UFC News Round-UP 12.2.18: Romero Smashes Rockhold

Nate Diaz Shoots Conor McGregor down following social media spat with Floyd Mayweather Jr.

  • Nate Diaz didn’t take too kindly to McGregor’s choice of photo
  • Cristiano Ronaldo gives Khabib Nurmagomedov his football shirt
  • Mayweather Promotions CEO not ruling out a UFC bout for “Money”
  • Yoel Romero has next shot at Robert Whittaker
  • Stipe Miocic: You’re going to see Daniel Cormier get beat up

Nate Diaz butts in on McGregor & Mayweather

It appears that Floyd Mayweather has no intention of putting his head down and staying true to his promises to retire, if the last few months are anything to go by.

The five-weight world champion and boxing living-legend has been targeting former opponent, Conor McGregor, with snipes on social media which are adding significant weight to talks of a return to competitive action.

While a move to the UFC appears highly unlikely, Mayweather is refusing to rule this out. Earlier this week, “Money” posted a photo-shopped image to Twitter of him elbowing Conor McGregor, using an image of “The Notorious” taking a hit from Nate Diaz in his 2016 loss. McGregor responded with a pic of him beating Diaz in the return bout later that year, before Diaz tagged Mayweather and fired the last shot.

Ronaldo exchanges gifts with Khabib

Soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo gifted UFC lightweight contender Khabib Nurmagomedov with a shirt he recently scored a hat-trick in Real Madrid’s defeat of Real Sociedad.

Ronaldo took to Instagram to show photos of the two exchanging gifts, with both men seemingly delighted with having run into each other following the game. The Russian, who is set to square off against Tony Ferguson for (a version of) the UFC lightweight title, also took to social media to thank the Portuguese soccer icon.

Ellerbe on Mayweather’s potential move to UFC

As unlikely as it is to happen, there are some who believe that Floyd Mayweather is serious about a rematch with Conor McGregor inside the Octagon. Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions, told a media scrum recently that it was not something to be ruled out:

“Floyd is a genius. I’ll leave it at that. He knows what he’s doing. Floyd is a genius. All I know is Floyd is a genius.”

Ellerbe also replied to a question asking if Mayweather had any formal training in MMA:

“Not that I’m aware of.”

Yoel Romero lands title shot with Rockhold KO

The Cuban powerhouse knocked out former UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold in Australia this past weekend, yet was not eligible to win the interim-title as missed weight. Romero will, however, get the next shot at the man he replaced on Saturday, Robert Whittaker.

ESPN’s Brett Okamoto took to twitter to confirm that this would be the case, per the words of none other than UFC President Dana White:

“Asked Dana White if plan is to have Yoel Romero fight Robert Whittaker next, despite the fact he didn’t win an interim title tonight,” Okamoto wrote. “Answer: ‘Yes.’”

Stipe Miocic tells fans of Daniel Cormier not to get too excited

The heavyweight champion recently told the BBC’s MMA Show why he prefers to keep a low profile when it comes to trash talking and self-promotion. “The Baddest Man on the Planet” did also have a warning for fans of light heavyweight kingpin Daniel Cormier, while maintaining his ‘nice guy’ persona:

“[Trash talk is] just too much. It’s exhausting for me,” Miocic said. “I don’t need to go out of my way. I have other things to worry about, like training, or work, the wife, or fixing the house up. I’ve got other things to worry about other than hurting someone’s feelings. I’m just a normal guy. I don’t have expensive cars or expensive clothes. I’m just me. I have a family, a baby on the way. I have a house, a mortgage to worry about. That’s all I worry about – taking care of them and making sure we’re all set.”

“I think the fans look at me as one of them. I’m no different. People like me for who I am. I’m not going to change who I am. I’m not going to put on a bigger persona. I’m just going to be me. Nothing changes, man. I’ve worked way to hard and sacrificed way too much to get that belt. I’m going to go out there and do my job. [Daniel Cormier]’s an amazing fighter, but unfortunately you’re going to see him get beat up.”

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