Conor McGregor: ‘It’s not the 145-pound division, it’s the McGregor division’

Conor McGregor talks about Cat Zingano throwing her hat at him prior to UFC 184, the new Reebok ZPump, being the main event of UFC 189, his hope to break a million PPV buys, and much more.

UFC 184 Payouts & Bonuses

UFC 184 took place last Saturday night with Ronda Rousey beating Cat Zingano in the main event to retain her Bantamweight title. Rousey picked up $130,000 – which isnt bad for 14 seconds worth of work! Zingano took home $100,000 for her part in the loss. Although Rousey’s pay seems unusually low, she will receive an undisclosed amount from PPV sales as well as an extra $50,000 for performance of the night.

The others to receive the bonus were Jake Ellenberger, who choked out veteran Josh Koscheck; Tim Means, who scored a first round TKO victory over Dhiego Lima; and Tony Ferguson, who submitted Gleison Tibau.

Each received $50,000.

A complete list of the UFC 184 salaries, according to the CSAC, can be seen below. As always, these figures do not represent a fighter’s total earnings, as sponsorship money, pay-per-view income, and discretionary post-fight bonuses are not publicly disclosed.

Main Card (Pay-per-view)
Ronda Rousey ($65,000 to show + $65,000 for the win = $130,000) def. Cat Zingano ($100,000)
Holly Holm ($25,000 + $25,000 = $50,000) def. Raquel Pennington ($10,000)
Jake Ellenberger ($68,000 + $68,000 = $136,000) def. Josh Koscheck ($78,000)
Alan Jouban ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000) def. Richard Walsh ($8,000)
Tony Ferguson ($24,000 + $24,000 = $48,000) def. Gleison Tibau ($50,000)

Preliminary Card
Roan Carneiro ($12,000 + $12,000 = $24,000) def. Mark Munoz ($47,000)
Roman Salazar ($8,000) vs. Norifumi Yamamoto ($15,000) ruled a no contest
Tim Means ($17,000 + $17,000 = $34,000) def. Dhiego Lima ($10,000)
Derrick Lewis ($15,000 + $15,000 = $30,000) def. Ruan Potts ($10,000)

Preliminary Card
Valmir Lazaro ($8,000 + $8,000 = $16,000) def. James Krause ($15,000)
Masio Fullen ($8,000 + $8,000 = $16,000) def. Alexander Torres ($8,000

Anderson Silva will admit to using PED’s to heal broken leg

While UFC 184 was taking place, a report was published that states that Anderson Silva will admit to have taken PED’s to help heal his broken leg. Silva tested positive for drostanolone and androstane after defeating Nick Diaz at UFC 183. The Spider has always denied taking PED’s but the UFC have today reported that:

The Nevada State Athletic Commission disciplinary hearing for former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva does not have a set date in March, but according to a story published by Brazilian website UOL on Saturday, the MMA icon and his team are preparing his defense, with Silva reportedly planning to admit to using several banned substances.

The report makes clear that Silva will insist that his use of performance enhancing drugs wasn’t to gain an advantage on his opponent, but rather as an aid in his recovery from the broken leg suffered in his December 2013 loss to Chris Weidman. Lawyers will also argue that the amount of the substances found in his system were minimal, thus giving him no advantage over his January 31 opponent, Nick Diaz.

This is truly a sad ending to one of MMA’s most glittering careers. The return of the Spider at UFC 183 was supposed to be one of the more positive stories of the year but everything in the aftermath of the fight has been anything but that. It’s highly doubtful that we’ll ever see Silva in the Octagon again – which is an incredibly sad thought for this writer.

Watch UFC 184’s Weigh-In Live

Watch the official weigh-in for UFC 184: Rousey vs. Zingano, live Friday, February 2. The main event will see reigning Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey defend her title against Cat Zingano.

The co-main event sees Holly Holm make her début versus TUF veteran Raquel Pennington

The full card is below:

Main card
Ronda Rousey vs. Cat Zingano
Raquel Pennington vs. Holly Holm
Jake Ellenberger vs. Josh Koscheck
Alan Jouban vs. Richard walsh
Tony Ferguson vs. Gleison Tibau

Mark Munoz vs. Roan Carneiro
Roman Salazar vs. Norifumi Yamamoto
Dhiego Lima vs. Tim Means
Derrick Lewis vs. Ruan Potts

Undercard (UFC Fight Pass)
James Krause vs. Valmir Lazaro
Masio Fullen vs. Alexander Torres

You can watch UFC 184 live on BT Sport from 1am on Saturday night

UFC 184 Embedded Episode 4

On episode four of UFC 184 Embedded, women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and challenger Cat Zingano appear for fans at open workouts. Zingano goes in search of the lightest bikini on the market, then dresses up for what turns out to be an intense staredown against the equally-formal titleholder. Co-main stars Raquel Pennington and Holly Holm also appear at Ultimate Media Day, sharing their thoughts on the importance of the female-topped event. UFC Embedded is an all-access, behind-the-scenes video blog leading up to the UFC 184 Pay-Per-View, taking place Saturday, February 28.

You can watch UFC 184 live on BT Sport from 1am on Saturday night

Jose Aldo on Conor McGregor: “The rankings serve as no f***king purpose”

Jose Aldo is set to take on Ireland’s own Conor McGregor at UFC 189 on July 11th. Much has been made about McGregor’s right to a title shot given that he currently sits at #4 in the official UFC Featherweight rankings.

Many fans have criticised the decision to award McGregor the opportunity to fight for the title. They have instead clamored for #2 ranked Frankie Edgar to have a rematch with Aldo citing that McGregor has talked his way to a title shot.

