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Dana White notebook: Matt Hughes' recovery, St. Louis PPV event, UFC in Russia

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ST. LOUIS – Following Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 124, UFC President Dana White spoke to reporters about a variety of subjects.

You can check out the full scrum video above.

Here are some of the topics he discussed.

Hughes’ return

UFC Fight Night 124, which took place place at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, had a special guest: UFC Hall of Famer and local product Matt Hughes, who appeared at a UFC event for the first time since a car-train accident this past summer.

After a remarkable recovery from the life-threatening accident, Hughes got a large ovation as he walked to cageside with his traditional “A Country Boy Can Survive” walkout music.

RelatedVideo: Matt Hughes honored by UFC in first appearance since accident

White, of course, was there to greet him.

“It was super emotional for me,” White said. “Matt Hughes is a guy, much like Chuck Liddell, who’s been to my house on holidays, and my kids hang with his kids. We kind of grew up together in this sport, and tonight was a big night for me.

“And Dan Lambert – people in MMA know who Dan Lambert is – but he’s very close to Matt Hughes. So we’ve kind of been keeping each other in the loop while this whole horrible tragedy happened with him. And for the three of us to be together tonight, with Matt’s wife, it was awesome. Very cool.”

St. Louis to get PPV

It took more than 24 years for the UFC to make its St. Louis debut. In fact, the UFC had been to the state of Missouri just once before (2017’s UFC on FOX 24 in Kansas City).

For an FS1 card, UFC Fight Night 124 drew a pretty solid crowd – a 10,052 attendance and $812,995 live gate.

The city, which used to be a frequent stop for Strikeforce, could now be a regular host city for the UFC, according to White.

“The crowd was awesome in St. Louis,” he said. “This place is so great, man. I love the crowd. The whole place was screaming at me to bring a pay-per-view back here, and we will absolutely bring a pay-per-view back here. I loved it.”

“When we leave and get further out in the year and start planning dates, St. Louis is definitely on the books. One thing I love about this city, obviously it was a tough week for us with the card changes. Bot only did it not affect – the ticket sales went up. They didn’t go down. No returns. This city wanted the UFC, and they were an awesome crowd tonight, and I will reciprocate with a pay-per-view, and we’ll be back.”

UFC in Russia?

Nothing is official, but where there’s smoke, there’s often fire. And those reports of a UFC debut in Russia? White suggested there could be some validity.

This past week, Russia’s RT.com reported the UFC has booked the 35,000-seat Olympic Stadium in Moscow for a Sept. 15 show.

“I’ve been telling you guys for a long time that Russia is an important market to us,” White said. “I want it. I want it to happen. So we’re goofing around out there trying to figure out what we can do.”

The UFC would have no shortage of Russian fighters, including top UFC lightweight contender Khabib Nurmagomedov, to book for the potential card.

Earlier topics

In addition to the topics above, White also addressed the following subjects:

For more on UFC Fight Night 124, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Vitor Belfort waiting to be paid after scrapped retirement fight: 'Where is the respect?'

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Vitor Belfort and the UFC apparently aren’t in agreement about one thing: Belfort’s payment for Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 124 event.

Belfort (26-13 MMA, 15-10 UFC) was supposed to fight Uriah Hall in the night’s co-headliner before a health scare forced Hall (13-8 MMA, 6-6 UFC) to withdraw. The fight bout was set to be the last of Belfort’s UFC contract and, as “The Phenom” confirmed on fight week, it would also mark his retirement from MMA competition.

Belfort, who got as far as weighing himself in, took to Instagram after the withdrawal to issue a classy response. On Sunday, however, the former UFC champion adopted a harsher tone in a request to the UFC.

RelatedVitor Belfort has classy response on Instagram to Uriah Hall fight cancellation

“Now, a message to the UFC: I’m waiting for my payment,” Belfort wrote in an Instagram post. “After all, I did what had to be done (I trained, I was present on fight week, I made weight…) Where is the respect?”

Here’s the full message (via Instagram):

While it’s not uncommon for the promotion to pay at least the show money to fighters who make weight and lose bouts for reasons beyond their control, UFC President Dana White appears to have answered that one already.

Asked specifically about Belfort’s show money backstage at UFC Fight Night 124 – after Belfort’s message was posted – White replied that the ex-champ turned down a replacement fight offer and a meeting at Saturday’s UFC 220 in Boston.

RelatedDana White: UFC offered Vitor Belfort last-minute fights, but he wants Michael Bisping

“Vitor could have fought tonight,” White said. “We got him a fight and offered him a fight, and he turned it down. We also got him a fight in Boston, and he turned that down too.”

MMAjunkie today spoke to a member of Belfort’s team who said that while the situation remains the same, they’re still hoping to get the money and “can’t believe an organization as big as the UFC won’t pay their employee.”

Meanwhile, another Brazilian fighter who was left without a fight on Sunday is expecting to get paid for his efforts. Asked about both his and Belfort’s payment on Twitter, Thiago Alves said that “of course” they were getting their show money.

Alves, who was supposed to meet Zak Cummings, later amended it to reflect that he could only speak for himself.

On his Instagram post, Belfort thanked a Brazilian columnist who dubbed him “the most important Brazilian athlete outside of soccer in history.” Belfort also reminisced on his career and said he had “conflicting feelings” about his fight getting scrapped.

