UFC 205 Card Set, Werdum In Trouble Over Protest, Bisping Wants Diaz, UFC Fighter Suspended For Two Years

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Fabricio Werdum Protest

- We’re just over two weeks away from one of the biggest and most exciting cards in UFC history as the promotion will debut at Madison Square Garden in New York City with UFC 205: Alvarez vs. McGregor on Saturday, November 12, 2016. The fight card is set with the following fights:

Main Card (Pay-Per-View):

* Eddie Alvarez (c) vs. Conor McGregor for the UFC Lightweight Championship
* Tyron Woodley (c) vs. Stephen Thompson for the UFC Welterweight Championship
* Joanna Jedrzejczyk (c) vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz for the UFC Women’s Strawweight Championship
* Chris Weidman vs. Yoel Romero
* Donald Cerrone vs. Kelvin Gastelum
* Miesha Tate vs. Raquel Pennington

Preliminary Card (Fox Sports 1):

* Frankie Edgar vs. Jeremy Stephens
* Michael Johnson vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov
* Rashad Evans vs. Tim Kennedy
* Belal Muhammad vs. Vicente Luque

Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass):

* Thiago Alves vs. Jim Miller
* Rafael Natal vs. Tim Boetsch
* Liz Carmouche vs. Katlyn Chookagian

Make plans to join our UFC 205: Alvarez vs. McGregor “Open Thread” featuring streaming live results, updates and of course your discussion right here at WrestlingNewsWorld.com.

- The UFC has terminated the broadcast duties of Fabricio Werdum on their Spanish-speaking broadcasts due to his protest against Reebok. It was this photo Werdum posted on Instagram that he told MMAFighting.com was in protest over the low wages UFC fighters receive from the promotion's exclusive apparel partnership with Reebok. Prior to the UFC’s deal with Reebok, fighters were allowed to sign their own sponsorships, which generated a sometimes lucrative revenue stream. In Werdum’s case, he used to earn $100,000-$200,000 in sponsorships per fight but now earns less than 10-percent of those figures. Werdum (21-6-1) is set to fight Cain Velasquez at UFC 207 on December 30, 2016.

- UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping has said he would be interested in fighting Nick Diaz at UFC 206 in Toronto if he can’t get Georges St-Pierre. Bisping called out GSP earlier this week on Twitter but GSP responded, saying he hasn’t yet resolved things with Dana White but that he would love to fight Bisping.

- The USADA and British Columbia Athletic Commission announced on Friday that Adam Hunter has received a two-year suspension after testing positive for multiple prohibited substances, including anabolic steroids, in an out-of-competition drug test taken on August 11, 2016. Hunter was slated to fight Ryan Janes at UFC on FOX 21 on August 27, 2016 but was pulled from the fight after making weight when his sample was flagged. Yahoo has more on the substances that he tested positive for at this link.

- Anthony Pettis is dealing with a crisis as his cars were set on fire in his driveway on Thursday morning in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Pettis posted a photo on Instagram with the following caption:

I am a fighter. I won't be defeated by this. I am also extremely confused and saddened by the events that occurred. I am grateful that no one was harmed by this cowardly act. My life as well as my loved ones were put in danger. I cannot understand why someone would want to hurt myself or my family. I will do everything I can to ensure that we find out who committed this crime and that they are prosecuted to the full extent of the law. I'm constantly defending my choice to stay in this city. Regardless of the crimes that have been occurring lately, this is my home. I really hope the city that I rep has my back on this one and helps by reporting anything they know about this. #teampettis #250k

- Bellator MMA’sMichael Pagetold FloCombat that he would love to appear for WWE one day. Here’s his quote:

"Features don't hurt anyone's brand you know," Page said. "Multiple famous boxers have done it. Ronda Rousey has been in there. It didn't hurt them to expose themselves to new markets. In terms of actual legit crossover full-time--no, my focus is MMA, but partnership work and being on a show, I'm a fan of the WWE myself. So yeah, it's something I'd like to do. I'd like to do things with different shows and work with different markets to drag their eyes back to me, so they take notice when I next step in the cage.”

- Two-time Olympic judo gold medalist Kayla Harrison is making the transition to mixed martial arts and has signed a deal with World Series of Fighting. She’ll serve as brand ambassador and commentator before making her MMA debut. Harrison told TMZ Sports she’s talked with Ronda Rousey for years about making the transition to MMA. She said that Rousey told her the first thing she needed was to get a good striking coach but she also needed to work on her jiu-jitsu. Harrison isn’t interested in fighting Rousey, they trained together for years and she couldn’t make 135 lbs. to save her life. She stated Cris Cyborg is the best at 145 but she is nowhere near ready for that fight.

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