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  • Morning Report: Michael Bisping would like to fight Georges St-Pierre or Nick Diaz at UFC 206

    UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping says that in "a perfect world" he would fight Georges St-Pierre or Nick Diaz at UFC 206 and then face Chris Weidman in the spring.

    When Michael Bisping won the middleweight championship off of Luke Rockhold at UFC 199 circumstances were such that there was no definitively clear cut No. 1 contender for the belt, with all of the top fighters having recent losses or USADA troubles. In light of this, the UFC opted to give Dan Henderson a swan song title shot despite being barely ranked at the time. The fight raised the ire of several top middleweights who dislike the lack of meritocracy in giving the number 14 ranked fighter a title shot over everyone else.

    Those same complaints started getting kicked up again recently when Bisping began making overtures at a fight with former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre. St-Pierre is currently embroiled in a contract dispute with the UFC over whether or not he is a free agent but that hasn't stopped Bisping from dreaming. On his SiriusXM radio show Thursday, The Countdown with Michael Bisping, the middleweight champion laid out his dream scenario for the rest of the year.

    "In a perfect world, for me, I'd fight Georges St-Pierre in six weeks time. That's just around the corner and all the other guys are tied up. Georges St-Pierre would be the biggest payday of my career, bar none. So excuse me for trying to get the biggest payday of my career...

    "It would end off a perfect year for me. I've had the best year of my career and to finish it off with a guy like Georges St-Pierre, another legend, a former champion, a Hall of Famer, a guy who was a pioneer of the sport, an undoubtedly a guy who was pound for pound one of the best in the history of this sport, to beat him and to get my biggest payday, that would end the best year of my career; and my next fight would be against Chris Weidman. In a perfect world, that is what I would like."

    That perfect world is far from a likely scenario. Weidman has a bout at UFC 205 with Yoel Romero first and St-Pierre has no timetable for a return. In fact just this week St-Pierre responded to Bisping, saying a fight at UFC 206 in Toronto wasn't going to be possible. But even if St-Pierre isn't available Bisping would still like to get back in the cage one more time this year and he's got a name he'd be interested in to boot.

    "I'm down to fight ASAP because Dana and the UFC put this in my mind, fighting at 206. So now in my mind I want to fight at 206. I was ready to take the rest of the year off and do nothing and enjoy being the champion and have some time with my kids and go away for Thanksgiving. But then this was put in my mind again and now I want to fight in Toronto.

    "So yeah, if it's not gonna be GSP, I don't mind being on the card against somebody else and Nick Diaz is somebody else that moves the needle... His last fight was against Anderson Silva so he's fought at 185, and if Nick Diaz wants to do it, I'll fight Nick Diaz. If anybody wants to do it, I'll do it."

    Diaz hasn't fought since his bout with Anderson Silva in January of 2015. He lost a unanimous decision - his third in a row -  but the result was later overturned as a result of Silva testing positive for a banned substance and Diaz for marijuana. He came off suspension earlier this year and has yet to have a fight announced. It's easy to imagine that Diaz being granted a title shot would inspire renewed claims that Bisping is looking for "low hanging fruit," something the champion wholeheartedly refutes.

    "All the other middleweights [are] basically saying I'm looking for easy fights, which is pissing me off because of course Henderson wasn't the rightful No. 1 contender, the UFC offered me that fight. And Georges St-Pierre isn't the rightful No. 1 contender but he was the one talking to me for the fight. I'm not out here looking for easy pickings...

    "I'll fight anybody as long as it makes sense business-wise. I'm not gonna risk my reputation and my title against some chump, but if there's a lot of money on the line, then I'll do it. And if Nick Diaz wants to go at UFC 206, formally, officially, I invite you to sign the bout agreement. Let's do it. And then after that, whoever wins more impressively of the top four middleweights- Rockhold, Weidman, Yoel, and Souza, I'll fight after this. That will happen. 100%.

    "Believe you me, I want to fight Chris Weidman. Out of the four of them - I've already beat Rockhold - Weidman is the one I want to fight."

