PopMuse: Bouts and Action http://popmu.se Musings of stuff en-us Copyright 2007-2019 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Ex-UFC champ Jessica Andrade thinks Joanna Jedrzejczyk won’t be able to handle Weili Zhang https://www.mmafighting.com/2019/11/12/20950312/jessica-andrade-open-fighting-michelle-waterson-ufc-title-weili-zhang-mma https://www.mmafighting.com/2019/11/12/20950312/jessica-andrade-open-fighting-michelle-waterson-ufc-title-weili-zhang-mma Tue, 12 Nov 2019 15:00:00 UTC Guilherme Cruz at MMA Fighting - All Posts Jessica Andrade lost the UFC strawweight championship to Weili Zhang back in August. | Guilherme Cruz, MMA Fighting Former UFC strawweight champion Jessica Andrade almost got a title eliminator against Michelle Waterson when Joanna Jedrzejczyk’s weight made her a question mark. The UFC approached Andrade’s team when Jedrzejczyk struggled to slim down ahead of UFC Tampa, and a possible fight with Michelle Waterson was on the table. But then Jedrzejczyk made weight, and the Brazilian went back to plotting her return. Andrade, who lost the UFC strawweight title to Weili Zhang in August, is still interested in fighting Waterson next. Her No. 1 pick, Nina Ansaroff decided to take a year off to have a baby. Andrade’s manager Tiago Okamura also told MMA Fighting that Waterson is a match-up they are very interested in. “Waterson just fought against Joanna, and there’s also Angela Hill, which would be a rematch,” Andrade told MMA Fighting. “But she’s coming off a win, so I don’t know if the UFC would book this fight. (Waterson) would definitely interest me, but since she just fought, I don’t know if she would be down to fighting again so quickly. That would be more for January or February.” Andrade also plans to become a mother in 2020. But in her case, her wife Fernanda Gomes will have the child. “I would like to fight again this year, even if it’s at the last card of the year in South Korea,” Andrade said. “Let’s wait and see what the UFC has to offer. I never pick opponents, so whoever they bring, I’m in.” More than two months removed from her title loss in China, Andrade knows went wrong against Zhang. She said she was overaggressive and didn’t following the strategy she had trained to execute. “I was super well-trained and prepared, but her hand landed first,” Andrade said. “The fight started, and I connected a few strikes and she moved backward. That’s when I thought, ‘That’s it, I got her,’ and when I went back to that super-aggressive-Jessica, throwing hands at will, that’s when she landed. She got me nice on the chin and rocked me. She was better than me. “I have to work on that now, this anxiety of always being aggressive and looking for the finish at all times. I have to evolve and grow as a fighter, like I was going into this fight. I’ll keep working hard until I have my rematch, and then I’ll show everyone what I had planned for her.” The most painful part of the whole experience in Shenzhen, from moving her camp to the UFC Performance Institute in Shanghai to fighting in Asia, wasn’t the knockout loss itself, but seeing Zhang walk away with the championship belt. “I lost the belt, but I haven’t lost anything I’ve achieved in the UFC and for my country,” Andrade said. “The only thing that really hurt was seeing the belt around her waist instead of mine. My master [Gilliard Parana] and Fernanda were there to remind me that we built a great story in the UFC, and no one can take that away from me. We’ll win the belt again, no doubt. It was sad, but we had happy moments, too.” If she can play matchmaker for the strawweight title picture, Andrade gives Jedrzejczyk the next shot at Zhang. But she isn’t sure if the Polish star can regain the 115-pound title. “A fight with Joanna would be very interesting,” Andrade said. “Joanna is one of the best in the division, and she has evolved a lot, as we saw in her last fight. Weili Zhang is very strong, is really fast on the feet, so I it would be really interesting. “It’s a hard one to predict who would win, but I’d bet on Weili Zhang. I think she would continue to reign, because of her strength. Even though she’s not the type of fighter that goes for takedowns and prefers to stay on the feet, she’s very strong and kicks really hard – something Joanna doesn’t handle that well.” http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Guillermo Rigondeaux vs. Ricardo Cordoba http://www.boxing.com/guillermo_rigondeaux_vs_ricardo_cordoba.html http://www.boxing.com/guillermo_rigondeaux_vs_ricardo_cordoba.html Tue, 12 Nov 2019 14:00:01 UTC admin@boxing.com at Boxing News On November 13, 2010 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Super Bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux, from Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, fought Ricardo Cordoba, from Santa Marta, Panama, for the interim WBA World super bantamweight title. Rigondeaux… http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Kid Gavilan vs. Johnny Bratton III http://www.boxing.com/kid_gavilan_vs_johnny_bratton.html http://www.boxing.com/kid_gavilan_vs_johnny_bratton.html Tue, 12 Nov 2019 14:00:01 UTC admin@boxing.com at Boxing News On November 13th, 1953 at Chicago Stadium, Kid Gavilan,The Cuban Hawk from Havana, Cuba, met Johnny Bratton, aka Honey Boy Bratton, from Little Rock, Arkansas, for the third of their three fights. They were fighting for the welterweight title. Their first… http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Kevin Lee would love to fight Conor McGregor next, but ‘they’re not going to let me within 10 feet of that man’ https://www.mmafighting.com/2019/11/12/20960151/kevin-lee-love-to-fight-conor-mcgregor-but-theyre-not-going-to-let-me-within-10-feet-of-that-man https://www.mmafighting.com/2019/11/12/20960151/kevin-lee-love-to-fight-conor-mcgregor-but-theyre-not-going-to-let-me-within-10-feet-of-that-man Tue, 12 Nov 2019 14:00:00 UTC Damon Martin at MMA Fighting - All Posts Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Kevin Lee knows just about everybody had written him off. The 27-year-old Detroit native once was hailed as a potential threat to reigning lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. But two losses in a row, including a brief stop at 170 pounds, knocked the luster off the promising prospect. Rather than get mired in negativity, Lee picked himself up and made necessary changes in his training camp, including a move to Montreal, where he began training under head coach Firas Zahabi and his team at Tristar. The result of that hard work was a jaw-dropping head kick knockout over former NCAA champion wrestler Gregor Gillespie at UFC 244 in New York. After watching the bandwagon empty out after his losses, he told MMA Fighting, “it feels f*cking good.” “A lot of people wrote me off,” Lee continued. “They took me out of some conversations that I definitely should have been a part of, and they’re still going to do it now. It’s just part of the game. But it’s my job to go out there and keep reminding people every single time I fight. That’s been one of the focuses for me.” With the win over Gillespie under his belt, Lee isn’t going to take much time to celebrate, because he’s already started thinking about what could come next. Immediately after his fight in New York, Lee mentioned Islam Makhachev as a potential opponent after mutual callouts in various interviews. But ultimately he felt that fight would have been much bigger if it took place in Makhachev’s native Russia. With the UFC visiting Moscow this past weekend, a return date was unclear. In a perfect world, Lee has an opponent in mind for his next fight. But he’s quite certain that the nightmare matchup that he represents will prevent his dream from becoming reality. “They’re still trying to find an opponent for Conor McGregor on Jan. 18,” Lee said. “I know they’re talking about “Cowboy” [Donald Cerrone], but there’s no contract signed there. If he’s a little bit like me, if he’s a competitor at his heart, then he’s going to want to take on the tough wrestler. He should if he wants to get back to Khabib [Nurmagomedov] and really wants to get back into title contention. That fight would make sense. “It’s not going to happen. I’ll be real. It’s not going to happen. They’re not going to let me within 10 feet of that man, but these are the things that I kind of see.” The last time McGregor appeared in the UFC, he suffered a fourth-round rear naked choke submission loss to Nurmagomedov, and he’s been itching for a rematch ever since. McGregor recently took it upon himself to announce plans for a return to action at a UFC card currently scheduled for Jan. 18. Early talks reportedly leaned toward Cerrone. While Cerrone is obviously no slouch, Lee feels like it’s a favorable matchup for McGregor versus jumping back into the deep end of the lightweight division with another noted grappler standing across the cage. “I think a lot of real fans will see that and know that,” Lee explained. “I don’t think he’s willing to do what I’ll do. I don’t think he’s willing to take on the guy who’s on the up and up. You’ve got your back up against the wall, and he’s trying to make a name off of you. I think they’re going to avoid those types of fights. “I think they’ll avoid me, they’ll avoid [Justin] Gaethje, (and) they’re going to avoid some of these other guys who can really give him a challenge.” As much as McGregor has been dubbed the “money” fight in the UFC, Lee is more interested in the matchup from a competitive standpoint as he looks to climb back into title contention himself. In fact, Lee revealed that he’s currently on the final fight in his contract with the UFC, and he’d be more than willing to bet on himself against McGregor in order to set himself up for the future. “I’ve got one fight left on my contract,” he said. “If that’s the fight, I’ll take it at the money I’m at right now, to be honest with you. I think it would be way bigger than him versus ‘Cowboy.’ But that ain’t for me to say. If they call me, I’m all ears.” If McGregor doesn’t answer the call as expected, Lee has a few lightweights in mind who he’s confident would never shy away from the challenge. “A fight here in Vegas, me and [Paul] Felder, me and [Justin] Gaethje, me and [Anthony] Pettis,” Lee said. “Somebody who’s going to have to have some skill and put on a good fight to move me closer to that title.” http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Morning Report: Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson discusses the BMF title, advice he gave to Jorge Masvidal, and Nate Diaz’s comments https://www.mmafighting.com/2019/11/12/20960947/dwayne-the-rock-johnson-discusses-bmf-title-advice-he-gave-to-jorge-masvidal-and-nate-diazs-comments https://www.mmafighting.com/2019/11/12/20960947/dwayne-the-rock-johnson-discusses-bmf-title-advice-he-gave-to-jorge-masvidal-and-nate-diazs-comments Tue, 12 Nov 2019 13:00:00 UTC Jed Meshew at MMA Fighting - All Posts Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Earlier this month, the biggest fight of the year took place, and it wasn’t even for a legitimate UFC title. At UFC 244, Jorge Masvidal took on Nate Diaz for the one-off promotional BMF title - the brainchild of Diaz - at Madison Square Garden and such was the cultural magnitude of the fight that the biggest movie star in the world, former WWE champion Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was brought in to coronate the winner of the fight. A long time fan of MMA, The Rock is even set to produce and star in a film about the life of former champion Mark Kerr and speaking with Ariel Helwani of ESPN, Johnson discussed his experience at UFC 244 and Madison Square Garden, an arena he has himself performed in many times. “This whole thing, this idea about the BMF title and what it meant, I always felt like it was something that transcended sports, it transcended weight division because it had this incredible street credibility to it and for me just to be a part of it. . .,” The Rock said. “I’ll tell you what happened. When I was walking to the octagon backstage - and we had that really cool entrance which I was so appreciative of - but when I was walking backstage at The Garden, walking out to the octagon, I was so precisely in the moment and I had this rush of thought of how I’ve walked that backstage in those hallowed halls of Madison Square Garden so many times, held up over my head so many WWE heavyweight titles, had the honor of wrestling in front of that Madison Square Garden crowd, but that night was very unique and different. When I got to the octagon, I realized the same flushes of thought that I went through as a wrestler which was making sure that my timing was right in the ring, the cadence was right, making sure all the highlights and high spots of a match - especially we had to go 30 minutes, 40 minutes, sometimes and iron man match - all that was going through my head and what I realized is, I had such a profound - even greater - level of respect for the fighters who not only walk those hallowed halls of Madison Square Garden, the MMA fighters who walk that walk before every fight. I had the luxury of knowing what the outcome would be in pro wrestling - and it doesn’t take away from the physicality of it - but this idea that the fighters don’t have that luxury. “Anyway, I had a real moment being so present in that and that night was a very special night for me, being able to present that title to whoever the winner was and to be part of promoting the fight.” Ultimately, Jorge Masvidal walked away the winner at UFC 244, which worked out well for The Rock. A standout linebacker at the University of Miami, Johnson has the Dade County connection with Masvidal and in fact it was Masvidal’s urging that prompted The Rock to get involved with the event in the first place. After wrapping the belt around Masvidal’s waist, the Rock also shared some heartfelt words with the BMF champion backstage, talking to him about his newfound