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John Kavanagh, the head coach for SBG Ireland and Conor McGregor, recently told NewsTalk Breakfast that a planned title fight between McGregor and Jose Aldo might take place in July.

Initial expectations were for the bout to highlight the Memorial Day weekend pay-per-view from Las Vegas in May, but that might be too soon.

“It’s not 100-percent yet,” Kavanagh said. “There was talk of a May date. It may now actually be later in the year.”

Kavanagh has been telling supporters for “Notorious” to “hold on” until something is officially announced by the UFC in regards to purchasing flights and booking hotels.

McGregor (17-2) earned another stoppage victory this month when he topped Dennis Siver, immediately exiting the Octagon and getting in the face of Aldo (25-1), the reigning UFC featherweight champion. He has won three straight “Performance of the Night” bonuses, is on a 13-fight win streak and has finished 12 of those opponents.

Aldo is the only fighter to hold the UFC featherweight crown, successfully defending it seven times, including wins over Chad Mendes, Ricardo Lamas, Kenny Florian and Frankie Edgar. He is unbeaten in his last 18 dating back to 2005 and a bout at lightweight.

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Check out the first installment in the UFC 183 Embedded series, as the search goes out for Nick Diaz.

The enigma and former UFC title contender returns to action this Saturday night vs. Anderson Silva in the main event.

All of the Embedded videos will be posted in our Video section on FightLine:

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Miesha Tate is well-known around not only the female MMA world, but the sport as a whole.

Tate, a one-time title contender, returns to the Octagon this weekend at UFC 183 vs. Sara McMann. Having competed twice previously against reigning champion Ronda Rousey, “Cupcake” found a new sense of motivation by the call-out from the U.S. Olympic silver medalist.

“I’m going to show you what that entails,” said Tate, during a recent interview on MMAjunkie Radio, when asked about the challenge. “It motivates me to think I’m going to stop her in her tracks and I’m going to continue to move forward.”

Tate (15-5) has earned two straight wins since losing her first two bouts with the UFC, including a victory over fellow title-contender Liz Carmouche. This past September, she downed Rin Nakai in Japan.

McMann (8-1), who also owns two Octagon wins and is also a former UFC title contender, used social media to push for a meeting with Tate.

“As a competitor, I have to admit that there’s a part of me that knows she wants to take what I have and I want to take that opportunity from myself,” she said. “I don’t want her to have the other half of my paycheck. Screw that.”

In terms of a game plan for the standout wrestler, Tate has that all mapped out.

“She’s got her bread and butter, and she sticks to that,” she said. “My goal is going to be to push her out of those comfort zones. I can’t let her settle in and make herself at home.”

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Check out all three segments to “Countdown to UFC 183″ in the videos below, including a detailed look at the injury suffered by Anderson Silva.

The former UFC middleweight champion returns to action this Saturday night at UFC 183 vs. Nick Diaz.

Along with Silva-Diaz, Countdown highlights the co-main event between welterweights Kelvin Gastelum and Tyron Woodley, along with looking at lightweights Joe Lauzon and Al Iaquinta.

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Alexander Gustafsson was emotional after his loss to Anthony Johnson Saturday night at UFC on FOX 14 in front of his Swedish fans.

Nevertheless, “The Mauler” composed himself and conducted a post-fight interview inside the Octagon, thanking everyone for their support.

After that, Gustafsson provided FOX Sports 2 with even more inside on the loss, which was his first defeat via strikes.

“Johnson caught me,” he said. “I wasn’t there. I felt like I was in deep water.

“It doesn’t feel good at all. It’s very tough. He put a lot of pressure on me, but I thought I had everything under control. He threw a good counter and he caught me.”

Gustafsson saw his UFC light heavyweight title fight rematch slip through his fingers with the defeat, as he was looking to secure a rematch with Jon Jones. As for what could be next, he said that is up to the promotion.

“I’ll take a few days off to recover and then get back in the gym and learn from my mistakes,” he added.

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