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Dana White: Eddie Alvarez vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov on tap for UFC 205

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UPDATE 9/27/2016 – Eddie Alvarez will now face Conor McGregor at UFC 205.


The highly anticipated trip to New York City for UFC 205 on November 12, 2016, may have a second title fight lined up.

According to UFC President Dana White, Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez versus number one contender Khabib Nurmagomedov is in the works for the Pay Per View event. White revealed this information via Twitter in response to a question about  whether or not the rumors were true about Conor McGregor facing Eddie Alvarez at the event. Through his Tweet, Dana denied the rumor, while stating that it would be the number one ranked lightweight, Nurmagomedov who would be getting the title shot instead.

While this is far from an official announcement by the promotion, “Dana said,” has been more accurate than not as of late when describing potential upcoming fights. Dana said Michael Bisping would be defending his title against Dan Henderson prior to the official announcement of the meeting at UFC 204. Dana said Tyron Woodley would be facing Stephen Thompson at UFC 205, and despite Woodley’s initial desires for another fight, it’s now happening. If Dana’s word holds true for this matchup as well, Eddie Alvarez’ first title defense will take place at Madison Square Garden.

Eddie Alvarez became the UFC Lightweight Champion by defeating Rafael dos Anjos in July by knockout in the first round during International Fight Week. During the post-fight press conference, Alvarez took shots at Conor McGregor, claiming he would like an “easy fight” against the Irishman. Despite Dana White’s Tweet, Alvarez is still campaigning for the matchup against McGregor, as he took to Twitter Tuesday afternoon to deliver a verbal jab at the UFC Featherweight Champion. MMA Latest reached out to Alvarez’ camp, yet declined to comment on the situation.

Dana White seems to have other plans, and the undefeated #1 Khabib Nurmagomedov is certainly on board with getting his title shot against the Philadelphia native.

Nurmagomedov has not suffered defeat as a professional fighter with a perfect 23-0 record. The Dagestani fighter campaigning for a title shot is nothing new to fans of the sport, however, his issues with injuries have kept him from realizing that opportunity until now.  Last in action in April, Khabib defeated late-replacement Darrell Horcher via second-round TKO and prior to that, won by way of unanimous decision over the now-former Champion Rafael dos Anjos.

Other fights in the works for UFC 205 include:

Stay tuned to MMA Latest for further developments on this story and other fight announcements for UFC 205.


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UFC to Sell #VegasStrong Shirts and Donate the Proceeds

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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.”

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

#VegasStrong

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Dana White posts sparring footage of Conor McGregor and Paulie Malignaggi

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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.

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.

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Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series – Week 2 Recap

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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.

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.

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.

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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