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Amanda Cooper scored one of her UFC wins against Angela Magana. | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Former UFC fighter Amanda Cooper will return to Invicta Fighting Championship later this year, promotion officials confirmed to MMA Fighting following a report by MMAjunkie.

Cooper (3-5), who holds UFC wins over Anna Elmose and Angela Magana, will be part of the Phoenix Rising flyweight tournament in September. The company plans to announce more details and fighters shortly.

“ABC” made it to the TUF 23 strawweight final back in 2016 after defeating Mellony Geugjes, Jamie Moyle and Lanchana Green on the reality show, but lost to season winner Tatiana Suarez in the final. Cooper went 2-4 in her following UFC appearances.

The 27-year-old fighter competed once under the Invicta FC banner, suffering a second-round submission defeat to Aspen Ladd in her second professional MMA bout in 2015.

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Lara Procopio is an undefeated prospect who won multiple belts in Brazil. | Leo Farias, Shooto Brazil

Brazilian bantamweight newcomers Lara Procopio and Karol Rosa will meet in the Octagon at UFC’s upcoming event in Shenzhen, China, on Aug. 31, sources told MMA Fighting following a report by Combate.

Procopio, a former Shooto Brazil bantamweight and flyweight champion, joins the promotion after racking up a 6-0 record with three finishes. The Nova Uniao talent captured the 135-pound belt in March 2018 before going down to 125 pounds to win her second gold five months later.

Rosa last fought in April, defeating Gisele Moreira via TKO in the third round to improve to 11-3 as a professional mixed martial arts fighter. A teammate of UFC Shenzhen headliner Jessica Andrade at PRVT, Rosa has stopped her opponents in six of 11 victories.

The UFC Fight Night card will take place at the Universiade Sports Centre and feature Andrade’s first defense of her strawweight title, taking on China’s Weili Zhang.

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Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

When Urijah Faber retired before his hometown crowd in Sacramento, Calif., the city he put on the MMA map years earlier, it felt like a perfect ending for a Hall of Fame career.

Faber’s career was notable for many things historically. He was the face of the WEC promotion that put under-155-pound weight class fighters on the map. He was actually the face of the promotion which presented some of the best live events of that era.

The television ratings success of his fight with Jens Pulver not only made him a significant star, but made the featherweight division. There was a strong mindset at the time that the public wouldn’t be interested in smaller fights, and Faber vs. Pulver, with tremendous promotional work by Versus (now NBC Sports) killed that theory almost dead, before Conor McGregor buried the theory for life.

Even though losing, the success of his fight with Jose Aldo on pay-per-view, was the key in the UFC’s decision to take over the featherweight and bantamweight divisions and merge the WEC into the UFC, giving fighters in both classes far more opportunities for exposure and money.

Faber had a unique UFC career. From 2011 to 2016, after dropping from featherweight to bantamweight as the sport evolved and the featherweights got a little bigger than he was, won 10 of 15 fights (plus a loss at featherweight to Frankie Edgar) and was a top contender the entire run, but also a genuine star, which few bantamweight contenders ever became. The record is even more impressive since he was a top contender his entire tenure and never had an easy opponent.

With hindsight, his UFC run can be described easily. If the title wasn’t on the line, Faber won, and usually looked great in doing so. If the title was on the line, he lost, and the fights were never close enough to be controversial. After he dropped his WEC featherweight title to Mike Brown in 2008, he got two WEC featherweight title shots and four UFC bantamweight title shots, losing them all.

While never a UFC champion, some would argue that his 2006 to 2008 run as WEC champion, the belt that became the UFC featherweight title, was the equivalent of being the rightful world champion at that time.

After being dominated by Jimmie Rivera three years ago, his first loss in a non-title fight, it looked like his career as a contender was over. He had one last hurrah, his retirement fight and win over Brad Pickett on Dec. 17, 2016. Next was an induction into the UFC Hall of Fame. While some would question that, citing his multiple shots at the title and never winning, his importance in establishing the smaller weight divisions due to his promotional work and charisma can’t be overstated.

Then, at 40, he came back on Saturday against Ricky Simon, a ranked bantamweight with a 15-1 record. He was not expected to do well.

The fight started, and the description was simple. The punch landed. Simon was stunned and Faber was all over him, winning in 46 seconds.

