MMA News Roundup: Canelo Alvarez Accepts Dana White’s Challenge; Charles Oliveira Opines on Possible Welterweight Move; Daniel Cormier to Be Inducted Into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame

Published 09/29/2023, 3:25 AM EDT

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Several new developments have taken place in the world of MMA. However, the lack of time in our daily lives often makes us miss out on some of the most significant events in our favorite sport. But there is nothing to worry about as we’re back with yet another edition of the daily roundup. Here are some of the most noteworthy news in the last 24 hours.

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We will start with Canelo Alvarez, who agreed to go head-to-head with the UFC. Then we will shift our focus to Charles Oliveira, discussing a move to the welterweight division. Finally, we will sum up our daily news compilation with Daniel Cormier, who is set to get inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.

Canelo Alvarez is willing to compete against Dana White’s promotion

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The undisputed super middleweight champion is gearing up for his upcoming fight against Jermall Charlo on September 30. It was originally scheduled to take place during the Mexican Independence Day. However, it clashed with Noche UFC, which prompted Canelo Alvarez to postpone the fight. On the other hand, Noche UFC turned out to be a success.

Subsequently, UFC CEO Dana White asserted that he is going to head-to-head against any promotion and any fighter when it comes to holding events. Likewise, Alvarez responded, claiming that he’s ready to compete against the UFC. “I have no problem competing with the UFC (regarding Noche UFC),” said the 33-year-old boxer. (via Google Translate)

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However, Canelo Alvarez has no beef with the UFC fighters. He extended his support to his fellow Mexicans and praised them for what they have achieved in MMA. He also shared some words of praise for the UFC flyweight champion, Alexa Grasso. “I am proud of what my countrymen are doing in MMA and even more so a woman like Grasso,Alvarez further added. We will have to wait and see how his competition with the UFC pans out in the future.

Charles Oliveira lays bare his conditions for a welterweight move

‘Do Bronx’ is gearing up for his lightweight title rematch against Islam Makhachev at UFC 294. As such, MMA journalist James Lynch recently interviewed him, and one of the questions he asked was related to a possible welterweight move for Charles Oliveira. The Brazilian has been a mainstay of the UFC’s lightweight division for a long time. However, he’s not opposed to a welterweight move, but there are a few conditions.

Oliveira mentioned that moving to the 170 lbs division will depend on the money he gets. Moreover, ‘Do Bronx’ could consider moving up if he feels like the time is right under favorable circumstances. “My future kind of depends on, you know, how things play out,” said Charles Oliveira via his translator. “If the money is right, the situation’s right [and] it feels good for me [then] a 100 percent.” Regardless of what holds in his future, ‘Do Bronx’ would be looking to avenge his loss and become a two-time lightweight champion.

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Another feather in the hat for UFC Hall of Famer Daniel Cormier

Former UFC double champion and one of the most iconic fighters in the history of the UFC, Daniel Cormier, is set to collect yet another accolade. ‘DC’, who’s already a UFC Hall of Famer, is soon going to join another group consisting of some of the most elite sportspersons from the state of Louisiana. The Lafayette native will be inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame as a part of the class of 2024.

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Cormier will join the likes of ex-New Orleans Saints star Drew Brees, Olympic winner, and former UFC fighter Kevin Jackson, just to name a few. Moreover, a 40-member Louisiana Sports Writers Association committee chose the next inductees out of 149 nominees. Daniel Cormier has always been regarded as one of the best heavyweight wrestlers in the UFC. As such, he earned his rightful place in yet another Hall of Fame group.

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