“At a time like today, when the now doesn’t make much sense,” Belfort said. “It’s hard to understand, after so much dedication and sacrifice. Of having psychologically prepared to retire from a sport I basically help create. And have that simply not happen. I have conflicting feelings about what happened.”

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 124, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Vitor Belfort waiting to be paid after scrapped retirement fight: 'Where is the respect?'

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Vitor Belfort and the UFC apparently aren’t in agreement about one thing: Belfort’s payment for Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 124 event.

Belfort (26-13 MMA, 15-10 UFC) was supposed to fight Uriah Hall in the night’s co-headliner before a health scare forced Hall (13-8 MMA, 6-6 UFC) to withdraw. The fight bout was set to be the last of Belfort’s UFC contract and, as “The Phenom” confirmed on fight week, it would also mark his retirement from MMA competition.

Belfort, who got as far as weighing himself in, took to Instagram after the withdrawal to issue a classy response. On Sunday, however, the former UFC champion adopted a harsher tone in a request to the UFC.

RelatedVitor Belfort has classy response on Instagram to Uriah Hall fight cancellation

“Now, a message to the UFC: I’m waiting for my payment,” Belfort wrote in an Instagram post. “After all, I did what had to be done (I trained, I was present on fight week, I made weight…) Where is the respect?”

Here’s the full message (via Instagram):

While it’s not uncommon for the promotion to pay at least the show money to fighters who make weight and lose bouts for reasons beyond their control, UFC President Dana White appears to have answered that one already.

Asked specifically about Belfort’s show money backstage at UFC Fight Night 124 – after Belfort’s message was posted – White replied that the ex-champ turned down a replacement fight offer and a meeting at Saturday’s UFC 220 in Boston.

RelatedDana White: UFC offered Vitor Belfort last-minute fights, but he wants Michael Bisping

“Vitor could have fought tonight,” White said. “We got him a fight and offered him a fight, and he turned it down. We also got him a fight in Boston, and he turned that down too.”

MMAjunkie today spoke to a member of Belfort’s team who said that while the situation remains the same, they’re still hoping to get the money and “can’t believe an organization as big as the UFC won’t pay their employee.”

Meanwhile, another Brazilian fighter who was left without a fight on Sunday is expecting to get paid for his efforts. Asked about both his and Belfort’s payment on Twitter, Thiago Alves said that “of course” they were getting their show money.

Alves, who was supposed to meet Zak Cummings, later amended it to reflect that he could only speak for himself.

On his Instagram post, Belfort thanked a Brazilian columnist who dubbed him “the most important Brazilian athlete outside of soccer in history.” Belfort also reminisced on his career and said he had “conflicting feelings” about his fight getting scrapped.

“At a time like today, when the now doesn’t make much sense,” Belfort said. “It’s hard to understand, after so much dedication and sacrifice. Of having psychologically prepared to retire from a sport I basically help create. And have that simply not happen. I have conflicting feelings about what happened.”

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 124, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Como fazer a transição do muay thai e outras lutas para o Jiu-Jitsu

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Leonardo “Chapolin” Miranda em suas duas fases: no muay thai e no Jiu-Jitsu. Foto: Divulgação

O treino de diferentes estilos de artes marciais é algo comum entre os atletas mais aficionados por esportes. Treinos de Jiu-Jitsu aliados ao judô, wrestling e até artes de trocação, como boxe, capoeira, karatê e muay thai aparecem vez ou outra nas academias. Agora, como fazer para trocar radicalmente de um estilo competitivo para outro com sucesso?

Para o atleta Leonardo “Chapolin” Miranda, membro da nossa GMI FF Team, de Bragança Paulista, a transição do muay thhai para o Jiu-Jitsu foi boa, mas com seus desafios pelo caminho.

Segundo seu professor Juninho Boi , muitos atletas oriundo das trocações em pé tem dificuldades em assimilar as técnicas do Jiu-Jitsu com a mesma facilidade, e também de manter os mesmo resultados no quesito competição, o que pode frustrar um pouco a mudança.

Uma das dificuldades enfrentadas por Chapolin foi o preconceito de muitas vezes ser motivo de brincadeiras entre os amigos do muay thai, mas a persistência que aprendeu a ter dentro da arte marcial lhe trouxe o combustível para perseverar, e esta acabou sendo uma de suas melhores características dentro do Jiu Jitsu.

Atleta de grau preto no muay thai, Leonardo Chapolin conquistou inúmeros títulos no esporte, como o Brasileiro Amador em 2015 e o título nacional em 2009. No Jiu-Jitsu, na faixa-azul, faturou mais de 17 títulos em sua categoria em 2017 , para em 2018 repetir a dose na faixa-roxa, que recebeu em dezembro.

E você, amigo leitor, conhece alguma história de sucesso na transição entre artes marciais? Comente conosco!

Dana White says UFC working on Cris Cyborg vs. Amanda Nunes: 'The fight everybody wants to see'

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ST. LOUIS – At this point, we’re all aware of everyone’s stance on the potential Cris Cyborg vs. Amanda Nunes showdown: Cyborg doesn’t want it, Nunes wants it, and Nunes’ coach apparently really wants it.

And UFC President Dana White, as he confirmed backstage at Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 124 event in St. Louis, is still invested in making it happen.

“That’s the fight that I want to do,” White said. “That’s the fight that I want, so we’re working on it. Amanda wants to fight her, and we’re finally in a position where we can give Cyborg big fights. Big fight with big-name people and – money fights.”

