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Dana White details new stipulations for UFC 206 main event

Dana White details new stipulations for UFC 206 main event

Earlier this morning, news broke that Anthony Pettis had missed weight for his interim featherweight title fight with Max Holloway, which was scheduled to serve as the main event of Saturday night’s UFC 206.

Now that the dust of Pettis’ unfortunate weigh-in miss has settled, the UFC has announced how it will proceed with the bout.

Having missed weight, Pettis will no longer receive the interim title if he defeats Holloway. As a former UFC lightweight champion, his winning this title would have made him the fourth fighter in UFC history to hold titles in two weight classes, alongside Randy Couture, BJ Penn, and Conor McGregor. As such, this is all bound to sting quite a bit for him.

Pettis will also forfeit 20% of his purse for this weigh-in miss.

These updates come from ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, who spoke to UFC President Dana White in the wake of this ordeal.

While Pettis will no longer have the opportunity to win interim featherweight gold, Holloway will still win the belt if he comes out on top. In sum, the only thing that changes with respect to this fight is that Pettis has lost his chance to become the interim featherweight champion.

In addition to this strange main event, UFC 206 will also feature a welterweight bout between fan favorites Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone and Matt Brown. The bout will mark Cowboy’s chance to move to 4-0 as a welterweight, and Brown’s chance to rebound from a KO loss to Jake Ellenberger. Other highlights of the card include a middleweight bout between Tim Kennedy and Kelvin Gastelum, a featherweight bout between Cub Swanson and Doo Ho Choi, a welterweight bout between Emil Meek and Jordan Mein, and a light heavyweight bout between Nikita Krylov and Misha Cirkunov.

VIDEO | Dana White discusses the return of Nick Diaz

VIDEO | Dana White discusses the return of Nick Diaz

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

https://youtu.be/jufXQ-rfuaA

Nick Diaz has not competed inside of the octagon since his unanimous decision loss to Anderson Silva at 183 which occurred in January of 2015.

That loss was eventually turned in to a no-contest, this after “The Spider” tested positive for steroids in his post-fight drug test. In addition to Silva’s failure, Nick Diaz tested positive for marijuana metabolites and was served an 18-month suspension from the NSAC.

The former Strikeforce welterweight champion’s last victory came way back at UFC 137 in October of 2011 when he scored a decision victory over our namesake BJ Penn.

According to UFC President Dana White, Nick wants to fight and is ready to go. His words:

“Nick wants to fight,” White told “The Buzzer” on FOX Sports. “Nick’s ready to go again. I’ve got to figure that out.”

Who would you like to see Nick Diaz square off with in his return to the octagon?

Sound off PENN Nation!

VIDEO | Dana White says Diaz vs. McGregor 3 “makes no sense”

VIDEO | Dana White says Diaz vs. McGregor 3 “makes no sense”

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

https://youtu.be/Idix_NYCtmM

UFC President Dana White was a recent guest on ESPN’s Sports Center where he discussed what is next for UFC 202 headliners Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor.

“Well here is the thing. Everybody has to remember that that fight was put together because Conor McGregor’s opponent fell out (at UFC 196). So Nate Diaz stepped up and took it on short notice. Conor stepped up and took the fight. And you know it was such an exciting fight the first one that they wanted to do it again so we did it again. But they’re not in the same weight class. The fight doesn’t make sense. It’s not for any titles. It’s not for any ranking positions. It makes no sense. Conor is the 145-pound champion he needs to defend his title or give it up and decide what he wants to do next. And Nate doesn’t want to fight anybody but Conor McGregor. So I don’t know. We will see what happens with Nate. If he gets tired of sitting around maybe he will want to fight.”

Who would you like to see Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz fight next?

VIDEO | Dana White: “Jon Jones has got like 12 lives”

VIDEO | Dana White: “Jon Jones has got like 12 lives”

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

https://youtu.be/TmW8TW4EYTg

Tuesday afternoon UFC President Dana White shocked the MMA community as he gave a major update in regards to Jon Jones’ failed drug test case with the US Anti-Doping Agency.

Jones, who was pulled from UFC 200 for a failed out-of-competition drug test, actually “did not take the drug everybody thought he took” according to Dana White. This comes several weeks after it was revealed that USADA was looking into the possibility that a supplement Jones had taken was contaminated with a banned substance not listed on the package.

Dana White spoke with ESPN about Jon Jones’ updated case with USADA and stated that Jones has got like “12 lives” and that “things are looking up for him.”