The nature of this sport is that if the right punch lands at the right time, any good fighter can win and any good fighter can lose. We really didn’t see what Faber truly had, other than for 40, he looked remarkably young facially and physically.

Coming off such a win, Faber brought up the name Henry Cejudo, the double division bantamweight and flyweight champion. It was the right fight for him to ask for. Cejudo had brought Faber’s name up himself when he defeated Marlon Moraes to keep the bantamweight title. You can’t look any more impressive than this kind of a win, and no matter what he looks like physically, Faber’s career still has only a finite amount of sand left in his hourglass.

If there was any doubt about his name value and marketability at this stage, Google trends for Saturday showed Faber as the fourth-most searched for category of the day in the U.S., trailing Area 51, the New York power outage and Serena Williams. That would be impressive for any show, but more so for a card that was really just another Saturday night event on ESPN+.

At another time and place in UFC history, Faber probably would have gotten a title shot off the performance. Cejudo has no other opponent that would generate the same level of public interest.

But this isn’t that time or place. With Cejudo holding two titles, and with a clear overdue challenger in Faber’s longtime teammate Joseph Benavidez at flyweight, as well as a viable contender in Aljamain Sterling at bantamweight, Cejudo really needs to take those fights first. Unfortunately, the longer that takes, the worst it is for Faber. Age probably caught up to him at the championship level a few years back, but the punch landed and people are clearly interested in him again. And for a story, which really is the key to all sports, there are few stories in UFC these days that would be bigger than Faber trying to turn back the clock and accomplish the one thing he never could after multiple chances, and that is take the UFC championship. He’d be a major underdog, but he also was Saturday. The odds aren’t good of this happening. But this is MMA, and the punch could land.

Let’s look at how Fortunes Changed for Five fighters off Saturday’s show.

URIJAH FABER - Faber (35-10) came off the show with a career resurrection. He said he considers himself back. Really, he has two options. One is to sit tight and perhaps wait for Cejudo to fight once, whether it be Benavidez or Sterling, and then hope to get the title match. The second is to fight once more, against somebody like Petr Yan (13-1) or Cody Stamann (18-2). For UFC, a Faber vs. Yan fight has advantages in the sense that if Faber wins, there’s at that point going to be no controversy in him getting a title match. But he’ll be a heavy underdog and you are risking the fight, Cejudo vs. Faber, that will garner more interest than any other in the division. If Yan beats Faber, it puts him in the spotlight, ups his name value and he’ll be more viable as a contender.

For Cejudo, the best thing is to push for Faber. It’s his biggest fight and not only could he lose to Benavidez, as he did once before, or to Sterling, thus hurting the fight, but Faber could lose if he fights someone else.

The UFC would be heavily criticized for bypassing earned top contenders for Faber unless he got one more win against a viable contender. With the nature of the ESPN pay-per-view deal, the UFC’s monthly pay-per-view revenue is guaranteed which actually is better for the incentive of putting on the right fight from a pure sports standpoint, which really would be Benavidez, over the fight with the most appeal, which would be Faber.

GERMAINE DE RANDAMIE - de Randamie (10-3) finished Aspen Ladd (8-1) in 16 seconds in a fight filled with controversy.

First, with the condition Ladd looked at weigh-ins, there was a real question regarding letting her fight the next day. Then, the early stoppage of the fight, perhaps referee Herb Dean being overly cautious because of how under the microscope everyone was regarding Ladd’s condition the day before, added another layer.

Still, de Randamie is the clear top bantamweight contender for Amanda Nunes (18-4).

However, it looks like UFC’s direction would be to get one more Nunes vs. Cris Cyborg featherweight title fight, provided Cyborg (20-2) beats Felicia Spencer (7-0) on the pay-per-view show on July 27 in Edmonton.

If that is the direction, and it is the more marketable direction, the UFC has two clear options. One is to just have de Randamie wait for Nunes, and the other is to put de Randamie against Ketlen Vieira (10-0) for the shot at Nunes.

ASPEN LADD - Ladd’s biggest issue really is to figure out the weight issue. If she has to go to those lengths to make 135, then maybe 145 is the way to go. But that’s a risk in the UFC, which has few women featherweights, and if Cyborg loses again, the future of that division would be in question. As far as a bantamweight opponent, Julianna Pena (9-3), who was a top contender before giving birth, and returned Saturday with a win over Nicco Montano, looks to be a good next direction.

