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Currently sporting a three-fight winning streak in which he has finished each victory before the final horn, former Ultimate Fighter standout Vicente Luque has now accepted a spot on the historic UFC 205 card in New York City’s Madison Square Garden, where he will face Belal Muhammad on November 12.The opportunity to face Muhammad arrived when it was announced Monday that Lyman Good was removed from the event after a potential Anti-Doping violation caused him to be provisionally suspended by USADA.The UFC 205 card, which is headlined by a trio of championship fights featuring the lightweight t … Read the Full Article Here View full post on UFC News

Conor McGregor is on the verge of making history, aiming to become the first Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighter ever hold two titles in as many divisions simultaneously when he faces off against Lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez in UFC 205’s colossal pay-per-view (PPV) main event on Nov. 12, 2016, in New York City.

Before “Notorious” goes where no man has gone before, take a small glimpse inside his training camp, as The Mac Life has released exclusive training footage that features the fiery Irishman preparing for one of the toughest fights of his mixed martial arts (MMA) career.

As evidenced by the video above, when he’s not sharpening his skills at Straight Blast Gym, McGregor likes to enjoy some fine dining, get a good shave and cruise around in one of his many luxurious vehicles.

UFC 205 — which is scheduled to go down at famed Madison Square Garden — will also feature a co-main event that will see Tyron Woodley defend his Welterweight title for the first time when he faces Stephen Thompson. To round out the trio of title fights, UFC women’s Strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk will defend her strap against Karolina Kowalkiewicz. In addition, Chris Weidman faces Yoel Romero while Rashad Evans makes his Middleweight debut against Tim Kennedy.

To see who else is fighting at the stacked UFC 205 PPV event click here.

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Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight contender, Antonio Silva, parted ways with the world’s preeminent mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion earlier this month after a string of disappointing losses.

But don’t expect “Bigfoot” to cry over spilled milk.

Instead, the Brazilian (19-10-1) will head to Yekaterinburg, Russia, to throw hands with undefeated local product Ivan Shtyrkov (4-0) for Titov Boxing Promotion on Nov. 18, 2016, in what is expected to be the event headliner.

“I’m very excited about the upcoming fight against Shtyrkov,” Silva told MMA Junkie. “I have made many fans in Japan, Brazil and the U.S., and I will make amazing fans in Russia.”

I guess this potential partnership will have to be put on the back burner, at least for the time being.

Silva, 37, was last seen on the losing end of a knockout loss to Roy Nelson at UFC Fight Night 95. Shtyrkov, meanwhile, finished all four of his wins, one of which came over UFC veteran Jeff Monson.

Broadcast plans for Titov Boxing Promotion have yet to be revealed.

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Bantamweight slugger Cody Garbrandt is predicting a first-round knockout of UFC champ Dominick Cruz, but oddsmakers aren’t in the same boat.

Independent odds consultant Joey Oddessa has set Cruz as a -225 favorite, more than 2-1 odds, in the recently announced UFC 207 co-headliner.

“This is might be the bout people have been asking me about most on the UFC 207 card, and it’s pretty simple,” Oddessa told MMAjunkie. “Forget about odds. Most fans already know who they are going to bet on before asking the question. Dominick Cruz is just over a 2-1 favorite (-225), and some of the Cody Garbrandt fans would still bet on Cody if he was favored – but he’s not.

“To draw a boxing wagering comparison, Cody Garbrandt will be everyone’s Manny Pacquiao when he got to fight Floyd Mayweather.”

Cruz (22-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC) puts his title on the line against Garbrandt (10-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) in the co-feature of UFC 207, which takes place Dec. 30 at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena.

The main card of UFC 207 airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass. In the main event, former champ Ronda Rousey tries to recapture the women’s bantamweight title when she returns from a layoff in excess of a year to meet new champ Amanda Nunes.

Cruz currently sits at No. 1 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA bantamweight rankings, while Garbrandt is No. 7.

Garbrandt’s path to victory is evident. With incredible hand speed and devastating power, “No Love” needs to get his hands on Cruz. Of course, that’s no easy task, as Cruz’s constant movement and incredible footwork make him a hard-to-hit target.

Oddessa believes Garbrandt but will give chase but ultimately find it difficult to land flush.

