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MMA has inspired some terrible tattoos, but this McGregor-Diaz ink is pretty amazing

One MMA fan now has quite the way to remember UFC 202 and the rematch between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz.

On Aug. 20, 2016, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, then-featherweight champion McGregor narrowly edge Diaz via majority decision in a non-title welterweight bout. McGregor avenged a submission loss to Diaz from earlier in the year, and it ultimately set up a move to lightweight, where McGregor beat Eddie Alvarez to claim the 155-pound title.

RelatedTony Ferguson responds to Conor McGregor with perfect(ly odd) 'Grand Theft Auto' video on Twitter

The rematch between McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) and Diaz (19-11 MMA, 14-9 UFC) was a back-and-forth, bloody and often-grueling five-rounder that earned plenty of “Fight of the Year” accolades. UFC 202, which had the two rivals on the top of the bill, is also reported to have done 1.6 million pay-per-view buys – a UFC record.

So how do you honor one of the biggest fights in MMA history? One MMA fan got some nifty ink to do it.

Here’s the tattoo, in video form (via Instagram):

It appears to be inspired by this image from AP photographer Isaac Brekken:

For more on UFC 202, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

Conor McGregor, right, and Nate Diaz embrace following their welterweight mixed martial arts bout at UFC 202 on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016, in Las Vegas. McGregor won by split decision. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken) Aug 20, 2016; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Nate Diaz (red gloves) competes against Conor McGregor (blue gloves ) during UFC 202 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joshua Dahl-USA TODAY Sports Aug 20, 2016; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Nate Diaz (red gloves) competes against Conor McGregor (blue gloves ) during UFC 202 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joshua Dahl-USA TODAY Sports Nate Diaz wipes blood from his eyes during his welterweight mixed martial arts bout against Conor McGregor at UFC 202 on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016, in Las Vegas. McGregor won by split decision. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken) Aug 20, 2016; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Nate Diaz (red gloves) competes against Conor McGregor (blue gloves ) during UFC 202 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joshua Dahl-USA TODAY Sports Aug 20, 2016; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Nate Diaz (red gloves) competes against Conor McGregor (blue gloves) during UFC 202 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joshua Dahl-USA TODAY Sports Aug 20, 2016; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Nate Diaz (red gloves) reacts with Conor McGregor (blue gloves) during UFC 202 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joshua Dahl-USA TODAY Sports Aug 20, 2016; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor (blue gloves) reacts to fight with Nate Diaz (red gloves) during UFC 202 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joshua Dahl-USA TODAY Sports Aug 20, 2016; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Nate Diaz (red gloves) competes against Conor McGregor (blue gloves) during UFC 202 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joshua Dahl-USA TODAY Sports Aug 20, 2016; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor (blue gloves) before the fight against Nate Diaz (red gloves) during UFC 202 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joshua Dahl-USA TODAY Sports jQuery.extend( window._usmgOptions,{ scriptUrl: "https://s2.wp.com/wp-content/themes/vip/usatoday-plugins/api-galleries/assets", analyticsCallback: "galleryAnalytics", fullscreenUrl: "http://mmajunkie.com/sigallery/MscgXWzHSGD4xd2c2YEnZA/277852", customAnalytics: true, title: "Best of McGregor vs. Diaz 2", feedsrc: 2 } );(typeof _usdpgw == "undefined") ? _usdpgw = new _usdpGalleryWall(window._usmgOptions) : _usdpgw.start();
Filed under: Blue Corner, Featured Videos, News, UFC

Evan Dunham is a Conor McGregor fan – but if anybody asks, Tony Ferguson is the UFC champ

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Filed under: News, Radio Highlight, UFC

While matchmaking is not an exact science, there is a general logic to the process, which often involves fighters paired with peers who are coming off equally positive or negative outcomes.

But then how do you go about planning your octagon future when you neither won nor lost your most recent bout?

That’s what lightweight Evan Dunham, who fought Beneil Dariush to a majority draw last week at UFC 216, will find out.

“I’m not going to fight down,” Dunham told MMAjunkie Radio. “I’ll tell you that right now. I’m only fighting up. And I said that going into my last fight. Because they tried to give me someone who wasn’t ranked.

“And I was like, ‘Dude, I’m coming off four wins. If this isn’t an opportunity for me to fight up, I don’t know what is.’ And since I didn’t take a loss, I’m not changing my stance.”

Dunham (18-6-1 MMA, 11-6-1 UFC) and Dariush (14-3-1 MMA, 8-3-1 UFC) opened UFC 216’s pay-per-view main card on a solid note. Dariush’s strong start had him taking a pair of 10-8 scores in the first round, but Dunham’s rally granted him the 10-9 scorecards that he needed to even things out – despite one judge seeing it Dariush’s way.

RelatedTony (Ferguson or Montana?) – UFC champ Conor McGregor breaks silence on Twitter

As it often happens with outcomes like these, both Dariush and Dunham were left thinking they’d done enough to win the fight. But at least one of them found out that, after 10 years, there are still surprises to be had in the octagon.

“A draw never even crossed my mind until they said it, to tell you the truth,” Dunham said. “Because I think this was what, my 33rd fight or something like that total, counting amateurs. And I’d never had a draw before. So I wasn’t thinking draw. I was actually thinking I won that, because I won (Rounds 2 and 3).

“When I’m there, I don’t think about, ‘How did they score this round?’ I think about, ‘Did I win that round, or did I lose that round?’ But after this fight I’m probably going to start thinking a little bit more, like ‘OK, how exactly did they score it?'”

Dunham’s plans moving forward were made clear: He’s not dipping below himself in the official UFC rankings, in which he occupies the No. 14 spot. But like a lot of his fellow UFC lightweights, Dunham knows that making your way up can be complicated given the division’s current state of affairs.

“Kevin Lee said it best, the rankings don’t mean (expletive) at this point,” Dunham said. “Which breaks my heart, hearing that as a guy who’s based my whole career trying to make my way up the rankings. Because, in my idea, you work your way up the rankings, that’s what gets you a title shot.”

