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Morning Report: Dana White downplays talk of a Conor McGregor title shot, tells Cub Swanson and Frankie Edgar to worry about each other

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Seeing Conor McGregor seated cageside at UFC 179 in Brazil couldn't have been much comfort to fellow featherweight contenders Cub Swanson and Frankie Edgar.

The provocative Irishman stole the show in the lead up to featherweight champion Jose Aldo's successful title defense to No. 1 contender Chad Mendes, but Swanson maintained he'd been 'assured' the next shot with a win over Edgar Nov. 22 in Austin, Texas.

In a sport where talk is especially cheap, not even McGregor's January booking against Denis Siver in Boston made you believe it would be anyone but him next against Aldo.

Thursday, UFC president Dana White downplayed talk of a McGregor title shot but left himself plenty of room to navigate.

"I told Cub and Frankie, ‘Don't worry about anything you hear with all the Conor McGregor talk and all the other stuff," White told UFC.com. "You worry about Cub Swanson and you worry about Frankie Edgar.'"

Parity at 145 pounds is a welcome sight to White, but likely less so for Swanson, having already been passed over for title shots more than a few times.

"Believe me, the fact that people are arguing over who should get a title shot in the 145-pound division isn't a bad thing," said White. "It's a good thing."

Swanson faces Edgar Nov. 22 in the main event at UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. Swanson.

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MEDIA STEW

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Fight Night: Sydney weigh-in highlights. (Full weigh-ins here)

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Wanderlei Silva releases another video calling for change and improved conditions for fighters.

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More from Roy Jones Jr. on wanting to box Anderson Silva and Nick Diaz.

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One round with Michael Bisping.

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Nice quick profile on Bellator commentator Jimmy Smith.

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Paulo Filho talking about being shot in Brazil. (Remember to turn on the captioning and translate to english. Not great but it's better than nothing.)

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The old 'kneebar from back mount.'

(via r/MMA)

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Long watches.

UFC Fight Night Sydney: Fight Club Q&A

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Team Alpha Male Radio - Urijah Faber

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TWEETS

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Heads up, Gus.

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Cuttin'.

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Still hasn't left.

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Get at him.

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In good hands.

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Get well soon.

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Skip to about 15 minutes.

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Threw up in that office once. True story.

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Damn.

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Oh, Pat.

OHHHLAWWWD!!!! @rosenamajunas http://www.Rose-Namajunas.com

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Got that Dutch style.

He does this all day. I've never taught him a thing he literally just watches me and does It on his own. #futurechamp

A video posted by Matthew Brown (@iamtheimmortal) on

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Getting there.

Slow progress is still progress...

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Dana can't be happy.

Jump video from today! Not bad for a drive by jumping

A video posted by Donald Cerrone (@cowboycerrone) on

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Sorry about that...

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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Announced yesterday (Oct. 6 2014)

Cathal Pendred vs. Sean Spencer at UFC Fight Night: McGregor vs. Siver

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FANPOST OF THE DAY

Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via GuyFi.

Why fights booked far in advance are more likely to never happen

With injuries plaguing all the major UFC events this year many wonder what is causing this problem and what might be done to stop it. Cancelled fights hurt fighters, promoters, and fans.

Various ideas get floated about what might be done to reduce the likelihood of injuries every time a major fight such as the main event of UFC 178 (both times) is scrapped. Usually this discussion focuses on specific techniques to reduce (full-impact sparring, takedowns, training with Alistair Overeem, etc.). Sadly I'm not qualified to write intelligently about those ideas, so this post focuses on a much simpler idea of how to reduce the incidence of injuries wrecking fight cards.

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Check out the rest of the post here.

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