- As a way to get you prepared for Saturday night's UFC 203 card, the UFC has made "Countdown" available for online viewing. The preview hype show features an in-depth look at Stipe Miocic-Alistair Overeem, Fabricio Werdum-Travis Browne and CM Punk-Mickey Gall. The Punk - Gall portion starts at the 30:40 mark.
- Alexander Gustafsson knows he will be forever linked with Jon Jones thanks to their grueling 25-minute battle a few years back over the UFC light heavyweight champion. That doesn't mean "The Mauler" isn't trying to carve out his own path. Following a win over Jan Blachowicz in Germany this past weekend, Gustafsson commented on Jones.
"Honestly, I don't really care that much," Gustafsson said (thanks to MMAjunkie for the quotes). "I'm just staying focused and getting that 'W' and getting back to winning again. It's been a tough last year. I feel great being back in the octagon again and competing again. Let's see what the challenge is and what's next, what opponent they want for me. Of course, my big focus and goal is to be a contender again and compete for that championship belt again."
The 205-pound division is currently cloudy, as Daniel Cormier reigns supreme. Cormier bested Gustafsson via decision last year. Anthony Johnson is viewed as the No. 1 contender by many after he knocked out Glover Teixeira, while Gustafsson and Jones are right there, as well.
- There has been a change to this Saturday's UFC 203 lineup, as Michael McBride replaces Mairbek Taisumov vs. Nik Lentz. The lightweight bout will be part of the FOX Sports 1 prelims from Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena. Taisumov was forced off due to visa issues.
McBride is 8-1 and will be making his Octagon debut. He has scored all eight of his career wins via submission, competing once last year for Bellator MMA.
1/2. Once again my visa application to US was declined. I have no idea why...may be they saving their fighters from me) @danawhite— Mairbek Taisumov (@Taisumov155) September 2, 2016
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