“I expect Cruz to show why he’s every bit of a -225 favorite, avoiding the early heavy punches and taking Garbrandt to a place he has never seen before in his career – a fourth or fifth round,” Oddessa said.

For more on UFC 207, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Real Madrid Reportedly Keen on Hosting Conor McGregor UFC Fight at the Bernabeu
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Real Madrid have reportedly expressed an interest in hosting a Conor McGregor-headlined UFC event at their 81,000 capacity Santiago Bernabeu Stadium during the football offseason. 

Per Alvaro Carrera in AS, the UFC is looking to expand its brand into Europe, and Ireland’s McGregor is particularly keen to fight closer to his homeland so his fans do not have to travel so far—the Notorious’ last six fights have all been in the United States.

According to Irish radio station Newstalk (via Carrera), Real would be eager to host a UFC event with McGregor, 28, topping the bill, but it would have to take place “from May to July.”

A Los Blancos representative reportedly said the club would “be glad if we could make a UFC event; our stadium can hold more than 80,000 fans.”

The Bernabeu would likely be an incredible venue for a UFC event and Madrid would be a much more convenient location for McGregor’s Irish-based fans to travel to.

McGregor has a slight connection to the Spanish giants as well having met up with Real superstar Cristiano Ronaldo during the summer:

Per Carrera, McGregor’s first choice for a European-based fight would be Ireland, but bouts on the continent could well become more regular following “the public and commercial success of its recent event in Manchester.”

UFC President Dana White recently revealed that McGregor has made it clear he never wants to fight in Nevada again, per Fox Sports’ The Herd with Colin Cowherd (via Newstalk’s Daniel Kelly).

Five of his last six fights have been hosted in Las Vegas, but he will face Eddie Alvarez in New York at UFC 205 in November for his next bout. 

The UFC featherweight champion is moving closer to home by fighting on the east coast of the United States, and it seems he could now make a stop in Madrid to entertain the Bernabeu. 

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Former UFC Women’s Bantamweight champion Miesha Tate calls in to discuss her UFC 205 fight against Raquel Pennington, losing her title at UFC 200, Ronda Rousey’s Octagon return against Amanda Nunes at UFC 207, the possibility of fighting Cris Cyborg, and a lot more. Plus, Katie Nolan, host of Garbage Time with Katie Nolan, sits in with Jim and Matt to talk sports loyalty, comedy, YouTube, and UFC.Some of the highlights from Episode 37 of UFC Unfiltered include:Katie on suspending logic with loyalty to a certain team

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25 October 2016 – Manila, Philippines: The largest sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship (ONE), has just announced two additional bouts for ONE: AGE OF DOMINATION, which takes place 2 December at the state-of-the-art Mall of Asia Arena in Manila. ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano Fernandes will defend his title against Reece McLaren, while Leandro Ataides of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil takes on Mohamed Ali of Alexandria, Egypt. The fight card is now complete with 11 bouts.

Tickets for ONE: AGE OF DOMINATION are available at

Victor Cui, CEO of ONE Championship, stated: “ONE: AGE OF DOMINATION is shaping up to be one of the most exciting fight cards we have ever put on in Manila. With the addition of another title bout, fans in the Philippines and all around the world can look forward to an amazing night of world-class mixed martial arts action. Bibiano Fernandes of Brazil is one of the most humble and honorable champions in the world and he is set to take on rising star Reece McLaren.”

36-year-old Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes of Brazil is the reigning ONE Bantamweight World Champion and widely considered one of the best bantamweights in the world. He made his promotional debut back in 2012 and captured the title in 2013, and has since then remained unbeaten inside the ONE Championship cage. A winner of his last 11 bouts, including three submission wins and two knockouts, Fernandes is set to defend his title against rising star, Reece McLaren.

25-year-old Reece “Lightning” McLaren is a Filipino-Australian professional mixed martial artist from Toowoomba, Australia. He made his ONE debut in 2015 with a spectacular submission victory over top bantamweight contender Mark Striegl, and then followed up that win with a unanimous decision over highly-regarded prospect Muin Gafurov. McLaren has showcased a tremendous striking arsenal paired with a robust grappling skill set in his career to date. In his next bout, he takes on the toughest test of his career against Bibiano Fernandes.

