Dana White confirms Justin Gaethje vs. Cowboy Cerrone to headline UFC Vancouver

Justin Gaethje vs Donald Cerrone UFC Vancouver

Two of the UFC’s most exciting fighters will go head to head in the UFC on ESPN+ 16 main event on Sept. 14 in Vancouver, when Justin Gaethje faces Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone.

Cerrone teased the fight on his Instagram account on Wednesday, saying, “Just got off the phone with my ole Buddy. And at 155 it’s kinda are only option. He told me Cowboy let’s go make this money. And if I can Promise y’all something this is a fight y’all Do Not Want to miss. O and of course it’s on short notice.”

UFC president Dana White confirmed to MMAWeekly.com content partner Yahoo Sports that Cerrone was indeed talking about Gaethje. He also noted that the two will meet in a five-round non-title fight to headline the next UFC event on Vancouver at the Rogers Center.

“Get ready, Vancouver!” White said. “This fight is going to be ridiculous!”

Though Gaethje is 3-2 since arriving in the Octagon in 2017, he has never failed to excite fans. He has a go-for-broke style that he’s garnered him some spectacular victories countered by just as spectacular defeats. Every one of Gaethje’s fights under the UFC banner has ended in a knockout… for good or for bad.

Cerrone’s career has been a similar one, although he tends to end up on the winning end more often than not. Having spent the majority of his professional career fighting in the Octagon, Cerrone holds the UFC record for most overall victories with 23. 

Gaethje and Cerrone are performance bonus machines, so they’re certainly odds-on favorites to earn a bonus or two in Vancouver. 

Gaethje has won his last two bouts, knocking out James Vick and Edson Barboza in back-to-back efforts. He’ll look to do the same with longtime friend Cerrone, and continue to put his name in the thick of title talk.

Cerrone is in a different position, looking to rebound from a loss to top lightweight contender Tony Ferguson, who ended Cowboy’s three-fight winning streak that he had hoped to parlay into a title shot. He’ll now look to rebound against Gaethje and continue his championship quest anew.

Watch Max Holloway finish Anthony Pettis (UFC 240 Free Fight)

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Max Holloway won the interim featherweight championship in December of 2016 with an impressive performance against Anthony Pettis. Now the undisputed champion, Holloway faces Frankie Edgar in the main event of UFC 240 on July 27.

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UFC 240: Holloway vs. Edgar takes place at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Canada.  The featherweight title fight headlines the 12-fight card.  The events also marks the return of former women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg.  In her first fight since losing the belt to Amanda Nunes, the Brazilian faces undefeated Felicia Spencer in the co-main event. 


UFC on ESPN 4 Live Results: Dos Anjos vs. Edwards (Results & Fight Stats)

UFC San Antonio Live Results

(Click on the fight below and then scroll down to see in-fight live stats and full results, courtesy of Fight Analytics. The first UFC on ESPN 4: Dos Anjos vs. Edwards bout from San Antonio, Texas, is scheduled to begin on Saturday, July 20, at 6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT.)

The Ultimate Fighting Championship lands in San Antonio, Texas, this week for UFC on ESPN 4, where former lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos continues his quest to become the welterweight champion as he squares off with fellow 170-pound contender Leon Edwards in the main event.

Dos Anjos immediately shot into title contention when he moved up to the welterweight division on the strength of three consecutive victories over top contenders, including former UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler. He fell short in his battle with Colby Covington for the interim title. He followed that with a loss to current champion Kamaru Usman before the Nigerian became the champion.

Dos Anjos bounced back with a win over Kevin Lee and needs the victory over Edwards to keep his name near the top of the welterweight leaderboard.

Edwards, who also has a loss to Usman on his record, is in a much better position to earn a shot at redemption than Dos Anjos. Since losing to Usman in 2015, he has since won seven fights in succession, including victories over the likes of Gunnar Nelson and Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone. 

A win over Dos Anjos might be all that he needs to rocket into the upper echelon of the welterweight division and start his campaign for a title shot.

The UFC on ESPN 4 fight card also features several key heavyweight match-ups, including Aleksei Oleinik vs. Walt Harris, Greg Hardy vs. Juan Adams, and Andrei Arlovski vs. Ben Rothwell.

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Check out the MMAWeekly.com Rumors page for more scheduled events and rumored fight cards.