RelatedTony Ferguson responds to Conor McGregor with perfect(ly odd) 'Grand Theft Auto' video on Twitter

Instead, Dunham believes there’s a logjam atop the division – with a few key players making it harder by their inactivity. That starts with champion Conor McGregor, who Dunham clarifies he is actually a fan of, but also goes by the likes of McGregor’s two-time opponent Nate Diaz and undefeated contender Khabib Nurmagomedov.

“The division is so jammed up at the top that it makes it really tough for anybody to work their way up,” Dunham said. “Because you’ve got Diaz, who’s not doing anything. You’ve got Conor, who’s – well, last weekend kind of helped it out. Now we have an interim champion, and there is starting to be some movement.”

The way Dunham – as well as a large group of people that includes UFC President Dana White – sees it, the title fight to make now is between newly crowned interim champion Tony Ferguson (24-3 MMA, 14-1 UFC) and McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC). Of course, rankings logic is one good reason for that. But Dunham also sees the battle as an intriguing stylistic matchup.

“That’s why the interim title was made,” Dunham said. “That’s the reason why they did the whole thing last weekend. Ferguson is the champ. In my book, if anybody asks, Ferguson is the champ of the 155 division right now.”

The next title challenger, Dunham reasons, could very well emerge from a UFC 218 meeting between ex-titleholder Eddie Alvarez and former WSOF champion Justin Gaethje. A meeting that, it turns out, Dunham is particularly invested in.

“I would like to fight the loser of that,” Dunham said. “Usually, they go loser-loser, and I’m kind of in this grey area of a draw. I don’t know what it means, but I guess I’ll figure it out pretty soon. But I would love to fight the loser of that fight, because the winner should get a title shot. It makes sense to me.”

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Chase Sherman roasted fans who posted selfies on Twitter by telling them what they do for a living

Chase Sherman probably has the best social media game in all of MMA, and the UFC heavyweight showed us why again with a legendary Twitter thread.

Sherman on Friday (the 13th) asked fans to post a selfie so he could predict what they do for a living, and the results were hilarious, with Sherman (11-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) roasting fan after fan after fan.

Here are just a few of my favorite responses, though the entire thread is worth a scroll:

Post a selfie, and I'll tell you what you do for a living. #MysticChase pic.twitter.com/avS52CTgnA

— Chase Sherman (@ChaseShermanUFC) October 13, 2017

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— Josh garvey (@joshgarvey181) October 13, 2017

Whatever you do for a living didn't pay for the light bill this month. It's dark in there.

— Chase Sherman (@ChaseShermanUFC) October 13, 2017

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— Demetrios N (@mitchSpartan) October 13, 2017

Backup dancer for Pitbull.

— Chase Sherman (@ChaseShermanUFC) October 13, 2017

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— conor riggs (@cbr2453) October 13, 2017

Conor Mcgregor Public Relations Tweeter in your free time

— Chase Sherman (@ChaseShermanUFC) October 13, 2017

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— OklahoMMA (@OklahoMMA) October 13, 2017

You drowned at Camp Crystal Lake several years ago. But it is Friday the 13th

— Chase Sherman (@ChaseShermanUFC) October 13, 2017

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— ©onor (@MacMartials) October 13, 2017

You're Buffalo Bill from Silence of the Lambs. Lotion Provider

— Chase Sherman (@ChaseShermanUFC) October 13, 2017

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For more on the upcoming UFC schedule, visit the UFC Rumors section of the site.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

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UFC Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz 'comfortably retired now,' shuts door on return to fighting

Tito Ortiz made rival Chael Sonnen tap out earlier this year, and that, it seems, is how the “Huntington Beach Bad Boy” is content finishing his MMA career.

Ortiz, who has come out of retirement before, told MMAjunkie on Friday that he’s “comfortably retired now” and has no intention of competing ever again.

“As a fighter, it’s time to say it’s over after 20 years of competition,” the UFC Hall of Famer said. “I’m 42 years old. I’ve been through eight surgeries, and I still have my head on my shoulders, which I’m very, very lucky. Fortunate for the things that I’ve had through mixed martial arts, so I’m just trying to use the best of it to build the name of Tito Ortiz.

“I’m doing well, man. Just working hard and chasing this American dream, and I’m living it.”

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Ortiz (19-12-1), a former light heavyweight champion, first retired in 2012 after a 27-fight UFC career ended with a second loss to Forrest Griffin at UFC 148. Ortiz’s retirement didn’t last long, though, as he signed with Bellator and returned to the cage in 2014.

Ortiz competed four times with the promotion, going 3-1. That includes a rear-naked choke submission win over Sonnen (30-15-1) in January at Bellator 170. Ever since then – much like before the fight – the two men have engaged in a war of words on social media and in the press.

In August, following neck surgery, Ortiz posted a video on Instagram updating his condition and seemed to call out Sonnen when he ended with these words: “Now it’s time to get ready, because, Chael, I’m kicking your ass.”

Asked if a rematch with Sonnen could actually lure him out of retirement, Ortiz mostly joked with his response.

RelatedChael Sonnen responds to Tito Ortiz's callout on Twitter just how you'd expect

“You know what? I may kick Chael’s ass just one time, just because, maybe for free,” Ortiz said, laughing. “Because I hate the guy.”

Then Ortiz’s tone of voice changed.

“I really don’t want to, but I really dislike that guy a lot,” he continued. “But I’m not looking forward to it, man. I’m not looking forward to training again. I’m not looking forward to being on the grind. But that guy just can’t shut his mouth about me.”

While Ortiz’s disdain for Sonnen is real, he insists the potential for a return to fighting isn’t. Ortiz these days is focused on other endeavors, including his sports management company, Primetime 360, which represents UFC women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg. He also has the newly formed Tito Ortiz Auto Group, a wholesale and retail car dealership.

There’s also Hollywood. Ortiz has a part in Tyler Perry’s “Boo 2! A Madea Halloween,” which hits theaters next Friday, and is hopeful of future acting opportunities.

So, fighting again? It looks unlikely.

“I’ve learned a lot through my life – mixed martial arts, as a business man, as an entreprenuer, and as a fighter and a father,” Ortiz said. “It’s just time to shut that door and open up other doors.”

