Nate Diaz No Longer Jumping for Joy for Third Conor McGregor Fight

The big debate following Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor 2 was centered on if, when, and where a third fight would happen. Following some heavy squashing by UFC president Dana White, however, even Diaz appears to have given up on round three taking place anytime soon.

After Diaz beat McGregor when they first met at UFC 196 in March, McGregor’s fervor for a rematch couldn’t be squelched. In fact, the UFC tried to make the fight as the UFC 200 headliner, even without a title on the line. That blew apart when McGregor and the UFC butted heads over media obligations, but it gave the promotion another top draw pay-per-view when they eventually fought a second time at UFC 202.

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On the scorecard, McGregor won the rematch, but Diaz immediately rebuked the judges, saying he believed he won the fight, and declared that he wouldn’t be fighting again until the UFC made the trilogy fight.

Nate Diaz UFC 202 workout scrumHe seems to have softened his stance since fight night, although not by much. In an interview with Chael Sonnen, Diaz backed off the idea of a third bout happening in the immediate future, but still believes he won the rematch.

“I was pretty crazy about it for a couple of days, but it’s whatever to me. I won that fight and I’m not jumping for joy already for round three. I think I beat him twice, so it’s 2-0 as far as I’m concerned,” Diaz told Sonnen.

“(A trilogy fight) might get made down the road, I don’t know. I believe (McGregor’s camp) know too, because he’s got a smart coach on his hands. Him and his coach know what happened in the fight and they aren’t stupid, so I think they are going to do what they can to return to his division and get onto a new stage.”

We don’t know what’s next for Diaz, but we also don’t know what’s next for McGregor. While he isn’t going to press for a trilogy fight either, White has said numerous times that McGregor is at a crossroads. He either has to defend his UFC featherweight championship or give it up and move to another division.

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Brewer-Johnson collide Saturday in Erie, PA

Bizzarro Promotions steps back into the ring Saturday, September 3rd at the Presque Isle Downs & Casino in Erie, PA with a main event featuring Prenice “Greatness” Brewer (17-4-1, 6 KOs) against upset minded Justin “Baby Boy” Johnson (6-12-6) in a six-round welterweight contest. The co-main event is a six-round contest featuring Youngstown, Ohio super featherweight prospect Alejandro “Popo” Salinas (6-1, 6 KOs) against an opponent to be determined.

Brewer, the highly touted former amateur star and National Golden Gloves champion owns victories over several previously undefeated fighters including, Michael Jean Louis (9-0, 8 KOs) and Emmanuel Taylor (14-0, 10 KOs). At twenty-eight years old, Brewer knows his time is now to live up to his nickname of “Greatness” and make a run at his championship aspirations. He will have a difficult task on his hands when he enters the ring on Saturday night against twenty-four fight veteran Justin Johnson.

You can disregard his upside down record as Johnson has been a gatekeeper, testing some of the top undefeated prospects on the way up including Bryant Perella (7-0, 6 KOs), Christian Molina (4-0, 3 KOs) and Daniel Gonzalez (9-0-1, 3 KOs). Johnson is also no stranger to spoiling the dreams of rising stars as shown right in Erie, PA., owning draws with and Wilkins “The “Hispanic Hurricane” Santiago (12-1-2, 2 KOs) and James Robinson (3-4-3, 1KO) in his last two bouts.

The undercard will feature some of the rising prospects in the region, competing in scheduled four-round contests.

Undefeated welterweight Daywuan Roseberry of Cleveland, Ohio (2-0, 2 KOs) will battle it out with fellow Ohio native Terrell Houston (0-1).

Ohio light heavyweight knockout artist Roy Barringer (3-0, 3 KOs) will tangle with the Georgia’s Hakeem Atkinson (2-4, 1 KO).

If heavyweights are your bag of choice, then get ready to be entertained when Ontario, Canada’s Bradley Hamil makes his professional debut against Idris “Grumpy Bear” Wasi (1-0, 1 KO) of Sacramento, California.

Undefeated middleweights, Isaiah Steen (3-0, 3 KOs) and Fred Wilson Jr. (1-0, 1 KO) will be fighting in separate four-round contests against opponents to be announced.

Opening the show, will be the professional debut of Robert James Thomas from Ontario, Canada who will duke it out with Antwaun Taylor (1-3) of Cincinnati, OH, the son of former WBA world champion Tony Tubbs.

Doors open at 5:30p and the first bout is scheduled for 6p. Tickets are $75 VIP Ringside, $500 VIP tables of ten and $30 General Admission. Tickets are on sale at TicketWeb.com or at the Presque Isle Downs Casino Gift Shop or by calling 814-881-3750.

