Stephen Thompson ready to talk trash? 'People would just tell me to shut up'

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NEW YORK – Former UFC challenge Stephen Thompson is willing to fight his way to another title shot – because he knows he can’t talk his way into one.

“I am who I am,” Thompson said. “If I start talking trash now, then people would just tell me to shut up. ‘Stephen, we know that’s not you.’ You know what I mean?”

Thompson (14-2-1 MMA, 9-2-1 UFC) was discussing his options after a hard-fought but clear-cut unanimous-decision victory over fellow welterweight Jorge Masvidal (32-13 MMA, 9-6 UFC) on Saturday’s UFC 217 pay-per-view min card at Madison Square Garden in New York.

It was Thompson’s first fight since recovering from a knee injury following two fights (a majority draw and a majority-decision loss) to champ Tyron Woodley.

Now, Thompson, who entered UFC 217 in the No. 2 spot in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA welterweight rankings, is just looking for opponents who can help him prove to UFC matchmakers that he deserves a third shot at the belt.

“Of course, coming out here with a knockout would’ve been awesome,” he said backstage at UFC 217. “But it didn’t happen. I knew it was going to be tough.”

He thanks Masvidal both for a tough challenge and “Gamebread’s” ability to sell the fight. After all, trash-talk isn’t Thompson’s thing.

“If it wasn’t for him, we wouldn’t have this fight here, right now,” said Thompson, who credited Masvidal’s social-media callout for getting the fight booked.

As for what’s next, Thompson said he’ll happily fight the winner or the loser of UFC on FOX 26’s upcoming headliner between former champs Robbie Lawler (28-11 MMA, 13-5 UFC) and Rafael dos Anjos (27-9 MMA, 16-7 UFC). He also knows there’s a whole mess of up-and-coming 170-pounders – Mike Perry, Darren Till and Colby Covington, for example – who could present tough fights.

But right now, No. 3-ranked Lawler and No. 11 dos Anjos are his first choices.

“Like I said, man, my eyes are forward, and I’m not giving up that title,” Thompson said.

For more on UFC 217, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC on FOX 26 tickets on sale this week, and $316 Canadian gets you cageside

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The UFC returns to Winnipeg next month, and tickets for the event go on sale this week.

Featuring a welterweight title eliminator in the main event between former champion Robbie Lawler (28-11 MMA, 13-5 UFC) and ex-lightweight champ Rafael dos Anjos (27-9 MMA, 16-7 UFC), UFC on FOX 26 takes place Dec. 16 at MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The main card airs on FOX following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Tickets, in Canadian dollars, are priced at $316, $212.50, $179, $144.75, $111.75 and $77.50 and include fees. They go on sale to the general public at Ticketmaster.ca on Friday at 10 a.m. CT.

UFC newsletter subscribers have access to a special pre-sale beginning Thursday at 10 a.m. CT, while UFC Fight Club members can purchase tickets Wednesday 10 a.m. CT.

The co-main event is a featherweight rematch from a past title fight. Former featherweight champ Jose Aldo (26-3 MMA, 8-2 UFC) will take on former title challenger Ricardo Lamas (18-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC) in the co-feature.

In addition, UFC on FOX 26 features a pair of welterweight bouts between Mike Perry (11-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) and Santiago Ponzinibbio (25-3 MMA, 7-2 UFC) and Jordan Mein (29-12 MMA, 3-4 UFC) vs. Erick Silva (19-8 MMA, 7-7 UFC).

UFC on FOX 26 includes:

  • Robbie Lawler vs. Rafael dos Anjos
  • Jose Aldo vs. Ricardo Lamas
  • Mike Perry vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio
  • Jordan Mein vs. Erick Silva
  • Misha Cirkunov vs. Glover Teixeira
  • Jared Cannonier vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
  • Tim Elliott vs. Justin Scoggins
  • Galore Bofando vs. Chad Laprise
  • John Makdessi vs. Abel Trujillo
  • Sultan Aliev vs. Nordine Taleb
  • Oluwale Bamgbose vs. Alessio Di Chirico
  • Julian Marquez vs. Vitor Miranda

For more on UFC on FOX 26, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Dana White: Robbie Lawler-Rafael dos Anjos winner gets next shot at champ Tyron Woodley

TORONTO – UFC President Dana White today confirmed the recently announced UFC on FOX 26 main event between Robbie Lawler and Rafael dos Anjos is a title-eliminator in the welterweight division.