Leandro Ataides of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is set to return to the ONE Championship cage this December. The 30-year-old professional mixed martial artist owns a professional record of eight wins and three losses, with only two of Ataides’ victories reaching the final bell. The hard-charging Ataides remains a force to be reckoned with at middleweight and will look to excite the crowd by defeating his next opponent, Mohamed Ali.

34-year-old fight veteran Mohamed “Flex” Ali is a professional mixed martial arts fighter who hails from Egypt. He owns a diverse 10-10 professional MMA record, which includes seven victories by stunning knockout. The well-travelled striker has competed in various countries in his MMA career. Initially a Muay Thai practitioner, he has finished most of his opponents by stoppage, a clear indication of his powerful striking ability. In his next bout, Ali takes on Leandro Ataides.

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Being injured means never having to say you’re sorry … or something like that.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight Gunnar Nelson, who rubs elbows with top star Conor McGregor and is something of big deal overseas, was forced to withdraw from his UFC Fight Night 99 main event opposite Dong Hyun Kim after injuring his ankle.

And he’s “very sorry” for the mishap.

I want begin with saying im very sorry to all my fans, sponsors, friends and StunGun that im pulling out of this fight in Belfast. I was so much looking forward to fighting again in Ireland and now its not happening because of a stupid ankle twist that ironacly happend in a UFC open work out!! It happend at 1:08min into the video that was live on facebook for those who want to see it, its still up i think. Right away i wasnt sure how serious it was so i kept face and rolled a little on but told my training partner Kenny Baker about it during and he knew all about it he said because he felt the massive click when it happend. I was forced to stop within minutes because i relised it was bad. For a few days i was not able to put any weight on the leg and thought i had to pull out and felt devastated but then within 10 days i got to a state where i could walk normaly without much pain so i thought again that i was gonna fight and felt great. For a few weeks i was doing everything that i could to get better so i would be able to return to proper training again but that next step of being able to bounce, move in and out and grapple just would not happend. I kept doing everything i could wich was mostly rowing, swimming and bits here and there thinking i would get there. A week ago my trainers told me and i was starting to relise that this was gonna take more time and i could not go into this fight with one ankle and not realy any martial art training at all 🙁 Again i am so sorry for this but to all who already booked their tickets and travels and all the fans that were looking forward to this fight like I was. I will be back soon better then ever. Thank you all for all the support and I’m sorry for any inconvenience. Photo: @michaelquiet

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UFC Fight Night 99 takes place on Nov. 19 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Nelson rebounded from a unanimous decision loss to Demian Maia by submitting Albert Tumenov at UFC Fight Night 87 back in May. That marks his eleventh submission in 15 wins.

Not too shabby.

With “Gunni” sidelined until further notice, “Stun Gun” was also pulled from the UFC Fight Pass event. Taking their place is the middleweight rematch between Gegard Mousasi and Uriah Hall (more on that fight here).

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Want to see “The California Kid” fight one last time before he calls it a career? Just $40 will get you in the door, with $175 getting you up close and personal.

“UFC on FOX 22: VanZant vs. Waterson” takes place Dec. 17 at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, Calif. The evening’s main card airs on FOX following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Tickets for the event go on sale this week; they start at just $40 and max out at $175 for cageside seats. Additional price levels are set at $50, $75, $90, $100 and $125.

The night’s main event features women’s strawweight prospects with Paige VanZant (7-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC) vs. Michelle Waterson (13-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC). However, the contest between Urijah Faber (33-10 MMA, 9-6 UFC) and Brad Pickett (25-12 MMA, 5-7 UFC) will certainly prove a memorable affair, as “The California Kid” has vowed to hang it up, win or lose.

UFC on FOX 22 tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT local time) at However, UFC Fight Club members can buy tickets on Wednesday at 1 p.m. ET, and e-newsletter subscribers can purchase their seats on Thursday at 1 p.m. ET.

The latest UFC on FOX 22 card includes:

  • Paige VanZant vs. Michelle Waterson
  • Urijah Faber vs. Brad Pickett
  • Mickey Gall vs. Sage Northcutt
  • Bryan Barberena vs. Colby Covington
  • Alan Jouban vs. Mike Perry
  • Josh Emmett vs. Scott Holtzman
  • Sultan Aliev vs. Bojan Velickovic
  • James Moontasri vs. Alex Morono
  • Paul Craig vs. Claudio Henrique da Silva

For more on UFC on FOX 22, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor is looking to make history when he faces Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight title at UFC 205 on November 12. 

