Yoel Romero Says UFC 230 Fight vs. Paulo Costa Off Amid Facial Injury Recovery

Yoel Romero won’t be fighting Paulo Costa at UFC 230 on Nov. 3. During an appearance on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show , Romero said doctors believe he will need at least four or …

Yoel Romero won’t be fighting Paulo Costa at UFC 230 on Nov. 3. During an appearance on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show , Romero said doctors believe he will need at least four or …

Dana White Talks Using McGregor Attack Footage To Promote UFC 229

Dana White discussed promoting UFC 229 using Conor McGregor’s attack.

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Time heals all wounds. So it’s time Dana White talks us through the thought process behind using the ‘Trollygate’ video to help promote UFC 229.

Not even six months ago, former UFC champion Conor McGregor was making headlines for throwing a dolly through a bus window in Brooklyn, NY. As a result, Ray Borg and Michael Chiesa were injured. They were therefore unable to compete at UFC 223, altering the PPV portion of the card.

Dana White, who usually has McGregor’s back, was left almost speechless – quite the feat. White went so far as to question whether or not his Irish superstar was on drugs. Perhaps the Irishman knew exactly what he was doing all along.

White may have viewed McGregor’s action perplexing at the time but what’s done is done. And since White can’t go back in time and prevent McGregor from acting a fool in Brooklyn, he should do the next best thing. White talked using the ‘despicable’ footage to help promote UFC 229:

“It was definitely something bad that I didn’t expect from anybody,” White said in a recent BBC interview. “He got in trouble legally in New York. He had to go to court and hire lawyers and go through lawsuits and all kinds of stuff that goes along with something like that. Obviously, going into the fight, it’s definitely part of the storyline.”

Indeed it may be a part of the storyline. There’s no doubt that footage of the insane attack will help hype the fight.

But it’s already being called the biggest fight in UFC history. Does UFC 229 need that kind of promotion?

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Dana White Talks Using McGregor Attack Footage To Promote UFC 229

Dana White discussed promoting UFC 229 using Conor McGregor’s attack.

The post Dana White Talks Using McGregor Attack Footage To Promote UFC 229 appeared first on LowKickMMA.com.

Time heals all wounds. So it’s time Dana White talks us through the thought process behind using the ‘Trollygate’ video to help promote UFC 229.

Not even six months ago, former UFC champion Conor McGregor was making headlines for throwing a dolly through a bus window in Brooklyn, NY. As a result, Ray Borg and Michael Chiesa were injured. They were therefore unable to compete at UFC 223, altering the PPV portion of the card.

Dana White, who usually has McGregor’s back, was left almost speechless – quite the feat. White went so far as to question whether or not his Irish superstar was on drugs. Perhaps the Irishman knew exactly what he was doing all along.

White may have viewed McGregor’s action perplexing at the time but what’s done is done. And since White can’t go back in time and prevent McGregor from acting a fool in Brooklyn, he should do the next best thing. White talked using the ‘despicable’ footage to help promote UFC 229:

“It was definitely something bad that I didn’t expect from anybody,” White said in a recent BBC interview. “He got in trouble legally in New York. He had to go to court and hire lawyers and go through lawsuits and all kinds of stuff that goes along with something like that. Obviously, going into the fight, it’s definitely part of the storyline.”

Indeed it may be a part of the storyline. There’s no doubt that footage of the insane attack will help hype the fight.

But it’s already being called the biggest fight in UFC history. Does UFC 229 need that kind of promotion?

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Luke Rockhold Believes UFC Light Heavyweight Division Is ‘For The Taking’

Luke Rockhold believes the UFC’s light heavyweight division is wide open.

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Luke Rockhold believes the UFC’s light heavyweight division is “for the taking” at the moment.

The ex-UFC middleweight champ has struggled at 185 pounds as of late. He has lost two of his last three matches by way of knockout. The Californian captured the middleweight championship in December of 2015 due to a brutal streak of wins.

Rockhold finished Chris Weidman via fourth-round TKO to hand “The All American” the first loss of his career. In his first title defense several months later, Rockhold was upset by Michael Bisping via first-round knockout.

After a year-long layoff, Rockhold returned to action in September of last year and finished David Branch in the second round. Soon after, Rockhold was therefore granted an interim middleweight championship opportunity.

He fought Yoel Romero in the main event of UFC 221 in February. Unfortunately for Rockhold, he couldn’t withstand the Cuban’s hellacious knockout power. He was finished in the third round by “The Soldier Of God.”

After failing to recapture the 185-pound title, Rockhold began contemplating a jump up to 205 pounds. He was in discussions for a possible fight with Alexander Gustafsson before a nasty injury halted those talks.

Return To Middleweight

Now, Rockhold is set to make his Octagon return in November, still at middleweight. He’ll rematch Weidman at UFC 230 in New York in a pivotal middleweight affair. The winner will absolutely be back in the 185-pound title discussion because of the stakes involved.

There’s just no guarantee Rockhold even makes it back to the middleweight fray.

Win or lose to Weidman, Rockhold may decide to finally up to 205 pounds, meanwhile. If he does, he likes his chances based on the current state of the class. In a recent interview with MMA Junkie, Rockhold said he believes the UFC light heavyweight division is “for the taking.”

“I like the light heavyweight division – I think it’s for the taking. ‘DC,’ the complication with him – he’s tossing and turning. I just want the thing to really solidify itself and iron it out; I want a matchup – I want a sexy matchup, and I want to get up there and I want to do some damage, and I want it to mean something.”

