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Ex-UFC champ T.J. Dillashaw talks about why drama always seems to find him

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Former UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw isn’t quite sure why drama seems to follow him everywhere.

From his public fallout and feud with Team Alpha Male, to his failed attempt to get a flyweight title shot, to would-be contenders taking verbal jabs, there’s always something to talk about.

“I don’t know – maybe it’s just me getting out there and being around everyone,” Dillashaw told MMAjunkie Radio. “Jimmie Rivera’s talking about sparring footage we had back in the day, and the past with me and Alpha Male, there’s going to be stuff there.

“It almost sounds like jealousy, really. It’s gotten kind of childish and really embarrassing with how obsessed Alpha Male has gotten with my career.”

Things are unlikely to settle down now that Dillashaw (14-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC) is officially rebooked to fight champ Cody Garbrandt (11-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) at UFC 217, a do-over after Garbrandt withdrew from their highly anticipated grudge match at UFC 213.

Garbrandt and Dillashaw served as opposing coaches on “The Ultimate Fighter 25” and repeatedly clashed on the set, with Garbrandt once physically assaulting his ex-training partner.

When Dillashaw met with a few ex-teammates after the show to hash things out, Garbrandt wasn’t in attendance.

“I think it’s just all circumstances and the position I’m in,” Dillashaw said. “I’m on top, and I’m looking to get my belt back. People, I think, are just a little bit jealous of the lifestyle and what I’m trying to accomplish.”

UFC 217 takes place Nov. 4 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The event’s main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Dillashaw lost the title at the start of 2016 with a split-decision loss to Dominick Cruz. He’s since beaten top contenders Raphael Assuncao and John Lineker to put himself back in title contention. It’s been a rocky road to get a second shot at the belt. Garbrandt’s injury prompted him to volunteer for a fight with flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson, only to be rebuffed when Johnson declined the offer.

If Dillashaw is able to take the title from Garbrandt, it would be the validation of nearly two years of work toward a comeback. Then he could look forward to the real drama of keeping the belt.

For more on UFC 217, check out the UFC Rumors section of MMAjunkie.

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Wish granted: Jorge Masvidal, Stephen Thompson meet at UFC 217 in NYC

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They both wanted it, and now top welterweight contenders Jorge Masvidal and Stephen Thompson have got their wish for a showdown at UFC 217 in November.

Masvidal (32-12 MMA, 9-5 UFC) today announced that he and Thompson (13-2-1 MMA, 8-2-1 UFC) will meet at the event, and multiple sources have since confirmed the contest with both MMA Fighting and ESPN.

UFC 217 takes place Nov. 4 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.

Masvidal, No. 9 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA welterweight rankings, is coming off a disappointing defeat to Demian Maia in a No. 1 contender fight at UFC 211 in May. The split-decision loss snapped a three-fight winning streak for “Gamebred,” who is 4-3 since he moved up to the welterweight division in July 2015.

No. 2-ranked Thompson, meanwhile, return to the scene of where he two-fight championship series with current divisional kingpin Tyron Woodley began. After putting together a seven-fight winning streak, “Wonderboy” fought to a majority draw with Woodley at UFC 205 in November. The pair had a rematch four months later at UFC 209 in March, but Thompson again fell short of the gold when he dropped a majority decision.

The latest UFC 217 lineup now includes:

  • Champ Michael Bisping vs. Georges St-Pierre – for middleweight title
  • Champ Cody Garbrandt vs. T.J. Dillashaw – for bantamweight title
  • Paulo Borrachinha vs. Johny Hendricks
  • Curtis Blaydes vs. Aleksei Oleinik
  • Corey Anderson vs. Patrick Cummins
  • Gadzhimurad Antigulov vs. Ion Cutelaba
  • Ricardo Ramos vs. Aiemann Zahabi
  • Jorge Masvidal vs. Stephen Thompson

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

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Jorge Masvidal, Muhammed Lawal and Cheyanne Vlismas

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Jorge Masvidal, Muhammed Lawal and Cheyanne Vlismas.