Jose Aldo weighed in on the topic:

“I’m getting a taste for [trash talking]. We have to be provocative to sell fights, talk more, to know we’ll be more profitable. It’s important. The financial side is great for me, for the UFC, and for him. But, if you talk about rankings, I think he’s undeserving. But, the rankings serve no fucking purpose, nobody fucking respects it, so this fight is good for me because of the money.”

UFC 189 takes place on July 11th. The card will be headlined by the featherweight title fight between Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor, with welterweight champion Robbie Lawler defending his belt for the first time, against Rory MacDonald, in the co-main event. will be providing live coverage of the fight from Las Vegas

VIDEO: Ronda Rousey v Alexis Davis

Watch Ronda Rousey’s clash with Alexis Davis from UFC 175 which earned Rousey Knockout of the Year for 2014

UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey will attempt to successfully defend her title against Cat Zingano, at UFC 184 on Saturday.

You can watch UFC 184 live on BT Sport from 1am on Saturday night

UFC 184 Embedded Episode 3

On episode three of UFC 184 Embedded, women’s bantamweights wrestle with both destiny and population density. Days before her Octagon début, Albuquerque’s Holly Holm ventures from her hometown to Tinseltown. Already in LA, divisional champion Ronda Rousey and title challenger Cat Zingano put on their game faces for photo shoots and promo interviews building up to their championship bout.

UFC Embedded is an all-access, behind-the-scenes video blog leading up to the UFC 184: Rousey vs. Zingano Pay-Per-View event, taking place Saturday, February 28.

You can watch UFC 184 live on BT Sport from 1am on Saturday night

Who is Jose Aldo? – Part 2

In part one we discussed Aldo’s emergence in the WEC and his run that saw him capture the WEC Featherweight title. Once Zuffa absorbed the entire WEC roster in 2011, Aldo became the first UFC Featherweight champion and entered the Octagon with a lot of hype behind him. In part two we’ll run through Jose Aldo’s UFC career to date.

Aldo has gone 7-0 since entering the UFC however one criticism aimed at him has been his lack of finishes compared to his WEC days. Aldo had 8 fights in the WEC and finished all but one of those fights with only Urijah Faber managing to make it to a decision with ‘Junior’. Since signing with the UFC, Aldo has only finished two fights (one of these finishes was due to his opponent dislocating his shoulder. More on that later!) and won the rest by decision. Aldo has not come close to losing one of these fights and has been always been in control but he seems to have lost that killer instinct that he displayed in the WEC. Instead, he now picks apart his opponents from the outside with his superior boxing and Muay Thai skills and cruises his way to a decision victory.

First up for Aldo in the UFC was Canadian Mark Hominick at UFC 129. This event was held at the Rogers Dome in Toronto in front of a sold out crowd of 55,724 which shattered UFC and MMA gate and attendance records in North America. Aldo dominated the first four rounds of the fight and dropped Hominick in round three and four. Aldo faded badly in round five which lead to Hominick landing a takedown on an exhausted Aldo and dominated the remaining moments of the fight. Aldo attributed his stamina issues to a tough weight cut and illness before the fight. Hominick finished up the fight looking like this:


Kenny Florian dropped down to 145 to face Aldo next. After an even first two rounds Aldo started to pull ahead and ended up winning this fight by a convincing decision to set up a fight with Chad ‘Money’ Mendes in Brazil. Mendes, a two-time NCAA All American wrestler, saw his numerous takedown attempts stuffed by Aldo and felt the full force of his trademark leg kicks. With only seconds left in the round, Aldo spun and caught Mendes flush with a knee as he attempted another takedown to retain his title. In an amazing scene, Aldo celebrated by running out of the Octagon to celebrate with the Brazilian crowd.

Next up for Aldo was a ‘superfight’ against Frank Edgar at UFC 156. Edgar, a former 155 Lighweight champion, dropped down a weight class to face Junior. Aldo won the first three rounds while Edgar took the fourth and fifth to earn a decision victory over ‘The Answer’.  He also managed to hit a spectacular superman punch off the cage to stun Edgar in the closing moments of round five.

Aldo squared off against ‘The Korean Zombie’ Chan Sung Jung at UFC 163. After a lacklustre opening three rounds, TKZ dislocated his shoulder in an exchange with Aldo and the Brazilian pounced on this injury to stop Jung in the fourth for his second “finish” in the UFC. He once again cruised to a unanimous decision over Ricardo Lamas at UFC 169 which set up a rematch with Chad Mendes in Brazil.

Mendes came out strong in the opening round and dropped Aldo early on. Aldo roared back and even hit Mendes with two unanswered punches that rocked him after the bell in one of the best rounds in recent memory. In a fight of the year candidate, Aldo defeated Mendes by unanimous decision with all three judges scoring the bout as 49-46 in favour of the reigning Featherweight champ. Next up for Aldo is none other than Conor McGregor on July 11th in what will be the biggest fight in Featherweight history. We’ll have live coverage of UFC 189 from Las Vegas.

As a bonus, I’ve included Jose Aldo’s top 8 UFC/WEC moments as picked by UFC commentator Joe Rogan:


VIDEO: UFC 184 Embedded Episode 2

On the second episode of UFC 184 Embedded, women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey loads up on cardio and inspiration at Glendale Fighting Club. Welterweight Jake Ellenberger also trains there alongside actor Mickey Rourke, while his opponent Josh Koscheck prepares in Fresno for his Octagon return. Outside California, the other participants of UFC 184 — including Rousey’s opponent Cat Zingano, women’s bantamweights Raquel Pennington and Holly Holm — get pumped up and polished for their trips to Los Angeles.

Episode one can be viewed here

You can watch UFC 184 live on BT Sport from 1am on Saturday night