For more on the upcoming MMA schedule, visit the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Filed under: Bellator, News, UFC

Is CM Punk's return to UFC imminent? He's apparently training like it is

CM Punk is hard at work, preparing for his second fight in the UFC.

At least that’s what it looks like based on an Instagram post by MMA trainer Duke Roufus, who serves as Punk’s head coach at Roufusport in Milwaukee.

Punk (0-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC), a former WWE star, hasn’t competed since a first-round submission loss to Mickey Gall in his MMA debut at UFC 203 last year. It was widely considered a failure for Punk, who wasn’t able to mount any offense before tapping out to a rear-naked choke just 2:14 into the fight.

Roufus’ Instagram post caption is curious, with him specifically stating Punk is back in camp “working on his next fight,” which makes you wonder if a booking could be in the works. Is it possible Punk fights before the end of the year as Roufus hinted at back in August.

For what it’s worth, UFC President Dana White said shortly after Punk’s loss that he would “probably not” continue fighting for the organization, though he’s never taken a definitive stance.

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, visit the UFC Rumors section of the site.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2543 with Eddie Alvarez, Brad Tavares, Ben Fowlkes

Stream or download Friday’s episode of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Eddie Alvarez, Brad Tavares and Ben Fowlkes.

Alvarez discussed his upcoming Dec. 2 fight vs. Justin Gaethje at UFC 218 and his coaching stint on ‘TUF 26.’ Tavares was in studio to recap his UFC 216 win over Thales Leites. Fowlkes talked about the latest MMA news, including Mark Hunt vs. the UFC and the dangers of weight cutting.

You can watch below or stream the entire episode on AudioBoom.com.


Filed under: News, Radio, UFC

After TKO loss in GLORY debut, 'Bigfoot' Silva wants rematch vs. Rico Verhoeven – but on his turf


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It wasn’t exactly a closely contested affair, but for what it’s worth, Antonio Silva managed to take one of the best kickboxers in the world to the second round in his debut.

“Bigfoot” Silva (19-12-1 MMA) met GLORY heavyweight champion Rico Verhoeven (52-10-1 kickboxing) in a non-title headliner at today’s GLORY 46 SuperFight Series event in Guangzhou, China.

The bout, scheduled for three three-minute rounds, was called to a stop early in the second after a flurry by Verhoeven had “Bigfoot” cornered against the ropes.

Verhoeven relied heavily on low kicks in the first round – a strategy that seemed to pay dividends as Silva twice struggled to keep his footing. A low blow by the GLORY champ, however, caused the fight to be paused for a bit.

The beginning of the end would come in Round 2 – courtesy of a swift head kick that sent “Bigfoot” to the mat. While he did get back to his feet, Verhoeven would soon start to unleash, following a spinning kick with some punches to prompt the referee to intervene 47 seconds into the round.

While a rematch in the ring doesn’t seem all that likely, how about one in the cage? According to Silva’s longtime manager, Alex Davis, “Bigfoot” would be glad to make it happen.

“Antonio went out there and did his first kickboxing fight against the current GLORY champ and legend, Rico Verhoeven,” Davis told MMAjunkie. “And not even himself expected to win. But he fought like a lion. Nothing to be ashamed of. And nor was it the manslaughter everyone predicted.

“Now, Antonio thinks that it is Verhoeven’s turn to debut in MMA. And since he took the first challenge, he now respectfully invites Rico to do the same in MMA. Bigfoot would be more than happy to welcome him.”

In any case, the Brazilian heavyweight seems to be taking the loss like a champ. In his social media, Silva said it was “an honor” to share the ring with his foe and made it clear that he would like other opportunities to perform under the GLORY banner. (via Instagram)

“Bigfoot,” 37, was a massive underdog going into the fight, which, given the current trend of the fighters’ careers, wasn’t exactly received well by fans, media and even Davis himself when it was first announced.

Not only was it Silva’s kickboxing debut, the UFC and Strikeforce vet has lost his past five MMA fights – the last one, which ended in a knockout, took place in Russia in June. The 28-year-old kickboxing veteran Verhoeven, in turn, is now riding an eight-fight streak.

Check out the full fight, which streamed live on UFC Fight Pass, above.

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Check out the 'Why We Fight' series trailer that has backing from Ronda Rousey


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A new eight-part documentary series debuts next week that promises to take viewers inside the minds and hearts of fighters.

“Why We Fight” debuts next Wednesday on Verizon’s go90 streaming network. The eight-episode series is executive produced by former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.

The series follows fighter Zac Wohlman as he travels around the world seeking answers to not only some of his own struggles and demons, but to the question: “Why do we fight?” Wohlman meets fellow fighters to hear their own reasons for why they do what they do.

Wohlman, a California native, fought through a drug addiction and went on a trip that he hoped would help heal old wounds to let him return to boxing. In the premiere episode, Wohlman travels to Tijuana, Mexico, to study the art of boxing.

“‘Why We Fight’ is a powerful, visceral and multi-layered journey that goes beyond the ring and explores the motivations that compel these athletes to compete in their sport,” stated Justin Killion, general manager of premium content for Complex Networks, which is distributing the series through go90. “We’re honored that Zac shared his personal story with us.”

Check out the series’ trailer in the video above.

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Zach Makovsky doesn't have plan beyond ACB 72 headliner vs. Yoni Sherbatov

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Former UFC and Bellator veteran Zach Makovsky takes on Yoni Sherbatov tonight at ACB 72 in Montreal, but beyond that he’s not sure what his fighting future holds.

During an appearance this week on MMAjunkie Radio, Makovsky (20-8), a former Bellator bantamweight champion, said his headliner with Sherbatov (6-0) concludes a two-fight deal he signed with the Russian-based ACB promotion after exiting the UFC last December.

What comes afterward? He’s not really sure.

“I don’t have any real long-term plans,” Makovsky said. “I’m definitely toward the end of my career. I’ve been fighting professionally for almost 11 years, 34 years old. I’m really just looking for the best possible deal, situation for myself. And I’m really open to whatever that is – if it’s continuing to sign more fights with ACB, if it’s going back to UFC, whatever. I’m open to whatever is the best deal for me at the time.”