The UFC revealed this week that Lawler (28-11 MMA, 13-5 UFC) and dos Anjos (27-9 MMA, 16-7 UFC) will meet in the Dec. 16 headliner of UFC on FOX 26, which takes place MTS Center in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and airs on FOX following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass. It’s a high-profile matchup, and one that will determine who gets the next crack at reigning welterweight champion Tyron Woodley (18-3-1 MMA, 8-2-1 UFC).

White’s response was right to the point.

“Yup,” he told MMAjunkie at today’s UFC 217 news conference in Toronto when asked if the Lawler vs. dos Anjos winner is next in line for a title shot.

“Rafael dos Anjos just had a great win to get himself back into contention and a win over Robbie Lawler obviously would do it,” White later told Canada’s TSN.

Following the announcement of the fight, dos Anjos began to make a push for an interim title to be put on the line in his clash with Lawler. Woodley, who most recently defended his belt with a unanimous decision win over Demian Maia at UFC 214 in July, took exception to that request, noting that he’s been one of the most active champions in the sport over the past year.

Woodley, No. 1 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA welterweight rankings, is expected to be out until early 2018 while he recovers from a shoulder injury. That gives him the perfect amount of time to get healthy and see how the bout between No. 3-ranked Lawler and No. 12-ranked dos Anjos plays out.

For more on UFC on FOX 26, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Champ Tyron Woodley responds to Rafael dos Anjos' interim title plea for Robbie Lawler fight

Tyron Woodley is one of many who doesn’t believe the newly announced UFC on FOX 26 main event between Rafael dos Anjos and Robbie Lawler should have an interim welterweight championship up for grabs.

The UFC today announced dos Anjos (27-9 MMA, 16-7 UFC) and Lawler (28-11 MMA, 13-5 UFC) would meet in the headliner of UFC on FOX 26, which takes place Dec. 16 at MTS Center in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, and airs on FOX following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass. Given the divisional landscape, the matchup is likely a title-eliminator, but dos Anjos took things a step further by asking his social media followers if they agree an interim title should be on the line (via Twitter):

Given the replied to dos Anjos’ tweet, the nearly unanimous sentiment seems to be that an interim title is entirely unnecessary. Current champ Woodley (18-3-1 MMA, 8-2-1 UFC) just defended his title against Demian Maia at UFC 214 in July, and although he’s expected to be on the sidelines nursing a shoulder injury until 2018, an interim title seems unjust given Woodley’s level of activity over the past year.

That didn’t stop dos Anjos from further pushing the narrative with a lengthier explanation of why he thinks the fight should have the added stakes of an interim 170-pound belt (via Instagram):

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Two former Champions ranked #1 and #5 fighting while the current Champ needs months to recover from an injury…if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it MUST be a duck!!! This is an Interim Title Fight no matter what the headlines say!!! Let’s do this @ruthless_rl 👊🏼👊🏼

Woodley took exception to dos Anjos’ comments. The No. 1-ranked fighter in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA welterweight rankings reminded his potential future challenger that he’s defended his title three times since claiming the belt with a first-round knockout of Lawler at UFC 201 in July 2016 but welcomed dos Anjos to come after him should the Brazilian emerge victorious at UFC on FOX 26 (via Twitter):

For more on UFC on FOX 26, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Robbie Lawler vs. Rafael dos Anjos headlines UFC on FOX 26 in Winnipeg

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A meeting of ex-champs is now the headliner for UFC on FOX 26.

The promotion announced today that ex-welterweight champ Robbie Lawler (28-11 MMA, 13-5 UFC) will take on ex-lightweight champ Rafael dos Anjos (27-9 MMA, 16-7 UFC), who seeks to win a belt at 170 pounds after joining the division earlier this year.

UFC on FOX 26 takes place Dec. 16 at MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The event’s main card, including the Lawler vs. dos Anjos headliner, airs live on FOX following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Lawler recently got back in the win column after a high-profile setback, outpointing Donald Cerrone in July at UFC 214. It had been one year since “Ruthless” stepped into the octagon following a knockout loss to current champ Tyron Woodley at UFC 201.

Lawler is 9-2 since returning to the octagon after a tour of now-defunct promotions. After his recent win, he said he won’t stress about getting another title shot and will simply focus on being his best.