McGregor (20-3) will become the first person in the organisation’s history to hold two belts if he defeats Alvarez (28-4) at Madison Square Garden, New York City.

Unsurprisingly, the two fighters have already exchanged heated words, with the American questioning McGregor’s ability to endure a lengthy battle and the Irish fighter laughing off Alvarez’s claim to the belt.

“He got blessed,” McGregor said of Alvarez’s fight against Rafael Dos Anjos, as per Michael Kelleher of Sky Sports. “He got blessed with a lucky shot. His UFC career has been horrendous.

“He’s very, very lucky to be in the position he is. He understands that. That’s why he took this fight for the money he was on for the last fight. I mean, that says it all.”

(Warning: Video contains profanity.)

In retaliation Alvarez claimed, per Kelleher, that “this guy’s got eight minutes of fight in him and that’s it. He quits after eight minutes every fight. He’s not a championship fighter. He’s never been. And he’s never ever fought anyone in the UFC like me. Ever.”

It should be a fascinating matchup between two different fighting styles. Alvarez is more of an all-rounder capable of adapting his game to each new opponent, while McGregor is an explosive fighter who looks to get things done early.


Key Battles

McGregor’s Opening Blast vs. Alvarez’s Endurance

The Irish fighter’s biggest asset is his powerful left hand, which he will look to use repeatedly in an attempt to end this fight as quickly as possible. He enters the contest with 18 career KO/TKOs, with six of these coming in UFC. 

McGregor’s desire to win early is partly due to the fact that he seems to fade as fights go on—as we saw during his second bout with Nate Diazand so Alvarez will do everything he can to absorb the early onslaught and tire his opponent out. Firas Zahabi, head coach of Tristar gym, thinks that going for an early KO is the only option for McGregor:

“Forget about pacing. It’s do or die,” he said, per Anton Tabuena of Bloody Elbow. “Round 1 or 2. You either become two-division champion in Round 1 or 2, or you are going to go down.”

However, McGregor’s explosive tactics failed to put Diaz away in both of their fights. During the first clash, he was easily choked into submission after Diaz absorbed the early punches and found a big shot of his own. A similar story could unfold against the dynamic fighting style of Alvarez, whose durability gives him a slight advantage.


McGregor’s Confidence vs. Alvarez’s Fast Start

Alvarez has only been beaten by KO once in his 13-year career, and so McGregor’s early pressing needs to be more considered than ever. As seen during his recent blitz of Dos Anjos, the current lightweight champion is more than capable of springing into an instant barrage of his own.

Despite being the underdog against Dos Anjos, Alvarez stopped his opponent in the first round after some ferocious early pressure. McGregor will be wary of this but won’t lack for confidence and will back himself to inflict early damage. This can leave him open to punishment if Alvarez decides to quickly move forward. McGregor often has a stalking style when his opponent is on the back foot, something Alvarez is unlikely to allow.

“Whenever I get a guy that everyone is high up about, that he’s really dangerous, that he’s killing opponents, I usually knock those guys out,” Alvarez said after the Dos Anjos fight on The MMA Hour, per Danny Segura of MMA Fighting.

“It has nothing to do with me being good or me having a certain technique. I get scared. I literary get afraid to the point where my body reacts in ways that it just makes for phenomenal performances.

Given that McGregor is the hyped-up favourite who strikes fear into his opponents, Alvarez will feel he can capitalise simply by applying pressure from the off. It should be a tight encounter, but the American is smart and savvy enough to outlast the ferociousness of his competitor.


Prediction: Alvarez to win in Round 4

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Despite winning five of his last six bouts and soaring to the top five in the middleweight division, Gegard Mousasi wants to avenge that one loss in that stretch, and he’ll get that chance on November 19 when he faces No. 10-ranked Uriah Hall in the new main event of UFC Fight Night at The SSE Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland.The new main event came together when Gunnar Nelson was forced from his bout against Dong Hyun Kim due to injury. Kim will be rescheduled for a future card.The event will air live on UFC FIGHT PASS beginning at 12:30pm ET / 9:30am PT.Currently sporting a three-figh … Read the Full Article Here View full post on UFC News

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight contender Tony Ferguson is ranked No. 4 at 155 pounds (see the top 10 here), and will likely secure a crack at the division crown with a win over Rafael dos Anjos at UFC Fight Night 98.