Masvidal hopes to fight Stephen Thompson at UFC 217. Lawal fights Liam McGeary on Oct. 20 at Bellator 185. Standout amateur fighter Vlismas discusses potential career options.

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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2511 with Paulie Malignaggi, T.J. Dillashaw, Jhenny Andrade, Ana Julaton, Angelo Reyes

Stream or download Monday’s episode of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Paulie Malignaggi, T.J. Dillashaw, Jhenny Andrade, Ana Julaton and Angelo Reyes.

Malignaggi addressed the leaked videos of him sparring Conor McGregor. Dillashaw discussed impending fatherhood and the likelihood he will fight UFC champ Cody Garbrandt at UFC 217. Andrade spoke about her 2016 World MMA Awards Ring Card Girl of the Year award. Julaton discussed her tryout for The Ultimate Fighter 26 and contract talks with Bellator.

MMAjunkie Radio airs from 1 to 3 p.m. ET (10 a.m. to noon PT), live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. You can watch and listen live on MMAjunkie’s Facebook and YouTube pages. Additionally, SiriusXM Rush (Ch. 93) carries a replay later in the day (8-10 p.m. ET) and the following morning (7-9 a.m. ET), or catch a replay on demand.

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T.J. Dillashaw: 'Fingers crossed nothing happens' to stop UFC 217 title fight vs. Cody Garbrandt

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UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt made headlines last week when he tweeted he would be fighting T.J. Dillashaw at UFC 217.

For his part, Dillashaw today told MMAjunkie there still is no bout agreement but is hopeful “that’s what’s going to be going down” Nov. 4 at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

“Fingers crossed nothing happens,” Dillashaw said. “I’m ready tomorrow, man. I’ve been staying in the gym. That’s what I love to do. I feel lazy when I’m not in the gym. So, yeah, I’m ready to go at 217. And just the fact to be able to fight in Madison Square Garden seems like a huge event.”

It’s shaping up that way with the scheduled return of Georges St-Pierre, who will come out of retirement to fight Michael Bisping for the middleweight championship. A bout between Dillashaw (14-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC) and Garbrandt (11-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) would add a second title fight to the card.

Garbrandt and Dillashaw have a tenuous history after being teammates for several years at Team Alpha Male in Sacramento, Calif. Dillashaw unceremoniously left the gym to train with striking coach Duane Ludwig in Colorado, and the disdain with former teammates has grown thicker ever since.

The feud grew deeper when the pair served as opposing coaches on Season 25 of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality series earlier this year, won by Team Dillashaw’s Jesse Taylor.

Garbrandt was forced to withdraw from their planned UFC 213 bout in July due to a back injury. That caused Dillashaw to seek a shot at Demetrious Johnson’s flyweight title as a backup plan, a fight that UFC President Dana White was on board with booking.

Johnson, who will be going for a record 11th straight UFC title defense, hated the idea, citing the fact that Dillshaw never has competed at 125 pounds. Instead, Johnson will face Ray Borg at next month’s UFC 215.

How things unfolded is just as well with Dillashaw. He’s wanted a shot at Garbrandt all along.

“This is the fight I ultimately wanted,” Dillashaw said. “That was kind of like going for a consolation prize. If I couldn’t get my belt at (135), I want a belt. And I felt like it was a big, hyped-up fight I could’ve pushed with Demetrious. Unfortunately he did not want that. Unfortunately he’s too cerebral of a fighter.

“He knows that’s not a good fight for him and wouldn’t accept it. He’s real worried about this record he needs to break. Go ahead and let him do that, I guess.”

To hear more from Dillashaw, check out the video above.

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

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UFC globetrotter Paul Felder wants U.S. fight (and Kevin Lee or Al Iaquinta would do fine)

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UFC lightweight Paul Felder’s most recent octagon outings involved trips to Brazil, Canada and Scotland. They also involved, respectively, meeting a Brazilian, a Canadian and a Scotsman.

With that in mind, one can see where Felder (14-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC)  is coming from with this simple request for his next fight.

“I would like to fight in the United States, and there are quite a few cards coming up,” Felder told MMAjunkie Radio. “These Japan cards and all – they’re a little soon. As cool as that would be – I’d go there as a guest fighter. But right now I want to fight on my own country.”