White had already talked about this earlier this month, when he told Yahoo! Sports’ that the clash between Brazil’s two remaining UFC champions was “the fight to make” after Cyborg successfully defended her featherweight belt with a win over former 135-pound champ Holly Holm.

RelatedDana White: Cyborg vs. Nunes is next; Ferguson vs. Nurmagomedov likely before McGregor

Cyborg (18-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC), who was never thrilled about the matchup to begin with, was quick to shoot that down. But Nunes (15-4 MMA, 8-1 UFC) took to Twitter to defend the fight, which ATT head coach Conan Silveira said “was 1,000 percent going to happen.”

Oh, Cyborg had some thoughts about Silveira, too.

RelatedATT head coach: Amanda Nunes vs. Cris Cyborg '1,000 percent' going to happen

Cyborg had previously talked about two issues with the matchup: First, she said she’d rather avoid fighting a fellow Brazilian. But mainly, she had a problem with fighting yet another 135-pound fighter instead of women in her own division. She then called for a meeting with either Invicta FC champ Megan Anderson or Pam Sorenson.

“If Amanda Nunes truly wants an opportunity at the (145-pound) belt, a win against any ranked contender in that division would help establish her back in a weight class she left before fighting me,” Cyborg wrote on criscyborg.com.

More recently, Cyborg made the case for a meeting with the UFC’s original women’s 145-pound champ, Germaine de Randamie. On the same post, she listed a few 145-pound fighters, including former UFC fighter Cindy Dandois, who had “called her out” since her last win.

On Sunday, however, White argued that there simply aren’t that many options available at the 145-pound division – and that Nunes had, in fact, fought at featherweight before.

RelatedAmanda Nunes: Cris Cyborg and I should fight to 'leave our marks on the sport'

“If there were more girls in the 145 division, I would be doing it,” White said. “You have to understand, too – at the end of the day, people want to see tough fights. I just gave Cyborg probably her toughest fight in MMA, and now Amanda Nunes is no joke.

“And originally you want to talk about 145-pounders, she was a 145-pound fighter. She was brought into Strikeforce to fight Cyborg. It’s just happening a little later than everybody had planned. And Amanda’s ready, and that’s the fight everyone wants to see.”

To hear from White, check out the video above.

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

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Dana White says UFC working on Cris Cyborg vs. Amanda Nunes: 'The fight everybody wants to see'

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ST. LOUIS – At this point, we’re all aware of everyone’s stance on the potential Cris Cyborg vs. Amanda Nunes showdown: Cyborg doesn’t want it, Nunes wants it, and Nunes’ coach apparently really wants it.

And UFC President Dana White, as he confirmed backstage at Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 124 event in St. Louis, is still invested in making it happen.

“That’s the fight that I want to do,” White said. “That’s the fight that I want, so we’re working on it. Amanda wants to fight her, and we’re finally in a position where we can give Cyborg big fights. Big fight with big-name people and – money fights.”

White had already talked about this earlier this month, when he told Yahoo! Sports’ that the clash between Brazil’s two remaining UFC champions was “the fight to make” after Cyborg successfully defended her featherweight belt with a win over former 135-pound champ Holly Holm.

RelatedDana White: Cyborg vs. Nunes is next; Ferguson vs. Nurmagomedov likely before McGregor

Cyborg (18-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC), who was never thrilled about the matchup to begin with, was quick to shoot that down. But Nunes (15-4 MMA, 8-1 UFC) took to Twitter to defend the fight, which ATT head coach Conan Silveira said “was 1,000 percent going to happen.”

Oh, Cyborg had some thoughts about Silveira, too.

RelatedATT head coach: Amanda Nunes vs. Cris Cyborg '1,000 percent' going to happen

Cyborg had previously talked about two issues with the matchup: First, she said she’d rather avoid fighting a fellow Brazilian. But mainly, she had a problem with fighting yet another 135-pound fighter instead of women in her own division. She then called for a meeting with either Invicta FC champ Megan Anderson or Pam Sorenson.

“If Amanda Nunes truly wants an opportunity at the (145-pound) belt, a win against any ranked contender in that division would help establish her back in a weight class she left before fighting me,” Cyborg wrote on criscyborg.com.

More recently, Cyborg made the case for a meeting with the UFC’s original women’s 145-pound champ, Germaine de Randamie. On the same post, she listed a few 145-pound fighters, including former UFC fighter Cindy Dandois, who had “called her out” since her last win.

On Sunday, however, White argued that there simply aren’t that many options available at the 145-pound division – and that Nunes had, in fact, fought at featherweight before.

RelatedAmanda Nunes: Cris Cyborg and I should fight to 'leave our marks on the sport'

“If there were more girls in the 145 division, I would be doing it,” White said. “You have to understand, too – at the end of the day, people want to see tough fights. I just gave Cyborg probably her toughest fight in MMA, and now Amanda Nunes is no joke.

“And originally you want to talk about 145-pounders, she was a 145-pound fighter. She was brought into Strikeforce to fight Cyborg. It’s just happening a little later than everybody had planned. And Amanda’s ready, and that’s the fight everyone wants to see.”

To hear from White, check out the video above.

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

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Jessica Eye still interested in Paige VanZant after breaking skid at UFC Fight Night 124

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ST. LOUIS – Jessica Eye resorted to her grappling to earn her first victory since November 2014 at UFC Fight Night 124.

