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Report | Nate Diaz vs. Tyron Woodley in the works for UFC 219

Report | Nate Diaz vs. Tyron Woodley in the works for UFC 219

UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley could potentially be defending his title against Nate Diaz at UFC 219.

Yes, you read that correctly.

Earlier today BJPENN.com’s Chris Taylor confirmed that Nate Diaz had started a new fight camp and was closing in on a deal which would see him return at the December 30 event in Las Vegas.

This evening MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani confirmed that a bout between Woodley and Diaz was being discussed by UFC officials but that no deal has been reached as of yet.

Nate Diaz has not competed since UFC 202 where he suffered a majority decision loss to current UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor in a bout contested at welterweight.

“The Stockton Slugger” had previously defeated “Mystic Mac” at UFC 196 by way of second-round submission (rear-naked choke).

Meanwhile, Tyron Woodley was most recently seen in action at July’s UFC 214 event in Anaheim, where he successfully defended his title against submission specialist Demian Maia.

“T-Wood” has gone 5-0-1 over his past six octagon appearances scoring wins over Dong Hyun Kim, Kelvin Gastelum, Robbie Lawler, Stephen Thompson and the aforementioned Demian Maia in that time.

Tyron Woodley Stephen Thompson

Woodley’s last loss came way back at UFC 174 in June of 2014 when he was outpointed by former title challenger Rory MacDonald.

Who do you think will emerge victorious if Tyron Woodley and Nate Diaz square off for the welterweight title at UFC 219 on December 30 in Las Vegas?

Cris Cyborg vs. Holly Holm set for UFC 219

Cris Cyborg vs. Holly Holm set for UFC 219

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

UFC 219 gets a title fight!

The octagon will return to T-Mobile Arena next month for UFC 219 on December 30 in Las Vegas.

The pay-per-view event finally received a title fight just moments ago as the promotion just announced that Cris Cyborg will be defending her women’s featherweight title against former bantamweight title holder Holly Holm.

The most feared women’s fighter on the planet, Cris Cyborg, was last seen in action at July’s UFC 214 event where she captured the UFC’s vacant featherweight title by defeating Tonya Evinger via third-round TKO.

The victory improved Cyborg’s current win streak to an amazing eighteen fights in a row and prompted her to call for a match with Holly Holm.

As for “The Preachers Daughter”, Holly Holm was last seen in action this past June where she scored a sensational head kick knockout victory over former bantamweight title challenger Bethe Correia.

Who do you think wins this exciting women’s title fight?

BREAKING! Kelvin Gastelum has a new opponent for UFC Shanghai

BREAKING! Kelvin Gastelum has a new opponent for UFC Shanghai

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

Perennial UFC middleweight contender Kelvin Gastelum has received a new opponent for UFC Shanghai.

Not even a full week after losing his UFC middleweight title to Georges St-Pierre via third-round stoppage, Michael “The Count” Bisping has agreed to fight Kelvin Gastelum in the main event of UFC Shanghai in just two weeks time. MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani just broke the news.

Gastelum was initially slated to fight former middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva at the event. However, “The Spider” was recently flagged by USADA and pulled from the card by UFC officials.

UFC Shanghai takes place November 25 and airs exclusively on UFC Fight Pass.

Who do you think wins this exciting fight?

Rematch! Jose Aldo steps up to fight Max Holloway in the main event of UFC 218

Rematch! Jose Aldo steps up to fight Max Holloway in the main event of UFC 218

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway gets a new opponent and will still be defending his title at UFC 218 on December 2 in Detroit, Michigan.

The news was reported by MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani.

Holloway was originally slated to make his first title defense against former lightweight title holder Frankie Edgar at the event. However, “The Answer” was forced to pull out of the contest Wednesday afternoon due to injury.

Shortly after the news that Frankie Edgar had been forced off of the December 2 fight card, Max Holloway took to social media where he stated his intention to remain on the Detroit fight card.

“Injuries are part of this fight game. Frankie [Edgar]’s the man. I wish him a speedy recovery. Detroit, you guys are a bunch of tough motherf-ckers. I met many of you last month when we visited. You guys deserve the best fight card of the year and you’re still gonna’ get it. I’m fighting no matter what. Santa is still coming early to Detroit, so get ready. Malice in the palace part two if we have to. I’ll see you soon.”

Jose Aldo Max Holloway

The Hawaiian champion, Holloway, was most recently seen in action at June’s UFC 212 event in Brazil, where he earned a third-round TKO victory over Jose Aldo to become the UFC’s undisputed featherweight champion of the world.

As for Holloway’s newly announced opponent, Jose Aldo and Holloway last fought at UFC 212 where the Hawaiian successfully unified the UFC featherweight titles. Now, his first defense of the unified belt will be against the former king of the division himself.

Who do you think will win when Max Holloway and Jose Aldo square off on December 2 in Detroit? Sound of PENN Nation!

Vikings activate QB Teddy Bridgewater, place Sam Bradford on the IR

Vikings activate QB Teddy Bridgewater, place Sam Bradford on the IR

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford earned “NFC Player of the Week” honors in Week 1 of the NFL season. As it turns out, that will be the only game he plays this year.

The Vikings announced Wednesday that they had placed the now veteran quarterback on the injured reserve.

The good news for Minnesota fans is the club has activated former starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

Bridgewater is coming off a gruesome non-contact knee injury that almost cost him his leg.

The Vikings currently sit at 6-2 on the season and have performed well under current starting quarterback Case Keenum.

Dominick Cruz forced out of UFC 219 fight with Jimmie Rivera with a broken arm

Dominick Cruz forced out of UFC 219 fight with Jimmie Rivera with a broken arm

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

Former UFC bantamweight kingpin Dominick Cruz has been forced out of his planned UFC 219 fight with Jimmie Rivera due to a broken arm.

MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani recently broke the news on Twitter.

“Dominick Cruz is out of the UFC 219 fight vs. Jimmie Rivera, sources say. Broken arm. TBD at this time what they’ll do with Rivera.” – Ariel Helwani

Cruz was last seen in action in December of last year when he lost his bantamweight title to Cody Garbrandt.

No word yet on how long “The Dominator” will be out of action after suffering a broken arm.

As for Jimmie Rivera, the surging bantamweight contender has won a remarkable twenty straight fights in a row, his latest being a unanuimous decision victory over Thomas Almeida.

The good news is with UFC 219 falling on December 30, the UFC will have plenty of time to source a replacement for Rivera.

Perennial bantawmeight contender Aljamain Sterling has already offered up his services to the promotion.

“Well I’ll be damned JIMMY!!! Looks like you need ya self a Huckleberry.” – Aljamain Sterling

Would you like to see Aljamain Sterling step in to fight Jimmie Rivera at UFC 219 in Las Vegas?