Dana White says he’s looking at ‘another fight’ for Conor McGregor instead of Nate Diaz UFC president Dana White joined ESPN’s SportsCenter Thursday and mentioned that featherweight champion Conor McGregor may not face Nate Diaz in his next fight. But he did open it up as a possibility in an interview later with FS1’s “The Herd” “It’s just been tough. It’s been a tough go-through, so we’re looking at another fight for Conor right now and we’ll see how this thing comes together. But Conor is just so obsessed with Diaz at 170, it’s been crazy. The reality is that since that Conor McGregor fight — obviously when you win a fight of that magnitude, it has definitely rubbed off on Nate. People do want to see Nate fight. People do want to see this fight again, and I’m one of those guys who, I want to make the fight that people want to see, and I believe people do want to see this fight. But, people do want to see Conor McGregor vs. Frankie Edgar or Jose Aldo again too. I’m sure they would want to see him fight Rafael dos Anjos at 155 for that title, so there’s a lot of fights out there for Conor, if we can’t get this Nate fight done.” Dana White says Ronda Rousey underwent knee surgery, aims for late 2016/early 2017 return.  Also on Sportscenter Thursday, White mentioned that Ronda Rousey underwent knee surgery and isn’t expected back until later this year or early next year. “Ronda Rousey, I don’t know. I’m hoping we’re going to get Ronda back this year. She actually just had surgery yesterday on her knee. Nothing serious, just get in there, scope it and clean it out a little bit. She feels great. Her spirits are great. She’s been training. If she fights, I’m hoping she fights in December. If not, then he would probably fight at the New Years show at the beginning of the year. Injuries happen in this sport and a fight is made. Somebody falls out and somebody else slides in,” he explained. “I’m not even saying Holly Holm couldn’t be the champion by the time Ronda comes back. So, whoever holds that belt when Ronda’s ready.”   Kevin Lee replaces Stevie Ray against Jake Matthews at TUF 23 Finale UFC officials confirmed Thursday night that an injury has forced Stevie Ray out of his bout with Jake Matthews and will be replaced by Kevin Lee.   Lee (12-2) is coming off a unanimous decision win over “TUF” winner Efrain Escudero at UFC 197 back in April. He’s won five of his last six bouts. Matthews (10-1) is coming off back to back wins over  Akbarh Arreola and Johnny Case. The TUF 23 Finale takes place July 8, the eve of UFC 200, at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Here’s an updated look at the card. Joanna Jedrzejczyk (c) vs. Claudia Gadelha – for strawweight title TBA vs. TBA TBA vs. TBA James Krause vs. Ross Pearson Doo Ho Choi vs. Thiago Tavares Andrew Holbrook vs. Joaquim Silva Fernando Bruno vs. Gray Maynard Cezar Ferreira vs. Anthony Smith Kevin Lee vs. Jake Matthews Li Jingliang vs. Anton Zafir John Moraga vs. Matheus Nicholau   UFC Fight Night 88 medical suspensions

  • Thomas Almeida: suspended for 60 days with no contact during training for 45 days for precautionary reasons
  • Renan Barao: suspended for 30 days with no contact for 21 days due to a scalp laceration
  • Tarec Saffiedine: suspended for 30 days with no contact for 15 days due to lacerations on left eyebrow and left knee
  • Chris Camozzi: suspended for 30 days with no contact for 21 days due to possible injuries to his left foot and right shoulder
  • Vitor Miranda: suspended for 60 days with no contact during training for 45 days due to a laceration on a left eyebrow
  • Josh Burkman: suspended 180 days unless an ENT doctor clears him early from a possible broken nose; regardless, suspended for 30 days with no contact for 21 days for precautionary reasons
  • Jordan Rinaldi: suspended for 30 days with no contact for 21 days due to a left-cheek laceration
  • Jake Collier: suspended 180 days unless an ENT doctor clears him early from a possible broken nose; regardless, suspended for 30 days with no contact for 21 days for precautionary reasons
  • Bryan Caraway: suspended 180 days unless an orthopedic doctor clears him early from a possible left-shoulder and back injuries; regardless, suspended for 30 days with no contact for 21 days for precautionary reasons
  • Chris de la Rocha: suspended 180 days unless an ENT doctor clears him early from a possible nasal fracture; regardless, suspended for 30 days with no contact for 21 days for precautionary reasons
  • Adam Milstead: suspended for 30 days with no contact for 21 days due to right-hand pain

 


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