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Morning Report: Dana White says Luke Rockhold is the No. 1 contender, but that Ronaldo Souza is 'probably' next for Chris Weidman

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

UFC president Dana White has never liked matchmaking immediately after events.

As for middleweight champion Chris Weidman's next opponent, the answer may have varied depending on when you caught White Saturday night following UFC 187.

Speaking with FOX Sports' Ariel Helwani and UFC correspondent Megan Olivi, White gave slightly different takes on who may be next for the champ.

"It took me so long to get here because Luke Rockhold had me in the hallway," White told Helwani. "Luke Rockhold said, 'Do not give this fight to Jacare. Jacare isn't going to try to come in and do what I'm going to do. You saw what I did to [Lyoto] Machida. That's exactly what I'm going to do to Weidman. Me and Weidman will go after each other. It'll be a stand-up fight. We'll do this, we'll do that. Let's do this thing in Las Vegas.'

"He was all over me back here. We'll see what happens."

Asked directly if Rockhold was the No. 1 contender at middleweight, White wasn't coy in the least.

"He is," said White. "He is. [Ronaldo Souza's] manager texted me after the fight and said, 'He's ready to go.' So, I don't know. We'll see what happens here."

Speaking with Olivi, White seemed to be leaning a bit more towards Souza.

"So Jacare's manager hit me right after the fight and said, 'We're ready for Chris Weidman,' so it'll probably be Jacare vs. Weidman next. I don't know. Anything can happen. We'll see how this thing plays out. Luke Rockhold is obviously the No. 1 contender. We'll see what happens."

With Jacare recently undergoing surgery to repair damage done to his left meniscus in his quick win over Chris Camozzi on April 13, one would think a healthy Rockhold may have a slight edge.

Souza is due to return in September, along the same timeline Rockhold has proposed, so 'we'll see what happens.'



Post show. Ariel Helwani and Marc Raimondi break down the top storylines coming out of UFC 187.

Aftermath. Dave Doyle explains why there is no disputing Daniel Cormier as the UFC's true light heavyweight champion.

All aboard. Chris Weidman tells fans it's time to stop doubting him and that 'this is his last invitation' to 'join the team.'

No paper champ. Daniel Cormier says he's the real champion because 'I didn't disqualify myself from competition'

Close one. Dana White says he didn't think Andrei Arlovski was going to fight two hours before UFC 187.




Octagon interviews with Chris Weidman, Vitor Belfort, Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson.


Backstage interviews with Weidman and Cormier.


DC gets into it with Ryan Bader.


UFC 187 post-fight presser highlights. (full presser here)


UFC 189's official "Trailer."


Long watches.

Submission Radio 24/5/15 Hector Lombard, Frank Trigg, Dan Lambert, Lance Palmer + UFC 187


EBI 3 - Eddie Bravo Invitational - OFFICIAL (Entire Event)



See how the pros reacted to UFC 187.


Victory Lap.


Better luck next time.

He got me good lol Thanks @dc_mma for the fight champ!

A photo posted by Anthony Johnson (@anthony_rumble) on


Get well soon.




Conor's night.


Happy holidays.


Back with the Master.





Announced this weekend (May 22-24 2015)

Neil Seery vs. Louis Smolka at UFC 189

Caio Magalhaes vs. Josh Samman at The Ultimate Fighter 21

Dan Miller vs. Trevor Smith at The Ultimate Fighter 21

Russell Doane vs. Jerrod Sanders at The Ultimate Fighter 21

Ildemar Alcantara vs. Kevin Casey at UFC Fight Night: Duffee vs. Mir



Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via Graham Douglas.

Daniel Cormier - As Fake As It Gets

I have one rule. I don't disrespect the fighters. No way. These guys are the toughest humans on earth. True warriors.

However, in the case of DC, I'm going to say this. And no, it's not complimentary but it not a shot at his skills or talents. It's an open question to his promotional choices.

The press conference blow up with Bader was as fake as shit. It was as they say, as bad as it gets. DC laid down the foundation for his next fight during fight week by saying what he said. Even Bader played his role in it.

It's calculated. It's promotion. It has no business being in the UFC.


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