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Josuel Distak, a trainer for Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, wants to see his fighter in action sooner rather than later.

And with Souza stating he believes he should be the next contender to the UFC middleweight title, that might have to happen at a different weight class – unless he wants to put his ranking on the line. Current champion, Chris Weidman, is expected to meet Vitor Belfort next year.

Distak is fine with that, as he recently told Sherdog he feels a meeting Dan Henderson at 205 pounds would make for an ideal fight in early 2015 for the former champion.

“I would love to see him facing Henderson in Feburary, on the same card that Belfort will face Weidman,” Distak said. “Henderson is a legend and the fans would love to see that matchup.

“I believe Jacare already proved that he deserves a shot at the middleweight title. I like the idea of putting Jacare in a special light heavyweight fight. I truly believe that, with the exception of Rafael ‘Feijao’ and Rogerio ‘Minotouro,’ Jacare can fight anyone in that division.”

Souza (21-3) recently won his seventh straight when he submitted Gegard Mousasi this past September. He is 4-0 since coming over from Strikeforce to the UFC, including wins over Francis Carmont, Yushin Okami and Chris Camozzi. His last loss came in 2011 to Luke Rockhold for the Strikeforce title.

Henderson hasn’t fought since a loss early this year to Daniel Cormier, and has stated plans to compete again next year.

ufc fight night 54

Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of UFC Fight Night 54: MacDonald vs. Saffiedine.

Tonight’s card comes to us live from the Halifax Metro Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

In early prelim action:

Pedro Munhoz def. Jerrod Sanders via submission (guillotine choke) at :39 of Round 1

Albert Tumenov def. Matt Dwyer via TKO (strikes) at 1:03 of Round 1

Chris Kelades def. Patrick Holohan via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Paul Felder def. Jason Saggo via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Olivier Aubin-Mercier def. Jake Lindsey via submission (inverted triangle choke) at 3:22 of Round 2

Daron Cruickshank def. Anthony Njokuani via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

MAIN CARD

Mitch Gagnon vs. Roman Salazar

We begin the main card with bantamweights Mitch Gagnon (11-2) and Roman Salazar (9-2).

Round 1: Gagnon quickly takes the center of the Octagon and works for a takedown after eating a body kick. Gagnon lands a nice left before they separate. Another combo from Gagnon and that leads to Salazar attempting a takedown. He’s denied, they reverse and Gagnon picks him and scores with a takedown. He transitions immediately to the back, has both hooks in and is attempting to secure the rear-naked choke. They drop to the ground and this one is over.

Mitch Gagnon def. Roman Salazar via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:06 of Round 1

ufc fight night 53

Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of UFC Fight Night 53: Nelson vs. Story.

The event takes place from the Ericcson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, and airs entirely on UFC Fight Pass.

In early prelim action:

Zubaira Tukhugov def. Ernest Chavez via TKO (strikes) at 4:21 of Round 1

Mairbek Taisumov def. Marcin Bandel via TKO (strikes) at 1:01 of Round 1

Krzystof Jotko def. Tor Troeng via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-27)

Cathal Pendred def. Gasan Umalatov via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Dennis Siver def. Charles Rosa via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Nico Musoke def. Alexander Yakovlev via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Magnus Cedenblad def. Scott Askham via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

MAIN CARD

Niklas Backstrom vs. Mike Wilkinson

We begin the main card with a pair of featherweights, as Niklas Backstrom (8-0) looks to give the Swedish fans something to cheer about against Mike Wilkinson (8-1).

Round 1: Wilkinson tries for a quick takedown, attempting to negate the reach advantage of Backstrom, but is easily denied. Backstrom catches the clinch and lands a nasty knee, but Wilkinson comes back with a straight jab and this one is all over. Backstrom goes out and Wilkinson follows up with a few shots, but this one was already over. A stunning knockout for the England fighter. He ate a stiff kick and landed a right that floored the previously-unbeaten Backstrom.

Mike Wilkinson def. Niklas Backstrom via KO (strike) at 1:19 of Round 1

Conor McGregor

The incredibly talented Tracy Lee of Combat Lifestyle was on-hand in Las Vegas this past weekend for UFC 178.

And, thanks to her access, Lee caught the aftermath of Conor McGregor’s win over Dustin Poirier.

The five-minute vido below includes fans going wild in the lobby with Irish flags everywhere. McGregor shows up later during an after-party, still rocking his “ivory” suit.

ufc 178

Head on over to FightLine for complete coverage of UFC 178.

We’ll have full play-by-play, quick results and immediate post-fight analysis of all the action that goes down inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

The main event features Demetrious Johnson defending his UFC flyweight title against Chris Cariaso, with lightweights Donald Cerrone and Eddie Alvarez serving as the co-main event. Other pay-per-view bouts include Conor McGregor-Dustin Poirier, Tim Kennedy-Yoel Romero and Cat Zingano-Amanda Nunes.

FightLine will have all your UFC 178 results and information beginning at 7 p.m. ET.

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