After getting stunned by a Kalindra Faria (18-7-1 MMA, 0-2 UFC) head kick in the first round of their flyweight bout on Sunday, Eye (12-6 MMA, 2-5 UFC) opted to implement a grappling-heavy strategy for the remainder of the bout. It paid off, and she won a narrow split decision to snap a forgettable four-fight losing skid.

It had been an emotional run for Eye since she last got her hand raised. She’s dealt with personal tragedy, injuries, fight cancellations and more, but said she’s always done her best to keep her spirits as high as possible.

The hard times came to an end in her FS1-televised bout against Faria at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, though, and as relieving as it is to finally be victorious again, “Evil” said returning to her comfort zone in the 125-pound division was as important as anything.

“I don’t even know if it’s necessary just back in the win column, but back at flyweight,” Eye told MMAjunkie. “It’s been a long time. I put on some weight I probably didn’t need. Now I’m lower weight and everything just felt a little bit different. I don’t feel like there was ring rust, but just the jitters of being in there was a little bit different. It’s been probably 16, 17 months since I was in there, and at flyweight. I don’t know. I’m overwhelmed with feeling right now. I don’t know if I want to cry, be happy … I keep biting through my damn lip.”

It wasn’t all easygoing for Eye in the bout. She appeared to be in serious danger courtesy of Faria’s head kick, but managed to regain her wits and get back in the fight. Eye said a hard hit if often needed to “light the fire,” and once her’s was on, she attacked her opponent in an area she knew she could win.

“I knew she had gotten a couple hits in there,” Eye said. “But, let’s face it: There’s more than just striking that wins fights. I felt like that was the time I had to do some submission attempts, I needed to use my wrestling. I worked so much on my wrestling over the past year-and-a-half.”

After spending her entire UFC career in the bantamweight division, Eye was one of the fighters on the roster pleading for a flyweight class. It took some time, but finally the UFC introduced the division in late 2017. Now Eye feels she can perform at her best, and although she doesn’t regard her performance against Faria as that, she hopes it will come out in her next fight.

Who will that be against, though? Eye said she’s not sure, but there’s still interest in a matchup with Paige VanZant, who she was supposed to fight at UFC 216 in October.

“We’ll see what happens,” Eye said. “There was the back-and-forth with the Paige thing. I just want to see what’s next for myself. The flyweight division is still developing. I think we’re going to see more girls settle into this division, and I can’t wait. We’ll just see.”

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 124, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Jessica Eye still interested in Paige VanZant after breaking skid at UFC Fight Night 124

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ST. LOUIS – Jessica Eye resorted to her grappling to earn her first victory since November 2014 at UFC Fight Night 124.

After getting stunned by a Kalindra Faria (18-7-1 MMA, 0-2 UFC) head kick in the first round of their flyweight bout on Sunday, Eye (12-6 MMA, 2-5 UFC) opted to implement a grappling-heavy strategy for the remainder of the bout. It paid off, and she won a narrow split decision to snap a forgettable four-fight losing skid.

It had been an emotional run for Eye since she last got her hand raised. She’s dealt with personal tragedy, injuries, fight cancellations and more, but said she’s always done her best to keep her spirits as high as possible.

The hard times came to an end in her FS1-televised bout against Faria at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, though, and as relieving as it is to finally be victorious again, “Evil” said returning to her comfort zone in the 125-pound division was as important as anything.

“I don’t even know if it’s necessary just back in the win column, but back at flyweight,” Eye told MMAjunkie. “It’s been a long time. I put on some weight I probably didn’t need. Now I’m lower weight and everything just felt a little bit different. I don’t feel like there was ring rust, but just the jitters of being in there was a little bit different. It’s been probably 16, 17 months since I was in there, and at flyweight. I don’t know. I’m overwhelmed with feeling right now. I don’t know if I want to cry, be happy … I keep biting through my damn lip.”

It wasn’t all easygoing for Eye in the bout. She appeared to be in serious danger courtesy of Faria’s head kick, but managed to regain her wits and get back in the fight. Eye said a hard hit if often needed to “light the fire,” and once her’s was on, she attacked her opponent in an area she knew she could win.

“I knew she had gotten a couple hits in there,” Eye said. “But, let’s face it: There’s more than just striking that wins fights. I felt like that was the time I had to do some submission attempts, I needed to use my wrestling. I worked so much on my wrestling over the past year-and-a-half.”

After spending her entire UFC career in the bantamweight division, Eye was one of the fighters on the roster pleading for a flyweight class. It took some time, but finally the UFC introduced the division in late 2017. Now Eye feels she can perform at her best, and although she doesn’t regard her performance against Faria as that, she hopes it will come out in her next fight.

Who will that be against, though? Eye said she’s not sure, but there’s still interest in a matchup with Paige VanZant, who she was supposed to fight at UFC 216 in October.

“We’ll see what happens,” Eye said. “There was the back-and-forth with the Paige thing. I just want to see what’s next for myself. The flyweight division is still developing. I think we’re going to see more girls settle into this division, and I can’t wait. We’ll just see.”

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 124, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Dana White rips Uriah Hall after UFC Fight Night 124 weigh-in miss: 'He doesn't take it serious'

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ST. LOUIS – Uriah Hall was forced to withdraw from Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 124 event after a pre-weigh-in incident that Paige VanZant described as the “scariest thing” she’d ever seen.

