Conor McGregor will fight Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone in January, UFC president Dana White has confirmed - but it’s his pre-empting of a potential rematch between the Irishman and Khabib Nurmagomedov that has enraged one of the organisation’s shining lights.
In an interview with BT Sport, White confirmed the McGregor/Cerrone bout had been booked for January, as had a fight between Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson.
But it was an offhand comment after confirming both fights that drew the ire of Justin Gaethje - owner of a three-fight winning streak.
“You know, if Conor can get through Cowboy, and if Khabib can get through Tony, then we’d be looking at a rematch with Conor and Khabib down the line here pretty soon,” White said in his interview with BT Sport.
This went down like a lead balloon with Gaethje, who immediately took to Twitter to dismiss the suggestion.
“Lol at (Dana White) “if Conor gets through Cowboy”... what a crock of s***,” the American up and comer wrote.
Anthony Joshua lifts lid on 'health issue' after title triumph
Heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua has opened up on the health battle he faced before losing his belts to Andy Ruiz Jr. in the first fight between the pair.
The Brit regained his IBF, WBO and IBO belts in Saudi Arabia over the weekend, courtesy of a unanimous points victory over the Mexican heavyweight.
Joshua's win came after Ruiz stunned him and the world by knocking the previously undefeated Brit down four times in their fight bout in June.
Now, Joshua has lifted the lid on that infamous loss, claiming he was battling "health issues" and needed to undergo an operation to sort out the problem."I had some issue with my health which I was going through for a long time," Joshua told the BBC.
"I didn't know what was wrong with me. I felt so tired and drained and thought it must be down to training.
Joshua went on to reveal the pressures of being a world champion weighed heavily on him and left him drained of energy.
"After my check-ups it showed what the problem was and this is what you have to get sorted," he added.
"Even in this camp I had an operation done but as I'd started training in June I had no issues."