After every major event in the UFC, the rumor mill tends to come to life, with the winners and losers on the night talking about their future, or lack thereof, in the UFC. There was a lot of that going around on Saturday night in Las Vegas, with UFC boss Dana White even getting in on the action. Let’s talk about the latest news and rumors that are currently running wild in the world of the UFC so you can bet on their UFC odds.
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One of the most commonly asked questions that we here is whether or not Nick Diaz will return to the octagon. All signs would appear to be point towards yes being the answer, with Dana White coming out and saying that it will indeed happen. If Diaz does return, who will he take on first? The most likely scenario is that he would have a rematch with Jorge Masvidal before anything else happens, but it really is all about timing here.
After his win over Tyron Woodley on Saturday night, Colby Covington threw his hat in the ring for a shot at Diaz. Covington has stated that he and Diaz were slated to fight back in 2018 at Madison Square Garden, but that bout never materialized. Diaz is talking about a return to action in the early part of next year, so we are going to need to wait and see what happens then.
Dana White believes that Covington is back in contention for another shot at the title, but he also believes that Gilbert Burns is the next man up to face Usman, so a Covington/Diaz bout would appear to make perfect sense.
White has stated in the past that he will never force a fighter to retire, but he is also not shy about letting them know that their time should probably be coming. In a press conference after the Vegas event on Saturday night, White stated that he thought it is time that Donald Cerrone and Tyron Woodley thought about calling it a career. Both men are certainly not getting any younger plus their losses are beginning to pile up. Woodley was forced to retire in the final round versus Covington with a rib injury, so he may well wait until he recovers from that before making any sort of decision.
One rumor that will not go away is in regard the return of Conor McGregor in 2021. The Irishman has “officially” retired from the UFC on 3 separate occasions, citing a lack of fighting opportunities, but the latest news is that he and Dana White have had a chat about his future. This is where things get a little complicated, though. While White has said that McGregor will indeed be back in 2021, he also stated that he is not guaranteeing that it will be in the capacity of a fighter. The reality here is that fans of the sport want to see McGregor in the ring going toe to toe, so anything other than that will likely be considered a bit of a disappointment.