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Conor McGregor Faces Eddie Alvarez For The Lightweight Title. Is This a Slap In The Face To The Lighweight Division?

Can the nutty Irishman make history?

So last week I was speaking on the fact that UFC 205 was missing some marquee bouts. Since then the announcements of Chris Weidman vs Yoel Romero, Donald Cerrone vs Kelvin Gastelum, Tyron Woodley vs Stephen Thompson, and numerous others has instantly made this card stellar even by the UFC standard. Overnight it seems that UFC 205, if no one gets injured that is, is likely going to be the fight card of the year. But the icing on the cake for this event is the announcement of Eddie Alvarez vs Conor McGregor lightweight title match.



In a recent interview on Five Rounds podcast with Brent Okamoto, No. 1 lightweight contender Khabib Nurmagomedov didn’t mince words on who he thought should be next for a title shot.


Fight Night 90 Aftermath: The Only Constant is Change

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I remember the exact moment I knew that Rafael Dos Anjos was going to lose last night.

It came just prior to the co-main event tilt between Roy Nelson and Derrick Lewis, oddly enough. While hyping up the featured bouts of the evening, Jon Anik referred to Dos Anjos’ then win streak as “legendary.” He had made a similar comment earlier in the evening (something about Dos Anjos looking to secure his legacy as “one of the greatest lightweights to ever step foot in the octagon,” which I guess was technically true), but I had brushed it off, as I do with most commentators, as a case of simply needing some words to fill time.

But the moment that word hit my ear, I pricked up in my seat a bit.


Friday Link Dump: Dos Anjos vs. Alvarez Title Fight Set, Cuomo Signs MMA in NY Bill, Worst Fight Bookings in UFC History + More

(“Mixed Martial Arts and Crafts” starring Chris Weidman: Surprisingly Funny. via The Kicker)

Dagestani Dynasty: How Fighting Became the Nurmagomedov Family Business (BloodyElbow)

Rafael dos Anjos to Defend Title Against Eddie Alvarez on UFC Fight Pass (MMAFighting)

MMA Now Officially Legal in New York; UFC Slates Nov. 12 Event at Madison Square Garden

For UFC on Fox 19, the Real Intrigue Is on Fight Pass
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Fight Night 81 Highlights/Results: Cruz Tops Dillashaw in Close Decision, Alvarez Outworks Pettis, + More

(via UFC on FOX)

“Ring rust does not exist.”

It was a mantra that Dominick Cruz had been repeating for years…literally, years. In the two years he had spent battling injuries since his last fight and the four years he spent doing the same before his *other* last fight, Cruz has kindly been reminding us that 1) Ring rust is a lie 2) He never really lost his belt and 3) The members of Team Alpha Male were a bunch of meathead jocks that couldn’t ‘andle his riddum’. But until last night, the former WEC and UFC bantamweight champion was all talk.

“You can’t hit what you can’t catch,” was another trademarked slogan that Cruz made sure to repeat ad nauseum in the trash talk-filled lead up to his bantamweight title fight with TJ Dillashaw at Fight Night 81, and without comparing him to the one true MMA psychic, Mystic Mac, it’s safe to say that “The Dominator” might have a magical crystal ball of his own.


Eddie Alvarez vs. Anthony Pettis (!) & TJ Dillashaw vs. Dominick Cruz (!!) Booked for Fight Night 81

Now, let’s all try not to get too excited about the news we’re about to deliver, because we all know the long and heartbreaking history of one of the competitors involved, but OMG DOMMY CRUZ VS TJ DILLY IS FINALLY GON’ HAPPEN!!!!!!

Actual details after the jump. 


Gilbert Melendez Tests Positive for Testosterone Metabolites, Suspended One Year

(Eddie wasn’t angry the moment he found out Gil was juicing, just dissapointed. via Getty)

Every time I hear a UFC fighter claiming that 90% of the roster is on one kind of PED or another, I go into something of an emergency rationalization mode. Suddenly and almost subconsciously, I find myself running around my apartment like a beagle after a bath, hands clasped over my ears and screaming “It can’t be that high! Surely it’s something closer to 75%!!” Then I nuke up a Hot Pocket and take a Forget Me Now to keep my sanity intact.