Rafael dos Anjos

Opposing him is longtime vet dos Anjos, who this past month picked up his second straight win since moving from lightweight to welterweight. The Brazilian ex-champ has called for big names since bulking up, and called out champ Woodley after submitting veteran Neil Magny this past month at UFC 215.

Dos Anjos promised to make his fight with Woodley (18-3-1 MMA, 8-2-1 UFC) an entertaining one by pushing the action. But he’ll have no trouble with that against Lawler, who’s known for his blood-soaked brawls in the octagon.

With the addition, UFC on FOX 26 now includes:

  • Robbie Lawler vs. Rafael dos Anjos
  • Misha Cirkunov vs. Glover Teixeira
  • Jared Cannonier vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
  • Oluwale Bamgbose vs. Alessio Di Chirico
  • Julian Marquez vs. Vitor Miranda
  • Tim Elliott vs. Justin Scoggins

For more on UFC on FOX 26, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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'Supervillain' Colby Covington respects Demian Maia – that's why he wants to finish him in Round 1

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In reality shows, there often is a contestant who makes it clear right away he’s not there to make friends. If the UFC was a reality show, Colby Covington probably would fill that role.

From his unapologetic “embarrassment tour” to his expert Twitter trolling jobs, amid shots fired toward anyone from welterweight champion Tyron Woodley to rapper Snoop Dogg, Covington has lived up to his “Chaos” nickname outside the octagon, too.

On Oct. 28, he gets to take the role to the next level by not only going up against one of MMA’s favorite nice guys in Demian Maia – but by doing so in front of Maia’s home fans in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Not surprisingly, Covington is not at all fazed by the setup.

“I am the supervillain and this is my division now,” Covington told MMAjunkie ahead of the UFC Fight Night 119 welterweight co-headliner, which airs on FS1 from Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo. “I own this division. I’m a heel – it’s OK. I expect the fans to hate me, anyway. I don’t care about the fans. This isn’t about the fans anymore. This is about me being the best fighter in the world – and that’s what I am.

“I’m the No. 1 fighter in the welterweight division right now. Tyron Woodley, he’s a fake paper champ. Demian Maia, he’s a thing of the past. I’m going to put him to rest and the Brazilian crowd is going to be silent.”

Maia (25-7 MMA, 19-7 UFC), fresh off his own failed welterweight title bid, may be the task at hand. But Covington (12-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) makes sure to mention champ Woodley’s (18-3-1 MMA, 8-2-1 UFC) name every chance he gets. The fact Covington currently is angling for a title shot is not exactly a secret – and he believes a win over Maia should make that the next move.

Covington also is aware, however, there are others trying to get the same thing. Ex-lightweight-champ Rafael dos Anjos, for instance, has been making his own case after kicking off his welterweight run with back-to-back wins over Tarec Saffiedine and Neil Magny.

Covington, who’d taken aim at dos Anjos (26-9 MMA, 15-7 UFC) in the past, is not in agreement.

“Oh, come on, let’s be honest: Who has ‘RDA’ fought?” Covington asked. “He just fought two bums at the end of their careers – the two biggest over-ranked fighters in the world. He’s been picking and choosing fights. The UFC knows who a real fighter is. I’m a real fighter. I’ve never turned down one fight. I’ve asked for the tough fights. I asked for Demian Maia.

“No one wants to fight Demian Maia. I asked to fight Demian Maia in his home city. Who wants to fight Demian Maia in his home city? No one. I’m the only one who accepted the challenge. ‘RD’A? He ducked me. We were supposed to fight two or three different times. He ducked me. He didn’t want to fight. That’s why he was put behind me on the Singapore card and I got a bigger fight against Dong Hyun Kim at the time.

“He beat Tarec Saffiedine. The guy is on his way out. He beat Magny. The guy is on his way out. Who has he beat that’s a top contender? After I put Demian Maia to rest, Tyron Woodley is next for me. ‘RDA’ is a thing of the past, as well.”

Currently ranked No. 9 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA welterweight rankings, Covington is not delusional in his title aspirations. Not only is he coming off four straight wins, but he’s looked increasingly impressive in getting them – which peaked with the utter domination of Kim at UFC Fight Night 111 in June.