Not that he gives a shit.

“I’m more interested in receiving my black belt from Eddie Bravo’s 10th Planet jiu-jitsu system than the UFC belt right now,” Ferguson told Yahoo! Sports. “The [UFC] belt is tarnished, man. I feel like the belt has been in so many different hands, it’s so polluted. It needs to be recycled by the time I get there.”

It could, conceivably, end up in a featherweight’s hands at UFC 205.

Ferguson (21-3) is now the winner of eight straight with six finishes during that span. “El Cucuy” will throw down with Dos Anjos — the former lightweight champion — on Nov. 5, 2016 in Mexico City, Mexico.

Until then, you can probably catch him rolling with Eddie Bravo.

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion Michael Bisping set Twitter ablaze on Tuesday night after telling his followers he verbally agreed to fight self-proclaimed free agent Georges St-Pierre.

“I verbally agreed,” Bisping wrote on social media. “They’ve been negotiating this fight for the last few days.

Bisping has been calling for a St-Pierre fight ever since he captured the crown from Luke Rockhold back in June (proof). While “Rush” competed exclusively at 170 pounds under the UFC banner, the former welterweight kingpin has not ruled out a trip to 185 pounds.

And appears to be open to fighting the brash Brit with his crazy new choke, based on these comments.

There would be no better place for the French-Canadian to return than UFC 206, as the “Cormier vs. Johnson 2” pay-per-view (PPV) event takes place this December inside Rogers Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

“There is no Bisping vs. St-Pierre fight in Toronto,” UFC President Dana White told ESPN. “I know Mike wants it, but it’s not happening.”

He wants it because of this.

St-Pierre has a contentious relationship with White ever since he skipped town in late 2013. While fences appeared to me on the mend as recently as last summer, the UFC sale threw a monkey wrench into the GSP comeback plans.

For now.

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It’s a slow week on the MMA landscape, but that just gives us a rare chance to look ahead. And there’s a blockbuster on the horizon with “UFC 205: Alvarez vs. McGregor.”

But is it the best card of all time?

Of course, we’ll need to see how the fights play out to see how the card lives in history, but on paper, there’s certainly a case to be made. Every single fighter on the six-fight main card is ranked in the top-15 of their respective division in the latest edition of the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA rankings, and nine of the fighters are in the top-4 of their weight class.

Take a look at the card below, including the fighters’ rankings, and vote below: Is UFC 205 the greatest fight card of all time?


  • Champ Eddie Alvarez (No. 1 lightweight, No. 8 P4P) vs. Champ Conor McGregor (No. 1 featherweight, No. 5 P4P)
  • Champ Tyron Woodley (No. 1 welterweight, No. 9 P4P) vs. Stephen Thompson (No. 2 welterweight)
  • Champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk (No. 1 strawweight) vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz (No. 4 strawweight)
  • Yoel Romero (No. 4 middleweight) vs. Chris Weidman (No. 3 middleweight, No. 14 P4P)
  • Donald Cerrone (No. 14 welterweight) vs. Kelvin Gastelum (No. 15 welterweight)
  • Raquel Pennington (No. 15 women’s bantamweight) vs. Miesha Tate (No. 3 women’s bantamweight)


  • Frankie Edgar (No. 4 featherweight) vs. Jeremy Stephens (No. 12 featherweight)
  • Michael Johnson (No. 11 lightweight) vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov (No. 2 lightweight)
  • Rashad Evans (No. 8 light heavyweight) vs. Tim Kennedy
  • Tim Boetsch vs. Rafael Natal
  • Thiago Alves vs. Jim Miller
  • Vicente Luque vs. Belal Muhammad
  • Liz Carmouche vs. Katlyn Chookagian

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) had to make a couple of late changes to its upcoming UFC 205 pay-per-view (PPV) event, scheduled for Nov. 12, 2016 inside Madison Square Garden in New York City, thanks to a potential United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) violation by Lyman Good.

Enter Vicente Luque, who steps in to tangle with Belal Muhammad on short notice.

Luque (10-5-1) came up short in his Octagon debut, a decision loss to Michael Graves at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 21 Finale in July 2015. Since that time, the “Silent Assassin” rattled off three straight wins — all three of them finishes.

The Brazilian, as they say, is on a roll.

