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Since Hendricks vs. Thompson is no longer a numbered pay-per-view show, UFC 197: Dos Anjos vs. McGregor is now the new UFC 196! That's right, the big March 5th show has been renumbered, so 196 is now Fight Night 82, while 197 is now 196.
Another aspect of the new numeration is how it changes the UFC's pay-per-view plans leading up to UFC 200 on July 9th. If The Card Formerly Known as UFC 196 had stayed on PPV, either May or June would've been a PPV-less month for the UFC. But as it stands, the reshuffling likely means they will have 196 in March, 197 in April, 198 in May, and 199 in June.
LINK: UFC 196 rebranded as Fight Night card, UFC 197 renumbered as UFC 196
"If Wanderlei signs with Bellator, I would love to fight him," Daley said. "I've put that out there. And any other free agent from any other promotion with a name or reputation, I just put that out there to Scott to give them to me. Let me test the waters."
"I know he's there to fight," Daley said of Silva. "Koscheck wins fights, he's been in there with top contenders, but he's really a wrestler. He's a wrestler in the combat game, the fight sports. Whereas Wanderlei, he is a fighter. He was fighting with no gloves and headbutts and eye gouges. He's a fighter. He's a real ass fighter in the fight sports. That's the same mold I'm cut from. I'm a fighter."
"Jesus, that fight excites me more than any other fight right now," Daley told MMA Fighting. "I know it's a long way off, but I'm gonna just keep chipping at it and hopefully it gets to him and his management to make the fight happen somewhere down the line."
"He's a legend," Daley said. "He's big. He's a little bit scary, aggressive. Someone I used to watch back in the day. It would very much be a dream come true to stand across the cage from such a legend of the sport. I think I can beat him, obviously. I think I can knock Wanderlei out."
Daley also spoke about the possibility of facing Benson Henderson, should he sign w/ Bellator.
"I think if he comes up to 170 and he fights me in Bellator, he's gonna be in for a real rude awakening when one of these left hands lands on his jaw,"
LINK: Paul Daley wants to fight Wanderlei Silva more than anyone: 'He's a real ass fighter'
Despite upcoming fight negotiations with Rizin founder Nobuyuki Sakakibara, Fedor is technically not under contract with the Japanese organization. The former Pride FC champion opted not to sign a long-term agreement to leave his options open following his return fight against Jaideep Singh.
"Executive Director Nobuyuki Sakakibaran wanted to sign a long term contract with me last year, but I have to be cautious in this regard," Emelianenko told Sportbox.ru. "Because I need to understand the form I'm in, whether I'll be able to recover for the next fight and gain the form that I had before. And that's why I did not give an agreement for a long-term contract with Rizin. A contract was signed for one fight. And then we will see."
Following his NYE fight, Fedor returned to his native Stary Oskol in Russia in time to celebrate Orthodox Christmas and take a deserved holiday. He revealed that he will meet with Rizin officials in February to discuss his next fight.
"We talked and agreed to meet again after some time when we and the Japanese side rest, collect our thoughts, and then we can make a decision. But Rizin plans to carry out events a few times a year, which will involve all the guys. With regard to my participation in the tournament, we have scheduled a meeting with the organizers in February."
LINK: Fedor explains why he never signed a long-term contract with Rizin
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