It’s hard to predict what’s going to happen atop the UFC’s 170-pound class – especially when the champion has been clear about his desire to venture into other divisions. But a win over No. 5 Maia, who was on a seven-fight tear before his failed title bid against Woodley, would certainly make Covington’s case convincing.

Of course, that’s easier said than done. While many thought they had the key to countering Maia’s stifling grappling game, the Brazilian has proven that knowing what he’s going to do inside the octagon doesn’t necessarily mean being able to stop it from happening.

Covington, however, doesn’t seem all that worried.

“Demian Maia is a one-trick pony,” Covington said. “He’s the same fighter he’s been his whole career. He’s not just going to change his game plan. He’s not a tricky guy to prepare for with the skill set that I have. The guys that he fought in the past don’t have the skill set that I have.

“He’s only going to try and come out there, take me down, get to the back, submit me. That’s not going to happen. My wrestling is on a different level than anyone he’s ever fought. My striking – I’m more athletic. I’m way too handsome to lose to a guy like that.”

Other than his high-caliber wrestling – which Covington rates as varsity-level compared to Woodley’s “decent,” but JV one – he was also able to rely on the help of a friend who happens to have recently prepared for his own UFC Fight Night 111 encounter with Maia, a split-decision loss.

“He fought Jorge Masvidal, my best friend,” Covington said. “So I’ve gotten a lot of pointers, a lot of experience from what Demian is going to try to do in the octagon. He’s very strong in the first couple of minutes, I’ll give him that. But he will break down.

“He will not be able to match my heart. He will not be able to match my pace. And he will fade and he will quit.”

While Covington is not sparing Maia from his verbal attacks, it’s also clear the Brazilian grappler hasn’t really been hit with the same type of heavy artillery that has been fired at Woodley or even Dos Anjos. In fact, Maia has even been dubbed “an absolute legend” by Covington.

Covington says he usually likes it when an opponent engages and returns his pre-fight banter. With Maia, who’s not prone to trash talking, he hasn’t been getting that. But Covington doesn’t mind it. At the end of the day, he says, it’s all about respect.

And, for better or worse, he does have it for Maia.

“I do respect the guy,” Covington said. “That’s why I’m going to put him to sleep in the first round. It won’t be pretty. I know Halloween is coming up, so it’s going to be a nightmare in Sao Paulo for him.”

In case Covington’s plans weren’t clear enough before, he doesn’t mind summing them up in one, concise answer.

“I’m coming to take out Demian Maia in impressive fashion,” Covington said. “And Tyron Woodley is next. Mark my words, you heard it here first in this interview: I will be welterweight champion early beginning of next year.

“Tyron Woodley can’t top me and Demian Maia has no chance to stop me.”

For more on UFC Fight Night 119, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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MMAjunkie's 'Submission of the Month' for September: Another Von Flue for you

With another action-packed month of MMA in the books, MMAjunkie looks at the best submissions from September: Here are the five nominees, listed in chronological order, and winner of MMAjunkie’s “Submission of the Month” award for September.

At the bottom of the post, let us know if we got it right by voting for your choice.

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The Nominees

Michael Prazeres def. Mads Burnell at UFC Fight Night 115

Although the victory was marred by a failed trip to the scales, Michel Prazeres (23-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) did pick up a nice submission win over octagon newcomer Mads Burnell (8-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC).

In the final round of the welterweight bout, Prazeres muscled the fight to the floor and spun to position for a north-south choke. He locked it in to become the first fighter in UFC history to earn multiple wins with the technique.

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Sarah Moras def. Ashlee-Evans Smith at UFC 215

After more than two years away from the octagon, unheralded underdog Sarah Moras (5-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) shocked Ashlee Evans-Smith (5-3 MMA, 2-3 UFC) with a first-round submission in their women’s bantamweight bout.

Once Moras positioned herself for an armbar, she refused to let go of the limb. Evans-Smith tried desperately to work free, but Moras rolled and adjusted and stuck with the hold until she flipped her opponent to her back and cranked the arm to get the tap.

Ketlen Vieira def. Sara McMann at UFC 215

Undefeated Brazilian contender Ketlen Vieira (9-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) earned the biggest win of her career, scoring a gutsy submission win over former women’s bantamweight title challenger Sara McMann (11-4 MMA, 5-4 UFC).

