UFC News Round-UP 7.2.18: Woodley to Face Diaz?

Tyron Woodley Claims Nate Diaz Will be his Next Opponent:
“If I had to Bet my House on it, that’s my next Opponent.”

 Woodley is currently sidelined as he recovers from shoulder surgery
 Khabib Nurmagomedov’s manager makes an unsettling prediction for Tony Ferguson
 Michael Bisping eyeing a final bout with Lyoto Machida
 Stipe Miocic has a warning for Daniel Cormier
 Strange Conor McGregor busts for sale

Woodley looking to welcome Diaz back to the UFC

The UFC welterweight champion was campaigning for a bout with Diaz towards the end of last year, but that fight failed to materialize.

With Diaz set to reject a return to lightweight in favour of a run at 170 pounds, there is a significant chance of him meeting Woodley at some point later this year:

“I think [that fight] will happen this year. I think it’s way more likely than people realize,” Woodley told ESPN’s Brett Okamoto.

“There are conversations about Nate and I fighting in July. The UFC has offered Nate that fight. They just have to make it worth his while.”

“I think I’ll fight Nate this year, and I think it will be my return to the Octagon. If I had to bet the house on it, that’s my next opponent.”

Khabib Nurmagomedov’s manager makes a scary prediction

A fight three years in the making, 2018 will hopefully see the stellar lightweight battle between Khabib Nurmagomedov and UFC interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson. It’s all set for UFC 223.

If the Dagestani star’s manager is to be believed, it will be the last fight of Ferguson’s career: “I feel sorry for Tony Ferguson, because on April 7th, Tony Ferguson is probably never gonna fight again,” Ali Abdel-Aziz said.

“I’m concerned for his well-being, I’m serious. I’m not just saying that to promote a fight. I’m concerned for him. I’m hearing some reports — and I respect Eddie Bravo, he’s a legend — I’m hearing that [Ferguson would] accept, he’d be more than happy for Khabib to take him down.

“And I’ll tell you something, [Nurmagomedov]’s not gonna be a normal human being. He’ll be in trouble. Because if he accepts takedown from Khabib and he will take him down, he will disfigure his whole entire face.”

Bisping hoping to go out against another legend

Former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping has his eyes set on a clash with former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida.

The Brit was expected to fight his last bout in the UFC in front of a home crowd at UFC London, but a fight could not be arranged in time:

“I’ve no problem with the decision, but what I do have a problem with is what Machida said afterwards. I’m only joking, I don’t really have a problem with it, he called me out once again.

He just said we were supposed to fight a couple of times over the years and that it hadn’t happened and that basically he had a lot of respect for me. I’ve got a lot of respect for Machida, I really do.

“As I said on Saturday, he’s one of the true martial arts specialist and one of the true martial artists that competes in the Octagon, so I have respect for him. God bless Machida.

Thanks for the call out, we will see what the future holds.”

Stipe Miocic suggests Daniel Cormier is in for a shock

UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic has told his light heavyweight counterpart to expect an opponent like he has never fought before, when they meet at UFC 226 later this year:

“I think he’s an amazing fighter and a great champion,” he told Las Vegas Review Journal. “I think he’s great. But he hasn’t fought anyone like me yet.”

Cormier has hinted this upcoming match may be his last in the UFC organisation.

If you have a few thousand dollars lying around and want nothing more than a bizarre looking Conor McGregor bust…

You may be surprised to learn that these things exist. Despite having been out of the Octagon since 2016, “The Notorious” is still a brand worthy enough to demand big dollars…

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