Six Huge Messes The UFC Should Have Avoided

Sometimes, the UFC shoots itself in the foot with problems that were easily avoidable. Whether it’s just bad matchmaking or more nefarious issues, the UFC has gone into crisis mode more often than they’d like to admit, and it seems like its been happening with concerning regularity lately. With mainstream media attention and publicity at […]

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Sometimes, the UFC shoots itself in the foot with problems that were easily avoidable.

Whether it’s just bad matchmaking or more nefarious issues, the UFC has gone into crisis mode more often than they’d like to admit, and it seems like its been happening with concerning regularity lately.

With mainstream media attention and publicity at an all-time high, the UFC needs to learn from their mistakes of the past to ensure a better product, but even as the world’s best MMA promotion by a wide margin, they could sometimes do much better in dealing with the curveballs the notoriously volatile fight game throws their way.

We broke down the six biggest messes the UFC could have easily avoided, and the results may surprise you:

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6. Jon Jones vs. Chael Sonnen

This match-up never made sense in the first place, yet the UFC insisted on putting it together.

They tried it at UFC 151 on short notice after Dan Henderson was forced out with a knee inury, which Jones declined. The UFC then canceled the entire card altogether.

Ignoring fate, they put on the fight at UFC 159 instead, and Jones predictably smashed Sonnen in the first round. However, Jones did break his toe in a freak accident while defending a takedown, and one wonders whether Sonnen could have won the belt had the bout gone past the first round. Jones’ big toe was completely broken in the most grotesque way; he had snagged it in a tear in the Octagon canvas.

But the writing was on the wall the entire time the UFC insisted on putting together a Jones vs. Sonnen title fight.

They tried to punish Jones for not accepting the bout on a week’s notice, yet in reality, it was the fans and other fighters on UFC 151 who were punished.

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Firas Zahabi Says There’s no Doubting GSP’s Status as Greatest of All Time

Georges St-Pierre has been given a strong endorsement from his longtime coach. For years, St-Pierre and Anderson Silva were neck and neck in a battle for the top pound-for-pound spot. Those who sided with St-Pierre felt he had faced stiffer competition…

Georges St-Pierre has been given a strong endorsement from his longtime coach. For years, St-Pierre and Anderson Silva were neck and neck in a battle for the top pound-for-pound spot. Those who sided with St-Pierre felt he had faced stiffer competition. Others in favor of “The Spider” held the former middleweight king’s title defense record […]

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Georges St-Pierre’s Coach Believes He’s Greatest Fighter Of All-Time

The coach of former UFC middleweight and welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre has high praise for his fighter. St-Pierre returned to competition in November after four years away from the sport to win the middleweight title with a submission victory in the third round over Michael Bisping at UFC 217. However, shortly after the fight, he […]

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The coach of former UFC middleweight and welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre has high praise for his fighter.

St-Pierre returned to competition in November after four years away from the sport to win the middleweight title with a submission victory in the third round over Michael Bisping at UFC 217. However, shortly after the fight, he had to vacate the title as he is dealing with colitis.

The biggest question this year is if GSP will fight again and if that does actually happen, who would the UFC book him against. That question remains to be seen.

GSP’s coach Firas Zahabi recent stated in an interview that he believes St-Pierre is the greatest fighter of all-time.

“He’s No. 1, no doubt about it,” said Zahabi in an interview with Fight Hub TV (transcript courtesy of MMA Fighting). “Who else could there be? Give me a name.

“Conor [McGregor] hasn’t defended a title. [Fedor] had too many losses. [Anderson] had too many losses and you know what happened. The testing didn’t go well. [Jon] – testing. There’s nobody else! There’s nobody else. I’m not just saying that because I train him. Put me aside, the guy is the greatest martial artist of all-time. That’s it. He did it. Let’s give him his due props. He worked for it, he deserves it. If another name comes along that does more than what he did, I’ll be happy to say that there’s a new best of all time.

“Before the testing, and all the losses happened, I would say he was one of the best of all time. Now I’m telling you he is THE best of all time. That’s just the way it is. After the tests come back the way they did the losses happened the way they did, the hands were dealt the way they were, now the best of all time, today, is GSP. No doubt about it.”

Make no mistake about it, St-Pierre is one of the most decorated fighters in UFC history. Also, he’s only the fourth fighter in UFC history to win belts in two weight classes.

Zahabi did admit that there is one fighter who could surpass GSP as the GOAT and that is UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson.

“Demetrious Johnson is No. 2 in my opinion,” said Zahabi. “Absolutely. The only reason I wouldn’t give it to Demetrious – and I think the world of Demetrious, I can’t say enough good things about him – he didn’t have the hornets nest, the challengers that Georges had. He just didn’t have those legendary guys that went on a win streak, that were unstoppable, and then were stopped by the champ. He didn’t have that. And it’s not his fault. It’s not his fault at all. He took down everybody they put in front of him and he did it in style; however, he never had that guy.

“Demetrious could still do it,” said Zahabi. “He’s got time. It could happen it just hasn’t happened for him yet.”

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Georges St-Pierre Responds To Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Call Out

Khabib Nurmagomedov is on top of the world right now and is already eyeing a fight against a big name. As seen in the main event of the UFC 223 pay-per-view event on Saturday night (April 8th, 2018) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, Nurmagomedov put on a dominant performance against Al Iaquinta […]

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Khabib Nurmagomedov is on top of the world right now and is already eyeing a fight against a big name.

As seen in the main event of the UFC 223 pay-per-view event on Saturday night (April 8th, 2018) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, Nurmagomedov put on a dominant performance against Al Iaquinta and won the fight by decision to become the new lightweight champion.

After the fight, Nurmagomedov told media reporters who attended the latest PPV event that he wants a fight with former UFC middleweight and welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre.

