UFC news, rumors: Dana White shuts down Jorge Masvidal ultimatum talk; Frankie Edgar moving to bantamweight

Following Jorge Masvidal delivered what will probably return since the Knockout of the Year Ben Askren in UFC 239, the fastest KO at UFC history, he made it abundantly clear that there are just two fights he needs following: some welterweight title shot against Kamaru Usman or a big-money struggle against a coming Conor McGregor. Regrettably for Masvidal, however he does not create the fights. UFC president Dana White gets the last state that there, and he reiterated his position that Masvidal can’t make demands.

Tuesday night, while talking to the media after”Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series,” White first affirmed that former diehard winner Colby Covington — who amazed that this last weekend along with his dominant victory over Robbie Lawler — has earned the right to confront Usman for its undisputed 170-pound name next. After the topic of Masvidal’s requirements was brought up soon afterwards, White dealt with the ultimatum by placing down his foot.

“You can not make ultimatums,” White stated. “Listen, we are going to provide him a struggle, and when he takes the struggle he does and when he does not he does not.”

White has shot down the suggestion of Masvidal confronting McGregor, presuming that Masvidal is too large of a competition for the prior featherweight and lightweight winner. Confirming that Covington is really next based on battle Usman basically makes the ultimatum insignificant.

With the method of elimination, the battle set to be provided that White is speaking to points straight toward quietly-rising welterweight rival Leon Edwards. He might not be the most attractive competitor for Masvidal, that has witnessed his mainstream fame escalated because his highlight-reel triumph over Askren, but Edwards has rattled off eight consecutive victories for example his latest within the mythical Rafael dos Anjos previous month. And of course, Edwards and Masvidal were included at a viral confrontation in London earlier this season, therefore the legitimate beef remains present.

More UFC information, rumors

  • On the heels of challenging Max Holloway for the UFC featherweight championship at UFC 240, former UFC lightweight winner Frankie Edgar is moving down a weight class again at the twilight of his profession. Edgar’s director, Ali Abdelaziz, affirmed to ESPN on Wednesday the Edgar’s next fight will happen in bantamweight. They are targeting a 135-pound introduction to the UFC 244 card at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 2.
  • Based on ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm will go back to the Octagon on Oct. 5 at Melbourne, Australia, on the UFC 243 card at a rematch against Raquel Pennington. Holm made her UFC debut against Pennington in 2015 and came out to the winning side of a split decision that some seen as contentious. Marvel Stadium, in which the UFC 243 card headlined by the middleweight title main event including Robert Whittaker vs. Israel Adesanya has been held, holds importance for Holm. It is the exact same place that played host for her stunning knockout of Ronda Rousey to assert the 135-pound title in 2015.
  • What ought to be an action-packed featherweight bout is going into the UFC Fight Night Boston card at the co-main occasion slot on Oct. 18 since Zabit Magomedsharipov will combat Calvin Kattar. Magomedsharipov has emerged successful in his first five UFC struggles while rapidly becoming a popular possible challenger to the winner Holloway. Kattar is presently riding a two-fight winning series.