Bizzarro Promotions has become a staple for professional boxing in the Erie area with five cards in just over a year. Crowds have flocked to the shows, knowing that they can expect great fights at world class venues at affordable prices.

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Brewer-Johnson collide Saturday in Erie, PA

Bizzarro Promotions steps back into the ring Saturday, September 3rd at the Presque Isle Downs & Casino in Erie, PA with a main event featuring Prenice “Greatness” Brewer (17-4-1, 6 KOs) against upset minded Justin “Baby Boy” Johnson (6-12-6) in a six-round welterweight contest. The co-main event is a six-round contest featuring Youngstown, Ohio super featherweight prospect Alejandro “Popo” Salinas (6-1, 6 KOs) against an opponent to be determined.

Brewer, the highly touted former amateur star and National Golden Gloves champion owns victories over several previously undefeated fighters including, Michael Jean Louis (9-0, 8 KOs) and Emmanuel Taylor (14-0, 10 KOs). At twenty-eight years old, Brewer knows his time is now to live up to his nickname of “Greatness” and make a run at his championship aspirations. He will have a difficult task on his hands when he enters the ring on Saturday night against twenty-four fight veteran Justin Johnson.

You can disregard his upside down record as Johnson has been a gatekeeper, testing some of the top undefeated prospects on the way up including Bryant Perella (7-0, 6 KOs), Christian Molina (4-0, 3 KOs) and Daniel Gonzalez (9-0-1, 3 KOs). Johnson is also no stranger to spoiling the dreams of rising stars as shown right in Erie, PA., owning draws with and Wilkins “The “Hispanic Hurricane” Santiago (12-1-2, 2 KOs) and James Robinson (3-4-3, 1KO) in his last two bouts.

The undercard will feature some of the rising prospects in the region, competing in scheduled four-round contests.

Undefeated welterweight Daywuan Roseberry of Cleveland, Ohio (2-0, 2 KOs) will battle it out with fellow Ohio native Terrell Houston (0-1).

Ohio light heavyweight knockout artist Roy Barringer (3-0, 3 KOs) will tangle with the Georgia’s Hakeem Atkinson (2-4, 1 KO).

If heavyweights are your bag of choice, then get ready to be entertained when Ontario, Canada’s Bradley Hamil makes his professional debut against Idris “Grumpy Bear” Wasi (1-0, 1 KO) of Sacramento, California.

Undefeated middleweights, Isaiah Steen (3-0, 3 KOs) and Fred Wilson Jr. (1-0, 1 KO) will be fighting in separate four-round contests against opponents to be announced.

Opening the show, will be the professional debut of Robert James Thomas from Ontario, Canada who will duke it out with Antwaun Taylor (1-3) of Cincinnati, OH, the son of former WBA world champion Tony Tubbs.

Doors open at 5:30p and the first bout is scheduled for 6p. Tickets are $75 VIP Ringside, $500 VIP tables of ten and $30 General Admission. Tickets are on sale at TicketWeb.com or at the Presque Isle Downs Casino Gift Shop or by calling 814-881-3750.

Bizzarro Promotions has become a staple for professional boxing in the Erie area with five cards in just over a year. Crowds have flocked to the shows, knowing that they can expect great fights at world class venues at affordable prices.

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The Evolution of Punk, Ep 3: Hurt (CM Punk Video)

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After months of rehabbing a shoulder injury, CM Punk is eager to get back in the gym. Once he’s finally cleared to train again, Punk makes positive strides and learns the name of his first opponent in the UFC. He also takes a fan comic book shopping and celebrates Christmas with his wife.

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The Evolution of Punk, Ep 3: Hurt (CM Punk Video)

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After months of rehabbing a shoulder injury, CM Punk is eager to get back in the gym. Once he’s finally cleared to train again, Punk makes positive strides and learns the name of his first opponent in the UFC. He also takes a fan comic book shopping and celebrates Christmas with his wife.

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Knockout Radio LIVE: Eddie Gordon, TUF 24’s Matt Schnell, and UFC Hamburg Preview

Tune in Wednesday, Aug. 31, at 6 pm ET, for Knockout Radio LIVE! Randy Harris and the crew talk with Eddie Gordon and Matt Schnell, preview UFC Fight Night 93, and recap UFC on FOX 21.

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More on Povetkin-Stiverne and Don King

The top two ranked heavyweights by the World Boxing Council (WBC), #1 Alexander Povetkin and #2 Bermane Stiverne, have recently been ordered to fight for the interim WBC heavyweight title. The winner will become the interim champion and will defend the title until champion Deontay Wilder, is ready to come back from the injuries sustained in July.

“I would like to thank Don King and the honorable Mauricio Sulaiman of the WBC for giving me this opportunity to fight for the heavyweight title once again,” said Stiverne. “For the betterment of boxing in general, and the heavyweight division in particular, I plan to knock Povetkin out and bring this title to America. Then I will get my revenge against Wilder, when he is ready.”