UFC on ESPN 4: Dos Anjos vs. Edwards results from San Antonio


UFC on ESPN 4: Dos Anjos vs. Edwards San Antonio fight card

Main Card (9 p.m. ET on ESPN+)

  • Rafael dos Anjos vs. Leon Edwards
  • Aleksei Oleinik vs. Walt Harris
  • Greg Hardy vs. Juan Adams
  • James Vick vs. Dan Hooker
  • Alexander Hernandez vs. Francisco Trinaldo
  • Andrei Arlovski vs. Ben Rothwell

Prelims Card (6 p.m. ET on ESPN)

  • Alex Caceres vs. Steven Peterson
  • Raquel Pennington vs. Irene Aldana
  • Sam Alvey vs. Klidson Abreu
  • Roxanne Modafferi vs. Jennifer Maia
  • Ray Borg vs. Gabriel Silva
  • Mario Bautista vs. Jin Soo Son 
  • Domingo Pilarte vs. Felipe Colares

Khabib’s manager: ‘Floyd Mayweather is out of money’ and begging for a fight (video)

Floyd Mayweather and Khabib Nurmagomedov

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Just when talk of Floyd Mayweather wanting to mix it up with Conor McGregor or Khabib Nurmagomedov seemed to die down, Nurmagomedov’s manager, Ali Abdelaziz, has stirred it up again.

“Floyd Mayweather, to this day, keep begging to fight Khabib; begging. Floyd run out of money. I’m telling you, people reaching out to me every week about Floyd to fight Khabib, but at the end of the day, we’re not interested… for now,” Abdelaziz told TMZ Sports.

Nurmagomedov is currently slated to fight Dustin Poirier to unify the UFC lightweight and interim lightweight titles in the UFC 242 headliner on Sept. 7 in Abu Dhabi. After that… who knows? 

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Nurmagomedov is likely to continue his run in the UFC, but if a Mayweather bout a la Mayweather vs. McGregor were to present itself, it would surely be tough to pass up. For now, however, we’re not holding our breath that such a fight is going to happen.

LFA 72 draws new headlining bout less than 2 weeks away

LFA 72 Madrid vs Harris fight poster

LFA CEO Ed Soares announced on Wednesday that there will be a new main event when the promotion returns to the Valley of the Sun at LFA 72. The new headliner will feature a showdown between two of the LFA middleweight division’s top contenders.

The new main event of LFA 72 will bring a high-stakes showdown to the state capital of Arizona. The headliner will see BJJ black belt and Arizona’s own Daniel “DemiGod” Madrid face top prospect Chirs Harris in a pivotal middleweight bout. LFA 72 – Madrid vs. Harris takes place Friday, July 26th at the Comerica Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona. The main card will be televised live and nationwide on AXS TV at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT.

“LFA is returning to Arizona with a new main event,” stated Soares. “Nohelin Hernandez was called up to the UFC, so we are elevating Daniel Madrid vs. Chris Harris from the co-headliner to the main event. Madrid and Harris both have impressive wins in LFA, which makes this a key match-up in the middleweight division. Herenandez’s opponent Anthony Birchak will now face Raphael Montini in the co-main event. Birchak is one of the biggest MMA stars from the state of Arizona, while Montini is a main training partner of UFC champ-champ Henry Cejudo. LFA 72 is loaded with exciting fights, which will be our seventh event at Comerica Theatre in downtown Phoenix.”

Tickets for LFA 72 – Madrid vs. Harris are available for purchase NOW at ComericaTheatre.com.

Madrid (16-6) returns to the LFA Octagon riding the momentum of three consecutive wins. After facing eventual LFA champion and current Top 10 ranked UFC fighter Ian Heinisch in his LFA debut, Madrid has gone on an impressive run. The BJJ black belt scored a rare Omoplata submission victory against Daviante Jones. “DemiGod” then submitted Armando Murillo Jr. with a Guillotine Choke.  The most recent win came against eleven-time UFC veteran Seth Baczynski, who also competed on two seasons of The Ultimate Fighter Madrid needed less than a round to submit Baczynski in the co-main event of LFA 59. Now he is looking for a key LFA victory in the main event of LFA 72.

Harris (11-3) has experienced a similar path in LFA to Madrid. His lone loss for the promotion came against an eventual LFA champion in Brendan Allen, while he also holds a notable win in an LFA co-headliner. That win came against six-time Bellator veteran Cortez Coleman, who also competed on The Ultimate Fighter. Prior to his win over Coleman, the powerful Kansas native picked up a win at Bellator 150 over Julian Marquez. That win makes him the only person to defeat the current UFC star and former LFA standout in a bout outside of the UFC. Harris is now returning to the LFA Octagon in search of an even bigger win. He will have to accomplish that in enemy territory at LFA 72.

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LFA 72 Main Card

(Televised on AXS TV at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT):

  • Main Event | Middleweight Bout (185 lb)
    – Daniel Madrid (16-6) vs. Chris Harris (11-3)
  • Co-Main Event | Bantamweight Bout (135 lb)
    – Anthony Birchak (13-6) vs. Raphael Montini (6-2)
  • Welterweight Bout (170 lb)
    –  Jacob McClintock (9-3) vs. Raymond Pina (8-3)
  • Catchweight Bout (140 lb)
    – Roman Salazar (13-8) vs. Mario Israel (10-4)
  • Featherweight Bout (145 lb)
    – Paris Stanford (4-1) vs. Jake Heffernan (7-1)
  • Featherweight Bout (145 lb)
    – Mike Hamel (6-2) vs. Bruno Souza (5-1)
  • Lightweight Bout (155 lb)
    – Vincent Arredondo (2-1) vs. Alejandro Sanchez (5-0)

Dana White gives a ‘hell no’ on Jorge Masvidal fighting Conor McGregor

Jorge Masvidal - Conor McGregor - Dana White

After making record-setting work of Ben Askren at UFC 239, welterweight Jorge Masvidal has etched his name amongst the top contenders to UFC champion Kamaru Usman. With Usman sidelined until at least late this year, Masvidal shifted his focus to the “money fight” and Conor McGregor.

