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What You Missed: Koscheck Apologizes To GSP, Strikeforce Title Implications

Quick rundown of what you missed yesterday…

Josh Koscheck has apologized to GSP for the steroid comments the other day.

“Media stories on comments I made about rumors of GSP are in no way factual,” Koscheck said. “I’m known for polarizing comments, and I got caught up in hyping TUF and our fight. I was wrong, and apologize to GSP for trying to invalidate his hard work and talent.”

Meanwhile, BJ Penn denies he called Koscheck and told him he was on steroids, but he might as well have.

“A lot of people have been writing into the site and asking me if I called Josh Koscheck about the whole GSP situation and no, the answer is that I haven’t been talking to Josh Koscheck but he must have been reading my mind, he must have mental telepathy.”

Back in Vegas, the NSAC discussed their drug testing policies in yesterday’s meeting. USADA head Travis Tygart was present and basically told the commission their testing protocols aren’t good enough. It doesn’t sound like that’s what the commission wanted to hear, nor does it sound like they’re going to make any changes anytime soon.

— Neither the UFC or Brock Lesnar wants Steve Mazzagatti reffing the Lesnar vs. Carwin heavyweight title fight at UFC 116, and representatives for both showed up to the NSAC’s meeting yesterday to make it known to the commission. Both claim Mazzagatti is biased against Lesnar, but NSAC Chairwoman Pat Lundvall didn’t buy it. Ultimately, the UFC and Lesnar got their wish though. Josh Rosenthal will ref the fight.

—The winner of the Chuck Liddell vs. Rich Franklin fight may fight Forrest Griffin next. Once again, Dana is talking about Chuck’s retiring if he loses.

— Speaking of retirement, Mirko “Cro Cop” says he is not going back to Japan to fight if he leaves the UFC. If he and Zuffa aren’t able to agree on terms for a contract extension after this fight, he will retire.

Scott Coker is all but conceding Jake Shields to the UFC.

“This depends on how things shake out with Jake. If things continue the way they’re going, and we end up in the situation where we’re looking for a 185-pound champion, I think Jacare and Robbie [Lawler] would be the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds in that slot,” he said.

“That’s still to be determined. That hasn’t been mapped out 100 percent, but we’ll probably have an announcement in the next 10 days or so.”

Coker says the upcoming Robbie Lawler vs. Babalu Sobral main event has title implications, but in separate divisions. If Lawler wins, he could face Jacare for the middleweight title assuming Shields is gone, and if Babalu wins, he’s in line to take on King Mo for the light heavyweight title. The latter of which is pretty funny considering Babalu is on his way down to middleweight to avoid a fight with King Mo since they’re teammates. Babalu’s manager says they have other fights in mind.

“For what it’s worth, if the question is, ‘Are we looking for a fight with Mo?’ with all due respect, the answer is, ‘No,’ because of our relationship with Mo,” Wilner said. “If that’s the fight on the table that the fans are clamoring for, then we’ll do what we have to do.

“If the question is, ‘Who do we want to fight?’ I can easily answer that question. The answer to that question is Dan Henderson and Gegard Mousasi.”

Strikeforce Babalu vs Lawler conference call audio and transcript.

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Fight Cards

Bellator 163: McGeary vs. Davis

Event Date: November 4, 2016
Broadcast: Spike

UFC Fight Night 98: Dos Anjos vs. Ferguson

Event Date: November 5, 2016
Broadcast: TBD

Bellator 164: Koreshkov vs. Lima

Event Date: November 11, 2016
Broadcast: Spike Sports

UFC 205: Alvarez vs. McGregor

Event Date: November 12, 2016
Broadcast: Pay-per-view, Fox Sports 1, UFC Fight Pass

Bellator 165: Chandler Vs. Henderson

Event Date: November 19, 2016
Broadcast: Spike TV

UFC Fight Night 99: Mousasi vs. Hall 2

Event Date: November 19, 2016
Broadcast: TBD