UFC Working On Number One Contender Fight For TJ Dillashaw In His Return

Former Bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw is gearing up to make his return following a lengthy suspension after testing positive for PEDs in January of 2019. During a recent interview with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, UFC President Dana White shared that the organization was working on a fight for the former champion and that it would have […]

Former Bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw is gearing up to make his return following a lengthy suspension after testing positive for PEDs in January of 2019.

During a recent interview with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, UFC President Dana White shared that the organization was working on a fight for the former champion and that it would have title implications.

“We’re working on something for TJ right now that would line him up, the winner of that fight would fight for the title next,” White shared.

When Dillashaw was suspended in 2019 he held the Bantamweight title and had just come off a knockout loss against Henry Cejudo in his bid for the Flyweight title.

Since then, Dillashaw has shared he is open to returning against any of the top guys and multiple potential opponents have raised their hands to welcome him.

One of these individuals is the number two contender Corey Sandhagen who has accumulated back-to-back highlight-reel knockouts since losing to title challenger Aljamain sterling in 2020. Recently, Sandhagen explained that he wanted to fight Dillashaw and also expressed that he didn’t believe that the former champion should be welcomed back straight into a title fight after testing positive for PEDs.

Also current champion Petr Yan has called for a matchup against Dillashaw should he successfully defend his title at UFC 259 against Sterling. The pair are set to face off in a five-round fight for the title with Aljamain coming in on a lengthy win streak including a first-round finish over Sandhagen.

Other top Bantamweight’s that have called out the former champion include Pedro Munhoz, Jose Aldo, and Cody Garbrandt.

As White shared that a bout is in the works it is more than likely that this opponent will come from one of the top-ranked Bantamweights who are not currently booked.

Who do you believe this mystery opponent is for Dillashaw?

Drew Dober Knows He’ll Be On His Back Against Islam Makhachev But Expects KO Win

Dober MackhachevDrew Dober knows he’ll get taken down against Islam Makhachev — but doesn’t seem to mind too much. Dober takes on Makhachev in an intriguing lightweight encounter on the main card of the UFC 259 pay-per-view event on Saturday night. Makhachev had been struggling to land opponents as he has long complained of being ducked […]

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Drew Dober knows he’ll get taken down against Islam Makhachev — but doesn’t seem to mind too much.

Dober takes on Makhachev in an intriguing lightweight encounter on the main card of the UFC 259 pay-per-view event on Saturday night.

Makhachev had been struggling to land opponents as he has long complained of being ducked by just about every fighter matched up with him while the COVID-19 pandemic didn’t help either. He will now be competing for the first time since September 2019.

But as far as Dober is concerned, the Dagestan native was on his radar since 2017 and was a fight he voluntarily asked for.

“In all honesty, I think he is a hard person to find a fight for,” Dober told BJ Penn.com. “Not a lot of people want to fight Islam. He has all that hype around him. He has been on my radar since 2017. I’ve been eager to compete with him. They were looking for a fight for Islam and I raised my hand, that I would definitely fight him. It is a great matchup.”

Makhachev is undefeated in his last six outings as he has dominated his opponents throughout with his wrestling. Dober, meanwhile, is on a three-fight winning streak with knockouts in all of those encounters.

It’s clearly a striker vs. grappler matchup, and Dober knows he’ll eventually be on his back at some point. However, he will be prepared for that scenario.

“Absolutely. You can’t completely avoid a takedown,” Dober explained. “It will be a wrestling match with punches, I know I will be on my back at some point. I’m fully prepared for this fight to be a grappling match and I can’t avoid that.

“I’m just trying to make his life uncomfortable for the 15 minutes we are in there. Whether it is with my hands or feet, or my wrestling or my jiu-jitsu, my goal is to make him comfortable and make him make a mistake.”

As for how the fight eventually plays out? Dober expects to get his fourth knockout win in a row.

“Honestly, I love getting the knockout wins for everyone so that is Plan A,” Dober added. “I see myself finding his chin.”

Who do you think wins?

Glover Teixeira To Weigh In As Alternate For UFC 259’s Light-Heavyweight Title Fight

TeixeiraGlover Teixeira may get his chance at once again fighting for the Light-Heavyweight title when he makes weight ahead of UFC 259 this coming weekend. The veteran is set to be the alternate for the title fight bout between champion Jan Blachowicz and challenger Israel Adesanya should something happen to either fighter. The news was […]

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Glover Teixeira may get his chance at once again fighting for the Light-Heavyweight title when he makes weight ahead of UFC 259 this coming weekend.

The veteran is set to be the alternate for the title fight bout between champion Jan Blachowicz and challenger Israel Adesanya should something happen to either fighter.

The news was shared by Dana White at the UFC 259 Press Conference and confirmed an earlier report by MMAFighting that this would be the case.

Teixeira has had a resurgence late into his career after a string of back and forth wins and losses the number one ranked Light-Heavyweight has not accumulated a winning streak of five in a row heading into this weekend, with notable names such as Thiago Santos and Anthony Smith.

It is unlikely that Teixeira’s presence will be necessary though as the challenger Adesanya claims he will not be cutting weight and will still weigh in under the 205-pound limit. The current Middleweight champion is taking this opportunity to move up in weight and challenge for a second title.

With a successful bid at this belt, Adesanya has said he will return to Middleweight next to defend that title before re-accessing his plans. In this situation, it could be some time before Teixeira gets another shot at the belt, however, with a successful title defense from Blachowicz a matchup between these two fighters seems more likely to happen next.