Promoter Don King has been fielding calls from interested parties from all over the world that want to host this World Heavyweight Championship fight that will take place by the end of 2016.

Don King lists the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Philippines, the two locations of the most famous Muhammad Ali fights, at the top of the list of possible sites. Kuala Lumpur is also among international possibilities and, of course, United States boxing hotbeds New York and Las Vegas are sure to be in the mix as well.

“This sparked the idea to do something fantastic by memorializing ‘The Greatest of All Time’ Muhammad Ali, to the benefit of the people.,” said King “So, reflecting on my memories and my historical association with The Greatest…Ali, we, his spirit and I, seized upon the idea to create A Salute to Greatness Championship Series by celebrating and paying homage to great boxing champions of the world and paying tribute to great champions of humanity and peace for the world in the spirit of Muhammad Ali, Nelson Mandela, George W. Bush, Shimon Perez, Uri Savir, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., Larry Holmes, Mike Tyson, Anwar Sadat, Jimmy Carter, Jose Sulaiman (WBC) and Hugo Chavez. We will spotlight countries that four decades ago held the most memorable heavyweight fights in history. We will visit new countries that maybe be able to have that same impact on, to gain international fame and acclaim, catapulting the name of their country to the forefront of world recognition.”

“We want to bring the world together,” King concluded. “I have been taking calls, for weeks, from interested parties and we will consider all options. We want to reverse the effects that war, hatred, bombs and bullets have had …and with love, respect, harmony and togetherness we can make a better world.”

“I want to thank the WBC and its President Mauricio Sulaiman for this,” said King.

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Mexico vs. Puerto Rico at LA Fight Club

Golden Boy Promotions will be celebrating its one year partnership with Estrellla TV’s Boxeo Estelar on Friday’s installment of LA Fight Club from the historic Belasco Theater in Downtown Los Angeles featuring a Mexico vs. Puerto Rico fight between middleweight contenders Antonio “La Joya” Gutierrez (20-2-1, 9 KOs) of Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico and Manati, Puerto Rico’s Jorge Melendez (28-6-1, 26 KOs).

So far, the shining highlight of the Estrella TV series was the ten round war between Jesus Soto “Reunente” Karass and Yoshihiro “El Maestrito” Kamegai on April 15 that ended in a draw. That fight was so good, the rematch will be on HBO September 10.

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Kelvin Gastelum Faces Jorge Masvidal at the TUF: Latin America 3 Finale

Fifth-ranked 170-pound contender Kelvin Gastelum faces battle-tested veteran Jorge Masvidal at The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 3 Finale in Mexico City on November 5. UFC officials announced the bout on Wednesday.

Gastelum (12-2), the winner of The Ultimate Fighter 17, is coming off a decision win over former champion Johny Hendricks at UFC 200. A win over Masvidal would move him a step closer to the top of the welterweight division.

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Jorge-Masvidal-UFC-on-FOX-12-Post-Press-21-750Masvidal (30-11) returned to the 170-pound division in July 2015 with mixed results. He’s coming off a win over Ross Pearson at UFC 201 on July 30, but entered the fight on a two-fight losing streak. “Gamebred” is no easy out for anyone, though. His last three losses have been by split decision.

The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 3 Finale takes place on November 5 at the Arena Ciudad de México in Mexico City. The fight card is headlined by a lightweight bout between former champion Rafael dos Anjos and Tony Ferguson. The winner of TUF Latin America 3 will also be crowned that night.

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Kelvin Gastelum Faces Jorge Masvidal at the TUF: Latin America 3 Finale

Fifth-ranked 170-pound contender Kelvin Gastelum faces battle-tested veteran Jorge Masvidal at The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 3 Finale in Mexico City on November 5. UFC officials announced the bout on Wednesday.

Gastelum (12-2), the winner of The Ultimate Fighter 17, is coming off a decision win over former champion Johny Hendricks at UFC 200. A win over Masvidal would move him a step closer to the top of the welterweight division.

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Jorge-Masvidal-UFC-on-FOX-12-Post-Press-21-750Masvidal (30-11) returned to the 170-pound division in July 2015 with mixed results. He’s coming off a win over Ross Pearson at UFC 201 on July 30, but entered the fight on a two-fight losing streak. “Gamebred” is no easy out for anyone, though. His last three losses have been by split decision.

The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 3 Finale takes place on November 5 at the Arena Ciudad de México in Mexico City. The fight card is headlined by a lightweight bout between former champion Rafael dos Anjos and Tony Ferguson. The winner of TUF Latin America 3 will also be crowned that night.

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