UFC president Dana White, however, recently told TMZ Sports not only is Masvidal not getting a fight with McGregor, he’s getting a big “hell no” to it.

“Masvidal is too big for Conor. (McGregor has fought at 170 before) but he shouldn’t have. I hated that he did it. Not only did I hate that he did it once, I hated that he did it twice,” White said when caught on the street by TMZ.

“There’s plenty of fights for (Masvidal) in his weight division without Conor. He’s too big for Conor. Conor doesn’t belong at 170. He’s got the balls to fight at 170, but he doesn’t belong there. Hell no.”

Just what is next for Conor McGregor, if not Jorge Masvidal? That is a good question, but one that appears to have an answer somewhere in the lightweight division.

“He’ll either be back this year or early next year,” White said of McGregor’s return. “We’ll see how this whole thing plays out in September.”

The fighters that most make sense for McGregor are all in the Top 5, but with champion Khabib Nurmagomedov unifying his belt with that of interim champion Dustin Poirier at UFC 242 in September, that bout is expected to set the dominoes of match-ups in motion, particularly when it comes to McGregor.

Nurmagomedov holds a dominant win over McGregor at UFC 229 in October 2018, so if he wins, it’s not likely that McGregor would get the rematch he wants with the Dhagestani fighter. In fact, White said emphatically that McGregor would not get the winner of Khabib vs. Poirier regardless of who wins.

“No. No (he won’t get the UFC 242 winner). But (that fight) will shake a lot of things up whoever wins that fight.”

If Nurmagomedov loses, there is a good chance McGregor would get the rematch that he so desperately wants. But there are other match-ups that make sense as well.

If Nurmagomedov wins, he’ll likely draw top contender Tony Ferguson next, although they have tried on numerous occasions to face each other, but have yet to make it to the cage. That would likely leave McGregor to face Poirier, whom he holds a victory over at featherweight in 2014 or an enticing match-up with fellow Top 5 contender Justin Gaethje.

So it appears that we’ll be waiting until at least September before we know when, where, and against whom McGregor makes his UFC return.

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Dana White addresses Conor McGregor’s UFC return

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Dana White impressed by Urijah Faber, but wants Henry Cejudo to defend UFC flyweight title next

Dana White UFC 238 ESPN post-fight

UFC president Dana White was impressed with UFC Hall of Famer Urijah Faber’s return from retirement over the weekend, but he’s falling short of slotting Faber into a title shot against champ-champ Henry Cejudo.

Faber came out of a two-and-a-half-year retirement at UFC on ESPN+ 13 in his hometown of Sacramento, Calif. He faced rising bantamweight prospect Ricky Simon in the co-main event, impressively taking him out in just 46 seconds. It was the fastest knockout of the 40-year-old’s illustrious career.

Immediately after the fight, Faber set his sights on the UFC bantamweight champion. 

“Henry, what’s up dog? I remember ten years ago when you challenged me to a fight as a friendly gesture. I’m down to get down with that and mix that up,” Faber said in the Octagon. 

He later added that he feels he matches up well with the current champ-champ. 

“Henry (Cejudo) broke or out-conditioned and kind of broke his last fight in (Marlon) Moraes. I’m not a type of guy that will ever break. And my wrestling caliber and jiu-jitsu is definitely better than… my jiu-jitsu is definitely better than Henry and he’s got that wrestling background and I love to wrestle. I think it’s a good match-up.”

Though it’s an enticing match-up from the perspective of name value and it’s interesting in seeing if Faber could finally capture the UFC gold that has eluded him throughout his career, White, in an interview with TMZ Sports, was hesitant to commit to a fifth UFC championship challenge for the California Kid.

In fact, perhaps even more surprising, was White’s desire to have Cejudo defend his UFC flyweight title when he returns from injury instead of the bantamweight belt.

There was a time when the UFC flyweight division was all but extinct, but now White appears ready to rebuild it; perhaps around Cejudo.

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“You’d have to look at Joe (Benavidez),” White said of Cejudo’s next title defense, meaning that the fight would be at flyweight.

“Next, (Cejudo) should defend (the flyweight) title. So he would go to 125, defend that title, then we would decide who he would fight next. I think that as long as Cejudo is willing to defend both titles, I think he’s the guy that could carry both (the flyweight and bantamweight divisions).”

Dana White impressed by Urijah Faber, wants Henry Cejudo to defend UFC flyweight title

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