Unfortunately for UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, a couple of his latest victims will have a chance to salvage their contendership.
Phil Davis called it 'The Ultimate Jon Jones Fighting Championship,' but it sounds like Daniel Cormier and Alexander Gustafsson won't necessarily need to fight each other to get back into the title picture.
With both men nursing recent losses, armchair matchmakers believed Cormier and Gustafsson would be the natural matchup to make.
Admitting the fight interests him, UFC president Dana White explained Saturday night that both men already have fights lined up with other opponents.
"Cormier's got another fight set up right now and we actually have another fight for Gustafsson, too," White said at the UFC 183 post-fight press conference. "After those two fight these fights, it makes sense."
After defeating Cormier via a unanimous decision at UFC 182 Jan. 3, Jones learned he'd be making his next title defense to the resurgent Anthony Johnson.
Johnson earned the shot at Jones on Jan. 24 when he stopped Gustafsson via first-round TKO in the main event of their title eliminator in Stockholm, Sweden.
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Post show. Ariel Helwani, Marc Raimondi, and Dave Meltzer break down the top storylines coming out of UFC 183.
Aftermath. Dave Doyle recaps UFC 183 and asks if Anderson Silva should go out on a high note.
Ouch. Nick Diaz says an injury to his left arm forced him to stop punching two weeks before his fight with Silva. 'I thought if I was gonna tear something or pull something, I would just get through it in the fight.'
'It surprised me a lot.' Dana White confirms that Vitor Belfort turned down an interim title fight against Lyoto Machida at UFC 184 later this month.
'Last time.' Dana White says Kelvin Gastelum and John Lineker will both have to move up a weight class after missing weight badly ahead of UFC 183.
Highlights from Nick Diaz vs. Anderson Silva.
Octagon interviews with Diaz and Silva.
Highlights from the UFC 183 post-fight press conference. (Full presser here)
Dana White and Anderson Silva react to UFC 183.
Ronda Rousey talks matchup with Cat Zingano.
Friend of the Morning Report Skylar Astin gets beat up by Krzysztof Soszynski.
Conor McGregor Fan Q&A at UFC 183.
See how the pros reacted to the action at UFC 183.
Thank you all for the love I have seen in social media.
A team is born when we use a large energy focused on some goal. A good team leverages all the energy that has been used and makes magical things happen.
Alone we go fast, together we go far! Love in the heart.
Obrigado a todos pelo carinho que tenho visto nas mídias sociais. Um time nasce quando empregamos uma... http://t.co/AC2kFL6RhU— Anderson Silva (@SpiderAnderson) February 2, 2015
Rights on top of Rights. And nothing "WRONG" with that. #ufc #ufc183 @ufc http://t.co/XKTLoguvfw— Tyron T-Wood Woodley (@TWooodley) February 2, 2015
Make them humble— AL IAQUINTA (@ALIAQUINTA) February 1, 2015
Brazilian locker room at UFC 183 pic.twitter.com/gMkv7ZUvUy— THALES LEITES (@thalesleites) February 1, 2015
Coach @katelkubis told me in between rounds " we gotta make this a nasty fight go finish him now" and... http://t.co/oS34aSx4xd— Thiago Alves. (@ThiagoAlvesATT) February 1, 2015
I won!!! I am so excited to be heading to the Superbowl with a win!! Unfortunately I broke my orbital... http://t.co/dw7uDnx0xi— Miesha Tate (@MieshaTate) February 1, 2015
When bae sends you a good morning text https://t.co/7hUbTBum5x— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) February 2, 2015
We thank all the coaches for great preparation P this fight!
Agradecemos a todos os treinadores pela grande preparação P essa luta! pic.twitter.com/Sa7heEzTbB— John Lineker (@johnlineker) February 2, 2015
Thank you coaches you guys are awesome @RenzoGracieBJJ @JeffreyPMarsh @PinosPizza @angelboxingnyc @marioJrmercado @MushinMMA Erik, John— rafael natal (@rafaelsaponatal) February 1, 2015
Better luck next time.