fame and opportunity. “I congratulated him of course and I talked to him about what this opportunity meant and how this BMF title that is somewhat polarizing in the sport of MMA - some guys were behind it and some guys weren’t - but again, this is this unique experience that kind of transcends weight divisions and the sport because it has such street cred,” The Rock said. “There’s incredible champions who are incredibly disciplined and skilled in multiple disciplines of MMA, and then there’s the BMFs. So I was very happy for Jorge... “So I reminded him what an incredible opportunity this is and to take advantage of it and continue to work hard as of course he is going to do. And also, he’s got a sharp wit about him which makes him very likable. He loves to talk sh*t, as we all do down in Miami, but he also has a cool, sharp, smart wit about him and he’s got his head in the right place, and his head being in the right place is wanting to do everything he can to impact his own bottom line, impact the company’s bottom line, which will in turn generate more income for himself and the fighters. So he’s really making sure that his value is realized.” Of course, that didn’t exactly sit well with Nate Diaz. After the fight at UFC 244, Diaz went on a diatribe about Johnson saying, “F*ck The Rock too, that motherf*cker over here playing me, smiling with Masvidal,” before later adding “The Rock’s cool. I like ballers. But he picked the wrong side so he can get his ass whipped too.” It was, truly, classic Diaz and The Rock says he was totally fine with it. “I wasn’t surprised at Nate’s comments because that’s the Nate that we all know and love,” The Rock said. “He is as advertised. Nate, he gets it. He knows that me and Jorge we’re boys, we’re from Miami. We have a lot of deep connections down there. A lot of the fighters we know, a lot of the coaches and trainers that we know, a lot of the gyms that we’ve been to down there. So there’s a connection, so no I was totally fine with it.” MUST-READ STORIES Nick. Where Nick Diaz stands on comeback: ‘It’s on you Dana. It’s on you UFC.’ Nope. Coach: Jorge Masvidal would ‘shock some people’ in a boxing match with Canelo Alvarez. Not gonna work here anymore. Former two-time title contender Gilbert Melendez released from the UFC. North Carolina. UFC makes first trip to Raleigh, N.C., on Jan. 25, same date as Bellator’s Cyborg vs. Budd. VIDEO STEW Free fight. Logan Paul says he’d work CM Punk. Rogan and Izzy discussing the BMF title. Israel on Jon Jones. Izzy on becoming champ. LISTEN UP The Co-Main Event. Discussing UFC Moscow and UFC Sao Paulo. UFC Unfiltered. Interviews with Edmen Shahbazyan, Anthony Smith, and Phoenix Carnevale. SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE Super necessary. View this post on Instagram @gamebredfighter official response to nick diaz. #supernecessary #baptized #bmf • Video credit @mojahedfudailat A post shared by Malki Kawa (@malkikawa) on Nov 11, 2019 at 1:30pm PST So @GamebredFighter buried Nate and brought back nick from the dead? I’m starting to understand the whole #Streetjesus and #theresurrection now— Ibrahim Kawa (@Abraham_kawa) November 12, 2019 Dustin. Nick and Nate VsMe and @GamebredFighter 2020— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) November 11, 2019 From Gilbert. Gilbert Melendez (@GilbertMelendez) on his release from the UFC. pic.twitter.com/9zojgrRtFe— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) November 12, 2019 I thought this was already planned? UFC really dragging this one out I guess. .Decisively congrats champ @stipemiocic you’re awesome!!!! #runitback ? https://t.co/cwN1DRcAty— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) November 11, 2019 Kattar belated statement. Ran out of time... Thank you to my team for all the work they put in with me each fight. Thank you to everyone for tuning in and showing love. Back to work. pic.twitter.com/NYsTuhFl5T— Calvin Kattar (@CalvinKattar) November 11, 2019 Savage. You are all welcome . #UFCSaoPaulo https://t.co/f0pdCFVfnX— Jan Blachowicz (@JanBlachowicz) November 11, 2019 Call out. Let’s make it happen. Like and retweet pic.twitter.com/QCeKXF5Aq8— Lando Vannata (@GroovyLando) November 11, 2019 FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS N/A. FINAL THOUGHTS Man, listening to that Nick interview did not make me feel good. Everyone is calling for him to fight again but I hope he doesn’t. Thanks for reading and see y’all tomorrow. EXIT POLL If you find something you’d like to see in the Morning Report, hit up @JedKMeshew on Twitter and let him know about it. Also follow MMAFighting on Instagram, add us on Snapchat at MMA-Fighting, and like us on Facebook. