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Khabib Nurmagomedov Quarantined in Russia

»Posted by on Apr 2, 2020 in Fighter | Comments Off on Khabib Nurmagomedov Quarantined in Russia

Khabib Nurmagomedov Quarantined in Russia

The Russian Government has been severe in its approach towards the COVID-19 pandemic. Travel restrictions are more stringent than the standard country, with even notable athletes unable to locate flights outside their nation. This has prompted the UFC Lightweight Champion to announce he won’t be attending UFC 249. This has forced Dana White to establish a new title fight in two weeks. Khabib Nurmagomedov made this sombre announcement through social media platforms like Instagram and Twitter.

The Instagram post informed the MMA Community that he’s more upset at the concept of not fighting than anyone else. However, he understands the predicaments surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. This marks the 4th time that a fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson has been cancelled. Multiple athletes and sporting analysts predicted that the two men wouldn’t compete. It leaves Dana White in an awkward position of creating a 5th fight for these two men, which would be diminished in its reliability.

Khabib Nurmagomedov is an unbeaten lightweight champion, competing in 28 Professional Fights with the UFC. His bout against Tony Ferguson was initially slated for April 15th in Brooklyn. Government legislation for social distancing forced Dana White to begin locating a new venue location, with the UFC President providing minimal details on the new venue. When Dana White was questioned on Khabib Nurmagomedov’s forced decision, the president didn’t give any insight into his thoughts. The lightweight champion often disputed the actions Dana White displayed throughout this pandemic, which has been ignorant and disrespectful.

Khabibs Backlash Against Dana White

Another moment where Khabib expressed anger towards Dana White was in his Instagram announcement. Nurmagomedov mentioned that he felt angry over specific individuals compelling him to fight, to risk his life during a pandemic. Khabib expressed that the entire world should be quarantined and that all individuals should be limited on travel. This extends towards government employees, celebrities and millionaires. The only individuals permitted should be medical staff needing to safe millions worldwide. Khabib couldn’t believe that Dana White would urge a fight to move forward, even if it risked the lives of his employees and fighters. It shows that money is more important than human beings for Dana White.

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Jon Jones Facing One-Year Suspension

»Posted by on Mar 29, 2020 in Featured Fighter | Comments Off on Jon Jones Facing One-Year Suspension

Jon Jones Facing One-Year Suspension

The UFC Light Heavyweight Champion has been arrested for drinking while driving with intent. Those charges extend to possessing a firearm, not having insurance of his vehicle and possession of open containers. Fighting analysts have started calling Jones that UFCs “Disappointment of All Time”. Supporters behind the Ultimate Fighting Championship shouldn’t expect these athletes to be perfect citizens.

Professional fighting can create multiple adverse side effects to the brain, with many speculating that after a lengthy career, this has begun happening to Jon Jones. It should be noted that he’s committed criminal offences previously, and continuously received leniency because of his celebrity. Things will change for Jon Jones in 2020, with the UFC having no choice but to implement a one-year suspension. This will leave Dana White without one of his most notable fighters, who can’t defend Jon Jones after disturbing video evidence was publicly released.

There have been multiple people throughout the UFC, and Jon Jones camp that has expressed this champion needs medical assistance. The suspension period is necessary to ensure that Jones can return to the UFC. It should be mentioned that Jones has come off four title defences throughout the last fourteen months. Sporting analysts and UFC Corporate were beginning to trust Jones for the 3rd time. The champion was slated to compete against Stipe Miocic in late 2020, with that bout now being impossible for Jones. The last time he fought was on February 8th in Houston against Dominick Reyes for UFC 247.

No Fight

There won’t be any fighting opportunities for Jon Jones after his numerous charges. The Albuquerque District Attorney’s Office will be handling the allegations against Jon Jones. They’ll be looking for a ten-year prison sentence for the drunk driving, possession of open containers, use of firearms and lack of insurance. Jon Jones was expected to be shooting guns around 1 AM around the Albuquerque Region. Locals identified a Black Jeep as the culprit, with Jon Jones being located in an identical field.

On-Scene Officers provided three field sobriety tests with Jon Jones, where he continually failed against all efforts. Breathalyzers were than administered to the Light Heavyweight Champion, where he went 2x over the legal limit. This prompted officers to search the vehicle, where a handgun was located. Jones was taken into handcuffs and will face court by March 30th.

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Conor McGregor Speaks with Bleacher Report

»Posted by on Mar 19, 2020 in Featured Fighter, Fighter | Comments Off on Conor McGregor Speaks with Bleacher Report

Conor McGregor Speaks with Bleacher Report

Supporters behind the Irishman won’t have to wait long for his re-entrance into the UFCs Octagon or the Boxing Ring. This follows after Conor McGregor confirmed that he’d be competing sooner than later, with the Irish-born athlete having competed twice in the last seventeen months. There was a fifteen-month period where McGregor wasn’t seen in a fighting capacity, which came after his defeat to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229. Conor would return at UFC 246 to demolish Donald Cerrone within 40-Seconds. It’s one of the fastest knockouts in sports history.

Millions worldwide engage with Connor McGregor’s fights. His presence is something that MMA enthusiasts have often enjoyed. It’s the buildup that’s more exciting than the actual battle, and it earns the UFC millions. Proof of McGregor’s value came when he boxed Floyd Mayweather Junior in 2017, which again saw the Irishman get knocked out. However, the money earned through this bout was extensive.

One of the future opponents for Conor McGregor could be Justin Gaethje, who is trying to implement mental warfare against the Irishman. McGregor hasn’t seemed interested in this opponent, with him indicating he’d prefer to combat Khabib Nurmagomedov or Floyd Mayweather Junior for a second time. It should be mentioned that Mayweather, Nurmagomedov and McGregor are all slated to fight each other. The Boxing Champion Mayweather could earn upwards of $300 Million to battle Khabib and Conor.