Makovsky submitted Josiel Silva with a guillotine choke in May at ACB 60 to snap a three-fight losing streak in the UFC, where he went 3-4 in seven appearances. That included losses to former flyweight title challengers Joseph Benavidez and John Dodson, as well as a win over Tim Elliott.

To hear more from Makovsky, including his assessment of Sherbatov, watch the video above.

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LFA 24 highlights: Mackenzie Dern's finishing choke, Curtis Millender's brutal KO in headliner

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Curtis Millender and Mackenzie Dern were the stars of LFA 24, earning impressive finishes in their bouts.

LFA 24 took place Friday from Comerica Theatre in Phoenix and aired live on AXS TV.

In the main event, four-time Bellator veteran Millender (13-3) helped his cause to return to the big stage with a highlight-reel head-kick knockout of Matthew Frincu (11-3) in just 38 seconds of their welterweight contest. The two explosive fighters came out looking to bang, but it was Millender who patiently absorbed blows before countering with a right high kick that landed flush on the chin and sent Frincu crashing to the canvas.

In a featured women’s flyweight fight, jiu-jitsu world champion Mackenzie Dern (4-0) earned another submission win by locking in a rear-naked choke to make Mandy Polk (3-4) tap out at the 2:55 mark of the first round. What stood out, though, was the fact that Dern’s striking – not her grappling – set up the finisher.

Watch the full highlights above.

And for more on LFA 24, check out the MMA Events section of the site.


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After cancer brought blooming career to a halt, Bruno Ferreira still wants shot at his dream

Bruno Ferreira didn’t literally go from “heaven to hell” in one week back in June of 2014. But what he went through shortly after signing his first international contract came close.

Ferreira was 26 and held a spotless eight-finish MMA record when he signed with what was then Legacy FC. Unlike most up-and-comers, who have their sights set in the UFC from the start, Ferreira didn’t even put that much thought into that back then. His first major dream had already been fulfilled: he would get to fight in the U.S.

“It’d be my first time outside of Brazil,” Ferreira told MMAjunkie. “I think I’ve never even seen an airplane.”

Ferreira didn’t exactly lead a luxurious life. After moving from his native Sao Jose do Rio Pardo with a 5-0 record to train in the much bigger city of Campinas, he had to live in the gym. By the time the Legacy FC contract came, three wins later, he’d just recently been able to rent a one-bedroom apartment with his wife.

Things seemed to be quite on track for Ferreira (8-0), except for the back pain that some seriously persistent kidney stones had been giving him for nearly six months. Nothing seemed to work to ease his suffering. Still, Ferreira pushed on, training as hard as ever.

Until, after taking three consecutive trips to the hospital in one weekend, Ferreira urged the doctors to take action.

“It was the same week I had signed with Legacy,” Ferreira said. “(The signing) was even in the newspaper – I even showed it to the doctor. I hadn’t done the scan yet, so I told him I was going to fight soon and I needed to get rid of the stones. I couldn’t take the pain anymore.”

So they finally did a scan. Instead of pain relief, though, what Ferreira got something much scarier: a cancer diagnosis, and a somewhat advanced one, at that, which had already spread from one of his testicles and made its way up to other spots in the fighter’s belly.

“I went from heaven to hell in the same week,” Ferreira said. “I made my dream come true, and then the rug was pulled from under me. At first it was very hard. I was depressed. I was at a situation in which, as soon as it got dark, I started crying immediately. I was in despair.

“Because when you find out about the disease, the first thing you think is that you’re going to die. It was the only thing I thought, that I was going to die and that I wouldn’t be able to do what I love anymore, what I’d conquered, which is fighting.”

Aggressive chemo, three surgeries and a lost voice

Ferreira was admitted to the hospital, where he stayed for a week. Things, however, would only get tougher from there.

“Two weeks after I found out, I lost my voice,” Ferreira said. “I couldn’t talk for five months, due to a mass. I did six cycles of hardcore chemo. And then, in October I had surgery and removed the testicle.”

Ferreira’s chemo treatment was aggressive: The cycles, which were administered 21 days apart, consisted of Monday-to-Friday treatment, with medication going into his body from five to six hours straight. At first, Ferreira could barely gather the strength to eat.

But, after his body started getting accustomed to the aggressive treatment, he went back to the mat for some jiu-jitsu. Of course, there was some serious physical strain. But, for a man who’d just had his dream so violently snatched away, it was also therapy.

“I had no strength,” Ferreira recalled. “My friends took it easy on me. But I was always staying active. I did one hour, 40 minutes of training, and it was enough to make me happy. I felt alive again.”

In March 2015, Ferreira would have to give the mat a break again. Two eight-hour surgeries in the same spot, 15 days apart, left him recovering from a big gash on his belly for four months. And the scare wasn’t over. Late in 2016, altered blood work meant another two particularly rough rounds of chemo.

“I almost died doing the chemo,” Ferreira said. “I couldn’t eat for 10 days. I couldn’t even swallow my saliva. It destroyed my body.”

While he always got back to the mat, Ferreira felt drained and tired – even in between chemo treatments. He moved from Campinas back to his city, where he opened a gym with his wife, who’s a zumba teacher. At some point, as he battled to get his health back, Ferreira had to confront the harsh reality that perhaps his days of being an MMA fighter were behind him.

“A few times, I thought, ‘There’s no point,'” Ferreira said. “‘I’ll need to move on with my life. This part of it is done. I’ll never be as strong as I was before.'”

Determined to not surrender, though, Ferreira decided to resort to other methods as well. Ferreira, who’s very religious, heard in church about an alternative type of treatment that focuses on food and dietary supplements. While the efficiency of these kinds of treatment is a far from unanimous, Ferreira started feeling like his old self again.

“I started doing sparring,” Ferreira said. “And that fire that was deep down in me started lighting up again. I started winning jiu-jitsu fights in tournaments again. And then it started coming back to me.”

“My dream hasn’t died”

While Ferreira is still going to have to follow his health closely for years, he’s hoping the two rounds of chemo in late 2016 were his last. He’s now eating properly – mostly lean meats, vegetables and complex carbs – and says he feels just as strong as he felt before the health scare. Finally, he feels ready to return to the cage.