Hall (13-8 MMA, 6-6 UFC) was scheduled to fight Vitor Belfort (26-13 MMA, 15-10 MMA) in the middleweight co-headliner at Scottrade Center in St. Louis. He failed to step on the scale at Saturday’s official weigh-in, and the bout was promptly called off.

Details on exactly what happened are still somewhat unclear. Hall was transported to a local hospital after reportedly fainting and was forced to stay for more than 48 hours. He was released Sunday afternoon, but has not made any public comment on the situation.

RelatedVitor Belfort has classy response on Instagram to Uriah Hall fight cancellation

UFC President Dana White was asked for an update on Hall’s condition in a post-fight media scrum after UFC Fight Night 124, and said he believes the incident involving Hall was the result of improper weight management and lifestyle choices.

“The guys at the UFC (Performance Institute) said he’s the, what’s the word – he doesn’t take it serious,” White said. “He doesn’t take his training serious, he doesn’t do what anybody tells him. He does his own thing. A week before the fight, he went to L.A. and was hanging out in L.A. in clubs and stuff. So, not good.”

White said he’d communicated with Hall and described his condition as “not good.”

“He texted me (Sunday night),” White said. “He’s back in his room. Obviously he’s not good. And if you don’t cut weight the right way and you don’t do what you’re supposed to do, this is what happens.”

RelatedUriah Hall's 'body shut down' during UFC Fight Night 124 camp, but he's soldiering on

Hall’s incident and late withdrawal from the event appears to be an increasingly growing theme around the time of weigh-ins. He’s one of several fighters to be forced off a card the day before the fight over the past 18 months, and there’s been blame placed on the implementation of the early weigh-in procedure. White, however, believes a simple solution would be for fighters to move up in weight class.

“What I think (Hall) needs to think about is fight at 205,” White said. “Fight at 205 or show up and do what you’re supposed to do. There’s ways to cut weight properly and safely. You need to start doing that. That’s why we are encouraging everybody to come to the UFC Performance Institute. That’s why all the guys down there do what they’re supposed to do and do it the right way, cut weight safely. The guys who don’t listen, this is what happens. And much like Kelvin Gastelum and the Johny Hendricks and the other people out there – if you can’t make that weight, then fight at the higher weight division.”

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 124, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Dana White rips Uriah Hall after UFC Fight Night 124 weigh-in miss: 'He doesn't take it serious'

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ST. LOUIS – Uriah Hall was forced to withdraw from Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 124 event after a pre-weigh-in incident that Paige VanZant described as the “scariest thing” she’d ever seen.

Hall (13-8 MMA, 6-6 UFC) was scheduled to fight Vitor Belfort (26-13 MMA, 15-10 MMA) in the middleweight co-headliner at Scottrade Center in St. Louis. He failed to step on the scale at Saturday’s official weigh-in, and the bout was promptly called off.

Details on exactly what happened are still somewhat unclear. Hall was transported to a local hospital after reportedly fainting and was forced to stay for more than 48 hours. He was released Sunday afternoon, but has not made any public comment on the situation.

RelatedVitor Belfort has classy response on Instagram to Uriah Hall fight cancellation

UFC President Dana White was asked for an update on Hall’s condition in a post-fight media scrum after UFC Fight Night 124, and said he believes the incident involving Hall was the result of improper weight management and lifestyle choices.

“The guys at the UFC (Performance Institute) said he’s the, what’s the word – he doesn’t take it serious,” White said. “He doesn’t take his training serious, he doesn’t do what anybody tells him. He does his own thing. A week before the fight, he went to L.A. and was hanging out in L.A. in clubs and stuff. So, not good.”

White said he’d communicated with Hall and described his condition as “not good.”

“He texted me (Sunday night),” White said. “He’s back in his room. Obviously he’s not good. And if you don’t cut weight the right way and you don’t do what you’re supposed to do, this is what happens.”

RelatedUriah Hall's 'body shut down' during UFC Fight Night 124 camp, but he's soldiering on

Hall’s incident and late withdrawal from the event appears to be an increasingly growing theme around the time of weigh-ins. He’s one of several fighters to be forced off a card the day before the fight over the past 18 months, and there’s been blame placed on the implementation of the early weigh-in procedure. White, however, believes a simple solution would be for fighters to move up in weight class.

“What I think (Hall) needs to think about is fight at 205,” White said. “Fight at 205 or show up and do what you’re supposed to do. There’s ways to cut weight properly and safely. You need to start doing that. That’s why we are encouraging everybody to come to the UFC Performance Institute. That’s why all the guys down there do what they’re supposed to do and do it the right way, cut weight safely. The guys who don’t listen, this is what happens. And much like Kelvin Gastelum and the Johny Hendricks and the other people out there – if you can’t make that weight, then fight at the higher weight division.”

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 124, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Dana White: UFC offered Vitor Belfort last-minute fights, but he wants Michael Bisping

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ST. LOUIS – When his recent bout was scrapped, Vitor Belfort apparently was offered a couple last-minute replacements, though the retiring UFC vet has another idea in mind.

Belfort (26-13 MMA, 15-10 UFC), the former UFC champion and one of the sport’s most recognizable stars, was slated to co-headline Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 124 event against middleweight Uriah Hall (13-8 MMA, 6-6 UFC), who was forced off the card during his weight cut.

Prior to the bout, Belfort explained why it would be his retirement fight. Now, though, he still wants one more fight; it just wasn’t one of the late-notice options that UFC President Dana White said he offered.

