Dana White says Ronda Rousey will combat Holly Holm next UFC president Dana White said on ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike Thursday that newly crowned women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm make her first title defence at a rematch against Ronda Rousey. “I think that if we did not create the rematch, me and Lorenzo [Fertitta] should probably lose our promoters’ license. That battle’s going to take place. I really don’t know when, but that’s the struggle that will occur.” White did not mention however when this struggle could take place. Together with Rousey’s outside commitments to movies it’s not completely clear when this possible rematch might be. Chris Wade replaces injured Beniel Dariush from Mairbek Taisumov at UFC Fight Night 81 UFC officials announced Beneil Dariush is injured and Chris Wade will be facing Maribek Taisumov. Wade (10-1) has gone 2-0 at the UFC with wins over Cain Carrizosa and Lipeng Zhang. Taisumov (24-5) is coming of a”Performance of the Night” functionality when he knocked out Alan Patrick at UFC Fight Night 69 in June. UFC Fight Night 81 occurs Sunday Jan. 17th. In TD Garden in Boston, MA. Jason Knight replaces Mirsad Bektic from Tatsuya Kawajiri at TUF 22 Finale Feb UFC.com former Titan FC featherweight Jason Knight has signed with the UFC and replaces the wounded Mirsad Bektic against Tatsuya Kawajiri. Knight (13-1) has won eight straight fights and is coming off a submission victory over Musa Khamanaev at Titan FC 35 in September. Kawajiri (34-8-2) as been around a 7-1 run since falling down to featherweight at 2011, with his only drawback coming to Clay Guida at UFC Fight Night 39 last year. The TUF 22 Finale Occurs at the Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan on Dec. 11 and Comes with a featherweight main affair between Frankie Edgar carrying on Chad Mendes. Pittsburgh’s Consol Energy Center plays host to UFC Fight Night 82 on Feb. 21 MMAjunkie is reporting that the city of Pittsburgh will play host to UFC Fight night 82 on Feb. 21st. No bouts have been formally added to the card however it will broadcast on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass, though there are nevertheless to be some bouts announced for the card. The UFC last went to Pittsburgh in June 2011 for UFC on VERSUS 4, which comprised one of the most memorable comeback victories in UFC history, even when Cheick Kongo pumped out Pat Barry. . Conor McGregor on a move to lightweight”It’s almost set in stone” At Wednesday’s UFC 194 media dinner, Conor McGregor said he’d love to move to lightweight after his unification bout with Jose Aldo at UFC 194. “I feel like it’s virtually set in stone — KO Jose and KO whomever holds that lightweight buckle. And within the next two fights, I will be a two-weight world champion once again. But this time within the UFC.” There has not been a champion in UFC history which has held titles in two weight classes at precisely the same moment. B.J. Penn held the lightweight and welterweight names at various occasions, as did Randy Couture together with all the light heavyweight and heavyweight belts. It needs to be noted McGregor held the featherweight and lightweight belts in Cage Warriors. Up first however is the above showdown with Jose Aldo which occurs in Las Vegas on Dec. 12th. Commentator Joe Rogan unsure of future with the UFC Joe Rogan revealed on a recent episode of his podcast”The Joe Rogan Expertise” his contract with the UFC is up in August and he’s not sure if he’ll re-sign. Transcribed from MMAJunkie’s Mike Bohn, Rogan said”It is possible [I'll re-sign]. I enjoy doing sh-t that disturbs me. I enjoy doing things — I like taking chances in that I like walking away from stuff. I enjoy doing this. I like experiencing new things. You open up new doors, your mind starts firing in a different way. I’m not a big fan of doing the exact same sh-t over and over and over again. Rogan has functioned to get the UFC in various roles dating back to 1997 but has his responsibilities reduced to functioning PPVs and FOX televised cards only.
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