St-Pierre returned to competition in November after four years away from the sport to win the middleweight title with a submission victory in the third round over Michael Bisping at UFC 217.

Now, he is on the sidelines as he deals with colitis. There was speculation that GSP was once again targeting a bout with Conor McGregor.

However, UFC President Dana White has shot down the potential fight in the past, and that fight appears not to be in the cards due to McGregor’s latest antics.

St-Pierre is one of the most decorated fighters in UFC history. Also, he’s only the fourth fighter in UFC history to win belts in two weight classes.

It’s been reported by Dave Meltzer that GSP’s fight with Bisping at UFC 217 brought in an estimated 875,000 pay-per-view buys.

Thus, in an era where the UFC needs stars more than ever when St-Pierre is able to return, the promotion will gladly book him in a top fight.

Once Nurmagomedov called out GSP for a fight, it didn’t take long for the former champion to respond to the call out.

“I feel UFC and Khabib got unfinished business before I try to make a step in here to go for the 155 title,” St-Pierre told MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani early Sunday morning.

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Khabib Calls Out Georges St-Pierre After UFC 223 Title Win

Khabib Nurmagomedov finally became the UFC lightweight champion by dominating a tough Al Iaquinta (watch full highlights here) in the main event of last night’s (Sat., April 7, 2018) UFC 223 from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The bout was the culmination of years of hype surrounding the undefeated “Eagle,” whom many believed would […]

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Khabib Nurmagomedov finally became the UFC lightweight champion by dominating a tough Al Iaquinta (watch full highlights here) in the main event of last night’s (Sat., April 7, 2018) UFC 223 from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

The bout was the culmination of years of hype surrounding the undefeated “Eagle,” whom many believed would have been champ sooner were it not for his long list of injuries suffered in training, and it was also the culmination of a week full of insanity after Khabib was tasked with literally five potential opponents beginning with longtime rival Tony Ferguson and ending with ‘Ragin’ Al.’

But all is well for the 26-0 Dagestani grappling machine, as he now owns the only 155-pound belt in the world’s biggest MMA promotion and will be headed for a massive fight no matter which direction he goes. Most will want him to face former champion Conor McGregor, with whom he has a monstrous beef bubbling over after their now-infamous run-in this week where McGregor threw a metal dolly through a bus window and was incarcerated on assault charges.

Yet while the fight could legitimately be one of the biggest fights in UFC history, Khabib chose a different route when asked whom he wanted to face next by Karyn Bryant on the UFC 223 post-fight show on FOX Sports 1, calling out legendary former middleweight and welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre in the most respectful way possible:

“To be honest, if they ask me, I wanna take Georges St-Pierre. St-Pierre is greatest athlete to compete in UFC. When I grow up, I watch his fight. When he defend his title in UFC like 10, 11 years ago, I compete in junior Dagestan championship in Combat Sambo.

“You know, can you imagine this? Now we’re here, and we can fight. It’s like crazy. 10, 11 years ago when I was like 19, 18 as a kid, when I watch his fight when I was like his very biggest fan. Now, he talk about how he wanna become UFC lightweight champion; before he was UFC middleweight and welterweight champion. Why not? If he can make, let’s go in New York.”

Now that McGregor’s fighting – and overall – future is uncertain at best, Khabib may be free to fight St-Pierre rather than ‘The Notorious’ when he returns to the cage later this year in November.

“Rush” has stated he can make lightweight, but he’s still recovering from a bout with colitis after the increased food intake he consumed to keep on the mass necessary to fight at middleweight, where he returned to after nearly four years off and choked out Michael Bisping to win the title before vacating the gold hardly a month later.

You’d have to think if St-Pierre was going to put himself through the opposite and cut all the way down to lightweight, it would have been for a fight with the UFC’s biggest star in McGregor.

A match-up with Khabib, however, could start to look like more of an enticing prospect for the all-time legend who has said he only wants the biggest and the best fights.

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Dana White Says Tyron Woodley Brought Him ‘Doctor’s Note’

The MMA world got some exciting news – in many different forms – this week, and part of that was the interim welterweight title fight between Rafael dos Anjos and Colby Covington at May’s UFC 224 from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Apparently still recovering from shoulder surgery, current 170-pound champion Tyron Woodley questioned the need […]

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The MMA world got some exciting news – in many different forms – this week, and part of that was the interim welterweight title fight between Rafael dos Anjos and Colby Covington at May’s UFC 224 from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Apparently still recovering from shoulder surgery, current 170-pound champion Tyron Woodley questioned the need for another interim belt, but it was reportedly due to him turning down an opportunity.

Although he did fight in four title fights in just under a year from July 2016 – July 2017, Woodley has been out since undergoing a procedure for a torn labrum suffered in his incredibly boring decision win over Demian Maia at last July’s UFC 214.

And according to UFC President Dana White, “The Chosen One” likely won’t make his return to the Octagon until August 2018 at the earliest:

“Tyron Woodley, we were trying to get him to fight,” White told UFC Tonight. “He came back with a doctor’s note that says he is injured and cannot fight until August.”

Prior to his victory over Maia, Woodley had successfully defended his title twice against Stephen Thompson, fighting “Wonderboy” to a majority draw at UFC 205 and winning a decision in their rematch at UFC 209.

Upon his return, it’s likely that Woodley would take on the winner of the bout between dos Anjos and Covington, but the welterweight division is moving forward as a whole as well.

For example, Kamaru Usman will face off against Sanitago Ponizinibbio in the main event of UFC Fight Night 129 on May 29, 2018 in Chile.

Then, Thompson and rising contender Darren Till will meet in the main event of UFC Fight Night 130 on May 27, 2018 in Liverpool.

Which fight are you most looking forward to and who would you like to see Woodley square off with upon his return?

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