JOSH EMMETT - It was a big night for Team Alpha Male, with the strong wins by Faber, Emmett and Andre Fili. Emmett (14-2) knocked out ranked opponent, Mirsad Bektic (13-2) in the first round.

For Emmett, he’s in line for a fight with one of the top contenders. The top choices are Zabit Magomedsharipov (17-1) and Calvin Kattar (20-3). An outside chance is also Alexander Volkanovski (20-1), who should be getting the winner of the July 27 fight with champion Max Holloway (20-4) and Frankie Edgar (23-6-1). If something happens where Edgar wins, or they are rematched, or there is an injury to the champion and Volkanovski needs an opponent before the title match, it would probably come down to Magomedsharipov and Emmett as key possibilities.

RYAN HALL - The ground master at featherweight, Hall (8-1) took a decision over Darren Elkins (24-8). Hall’s next opponent could be either Bektic or Ricardo Lamas (19-8).

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Conor McGregor | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

If Dana White has plans for Conor McGregor, he’s keeping those cards close to the chest.

It’s hard to blame the UFC president given that McGregor marches to the beat of his own drum and that there is so much uncertainty surrounding the future of “The Notorious”. Regardless speaking to TMZ Sports, White sounded optimistic that fans will see McGregor compete soon.

“He’ll either be back this year or early next year,” White said. “We’ll see how this whole thing plays out in September.”

The September event that White is referring to is UFC 242, which will be headlined by a lightweight championship bout between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Dustin Poirier. There is a potentially a lot of money in a rematch between Nurmagomedov and McGregor, or perhaps in a rematch with Poirier, but White declined to commit to giving McGregor the winner of that fight, only saying that “it will shake a lot of things up, whoever wins that fight.”

White also refused to say one way or the other whether a trilogy bout between McGregor and Nate Diaz was on the table. One topic he was adamant about was that McGregor would not be fighting Jorge Masvidal, the longtime veteran who has experienced a recent surge in popularity due to back-to-back knockouts of Ben Askren and Darren Till, and a backstage confrontation with Leon Edwards that exploded on social media.

Recently, Masvidal called for a bout with McGregor, calling the former dual-division UFC champion “an easy paycheck.”

Though Masvidal has competed at 155 pounds and 170 pounds, he’s currently in the welterweight contender stream and White doesn’t want to see McGregor wade into those waters anymore despite having done so twice for a pair of lucrative bouts with Diaz back in 2016.

“Masvidal’s too big for Conor. ... [Conor] shouldn’t have [fought at 170]. I hated that he did it,” White said. “Not only did I hate that he did it once, I hated that he did it twice. He doesn’t belong at that weight.”

“There’s plenty of fights for [Masvidal] in his weight division without Conor,” White continued. “He’s too big for Conor. Conor doesn’t belong at 170. He’s got the balls to fight at 170, but he doesn’t belong there.”

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Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Finally, Juan Adams got what he wanted. Before he was in the UFC, before Greg Hardy was in the UFC, Adams was calling for a match between them. For Adams, the callout is professional, sure, but it’s also personal. He can still remember being just six years old and standing there helplessly as his mother’s boyfriend crossed the line you can never come back from, putting his hands on her. “That moment, it’s not something you ever really recover from,” he told MMA Fighting. “That hits close to home.”

It’s a moment that echoes, even now that he’s grown into a hulking 6-foot-5, 300-pound athlete. Some things always remain with us. For Adams, two of those things have always been honor and propriety. He was an Eagle Scout, he graduated from Strake Jesuit College Preparatory, a top Houston high school. He went on to matriculate at the prestigious Virginia Military Institute, graduating with a degree in computer science while competing on its Division I wrestling team. He worked multiple jobs simultaneously while chasing his MMA dream.

“I’ve gone my whole life doing the right thing, trying to excel,” he said. “I had to go down a much harder path to get where I am than [Hardy] did. I really don’t like the man. Hate is a strong word, but it’s close to that.”

Growing up, Adams seemed like a long shot to get here, to the bright lights of an Octagon. As a kid, he was mostly into football, basketball and track. As a high school freshman, he was just 5-foot-9 and 160 pounds. Upon realizing he wasn’t going to make the varsity basketball team, Adams debated giving another sport a try. A self-described “weird kid,” Adams said he was frequently picked on. And some of those incidents escalated into fights.

