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Gilbert Burns Calls Out Ariel Helwani

The top-ranked UFC welterweight Gilbert Burns is turning the tables on MMA media.

The 34-year old Brazilian is poised for his first shot at UFC gold when he takes on champion Kamaru Usman at UFC 258. Ahead of his title tilt, Burns is trying to play matchmaker and pit ESPN’s Ariel Helwani against “The Schmo”.

Stephan Bonnar Upset At Parler App Being Removed From Google Play Store

Former UFC mainstay Stephan Bonnar is not a fan of Google removing Parler from their app store.

Parler, the app that claims to be a free speech, non-biased social media platform, being dubbed as a Twitter-alternative was removed from Google’s app store after a plethora of social media apps banned President Donald Trump from their platforms.

The removal did not sit well with the aforementioned Bonnar, who took out his frustrations on Twitter:

Diego Sanchez Leaves UFC Fate In Dana White’s Hands

Longtime UFC fan favorite Diego Sanchez is nearing the end of his professional MMA career…and he knows it.

The multi-time fight of the night bonus winner says he has “no choice” in who his final bouts in the promotion will be against and leaves the decision fully up to UFC President Dana White.

Belal Muhammad Shows Off New Techniques

UFC welterweight Belal Muhammad has been “in the lab” ahead of his return to the UFC’s octagon at UFC 258.

The surging 170-pounder took to Twitter to show-off some new techniques ahead of his clash with Dhiego Lima, next month.

Islam Makhachev Visits Abu Dhabi

The UFC returns to Fight Island in Abu Dhabi for UFC Fight Island 7 on January 16 and some of the promotion’s brass, staff and fighters have already made the treck to the luxurious island.

The 13th-ranked UFC lightweight Islam Makhachev has made his way to Abu Dhabi and took to Instagram to share some highlights of his trip to what appears to be a farm.

Watch: UFC 256 Fight Week Food Diaries

UFC’s Director of Nutrition, Clint Wattenberg gives fans an in-depth look at some of the meal preps and nutrition tips that the UFC Performance Institute gave their athletes ahead of UFC 256, last month.

Watch: UFC 257 “Inside The Octagon”

UFC veteran Dan Hardy and UFC commentator John Gooden breakdown Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier’s previous bout ahead of their clash at UFC 257.

Paige VanZant Tosses Austin Vanderford Into Pool

Former UFC women’s strawweight, now BKFC fighter Paige VanZant played a hilarious prank on husband, Bellator weltweright Austin Vanderford while on vacation.

Dana White Aiming For Weili Zhang vs. Rose Namajunas In Asia

UFC President Dana White has gone back and forth on what’s next for UFC women’s strawweight champion Weili Zhang.

First, he planned for Zhang to take on former champion Rose Namajunas, then it was Carla Esparza when White alleged that Namajunas did not want the title fight… and now it appears as if Namajunas is going to get the shot to reclaim the belt after all.

White had the following to say on what’s next for the women’s 115-pound division when speaking to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto,

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