In fairness, Felder should have a few goodwill chips stored with the promotion at this point. Not only is he coming off big back-to-back wins – both involving first-round elbow brutality – but he’s also proven to be valuable outside of the cage, with his current role as an analyst for Dana White’s Contender Series.

Fresh off his “Performance of the Night” knockout of Stevie Ray at last month’s UFC Fight Night 113 event, Felder said he’s healthy and somewhat ready to go. The only thing, he says, is the weight – which the lightweight estimates currently sits at around 190 pounds.

With that in mind, he’s eyeing a return between October and December – though, in his typical company man fashion, he could find a way to be ready before should an opportunity arise. And he’s not even making too many demands when it comes to that.

“I’d love a top-15 guy, but I’m not pushing that so much as I just want another exciting fight and another win,” Felder said. “I’m nearing the end of this contract, so a good win puts me in good standing with the UFC to get another big contract coming out and keep going.”

As far as those possible opponents go, Felder is not going around issuing callouts. Mostly, he’s interested in fighters who, like him, have a penchant for exciting striking battles. While he would love to acquiesce to some fan requests, like a meeting with lightweight contender Kevin Lee, he’s also realistic.

“Knowing rankings – I’m not even in the top 15 yet to be getting a shot with a guy like Lee would be – I’d take it, but it would be crazy,” Felder said.

He does have one stylistic dream fight, though. And, should it somehow materialize at UFC 217, set for Nov. 4 in New York City, “The Irish Dragon” probably wouldn’t be mad.

“That fight alone is a fight that I would love to have, with (Al Iaquinta),” Felder said. “Most of the time, any time I’m matched up people are like, ‘This going to be fight of the night.’

“Can you imagine if me and him got matched up at Madison Square Garden? Listen up, UFC. Let’s do it.”

Another scenario that Felder is very comfortable with is UFC 218, which takes place Dec. 2 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. That would fit well within his desire to get a fight near his Philadelphia home grounds.

But ultimately, when it comes to Felder, it seems like there’s very little that can’t be negotiated.

“If they gave me like a co-main event, main event overseas, I’m all about it,” Felder said. “I want to be kind of putting my name out there and taking these big spots. I’ll take a main event. I’d love a five-round fight with somebody. I don’t care if it’s literally in their kitchen. I’ll take it. I want to fight five rounds for the UFC before I retire.”

To hear more from Felder, check out the video above.

And for more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with T.J. Dillashaw, Jorge Masvidal, Jhenny Andrade, Ana Julaton, Angelo Reyes

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests T.J. Dillashaw, Jorge Masvidal, Jhenny Andrade, Ana Julaton and Angelo Reyes.

Ex-champ Dillashaw is expected to fight current bantamweight titleholder Cody Garbrandt later this year. Masvidal wants to meet Stephen Thompson at UFC 217. Andrade is a ring UFC octagon girl, and she’s in studio with ONE Championship vet Ana Julaton and boxing coach Angelo Reyes.

MMAjunkie Radio airs from 1 to 3 p.m. ET (10 a.m. to noon PT), live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. You can watch and listen live on MMAjunkie’s Facebook and YouTube pages. Additionally, SiriusXM Rush (Ch. 93) carries a replay later in the day (8-10 p.m. ET) and the following morning (7-9 a.m. ET), or catch a replay on demand.

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Ion Cutelaba says he's fighting Gadzhimurad Antigulov at UFC 217 in NYC

A light heavyweight bout between is apparently the latest addition to November’s UFC 217 lineup. Ion Cutelaba has announced a matchup with Gadzhimurad Antigulov.

UFC officials has not formally announced the bout, but Cutelaba (13-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) revealedon social media that he’s fighting Antigulov (20-4 MMA, 2-0 UFC) later this year.

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UFC 217 takes place Nov. 4 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.

Cutelaba has had an up-and-down run since joining the UFC in June 2016. He’s alternated wins and losses over his four-fight tenure but is coming off a 22-second knockout victory over Henrique da Silva at UFC Fight Night 110 in June.

