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MMA NOTES: Ortega-Jung could establish next featherweight challenger


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For a week or two, it’s been understood that the UFC has offered McGregor a fight with Dustin Poirier and that both men want the matchup to happen. That should be that, right?

Well, no.

First, McGregor said he wanted to fight by the end of 2020. UFC president Dana White told the media that won’t happen.

Now, McGregor is saying he wants the fight to go down at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas, where the Cowboys play.

White responded by explaining to reporters in Abu Dhabi that in a COVID-19 world, that’s almost definitely not happening.

“We’re not going into an arena where we’re going to fill a quarter of the arena or half the arena,” White said. “When crowds are ready to come back, we’ll do crowds again.”

It’s entirely unclear if and when stadiums and arenas will be able to be filled to capacity, so the UFC may choose to continue holding events in venues where there are no fans whatsoever for months and months.

White, though, hinted that the upcoming U.S. election could change things.

“I truly believe that the election’s going to have a huge impact on all the bulls— that we’ve been dealing with for the last however many months,” White said. “I’m hoping all of this is going to go away after the election.”

Aljamain Sterling celebrates after defeating Cody Stamann in their bantamweight mixed martial arts bout at UFC 228 on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in Dallas. Photo by Jeffrey McWhorter /The Associated Press


Maybe it’s just because they didn’t have any other choice after Cory Sandhagen knocked out Marlon Moraes last weekend, but it appears that the UFC is going to do the right thing and give Aljamain Sterling a bantamweight title shot.

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