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Morning Report: Dana White says Daniel Cormier and Alexander Gustafsson won't fight each other next, but that 'it makes sense'

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

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.

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MEDIA STEW

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Highlights from Nick Diaz vs. Anderson Silva.

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Octagon interviews with Diaz and Silva.

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Highlights from the UFC 183 post-fight press conference. (Full presser here)

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Dana White and Anderson Silva react to UFC 183.

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Ronda Rousey talks matchup with Cat Zingano.

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Friend of the Morning Report Skylar Astin gets beat up by Krzysztof Soszynski.

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Long watches.

Conor McGregor Fan Q&A at UFC 183.

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TWEETS

See how the pros reacted to the action at UFC 183.

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Victory lap.

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.

We thank all the coaches for great preparation P this fight!

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Better luck next time.

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Beefin'.

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Vitor explains.

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Super Bowlin.

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Happy birthday.

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Damn.

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Respect.

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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

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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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Check out the rest of the post here.

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