This weekly segment will take a look at which top UFC stars is making headlines in the news.
Here are the headlines:
- Could we see CM Punk back in the octagon? Victor Belfot who is set to retire from the UFC after his next fight, said he would like to fight at light heavyweight. He goes on to say, “It would have to be an interesting fighter, but not a top fighter…..so if you can book a smoother fight…What’s the name of that guy from WWE? CM Punk would be a good fight. CM Punk, let’s get it on.”
- Jimi Manuwa takes a shot a Jon Jones. In a post-fight press conference, Manuwa was quoted, “I’m not interested in Jon Jones. Jon Jones takes steroids and now he’s been banned for steroids.”
- Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr are back in the news again. Floyd while making a quick stop in Moscow, suggested that Moscow would be an ideal location for the potential super fight between him and McGregor. The odds of the fight actually happening in Moscow are slim to none. The time difference, 6 hours ahead of the east cost, would put a hurt on the amount of PPV paid for in North America. Also with reports last week that spot has already been reserved for June 10th at T-Mobile arena for the potential fight makes Moscow seem even less likely.
- With all the talks of a possible June date for the super fight between McGregor and Mayweather Jr, McGregor came out this week and said September is a potential date for the big fight. He was quoted saying, “September is what I am thinking. That’s what the word is. That’s what were close to doing.”
- UFC lightweight fighter Kevin Lee has been contacted by Mayweather’s camp to help the boxing champ prepare for Conor McGregor. It’s expected that McGregor would train with some boxers, but was a little surprising to see Mayweather contact a UFC fighter to help him prepare for a fight that will most likely take place in the ring.
- The Nevada State Athletic Commission has issued Conor McGregor a $25,000 fine for his UFC 202 press conference altercation with Nate Diaz. McGregor will also have to serve 25 hours of community service. This is a reduced punishment compared to when the Nevada State Athletic Commission originally fined McGregor $150,000 and gave him 50 hours of community service.
- In a TMZ video, Dana White was asked about the potential of former NFL player Greg Hardy fighting in the UFC. In the video Dana White says, “I don’t know. It’s tough. We have tried some of these things and they don’t always work out.” He was then asked you would at least check him out? Which he replied, “He would have to win some serious fights to even get on our radar.” So don’t expect to see Greg Hardy in UFC fight anytime soon.
- Earlier this week on Nate Diaz, Dana White was quoted saying, “I think Nate is holding out for Conor McGregor.” Nate not to happy took to twitter to respond with the following tweet, “This f**ker can’t stop making shit up about me and I haven’t been offered any fights except the one laughed at.”