Stars Report: Silva, Cormier, McGregor, and more UFC Stars Makine News!
Anderson Silva, Daniel Cormier, Conor McGregor and other UFC stars were in the headlines this week.
- Just as they did for Conor McGregor, the Nevada State Athletic Commission has lowered the penalty against Nate Diaz. Diaz’s original fine of $50,000 and 50 hours of community service was reduced to $15,000 and 15 hours of community service.
- Yoel Romero manager Malki Kawa posted on twitter that Anderson Silva turned down a potential fight with Yoel Romero. Silva was originally set to face Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 212. Gastelum was pulled from the contest due to a failed drug test for marijuana. No replacement has yet to be announced. Silva has not yet commented on turning down a fight with Yoel Romero.
- Standing on a car seems like no big problem, right? Well it just might cost Conor McGregor, who posted a picture of himself standing on the hood of a Rolls-Royce. Platinum Executive Travel (PET) was not happy with McGregor’s post on Instagram and are assessing the car for any damage. The fact this is a big deal is that McGregor doesn’t own the car. Representative for PET stated that, “He is stood on the car acting like it is his own. It is not his own. When you own one Conor you can stand on it like Floyd, until then you can lose your deposit for standing on mine.”
- It is custom for fighters at a press conference for an upcoming UFC event to face each other and stare each other down. Even jaw at each other from time to time. But what do you do if you don’t have an opponent yet for the card? Well you have a little fun. That’s exactly what Anderson Silva did this past week at a UFC 212 press conference. He faced off against himself because he doesn’t have an oppenent yet. Click the line below to check it out on YouTube provided by MMAFightingonSBN. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yaLVsdpuMvM
- Is Ronda Roused coming back? During the UFC 210 press conference, Dana White said, “Ronda and I talk about once a week, once every two weeks. She has not said anything to me about a comeback.” White has stated before that he believes Ronda is done as a fighter. I guess we will just have to wait and see.
- Bellator may be heading to Russia. In an interview with Chicago Russian Mag heavyweight fighter Fedor Emelianenko says, “We’re talking about holding a Bellator tournament in Russia. There is a high probability that Bellator will arrive in Russia.” This was also confirmed by Bellator president Scott Coker in an interview with BloodyElbow.
- Nate Diaz being called out again this week. This time around it’s Tony Ferguson. Ferguson states, “Nate, if you don’t want to fight, move on. Retire. Go do something else because we’re here to fight in this industry and everyone else is taken so Nate would be the next one up.” Maybe we potentially see Ferguson vs Diaz by the end of 2017?
- Everyone is getting their shot in at Daniel Cormier after controversial towel weigh in. Even suspended Jon Jones. On Instagram, Jones posted a photo of Daniel Cormier with a phrase written over it that said, “And Still!!! The 206.2 Pound Champion of the World.” Many expect a match between Jones and Cormier once Jones’ suspension ends in July. Although Jones has stated he wouldn’t mind a “warm-up” fight first due to a long layoff.
- Tyron Woodley the next “Big Star” of the UFC? In an interview BJPenn.com, Woodley states, “You know the UFC doesn’t have many stars. They have a lot of great fighters, but as far as actual stars, there is not very many of them in the UFC. So with that said, I think I am one of those guys that is right on the cusp breaking through and becoming a star.”
- Cris “Cyborg” Justino wants to fight Germaine De Randamie for the Women’s Featherweight title or not fight at all. Cyborg is not interested in a interim belt. Cyborg said in an recent interview, “If not healthy defend her belt, she should be given time to heal completely and fight me after that happens. I don’t want an interim belt. Belts are for the promoter. There are men fighters who haven’t defend their belt for much longer without having an interim belt made in their division. Women athletes should be given the same luxury”.