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UFC: Conor McGregor aims to be first to hold two UFC world titles at once

Conor McGregor will try and become the first UFC fighter to hold two world titles at the same time when he takes on Rafael dos Anjos on March 5th. McGregor became one of MMA’s biggest stars when he snatched Jose Aldo's world featherweight belt from him in December. The Irishman managed to end Aldo’s 10 year reign as UFC World Featherweight Champion within 13 seconds in Las Vegas last December.

Not happy with just being the UFC World Champion in one weight, McGregor is now aiming to become the lightweight champion just three months after winning his first title. Many people thought that he would have to give up his featherweight belt if he wanted to move weights, as is normally the case in the UFC. But UFC President Dana White has made a special exception for the star. During a press conference just days before the big fight was announced, White said: “Normally I would say if you're going to move up in weight, you have to give up the belt. But Conor has done everything he said he would do. He loves to fight. He really likes money, so if anybody could do it, it's probably him."

But despite Dana White’s confidence in McGregor, most bookmakers are currently undecided on who will win the title. Betway currently have both McGregor and Dos Anjos with the same odds at 10/11 to win the belt. The good news is if you’re also as unsure as who will win the fight then you can put money on both sides with an additional free bet from Betway. With the free bet, you can split your chances of winning on each side of the ring or enhance your return if you think you can predict who will win the belt.

The bookmakers have good reason to be cautious and offer the same odds on both McGregor and his competitor, as Dos Anjos will not give up his title easily. Rafael managed to win the lightweight belt last March against Anthony Pettis after a unanimous decision from the judges. Don Anjos looked agile during the whole match despite secretly tearing his MCL only a few weeks before the bout. He then defended his title in December against Donald Cerrone without the judge’s help. Dos Anjos won the fight with a TKO within just 66 seconds of the first round, making it the fastest finish in UFC Lightweight title history.

If you don’t want to have to pick between the two title holders, then you could use the free bet on offer on another big UFC fight scheduled for the same event. Holly Holm will make the first defence of her bantamweight title in what is being billed as the joint main event with the World Lightweight Championship. After shocking the world by knocking out the outright favourite Ronda Rousey in November, her next opponent Miesha Tate shouldn’t be too much trouble for her. Holly Holm is currently 2/7 favourite to win the battle, so a free bet would look more than safe on her.




Chael Sonnen Retires From MMA

Chael Sonnen, who was expected to fight at UFC 175 against Wanderlei Silva, then Vitor Belfort, has announced his retirement today. The retirement comes hot off of the heels of him failing a random drug test administered by the NSAC last month. The failed drug test was due to his former usage of TRT, which he claimed he was taking the banned substances to cycle off of TRT.

This retirement comes as little shock with Sonnen at 37 years of age who has contended for both the UFC Middleweight and Light Heavyweight Championship in the past, who now mainly works behind a desk for Fox Sports 1 as an analyst. Chael Sonnen was one of the few fighters in MMA who could draw fan interest and possibly PPV buys, although the latter was still untested. 


Chael Sonnen Fails Random Drug Test

So if most people were betting on someone failing a drug test going into UFC 175 between Vitor Belfort and Chael Sonnen, the smart money was on Vitor. So consider the shock today when it turns out that Chael Sonnen has failed a random drug test by the NSAC and will be pulled from UFC 175.

According to ESPN he was tested randomly last month at a UFC press event where he tested positive for two banned substances, Anastrozole and Clomiphene. He will most likely receive a suspension and will not appeal that suspension. He is supposed to address the media later on today and we'll keep you posted on that. 


Benson Henderson and Diego Sanchez Win Big in Albuquerque

The UFC hosted UFC Fight Night Albuquerque tonight on Fox Sports 1 that saw a night full of finishes and a lot of odd occurrences. How odd? Benson Henderson scored his first UFC stoppage since he joined the promotion after the folding of the WEC, picking up a fourth round rear naked choke over Rustam Khabilov after a solid back and forth fight. This puts Benson Henderson back into the hunt for the UFC Lightweight Championship.

In the co-main event Diego Sanchez picked up what was one of the most blatant hometown decisions in UFC history over Ross Pearson that is has to be seen to be believed. There was just no way that Diego won that fight via any metric and honestly those judges should be ashamed of themselves. The event also saw John Dodson pick up a win over John Moraga via doctor stoppage, Rafael Dos Anjos score a TKO over Jason High and a pair of rear naked chokes to open the card with both Bryan Caraway and Piotr Hallmann victorious.


Jones vs. Gustafsson II Finally Official

The will he or won't he with Jon Jones signing the contract to fight Alexander Gustafsson has finally come to an end. Alexander Gustafsson and Jon Jones will rematch for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship on September 27th after a lot of posturing and talk about contract negotiations. This is the fight that UFC fans have been waiting for since their last meeting, with the two even being the ones featured in the EA Sports UFC demo that was released earlier this week. 