RelatedVitor Belfort has classy response on Instagram to Uriah Hall fight cancellation

“I haven’t seen or talked to Vitor yet,” White said after Sunday’s FS1-televised UFC Fight Night 124 event in St. Louis. “But we will get Vitor a fight. He wants to fight (Michael Bisping) in London.

“That’s the fight he wants. We’ll see. I don’t know. I’ve still got to get back and home and get in a room and figure it out. But I’m not opposed to it, no.”

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Bisping (30-9 MMA, 20-9 UFC) wants a fight at UFC Fight Night 127, which takes place March 17 at The O2 in London. The 38-year-old Brit would like to end his career on a high note; he lost his title to Georges St-Pierre in early November and then suffered a short-notice knockout loss to Kelvin Gastelum just three weeks later.

Now, he wants a retirement fight, and a rematch with Belfort – who scored a TKO victory over Bisping in 2013 – is certainly sellable.

RelatedTrading Shots: How will we remember Michael Bisping once he's gone?

White, though, said the UFC initially offered him a replacement opponent for Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 124 event, as well as an opponent for Saturday’s upcoming UFC 220 card in Boson.

“We offered him a fight tonight,” White said after UFC Fight Night 124. “Vitor could have fought tonight. We got him a fight and offered him a fight, and he turned it down. We also got him a fight in Boston, and he turned that down too.

“(UFC matchmaker Mick Maynard) and those guys know. I just got back from vacation, but Vitor could have fought tonight. He turned it down. He didn’t want to fight in Boston either.”

Those two possible opponents were undefeated Karl Roberson (6-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and vet Brad Tavares (16-4 MMA, 11-4 UFC), according to MMAjunkie’s John Morgan (via Twitter):

I’m told Karl Roberson (@karlbabyk) is the fighter who was willing to step in on a day’s notice against Vitor Belfort.

— John Morgan (@MMAjunkieJohn) January 15, 2018

Additionally, I’m told it was @BradTavares who volunteered to face Vitor Belfort in Boston next week. https://t.co/l3tKo3qYtQ

— John Morgan (@MMAjunkieJohn) January 15, 2018

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 122, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Dana White: UFC offered Vitor Belfort last-minute fights, but he wants Michael Bisping

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ST. LOUIS – When his recent bout was scrapped, Vitor Belfort apparently was offered a couple last-minute replacements, though the retiring UFC vet has another idea in mind.

Belfort (26-13 MMA, 15-10 UFC), the former UFC champion and one of the sport’s most recognizable stars, was slated to co-headline Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 124 event against middleweight Uriah Hall (13-8 MMA, 6-6 UFC), who was forced off the card during his weight cut.

Prior to the bout, Belfort explained why it would be his retirement fight. Now, though, he still wants one more fight; it just wasn’t one of the late-notice options that UFC President Dana White said he offered.

RelatedVitor Belfort has classy response on Instagram to Uriah Hall fight cancellation

“I haven’t seen or talked to Vitor yet,” White said after Sunday’s FS1-televised UFC Fight Night 124 event in St. Louis. “But we will get Vitor a fight. He wants to fight (Michael Bisping) in London.

“That’s the fight he wants. We’ll see. I don’t know. I’ve still got to get back and home and get in a room and figure it out. But I’m not opposed to it, no.”

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Bisping (30-9 MMA, 20-9 UFC) wants a fight at UFC Fight Night 127, which takes place March 17 at The O2 in London. The 38-year-old Brit would like to end his career on a high note; he lost his title to Georges St-Pierre in early November and then suffered a short-notice knockout loss to Kelvin Gastelum just three weeks later.

Now, he wants a retirement fight, and a rematch with Belfort – who scored a TKO victory over Bisping in 2013 – is certainly sellable.

RelatedTrading Shots: How will we remember Michael Bisping once he's gone?

White, though, said the UFC initially offered him a replacement opponent for Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 124 event, as well as an opponent for Saturday’s upcoming UFC 220 card in Boson.

“We offered him a fight tonight,” White said after UFC Fight Night 124. “Vitor could have fought tonight. We got him a fight and offered him a fight, and he turned it down. We also got him a fight in Boston, and he turned that down too.

“(UFC matchmaker Mick Maynard) and those guys know. I just got back from vacation, but Vitor could have fought tonight. He turned it down. He didn’t want to fight in Boston either.”

Those two possible opponents were undefeated Karl Roberson (6-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and vet Brad Tavares (16-4 MMA, 11-4 UFC), according to MMAjunkie’s John Morgan (via Twitter):

I’m told Karl Roberson (@karlbabyk) is the fighter who was willing to step in on a day’s notice against Vitor Belfort.

— John Morgan (@MMAjunkieJohn) January 15, 2018

Additionally, I’m told it was @BradTavares who volunteered to face Vitor Belfort in Boston next week. https://t.co/l3tKo3qYtQ

— John Morgan (@MMAjunkieJohn) January 15, 2018

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 122, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 124 Athlete Outfitting pay: New tier structure brings higher total

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ST. LOUIS – Fighters from Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 124 event took home UFC Athlete Outfitting pay, a program that launched after the UFC’s deal with Reebok, totaling $135,000.

UFC Fight Night 124 took place at Scottrade Center in St. Louis. The card aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Leading the way was Jeremy Stephens (27-14 MMA, 14-13 UFC), who on top of a TKO victory over Dooho Choi (14-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) in the event headliner, received $20,000 for his 27th octagon appearance.

