Beneil Dariush Shocked How Dana White Handled Things After Las Vegas Tragedy

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Beneil Dariush has worn his heart on his sleeve all week long following the tragic Las Vegas shooting that took place just a week prior to Saturday night’s UFC 216 at T-Mobile Arena.

In his post-fight comments, Dariush talked about his draw with Evan Dunham, but more so than the fight, his thoughts constantly drifted back to those affected by the tragic event that unfolded at the Route 91 Music Festival. 58 people were murdered and approximately 500 were injured. 

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One thing that really caught Dariush by surprise this week was the way that his boss, UFC president Dana White, handled the tragedy and all the emotion surrounding the events of the week. 

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Julia Budd Puts Featherweight Belt on the Line in Bellator 189 Headliner

The Bellator women’s featherweight championship will be up for grabs on Friday, Dec. 1  when Julia Budd (10-2) defends her title in a rematch against Arlene Blencowe (10-6) at Bellator 189inside WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Okla., the same venue where Budd captured the inaugural belt earlier this year.

In addition, the co-main event of Bellator 189: Budd vs. Blencowe 2 will feature a middleweight contest pitting rising contender Chris Honeycutt (10-1) against undefeated Rafael Lovato Jr. (6-0). Additional main card and preliminary bouts will be announced in the coming weeks.

The event will be broadcast live and free on SPIKE at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT, while preliminary action will stream on and the Bellator Mobile App. Tickets for Bellator 189: Budd vs. Blencowe 2 are on sale now and can be purchased at the WinStar World Casino and Resort box office, as well as Ticketmaster and

Bellator 189 Budd vs Blencowe 2A STRIKEFORCE veteran, Budd enters the Bellator cage on Dec. 1 as the first and only women’s featherweight champion in promotional history. Currently in the midst of an eight-fight, six-year winning streak, the British Columbia native owns victories over the course of her career against Marloes Coenen, Germaine de Randamie, as well as Gina Carano in kickboxing. Budd has also previously competed at bantamweight, going toe-to-toe with both Amanda Nunes and Ronda Rousey during her tenure in STRIKEFORCE. Continuing the trend of taking on top-flight competition, Budd meets Blencowe at Bellator 189, in her second main event with Bellator.

The fighting pride of New South Wales, Australia, Arlene Blencowe enters her fight with Budd riding a three-fight winning streak, most recently edging out a split decision against Sinead Kavanagh in August. A former world champion boxer under the World Boxing Federation and Women’s International Boxing Association, “Angerfist” nearly defeated Budd during their previous meeting at Bellator 162. A proud mother of two, the 34-year-old now has a chance to add more gold to her mantle, this time coming in the form of a Bellator MMA championship.

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Since making the jump from welterweight to middleweight, the Fresno, Calif.-based Chris Honeycutt feels as though he is right at home in his newfound division. Riding a wave of momentum, which most recently culminated in a vicious stoppage against Kevin Casey, “The Cutt” must now get through BJJ ace Rafael Lovato Jr. The undefeated Lovato Jr. has experienced his own wave of success since signing with Bellator, including a submission victory over Mike “Biggie” Rhodes. These two middleweights will meet in the co-main event of Bellator 189: Budd vs. Blencowe 2 in an exciting battle between a two-time NCAA Division I Wrestling All-American at Edinboro University taking on a World Jiu-Jitsu and World No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu champion.

Updated Bellator 189: Budd vs. Blencowe 2 Fight Card:

  • Julia Budd (10-2) vs. Arlene Blencowe (10-6)
  • Chris Honeycutt (10-1) vs. Rafael Lovato Jr. (6-0)

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Dana White Denies Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz Trilogy in the Works

Conor McGregor has said he has plenty of options for his next mixed martial arts fight, but UFC president Dana White doesn’t seem to agree.

Following Tony Ferguson’s third-round submission win over Kevin Lee at UFC 216 to become interim lightweight champion, White says that a title unification bout is the only fight that makes sense for McGregor now.

White also shot down rumors that McGregor has been negotiating for a third fight against Nate Diaz, despite the Irishman specifically mentioning the fight in a recent QA in Scotland, while his coach John Kavanagh has stated numerous times that it is the match-up he wants to see happen.

Dana holds Nate and Conor back at weigh-inStill, White is steadfast in saying that McGregor vs. Diaz 3 is not happening, especially now that Ferguson is waiting in the wings with an interim title around his waist.

“Nobody’s talked about Diaz. Diaz has never been talked about. That’s internet (expletive),” White said at the UFC 216 post fight press conference. “Tony’s the interim champion, Conor’s the champion. It’s the fight that makes sense. It’s the fight that has to happen.”

White added that McGregor still wants to return before the end of the year, although the first ever simultaneous two-division champion in UFC history actually stated that he would fight before the close of 2017, so long as he didn’t have to deal with any of the typical promotional obligations that surround an event.

Either way, White seems adamant in booking McGregor against Ferguson when he’s ready to return, but only time will tell if that actually ends up being the fight that puts the biggest draw in the history of the sport back into the Octagon again.

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Tony Ferguson: Conor McGregor is Scared, but There’s Nowhere to Run

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Tony Ferguson captured the interim version of the lightweight title at UFC 216 on Saturday night in Las Vegas. He submitted Kevin Lee late in the third round of their headlining bout. 

Not only did Ferguson capture the interim belt, he notched his tenth consecutive victory inside the vaunted Octagon. 

Now that he has the belt and increased his overall record to 23-3, Ferguson believes he’s put UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor in check. 

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“You can’t run anymore, man. You’re in check,” Ferguson said at the UFC 216 post-fight press conference. “And I’m great at chess.”

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