    With the four top contenders in the division currently scheduled for fights later this year, another Bisping side quest might not be received that poorly. And even if it is, the endless pursuit of "money fights" is the new normal for both champions and UFC brass. After all, as Bisping himself sums up when addressing the commendations St-Pierre is receiving in the media for standing up to the UFC and possibly helping out the rest of the fighters on roster, this is every man for himself.

    "It ain't my responsibility to look after the entire UFC roster. I'm looking after Michael Bisping and Michael Bisping's family."

    Below are excerpts from the show. You can listen to the full show at




    That was quick. Olympic gold-medal winning judoka Kayla Harrison signs with WSOF.

    Big money, easy fights. Marlon Moraes explains his decision to re-sign with WSOF as "an offer I couldn't refuse."

    Chael-Wanderlei. Scott Coker says Bellator plans to put on a "mega-fight card" in New York City in the near future.

    Denial. Lyman Good denies taking any banned substances.




    Mega Megu. Megumi Fujii was all kinds of dope. On this the anniversary of her first ever "loss," you should read this thing I wrote about her awhile back.




    Extended preview for the biggest UFC event ever.


    Conor sparring.


    Chael talking Tito and car repo allegation.


    Tito w/ the suit button all the way to the top.


    Chael on Conor




    Heavy Hands


    TFATK w/ Chael Sonnen


    A mini-podcast by Karim Zidan about the Alexander Emelianenko situation




    Why do it at 6 am? That's just rude.

    USADA guy wasn't happy to see
    a smith & wesson barrel at 545am

    — Jake Ellenberger (@EllenbergerMMA) October 27, 2016


    Khabib is crushing this graphic.

    Who will remain UNDEFEATED this time next year?

    — EA SPORTS UFC (@EASPORTSUFC) October 27, 2016


    @benfowlkesMMA @j0shc not mad at all. Just responding to the misinformed article which you wrote. In my 'Bisping' way.

    — michael (@bisping) October 27, 2016



    Just watched @MightyMouseUFC fight from #UFC197

    That dude is so damn impressive. Love him.

    — Stipe Miocic (@stipemiocicufc) October 22, 2016


    Just seeing this and appreciate it Brotha #wechampiongrade

    — Demetrious Johnson (@MightyMouseUFC) October 28, 2016


    Chael already planning on Wanderlei.


    But what if I left my wallet?

    — Sage Northcutt (@sagenorthcutt) October 27, 2016


    Full beard, engaged.

    My boy is 22! Happy Birthday @forenzol so proud of you. Having a great dinner in downtown Philly. #novanation

    A photo posted by LorenzoFertitta (@lorenzofertitta) on 


    Maybe you should learn to pull out occasionally.

    Tbt . Broke my nose sparring 2 weeks before my last fight people ask y didn't I pull out ? Cause 1. if I can fight i will fight 2. I never pull out of things lol that's y I have 6 kids.

    A photo posted by Kendall "Da Spyder" Grove (@kendallgrovemma) on 


    Does Conor actually need glasses or is this just a fashion thing?


    A photo posted by Conor McGregor Official (@thenotoriousmma) on 




    Claudio Puelles (7-1) vs. Martin Bravo (10-0); UFC TUF Latin America 3 Finale, November 5.

    James Gallagher (4-0) vs. Anthony Taylor (1-1)Bellator 169, December 16.

    Bruna Ellen (2-1) vs. Helen Harper (4-1); Bellator 169, December 16.

    Fredy Serrano (3-1) vs. Hector Sandoval (12-3); UFC on Fox 22, December 17.




    2010: Women's MMA GOAT Megumi Fujii "lost" for the first time in her professional career when Zoila Gurgel won a unanimous decision to claim the inaugural Bellator women's 115 strawweight champion. The main event that evening featured the first and only title defense of Hector Lombard's middleweight championship who won a unanimous decision over Alexander Shlemenko.




    It's the last UFC free weekend for basically the rest of the year. We've got nine events in the next seven weeks, a week off for Christmas, and then an end of the year card. 10 events in nine weeks is a lot but most of them are pretty hot fire, so enjoy this weekend and get ready for the final push.

    See everyone on Monday.