The full UFC Fight Night 124 UFC Athlete Outfitting payouts included:

Jeremy Stephens: $20,000
def. Dooho Choi: $5,000

Jessica-Rose Clark: $3,500
def. Paige VanZant: $5,000

Kamaru Usman: $5,000
def. Emil Meek: $3,500

Darren Elkins: $15,000
def. Michael Johnson: $15,000

James Krause: $10,000
def. Alex White: $5,000

Polo Reyes: $5,000
def. Matt Frevola: $3,500

Irene Aldana: $3,500
def. Talita Bernardo: $3,500

Kyung Ho Kang: $5,000
def. Guido Cannetti: $3,500

Jessica Eye: $5,000
def. Kalindra Faria: $3,500

J.J. Aldrich: $3,500
def. Danielle Taylor: $5,000

Mads Burnell: $3,500
def. Mike Santiago: $3,500

Under the UFC Athlete Outfitting program’s payout tiers, which appropriate the money generated by Reebok’s multi-year sponsorship with the UFC, fighters are paid based on their total number of UFC bouts, as well as Zuffa-era WEC fights (January 2007 and later) and Zuffa-era Strikeforce bouts (April 2011 and later). Fighters with 1-3 bouts receive $3,500 per appearance; 4-10 bouts get $5,000; 11-15 bouts earn $10,000; 16-20 bouts pocket $15,000; and 21 bouts and more get $20,000. Additionally, champions earn $40,000 while title challengers get $30,000.

In addition to experience-based pay, UFC fighters will receive in perpetuity royalty payments amounting to 20-30 percent of any UFC merchandise sold that bears their likeness, according to officials.

Full 2018 UFC-Reebok sponsorship payouts:

Year-to-date total: $135,000
2017 total: $6,295,000
2016 total: $7,138,000
2015 total: $3,185,000
Program-to-date total: $16,753,000

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 124, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 124 Athlete Outfitting pay: New tier structure brings higher total

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ST. LOUIS – Fighters from Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 124 event took home UFC Athlete Outfitting pay, a program that launched after the UFC’s deal with Reebok, totaling $135,000.

UFC Fight Night 124 took place at Scottrade Center in St. Louis. The card aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Leading the way was Jeremy Stephens (27-14 MMA, 14-13 UFC), who on top of a TKO victory over Dooho Choi (14-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) in the event headliner, received $20,000 for his 27th octagon appearance.

The full UFC Fight Night 124 UFC Athlete Outfitting payouts included:

Jeremy Stephens: $20,000
def. Dooho Choi: $5,000

Jessica-Rose Clark: $3,500
def. Paige VanZant: $5,000

Kamaru Usman: $5,000
def. Emil Meek: $3,500

Darren Elkins: $15,000
def. Michael Johnson: $15,000

James Krause: $10,000
def. Alex White: $5,000

Polo Reyes: $5,000
def. Matt Frevola: $3,500

Irene Aldana: $3,500
def. Talita Bernardo: $3,500

Kyung Ho Kang: $5,000
def. Guido Cannetti: $3,500

Jessica Eye: $5,000
def. Kalindra Faria: $3,500

J.J. Aldrich: $3,500
def. Danielle Taylor: $5,000

Mads Burnell: $3,500
def. Mike Santiago: $3,500

Under the UFC Athlete Outfitting program’s payout tiers, which appropriate the money generated by Reebok’s multi-year sponsorship with the UFC, fighters are paid based on their total number of UFC bouts, as well as Zuffa-era WEC fights (January 2007 and later) and Zuffa-era Strikeforce bouts (April 2011 and later). Fighters with 1-3 bouts receive $3,500 per appearance; 4-10 bouts get $5,000; 11-15 bouts earn $10,000; 16-20 bouts pocket $15,000; and 21 bouts and more get $20,000. Additionally, champions earn $40,000 while title challengers get $30,000.

In addition to experience-based pay, UFC fighters will receive in perpetuity royalty payments amounting to 20-30 percent of any UFC merchandise sold that bears their likeness, according to officials.

Full 2018 UFC-Reebok sponsorship payouts:

Year-to-date total: $135,000
2017 total: $6,295,000
2016 total: $7,138,000
2015 total: $3,185,000
Program-to-date total: $16,753,000

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 124, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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'UFC 220 Countdown' full episode with Miocic-Ngannou, Cormier-Oezdemir

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Did you miss the debut of “UFC 220 Countdown,” or just want to watch it again? Check out the full episode now.

The one-hour special previews the headlining title fight between heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic (17-2 MMA, 11-2 UFC) and Francis Ngannou (11-1 MMA, 6-0 UFC) – one of the biggest heavyweight title fights in MMA history.

RelatedRise of the Predator: Francis Ngannou, from pro debut to 'KO of the Year'

UFC 220 takes place Saturday at TD Garden in Boston. The main card, which includes two title fights, airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

“Countdown,” which debuted Sunday on FS1, also dives into the co-main event between light-heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier (19-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) and challenger Volkan Oezdemir (15-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC).

“Countdown’ goes behind the scenes with all four fighters, and you can watch the full episode above.

For more on UFC 220, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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'UFC 220 Countdown' full episode with Miocic-Ngannou, Cormier-Oezdemir

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Did you miss the debut of “UFC 220 Countdown,” or just want to watch it again? Check out the full episode now.

The one-hour special previews the headlining title fight between heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic (17-2 MMA, 11-2 UFC) and Francis Ngannou (11-1 MMA, 6-0 UFC) – one of the biggest heavyweight title fights in MMA history.