Muhammad (10-1) is still looking to make his mark in UFC after a stellar run on the local circuit. “Remember the Name” dropped his debut fight to Alan Jouban at UFC Fight Night 90, but roared back to finish Augusto Montano just a few months later.

Great fight. Who ya’ got?

UFC 205 will be headlined by the lightweight title fighting pitting 155-pound kingpin Eddie Alvarez against featherweight champion Conor McGregor. Elsewhere on the card, Tim Kennedy collides with Rashad Evans at middleweight, while Donald Cerrone takes on Kelvin Gastelum at 170 pounds.

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Longtime Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) matchmaker and Senior Vice President of Talent Relations, Joe Silva, is retiring from the world’s preeminent mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion by the end of the year.

More on that story here.

Taking over for Silva will be former assistant and longtime ZUFFA employee Sean Shelby. But UFC has several hundred fighters in its employ, so Shelby will get some help from ex-Legacy Fighting Championship promoter Mick Maynard.

MMA Fighting breaks down their respective duties.

Shelby now oversees the women’s strawweight and bantamweight divisions, as well as the men’s bantamweight, featherweight, lightweight and welterweight divisions, the latter two being new additions to his duties. Meanwhile, Maynard oversees the men’s flyweight, middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight divisions.

No more lives for sale, thank goodness.

The retirement of Joe Silva is just one of many changes UFC can expect over the next several weeks. After selling to WME | IMG earlier this year (details), the promotion has slowly-but-surely started to thin the herd restructure its executive team.

To the tune of 60-80 employees.

In addition, several fighters have been released from their contracts and the rumor mill has UFC scaling back its number of annual events, though nothing has been confirmed at this time.

Stay tuned.

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Canadian fans complaining about UFC 206 might want to pay attention to Michael Bisping’s Twitter feed.

The UFC middleweight champ says he’s “verbally agreed” to a matchup on the card with Georges St-Pierre (25-2 MMA, 19-2 UFC) and prodded the former UFC welterweight champion to put pen to paper.

“We all want more money,” Bisping (30-7 MMA, 20-7 UFC) wrote. “But let’s go, sign the papers. Give the people of Toronto what they want, be a hero! Let’s go champ!”

Despite Bisping’s claims, UFC President Dana White told MMAjunkie that fans should temper their enthusiasm.

“There is no Bisping vs. ‘GSP’ fight in Toronto,” White told MMAjunkie via text. “I know Mike wants it, but it’s not happening.”

UFC 206 takes place Dec. 10 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto. The event airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.

Bisping’s comments are the latest development in a strange saga with St-Pierre. The 35-year-old hasn’t competed since beating Johny Hendricks at UFC 167 in November 2013. According to the French-Canadian superstar, discussions about a UFC comeback started in February when he told the promotion he was eager to end his lengthy hiatus and return to competition.

“Rush,” who left the promotion on a run of 12 consecutive wins – a streak that includes nine defenses the 170-pound belt – felt he was making progress towards stepping back in the UFC, but the promotion was suddenly sold to new owners, and negotiations soured.

That prompted St-Pierre to declare himself a free agent, a stance that UFC officials opposed.

“Georges St-Pierre remains under an existing agreement with Zuffa, LLC as his MMA promoter,” a statement from the promotion read. “Zuffa intends to honor its agreement with St-Pierre and reserves its rights under the law to have St-Pierre do the same.”

MMAjunkie then spotted St-Pierre in Las Vegas, home of the UFC, last week, thought he declined to comment on his reason for being in town.

The latest UFC 206 card includes:

  • Champ Daniel Cormier vs. Anthony Johnson – for light heavyweight title
  • Poliana Botelho vs. Valerie Letourneau
  • Zach Makovsky vs. John Moraga
  • John Makdessi vs. Lando Vannata
  • Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Drew Dober
  • Rustam Khabilov vs. Jason Saggo
  • Misha Cirkunov vs. Nikita Krylov
  • Dooho Choi vs. Cub Swanson
  • Li Jingliang vs. Chad Laprise
  • Emil Meek vs. Jordan Mein

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Gunnar Nelson reveals injury that forced him out of UFC Belfast
"I was so much looking forward to fighting again in Ireland and now it's not happening because of a stupid ankle twist that ironically happened in a UFC open work out," Nelson wrote. "It happened at 1:08 min into the video that was live on Facebook for
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