- Anthony Johnson will get his chance at redemption and becoming the UFC light heavyweight champion all in one when he takes on Daniel Cormier at UFC 206 next month. The two will collide on pay-per-view from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.
- Khabib Nurmagomedov is one of just a handful of fighters to compete 20-plus times in their careers and still be unbeaten. But that isn't enough to impress UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor.
While many view "The Eagle" as the top contender to McGregor's 155-pound belt, "Notorious" doesn't feel the same way. After claiming the title from Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 this past weekend, McGregor explained his main issue with Nurmagomedov.
"He's fought once in eight years," McGregor sarcastically stated at UFC 205's post-event press conference. "He ain't fighting frequent enough for my liking. For me to commit to something like that, I need to know people are going to show up, and he's a consistent pullout merchant. He had a good performance (at UFC 205) – fair play to him. We'll see where it goes."
Nurmagomedov returned in April from a two-year layoff. He bested Michael Johnson on the prelims of UFC 205.
- Eddie Alvarez was left heartbroken over his performance at UFC 205, as he dropped the lightweight title to Conor McGregor. Now, a few days removed from the heat of the battle, Alvarez has had time to reflect on all that went down.
On social media Tuesday, Alvarez penned a heartfelt message regarding his fight with McGregor and how it went:
Congrats to Connor and his camp on an amazing accomplishment , these guys continue to deliver ,hats off to you fellas . As for my performance , the only thing I can honestly say was I f--king blew it ... I did nothing I trained , I did the complete opposite of what we planned on a daily basis for 10 weeks . To sum up our plan in a sentence it was "Go left and mostly wrestle " instead I circled into his left hand and mostly boxed . Fighting the way I did was a for sure death sentence and the result was fitting . I say it all the time, there is really small margin for error at this level and I paid for my mistakes . I managed to make it to the biggest stage and audience in my long career and f--ked it all up when I arrived , my heart sincerely hurts and when I dwell on it I fill up with regret and anger . If there was a list of what not to do against an Opponent of this nature I did them all on Saturday . I am disappointed in myself and this is not a reflection of my coaches , training Partners , and the endless hours of training I commit to this sport . Every Time I get into the cage I negotiate being vulnerable and possibly embarrassed against the opportunity to do something great and Grow more . I always choose the latter regardless of the uncomfortability and anxiety it brings to me , I think this choice is the only reason I ever succeeded in the first place . I thought in my head at least making a lot of money would make me happy but I am having a lot of trouble enjoying myself regardless of the check thats going to be written , I am very uneasy and discontent for the most part . I am lucky to have my wife and my child at a time like this to help me laugh and smile and let me know everything's gonna be all right , they are my saving Grace , without them I am a shell of a man . Besides the outcome I thoroughly enjoyed fight week and the lead up , it was a lot fun . I have never defined myself off one win and I'll never define myself off one loss ,I simply had a bad night .. I'll have the opportunity again to have a good one ,, and I'll make the Walk to see what I got Everytime . Thanx for listening -EA
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