Antigulov, meanwhile, has had a hot start to his UFC tenure, winning consecutive fights by first-round submission. He made his debut with a 67-second win over Marcos Rogerio de Lima in November and then proceeded to submit Joachim Christensen in just over two minutes at UFC 211 in May. The Russian has won 14 consecutive fights dating back to April 2013.

The latest UFC 217 card now includes:

  • Champ Michael Bisping vs. Georges St-Pierre – for middleweight title
  • Champ Cody Garbrandt vs. T.J. Dillashaw – for bantamweight title
  • Paulo Borrachinha vs. Johny Hendricks
  • Gadzhimurad Antigulov vs. Ion Cutelaba

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

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Fast-rising bantamweight Marlon Vera eyes New York to fight alongside 'idol' Georges St-Pierre

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Ecuador’s Marlon Vera is the type of fighter who insists he’ll face anyone willing to sign the dotted line. But if he can offer the UFC a little advice on when and where he’d like to compete, “Chito” says UFC 217 in New York sounds just about right.

“I would love to fight in Vegas in a big show someday,” Vera told MMAjunkie. “That’s like the capital. That’s one of my goals – a big fight in Vegas. But also, I saw (Georges St-Pierre) is fighting Nov. 4 in Madison Square Garden. That’s the guy, that’s the reason I’m fighting today.

“That my biggest idol in life, my role model. He’s a guy that doesn’t talk too much, fights well, always looking good, never letting people talk about him doing dumb things. … He’s just a role model for me. It would be a huge dream for me, fighting on the same card.”

While it’s not official just yet, St-Pierre is expected to make his long-awaited comeback at UFC 217, which takes place Nov. 4 at Madison Square Garden. There, the former UFC welterweight champ is expected to face current middleweight title holder Michael Bisping for the 185-pound belt.

Vera said he’d be honored to compete at the event, where he would be looking to extend a current three-fight winning streak.

“I just want to keep this momentum going,” Vera said. “I want to keep active. I’m not the type of person that I’m thinking about who I beat before; that’s already gone for me. It’s everything from today to let’s see what happens tomorrow. I want to see who’s next, and I would love to fight one more time this year – even two more times. (Expletive), I’m down.”

Of course, Vera has proven thus far in his UFC career that he’s always willing to step in when asked, so don’t be surprised if you see him before UFC 217.

“You never know – this sport is crazy,” Vera said. “Sometimes, somebody gets injured, and everybody says, ‘Oh, I’m not ready. I’m not ready.’ For me, it’s different. If I’m in the gym, I’m ready.

“At the end of the day, it’s a fist fight. One punch can change everything.”

To hear more from Vera, check out the video above.

And for the latest on UFC 217, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Georges St-Pierre officially signs agreement to fight Michael Bisping at UFC 217

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Michael Bisping said it was official, and now Georges St-Pierre has signed his bout agreement for the planned UFC 217 middleweight title fight.

After months bouncing from on-again, off-again status, the matchup between 185-pound champ Bisping (30-7 MMA, 20-7 UFC) and former welterweight titleholder St-Pierre (25-2 MMA, 19-2 UFC) is moving forward for UFC 217, which takes place Nov. 4 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Bisping let the cat out of the bag last week with regard to the date and location of the fight. Now St-Pierre has revealed that he’s put pen to paper on his official bout agreement (via Instagram):

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St-Pierre vs. Bisping originally was announced in March, but without a date attached. As time wore on the contest appeared to fall apart, with UFC President Dana White claiming “The Count” would fight interim middleweight champ Robert Whittaker next and St-Pierre would get current 170-pound king Tyron Woodley.

When Woodley put on a successful title defense against Demian Maia at UFC 214 this past month that didn’t meet White’s standards, White reverted back to the initial plan, which St-Pierre and Bisping said they wanted all along.

With two title fights on tap so far, the latest UFC 217 lineup includes:

  • Champ Michael Bisping vs. Georges St-Pierre – for middleweight title
  • Champ Cody Garbrandt vs. T.J. Dillashaw – for bantamweight title
  • Paulo Borrachinha vs. Johny Hendricks

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

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