“I figured, why not do something to help me fight better?” he said. He chose wrestling. Adams said he wasn’t a natural, but was strong and could move well. Moreover, he had a key trait found in all successful wrestlers — tenacity. He worked and worked at improving.

Meanwhile, he continued with football, ultimately growing past six feet and over 200 pounds. Heading into his senior year, he figured he had a realistic shot at a collegiate football scholarship. However, in the first game of the season he broke his hand. (His replacement, Pace Murphy, is a current member of the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs.) With his football hopes dashed, he turned back to wrestling.

Despite 53 wins in his senior season, Adams only received one Division I wrestling offer, from VMI. When he made his recruiting visit to the Lexington, Virginia campus, Adams was unfamiliar with the school’s regimented approach, and in fact, was told that as an athlete, he would have special privileges, such as being able to avoid the school’s infamous “Rat Line” — a strict and grueling training regimen designed to test new cadets both physically and mentally.

“I got there and I was horribly mistaken and horribly surprised,” he said. “But once I started, it’s not in me to quit. I agreed to go there. I told my mom, my family, my coach, all of them, that I was going to stick it out. And I honored my commitment. And by the time it came around, I ended up staying an extra year because my coach asked me, just to help my team.”

By his final year though, Adams knew he was unlikely to use his computer science degree in his post-graduate life. By then, he had already dipped his toe in the MMA waters. Between his sophomore and junior years, he’d returned home to Houston and visited Paradigm Training Center, offering his services as a wrestling coach in exchange for a gym membership. A deal was struck.

Adams thought his future was not in MMA, but in coaching, something he’d grown passionate about over time. But given his size — at this point, he’d grown to 6-foot-5 and over 300 pounds — he was implored by friends and advisers to give professional athletics a try.

Upon graduation, he received NFL tryouts with the Indianapolis Colts and Green Bay Packers. Lining up as a defensive lineman, he put up numbers that would have interested many scouts. According to Adams, at 318 pounds, he ran a 4.9 for the 40-yard dash, benched 225 pounds over 30 times, and squatted close to 700 pounds. While the experience didn’t result in any offers, he met several professional athletes in the process, igniting his interest in continue to pursue athletics.

Continuing his training at Paradigm, in September 2016, he took his first amateur fight, knocking out Jordan Zendejas in the second round.

“After my first amateur fight I knew this is what I wanted to do for a living,” he said. “At that point, I started talking the steps necessary to be successful at it.”

Adams reeled off seven consecutive wins, all by stoppage, in the amateur and pro ranks before going all-in prior to his third professional fight, quitting his job as a bank loan coordinator to concentrate on the opportunity at hand — a chance to compete on Dana White’s Contender Series. At that point, Adams had only been competing for less than two years. He knocked out Shawn Teed in just 4:17 and received an invitation to the UFC.

Now 1-1 in the UFC (and 5-1 overall), Adams will be stepping into a major spotlight for the first time. For better or worse, Hardy’s infamy brings with it mainstream media attention.

Adams does not think that Hardy has done anything positive to warrant any inclusion on a prospect list. In his opinion, the former NFL star has never beaten anyone of note or done anything to raise an eyebrow of an educated viewer.

“I see a right hand and that’s about it,” he said. “No gas tank. He doesn’t have the cardio, he doesn’t have any sense of wrestling, he can’t throw kicks very well. He’s just a right hand. That’s all he’s got.”

Adams knows that by his own words, he’s ratcheted up the pressure on himself. It’s just him being him, the same way he was when he fought Arjan Bhullar. Prior to that, he’d made some headlines for downplaying Bhullar’s Olympic wrestling bona fides. Bhullar went on to win the fight in a disputable unanimous decision, but that’s where honor comes back into play. Adams says he will always live and die by his words, and accept the consequences, whatever they may be.

Against Hardy, there will definitely be stakes and attention, and Adams has the chance to leave the scene either eating his words, or as a breakout fighter. Those are both possible scenarios. But to him, that’s the big picture. He’s zoomed in on the micro, a single opponent, a single opportunity that he has wished for over the last however many months, ever since Greg Hardy floated into his orbit.

