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Jon Jones

Daniel Cormier wears the UFC light heavyweight title around his waist at the moment.

And despite critics claiming Jon Jones as the uncrowned champion after “Bones” was stripped, “DC” is ignoring it all.

During a recent appearance as host on “UFC Tonight,” Cormier discussed facing Jones in 2016. Earlier this year, Jones handed Cormier his lone MMA loss via decision to retain his title, but was stripped and suspended – which has since been lifted – after a legal matter in New Mexico.

“If Jones beat me in January, and he said, Daniel you have to earn your way back, I would have fought the two best guys in the division, Anthony Rumble Johnson and Alexander Gustafsson, to get back there,” he said. “And if Jones was still the champion, I would have earned that rematch. The thing is, I’m the champion now and I want fight him. I’m willing to give him a chance at the belt. It’s great for the fans and great for the organization because he’s the best pound-for-pound fighter on the planet.

“We should be fighting. He beat me, too. I said from the moment we walked out of the Octagon on January 3, I’d like a rematch. Now I’m the champ and he’s the challenger. Once they lock us in the Octagon, we’ll make for some good business and good fireworks. I can’t wait to fight him again.”

Cormier confirmed during the show that he was given time off after defeating Alexander Gustafsson earlier this month, but was headed to Las Vegas to meet with UFC officials and discuss a timetable for the Jones rematch.

As for rumors of the two locking horns in New York next year, Cormier again shot them down.

“I’m not going to fight him in New York. I’m not going to give him that comfort. I want to make him face the people who are disappointed with his actions,” he said. “Obviously, fighting in Madison Square Garden would be a tremendous opportunity for everyone. But I’m the champ and I want to dictate where I want to fight. It would be huge. I’ve wrestled in Madison Square Garden. I’ve done it before. I don’t need Madison Square Garden anymore.”

ufc 193

Check out the extended video preview for November’s UFC 193 pay-per-view, which takes place inside Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.

The card features a main event pitting UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey against former boxing world champion Holly Holm.

Also, Joanna Jedrzejczyk defends her strawweight belt against Valerie Letourneau.

Both the complete lineup, and extended video preview, can be found below:

MAIN CARD (PPV/10 p.m. ET)

UFC Female Bantamweight Championship
Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Holly Holm

UFC Strawweight Championship
Joanna Jedrzejczyk (c) vs. Valerie Letourneau

Heavyweight: Mark Hunt vs. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva

Middleweight: Uriah Hall vs. Robert Whittaker

Heavyweight: Stefan Struve vs. Jared Rosholt


Lightweight: Jake Matthews vs. Akbarh Arreola

Welterweight: Kyle Noke vs. Peter Sobotta

Light Heavyweight: Gian Villante vs. Anthony Perosh

Flyweight: Richie Vaculik vs. Danny Martinez

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/6:15 p.m. ET)

Welterweight: Brendan O’Reilly vs. James Moontasri

Welterweight: Richard Walsh vs. Steve Kennedy

Middleweight: Daniel Kelly vs. Ricardo Abreu

Flyweight: Ryan Benoit vs. Ben Nguyen

ufc 194

Former Strikeforce champion Luke Rockhold believes there is one key aspect to the fight game that separates him from UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman.


Rockhold will challenge Weidman for the title in December at UFC 194. He has won four in a row since a loss to Vitor Belfort, including three straight submission wins.

“People wanna say this is a close fight. I don’t see it as (a close fight), though,” said Rockhold, during a recent appearance on Submission Radio. “I think Chris is gonna be tough for a round, maybe two. I’m gonna run away with this fight and I’m gonna take the belt home. Another belt coming back to AKA.

“Chris is just too slow, he’s too slow, he’s too slow. That’s all I gotta say. He’s slow, slow, and he’s slow.”

Along with his array of submission skills that caught the likes of Lyoto Machida, Michael Bisping and Tim Boetsch, Rockhold (14-2) has also shown power in putting away Costas Philippou and Keith Jardine.