One of my favorite trainers in the sport! #raylongo #ufc #boxing #trainer #mattserra http://t.co/aoMr1Z6Qdt— nick diaz (@nickdiaz209) January 31, 2015
Still #OnAmission4Gold http://t.co/ja7hvrfmso— #OnAmission4Gold (@KelvinGastelum) January 31, 2015
Just woke up. I'm sore but no injuries. Congrats to @ALIAQUINTA and his camp. Great group of guys. Thanks for all the support! #UFC183— Joe Lauzon (@JoeLauzon) February 1, 2015
All camp long we focused on stopping the overhand right. I think I stopped the first 25 but the 26th through 35th got in. Dammit.— Joe Lauzon (@JoeLauzon) February 1, 2015
Best philosophy for life http://t.co/hfFLF4qI2O— Sara McMann (@Sara_McMann) February 1, 2015
Congrats to @DerekBrunson he was the better man tonight— Ed Herman (@EdHermanufc) February 1, 2015
The fans have been hitting me up like crazy. I hear them and I will strep up to fight @vitorbelfort @ufc 184!! @danawhite @arielhelwani— Gegard Mousasi (@mousasi_mma) January 31, 2015
@vitorbelfort criticized @lyotomachidafw for not fighting j jones on short notice. But he won't fight us on short notice. Where is the lion?— Gegard Mousasi (@mousasi_mma) February 1, 2015
Where is the Old Lion?? @arielhelwani @danawhite @vitorbelfort @ufc— Gegard Mousasi (@mousasi_mma) February 1, 2015
@vitorbelfort dodged a bullet. But we will eventually meet. The fans and the @ufc want this fight! Everyone knows. @arielhelwani @danawhite— Gegard Mousasi (@mousasi_mma) February 1, 2015
To the game! #Super Bowl pic.twitter.com/zgOPovnsV2— Nathan Quarry (@NateRockQuarry) February 1, 2015
At the #SuperBowl, gotta s/o my boy @Cowboycerrone and #Budweiser for the gr8 seats...#12thMan strong here in AZ pic.twitter.com/M8LkgtGi9p— Benson Henderson (@BensonHenderson) February 1, 2015
I got this one @MieshaTate textin NON STOP shit talk!!! #ItAintOver YET pic.twitter.com/Lmii4rKNry— Dana White (@danawhite) February 2, 2015
Wow!!! All 3 Jones brothers are World Champions!!!— Cub Swanson (@CubSwanson) February 2, 2015
Thank you everybody for the birthday wishes, I appreciate you all thinking of me - but there's still... http://t.co/sJDGQT6E9F— Ronda Rousey (@RondaRousey) February 1, 2015
@RondaRousey "Happy Birthday Ronda!! Careful what you wish for - you just might get it!!!!!" pic.twitter.com/5Z4RsgYTec— Cris Cyborg (@criscyborg) February 1, 2015
This is the second time I have signed a bout agreement and both fighters have pulled out #PistOff @ufc @UFCONFOX @UFCNews— Jorge Masvidal UFC (@GamebredFighter) February 1, 2015
Need a top 10 replacement @danawhite @ufc @lorenzofertitta #mytimeisnow #ufc— Jorge Masvidal UFC (@GamebredFighter) February 1, 2015
Finally met the original YES man, @DiegoSanchezUFC here at #WWEAlbuquerque... Truly an honor. YES! YES! YES! pic.twitter.com/iKGRBhjQba— Daniel Bryan (@WWEDanielBryan) February 1, 2015
Announced yesterday (Jan. 30 - Feb. 1 2015)
cancelled Chris Weidman vs. Vitor Belfort at UFC 184
Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor at UFC 189
Stephen Thompson out, Ben Henderson vs. Brandon Thatch at UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Thatch
Sergio Moraes vs. Peter Sobotta at UFC Fight Night: Cro Cop vs. Gonzaga
FANPOST OF THE DAY
Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via UFC IS JOKE Sometimes.
Nick Diaz Vs Anderson Silva 2nd viewing. And advocating a live scoring system.
Hi Fight fans. Wow what a cool weekend, not really the best fights were put on. But a rare occurrence took place. And that was Nick Diaz Vs Anderson Silva. Pretty much everyone wanted to see this, and Dana obliged. It is also the only PPV I currently have bought since last year. And its the only One I will be buying as cards lately continue to fail, fall apart, people almost die from cutting weight etc.
So after my little rant, lets focus on the PPV that we all wanted. Diaz V Silva !! YES during the PPV all seemed well. Brandao and whoever being scrapped was a bummer but. When they were announcing it all I was saying, and I guess 10 billion other people were saying the same thing lol.. Please not Diaz or Silva.... And it wasn't haha.
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