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stipe miocic

Stipe Miocic made an impact this month when he knocked out Andrei Arlovski.

Following the performance, Miocic immediately spotted UFC president Dana White Octagon-side and unleashed a verbal tirade on White, demanding to be the next UFC heavyweight title challenger.

The “attack” stemmed from White telling Miocic that he wasn’t popular enough to warrant a title shot.

“Yeah, 100-percent,” Miocic said during a recent interview with Submission Radio. “I just wanted to get my point across, let him know I wasn’t messing around – just not for show. I was being serious. It was more personal than anything else.”

The 33-year-old Miocic (14-2) has won two in a row and is 5-1 over his last five, scoring finishes vs. Arlovski, Mark Hunt and Fabio Maldonado around a five-round decision defeat to former champion Junior dos Santos.

Ever a popular figure on social media, Miocic believes his outburst at UFC 195 has helped solidify him as a top-level heavyweight.

“Yeah I think the feedback’s been great. I think everyone thinks I deserve it,” he said. “I think it worked out well.”

ufc fight night 81

The Octagon will set up shop for a special Sunday night event this weekend, as UFC Fight Night 81 takes place from the TD Garden in Boston.

After fighting just once in over three years, Dominick Cruz will try to regain the UFC bantamweight title when he meets T.J. Dillashaw on FOX Sports 1. Cruz never lost the belt, as officials stripped him due to the series of injuries.

Along with Dillashaw-Cruz, lightweight contenders Anthony Pettis and Eddie Alvarez will square off, along with heavyweights Travis Browne and Matt Mitrione.

Prelims begin on UFC Fight Pass with five scheduled matches, while the remaining eight air live on FS1.

FightLine will be providing live and complete coverage of all the action this weekend.

Below is the current lineup:

MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1/10 p.m. ET)

UFC Bantamweight Championship
T.J. Dillashaw (c) vs. Dominick Cruz

Lightweight: Anthony Pettis vs. Eddie Alvarez

Heavyweight: Travis Browne vs. Matt Mitrione

Lightweight: Ross Pearson vs. Francisco Trinaldo

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1/8 p.m. ET)

Welterweight: Patrick Cote vs. Ben Saunders

Lightweight: Mairbek Taisumov vs. Chris Wade

Featherweight: Maximo Blanco vs. Luke Sanders

Featherweight: Augusto Mendes vs. Charles Rosa

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/6 p.m. ET)

Lightweight: Paul Felder vs. Daron Cruickshank

Middleweight: Tim Boetsch vs. Ed Herman

Light Heavyweight: Sean O’Connell vs. Ilir Latifi

Bantamweight: Rob Font vs. Joey Gomez

Light Heavyweight: Elvis Mutapcic vs. Francimar Barroso

invicta fc 15

A pair of Invicta FC titles will be on the line this Saturday night at Invicta FC 15.

In the main event, Cris “Cyborg” Justino defends her featherweight title against Daria Ibragimova on UFC Fight Pass. The event takes place inside the OC Fair and Event Center in Costa Mesa, California.

Also, the Invicta FC strawweight title is up for grabs, as champion Livia Renata Souza defends vs. DeAnna Bennett. Souza was originally scheduled for a title defense with Alexa Grasso, but the unbeaten Bennett stepped in when she suffered an injury.

For Cyborg, this was expected to be her bantamweight debut as she worked to try and get down to 135 pounds and compete in the UFC.

The card also features notables such as Angela Hill, Lacey Schuckman, Amanda Bell, Ediane Gomez and Megan Anderson.

Below is the complete lineup:

INVICTA FC 15 (UFC Fight Pass/8 p.m. ET)

Invicta FC Featherweight Championship
Cris “Cyborg” Justino vs. Daria Ibragimova

Invicta FC Strawweight Championship
Livia Renata Souza vs. DeAnna Bennett

Atomweight: Amber Brown vs. Shino VanHoose

Bantamweight: Colleen Schneider vs. Raquel Pa’aluhi

Strawweight: Angela Hill vs. Alida Gray

Strawweight: Lacey Schuckman vs. Mizuki Inoue

Featherweight: Amanda Bell vs. Ediane Gomes

Flyweight: Katy Collins vs. Christine Stanley

Featherweight: Megan Anderson vs. Amber Leibrock

Dana White

Instead of making fans wait until Monday, UFC president Dana White has released the debut of “Lookin’ for a Fight.”

Joined by Matt Serra and Nick the Tooth, the show follows White and crew around the world as they seek to add fighters to the UFC’s roster.

Rafael Dos Anjos

UFC president Dana White would not stand in the way of a champion vs. champion match between Conor McGregor and Rafael dos Anjos.

Appearing on Wednesday’s edition of “UFC Tonight,” White mentioned the idea of allowing the current UFC featherweight champion to challenge dos Anjos – the lightweight titleholder – and defend both belts.

“Conor has said that he would like to win the 155-pound belt and fight four times a year, and defend both belts,” White said. “If anybody can do it, Conor can. This guy has pretty much done everything he said he would do, so I’m interested.”

McGregor (19-2) earned his seventh Octagon victory last month with a 13-second knockout of Jose Aldo. Dos Anjos (25-7) earned his fifth straight with a successful title defense vs. Donald Cerrone in December.

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