Morning Report: Dana White addresses issues surrounding Nick Diaz-Robbie Lawler and Dan Hooker-Nasrat Haqparast fights

It wouldn’t be a UFC fight weekend if it weren’t for some last minute drama.

Earlier this week, it was revealed that this weekend’s highly anticipated lightweight fight for UFC 266 between Dan Hooker and Nasrat Haqparast was in danger as both Hooker and Haqparast faced visa issues to enter. in the USA. Hooker has finally resolved his issues and is expected to land in Vegas on Thursday night, less than a day before the weigh-ins, but Haqparast is still awaiting a response from the US Consulate in Germany. But while nothing has been officially resolved yet, UFC President Dana White is confident they’ll sort this out in time for the fight to continue.

“We’re working on it,” White said at the press conference following last night’s Contender series. “We should be able to do it. Hope we can. You have no idea how much we have to deal with with visas and all that, and we have a really good ass-saving team on a lot of shows. So we should be able to do it. I am convinced that we can.

The Hooker-Haqparast fight isn’t the only one facing last-minute issues, however. Tuesday, reports have also surfaced of Nick Diaz wanting his planned welterweight fight against Robbie Lawler to be turned into a middleweight fight. While no official decision has been made about the fight, White confirmed the request was made and speculated why Diaz wanted him moved.

“Robbie Lawler texted me saying he would hit me when he landed,” White said. “So Robbie wants to talk to me about this.” All of this happened while I was out of town this weekend. I know Camp Diaz wants to fight at 185 … I don’t know, he probably doesn’t want to put on any weight. Listen, every time you get into a fight with Diaz, you know what I’m talking about? And we forget because we haven’t seen Nick for a few years.

Diaz hasn’t competed since January 2015, when he faced former middleweight champion Anderson Silva at UFC 183 and his return to the cage has been the cause of much speculation in recent years. Rumors of a comeback came to a head last year when Diaz made a test weight cut in preparation for a comeback. Diaz is still set to face Lawler this weekend in an untitled five-round bout on the UFC 266 main card.

Finally, White also addressed the current status of another UFC star who hasn’t been seen for a while: Jon Jones. Jones has had an interesting 2020, defending his light heavyweight title against Dominick Reyes in February before arguing with the UFC over his contract. Ultimately, Jones opted out of his light heavyweight title and declared his intention to move to the heavyweight division. This week Jones will be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame for his fight against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 232 and when asked what the possible timeline for Jones’ return was, White didn’t have much. – something to offer.

“If I see it, I’ll see it,” White said. “I think I know where he is. He said he would fight next year. I’m not pushing him to fight, if that’s what you’re asking me.

Jones was thought to face the winner of the heavyweight title fight between Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou earlier this year, but Jones is still at odds with the UFC over compensation. The UFC has moved on from that fight for the time being, crowning Ciryl Gane as the interim champion. Ngannou and Gane are expected to unify their titles later this year.


Results. Four fighters won contracts on a decision-heavy Contender Series card.

Professionalism. Dana White: Showtime “couldn’t be fucking dumb” for Canelo Alvarez’s presser fight against Caleb Plant.

Negotiations. Jake Paul claims Tommy Fury has twice turned down the fight, offers up to $ 1 million.

Stop. Dillon Danis charged with disorderly conduct after alleged incident at Jersey Shore bar.

Belief. Leon Edwards thinks the UFC “is trying to beat me, but I can’t lose.”


Contender series announcements.

Embedded.

Alexander Volkanovski’s journey to the UFC champion.

Top 5 fights for TUF coaches.

The legendary Spyda drill.


Fighting against writer. Gilbert Melendez discusses Nick Diaz’s comeback.

Unfiltered CFU. Interview with Joseph Benavidez.


The biggest failure of Conor’s career.

Reaction.

The beef continues.

Cody gets down to it.

Volkanovski receives love from The Rock.

Michael Chiesa has a mark.

Stay salty.


Matt Brown (23-18) vs. Bryan Barbarena (15-8); UFC Fight Night, December 4.


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