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Dana White explains booking Alvarez vs. McGregor for UFC 205, says Nurmagomedov wants Johnson — By: Brent Brookhouse | September 27, 2016 2:15 pm After a week of speculation over the UFC 205 main event, including UFC President Dana White tweeting Khabib Nurmagomedov was next up for lightweight champ Eddie Alvarez, the promotion surprised everyone with Monday night's announcement of Conor McGregor challenging for Alvarez's belt.

McGregor gets what he wants at UFC 205, and it’s a good thing, too — So about all that stuff we heard from the UFC last week. You know the stuff I'm talking about. The stuff where Conor McGregor (20-3 MMA, 8-1 UFC) was injured and couldn't fight at UFC 205? The stuff where Eddie Alvarez (28-4 MMA, 3-1 UFC) had missed the "deadline" for the event, a thing that didn't seem to exist until it needed to?

The Speed Bag: What makes Roy Nelson’s kick of a ref different from Jason High’s shove? — By: Ben Fowlkes | September 26, 2016 9:45 pm When Roy Nelson delivered a kick to the backside of referee John McCarthy for failing to stop Antonio Silva from taking extra punishment at UFC Fight Night 95, images of Jason High 's shove of a referee - and subsequent UFC release - sprang immediately to mind.

Video: Watch an irate Roy Nelson kick ref in butt after late stoppage at UFC Fight Night 95 — By: Brent Brookhouse | September 25, 2016 12:15 am Roy Nelson dropped Antonio Silva with a big uppercut and continued to throw blows until the fight was stopped. Unfortunately, Nelson felt the stoppage came far too late and was visibly upset at referee John McCarthy at the conclusion of the bout.

How do you say yes to fighting ‘Cyborg’ - and tell yourself it’s a good idea? Lina Lansberg explains — Lina Lansberg knew something was up when the UFC wanted to know if she could fight at 140 pounds for her promotional debut. When she heard she'd be headlining an event against 'Cyborg' Justino, she says she felt strangely calm.

The Speed Bag: Why are we making ‘Cyborg’ Justino do this again? — Cristiane Justino will step into the UFC octagon for the second time Saturday when she faces Lina Lansberg at UFC Fight Night 95. And for the second time, Justino will struggle to cut to a 140-pound catchweight to compete in the UFC.

Trading Shots: Did Michael Johnson’s post-fight taunt cross the line? — Michael Johnson drew some criticism for his post-fight taunt after knocking out Dustin Poirier at UFC Fight Night 94. In this week's Trading Shots, retired UFC and WEC fighter Danny Downes joins MMAjunkie columnist Ben Fowlkes to discuss whether Johnson earned that criticism, and whether he did enough to make amends.

When it comes to fouls and consequences, MMA is still a mess — UFC Fight Night 94 showed once again that the hardest thing in MMA might be predicting what will happen as the result of a foul. Something? Nothing? Anything? That's a problem, and it's one we don't seem concerned with fixing.

UFC Fight Night 94 bonuses: Chas Skelly was a no-brainer for $50,000 in Texas — By: Matt Erickson | September 18, 2016 1:25 am HIDALGO, Texas - Michael Johnson, Chas Skelly, Evan Dunham and Rick Glenn each earned $50,000 bonuses for their performances at Saturday's UFC Fight Night 94 event. Dunham and Glenn earned the "Fight of the Night," while Johnson and Skelly each won "Performance of the Night" honors.

Twitter reacts to Michael Johnson’s brutal knockout of Dustin Poirier at UFC Fight night 94 — By: Mike Bohn | September 18, 2016 12:39 am Michael Johnson was in a must-win situation at UFC Fight Night 94, and he came through when he bested Dustin Poirier in the lightweight headliner at State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas. Johnson (17-10 MMA, 9-6 UFC) needed a victory to avoid the first three-fight losing skid of his career.
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Sep 27, 2016

RT @chaddundas: Fall conversation topics in heavy rotation at the gym: secret hunting spots, lake house winterization & the politics of loc…

Sep 27, 2016

Will Conor McGregor vs. Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 upset some people? Yes. Is it worth it anyway? Pretty much. 

Sep 27, 2016

@chaddundas So you're saying other mummies, you got not beef with them? You see them and it's like, oh, you're not *the* mummy. We're cool.

Sep 27, 2016

And that line is in, like, the first FIVE MINUTES of the movie. That's when you know it's going to be a special film.

Sep 27, 2016

Chad's just upset that "the mummy," whom he fears and respects, didn't make the top three. 

Sep 27, 2016

Also, if you offer Ronda Rousey a Cyborg fight today, maybe she books an all-female Tango & Cash remake tomorrow? 

Sep 27, 2016

In this week's CME, we answer listener emails and attempt to describe the emojis contained therein. 

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