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Morning Report: Dana White says Anderson Silva and Conor McGregor could each get title shots by winning their next fight

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Cynthia Vance, MMA Fighting

"These fights lead to bigger fights."

After an injury-laden 2014 campaign, that message seemed to be UFC president Dana White's promise to fans for next year's schedule.

Speaking Monday at the promotion's 'The Time is Now' press conference featuring some of the company's biggest stars, White explained how much of 2015's matchmaking would be in the hands of the fighters.

"The [Dan] Cormier-[Jon] Jones fight is a fight people have been talking about for a long time," White told FOX Sports. "At the same time, Anthony Johnson and [Alexander] Gustafsson will fight and both the winners of those fights will match up later on this year."

Not something we hadn't already heard, but White alluded that the same guidelines could apply to a few other notable names.

"Every one of these fights leads to a bigger fight," White repeated. "Anderson Silva is fighting Nick Diaz, then [middleweight champion] Chris Weidman and Vitor Belfort will fight. Anderson Silva could fight the winner of that fight."

Silva has gone 0-2 against Weidman, first in the loss of his title at UFC 162 and again at UFC 168 when he suffered a gruesome broken leg that would requite surgery.

Weidman most recently prevailed over Lyoto Machida in a five-round unanimous decision at UFC 175 in July, but Silva will have been removed from action for 13 months before facing Nick Diaz Jan. 31 at UFC 183.

"Then you have [featherweight contender] Connor McGregor," said White. "Everybody has been talking about Conor McGregor. This kid burst onto the scene and if he wins in Boston, and that fight is live and free on FOX Sports 1, if he wins that fight in Boston we could be talking about a big fight with [featherweight champion] Jose Aldo."

Headlining the UFC's Boston Fight Night event Jan. 18 against Dennis Siver, McGregor has been vocal over his belief that he'd be granted the next shot at Aldo.

Although it was in language that would make any contract lawyer squirm, White didn't totally forsake featherweight contender Cub Swanson.

"Cub Swanson has been screaming for respect and for us to show him the love," said White. "He's taking on Frankie Edgar, who is a beast. Longtime champion at 155 pounds, moved down the 145 pounds to take on Cub. And yes, if Cub Swanson wins this fight we did tell him we would give him a title shot."

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MEDIA STEW

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Highlights from Monday's 'The Time is Now' press conference. (full presser here)

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Highlights from Bellator 131.

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Robin Black's breakdown of Frankie Edgar.

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Scott Coker talks the 'rebirth of Bellator.'

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TTTHS.

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Ronda still has Gina Carano on her mind.

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Long watches.

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Tim Kennedy: his return, NSAC, Metamoris vs Sonnen, move to Welterweight

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More on the Roufusport fallout.

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Beefin'.

Conor McGregor deleted nazi tweet

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King Mo vlog.

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Not well.

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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

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FANPOST OF THE DAY

Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via 15Minutes2ADream.

About Last Saturday... or Is That Your Brains on the Floor?

Well, I feel as though I cannot lie about this. As an MMA fan and as a fully grown man, I seriously marked out last Saturday night. I bounced giddily about my bed like a schoolgirl with glee when I heard about all the MMA goodness that would be gracing our humble screens, Mark Hunt getting a shot at the belt against Werdum, Tito and Bonnar having some pro wrestling antics in the lead up to their old man slapfight. Not to mention of taste of Cokertor, in all of it's sexy slightly Japanese styled glory. It was needless to say, but both screens in my household ran the shows that night, and much rejoicing was done (Well ok, mostly me geeking out and not resting for work like I should have been.).

But it is now two days after the fact, and fortunately my brain that was simmering in my head like I'd set it on a bunson burner has been cooled by the oncoming Winter weather and given me time to reflect. It's in this time that I'm forced to ask the question. Was it all it was cracked up to be? Did we really get all we expected out of what was being called "Super Saturday"?

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Check out the rest of the post here.

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