“I want a doctor stoppage for injury for him,” he said. “That’s my ideal ending to this. I want to break ribs, arms, arms, whatever. I want him to be hurt. I want him to reevaluate his career.”

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Roxanne Modafferi will compete in the Invicta FC 19 main event Saturday. | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Even with 37 professional fights and 16 years in the sport of MMA, Roxanne Modafferi is not done evolving.

The former UFC, Strikeforce and Invicta FC title challenger claims to have hit a new level in her fighting career, and after recently handing Antonina Shevchenko her first professional loss in impressive fashion back in April, it’s hard to deny her.

On July 20 at UFC San Antonio in Texas, Modafferi will have a another chance to showcase her improved game. “The Happy Warrior” was originally scheduled to fight fellow veteran Liz Carmouche, but Carmouche was pulled from the bout and given a chance to challenge flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko at UFC Uruguay.

Modafferi will now meet Brazilian striker Jennifer Maia.

“At first I was a little bummed because I’ve been training stuff specifically for Liz, but the UFC immediately promised to find me somebody else,” Modafferi told MMA Fighting. “They mentioned Jennifer Maia and I got really excited because I’ve been wanting to rematch her for a while now.

“I fought her at Invicta FC about three years ago and I lost via split decision for the title. I was hoping that she would get signed to the UFC as well, and then she got signed, so I was so excited, but then she lost her first fight and I thought, ‘No, she now has to climb through the ranks in order to fight (me) again,’ but now that she’s back in the top 10 I’m like, ‘Yes, let’s do this.’ I’m super excited.”

The rematch with Maia is perhaps a better opportunity for Modafferi to showcase her improvement in recent times, given she came up short against the former Invicta FC flyweight champion less than three years ago. Modafferi is confident the rematch will go differently.

“Man, my impression of that [first] fight was very even, so I wouldn’t have been surprised if I won and I wouldn’t have been surprised if I lost,” Modafferi said. “We just went to battle, so I wasn’t sure about it, but this time it shall be different because I have grown and I have achieved. I’ve unlocked my next power level, so it should be an amazing performance in my next fight.”

There are several factors that have contributed to Modafferi’s growth. A combination of her coaches, friends, training partners and relentless determination have been all been key for the 36-year-old flyweight contender.

“I have a great team and a great set up right now in my career,” Modafferi said. “I have coach John Wood – the head coach at Syndicate, Mike Pyle is my head grappling coach, Lorenzo Pavlica is my strength and conditioning coach, so I feel like the three of them are really guiding me very, very well.

“I started working with Lorenzo for about three years ago. Right after my fight with Maia, and you know, it takes a while to build up muscle. I really feel like I have a hard time building muscle, like my body type doesn't put up muscle and strength easily, so I think finally after a few years of working with him the results are finally starting to become more apparent than in the past.

“[Joanne] Calderwood coming into syndicate has also been awesome. I think she came here about two years ago and man she’s just a great training partner for me. I love my team and new partners, but just having her specially, like we’re very similar level. Every time we foil each other’s move we ask coach John how to overcome that and then he teaches us, so it’s just a really great dynamic there.

“I feel like I’m the best version of Roxy, the strongest version of Roxy, the healthiest version of Roxy. I just feel great.”

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Thiago Santos never stopped kicking Jon Jones despite the injury at UFC 239. | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Thiago Santos will need surgery on both knees after all.

The Brazilian light heavyweight, who went the distance with UFC champion Jon Jones earlier this month at UFC 239, told PVT on Tuesday night that he will go under the knife Wednesday to fix both knees.

According to “Marreta”, the doctor took another look at his exams on Monday and decided to do a small procedure on his right knee to fix a meniscus injury. Santos, who injured his left knee ligaments and meniscus during the bout, had a right knee meniscus surgery earlier this year as well.

Santos was expected to have surgery on Thursday, his coach ‘Tatá’ Duarte told MMA Fighting, but doctors decided to move it to Wednesday afternoon in Los Angeles.

Hoje 1:00 da tarde farei as cirurgias em meus dois joelhos, orem por mim
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Today 1pm I'll do the surgeries on my two knees, pray for me pic.twitter.com/0BZq317Vms

— Thiago Marreta (@TMarretaMMA) July 17, 2019

“Marreta” (21-7) won three straight as a light heavyweight to earn a shot at the championship against Jones. He will likely return to the Octagon in mid-2020.

