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‘Uncle Creepy’ Ian McCall’s long anticipated return to the UFC Octagon, following a 18-month lay-off, will take place on a different day at a different event after Justin Scoggins was forced off tomorrow's UFC 201 card due to weight cutting issues.

It’s been just three weeks since Ross Person fought Will Brooks at the TUF 23 finale, but after Siyar Bahadurzada was injured, he’s stepped in to face Jorge Masvidal at UFC 201 tomorrow as he knows a 'Fight of the Night' or 'knockout' bonus opponent when he sees one.

Gegard Mousasi’s announcement on Twitter earlier this month that he would be fighting against Vitor Belfort next – which he later tried to play down as a hoax – has now become a reality.

What with PED busts, title fights being announced, titles changing hands and TV deals getting signed and sealed, this has been a crazy busy week for MMA fans. So, FO has picked out six alternative tales that may have flown under your radar.

Nate Diaz hit back at UFC 202 rival Conor McGregor live on US TV last night by promising: 'The truth is coming'.

BT Sport will remain the home of UFC in the UK and Republic of Ireland the promotion confirmed this morning. The channel will now broadcast over 150 hours of live UFC events a year – with plenty of new programming in the works for the British fan base.

The renewed partnership sees BT Sport retain the exclusive live rights within the UK and ROI, while enhancing their content by offering every UFC event across the globe, including all US numbered pay-per-view events and all EMEA events live.

The announcement comes ahead of the highly anticipated rematch between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz at UFC 202: Diaz vs McGregor 2 in Las Vegas. McGregor will be set on revenge after suffering his first loss in the UFC in March 2016 at the hands of Diaz, who stepped in to take the fight on just 2 weeks notice. All the action from UFC 202: Diaz vs. McGregor 2 will be broadcast live on BT Sport.

During the successful partnership between BT Sport and UFC, which begin in 2013, MMA has seen a marked increase in popularity in the UK and the Republic of Ireland as UFC content and events became widely accessible through BT Sport. The sport cemented its place as one of the fastest growing and most entertaining sports in the world.

James Elliott, general manager and vice president UFC EMEA, said: “There is no doubt that our initial partnership with BT Sport placed UFC and the sport of MMA in front of an engaged sports audience, and helped to grow the sport in the UK & Ireland. This renewal is a signal from both organisations that there is clearly more to come and that BT Sport provides the perfect platform on which to continue to grow the sport of MMA and UFC. The potential for growth for both organisations is huge and we are delighted to be continuing our partnership and to building something special." 

Simon Green, head of BT Sport, added: “UFC were one of the first partners that we announced back in 2013 when we launched BT Sport. Since then we have both come a long way and I’m very happy to announce today that we will continue to grow the sport with even more exclusive UFC action live on BT Sport.”

This week, in a Throwback Thursday video special, we look back on a sit-down interview with 'The Count' himself, recently crowned UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping.

Former UFC women's bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey is gracing the cover of the latest Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue. But rather than donning their model in the traditional swimwear for the magazine, SI took a different approach.

Let the dice decide which 145lb’er is king by playing FO’s fantasy featherweight game – fun for all the family!

One Championship bantamweight champion Bibiano Fernandes' story of his rise through MMA is one of the most inspirational stories in a sport filled with inspiring characters. Hear him tell of his journey in this new video.

British UFC veteran Dan 'The Outlaw' Hardy will swap the Octagon for the Atlantic ocean as a crew member of the Great Britain team for its 5,300-mile month-long opening leg of the famous Clipper 2015-16 Round the World Yacht Race, from London, England to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

UFC welterweight champion 'Ruthless' Robbie Lawler is among the most destructive fighters in his division, so it's no surprise he's a big fan of action movies. Lawler explained his love for action-packed blockbusters in a recent interview with Fighters Only.

Tyron Woodley may not be the most popular choice with the rest of the leading contenders at 170lb to step in and face champion Robbie Lawler for the belt at UFC 201 in Atlanta, Georgia, but that doesn't mean squat to the 34-year-old, who told Fighters Only recently how his patient approach will pay off tomorrow night.

Ahead of his fight with Ross Pearson at the TUF 23 finale in Las Vegas, the former Bellator lightweight champion spoke to Tony Reid.