Ferreira says he’s now training three to four times a day and believes he could start a camp and be ready to take a bantamweight fight as soon as four months from now. A mission that his manager since before he got sick, Wade Hampel, has fully embraced.

“The time is now,” Ferreira said. “My dream hasn’t died. God gave me a chance to continue and I’m going to pursue it.”

Ferreira’s last MMA fight, in 2013, ended the same way that all of his other ones did: with a first-round finish on the ground. Even the only knockout, he explained, actually stemmed from an attack from the mount. His eye-popping record, paired with his attitude, made Hampel sure that his signee was destined for great things.

Which is why, even when Ferreira tried to come to terms with the fact that he might never return, Hampel remained confident.

“I always knew he was a great fighter in the cage and life,” Hampel said. “Even though it was a dire situation, I like to believe he was going to fight this way through this. And if there’s anyone that could fight their way through this, it was Bruno. He’s accustomed to difficult challenges in life.

“And I think he embraced it just like he does fighting in the cage. He never quit. Even though his pictures showed him sick, with cancer, they did not show a broken soul. I knew there was always hope. I knew he always had hope. And I never saw him broken.”

The manager, in fact, signed Ferreira along with a close friend of his, Ricardo Ramos, most commonly known in Brazil as “Carcacinha.” Ramos, who trained and slept in the same gym as Ferreira, was 6-0 then. The plan was the same for both then-undefeated fighters: getting them to Legacy FC first, then the UFC.

While Ramos, who’s now scheduled to fight at UFC 217 after a successful octagon debut, went on to do just that, Ferreira faced a much harder battle. But, for Ferreira, watching from the sidelines didn’t turn into frustration. If anything, Ferreira celebrated his friend’s success as his own.

“I know everything he went through, from age 14 to 21,” Ferreira said. “When he signed his UFC contract, it was the happiest day of my life. I was so happy for him, because he deserved it.

“(Watching MMA) was a way of making me feel closer to it. I was never sad watching it, like ‘I’m never going to do this.’ I loved it and I still do. I always had it in my heart. While, in my head, I sometimes thought ‘I’m going to have to give up,’ in my heart I’ve always had a lot of faith in God that it would work out. That my dream wasn’t over. That it was simply paused.”

“I was afraid of death before. But we’re here, aren’t we?”

While Hampel says he has no doubts that Ferreira would be in the UFC had he continued on his path, the bantamweight himself doesn’t think about that. The 29-year-old’s main goal, as it turns out, remains the same as it was back in 2013.

“I’ll fight for anyone that wants me,” Ferreira said with a laugh. “My dream is just to fight abroad, really. I never thought specifically about the UFC. I thought about fighting internationally – especially in the U.S. And then, if I won, the UFC could maybe follow, I don’t know.”

The dark days were made lighter by the overwhelming support Ferreira found in his wife, parents, in-laws, training partners and friends. He’s feeling good, he’s eating well but, most importantly, he’s alive. Even if it took, before his 30th birthday, dealing with difficulties that most people don’t face in a lifetime.

“I got sick at a time when people are usually so healthy, you know?” Ferreira said. “And you learn how to deal with things. Sometimes even in training, I was exhausted, gassed out, and I thought, ‘Are you going to give up again?’ So I told myself no, and I got back in there.

“I think you learn how to see life differently. I was afraid of death before. But we’re here, aren’t we? We’re all subjected to it, not just those of us who are sick.”

Ferreira is now ready and eager to re-open a book that he once feared would be closed for good. But, with the inevitable perspective that comes with dealing with uniquely difficult questions, Ferreira is happy to take it one chapter at a time.

“At first I’m thinking about this fight,” Ferreira said. “Whatever comes after it, I welcome it. Hopefully I’ll win. If anything else comes along after it, it will be a gift from God already.”

For more on upcoming MMA schedule, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.


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UFC's Henry Cejudo details escape from California wildfires: I was 'literally in a ring of fire'

Henry Cejudo heard his hotel’s fire alarm go off at 2 a.m., woke up, checked out the hallway, but saw nothing to make him think he was in danger.

So he went back to sleep.

What the UFC flyweight contender endured after that, though, sounds like something from a post-apocalyptic movie.

Cejudo was in Santa Rosa, Calif., for a charity event earlier this week when wildfires engulfed Northern California’s wine country. As a result of the blazes, 35 people have died, with thousands of homes and businesses destroyed.

Cejudo is grateful to be alive, but it easily could’ve been different.

In a harrowing account of his experience to ESPN.com, Cejudo said he woke up again hours later to a smoke-filled room. He could tell from his second-floor room that the hotel lobby was on fire and decided his best way to escape was by jumping out of his window.

“I pulled the curtain on the window, and it felt like daylight. It was so bright,” Cejudo said. “There were houses on fire. The hotel was on fire. I could feel the heat.

“I saw the lobby was on fire and knew there was a stairwell to get down there. I thought, ‘If I go out into the hallway and lock myself out, then I really am dead.’ There was only one way out.”

RelatedManager: Henry Cejudo will fight Sergio Pettis at UFC 218 despite injuries in fire, lost Olympic medal

Cejudo jumped to a grassy area down below and injured his foot from landing on a branch on fire. Luckily, he wasn’t immobile. He walked away.

But Cejudo couldn’t believe his eyes as he escaped.

“I was deserted,” he said. “I didn’t see one human being. I didn’t see one cat, dog – nothing. The only noise I heard was the fire.

“As I’m walking up this hill to get a bird’s-eye view of everything, I see two-story mansions on fire. I saw buildings and cars on fire. It was surreal, like a dream. I had no shoes, no time to grab anything but my slacks. I’m walking, barefoot, thinking, ‘Damn, I’m literally in a ring of fire.'”

Cejudo eventually made it up the hill and was picked up by a fire truck, thankful to have been rescued.

Cejudo (11-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC), who’s already training for his Dec. 2 pay-per-view fight against Sergio Pettis (16-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) at UFC 218, left behind his 2008 Olympic wrestling gold medal. While he’s hopeful firefighters will recover it from the wreckage, he’s OK if they don’t.

After all, he still has his life.