Unfortunately for delusionally optimistic MMA fans like us here at CagePotato (lol!), the results that these new UFC drug-testing policies have garnered seem to align with the increasingly popular opinion that everyone in the sport is on PED’s and it’s simply a matter of time until they slip up. Case in point: Gilbert Melendez (aka Giblert aka “Le Nino”), the last guy you’d expect to test positive for anything, who conversely just tested positive for something.

Statements from Gilbert and the UFC are after the jump.  


UFC 188: A Complete A-to-Z Preview

(Think this is some brilliant guerilla marketing? Just wait until you try the Pollos Locos Velasquezamos Gorditas, hitting a Taco Bell near you!)

By Nasir Jabbar

Some of UFC’s marquee Hispanic fighters are graced to appear on the promotion’s second trip to Mexico at UFC 188 this weekend, none more prominent than heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez. The injury prone Velasquez (well, calling him “injury prone” might be an understatement. The man’s spent more time in the ER than Tim “The Toolman” Taylor) returns to the octagon to take on interim-champion Fabricio Werdum for the unified heavyweight title, and in the night’s co-main event, Mexican-American Strikeforce vet Gilbert Melendez faces former Bellator champ Eddie Alvarez.

The main-card is rounded off with a important women’s strawweight bout and a couple of intriguing match-ups below, so by now you should know how it works – I’ve compiled an comprehensive A-to-Z list previewing the heck out of UFC 188. Join me?


Donald Cerrone vs. Benson Henderson III Set for UFC Fight Night 59, With Eddie Alvarez Injured

(“Hell, I was probably gonna beat someone up that weekend anyway.” / Photo via Getty)

Donald Cerrone just clinched the 2015 UFC Employee of the Year award. After literally kicking Myles Jury’s ass this weekend at UFC 182, Cerrone has agreed to face Benson Henderson 13 days from now (!?) at UFC Fight Night 59: McGregor vs. Siver, January 18th in Boston. Henderson’s original opponent Eddie Alvarez has pulled out of the fight due to injury. UFC president Dana White confirmed the switch this evening on Instagram, but didn’t provide any details on Alvarez’s condition.

Cerrone and Henderson already fought twice back in the WEC, with Henderson winning their first meeting by unanimous decision in a 2009 Fight of the Year candidate (but getting lumped up nevertheless), and Henderson finishing Cerrone with a first-round guillotine choke during their 2010 rematch. Of course, Cerrone is currently on the most impressive hot streak of his career, and has made noticeable improvements to his game as of late. On the other hand, fighting Bendo on a two-week layoff?? My God.

The fight will mark Cerrone’s seventh UFC appearance in the last 14 months. Get that money, Cowboy.

Update: MMAFighting reports that Alvarez’s withdrawal is flu-related. “Alvarez’s sickness resulted in weight loss and stopped him from training. He apparently tried to fight through it, but he felt worse on Monday and was forced to pull out of the bout.”


Benson Henderson vs. Eddie Alvarez Booked as Co-Main Event for UFC Fight Night 59: McGregor vs. Siver

(Eddie Alvarez briefly turns Donald Cerrone into Karl Childers during their three-round war last month. / Photo via Getty)

As first reported by the Boston Herald, a lightweight bout between former UFC lightweight champ Benson Henderson and former Bellator lightweight champ Eddie Alvarez has been booked as the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 59: McGregor vs. Siver, January 18th at the TD Garden in Boston. And before you start complaining about how Bendo and Eddie shouldn’t be playing second bananas to a loud-mouthed Oirishmin, may I remind you that no other UFC fighter can pull off an ivory suit quite like this.

Henderson and Alvarez will both be looking to bounce back from recent defeats. Henderson is coming off his first-round knockout loss to Rafael Dos Anjos at UFC Fight Night 49 in August, while Alvarez was out-pointed by Donald Cerrone in his Octagon debut at UFC 178.

The Herald is also reporting two more interesting bookings for the 1/18 card…