guys do when they know they’re fighting a wrestler. They want to lube their body up really good to make it hard to grab hold, Anderson did a great job defending my takedowns. It’s because he was all greased up so he was able to stop a lot of them. When I grab guys in the clinch, it’s very tough for them to get away and I’m pretty good with my Greco takedown. He was pretty much pulling through my clinch when I had a tight grip on him and if you have some kind of substance on your body it’s easy to pull them.”

Neither Silva nor his management have commented on the greasing allegations. Anderson Silva makes his return against Kelvin Gastelum later this year, in China. While Brunson makes his return to the Octagon on October 28th, in Brazil, where he looks to add Lyoto Machida’s name to his impressive list of victories.

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Ovince Saint Preux Steps in to Face Corey Anderson at UFC 217

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UFC 217 just got even more interesting. Earlier this week, Patrick Cummins pulled out of his light heavyweight matchup with Corey Anderson due to a Staph infection. Corey “Overtime” Anderson was not happy with his opponents decision, even calling out his opponent on Instagram asking how Cummins could, “call it quits so far from fight night”.

The UFC left Anderson on the card, and he found an opponent through the magic of Twitter. Ovince Saint Preux tweeted out directly to Anderson stating:

It didn’t take long for Anderson to respond agreeing to the fight, tagging Mick Maynard and Dana White in his response.

Only a few short hours later, the fight announcement came from the official UFC twitter account.

 

This top 10 Light Heavyweight matchup should add to an already amazing card coming in November at Madison Square Garden. Saint Preux is coming off of back to back wins both due to the very rare von flue choke, he finds himself ranked #7th in the latest edition of the 205-pound rankings. Corey “Overtime” Anderson is 4-2 in his last 6 fights, but is coming off a brutal first round knockout loss to Jimi Manuwa in March.

With such a exciting fight added to this card, what do you see happening November 4th?  Will Corey Anderson bounce back and look to jump into the top 5 of the rankings, or will Ovince Saint Preux go for a third straight von flue choke? Let us know.

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*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results

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Watch the live weigh-ins for Bellator 185 here.

Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.

Full Weigh-in Results: (Updated in real time)

Main Card:

Gegard Mousasi (185) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (186)
Neiman Gracie (170.5) vs. Zak Bucia (170)
Heather Hardy (126) vs. Kristina Williams (126)
Ryan Quinn (155.5) vs. Marcus Surin (155)
Ana Julaton (125.5) vs. Lisa Blaine (122)

Preliminary Card:

Jordan Young (200) vs. Alec Hooben (194)
Costello van Steenis (185) vs. Steve Skrzat (186)
Vinicius de Jesus (170) vs. Joaquin Buckley (171)
John Beneduce (154.5) vs. Dean Hancock (155)
Timothy Wheeler (144) vs. Pete Rogers (144)
Don Shainis (150) vs. Matthew Denning (149)
Frank Sforza (149) vs. Vovka Clay (150)
Kevin Carrier (156) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (153)
John Lopez (126) vs. Billy Giovanella (125)

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