Early on in your career you were singularly focused on Bellator and the lightweight title. Over time the writing was on the wall that you might be considering leaving Bellator for a larger stage in the sport. Was there a single moment when you knew you were leaving Bellator?

"I felt it in my body and in my spirit the way everything was happening around me, I knew it was time to pursue that next goal. I put all my energy into what I was doing with Bellator. I accomplished the goal I set there. I wanted to become the champion, defend my title a few times and move on with my career. I have always been very committed to setting goals for myself, completing those and moving on the next one. I knew it was time to make the move."

Many goal setters find themselves bored after achieving certain goals. Was there a part of you that was bored in Bellator?

"There was a little bit of boredom. It was partly just me wanting to move on and continue to beat everyone in the lightweight division in Mixed Martial Arts period. How do you do that when many of the lightweights are in different organizations? Who has the best crop of lightweights that I can go in there and try to knock them off one by one? The answer is the UFC, of course."

There was a point in time where you were in limbo with Bellator. There were moves being made in the lightweight division and it looked, on the surface, like you weren’t a part of that. What was it like behind the scenes for you during that time?

"It was frustrating at the time and even more so toward the end when I was getting impatient. I was ready to compete. I was 100% healthy mentally and physically. I had to step back and realize I had a lot of things going on in my personal life at the time. I took that time and used it wisely. I was going through a lot of life changes. My fiancé and I were planning a wedding. She was pregnant at the time. Then my baby girl was born. I was getting used to being a father. I had to realize what my most important priorities were at that time. That was being the best new father and fiancé that I could be. I put all my energy there. I put the MMA stuff on the backburner and focused on my personal life."

That’s a lot for anyone to take on at one time. How crazy did it get?

"It got a little crazy there but at the same time I have always lived a pretty chaotic lifestyle. Most things haven’t gone in a straight line for me. It has been a lot of ups and downs, twists and turns. I have had to figure out things on the fly. I have been good at adapting and taking on a large workload. My fiancĂ© and I work well as a team. She makes things a lot easier for me to focus. It’s just like a tennis match. We bounce the ball back and forth and keep working it out."

When did you know that you were officially a UFC fighter?

"Based on my relationship with the previous organization I had to wait to get into negotiations with the UFC. The day was June 15th. The night before my manager said to buckle my seatbelt. It was going to go quickly once we were free and clear to negotiate. We wanted to get it done as quickly as possible but we also wanted to listen to all offers. We were going over all emails, calls and other offers. He asked me what I wanted to do. It was clear I wanted to sign with the UFC so we got to work on that deal."

Chi Lewis-Parry is officially part of the American Kickboxing Academy. Having been brought in initially to help Daniel Cormier prepare for the Jon Jones rematch, AKA is now the gym he calls home. If you follow Lewis-Parry or Cormier on social media, it’s easy to see they have bonded.

Japan's Satoshi Ishii will meet US fan favorite Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson in tonight's Bellator 157 main event, but the Olympic judo gold medalist isn't planning on being a mere steeping stone for his American opponent.

Tonight could be doubly sweet for Bellator lightweight veteran Patricky 'Pitbull' Freire if he is able to earn a win at Bellator 157. In doing so he would avenge his loss to former champ Michael Chandler and would claim the vacant 155lb title.

Undefeated women's MMA prospect Ilima-Lei 'Ilimanator' Macfarlane has the biggest fight of her young career ahead of her this week as she is scheduled to face 6-1 Rebecca Ruth at Bellator 157 (Bellator: Dynamite 2) this Friday night.

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Just 24 hours after Amir Khan called out current UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor, the two-weight boxing world champion took to social media and with the UFC championship belt hoisted over his shoulder cheekly proclaimed, “UFC training has started.”

Sage Northcutt's unbeaten MMA run came to a surprising end this past weekend when he tapped to replacement opponent Bryan Barberena's modified head-and-arm choke.

After the event took place last Friday at The Venetian in Las Vegas, MMA fans in the US and Ireland will be able to watch the highlights from Eighth Annual Fighters Only World MMA Awards tonight.

Veteran UFC Octagon announcer Bruce Buffer's voice is synonymous with some of the most memorable moments in MMA history. In an FO exclusive, Buffer speaks on his history with the sport's top promotion and reveals some of his personal favorite announcements.

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