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Chael Sonnen

While the Nevada Athletic Commission tries to sort things out on their end, Chael Sonnen is planning to move forward with competing this weekend at Metamoris 4 against Andre Galvao.

According to a report by Bleacher Report, Sonnen will ignore a possible suspension by the NAC and face Galvao on Saturday. It was previously stated that Sonnen could be fined an excessive amount by the commission if he elected to compete, stemming from previous failed drug tests.

The former UFC No. 1 contender retired after he failed his first drug test earlier this year, but another failed test result also came back. Sonnen went in front of the NAC and admitted he wrongdoing, accepting their suspension of his fight license.

Sonnen-Galvao, though, is set to take place in Los Angeles as a grappling match inside the Petersen Automotive Museum. Check out a trailer for the event in the video below:

ufc 178

Several hours after they tried to “throw-down” at Ultimate Media Day, Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier appeared on a segment entitled “Fighting Words” on FOX Sports Live late Monday night.

Jones, the reigning UFC light heavyweight champion, and Cormier tussled after facing off on stage in Las Vegas earlier in the day. The two also made an appearance on ESPN’s “SportsCenter” just hours after the incident, while the UFC stated plans to wait until the Nevada Athletic Commission has a chance to review the matter before handing out any punishment.

Jones and Cormier are set to meet September 27 from Las Vegas at UFC 178 in the main event.

nate diaz

It appears as if the career of Nate Diaz remains in a state of limbo.

Mike Kogan, the manager for Diaz, recently appeared on Submission Radio to discuss the matter. Diaz, a former No. 1 contender, has not fought since a 2013 victory over Gray Maynard.

“Right now, nobody’s talking to anybody,” Kogan said. “Dana (White) made it very clear that Nate should be happy with what he has and he doesn’t see any reason to even discuss it.

“(Diaz) is not really as popular as I guess we believe he is and that was that. We just kind of stopped there. So, right now, nobody’s talking to anybody.”

Diaz (17-9) has gone 4-2 in his last six, including wins over Jim Miller and Donald Cerrone. Recently, Miller and Cerrone faced each other, with “Cowboy” coming out on the winning end. Kogan also volunteered his fighter for a rematch with Cerrone, but was turned down.

“At some point, hopefully we will have some kind of a discussion and something will happen one way or the other. Now that being said, we have offered a number of fights that we were happy to take even with the current structure, but we weren’t given those,” he said. “I reached out to the UFC before the Donald Cerrone/Miller fight even happened and said, ‘Hey, how about we fight the winner? Nate beat both of them, they’ve both since fought four times and won, you know’, and they said ‘Oh you know, let’s see how the guys are after the fight, maybe they’re banged up, maybe there not.’

“Next thing you know, they announce the fight with Khabib (Nurmagomedov vs. Cerrone). Then Khabib blows his knee like 15 minutes later and now they’re saying he’s gonna be fighting Eddie Alvarez who’s not even signed with the UFC yet. And we asked for that fight when Michael Johnson got injured.”

Kogan and White had an interesting exchange on Twitter over comments made by the UFC president regarding Diaz and his ability to provide a draw.

“Dana said Nate had the lowest rated fight in FOX history which is not true, that was Demetrious Johnson. Nate’s fight against Miller actually peaked at three million views on the same night that (Floyd) Mayweather was fighting and Shane Mosley was on the undercard, which you know, he’s a name fighter, which means people are going to tune into that undercard fight and not just wait for Mayweather to hit,” Kogan said. “And on that night, on FOX he did three million views with his fight. He’s not responsible for the rest of the card and the aspects that the show generates, but even the show did 2.4 million average which was higher than the Demetrious Johnson fight.”

White both sides continue to hold their cards, Kogan feels “it’s like Jerry Springer.

“If you’re gonna be out there trashing my guy, then I’m gonna say something. I’m not just gonna be sitting back like, ‘Oh, yeah you know, we’re so blessed to be breathing this air.”

Kogan also represented Jason High, who was released from the UFC after shoving an official following a fight. He said an appeal of his ban is set for August 12.

joe riggs

UFC fighter Joe Riggs was forced out of a scheduled return fight with the promotion after suffering a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Riggs, a winner of Bellator’s “Fight Master” series, allowed TMZ Sports an up-close-and-personal look at his injuries.

If you have a weak stomach, you are going to want to stay away from the below video, as it features some intense moments.

For those that like that sort of thing, enjoy:

ufc 179

Officials have announced a previously reported co-main event fight for UFC 179 between light heavyweights Phil Davis and Glover Teixeira.

Set for October 25 from Brazil, the card features a main event between featherweight champion Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes.

Davis (12-2) will be trying to bounce back after suffering a decision loss to Anthony Johnson earlier this year. “Mr. Wonderful” was hopeful that a victory over Johnson would propel him into a title shot, but he was dealt a completely one-sided defeat.

The former Penn State University wrestling standout earned a decision victory over ex-UFC champion Lyoto Machida the last time he stepped foot in Brazil to compete. His only other loss came at the hands of Rashad Evans, also a former UFC champion.

Teixeira (22-3) is also coming off a loss, as he was topped by light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. The Brazilian lost for the first time in six Octagon bouts.

Below is the current lineup for the card:

UFC Featherweight Championship
Jose Aldo (c) vs. Chad Mendes

Light Heavyweight: Phil Davis vs. Glover Teixeira

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