Cody Garbrandt vs. T.J. Dillashaw Official for UFC 217 in New York

UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt got his wish.

The Ohio native had asked for a fight on Nov. 4 and now he’ll face former teammate T.J. Dillashaw at UFC 217 inside Madison Square Garden in New York.

UFC officials announced the matchup on Thursday night.

Garbrandt had been campaigning to land the Nov. 4 card after a back injury prevented his return to action earlier this year when he was scheduled to meet Dillashaw in July.

With rehabilitation on his back nearly finished, Garbrandt had targeted November for his first title defense after defeating former champion Dominick Cruz last December to win the belt.TJ Dillashaw Post UFC 200

Dillashaw will get his first crack at Garbrandt and second shot at the title after reigning as bantamweight champion for two defenses between 2014 and 2015.

Dillashaw is very familiar with Garbrandt after the two fighters were teammate at Team Alpha Male in Sacramento for several years before he split from the gym to relocate to Colorado to work full time with coach Duane “Bang” Ludwig.

Now the former friends will face off on Nov. 4 with the bantamweight title up for grabs in one of the most highly anticipated fights of 2017.

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Matt Brown vs. Diego Sanchez, Angela Hill vs. Nina Ansaroff Set for UFC Fight Night in Virginia

Two new fights have been added to the upcoming UFC Fight Night card in Norfolk, Virginia on Nov. 11 including the return of Matt Brown as he faces “Ultimate Fighter” season one winner Diego Sanchez while Angela Hill takes on Nina Ansaroff.

The new fights were announced via “UFC Tonight” on Wednesday.

Brown (20-16) will return to action for the first time in nearly a year as he looks to re-establish himself in the welterweight division.

The Ohio native has gone just 1-5 in his past six fights, but that streak came after he won seven bouts in a row to climb up the welterweight rankings.

Sanchez (27-10) not only books his next fight, but also gets back to the welterweight division after spending several bouts at both lightweight and featherweight in the UFC.

Sanchez has bounced back and forth between wins and losses over his past six fights while remaining one of the most exciting competitors on the UFC roster.Angela Hill

In the women’s strawweight division, former Invicta FC champion Angela Hill (7-3) will look to build on her last win over Ashley Yoder when she takes on Nina Ansaroff (7-5), who picked up her first win in the UFC in January with a submission victory against Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger.

The two new fights will be added to a card headlined by former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis taking on Dustin Poirier in a battle at 155 pounds with the card airing live on FS1.

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Floyd Mayweather Wants Smaller Gloves to Increase Odds of KO’ing Conor McGregor

Many questioned why Floyd Mayweather had his business partner, Leonard Ellerbe, petition the Nevada State Athletic Commission for smaller gloves for his boxing superfight with UFC champion Conor McGregor.

It’s simple, said Ellerbe, smaller gloves increase the likelihood of someone getting knocked out.

Floyd Mayweather workoutAlthough that is true, it’s also a fact that might backfire when the commission decides whether or not to approve 8-ounce gloves for the Mayweather vs. McGregor bout. The NSAC’s own rules state that their 154-pound bout requires 10-ounce gloves. Such rules were enacted for the safety of the fighters involved. 

The Association of Ringside Physicians considered the matter of such importance that it sent a letter to the NSAC asking it not approve Mayweather’s request to allow the smaller glove size.

The NSAC will decide on Wednesday whether or not to approve the move to 8-ounce gloves.

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Dana White Signs Two More Tuesday Night Contender Series Fighters to UFC Contracts

UFC president Dana White inked two more of his Tuesday Night Contender Series fighters to UFC contracts. After their submission wins in week 6 of the weekly web series, Grant Dawson and Charles Byrd earned their way to the big show.

“It’s a no brainer,” White said about signing the 23-year-old Dawson. “Dawson is an absolute beast. I was very impressed with him. He’s young, but his record is incredible. He absolutely dominated.”

Byrd (9-4) fought in week 1 of DWTNCS winning by arm-triangle choke in the first round but was not offered a UFC contract. He came back on Tuesday and scored another finish.

“I have a lot of respect for Charles for coming back and doing it again. I have a lot of respect for that. He’s in. I’m going to do it. I’m going to give him a shot,” said White. “The fact that he came right back again, dominated, and finished both fights. I respected that he wanted to do it again, so I’m going to give him a shot.”

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Following his submission win over Bubba Wallace, Byrd stated that he felt like he needed a another finish to get White’s attention. He went out and did just that.

Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series Week 6 Results:

– Charles Byrd def. Bubba Wallace by submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:03, R2
– Grant Dawson def. Adrian Diaz by submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:15, R2
– Cameron Olson def. Karl Reed by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
– Jaime Alvarez def. Martin Day by unanimous decision (28-27, 29-28, 29-27)
– Jamie Colleen def. Tiffany Masters by submission (armbar) at 4:43, R3

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Conor McGregor Promises to Pursue Titles in Boxing and MMA After Fighting Floyd Mayweather

Conor McGregor doesn’t plan on being one and done with the sport of boxing.

As the UFC lightweight champion embarks on the final days of preparation for his upcoming fight against Floyd Mayweather on Aug. 26, McGregor is already looking towards a future where he’s a two-sport athlete.

Conor McGregor - TorontoOn the surface, it would appear that McGregor is crossing over into boxing for the opportunity to face Mayweather, but he promises that this move is anything but temporary because he plans on sticking around after this fight is over.

In fact, McGregor says he wants to pursue championships and title defenses in mixed martial arts and boxing as he moves forward with his career.

“I will contend in boxing belts going forward and I will contend in mixed martial arts belts going forward,” McGregor revealed while speaking with the media on Friday. “I will rule both with an iron fist. That’s where my mindset is.”

That might come as news to UFC president Dana White, who helped orchestrate McGregor’s crossover into boxing for the fight with Mayweather that will likely earn the Irishman a nine-figure payday.

Of course, McGregor is still the reigning champion at 155 pounds in the UFC — a title he won last November, but hasn’t defended yet — but he’s vowed to return to the Octagon by the end of 2017 to put that belt on the line.

If McGregor decides to box again regardless of the result of the fight with Mayweather, there would certainly be interest given his prolific star power and attraction across a global audience.

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That being said, McGregor isn’t exactly sure who he’d end up fighting in another boxing match considering he stepped up to face the self-proclaimed “best ever” when he accepted a bout with Mayweather, who enters with a perfect 49-0 record.

“I’m facing the god of boxing at the moment,” McGregor commented. “This is supposedly the god of boxing and he could have stayed the god. He could have rode off 49-0.

“Instead, now I am here and I am the god of boxing.”

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