“People ask me if I’m sad about it. Nah, I’m happy, bro,” Cejudo said. “It’s weird because that type of adrenaline, you’re scared, but you’re challenged, too. You become courageous in something like that. It’s a crazy feeling knowing you may die.”

For more on UFC 218, visit the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Godbeer-Harris rebooked for UFC 217, Hendricks-Borrachinha rounds out main card

A heavyweight matchup expected to take place at UFC 216 has been booked again for UFC 217, instead.

UFC officials today announced that Mark Godbeer and Walt Harris fill face off on the FS1-televised prelims of next month’s UFC 217 event, which takes place Nov. 4 at Madison Square Garden in New York.

With the new contest, a middleweight matchup between Johny Hendricks (18-7 MMA, 13-7 UFC) and Paulo Borrachinha (10-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) has been moved up to the evening’s pay-per-view main card.

Godbeer and Harris were slated to meet at this past weekend’s UFC 216 before a Derrick Lewis back injury flared up the day of the contest, and Harris was plucked from the prelim bout and placed into a main card matchup with top contender Fabricio Werdum, who needed just 65 seconds to finish the fight via armbar.

Hendricks will look to untie the 1-1 record that he’s amassed since moving up to the UFC’s middleweight division. After a decision win over Hector Lombard at UFC Fight Night 105, Hendricks was knocked out by Tim Boetsch in the second round of their UFC Fight Night 112 encounter.

Borrachinha, in turn, comes impressive off back-to-back UFC wins – which cap off an undefeated professional record. The 25-year-old fighter followed a quick knockout over Garreth McLellan, at UFC Fight Night 106, with another TKO, this time over Oluwale Bamgbose, at June’s UFC 212. He has finished all of his fights to date.

The full UFC 217 lineup includes:

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Champ Michael Bisping vs. Georges St-Pierre – for middleweight title
  • Champ Cody Garbrandt vs. T.J. Dillashaw – for bantamweight title
  • Champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Rose Namajunas – for women’s strawweight title
  • Jorge Masvidal vs. Stephen Thompson
  • Paulo Borrachinha vs. Johny Hendricks

PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Joseph Duffy vs. James Vick
  • Mark Godbeer vs. Walt Harris
  • Ion Cutelaba vs. Michal Oleksiejczuk
  • Randy Brown vs. Mickey Gall

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:30 p.m. ET)

  • Curtis Blaydes vs. Aleksei Oleinik
  • Corey Anderson vs. Patrick Cummins
  • Ricardo Ramos vs. Aiemann Zahabi

For more on UFC 217, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.


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Alexander Gustafsson will wait for Daniel Cormier-Volkan Oezdemir winner, picks 'DC' to retain

Two-time UFC light heavyweight challenger Alexander Gustafsson will wait his turn for another shot at the belt.

“Daniel (Cormier) knows I’m here to stay, that I’m waiting for my rematch against him,” Gustafsson told Viaplay Fighting in a post on his official Facebook page. “I’m not in a hurry. I’ve had longer stretches between fights than this. I’ll be fine.”

Gustafsson (18-4 MMA, 10-4 UFC) said he’ll be ready to face the winner of a likely fight between Cormier (19-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC) and Volkan Oezdemir (15-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC), which could take place in early 2018 with the champ taking time to recuperate from a busy 2017.

RelatedUFC champ Daniel Cormier apologizes to Anthony Johnson: 'The reality is, I was wrong'

Although Gustafsson might not be in a rush, his desire to win UFC gold hasn’t waned.

“I want the belt,” he said. “I want a title fight. We’ll see if Volkan vs. Cormier gets confirmed. Then I’ll fight the winner and … I’m pretty sure I’ll fight ‘DC.'”

“The Mauler” pushed Cormier to the limit when they met two years ago at UFC 192, which marked Cormier’s first title defense after seizing the belt left vacant by Jon Jones’ out-of-cage troubles.

With Cormier the champ once again following Jones’ failed drug test, Gustafsson’s path to the title is clear. The Swedish star has been on a tear since his loss to Cormier, defeating Jan Blachowicz and Glover Teixeira.

Gustafsson compared Oezdemir to Anthony Johnson, who lost a pair of bouts to Cormier.

“Volkan does have a puncher’s chance,” Gustafsson said. “He’s not someone you want to underestimate. He’s a power puncher. But ‘DC’ is the better fighter.

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“(Cormier) can take a punch. He has the cardio. He is a better mixed martial artist than Volkan. So I see ‘DC’ winning the fight.”

Of course, as Gustafsson well knows, heavy-handed fighters can catch you. Johnson did just that when they met two years ago, bringing “Rumble” another title shot that ended in a bizarre fight and his retirement from MMA.

The difference between Gustafsson and Cormier, however, is their wrestling pedigrees. Cormier is a world-class grappler with the ability to take anyone down.

“He’s going to put him on his ass,” Gustafsson said of the champ. “He’ll take him down and dominate on the ground. Volkan is sort of like Anthony Johnson – a power puncher. We haven’t seen much of his ground game. And I think ‘DC’ will take him down.”

RelatedUFC champ Daniel Cormier now targets 2018 for title defense against Volkan Oezdemir

But if Oezdemir pulls off the upset, Gustafsson will happily take the fight. Then he would not only get the chance to win the title, but get some payback for his teammate Jimi Manuwa, who Oezdemir knocked out in his most recent fight.

“Styles make fights,” Gustafsson said of the potential matchup. “I want to beat ‘DC.’ I want to avenge my loss. Because of that, I want ‘DC’ to win. But if Volkan were to win, that’s fine with me. Then I’ll avenge Jimi.”

Whatever ends up happening, Gustafsson figures he’s got time to let it play out.

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

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UFC 217's Georges St-Pierre: No fight enhances my legacy more than Michael Bisping

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TORONTO – Georges St-Pierre is ending his four-year hiatus from UFC competition with a single purpose, and that’s to make his already legendary resume inside the octagon even better.

St-Pierre (25-2 MMA, 19-2 UFC) is one of the most credentialed UFC fighters ever. His 19 wins are second most in promotional history, and he has a record 12 title-fight victories to go along with it. The former longtime welterweight champ will attempt to join a small group of fighters to claim titles in two weight classes when he challenges Michael Bisping (30-7 MMA, 20-7 UFC) for UFC middleweight gold in next month’s UFC 217 headliner.