    If you find something you'd like to see in the Morning Report, just hit me up on Twitter @JedKMeshew and let me know about it. Also follow MMAFighting on Instagram and add us on Snapchat at MMA-Fighting because we post dope things and you should enjoy them.

  • James Gallagher’s opponent, TUF alum added to Bellator 169

    James Gallagher has an opponent for what is a bit of a homecoming fight for him.

    Gallagher will meet Anthony Taylor in the co-main event of Bellator 169 on Dec. 16 in Dublin, Ireland, the promotion announced Thursday. Gallagher, a Northern Ireland native, trains at Straight Blast Gym under coach John Kavanagh and with Conor McGregor in Dublin.

    Gallagher (4-0) made his Bellator debut with a unanimous decision victory over Mike Cutting in July. He finished all three of his previous fights via submission. Gallagher, just 20 years old, is a top prospect. The bout with Taylor will be fought at featherweight.

    Taylor (1-1) is coming off a 27-second knockout of Victor Jones in just his second pro fight in May. He lost his Bellator debut to Adin Duenas via first-round submission in December. Taylor, 27, trains out of Team Bodyshop in Lakewood, Calif., under Antonio McKee and alongside the likes of Bubba Jenkins and A.J. McKee.

    Also added to Bellator 169 was a women's flyweight fight between Bruna Ellen and Helen Harper. Ellen (2-1), a 20-year-old Brazilian prospect, fell in her Bellator debut to Jessica Middleton via unanimous decision in July. Harper (4-1), an alum of The Ultimate Fighter 23, has only lost to current UFC strawweight Cortney Casey in official bouts.

    Both bouts will be on the main card.

    Bellator 169 is headlined by a heavyweight bout between Muhammed Lawal and Satoshi Ishii. A featherweight fight pitting Daniel Weichel and Ireland's Paul Redmond will be on the main card as well.

  • UFC 205 extended preview features all three title fights

    History will be made on Nov. 12 when the UFC makes its debut at Madison Square Garden.

    Three title fights highlight the UFC's New York City debut: Lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez meets featherweight champ Conor McGregor for Alvarez's title; welterweight champ Tyron Woodley meets Stephen Thompson; and strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk defends her belt against Karolina Kowalkiewicz.

    Get hyped for all three title fights with the extended preview below:

  • Three cars set on fire outside home of Anthony Pettis

    A former UFC champion is currently dealing with a frightening situation.

    Three cars outside the home of Anthony Pettis were set on fire Thursday morning in Milwaukee, according to the report from local television station Fox 6 Now. A video of the aftermath of the incident was captured on video by a neighbor. Milwaukee police confirmed to MMA Fighting that an incident occurred, but would not identify Pettis as the victim due to policy.

    Pettis' neighbor Carson Blaszak said he saw a car speeding through his neighborhood, so he pulled out his phone and began recording video at around 1 a.m., per the report.

    "Right around the same time as that happened, there was kind of a large bang," Blaszak told the channel. "It was three cars caught on fire. I just, I ran outside, and I was hoping, you know, the house hopefully wasn't gonna catch on fire."

    A preliminary investigation done by the Milwaukee police revealed that an unknown suspect used an accelerant to ignite two vehicles and the fire then spread to the third car, a spokesperson for the police department told MMA Fighting on Thursday. Milwaukee PD is currently looking for suspects, but none have been identified at this time.

    No one was injured in the blaze and it did not spread to Pettis' home. It's unclear if the former UFC lightweight champion was inside the house when the incident occurred.

    "Luckily, the police department and fire department were able to get here very quickly and took care of it and everyone was safe," Blaszak said.

    Pettis, 29, was just booked for his next fight Wednesday, a featherweight contender bout against Max Holloway set for UFC 206 on Dec. 10 in Toronto.

  • RFA champ Raoni Barcelos still wants a piece of Lando Vannata

    Brazilian featherweight prospect Raoni Barcelos’ dream is to fight in the UFC. He hopes that his upcoming RFA featherweight title defense against Dan Moret is enough to convince the promotion to sign him.

    Barcelos faces Moret in the co-main event of RFA 45 in Prior Lake, Minnesota on Friday night, and the fact that Lando Vannata already is a UFC fighter makes no sense for him.

