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The UFC’s return to England in October continues to grow with the addition of a new bantamweight fight.

England’s Ian Entwistle (9-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) is set to face Rob Font (12-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) at UFC 204. UFC officials today announced the new matchup.

UFC 204 takes place Oct. 8 at Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass. In the main event, Manchester’s own Michael Bisping will defend his middleweight title in a rematch with Dan Henderson.

Entwistle hails from Accrington, about 20 miles from Manchester, so he’ll be fighting in front of a friendly home crowd. He’ll be looking to get back on track after an April TKO loss to Alejandro Perez in Croatia. Twelve fights into his pro career, Entwistle never has left the first round – all nine of his wins are in the first frame, as are his three losses. His lone UFC win came in December 2014 with a heel-hook submission of Anthony Birchak at UFC on FOX 13 in Phoenix – his bantamweight debut after dropping down from featherweight, and a “Performance of the Night” bonus winner.

Font will be looking to erase the memory of a loss, as well. At UFC 198 in May, he dropped a unanimous decision to John Lineker in Brazil. The setback snapped an 11-fight winning streak that included winning the CES MMA featherweight title and knockout wins over George Roop and Joey Gomez in his first two fights in the UFC.

With the addition, the latest UFC 204 card now includes:

  • Michael Bisping vs. Dan Henderson
  • Vitor Belfort vs. Gegard Mousasi
  • Jimi Manuwa vs. Ovince Saint Preux
  • Ruslan Magomedov vs. Stefan Struve
  • Adriano Martins vs. Leonardo Santos
  • Iuri Alcantara vs. Brad Pickett
  • Davey Grant vs. Damian Stasiak
  • Leon Edwards vs. Albert Tumenov
  • Ian Entwistle vs. Rob Font

For more on UFC 204, check out the UFC Rumors section of the card.

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The next two UFC cards have underdone some intensive re-modeling and that continued here Tuesday.

First, UFC on FOX 21 will now include the debut of Alex Ricci, as he steps in for Josh Emmett to meet Jeremy Kennedy. That card goes down Saturday night from Vancouver and includes Carlos Condit vs. Demian Maia in the main event.

Next Saturday afternoon on UFC Fight Pass will be UFC Fight Night 93 and that card now boasts former Cage Warriors champion Alex Enlund going up against Martin Buschkamp.

UFC Fight Night 93 features a heavyweight main event from Hamburg, Germany with Josh Barnett battling Andrei Arlovski.

Ricci (10-3) replaces Emmett on short notice to battle fellow UFC newcomer Kennedy (8-0) in an early prelim contest.

Enlund (14-2) and Buschkamp (9-0) will compete in the featherweight division. Of Enlund’s 14 wins, 11 have been submissions, while Buschkamp has finished seven of his nine opponents.

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The UFC will try to keep the momentum from UFC 202 going this Saturday night with UFC on FOX 21.

Set from the Rogers Centre in Vancouver, the event features Carlos Condit and Demian Maia in a key welterweight contest.

Also, Anthony Pettis makes his featherweight debut against Charles Oliveira, Paige VanZant returns to take on Bec Rawlings and Jim Miller squares off with Joe Lauzon for a second time.

Below is the current fight card:


Welterweight: Demian Maia vs. Carlos Condit

Featherweight: Anthony Pettis vs. Charles Oliviera

Strawweight: Paige VanZant vs. Bec Rawlings

Lightweight: Joe Lauzon vs. Jim Miller


Middleweight: Sam Alvey vs. Kevin Casey

Featherweight: Enrique Barzola vs. Kyle Bochniak

Lightweight: Felipe Silva vs. Shane Campbell

Lightweight: Alex Ricci vs. Jeremy Kennedy

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Lightweight: Chad Laprise vs. Thibault Gouti

Middleweight: Garreth McLellan vs. Alessio Di Chirico

Middleweight: Ryan Janes vs. Adam Hunter

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Nate Diaz has a warning for Conor McGregor following his defeat at the hands of the Irishman at UFC 202—he wants a rematch, and he’s coming for him.

The American posted as much on Instagram on Wednesday:

Notorious won the five-round epic bout via majority decision, levelling their head-to-head record at one win apiece. Here’s a look at the scorecard, per Bleacher Report’s Mike Chiappetta:

Fox Sports’ Damon Martin hailed the contest:

The brutal bout was closely fought, with both fighters enjoying spells of dominance across the five rounds. McGregor scored three knockdowns in the opening round, while Diaz finished the fifth strongly with a takedown that put the Irishman on his back.

Some of the scoring proved controversial, as was the final result in the eyes of some. Diaz clearly thought he’d done enough:

However, the third round—which all three judges gave to Diaz—was marked incorrectly, according to Bleacher Report’s own Jonathan Snowden:

As noted by ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, a second rematch between the pair would yield a lucrative deal for all involved:

Per Bloody Elbow’s Victor Rodriguez, UFC president Dana White has said the pair will have to wait for their trilogy fight, however, telling UFC reporter Megan Olivi: “We’re definitely not doing this a third time right now. Um, I mean, I don’t think there’s anybody that doesn’t want to see this fight again, but um, Conor’s either gonna go defend his title or give his title up. Then we’ll figure out where we go from there.”