Last competing against Teixeira was Santos who lost via submission in their fight in November of last year. Santos makes a turnaround at UFC 259 taking on Alexander Rakic in a bout to see who remains in the title picture in line behind Teixiera.

UFC 259 will also boast a pair of other title fights including the Women’s Featherweight bout between Amanda Nunes and Megan Anderson. And a Bantamweight bout between Petr Yan and Aljamain Sterling.

Dana White Hoping To Hold UFC Events In Texas As Soon As UFC260

UFC President Dana White is optimistic that the UFC will be able to hold events with fans in Texas during 2021. Earlier this week Texas announced that they would be lifting COVID restrictions in the state and allowing events to go forward with crowds in attendance. This news spiked the interest of White who shared […]

UFC President Dana White is optimistic that the UFC will be able to hold events with fans in Texas during 2021.

Earlier this week Texas announced that they would be lifting COVID restrictions in the state and allowing events to go forward with crowds in attendance. This news spiked the interest of White who shared at the UFC 259 Press Conference that he immediately got on the phone to find a location that would allow the UFC to hold their events.

“As soon as the governor of Texas said that I called, Dallas said no,” White shared. “I’m working on Houston so see if we can get Houston done. I want to go to Texas ASAP, I’ll go in the next two or three weeks I’m ready to roll, so we’ll be first we’ll open this thing up, we’ll sell it out and we’ll be on our way.”

White seems optimistic that this will happen soon and teased that it could be as early as UFC 260 later this month.

“I’m ready to go, I’d move this one if we could,” White said. “I told everybody when this opened up that I’d be first and we would go first, and we will.”

UFC 260 is to be headlined by a pair of title fights in the Heavyweight and Featherweight divisions. In the main event, the long-awaited rematch between champion Stipe Miocic and knockout artist Francis Ngannou will take place. In the co-main event, Featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski will attempt to defend his title against reformed contender Brian Ortega.

As of right now, the event has no official location, however, outside of getting a deal done with Texas, the event is likely to take place at the UFC Apex facility in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Do you think we see fans in attendance at UFC Events in 2021?

Dana White Working On Summer Trilogy Between Conor McGregor, Dustin Poirier

McGregor PoirierConor McGregor wants a trilogy with Dustin Poirier as soon as possible. That’s according to UFC president Dana White who was commenting on what was next for the pair during an appearance on “The Jim Rome Show” on Wednesday. A trilogy has essentially been in the works ever since Poirier’s knockout win over McGregor in […]

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Conor McGregor wants a trilogy with Dustin Poirier as soon as possible.

That’s according to UFC president Dana White who was commenting on what was next for the pair during an appearance on “The Jim Rome Show” on Wednesday.

A trilogy has essentially been in the works ever since Poirier’s knockout win over McGregor in their rematch at UFC 257 in January and White is hoping for it to take place in the summer.

“Conor’s ready to roll,” White said (via MMA Junkie). “Conor wants to fight again. He wants the rematch with Dustin Poirier, and he wants it as soon as possible. We’re working on it. Hopefully this summer.”

Many have speculated whether McGregor’s heart is still in the sport now that he’s living a lavish and comfortable lifestyle. But as far as White is concerned, the Irishman needed that defeat to Poirier to get back on track.

“I think the loss put him back into a really good place,” White added. “It’s the classic ‘Rocky III.’ You’re pulling up to the fight in yachts and covered in Versace and you got all the money in the world, it’s hard to stay hungry.”

McGregor has already begun hyping up the trilogy on social media.

Poirier — who has made it no secret that he would like the lucrative pay that comes with a trilogy — is certainly doing his part as well.

Who do you think wins the trilogy?

Alistair Overeem Issues Statement Following UFC Release

OvereemAlistair Overeem released a statement following his surprising release from the UFC. It was reported yesterday that the former title challenger was cut along with Junior dos Santos following his TKO defeat to Alexander Volkov last month. While Dos Santos was not as surprising given that he was on a four-fight losing streak, Overeem’s was […]

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Alistair Overeem released a statement following his surprising release from the UFC.

It was reported yesterday that the former title challenger was cut along with Junior dos Santos following his TKO defeat to Alexander Volkov last month.

While Dos Santos was not as surprising given that he was on a four-fight losing streak, Overeem’s was a bit more shocking as he had won four of his last five prior to the setback against Volkov.

Regardless, there are no hard feelings from “The Reem” who took to social media Thursday to respond to the news.

“The final run has come to an end, but what a run it has been. Looking back at my 10 years in the UFC, this has been the experience of a lifetime. Huge thank you to the entire @ufc staff, the fans and all the fighters I came across. Couldn’t have wished for any other better career path.

“A special thank you to @danawhite and Lorenzo Fertitta for making everything possible. Fighting for all of you has been such an honor.”

Unfortunately for Overeem, he didn’t get to achieve his goal of becoming the UFC heavyweight champion.

However, he leaves the promotion as one of the biggest legends to grace the Octagon. In total, he went 13-8 with the UFC and holds wins over the likes of Dos Santos, Brock Lesnar, Fabricio Werdum, Mark Hunt, Andrei Arlovski and Frank Mir during his 10-year stint.

No word on retirement going by his post, however.

What do you think is next for Overeem?