“Rush” said he needed a certain type of motivation to step back in the cage for the first time since November 2013, and that’s why he targeted Bisping. The current 185-pound titleholder has a lengthy list of accomplishments in the UFC, and St-Pierre said beating the Brit will bring further prestige to his own career.

“His resume speaks by itself,” St-Pierre said at today’s UFC 217 news conference in Toronto. “He’s trying to get on my nerves and stuff, but as a fighter I really respect him. He’s accomplished a lot of great things in this sport and that’s why I was very excited to take that fight. I didn’t want to fight nobody else, and Michael, for me, he’s the highest guy right now in the sport. There’s nobody else in the game right now that will help my legacy as much as if I beat Michael Bisping.”

RelatedWatch the latest heated face-off between Michael Bisping and Georges St-Pierre in Toronto

UFC 217 takes place Nov. 4 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. St-Pierre challenges Bisping in the pay-per-view headliner following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

After so much time off from the sport, St-Pierre is coming back to a tall task. He’s never fought in the middleweight division during his 27-fight career, and moving up for the first time to take on the champion is a risk, even for a fighter who hasn’t lost in more than 10 years.

St-Pierre said he’s not totally concerned about what “The Count” brings to the table, though. Other than size, St-Pierre said there’s nothing Bisping can offer that’s truly a threat.

“He’s got a lot more things to worry about than I have about him,” St-Pierre said. “I can take him down, strike him, submit him. I can do all these things. Cardio has never been an issue for me. I’ve got a lot more weapons than he does. He’s only bigger, that’s it. I got a lot more weapons. My fight IQ is much higher than his.”

RelatedGeorges St-Pierre adds former opponent Jake Shields to UFC 217 training camp

One place where Bisping seems to hold an undeniable advantage, however, is in the mental warfare. Bisping has got St-Pierre riled up at multiple press conferences in the lead-up to UFC 217, and although the French-Canadian has displayed some agitation by shoving Bisping during two different staredowns, St-Pierre insists his mental game is strong.

“All this is a mind game and I’m used to that,” St-Pierre said. “They always come out with the same song, every time. I hear it before. It’s no problem. It’s not going to change anything to me. I do my talking in the fight and that’s it. English is not my first language. If I would start a war of words with Michael, obviously he’s British, I’m French-Canadian and my English is not as good as his. He will win every time. I choose my battles. I will fight him in the octagon and beat him there. That’s where it’s important for me.”

St-Pierre has said in the past that he’s taking his comeback one fight at a time. If he wins, a title unification bout with interim UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker is apparently next, but a loss could send him riding off into the sunset once and for all.

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For now, St-Pierre said he’s embracing the significance of his fight at UFC 217. The event is one of the biggest of the year, and St-Pierre said he’s not going to fall short on such a monumental platform.

“I’m not planning on losing anytime soon,” St-Pierre said. “I don’t lose. I do not lose. … I take a fight at a time. I used to see too much ahead of time. I’m trying to have fun and live in the present moment. It doesn’t get bigger than this. Michael Bisping middleweight title, Madison Square Garden – it’s a dream come true.

“I couldn’t wish for a better scenario. I wanted to have the biggest fight possible for my comeback and I’m at my best when I’m fighting under pressure, when I’m on the edge. That’s when I perform the best.”

For more on UFC 217, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Behold, Antonio 'Bigfoot' Silva, GLORY kickboxer

With just one victory in his past 10 MMA appearances, Antonio Silva (19-12-1) is trying something different.

As MMAjunkie previously reported, Silva has elected to try his hand at kickboxing, instead, and “Bigfoot” is jumping in the deep end, taking on current GLORY heavyweight champion Rico Verhoeven (51-10 kickboxing) in the main event of Saturday’s GLORY 46 SuperFight Series event in Guangzhou, China.

The bout streams free of charge globally on UFC Fight Pass Saturday morning at 6 a.m. ET, meaning a monthly subscription to the UFC’s digital streaming service is not required to view the Glory 46 SuperFight Series card live – or on demand for one week following the event.

Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva

It’s destined to be an uphill battle for Silva, who oddsmakers have pegged as a massive underdog and makes his kickboxing debut in a non-title fight against one of the world’s best strikers.

“Rico is one of the best in the world, a champion, and has a lot of power and explosiveness – but I’m very relaxed about this fight,” Silva stated. “I’ve fought the best strikers in the world – Mark Hunt, Alistair Overeem and others from kickboxing – and I believe one punch will finish this fight.

“I have kicks in my game, but I really believe in the power of my hands. If I can put one punch on him, I will put him down.”

Can “Bigfoot,” who weighed in at 285 pounds for the contest, pull off one of the greatest upsets of all time? Or will Verhoeven prove too much, too soon for his Brazilian foe?

Antonio Silva and Rico Verhoeven

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Georges St-Pierre frightened a child after an altercation with Michael Bisping

UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping and former welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre apparently didn’t get everything off their chests at today’s UFC 217 news conference in Toronto.

After spending nearly 30 minutes going back-and-forth and answering questions for the media (then getting heated during a staredown), the animosity between Bisping (30-7 MMA, 20-7 UFC) and St-Pierre (25-2 MMA, 19-2 UFC) spilled over behind the scenes.

Bisping and St-Pierre had to be restrained as they shouted profanities at each other while the UFC PR staff attempted to separate them. The chaos was so much, in fact, that it frightened a child out of taking a photo with St-Pierre.

Watch the complete video above.