“I’m gonna hit him harder, and I’m gonna challenge him in ways he hasn’t (been challenged before),” Rockhold said. “I’m gonna put on a pace that he hasn’t felt before, and I’m not running from the man. Trust me. I’m gonna be hunting this guy down like I hunt every fighter down. You know, I hunt ‘em and then I bait them in. I hunt them and I bait them in. This is going to be no different, come 12th of December.”

His teammates at AKA, which include Cain Velasquez and UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, have also prepared Rockhold for Weidman’s wrestling power.

“He’s not going to bring anything that I’m not used to. I’m a much higher level in the wrestling,” he said. “I know he’s good on the feet, I know he’s good on the ground, but same thing as with Machida on the ground. I have a different level of speed and athleticism and funk, and he’s not going to keep up with me. If he wants to take it to the ground, he’s not going to be able to keep up.”

ufc fight night 76

After a three-week hiatus, the Octagon returned Saturday with UFC Fight Night 76 from Dublin, Ireland.

While the Irish faithful had plenty to celebrate on the night, the main event did not go their way. Louis Smolka locked up a rear-naked choke on Paddy Holohan and earned a second round submission victory.

The two were thrust into the headline role after injuries scrapped the planned main and co-main events for the card.

Another Irish fighter, Norman Parke, sent Reza Madadi back to the drawing board with a decision victory. Parke was welcoming Madadi back after an extended layoff from competition due to a prison sentence following a robbery in his native country.

Unbeaten fighters Darren Till and Nicolas Dalby fought to a majority draw. Till stated after that he suffered a shoulder injury and was “just taking punches” in the third. After initially booing, the crowd gave the two a standing ovation for their efforts.

It took Neil Seery a couple of times to lock up a guillotine choke on Jon Delos Reyes, but once the Irish fighter secured it, he wasn’t going to let up. Seery, a Dublin native and father of four, earned his third Octagon victory with a second round submission to start the main card.

Stevie Ray concluded the early prelims by claiming a decision over Mickael Lebout using his effective striking to win his 19th career bout.

Aisling Daly wasn’t able to get the finish she desired, but the Irish fighter brought the arena to their feet with a strong performance and win over Ericka Almeida. From her entrance through the third round, the crowd was loud and proud for Daly.

Krzysztof Jotko showed incredible dance skills after pulling out a split decision win over Scott Askham. He did several spins and pounced to his feet in celebration after the scores were read.

Tristar prospect Tom Breese destroyed Cathal Pendred, embracing the villain role against the Irish fighter. Breese moved to 9-0 with the first round stoppage win.

Wrestler Darren Elkins scored his 20th career win and eighth with the UFC by picking up a decision over Robert Whiteford. He is now second in the featherweight division for wins all-time.

Garreth McLellan earned his first Octagon victory to open the show, scoring a third round finish vs. Bubba Bush with just two seconds left in the fight.

Complete results can be found below:

Norman Parke def. Reza Madadi via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Darren Till vs. Nicolas Dalby ends in a majority draw (29-28, 28-28, 28-28)

Neil Seery def. Jon Delos Reyes via submission (guillotine choke) at 4:12 of Round 2

Stevie Ray def. Mickael Lebout via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

Aisling Daly def. Ericka Almeida via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-27, 29-28)

Krzysztof Jotko def. Scott Askham via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Tom Breese def. Cathal Pendred via TKO (strikes) at 4:37 of Round 1

Darren Elkins def. Robert Whiteford via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Garreth McLellan def. Bubba Bush via TKO (strikes) at 4:58 of Round 3

ufc fight night 76

Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of UFC Fight Night 76.

Today’s card comes to us from the 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland and airs completely on UFC Fight Pass.

The main card has been hit hard by the injury bug in recent weeks, losing both the original main and co-main events. Dustin Poirier and Joseph Duffy were scheduled to headline, but Duffy was scratched after medical officials declared him unfit to compete.

Ben Rothwell and Stipe Miocic were the planned co-main event, but an injury in training suffered by Miocic scrapped that.

Now, it’s the flyweights who will main event, as Paddy Holohan battles Louis Smolka.