Jon Jones had been telling the public that he'd prefer to fight with Daniel Cormier, while Gustafsson was expressing his concern over the fight not happening. Jon Jones had a meeting in Las Vegas with Zuffa and the matter finally was resolved.


Nick Diaz Willing to Fight Anderson Silva if the UFC Would Pay Up

If you were to stop and try to think of who two of the biggest UFC stars would be, I'd like to think that at some point your brain would scan to -- or at least consider -- Anderson Silva and Nick Diaz. That is why a fight between the two of them would be such a big deal. Anderson Silva is still primed for a big return after having his shin shattered at UFC 168 against Chris Weidman and his manager tossed out the name Nick Diaz as a possible opponent.

But would Diaz take the bait? Kind of. According to Ariel Helwani from UFC Tonight last night, Nick Diaz would love to fight Anderson Silva, but he'd want the UFC to pay him accordingly for such a huge fight. Nick Diaz has been "retired" of late, in part due to how things went down against Georges St-Pierre, but also because he wants more money from the UFC and Dana White doesn't seem willing to whip out that fat Zuffa checkbook for him just yet.

For a fight like this, though? I feel like the UFC would be silly not to pay both of these guys a lot of money and hype this as one of the biggest super fights in company history.


UFC's Marathon Saturday a Ratings Failure

So this past Saturday UFC tested their most hardcore of hardcore fans with a Saturday double header. They like to sell these events as not aimed at "everyone," with the Germany event mostly for the European audience and the TUF Brazil 3 Finale mostly for Brazil, but they were still aired here in the United States and still warranted coverage so, well, that whole thing doesn't make sense. It was over twelve hours of fights, with a bulk of that on Fight Pass while the TUF Brazil 3 Finale airing on Fox Sports 2 then Fox Sports 1.

According to Dave Meltzer the TUF Brazil 3 Finale saw 609,000 viewers on Fox Sports 1, which was their lowest number since 2005 on a Saturday night. What was surprising was that the TUF Brazil 3 Finale undercard had somewhat decent ratings, something that we don't usually see at 560,000 viewers. 


Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson Take to Social Media

Social media completely rules our modern lives in awkward and sometimes negative ways. A fighter like Jon Jones would have been a huge star and everyone's favorite in a pre-internet era, but in an age where he can take to Twitter or Instagram and say something stupid, he tends to do exactly that and it only hurts him and everyone around him. His latest little mistake was addressing fans on Instagram in regards to him "ducking" Gustafsson and wanting to fight Cormier instead. He quickly took the video down, but this is the internet and nothing truly goes away. 

As for Gustafsson, he wants his UFC Light Heavyweight Championship bout and he wants it now, which prompted him to hit Facebook with a call out of his own. 

Jon "Bones" Jones, be a man, be a champ and sign that bout agreement and stop running. Keep in mind that after I beat you and become the champ I might be doing the same to you when you chase me for a rematch, as a revenge for not accepting my challenge.

Sooner or later you will have to face me, just make it sooner!

The fans wants this fight, UFC wants this fight and I want this fight, and I damn deserve it.


Jon Jones Wants to Fight Cormier, Says White

UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones has been under some level of scrutiny at every point of his UFC career, the latest comes with his "contract negotiations" with the UFC. After UFC 173 Dana White stated that the UFC was currently negotiating with Jon Jones, but now posted a news story on claiming that they have Jon Jones under contract for five more fights still and are trying to get him to sign a bout agreement. Okay.

What exactly is going on? Dana White claims that Jon Jones is refusing to fight Alexander Gustafsson and would rather fight Daniel Cormier now. I'm not so sure that is a bad problem to have, although the rematch with Gustafsson is one that many fans are clamoring to see still. I'm not sure what to make of it, but Jon Jones does have the right to negotiate a new contract with the UFC for more money without being razzed for "ducking" a fight. 


Daniel Cormier Willing to Fight Gustafsson For Interim Title

The rematch between Alexander Gustafsson and Jon Jones for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship is supposed to be next up for Jon Jones, but right now Jon Jones is in the middle of contract negotiations with the UFC. Those contract negotiations have led to a bit of a rift between the UFC and Jon Jones at the moment, with Dana White acting frustrated with Jones. Now, let's be honest here, Jon Jones is one of the UFC's real big stars at this point and their Light Heavyweight Champion, the guy should be allowed to negotiate his contract without getting run down in the press.

Daniel Cormier has decided to toss his hat into the ring already, though. He is ready to go and would be willing to fight Alexander Gustafsson for the Interim Light Heavyweight Championship. Sounds crazy, right? Well, knowing the UFC, it might not be. If the UFC wanted to apply pressure to Jones all they'd have to do is imply that he could be replaced and have an Interim title fight. 

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