RelatedRise of the Predator: Francis Ngannou, from pro debut to 'KO of the Year'

UFC 220 takes place Saturday at TD Garden in Boston. The main card, which includes two title fights, airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

“Countdown,” which debuted Sunday on FS1, also dives into the co-main event between light-heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier (19-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) and challenger Volkan Oezdemir (15-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC).

“Countdown’ goes behind the scenes with all four fighters, and you can watch the full episode above.

For more on UFC 220, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Dana White rips Kamaru Usman's UFC Fight Night 124 post-fight speech; Usman clarifies

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ST. LOUIS – Kamaru Usman and Dana White figure to have an awkward conversation the next time they sit down for a chat.

After Usman (12-1 MMA, 7-0 UFC) called for a meeting with the UFC president, presumably to discuss bigger fights, White slammed the standout welterweight’s performance and post-fight speech in the co-headliner of UFC Fight Night 124.

“I didn’t love that fight,” White said of Usman’s decision over Emil Meek during the FS1 post-fight show for Sunday’s event. “Yeah, he’s a tough guy. Yeah, he can impose his will. But you don’t jump up and start acting like you knocked somebody out and say you only went 30 percent. So what’s that mean? What if you’re on pay-per-view? Do you use 60 percent?”

White blasted Usman’s post-fight declaration that he’d fought and dominated Meek (9-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) at only 30 percent of his abilities in the cage.

“It’s one of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever heard somebody say, and you’re getting booed out of the arena on top of it,” White said. “I don’t know. We’ll see what’s next for him.”

That doesn’t sound like the ringing endorsement Usman sought to move up the welterweight ladder against higher-ranked opposition. Following his win, Usman called out top contender Colby Covington and declared himself the best at 170 pounds.

Usman tried to clarify his remarks afterward on Twitter, explaining he came into the fight with an injury.

Via Twitter:

Let me clear something up since some didn’t understand my post fight interview. What I meant was that I came into the fight at 30% health. I could’ve pulled out but I chose 2 stay the course & give @emilvalhalla his chance @ a top 10 guy. I fight anyone, anytime even at 30%.

— KAMARU USMAN (@USMAN84kg) January 15, 2018

Usman’s manager has pushed for Covington as an opposing coach for “The Ultimate Fighter 27.” But that idea doesn’t draw much enthusiasm from White.

“I just don’t think either one of those guys have done anything to really cement themselves as ‘TUF’ coaches right now,” White told MMAjunkie backstage at Scottrade Center in St. Louis. “Although beating Demian Maia is a very big deal, very big deal. After Usman’s fight tonight I just don’t see those guys as, you know.”

The way White sees it, Usman needs to work on his timing before he starts making big demands about his career.

“You just fought a guy who wasn’t ranked and went to a decision, and the people were booing you at the end,” he said. “I don’t think that’s the right time to call a guy out, when they’re booing you out of the stadium.”

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 124, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Dana White rips Kamaru Usman's UFC Fight Night 124 post-fight speech; Usman clarifies

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ST. LOUIS – Kamaru Usman and Dana White figure to have an awkward conversation the next time they sit down for a chat.

After Usman (12-1 MMA, 7-0 UFC) called for a meeting with the UFC president, presumably to discuss bigger fights, White slammed the standout welterweight’s performance and post-fight speech in the co-headliner of UFC Fight Night 124.

“I didn’t love that fight,” White said of Usman’s decision over Emil Meek during the FS1 post-fight show for Sunday’s event. “Yeah, he’s a tough guy. Yeah, he can impose his will. But you don’t jump up and start acting like you knocked somebody out and say you only went 30 percent. So what’s that mean? What if you’re on pay-per-view? Do you use 60 percent?”

White blasted Usman’s post-fight declaration that he’d fought and dominated Meek (9-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) at only 30 percent of his abilities in the cage.

“It’s one of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever heard somebody say, and you’re getting booed out of the arena on top of it,” White said. “I don’t know. We’ll see what’s next for him.”

That doesn’t sound like the ringing endorsement Usman sought to move up the welterweight ladder against higher-ranked opposition. Following his win, Usman called out top contender Colby Covington and declared himself the best at 170 pounds.

Usman tried to clarify his remarks afterward on Twitter, explaining he came into the fight with an injury.

Via Twitter:

Let me clear something up since some didn’t understand my post fight interview. What I meant was that I came into the fight at 30% health. I could’ve pulled out but I chose 2 stay the course & give @emilvalhalla his chance @ a top 10 guy. I fight anyone, anytime even at 30%.

— KAMARU USMAN (@USMAN84kg) January 15, 2018

Usman’s manager has pushed for Covington as an opposing coach for “The Ultimate Fighter 27.” But that idea doesn’t draw much enthusiasm from White.

“I just don’t think either one of those guys have done anything to really cement themselves as ‘TUF’ coaches right now,” White told MMAjunkie backstage at Scottrade Center in St. Louis. “Although beating Demian Maia is a very big deal, very big deal. After Usman’s fight tonight I just don’t see those guys as, you know.”

The way White sees it, Usman needs to work on his timing before he starts making big demands about his career.

“You just fought a guy who wasn’t ranked and went to a decision, and the people were booing you at the end,” he said. “I don’t think that’s the right time to call a guy out, when they’re booing you out of the stadium.”

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 124, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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