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LAS VEGAS — On the red carpet for the 2019 UFC Hall of Fame, strawweight contender Tatiana Suarez talks about dealing with a neck injury, when she expects to fight again, what she thinks about being called ‘the female Khabib,’ and more.

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Leon Edwards is baffled by the reports suggesting that Jorge Masvidal could be getting a title shot on the back of a win over Ben Askren.

Edwards faces the biggest challenge of his career to date in the main event of UFC San Antonio when he clashes with former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos this Saturday. As he looks to improve his win streak to eight against the Brazilian, he underlined how he never saw Askren as a front-runner in the division.

“I never held Askren in high regard anyway,” Edwards said. “He just shouted his mouth off the get to where he’s at. He’s an amateur on the feet, I’ve watched him hit pads and it’s weird; even his shots are slow. He came in, he talked his way up into the position he was in and then he dipped his head into a knee.”

“Rocky” doesn’t believe that Masvidal’s two-fight win streak justifies a title shot. On Tuesday, Masvidal’s manager Malki Kawa tweeted that a fight for the title or a clash with Conor McGregor are the only options that make sense for “Gamebred”.

“It’s madness, really. I don’t know where all of this title talk is coming from. Just two fights ago he was on a two-fight losing streak, he was probably gonna get cut from the UFC. I think the title talk is nonsense. It’s madness, but f*ck it, it is what it is,” he said.

Edwards called for a showdown with Masvidal following their altercation in the aftermath of UFC London. Although the fight hasn’t come to fruition yet, there’s not doubt that the Birmingham native is still keen to make it happen.

“I’d be happy with a straightener [fist fight] in the park. Bring him over to Texas and we can get it straight after the fight. We need to fight.”

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Dana White | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Poor Henry Cejudo. It sounds like Triple C won’t be adding a fourth championship to his resume. At least, not yet.

After moving up to 135 pounds and claiming the vacant bantamweight title, Cejudo immediately began making overtures towards the featherweight championship. However, according to UFC President Dana White, Cejudo has business to attend to back at flyweight before he can start thinking about other moves.

Speaking recently to TMZ Sports, White said that Cejudo’s next title defense will be of his flyweight belt, likely in a rematch with Joseph Benavidez.

“You’d have to look at Joe [Benavidez],”White said. “[At 135] I don’t know but next he should defend that title. He would go to 125, defend that title, then we would decide who he would fight next. As long as Cejudo is willing to defend both titles, I think he is a guy that can carry both of them, and by both of them I mean both divisions.”

Though for awhile it appeared the UFC was shuttering the flyweight division (at one point they cut so many flyweights that the division did not have enough fighters to fill out the 15-person rankings) sentiment seems to have changed about the division. The UFC has recently signed a number of flyweights and with White’s declaration that Benavidez deserves a shot, it seems Cejudo’s mission to save the 125-pound division was successful. Whether that’s something he’ll still be interested in though now that he has another title is another question entirely, especially when there’s a possible money fight awaiting him at 135 pounds.

Last weekend at UFC Sacramento, Urijah Faber came out of retirement and secured his first UFC knockout, stopping Ricky Simon in just 46 seconds. Afterwards, Faber called out Cejudo, a response to Cejudo mentioning his name after claiming the bantamweight title. But while White admits that Faber impressed him on Saturday, he’s not ready to say Faber will get the next title shot.

“He looked good,” White said. “Obviously not just who he beat but how he beat him and how he did it, he looked incredible in his home town that night. He was giving me sh*t after because I did say he was old. He looked good [but] I don’t know. Cejudo’s hurt so I’ve got to see what’s next for Henry Cejudo.

“You don’t know what fights you can make until everybody’s healthy and back. So we’ll see what happens with Henry Cejudo when he gets back.”

Cejudo is currently recovering from shoulder surgery and likely won’t be able to fight again until early 2020. And while that doesn’t sound like Faber is likely to get the next shot, opinions on fights can change rapidly and White also admitted that he wasn’t ruling anything out either.

“I don’t know. Listen, he proved to me that he wasn’t too old because he beat a real guy,” White said. “He beat a real guy in devastating fashion so he’s obviously not too old.

