It might be an excruciating summer for Donald Cerrone, but the UFC is asking him to sit tight and wait.

On Wednesday's edition of UFC Tonight it was reported that Cerrone has been informed...

One week after Jose Aldo gave a very detailed and angry interview about how dissatisfied he was with the new UFC and Reebok deal, his coach and head of the Nova Uniao gym, Andre Pederneiras, had some pretty surprising counterpoints, which he revealed to Portal do Vale Tudo.

While Aldo suggested all fighters should get together to fight the new deal in order not to lose their sponsorship money, especially the newcomers who earn less than everybody else, Pederneiras defended the business aspect of the agreement. He also believes whoever is unhappy with the deal should leave the UFC.

"The UFC is a private company. It's like my gym, it's mine and no one should say anything about it. If I come up with a rule that must be followed by everybody, whoever is unhappy should say ‘I don't like to work under those conditions and I'm leaving'. Cool, that's their right. But if they want to work for me, they need to accept the rule. Unfortunately, not all rules will benefit everybody. They must understand the UFC makes rules for the well-being of the company. If the UFC goes bankrupt tomorrow, not a single fighter will hand Dana White and the Fertittas money from their pockets to pay their bills. Here's what I think, if you're there, you must subject yourself to the rules. Whoever doesn't want to, should leave."

Pederneiras' also disagrees with the potential fighter's union, which was also brought up by Jose Aldo last week. For him, fighters just don't understand how a company works.

"Now, fighters wanting to get together and start a rebellion against the UFC, I don't think that's the way to go. Everyone who owns a company will agree with me. Sometimes employees don't understand, but an owner must know what's best for his business, which is what the UFC is doing and it's something I have done many times."

LINK: Pederneiras defends Reebok deal, calls potential union a 'rebellion' against the UFC - Bloody Elbow

Ben Rothwell's evening at UFC Fight Night 68 could scarcely have gone better.

The heavyweight contender turned heads with a Darth Vader-like walkout; dazzled in the Octagon with a quick submission of Matt Mitrione; then delivered a post-fight interview which had set the Twitterverse abuzz.

Just one problem: The UFC's brass took the night off, and Big Ben's having trouble getting in touch.

"I felt gypped," Rothwell said on Monday's edition of The MMA Hour. "Dana White wasn't there, Joe Silva wasn't there, I felt gypped. Joe Rogan wasn't there. These fights were a big deal, and the three stars of the UFC weren't even there. I kind of felt gypped."

What turned out to be an epic evening of fights in the Big Easy was done without Rothwell's boss in the house.

"I just wanna talk to him," Rothwell said. "I talked to Joe Silva, and Joe Silva said it's even hard for him to talk to Dana White. Dana White is a bigger star than all of us, I don't think he has time for us. I don't think he even watches UFC. It's funny."

And what would Rothwell say if he got White's ear? Well, for one thing, Rothwell's made it clear he wants a fight with Andrei Arlosvki, which would be a rematch of a wild Affliction brawl won by Arlovski in 2008.

But in the near term, Rothwell wants to be a part of the UFC Fan Expo in Las Vegas next month.

"I want to talk to Dana White because I want to be at the UFC Fan Expo. I'm looking at the list and seeing these people and I don't even know who they are. You've got the champions coming, you've got the veterans, Matt Hughes and Chuck Liddell, awesome. Then there's a group of people who are signing and I don't even know who they are. Really? I want to be there for the fans. They're trying to get autographs.

Link to full story: Ben Rothwell tries to get Dana White's attention: 'UFC kind of doesn't give a s--- about me' - MMA Fighting

Eddie Alvarez and Gilbert Melendez have talked plenty about each other over the past four years.

Before, they did it from afar. Alvarez (25-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC), a former Bellator MMA lightweight champ, talked up a cross-promotional fight with Melendez (22-4 MMA, 1-2 UFC), a Strikeforce titleholder. It was an intriguing matchup to fans, and the fighters were willing. But, like so many great ideas in MMA, follow through was absent.

Now, there’s no more gap to negotiate. Both are UFC fighters, and the talk will become reality Saturday when they co-headline UFC 188’s pay-per-view main card at Mexico City Arena in Mexico. Maybe that’s why they had little to say on a press tour in support of card.

Of course, there are varying theories from the fighters.

Melendez, who earlier this year called to fight Alvarez at UFC 188, said there were “a couple awkward moments” when they faced off for photographers. After so many years of talking about each other, he recently told MMAjunkie Radio, some tension was in the air.

“I think he’s the kind of guy that if he says something, he knows I’m going to come after him,” he said. “And if I say something, it’d probably just be on from there.”

But to Alvarez, it was just another day. He said Melendez is filled with so many empty words.


“There wasn’t any tension,” he told MMAjunkie. “He didn’t say sh-t. He told the media that if he was in a room with me, he was going to say something or do something. He didn’t do sh-t. I looked him right in his face, and he didn’t so sh-t to me. And when I see him again, he won’t say sh-t to me.”

Alvarez, though, is clearly irked at Melendez, particularly when it relates to their history and a fight between them. The way he sees it, the ex-Strikeforce champ has avoided him because he’s been more concerned with his career than being the toughest guy out there.

“I never heard from Gilbert,” Alvarez said. “The only time I heard from Gilbert is when I did really good. So like, if I won a world title or defended a world title, then like a week later Gibert would say something to the media about how he wanted to fight me. He just made sure he would mention me so he could fill a headline.”

But since they’ve been booked, it’s been Alvarez dropping the clickbait. Earlier this year, he dropped a stink-bomb on his upcoming opponent, comparing him on Twitter to “a high school cheerleader, always trying to suck off the quarterback.”

Melendez noticed that one (though it now appears to be deleted). Still, he’s downplayed a rivalry between the two, casting Alvarez as an overly sensitive personality who’s taken offense where there was none.

UFC 188’s Eddie Alvarez on Gilbert Melendez: ‘When I see him again, he won’t say sh-t’ | MMAjunkie

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