After surviving a storm in the opening round, Vieira managed to get a takedown and top position on Olympic medalist McMann in the second frame. Vieira worked into an arm-triangle choke on the left side, squeezing and somehow earning the tap despite being unable to clear McMann’s half-guard.

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Rafael dos Anjos def. Neil Magny at UFC 215

Former UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos (27-9 MMA, 16-7 UFC) may soon find himself challenging for a welterweight belt following an impressive first-round finish of Neil Magny (19-6 MMA, 12-5 UFC).

Dos Anjos picked up his first submission win in more than five years when he established top position early in the first round and went to work. He sliced through Magny’s defense and locked in an arm-triangle choke. Magny initially relented, but eventually the squeeze from the Brazilian was too much, and he was forced to give up.

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Ovince Saint Preux def. Yushin Okami at UFC Fight Night 117

Ovince Saint Preux (21-10 MMA, 9-5 UFC) was successful in his fifth UFC main event when he defeated short-notice opponent Yushin Okami (34-11 MMA, 13-6 UFC) with his specialty submission in the opening round.

Saint Preux made the most of his advantages, using his size and strength to capitalize on an Okami mistake. He locked in a Von Flue choke to end the light heavyweight bout, finishing a fight in the octagon with the technique for the third time.

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The Winner: Ovince Saint Preux

Just call him “Ovince Saint Flue” at this point.

Saint Preux finished Okami with a Von Flue choke quickly in the first round of the UFC-Japan headliner. It was Saint Preux’s third Von Flue choke in the UFC and second straight – and there have been only five of those finishes in UFC history.

Okami shot for a takedown in the first few seconds, but Saint Preux stuffed it and got on top in half-guard. The fight was basically over as soon as Okami shot for that takedown.

Saint Preux wrapped Okami’s neck up and tried to step over to full mount. He couldn’t get there and settled back into half-guard to try to work ground-and-pound from up top. Saint Preux went to work for his Von Flue choke – and he got it. Okami never had an opportunity to tap. He was out cold.

Saint Preux said he’ll keep working to get back to a light heavyweight title shot, which he had in 2016 for the interim belt against Jon Jones.

“I pretty much knew the choke was there when he put his hand around my head and I basically trapped his glove,” Saint Preux said. “After that, it was just waiting for him to pass out.

“Pretty much, I have to keep on doing what I’m doing tonight and get ready for another fight (if I want another title shot).”

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UFC-Pittsburgh results: Kamaru Usman right hand proves problematic for Sergio Moraes

Kamaru Usman scored the biggest win of his burgeoning career, devastating Sergio Moraes with a crushing blow.

The welterweight matchup took place on the FS1-televised prelims of Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 116 from PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh.

Usman was on point from the start, wobbling Moraes with a low kick and then dropping him briefly with a right hand. Unsurprisingly, Usman refused to follow to the floor, and Moraes crawled back to his feet and looked to brawl. Haymakers followed, but Usman slipped well and scored a beautiful finish with a destructive straight right to the chin. Moraes crashed to the floor, and Usman landed one hammerfist to an already vanquished foe.

Usman (11-1 MMA, 6-0 UFC) now sports a 10-fight winning streak and is due for a big fight; “The Nigerian Nightmare” suggested former UFC lightweight champ and current welterweight contender Rafael dos Anjos (27-9 MMA, 16-7 UFC) as a possible opponent.

Moraes (12-3-1 MMA, 6-2-1 UFC) loses for the first time in eight appearances.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 116 results include:

For more on UFC Fight Fight 116, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Champ Tyron Woodley responds to Rafael dos Anjos' callout, has eye on Bisping-GSP winner

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Champion Tyron Woodley doesn’t appear to be all that interested in granting Rafael dos Anjos the next UFC welterweight title shot.

Dos Anjos (27-9 MMA, 16-7 UFC), who earned a first-round submission victory over Neil Magny (19-6 MMA, 12-5 UFC) in Saturday’s UFC 215 co-main event, called out Woodley (18-2-1 MMA, 8-2-1 UFC) following the event.

Woodley, who served an a in-studio analyst for FS1 during the event, replied immediately and dismissed dos Anjos as a threat to his reign.

“Well, I’ve got a Gucci belt you can have,” Woodley during UFC 215’s post-event show. “I’ve got a Louis Vuitton belt you can have, but the welterweight gold, the 14 pounds, brother – it’s going to be a long time before I give that up.”