For more on UFC 217, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Mandatory Credit: Steve Flynn-USA TODAY Sports Jul 18, 2015; Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland; Michael Bisping lines up a punch against Thales Leites at The SSE Hydro. Mandatory Credit: Steve Flynn-USA TODAY Sports Jul 18, 2015; Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland; Michael Bisping throws a left kick to Thales Leites at The SSE Hydro. Mandatory Credit: Steve Flynn-USA TODAY Sports Jul 18, 2015; Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland; Michael Bisping connects with a left to Thales Leites at The SSE Hydro. Mandatory Credit: Steve Flynn-USA TODAY Sports Jul 18, 2015; Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland; Michael Bisping connects with a left hook to Thales Leites at The SSE Hydro. Mandatory Credit: Steve Flynn-USA TODAY Sports Jul 18, 2015; Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland; Michael Bisping lines up a shot against Thales Leites at The SSE Hydro. 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Video: Nikita Krylov crushes former Bellator champ Emanuel Newton, stays perfect post-UFC

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Nikita Krylov’s run outside the UFC took another spectacular step forward when he crushed Emanuel Newton just 43 seconds into today’s Fight Nights Global 77 main event.

Krylov (22-5) improved to 2-0 since he parted ways with the UFC earlier this year with a quick and vicious first-round knockout of former Bellator light heavyweight champion Newton (26-13-1) in the bout at Energetik Sports Palace in Surgut, Khanty-Mansi, Russia.

Watch the full fight video above, or check out highlights below (via Twitter):

KRYLOV STARCHES NEWTON IN UNDER A MINUTE #FNG77 #YearoftheKnee pic.twitter.com/MsSl15lP5C

— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) October 13, 2017

Nikita Krylov KOs Emanuel Newton cold in 42 seconds (FNG) pic.twitter.com/qgJbABkUbu

— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) October 13, 2017

With the win, Krylov’s career stoppage rate remains at a perfect 100 percent. “The Miner” has put his opponent away inside the distance in all 22 of his career victories.

Although he put in a solid run under the UFC banner, establishing a spot in the top 15 of the light heavyweight rankings, it appears Krylov, No. 11 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA light heavyweight rankings, is not slowing down outside the octagon, winning his two fights thus far in a combined 96 seconds.

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Tony (Ferguson or Montana?) – UFC champ Conor McGregor breaks silence on Twitter

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UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor finally has spoken up, and it looks like he’s accepted a fight with Tony Ferguson.

McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) today tweeted a picture casting himself as the fictional character Tony Montana from “Scarface” – a la popular video game “Grand Theft Auto” – with the simple caption: “Tony.”

Tony pic.twitter.com/IhPaemJP30

— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) October 13, 2017

That can be no other Tony than Tony Ferguson (24-3 MMA, 14-1 UFC), who this past Saturday claimed the interim lightweight title with a third-round submission of Kevin Lee (16-3 MMA, 9-3 UFC) at UFC 216.

McGregor was all over the map about his future plans during a press conference this past month, indicating he could return to boxing, or possibly fight a trilogy with rival Nate Diaz (19-11 MMA, 14-9 UFC), or face off with the winner of the interim title fight.

UFC President Dana White was a little less flexible, indicating after Ferguson’s victory that he is next to face McGregor and unify the titles. Today during a press conference in support of a middleweight title bout between champ Michael Bisping and ex-welterweight kingpin Georges St-Pierre at UFC 217, he said the same.

“The Ferguson fight is the fight that makes sense,” White said.

After advocating for a rubber match with Diaz, McGregor’s team appears to be getting used to the idea of a fight with Ferguson.

“Here we go…,” tweeted McGregor’s longtime coach John Kavanagh.

Here we go… https://t.co/GmQNImYuwk

— Coach Kavanagh (@John_Kavanagh) October 13, 2017

Ferguson this week told MMAjunkie Radio he’s ready to unify the belts by year’s end.

“What (McGregor) needs to do is defend or vacate,” he said. “That dude’s got like less than a month. I mean compared to what UFC rules state, he’s got a year to start defending his belt. I’m more then ready for December. He said he wants to fight in 2017. I think the fans deserve it. I think I deserve it.”

UFC 219 perfectly fits the bill for a pay-per-view attraction that could accomodate the fight. But as we’ve seen before, there’s a lot that can get in the way of an easy setup.

For more on UFC 219, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Michael Bisping walks back retirement talk ahead of UFC 217 title defense

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TORONTO – Despite previously saying otherwise, UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping now says he won’t be hanging up his gloves after his UFC 217 showdown with Georges St-Pierre.

Not long after his title defense against St-Pierre (25-2 MMA, 19-2 UFC) was made official for UFC 217, Bisping (30-7 MMA, 20-7 UFC) said there was a good chance he would walk away from the sport regardless of whether he defended or lost his title.

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Bisping, 38, has been part of the UFC roster since 2006 and has made a record-tying 27 octagon appearances. He has more than five hours of cage time over his tenure with the promotion, and though it would be understandable if he decided he’s had enough, “The Count” said at today’s UFC 217 news conference in Toronto that retirement is no longer on the table.

“Listen, a lot of people were asking me about (retirement),” Bisping said. “I love this too much. I love this whole process, getting ready for a training camp. Eight weeks ago I was out of shape. Now I feel like I’m the champion of the world, I can beat anyone on this planet, especially this guy. I love that whole process. So, no, I won’t be retiring.”

If Bisping beats St-Pierre at UFC 217, it will be another high-profile name to add to a resume that already includes Anderson Silva, Dan Henderson and Luke Rockhold. Bisping believes St-Pierre ended his four-year hiatus from competition to pursue a fight against him because “Rush” sees him as an easy target, but the Brit said he’s going to prove otherwise.

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Over the course of his career, Bisping has been called out as much or more than any fighter in the promotion’s history. He’s managed to win 20 of the 27 times he’s stepped in the octagon, though, and he said St-Pierre is going to be the latest to find out that taking his belt is no walk in the park.

“The truth of the matter is that Georges fell into the trap of what a lot of people fall into,” Bisping said. “You fell into the trap of thinking he can beat me – that’s it. That’s why you want to fight me. That’s why you keep asking Dana for me. Nobody else, because you think you can beat me. You think in your little tiny pea-brain that you can beat me. But you can’t.

“That will be the mistake you make, the trap that a lot of people fall into. They see me on TV, they say, ‘This guy is beatable.’ But what you can’t see is what I’ve got in (my heart and my mind). Nov. 4, you’re going to find out, pal.”

UFC 217 takes place Nov. 4 at Madison Square Garden in New York City and airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

For more on UFC 217, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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