“We’ll see what happens.”

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When Henry Cejudo and Urijah first met.

Going back to Cali in 2009... ⏳

Simpler times for @HenryCejudo and @UrijahFaber pic.twitter.com/lgMWAjC3tL

— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) July 15, 2019

Sounds like Jon’s ready to get after Corey Anderson.

Anthony Smith in a recent interview: “I’ve said it over, and over, and over again: I’m coming, and there’s no one who’s gonna stop me.”

— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) July 16, 2019

Breaking news: Cory Anderson verbally attacks Jon Jones about his past.

Why does these guys have to talk smack before taking their L? And then after the fight I go on with good sportsmanship and say nice things about them. It’s getting old

— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) July 16, 2019

I get it, just wish these boys would let their skills speak for them. For these guys to be considered some of the toughest men/athletes in the world, most of them act like little bitches. Always with the bark and very little bite https://t.co/WPnc7hxfQN

— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) July 16, 2019

Yeah I know very little about him but I’ll definitely expose his ass. He might want to tell his wife to stay home in December. https://t.co/sdrVAxj94s

— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) July 16, 2019

Responses.

Oh now we’re making fun of people?You better check yourself, tough guy. Don’t forget I’m the guy that made you almost likable... I’ll quickly be the guy to change that if you keep it up. Also, you owe me a fucking drink and i don’t forget...Modelo...12oz bottle...chilled. https://t.co/75zKdzYpul

— Anthony Smith (@lionheartasmith) July 16, 2019

I "attacked" you about your past 6 months ago. Now I'm stating the obvious.. that you not fighting the same as you use too.. mayb CUZ of your past you fought differently when using drugs than you do now that your clean. Get out yo feelings @JonnyBones . And its corEy.. #ufc https://t.co/8eetgJmwDo

— Corey Anderson UFC (@CoreyA_MMA) July 16, 2019

Hahaha @JonnyBones just make sure you bring your WHOLE family. I want them to be there for your DEthroning. And you know how to use them Twitter fingers make sure you "@" me when you speak on my name... https://t.co/RFhfXsQNCv

— Corey Anderson UFC (@CoreyA_MMA) July 16, 2019

Stipe training with Myles Garret.

It’s been awesome putting in work with @MylesLGarrett. New Cleveland blood, same championship DNA. Dude is a monster!!! #SM #Browns #StrongStyle pic.twitter.com/tU3xxqkEZm

— Stipe Miocic (@stipemiocic) July 16, 2019

Khabib is bigger than Deron Winn. That’s freakin’ wild.

Hey @TeamKhabib & @MAKHACHEVMMA since you guys my Dagestan brothers I give you discount on wrestling lessons. when we done you wrestling just like mine and @dc_mma kids team
: @i_AmTheBay pic.twitter.com/XsOljlIEAE

— Deron Winn (@DeronWinn) July 17, 2019

Fair point, Petr.

So it’s settled! Who do the fans want to see me fight for the Interim Bantamweight Title? #FunkGotNext!
@UFC @espnmma https://t.co/RCYtcStybF

— Aljamain Sterling (@FunkMaster_UFC) July 16, 2019

Why even ask? https://t.co/9sbLP5leDo

— Petr “No Mercy” Yan (@PetrYanUFC) July 16, 2019

How many can you get?

It's #WorldEmojiDay! Can you name the UFC Fighters?

1
2
3
4
5 ‍♂️
6
7 ⏳
8
9
10 ⌛️
11
12
13 ‍
14
15
16
17 ❤️
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25

— UFC Europe (@UFCEurope) July 17, 2019

Frankie with the ancient philosophy.

He’s back.

FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Kai-Kara France (19-7, 1 NC) vs. Mark De La Rosa (11-2); UFC Shenzen, Aug. 31.

Michael Page (14-1) vs. Richard Kiely (3-1); Bellator Dublin, Sept. 27.

John Phillips (21-9) vs. Alen Amedovski (8-1); UFC Copenhagen, Sept. 28.

FINAL THOUGHTS

I’m sorry but I just can’t make myself care about a Corey Anderson title shot. Or another one for Anthony Smith. Light heavyweight is just, not that interesting right now. Jon is gonna reign for 100 years.

Thanks for reading and see y’all tomorrow.

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