Morning Report: Mark Henry says Conor McGregor doesn’t deserve to fight...
Don't count famed striking coach Mark Henry among those surprised to see Nate Diaz score a win over Conor McGregor at UFC 196. On-site to corner Corey Anderson against Tom Lawler, Frankie Edgar's top trainer made sure to stick around to scout McGregor ahead of a possible run-in at UFC 200 in July. "People this weekend were saying how amazing Conor is by going up," Henry told John Franklin of the Sunday Morning Cornerman show. "Well, Frankie is 15 pounds less than Conor and was the 155-pound champion. People need to get that in their head when talking about this awesomeness of Conor McGregor. If McGregor is this awesome fighter for going up and getting crushed, Frankie must be the best fighter to ever walk on the planet." McGregor made the jump from title bouts at 145 pounds to face Diaz at welterweight, but Henry doesn't exactly see it like that. "He didn't go up two weight classes," Henry said. "He fought a 155-pound fighter, and Frankie has dominated that weight class. Conor couldn't even get past the first 155-pound fighter he faced. At the end of the fight, he was saying something like, ‘I don't know if Frankie is worthy of fighting me.' I think it's the other way around. I don't think Conor is worthy of fighting Frankie." UFC president Dana White has all but confirmed that McGregor will make a return at UFC 200 on July 9. Post-fight at UFC 196, McGregor said he intended to defend his featherweight title and his coach John Kavanagh told Ariel Helwani Monday that a rematch with Jose Aldo would be next, if it were up to him. "I think from that fight we know why Conor and the UFC don't want him to fight Frankie," Henry said of McGregor. "This guy gasses out and Frankie would just maul this kid. Frankie isn't afraid to throw strikes and has good movement. There's a lot of things Conor does to fighters that he wouldn't be able to do to Frankie." 5 MUST-READ STORIES The MMA Beat. The panel discusses the aftermath of UFC 196, what to do next with the big winners and losers, Georges St-Pierre showing up to the event, Wanderlei Silva signing with Bellator and more. Options. Michael Bisping is intrigued by a fight with Nick Diaz fight, but wants a title shot after his win over Anderson Silva. Booked. Derrick Lewis steps in for an injured Ruslan Magomedov to face Gabriel Gonzaga in Croatia. Good to see. Erick Silva admits he threw "unethical" punch at UFC 196. "I let my emotions act and ended up doing something not worthy of the martial arts." Paperwork snafu. Irene Aldana and Herica Tiburcio appeared to miss weight before Invicta FC 16, but contractually they actually did not. MEDIA STEW Conor McGregor beats up Conan. Miesha Tate says she proved her division has depth by beating Holly Holm. Weigh-ins from Invicta FC 16. The best damn moments from KSW 34. Behind the scenes at UFC 196. TTTHS. Long watches. Best Coast Show Ep 35 - UFC 196 & UFC 197 w Marc Raimondi ... ... TWEETS 209. ICYMI: @Jon_Anik delivers on a promise to @NateDiaz209. https://t.co/nJCM8jKyiR pic.twitter.com/aMYFU7nAun — UFC (@ufc) March 11, 2016 #Repost @natediaz209・・・#Repost @jon_anik with @repostapp.Jon Anik reppin the town now @representltd Posted by DIAZ BROTHERS on Thursday, March 10, 2016 Back in the gym. Back !! Posted by Anderson 'The Spider' Silva on Thursday, March 10, 2016 Missed connection. @rosenamajunas sorry, just saw the tweet. Left denver today but next time for sure lets meet up — Joanna Jedrzejczyk (@joannamma) March 11, 2016 Got em. Miesha Tate has some fun after her weigh-in video with this cop went viral!Andy Nesbitt for @TheBuzzer Posted by UFC on FOX on Thursday, March 10, 2016 Bisping remembers. #westcoast flow Posted by Luke Rockhold on Thursday, March 10, 2016 At least for one night. #Weedbeatsspeed Posted by DIAZ BROTHERS on Thursday, March 10, 2016 Big improvements. Okay much much better they had me looking like a troll there for a second so awesome to be in... https://t.co/10NnAUIpYh — Rose Namajunas (@rosenamajunas) March 10, 2016 Okay much much better they had me looking like a troll there for a second so awesome to be in a video game either way though! A photo posted by @rosenamajunas on Mar 10, 2016 at 11:33am PST This is so great .. Can't wait to get mine https://t.co/Pafz1Jx6SR — Jessica Eye (@jessicaevileye) March 11, 2016 Busy week for Schaub. Posted by Brendan Schaub on Thursday, March 10, 2016 Daddy dance pic.twitter.com/iAYypmUjIs — Brendan Schaub (@BrendanSchaub) March 10, 2016 FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS Announced yesterday (Mar. 10 2016) Derrick Lewis vs. Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC Fight Night: Dos Santos vs. Rothwell Found something you'd like to see in the Morning Report? Just hit me up on Twitter @SaintMMA and we'll include it in tomorrow's column.