Woodley didn’t explicitly say he wouldn’t fight dos Anjos, but he said the Brazilian needs to put in more work in the 170-pound division. Dos Anjos is a former UFC lightweight champion who moved up a division earlier this year, and he’s since gone 2-0. The win over Magny was particularly impressive, but was it enough to stake the next claim to a title shot?

Woodley doesn’t think so.

“I didn’t take (the callout) personally,” Woodley said. “All I’m saying is there are a lot of guys in my division. They always put them in front of me, and everyone thinks they have the solution to beat me. But I think I’m the most well-rounded fighter. I punch the hardest in the UFC of all the fighters. And he’s a great fighter. He’s a former world champion. I do think one or two more fights in the division, with a great performance like he had this evening, we will see him on the other side of the octagon. At that point, we’ll be ready to role.”

Dos Anjos said following UFC 215, which took place Saturday at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, that the fact he was already considered for a title bout with Woodley at UFC 214 in July should put him in line for a crack at the gold.

Woodley apparently has other plans in mind, though. With UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping (30-7 MMA, 20-7 UFC) by his side at the studio desk, “The Chosen One” hinted that he would like to move up to 185 pounds and fight the winner of November’s UFC 217 main event between Bisping and Georges St-Pierre (25-2 MMA, 19-2 UFC).

“I want to fight at middleweight,” Woodley said. “So, I’m thinking about taking a trip up to middleweight.”

For complete coverage of UFC 215, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Rafael dos Anjos wants title shot, promises not to let champ Tyron Woodley 'walk around'

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EDMONTON – Rafael dos Anjos wants the next title shot against UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley, and he believes his UFC 215 victory over Neil Magny may have solidified it for him.

Former UFC lightweight champ dos Anjos (27-9 MMA, 16-7 UFC) improved to 2-0 since he moved up to 170 pounds earlier this year, when he earned a first-round submission win over Neil Magny (19-6 MMA, 12-5 UFC) in Saturday’s UFC 215 co-main event, which took place at Rogers Center in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Dos Anjos was already on the cusp of a fight with Woodley (18-3-1 MMA, 8-2-1 UFC) at UFC 214 in July when he was pegged as an alternate if top contender Demian Maia would’ve been unable to fight at the event. Maia ended up taking the fight and lost an underwhelming unanimous decision to the champion. With no clear-cut No. 1 contender in the division, dos Anjos thinks he has a good chance of sliding into position as the next challenger.

“This division’s wide open; all the top-five, top-six guys in this division have lost to the champion or to the last challenger, which was Demian Maia,” dos Anjos said after UFC 215. “(Stephen) Thompson lost twice to Woodley already. I’m the new blood in this division. I was getting ready to fight Woodley if Maia didn’t take the fight, but he ended up taking the fight. But I was getting ready for it, so here I am.”

Dos Anjos, 32, plans to take some time off after competing twice in a three-month stretch, but he said that works perfectly since Woodley is nursing a shoulder injury coming out of the fight with Maia. UFC President Dana White said after UFC 214 that ex-champ Robbie Lawler could be next in line, but it was far from a definite.

Given his one-sided performance over Magny at UFC 215 and the fact Woodley already holds a first-round knockout of Lawler, dos Anjos thinks he’s the most probable candidate.

“I’m the former lightweight champion looking forward to being a two-division champion,” dos Anjos said. “I know Woodley has an injury, but I need some time off now. I fought three months ago in Singapore. I just fought now. I was preparing for Woodley, but Maia took the fight. I don’t want to lose what I was training already, so I called (UFC matchmaker Sean) Shelby and said, ‘Hey, I want to fight, if you have somebody.’ Then the opportunity with Neil Magny came up.

“We’ll see. My goal is to fight for the title.”

One thing dos Anjos said he has going for him is the challenge he brings Woodley. “The Chosen One” has received criticism for his past two title defenses, against Maia and Thompson, and dos Anjos promised there would be no complaints about a lack of action.

“One thing I can be sure, is we’re going to fight,” dos Anjos said. “I’m not going to let him walk around, and I’m going to make sure I push the pace. I’m not saying I will not use my strategy. Of course I will. But I will walk forward. I have confidence in me, in my cardio, and I’m going to make him work.”

For complete coverage of UFC 215, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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