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BJ Penn gives his thoughts on Yair Rodriguez calling him out, the state of the Featherweight Division and what motivates him to keep going.

New Mood Free TrialFormer UFC Lightweight and Welterweight Champion BJ Penn makes his return to the Octagon to face up and coming star Yair Rodriguez at UFC Fight Night 103.

Penn last fought inside the Octagon back in 2014 making his Featherweight debut against Frankie Edgar, who won by tko in the third round. Penn who is now training out of the Jackson Winkeljohn camp in Albuquerque New Mexico believes he still has what it takes to make a run at the Featherweight Title.

Check out his interview below where he gives his thoughts on Yair Rodriguez calling him out, the state of the Featherweight Division and what motivates him to keep going.

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UFC 207 Embedded: Vlog Series – Episode 5

In Episode 5 of the embedded series for UFC 207 Dominick Cruz and Cody Garbrandt let us know exactly what they think of the other. Weight cuts are though but Amanda Nunes and Ronda Rousey look to be having as much fun as possible while cutting weight.

Check out the final installment below.

Free Fight: Tony Ferguson vs Edson Barboza

Tony Ferguson(21-3) takes on former Lightweight Champion Rafael Dos Anjos(25-8) in the main event at UFC Fight Night Mexico this weekend.

Do you think “El Cucuy” can take out the former champ?

Check out Tony submitting Edon Barboza back in Decmber 2015 at TUF Finale 22 by a beautiful darce choke.

 

Jose Aldo: My current intention is to no longer fight.

Its no secret Interim Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo is far from happy with his current situation within the UFC. After a win against Frankie Edgar at UFC 200 he had been promised another crack at Conor Mcgregor with the hope of regaining his title, but this was not to be. Aldo recently flew out to Vegas to meet Dana White to discuss face to face the future of his fighting career.

Aldo spoke with Brett Okamoto(ESPN) in Las Vegas after his meeting with UFC President Dana White, “I feel happy I got to speak with Dana White face to face and it feels like a weight has been lifted”.

Aldo(28-2) the former WEC Featherweight Champion became the UFC Featherweight Champion in 2010 after the WEC-UFC merger and has seven title defenses in the promotion. When asked about his future in the sport Aldo replied, “My current intention is to no longer fight. At this moment no (I wont fight), nobody knows.” 

It doesn’t look like there will be any legal issues between the two parties but it also seems like the Interim Champion has lost all desire to fight again, “If I had no contracts binding me I don’t think right now I would have the motivation to fight, of course I have a contract and I have obligations. I am not going to legally challenge my contract.”

Lets hope Aldo gets his motivation back as it would be sad to see a fighter of such a high pedigree slip away from the sport.

Gegard Mousasi calls out Nick Diaz.

Gegard Mousasi has been quite vocal in the last few days mainly with regards to featherweight champion Conor McGregor, claiming ‘The Notorious’ threatened him with a knife through a Twitter dm.

Mousasi(40-6) is currently on a three fight win streak and although he may not get to meet McGregor anytime soon in the Octagon he seems to be going for the next best thing, Nick Diaz.

The Dutch fighter took to Twitter this evening;

Diaz is coming off an 18 month ban and according to Dana White “Nick wants to fight”.

Michael Bisping: “I want Weidman next.”

Its been nine days since Middleweight Champion Michael “The Count” Bisping successfully defended his title for the first time at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. The fight went the full five rounds against Dan “Hendo” Henderson, who Bisping describes as “A national treasure”. Some UFC fighters, media and every Henderson fan from here to Timbucktou say Henderson was robbed, but Bisping remains confident that he won the fight, stating on The MMA Hour “Two shots is all he landed, a victory is a victory and I am happy with it”.

Bisping has finally got his revenge against then ranked number 13 middleweight now retired Henderson for his Brutal KO at UFC 100 and can now put them demon’s too rest. The undisputed Champions main concern now is that he has got a group of killers chasing after his crown with Chris Weidman vs Yoel Romero 12th November in NYC and Luke Rockhold vs Ronaldo Souza fighting in Melbourne on the 27th November. Asked by Ariel Helwani who he would like next his reply was, “I want Weidman next. If he get’s past Yoel Romero, I’ll happily fight him next, he’s a good match up for me. I’ll happily take on the number one contender now”.

Bisping overtook George St Pierre (who today announced his status as a free agent) for most wins in the UFC, with a solid 20 wins under his belt. A Fighters Only insider tipped Bisping as a good bet to win fighter of the year, fight of the year, upset of the year and KO of the year. Phew what a year it may be for Michael Bisping, well done mate.

UFC 206 in The 6ix

The UFC is returning to Toronto after a 3 year absence from the city, UFC 206 will be held in the Air Canada Center on the 10th December.

Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson will fight for the light heavyweight belt for a second time as the main or co-main event depending on what other fights the UFC have lined up for this card. The last time these two meet was in 2015 at UFC 187, DC won that night by RNC in the third round to claim light heavyweight gold.

Three lightweight fights have been scheduled for this card between John Makdessi vs Lando Vannara,  Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs Drew Dobber and Rustam Khabilov. One fly weight fight between Zack Makovsky vs John Moraga and one woman’s straw weight fight between Valerie Letourneau and Polina Botelho have also been announced.

Canadians Patrick Cote, Elias Theodorou and Steve Bosse should also be on this card having all fought on the Ottowa card back in June, expect to see fight’s announced for these guys in the coming days.

A big name for 206 would have been GSP and with the Canadian superstar stating his intent to come out of retirement earlier this year Toronto would have been the perfect opportunity for his return but contract negotiations have been rocky between GSP and the UFC. The UFC have been know to pull the rabbit out of the hat on occasion’s, just look at McGregor vs Alvarez in MSG, let’s hope they can get a deal done and get George on this card.