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The newly minted UFC light heavyweight champion was hoping his first title defense would be in Houston, which is not too far from where he grew up in Lafayette, La. Cormier's wish was granted.
"DC" will take on Alexander Gustafsson in the main event of UFC 192 on Oct. 3.
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Paul Daley def. Dennis Olson via second-round TKO
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Parker Porter def. Eric Bedard via submission (anaconda) (R2, 2:51)
Remo Cardarelli def. Billy Giovanella via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28 x2)
Dean Hancock def. Alex Dunworth via second-round TKO (2:14)
Kaline Medeiros def. Sarah Payant via submission (kimura) (1st, 3:24)
Ryan Quinn def. Waylon Lowe via submission (guillotine) (2nd, 2:47)
Frank Mir def. Todd Duffee via first-round KO (1:13)
Tony Ferguson def. Josh Thomson via unanimous decision (30-27 x 2, 30-26)
Holly Holm def. Marion Reneau via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 29-28)
Manvel Gamburyan def. Scott Jorgensen via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Kevin Lee def. James Moontasri via submission (rear-naked choke) (R1, 2:56)
Alan Jouban def. Matt Dwyer via unanimous decision (29-27 x3)
Sam Sicilia def. Yaotzin Meza via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28 x2)
Jessica Andrade def. Sarah Moras via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Rani Yahya def. Masanori Kanehara via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Sean Strickland def. Igor Araujo via unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 30-26).
Kevin Casey def. Ildemar Alcantara via unanimous decision (30-27 x3).
Lyman Good def. Andrew Craig via second-round TKO (3:37)[/SPOILER]
The new UFC interim featherweight champion was unable to do any live MMA sparring or wrestling in training camp due to a knee injury, his coach John Kavanagh told Ariel Helwani on Monday's edition of The MMA Hour.
"I've gotta be honest, when we were walking out to this fight it was in the back of my mind that we haven't done a single round of live wrestling," Kavanagh said. "I had my eyebrows raised and thought, let's see what happens."
"Really the first round of full wrestling was done in that fight," Kavanagh said. "His timing a little bit on the sprawl and dealing with the shot was not quite there. It started getting better as the fight went on. Do I think a rematch if it does happen down the line would be different? Yes, for both of them."
Kavanagh didn't want to go into the details of McGregor's knee injury, but he did say it was basically fully healed about two weeks out from the fight. They still didn't do any full-speed wrestling or MMA sparring, just in case. The only kind of wrestling training McGregor got was at a slow, flow pace.
"That was the first full test on the knee and he flew through it," Kavanagh said. "He was able to deal with some oppositions. There were some scrambles, there was a lot of wrestling and it held up and there's nothing wrong. So we're 100 percent confident that it's perfect now."
When Aldo withdrew from the bout, Kavanagh thought that it might be wise for McGregor to do the same considering the high stakes. But McGregor would have none of it.
"When I spoke to Conor and I saw this absolutely unshakeable confidence, I knew it was the right decision," Kavanagh said. "I knew it didn't matter who it was going to be.
"For Conor to have done what he did and accepted that change, I think that showed a championship mentality."
LINK: Coach: Conor McGregor did no live wrestling in training camp before UFC 189 due to knee injury - MMA Fighting
B.J. Penn is glad Jose Aldo did not compete at UFC 189. And he had a message for the UFC featherweight champion over the weekend.
"Aldo, you're the old lion," Penn said Sunday after being inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame at the UFC Fan Expo. "You're the champion. You're the one with the record, you're the one with the gold, you're the one with all the records. The lion doesn't care that the sheep laugh at him. Remember that. The lion just stays there. The animals make noise and tease. The guy with the belt is the lion."
Penn and Aldo have trained together on occasion. Both men are Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belts under Andre Pederneiras, the patriarch of legendary Rio de Janeiro fight team Nova Uniao.
Penn was in Vegas to receive his induction and Aldo was not. The champion was supposed to fight Conor McGregor in the main event of UFC 189 on Saturday, but pulled out two weeks before due to a rib injury. Aldo's doctors say it was a broken rib, while the UFC and its doctors say it was a bruise and cartilage damage.
The details don't matter necessarily matter to Penn.
"If Aldo is not 100 percent, I do not want to see him inside that ring," Penn said. "I do not want to see him in that ring if he's not 100 percent."
LINK to full story: B.J. Penn's message to Jose Aldo: 'The lion doesn't care that the sheep laugh at him' - MMA Fighting
This Wednesday, it's time for the third UFC event within only six days, when former heavyweight champion Frank Mir steps inside the Octagon against knockout artist Todd Duffee.
Mir was on site for Saturday's The Ultimate Fighter 21 Finale to promote his fight, and revealed an interesting story about Brock Lesnar to MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani. At the beginning of this year, a Lesnar comeback to the UFC was heavily rumored, until the polarizing former champion and arch enemy of Mir closed the door on a potential MMA return for good, when he signed a new contract with pro-wrestling organization WWE in March.
According to Mir, UFC brass was truly believing that Lesnar will sign up for a second MMA run and already had big plans for him.
"It definitely was the one I wanted, the first time I found out that he was calling me out and stuff," Mir explained. "There was the talk, I mean... UFC powers that be, they told... I was under the impression that Brock was getting ready to sign, and that if that happens, I'd be the guy, as long as I did what I had to do with Bigfoot (Antonio Silva), that that could be a good fight to build up, you know: 'He's had a layoff, you're coming off the win, let's make this trilogy.' I was hearing rumors of Madison Square Garden. So it caught me by surprise when they told me: 'Oh, he's just announced his retirement'. I was like: 'Well, that's kind of crazy, because there was some pretty high level people that I was speaking to, that told me that it was all but a done deal, that that was a signed contract."
Lesnar, however, chose to stay with WWE instead, and signed a new multi-year contract with them, stating it has been a "hard decision to make" and that his "legacy in the Octagon is over".
"Maybe financially, he was the guy that goes to two different car dealerships?" assumes Mir. "I think, maybe he just took advantage of the instant attention that he got by bringing up the UFC's name, and so probably got a bigger contract with the professional wrestling organization. And that being said, maybe watching the Bigfoot fight, maybe that wasn't the best for him to come off a layoff."
LINK to full story: UFC brass told Frank Mir, trilogy versus Brock Lesnar was 'all but a done deal' - Bloody Elbow
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