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Leandro Higo wants to welcome Sergio Pettis to Bellator https://www.mmafighting.com/2019/11/11/20959091/leandro-higo-wants-welcome-sergio-pettis-bellator-mma https://www.mmafighting.com/2019/11/11/20959091/leandro-higo-wants-welcome-sergio-pettis-bellator-mma Tue, 12 Nov 2019 02:40:27 UTC Guilherme Cruz at MMA Fighting - All Posts Leandro Higo (right) is coming off a submission victory over Shawn Bunch. | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Former Bellator bantamweight contender Leandro Higo wants to be the one to meet Sergio Pettis in his promotional debut. The younger brother of former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis decided to part ways with the UFC after a 14-fight run inside the Octagon to join Bellator, and Higo, who recently signed a new multi-fight deal with the company, is campaigning for the match. “I would like to welcome Sergio Pettis to Bellator,” Higo told MMA Fighting. “Nothing against him, he’s just a big name that’s coming from the UFC.” Higo (19-5) is coming off a submission win over Shawn Bunch in September, bouncing from defeats to Darrion Caldwell and Aaron Pico. Pettis (18-5), who holds wins over names like Joseph Benavidez and Brandon Moreno in the UFC, recently won a decision against Tyson Nam. “It would be a good fight because not only he’s a big name, he’s also a great fighter,” Higo said. “He’s a versatile fighter. He likes to throw kicks, has good jiu-jitsu. He’s a high-level fighter and training for him would make a better athlete. He’s a skilled fighter, a good match-up. He’s not one of those fighters that lay back and not engage, so that would make this a great fight.” A former LFA bantamweight champion, Higo has shared the Bellator cage with some of the best names the company has to offer, including Eduardo Dantas and Joe Taimanglo, and is only interested in facing the top echelon of the division. “I’ve been fighting the best for a long time,” Higo said. “I fought the champions and the contenders and just beat Shawn Bunch, who isn’t very well known in MMA but is very popular in the wrestling world. I only want to fight big fights now.” http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Jorge Masvidal’s manager clips ‘Scarface’ in response to Nick Diaz interview https://www.mmafighting.com/2019/11/11/20960292/jorge-masvidals-manager-clips-scarface-in-response-to-nick-diaz-interview https://www.mmafighting.com/2019/11/11/20960292/jorge-masvidals-manager-clips-scarface-in-response-to-nick-diaz-interview Tue, 12 Nov 2019 00:00:00 UTC MMA Fighting Newswire at MMA Fighting - All Posts If Nick Diaz is looking for a comeback fight against Jorge Masvidal, it sounds like Masvidal is game. Masvidal’s co-manager Malki Kawa took to Instagram after Diaz’s appearance on the “Ariel Helwani” show to post his response, and it left little doubt where Team Masvidal stands. View this post on Instagram @gamebredfighter official response to nick diaz. #supernecessary #baptized #bmf • Video credit @mojahedfudailat A post shared by Malki Kawa (@malkikawa) on Nov 11, 2019 at 1:30pm PST Kawa referred additional comment on the matter to his brother Abe Kawa, who also reps Masvidal under the First Round Management umbrella. Masvidal has made ample use of the movie “Scarface” for promotional purposes. At the press conference for UFC 244, he appeared in a suit matching fictional drug lord “Tony Montana.” Masvidal’s persona and verbal flair didn’t sit well with Diaz, who took aim at the promotion of the “BMF” title fight with his younger brother, Nate Diaz. Specifically, the elder Diaz called out Masvidal for his promise to “baptize” the younger Diaz with his fists. “You want to talk about baptizing my younger brother? That’s on you,” Nick Diaz said. “I never had nothing disrespectful to say. But you don’t talk about baptizing my younger brother. You’re already in a f*king position if you fight with me. You don’t talk like that to nobody.” ESPN.com subsequently reported Nick Diaz sought to return to the cage in 2020 against Masvidal. Diaz hasn’t fought since a decision loss to Anderson Silva at UFC 183 in 2015. Nick Diaz conditioned his return on the UFC and mentioned Cowboy Stadium in Dallas as a possible location. But he also said he was “absolutely” not interested in fighting again. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ UFC makes first trip to Raleigh, N.C., on Jan. 25, same date as Bellator’s Cyborg vs. Budd https://www.mmafighting.com/2019/11/11/20960259/ufc-makes-first-trip-to-raleigh-n-c-on-jan-25-same-date-as-bellators-cyborg-vs-budd https://www.mmafighting.com/2019/11/11/20960259/ufc-makes-first-trip-to-raleigh-n-c-on-jan-25-same-date-as-bellators-cyborg-vs-budd Mon, 11 Nov 2019 23:00:00 UTC MMA Fighting Newswire at MMA Fighting - All Posts Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images MMA’s two biggest promotions will go head-to-head on Jan. 25. The UFC on Monday announced its first trip to Raleigh, N.C. for a card that will take place the same night as Cris Cyborg’s Bellator debut against Julia Budd. No fights have been confirmed for the UFC’s card, which takes place at PNC Arena, home of the North Carolina State Wolfpack basketball team and the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes. The UFC has visited the Tarheel State several times in the past, most recently with a UFC on FOX card in Charlotte, N.C., in January 2018. This time around, the UFC lands in Raleigh with a show taking place one week after the expected return of Conor McGregor on Jan. 18. The newly minted card will have competition that night; Bellator plans a major card on the other side of the country with a show set to take place at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Bellator’s show will feature former UFC featherweight champ Cyborg in her first fight after leaving the UFC as she competes for Bellator’s featherweight belt against champ Budd in the main event. Tickets for the UFC event go on sale on Dec. 6, although no main event has been confirmed. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Where Nick Diaz stands on comeback: ‘It’s on you Dana. It’s on you UFC.’ https://www.mmafighting.com/2019/11/11/20960136/where-nick-diaz-stands-on-comeback-its-on-you-dana-its-on-you-ufc https://www.mmafighting.com/2019/11/11/20960136/where-nick-diaz-stands-on-comeback-its-on-you-dana-its-on-you-ufc Mon, 11 Nov 2019 21:40:42 UTC Steven Marrocco at MMA Fighting - All Posts Esther Lin, MMA Fighting UFC star Nick Diaz says “absolutely not” to a comeback. And almost in the same breath, he puts his fate in the hands of his promoter. ”It’s not up to me,” said Diaz, who hasn’t fought since UFC 183 in 2015. “I’m like, ‘Do you want some? Because you can get it.’ I mean, generally, I go in and show someone their life. It’s up to them whether they want to deal with it.” In a long and rambling interview, Diaz ranted about his post-UFC 183 suspension for five years for his third positive test for marijuana, a punishment later reduced to 18 months after public outcry. He indicated his younger brother, Nate Diaz, first wanted him to fight Jorge Masvidal in March at UFC 235 – a fight announced by the UFC but never confirmed – before the promotion put together the “BMF” title fight between Masvidal and Nate Diaz at UFC 244. "The BMF... that's my belt. You just fought my baby brother."@nickdiaz209 feels the BMF belt was his all along (via @arielhelwani) pic.twitter.com/7f1wZTyRQO— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) November 11, 2019 ”That’s my belt,” Diaz said. “But I’m not going to get in my brother’s way of taking it.” The onetime UFC welterweight title challenger also indicated that whatever the UFC had offered for another fight, it wasn’t enough. ”You know there’s more money in this,” Nick Diaz said. “Hell, you want to do something big, do it at Cowboy Stadium. You’ve got f*cking Canelos and other things happening at Cowboy Stadium. The biggest thing I did, as far as I’m concerned was UNLV. That seemed like a really big place.” Diaz indicated the topic of his return had been a point of contention with his younger brother, who repeatedly sang his praises before UFC 244 and invited him onstage for the event’s weigh-ins to a raucous reception. ”I’m sure he would prefer me stop fighting, too, as he should,” Nick Diaz said. “But while it’s hot, it’s hot. But as grownups nowadays, we don’t always tend to consult with each other the way we would have in the short past, in the short time that it was before the past I was talking about.” Yet Diaz also took great pride in watching his younger brother get his moment on a huge platform. After 14 years of professional competition, Diaz said he was comfortable with his contributions to the sport, and he took credit for advances in the sport and its regulation. He also expressed disdain for fighters who competed as the UFC took off in popularity. ”(PRIDE), I used to fight in before UFC monopolized (and) bought the damn PRIDE up and threw the rules away so people could stall and run away,” he said. “Then you’ve got all these jock boys – ‘Oh, I should be a UFC fighter now, because I can run and take them down and then stall and run away, and then when I get big, then I can do it for five rounds and be in ultimate shape of my life and do the most steroids.’ Now, they’re testing you for f*cking steroids, buddy. Come at me, bro. Everybody I’ve ever fought has been on steroids.” There was no such accusation directed at Masvidal. But Nick Diaz indicated the “BMF” champ had crossed the line before and after the fight when he spoke of “baptizing” his brother with fists. "I never had nothing disrespectful to say, but you don't talk about baptizing my younger brother."@nickdiaz209 took offense to some of Jorge Masvidal's words about his brother Nate (via @arielhelwani) pic.twitter.com/QnibkWHehi— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) November 11, 2019 ”You want to talk about baptizing my younger brother? That’s on you,” Nick Diaz said. “I never had nothing disrespectful to say. But you don’t talk about baptizing my younger brother. You’re already in a f*king position if you fight with me. You don’t talk like that to nobody.” The UFC 244 loss still smoldered for the elder Diaz. ”My brother just got kicked in his face,” he said. “He’s having a really hard week, and I can fight.” Yet when asked when he’d like to fight, Nick Diaz expressed more interest in running the New York Marathon. He talked up a new gym in Hollywood, Calif., next to a Russian spa that would open sometime soon. Murky as it sounded, Diaz said his position on stepping back into the octagon again was clear. ”I explained to you exactly what’s going on, so it’s on you folks,” he said. “It’s on you Dana. It’s on you UFC. It’s on them. It’s in your hands now – Cowboy Stadium.” If Diaz would like the next shot at Masvidal, there’s already fuel for his fire. After his interview, Masvidal’s manager, Malki Kawa, posted a pointed response. View this post on Instagram @gamebredfighter official response to nick diaz. #supernecessary #baptized #bmf A post shared by Malki Kawa (@malkikawa) on Nov 11, 2019 at 1:30pm PST http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Former two-time title contender Gilbert Melendez released from the UFC  https://www.mmafighting.com/2019/11/11/20959900/former-two-time-title-contender-gilbert-melendez-released-from-the-ufc https://www.mmafighting.com/2019/11/11/20959900/former-two-time-title-contender-gilbert-melendez-released-from-the-ufc Mon, 11 Nov 2019 20:00:00 UTC Damon Martin at MMA Fighting - All Posts Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Gilbert Melendez has been released from his UFC contract. The former two-time lightweight title contender exits the promotion off five straight losses dating back to 2014 with his most recent outing coming at featherweight in a unanimous decision defeat to Arnold Allen. Sources close to the situation confirmed Melendez’s release from the UFC when speaking to MMA Fighting on Monday. The news of his release was first reported by FightBookMMA. When Melendez joined the UFC, he was a high profile addition to the roster after he was a multi-time lightweight champion with Strikeforce. He was granted an immediate title shot at then champion Benson Henderson but came up short in a razor-close split decision. Melendez then returned with a win over Diego Sanchez in one of the best fights of 2013 after the lightweights slugged it out in a back and forth brawl over three rounds. Following a coaching stint on The Ultimate Fighter, Melendez was then matched up for another shot at the lightweight title, this time against Anthony Pettis. Melendez ultimately suffered a loss via second round guillotine choke submission, which was the first time in his career that he had ever been finished in a fight. Four more losses followed the setback against Pettis including two attempts at featherweight after Melendez decided to make the move down to 145 pounds. Melendez told MMA Fighting prior to his most recent outing that a lengthy break from the sport helped reignite his passion for competing again and he was excited to step back into the Octagon after nearly two years away. “I do feel like everybody I’ve competed against, I competed against them at a high level. I had plenty of good moments. If we ran some of those fights back, I think it would be different,” Melendez said at the time. “I’m not getting knocked out over and over. In fact, I’ve never been knocked out in a mixed martial arts fights. I’ve only been submitted once.” Things didn’t go his way that night and afterwards Melendez referenced putting more time into coaching and working with his team at the El Nino Training Center in California. It’s unclear at this time if Melendez will seek a new fighting home or just remain focused on coaching in the wake of his release from the UFC. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/