Above all, Rockhold doesn’t want to fight just anyone when he does move up:

“I don’t want to have to fight the best guy in the division in Alexander Gustafsson and have to backtrack if ‘DC’ doesn’t fight and I have to fight someone else lower – what’s the (expletive) point?

Better Fighter At Light Heavyweight

Rockhold knows he’d be a much better fighter at 205 pounds due to the draining cut down to 185.

There’s just one problem.

One of his best friends and training partners, Daniel Cormier, is the division’s champion. Rockhold has so much respect for “DC,” he doesn’t want to step on the double champ’s toes:

“I know I’m a lot better fighter at 205 and I could do a lot of damage,” Rockhold said. “There’s a certain amount of respect, and ‘DC’ is my brother. We came from the (expletive) very beginning together.

“I’m not going to step on his toes. I’m going to let him close out the way he wants to. I’ve got plenty of time. I’m training, I’m healthy, getting healthy – I’m nearly there. We’ll see what’s up. Madison Square Garden is very appealing.

“I like that stage – I’ve always wanted to fight there. I’ve got to get the right matchup and we’ll see what comes to be.”

Seems like the former UFC and Strikeforce champion is ready for a new challenge in his career. He’s also making some big money outside of the cage, so the UFC will have to pony up.

They apparently did so last week and Rockhold is back as a result. Will he soon return to glory because of it?

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Justin Gaethje Vows To Humble James Vick At UFC Lincoln

Justin Gaethje is ready to shut James Vick up in Lincoln.

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This weekend (Sat. August 25, 2018) Justin Gaethje vows to humble his UFC Lincoln opponent James Vick.

Gaethje was quite the knockout artist during his tenure with World Series Of Fighting (WSOF). He reigned as the promotion’s lightweight champion and racked up an undefeated record of 17-0.

In 2017 Gaethje signed with the UFC and had his inaugural fight with the promotion against Michael Johnson. He was able to pull off a second-round TKO win after an amazing back-and-forth contest.

Since then, however, Gaethje has dropped two straight via knockout. He’ll try and bounce back with a win over rising contender James Vick. Vick is riding a four-fight win streak and has finished all but the latter via stoppage.

There has been a lot of animosity between Gaethje and Vick leading up to their fight. The pair traded barbs at the UFC 25th Anniversary press conference. Speaking to MMA Fighting, Justin Gaethje said Vick doesn’t know what he got himself into:

“You can only say so many things, man,” Gaethje said. “At the end of the day, August 25, you have to get in there. They have to lock the Octagon, he has to get locked in there with me, and he’s going to have to deal with this.

“He’s in the UFC, he’s ranked No. 11 in the world — I’m not saying the guy’s not worthy. He fell into this, for one. It’s not like he was set up for this fight. Someone fell out and he stepped up, so he’s got the balls to step in there. I just don’t think he understands what he’s going to have to go through.”

Knockout Losses

Gaethje opened up on his recent two losses to Dustin Poirier and Eddie Alvarez. He claims to have respected those two top-ranked fighters too much due to their decorated records. Now, however, he believes his fight with Vick is more personal like his victorious UFC debut versus Michael Johnson:

“Not to diminish my last two fights, but I didn’t like Michael Johnson. I was fired up for that fight, and I really had a lot of respect for the last two guys that I fought, so it’s definitely different for me. Motivation has been different every day. He lit a fire under my ***, and I’m excited to go out there and extinguish it on August 25.”

Overall, “The Highlight” claims he’s going to humble Vick in Lincoln:

“I’m going to march him down and make him pay for everything that’s come out of his mouth,” Gaethje continued.

“It’s going to be the most terrifying night of James Vick’s life. He will wake up a humbled turd, and he won’t look at himself in the mirror the same for a few weeks, I can guarantee it. He’s going to be a smashed turd when I’m done with him.”

UFC Lincoln goes down live from the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska, this weekend (Sat. August 25, 2018).

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Cris Cyborg Reacts To Ronda Rousey’s WWE Title Victory

Ronda Rousey is now a WWE Champion.

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Last night (Sun. August 19, 2018) the WWE held its annual SummerSlam pay-per-view (PPV). Due to what transpired, it’s no surprise that Cris Cyborg reacts to the event.

On the card was former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. Rousey challenged Alexa Bliss for the RAW Women’s Championship. “The Rowdy One” defeated Bliss with her armbar for the submission victory.

As a result, Rousey is now the WWE RAW Women’s Champion. It is her first title of her professional wrestling career. Rousey’s longtime rival in the world of mixed martial arts (MMA), Cris Cyborg, offered her thoughts on the occasion.

Cyborg congratulated Rousey, who she called “the baddest woman on the planet.” She signed the congratulatory message as “the most feared woman on the planet”:

“Congrats to the baddest woman on the planet on the first of many belts. Sincerely, The most feared woman on the planet.”

Rousey has really taken to the world of professional wrestling nicely since debuting back in April. She picked up her first win inside the squared circle at WrestleMania 34. Rousey teamed up with her fellow Olympian Kurt Angle and defeated Triple H and Stephanie McMahon.

She previously had a RAW Women’s Title match with Nia Jax but had that opportunity thwarted due to interference from Bliss. However, Rousey got sweet revenge last night when she took the title off Bliss at SummerSlam last night.

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