UFC 226: The Thrill and the Agony
Cormier not interested in defending light heavyweight title versus Romero
It didn't take long after Daniel Cormier's win at UFC 226 for people to start calling him out. Former middleweight contender Yoel Romero was one of them, but as Cormier told MMAJunkie Radio, he doesn't believe Romero deserves a fight with him: "Here’s the deal: I never wrestled Yoel Romero, but in wrestling he probably would have served me up. He’s one of the great wrestlers of all-time. But, you don’t fail a class and then get moved up a grade to the next one."
Cormier opens as 2-1 favorite over Lesnar
Often sports books will open odds on future fights even if they haven't been officially booked. Right after winning the heavyweight title at UFC 226, Daniel Cormier confronted Brock Lesnar in the Octagon setting up his first title defense. Should the bout come to fruition, Cormier will be considered the favorite coming in at -225 and Lesnar being a +175 underdog accordiing to the online bookmaker Bovada.
Nurmagomedov wants winner of Poirier vs. Alvarez if Conor or GSP aren't available
UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov spoke recently with Anatomy of a Fighter and said if his next fight isn’t against Conor McGregor or Georges St-Pierre, then it should be vs. the winner of Dustin Poirier vs. Eddie Alvarez at UFC on Fox 30 on July 28. ‘The Eagle’ also discussed Tony Ferguson: “He just had surgery. If he can, why not? Tony Ferguson is biggest match-up for me. This match what I want, what people want, what fans want but I don’t know about his healthy. If he’s ready, let’s go. Why not? I’m ready for September.
Daniel Cormier has BROKEN THE CURSE
UFC boss identifies next big Brazilian star
UFC president Dana White on 12-0 middleweight Paulo Costa, formerly known as Paulo Borrachinha: “I think that kid is the next big Brazilian star. He’s on his way; he’s good looking, an incredible physique, and fights like an animal."
Ronda Rousey names best fighter in the UFC to TMZ
Tina Lahdemaki, part of first UFC women's strawweight fight, has retired
Finland’s Tina ‘Jelly Bean’ Lahdemaki was 5-0 heading into the first ever UFC women’s strawweight fight, vs. Claudia Gadelha at UFC Fight Night 45 on July 16, 2014. She hasn’t fought since, and has now announced her retirement at age 30, after three shoulder surgeries, marriage, and the birth of her first child. “After several injuries and not being able to fight or even train properly, I have been forced to make the tough decision to quit fighting for now,” said Lahdemaki. “I wish this wasn't the way I have to end my career and it was not an easy decision to make, but overall it has been a good run and I met lots of great people and had great experiences and now it's just time to move on.”