    The 10-1 Brazilian was scheduled to put his title on the line against Vannata last March, but Vannata missed weight and the fight was cancelled. Four months later, the American fighter signed with the UFC to face Tony Ferguson on short notice.

    "He missed weight, and didn’t want to make the weight we asked," Barcelos told MMA Fighting. "My coaches saw that he looked fine, so they asked him to lose more, but he declined. He said he couldn’t do it anymore, so the fight was cancelled. It wouldn’t be for the title because he missed weight, so it wasn’t interesting for me anymore. I’m the champion! He was unprofessional, he missed weight. The truth is he didn’t want to fight."

    According to Barcelos, Vannata came in at 146.8 pounds, and his team asked the challenger to at least make 146 to fight a non-title bout.

    "We asked him to lose some more, and he did nothing," Barcelos said. "A few months later he signed with the UFC. We don’t understand how it works with the UFC. It doesn’t actually bother me. I just wish I had fought him, but unfortunately it all happened. It doesn’t bother me, but I wonder what do I have to do because I did everything right and he did everything wrong, but he’s where I wanted to be."

    Vannata says he won’t fight at 145 pounds anymore, competing at lightweight instead. But Barcelos hopes to one day have the chance to finally fight him. If it’s inside the Octagon, even better.

    "It would be wonderful for both of us," said the Brazilian. "He has to make the weight, and then we can fight. I want to be in the UFC to fight the best, and I would love to finally fight him."

    Facing a 10-2 prospect in Moret, Barcelos hopes that a win finally gets him a UFC contract as a reward. However, the Rio de Janeiro-native won’t waste any energy thinking about it.

    "That’s what I always expect after my fights, but I decided to stop thinking about it," said the Ruas Vale Tudo talent. "Every time I fight people ask me if this is it, if I’m going to the UFC next, and I keep getting more anxious. I will let things happen and stop worrying about it. When the time comes, I know I’ll be 100 percent ready. It’s been a tough road to get there, but I know I’ll be happy when the day comes."

    Before demanding a shot in the UFC, though, Barcelos has to do his homework and get past Moret in Minnesota. After training with his idol Marco Ruas for a few days ahead of RFA 45, Barcelos feels no one can beat him.

    "(Moret) is a grappler, and his style is pretty similar to mine," Barcelos said. "This is how I’ll fight: if he comes to punch and kick, I’ll grapple; if he comes to grapple, I’ll punch and kick him. His style is similar to my last opponent’s as well, so I won’t have any issue. I’m ready for everything he brings."

    "I have no reason to play (Moret’s) game. I have to do my thing, what we planned throughout the camp," he continued. "Marco visited my training a few times for this fight, and listening to his ideas is huge for me, like it is when Pedro Rizzo and my father help me. It’s amazing to have legends around you. I grew up watching Marco fight, so it’s wonderful to have him helping me. I’m still young in this sport, and I try to learn everything they teach me. It was the perfect camp."

    Barcelos compares Moret’s style to Bobby Moffett, whom he defeated via unanimous decision in June. And he has an advantage this time compared to his first title defense: he didn’t have to worry about going after money to pay for his travel expenses.

    "RFA doesn’t pay our flight expenses," Barcelos said. "You have to go out and try getting sponsors to pay for it, but at the same time it’s a big promotion that puts you in a big spot in the United States, which airs your fights on free TV and more.

    "To me, even though they don’t pay my flights, it’s important that I’m the champion of an organization like RFA," Barcelos continued. "We go through tough times here in Brazil, but it’s hard for every athlete, so it’s not an issue for me. It gives me more strength to go after my main goal, which is sign with the UFC."

    The featherweight champion did a seminar alongside his coach Pedro Rizzo to pay for his flight to defend his belt at RFA 39, and that money also helped him during his last training camp.

    "We did a seminar to gather money to go for the fight, and thank God we made it with the help of some friends, too. And we had a sponsor this time, so it was easier," Barcelos said. "I’m growing as an athlete, step by step, and now I can pay my sparrings, a better food, and even my fuel between fights. I can do that for months. I could be making more, but I don’t complain about what I’m making at RFA."

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