Conor’s Remarks

McGregor spoke with Bleach Report on his future. The Irishman mentioned that nobody wants a dull fight, that fans want the original version of Conor and deserve a passionate bout. These statements followed after competing against Khabib in 2017, where Conor didn’t take training seriously and prompted serious injury onto himself. It was expressed that he wants to win for the McGregor supporters and his family, that he’ll fight anybody to prove that he’s capable of re-acquiring the championship.

Conor McGregor closed out his remarks by expressing he’d compete in the Octagon shortly and would also be boxing in 2020. Now speculation regarding who those potential opponents will begin amongst UFC and Boxing Analysts. One thing is almost for sure; at some point, there’ll be a secondary bout between Khabib and Conor. Dana White will make it so.

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UFCs ESPN+ 28 Cancels Mass Gathering

»Posted by on Mar 13, 2020 in Fighter, MMA | Comments Off on UFCs ESPN+ 28 Cancels Mass Gathering

UFCs ESPN+ 28 Cancels Mass Gathering

Brasilia saw their first Ultimate Fighters Championship event cancelled for spectators following the coronavirus. It’ll be a “Behind-Closed-Doors Event” moving forward, with it still be broadcasted on March 14th through ESPN+. Titled the ESPN+ 28 UFC Event, it’ll be held at the Nielson Nelson Gymnasium in Brazil’s capital. Thousands would’ve gathered to watch their favourite fights compete, but the Brasilia Governor determined that a “Large Gathering Ban” should be declared throughout the city. This decision was made after a confirmed coronavirus outbreak within Brasilia.

The implemented ban has prompted the immediate cancellation of Concerts, Sporting Events, School and Religious Services. Gatherings must be limited to a maximum of one-hundred Brazilians. This means that ESPN+ 28 can allow for roughly eighty VIPS to watch this fight live, with the remaining 16 thousand seats remaining empty. Supporters that purchased tickets will be provided refunds through electronic ticket sellers. Returns won’t be supported in-person, with ticket booths being shut down for the foreseeable future.

The Ultimate Fighting Competition didn’t provide any insight to reporters regarding the fate of this venue, with detailed information having the come from other outlets. This follows after Dana White has publicly expressed his disbelief towards the coronavirus and its rate of spreading. It’s not surprising that Dana White wouldn’t believe scientific records, with this man being a substantial supporter and friend of Donald Trump. Sporting associations have mentioned their disappointment towards the minimal sanitation efforts and closures being enforced by the UFC.

Insiders close with the Ultimate Fighting Championship in Brasilia privately noted to news outlets that Dana White was furious with the announcement that mass gatherings would be cancelled in the capital. Considering that the UFC President cannot outweigh the government’s decision, he was forced to abide by these conditions and provide refunds to consumers. Dana White lost millions in the process.

Additional Cancellations

There have been multiple cancellations for the Ultimate Fighters Championship within Brasilia. The Ceremonial Weigh-In before any title fight was terminated, which extended to the Media Day. Obligations with these fighters require that they compete regardless of global conditions. Sporting analysts suspect that UFC Fighters will begin ignoring contract obligations and remain home in self-isolation. Dana White could be forced in the coming weeks to terminate the UFC until the coronavirus is solved. How he’ll react will be an exciting discussion.

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UFC Fighter Charged with Sexual Assault

»Posted by on Mar 10, 2020 in Fighter | Comments Off on UFC Fighter Charged with Sexual Assault

UFC Fighter Charged with Sexual Assault

Abdul Razak Alhassan can consider his career with the Ultimate Fighter’s Championship over. This follows after two women claimed that this man committed sexual assault on them throughout September 24th in 2018. These two women recently testified in the Tarrant County Court, claiming that after two years of mental regression, they’d like to see this man spend the rest of his life in prison. Abdul Razak Alhassan faced two counts of sexual assault, with a jury determining that this fighter isn’t guilty of these claims. That doesn’t mean that Abdul will be allowed to return to the UFC, with his name forever being tarnished in the fighting community.

The story provided from these two women revealed that Abdul had been allowed to enter their home in Fort Worth. They first met at the Varsity Tavern, where the former UFC Fighter worked as a bouncer. When these two teenage women wanted to enter the club at the age of twenty, Abdul requested a favour in return. These women both willing provided him with their numbers, which enabled them to enter the bar illegally. What made this even worse was that these women were celebrating the birthday of Police Officer Joshua Yates. He’d occasionally work security at the Varsity Tavern alongside Abdul. Both men would become intoxicated and would be seen kissing an older woman in the hallway. Eventually, Abdul Razak Alhassan would enter a broom closet with both these young woman, before personally being invited back to their home.

The Story

Abdul Razak Alhassan would then be asked to assist these woman into their vehicle with Joshua Yates, where the now terminated police officer refused to comment. Both women became intoxicated to the point of passing out, where these men would drive them home. After both women had been awoken once arriving back, they requested both men come upstairs and spend the night. Joshua Yates refused with Abdul Razak Alhassan agreeing. The woman’s mother allowed the girls and Abdul to enter this residence, which prompted the jury to be concerned that this was a regular occurrence for the young woman.

These women claimed throughout their testimonies that they weren’t aware that Abdul Razak Alhassan was located in her home, that was until she was shoved to the bed and sexually assaulted. When the mother was put on trial, the older woman confessed that the bedroom door remained open and that she frequently had checked on her daughters. Throughout this period, no sexual assault or altercations were held in the household. It prompted the judge and jury to believe these girls were purposely trying to destroy Alhassan’s life for unknown reasons. Alhassan won’t face any prison time moving forward.

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