August 4th. California. UFC 227. Mark it on your calendars now.
Arguably the greatest MMA fighter of all time, Georges St-Pierre is set to make his sophomore return fight! His rival is set to be Nate Diaz, younger brother of formerly defeated opponent Nick Diaz.
On the surface I like you would say no way this is going to happen. Once Dana White starts talking about it, we can lend it some credence.
“Remember this is the WME era where rankings, sensical matches & old fan money aren’t super important as long as analytics/ monetizing metrics are followed & optimal profit is made. Give it a few days & we’ll see who confirms/denies.” – tweet by MMA journalist Mike Russell
“We are working right now to put together a Georges St-Pierre versus Nate Diaz fight,” White said on the UFC Unfiltered podcast Monday. “It is true. They would fight at 155 pounds.”
White added he is also “targeting L.A.” to make a non-title match between former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold and former light-heavyweight title challenger Alexander Gustafsson on the card, which is already headlined by the T.J. Dillashaw-Cody Garbrandt bantamweight title rematch.
“In my perfect world — nothing goes perfect in this world — Dillashaw vs. Garbrandt, GSP vs. Diaz would be the co-main, Gustafsson vs. Rockhold and Derek Brunson vs. Antonio Carlos Jr.,” White announced. “It’s very interesting.”
If GSP were to win the 155lb title he would be the only person to ever hold a title in 3 divisions. If memory serves me, and it does, Georges used to have some difficulty making 170. To drop to 155 at 36 years old, after most recently winning the title at 185lbs is going to be a legendary feat in an of itself. Losing fat is one thing. How in the world can you safely melt off muscle?
“Notorious” Nick Newell is truly an inspiration. He was born with congenital amputation below the left elbow.
I hadn’t heard of his until a recent interview with Michael Bisping where he discusses Newell’s chances of fighting in the UFC. Nick has a record of 14-1 with his only loss coming to UFC fighter Justin Gaethje.
Nick has won in World Series of Fighting and AXS fights and must surely be on the UFC’s radar.
UFC featherweight Brian Ortega offered to fill in against Khabib Nurmagomedov when Tony Ferguson withdrew due to injury. In this interview from my radio show, Ortega explains why he accepted the lightweight championship bout and explained how his jiu-jitsu is the very sort of skill that could stop Khabib Nurmagomedov.
The Luke Thomas Show airs weekdays, 3 to 6pm ET, on SiriusXM RUSH, channel 93.
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones had his fighting license revoked after a unanimous vote from the California State Athletic Commission on Tuesday, and was fined $205,000 for his failed drug test following UFC 214 last July.
Jones, 30, considered among the short list of greatest fighters in MMA history, was present at the CSAC meeting in Anaheim, California, and still must face potential sanctions in an upcoming hearing with UFC’s anti-doping partner, the United States Anti-Doping Agency.
CSAC elected not to suspend Jones, but executive officer Andy Foster did recommend they not re-instate him until the conclusion of his USADA suspension. Jones (22-1), a second offender, could be sidelined as long as four years under the rules of UFC’s own anti-doping policy with USADA.
(Jon Jones states that for 3 years he signed USADA’s doping guidelines, but never actually read them…)
“I don’t believe we should end Jon Jones’ career but I do believe he should sit out for a while,” Foster said during the hearing. “I think we should revoke his license. I don’t think Mr. Jones gets to be a mixed martial artist right now.”
Jones’ license with California was revoked retroactive to last August, in the aftermath of his third-round TKO victory over Daniel Cormier (via head kick) in their much-anticipated rematch when it was revealed he tested dirty. Jones can reapply this summer, although CSAC won’t accept his application until he meets with USADA and serves whatever punishment is given.
“This situation is like really, really crappy,” Jones said. “I don’t understand how any of this happened and how it got in my system.
“I did not do steroids. I swear to my heavenly father that I am not wrong. I swear on everything.”
Jones tested positive for the anabolic steroid Turinabol on July 28, 2017, one day before his victory over Cormier. The results of the test were not available before the fight, later ruled a no contest, took place.
“We are two different people, different personalities, different histories, different obstacles we were facing,” Dern told TMZ Sports. “So I think the biggest thing is it’s a new era, you know? A new generation. It’s nice that people think that, but man, I’m not the next Ronda Rousey. I’m the new Mackenzie.”
Mackenzie’s gets quite a bit of camera time on “UFC Embedded” for someone on the undercard!
I didn’t see her in part 1 but it is still a tight episode. She is definitely in the latter parts though!