As for Diaz, White did not know who his next opponent would be. Speaking to Submission Radio (h/t Adam Guillen Jr. of MMA Mania) the day after the fight, Diaz said he would accept his next opponent “only if it’s a big fight, a big deal for a big contract.”

Per The Independent’s Mark Critchley, Diaz is on a medical suspension until September 20 following the defeat, while McGregor is out until at least a month later, but could be suspended until February if his foot and ankle are not cleared by an orthopaedic doctor.

When the pair return to action, they will evidently be facing other opponents, but the prospect of a third fight at some point down the line—which both fighters want—will be far too lucrative to pass up.

Indeed, not only did McGregor winning the fight make the case for a rematch, but the thrilling spectacle will only enhance anticipation for it when it does come around.  

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Conor McGregor could be out until early 2017 following his majority decision victory over Nate Diaz in the UFC 202 headliner.

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The UFC released the following into to ESPN Tuesday night, revealing that the recent UFC 202 card was the third biggest pay-per-view in company history.

Featuring a rematch between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz, UFC 202 stands behind only UFC 196 and UFC 100 in terms of draws for the promotion.

UFC 196 featured Diaz earning a second round submission over McGregor in the main event this past March with Miesha Tate submitting Holly Holm for the bantamweight title in the co-main event. It generated 1.9 million PPV buys and a total gate of $8.1 million.

UFC 100 included Brock Lesnar defending his heavyweight title against Frank Mir, Georges St-Pierre besting Thiago Alves for the welterweight title and Dan Henderson knocking out Michael Bisping. It generated 1.6 million PPV buys and a total gate of $5,128,490.

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The Nevada Athletic Commission released the complete medical suspensions for UFC 202, including a lengthy suspension for featherweight champion Conor McGregor.

McGregor could be out for the remainder of 2016 with an injury to his left foot/ankle, and will not be able to have contact in training until October.

Conor McGregor: Needs left foot/ankle cleared by orthopedic doctor or no contest until Dec. 17; minimum suspension until Oct. 20 with no contact in training until Oct. 5.

Nate Diaz: Suspended until Sept. 20 with no contact in training until Sept. 11.Glover Teixeira: Suspended until Nov. 19 with no contact in training until Oct. 20.

Rick Story: Suspended until Oct. 5 with no contact in training until Sept. 20.

Hyun Gyu Lim: Suspended until Oct. 5 with no contact in training until Sept. 20.

Sabah Homasi: Suspended until Oct. 20 with no contact in training until Oct. 5.

Takeya Mizugaki: Suspended until Oct. 5 with no contact in training until Sept. 20.

Artem Lobov: Must have right leg and ankle X-rayed; if positive then must have orthopedic doctor clearance or no contest until Feb. 17.

Chris Avila: Suspended until Sept. 20 with no contact in training until Sept. 11.

Lorenz Larkin: Suspended until Oct. 5 with no contact in training until Sept. 20 due to left eyebrow and shin lacerations

Neil Magny: Must have left leg X-rayed; if positive then must have orthopedic doctor clearance or no contest until Feb. 17. Minimum suspension until Sept. 20 with no contact until Sept. 11.

Max Griffin: Suspended until Oct. 20 with no contact in training until Oct. 5.

Marvin Vettori: Suspended until Oct. 5 with no contact in training until Sept. 20 due to left eyebrow laceration

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Jingliang Li has been notified of a potential anti-doping violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collected on May 18.

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co-main-event-podcast-1.jpgEpisode No. 219 of the Co-Main Event Podcast is now available for streaming and download.

MMAjunkie/USA TODAY columnist Ben Fowlkes and Bleacher Report lead MMA writer Chad Dundas host the weekly show (also dubbed the “CME,” if you nasty). This week, the boys who share lordship of Missoula, Mont., with Pearl Jam bass player Jeff Ament talk about the epic rematch between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz at UFC 202 and look ahead to UFC on FOX 21.

Check it out at, or download the podcast directly.

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Reigning Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight champion Conor McGregor stayed put at welterweight to rematch Nate Diaz at the UFC 202 pay-per-view (PPV) event last Sat. night (Aug. 20, 2016) in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he captured a hard-fought majority decision win (watch it).

Following a “sloppy” performance, according to 155-pound kingpin Eddie Alvarez.

But there’s a very strong possibility that McGregor abandons his featherweight post for a crack at the lightweight crown, which means the talking heads in the mixed martial arts (MMA) media will be peppering him with questions about his “Notorious” challenger.

“I’ve fought the best guys in the world, I look up to a lot of the guys I fight, Alvarez told Jon Anik and Kenny Florian (via MMA Fighting). “I see them as some of the best guys. I try to challenge myself against them. But when I beat a legit guy who I feel has taken his time in this sport and is a real fighter and then I get done with the fight and I get asked about this Irish dude it’s really kind of disappointing to me, because the guys I’ve fought were way higher caliber than this guy.”

Alvarez wasn’t the only one blasé on the UFC 202 performance.

The former Bellator champion captured the crown by wasting Rafael dos Anjos earlier this year, but has not yet been slotted for a return bout. Assuming he can escape a recent medical suspension, McGregor could be ready to go by UFC 205 in November.

Alvarez vs. McGregor in the “Big Apple?” Time will tell.

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