Holohan (12-1-1) has won two in a row and is 3-1 over his Octagon career, scoring recent decisions over Vaughan Lee and Shane Howell. Smolka (9-1) is on a similar two-fightw in streak and is also 3-1 within the Octagon.

The rest of the main card features Norman Parke vs. Reza Madadi, Darren Till vs. Nicholas Dalby and Neil Seery vs. Jon Delos Reyes.

For Madadi, this is his first fight since a 2013 submission win over Michael Johnson due to a prison sentence he received that same year. He served 14 months and was resigned by the UFC shortly after.

All the action begins at 1:15 p.m. ET with a six-bout prelim lineup including Steven Ray vs. Mickael Lebout, Cathal Pendred vs. Tom Breese, Krzysztof Jotko vs. Scott Askham, Aisling Daly vs. Ericka Almeida, Darren Elkins vs. Robert Whiteford and Garreth McLellan vs. Bubba Bush.

Now, on to the action! Remember to keep hitting “refresh” for the latest results:


Garreth McLellan vs. Bubba Bush

We begin in the middleweight division with Garreth McLellan (12-3) taking on Bubba Bush (8-3).

Round 1: Good grinding affair here in the early stages, as McLellan is searching for a possible front-choke. That allows Bush to score with a takedown and gain control on the ground. McLellan, though, still holding the head and controlling the neck, but Bush has passed to side control with two minutes left in the round. North-south position for Bush, but he moves to side control once more. Strong finish to the round for Bush is lost as McLellan gets up and slaps on a tight guillotine. Bush slips out, but McLellan earned a lot of momentum there at the end.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Bush

Round 2: McLellan starts off the round with a strong kick, but Bush rushes forward and puts him down with a takedown. McLellan immediately to his feet and they tie up. Huge hip-toss takedown for McLellan scores and he has Bush flattened out. Good, quick shots are landing by McLellan, as he is now in side control and pounding away with rights to the face.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for McLellan

Round 3: Huge uppercut from McLellan seconds into the round, as he roared and stormed. McLellan locks the hands and scores with a double-leg takedown against the fence, as Bush appears exhausted. With five rear-naked chokes to his credit, McLellan slips to the back, but he’s unable to secure the submission for now. Bush tries for a takedown and gets it, taking the back himself as we go under three minutes. Another suffocating round by McLellan, as he postures up and hammers down with more shots. McLellan goes for the finish in the final seconds and gets it, as the ref steps in to call a stop to the action.

Garreth McLellan def. Bubba Bush via TKO (strikes) at 4:58 of Round 3

Darren Elkins vs. Robert Whiteford

We’ll move down to the featherweight ranks next, as veteran Darren Elkins (18-5) goes one-on-one against Robert Whiteford (12-2).

Round 1: Elkins went and trained with Team Alpha Male ahead of this fight. Whiteford just misses with a huge right hand and Elkins goes to the body. Huge cut has opened up over the left eye and in the forehead of Elkins, as Whiteford wobbles him for a brief second. Elkins is throwing bombs but they are nowhere near landing. He switches to his wrestling and scores with a takedown. Elkins tries to better his position and that allows Whiteford to get up and out with under a minute left.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Elkins

Round 2: Whiteford sprawls and avoids the takedown attempt the first time, but he can’t do it again and Elkins scores. Elkins now looking to take the back and secure his hooks in, slipping the body triangle on. Whiteford slides, but eats plenty of shots to the face for his decision. For a brief moment, Whiteford was almost able to lock up a choke, but he loses position and takes more punishment. With 90 seconds left, the Scot gets to his feet, reversing and holding Elkins against the fence. Judo throw by Whiteford is answered by another Elkins takedown.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Elkins

Round 3: Whiteford measures and just misses with a right. He might need to land the KO-punch to win this one after two rounds. Elkins stops any thought of that, connecting with another easy takedown. Good defense by Whiteford allows him to scramble to his feet. Elkins showing his power, sending Whiteford stumbling back with left-right-left combo.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Elkins

Darren Elkins def. Robert Whiteford via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

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