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Dustin Poirier and Tony Ferguson Fight Cancelled

»Posted by on Sep 11, 2020 in Featured Fighter, Fighter | Comments Off on Dustin Poirier and Tony Ferguson Fight Cancelled

Dustin Poirier and Tony Ferguson Fight Cancelled

October 24th would’ve marked the date that Dustin Poirier & Tony Ferguson fought in the octagon. This bout was becoming highly anticipated amongst UFC supporters. However, financial disputes between UFC President Dana White & Dustin Poirier have prompted this fight into cancellation. This has become a new standard in the Ultimate Fighting Competition, which was known for paying their prominent stars with high wages. That changes amid the COVID-19 Pandemic & now MMA athletes under contract are receiving lower salaries then initially discussed. It’s prompted multiple competitors to retire, including Henry Cejudo & Conor McGregor.

Similar problems have unfolded for Dustin Poirier, who announced via ESPN that he’ll now be competing on October 24th. It follows after negotiations failed, with both parties maintaining different terms & unable to reach any mutual agreement. This isn’t very reassuring for Dustin Poirier, who proved his eagerness to compete against Tony Ferguson by travelling from Louisiana to South Florida last week. He’d start his training camp immediately, hoping that his determination would prompt an agreement being met. Poirier confirmed that he’d return home by September 14th.

ESPN Reporters questioned Dustin Poirier on why negotiations didn’t follow through with Dana White & the UFC. The former lightweight champion evoked that being a prizefighter deserves respectable compensation, which wasn’t offered in their negotiations. Poirier evoked that his prize for winning has to be large if a championship belt isn’t on the line.

UFC Supporters have expressed disappointment towards this announcement on social media. Dustin Poirier & Tony Ferguson was slated to become the Co-Main Event for UFC 254. They would’ve fought an hour before Khabib Nurmagomedov & Justin Gaethje. It would’ve been a dramatic evening considering that Justin Gaethje had recently dethroned Tony Ferguson, and Khabib Nurmagomedov had previously defeated Dustin Poirier.

Potential Scenarios

Contract negotiations allowed for potentially great fights to take place if Gaethje or Nurmagomedov backed down. Justin Gaethje removing his contention from concerns over COVID would’ve allowed Tony Ferguson to enter the octagon as his replacement. Khabib Nurmagomedov not competing because of COVID would’ve given Dustin Poirier a championship-winning opportunity against Gaethje. However, those bouts aren’t possible after Poirier’s ESPN confirmation.

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Kamaru Usman’s Next Fight Announced

»Posted by on Sep 3, 2020 in Featured Fighter, Fighter | Comments Off on Kamaru Usman’s Next Fight Announced

Kamaru Usman’s Next Fight Announced

The Ultimate Fighting Championships President, Dana White, announced one of the most anticipated bouts for 2020. It was confirmed that UFC Organizers are close to finalizing contract negotiations with Kamaru Usman & Gilbert Burns, prompting Dana White to ensure that both men will compete on December 12th at UFC 256. ESPN first reported this announcement.

Dana White had promised UFC supporters that these two Welterweight competitors would resume their postponed bout. The COVID-19 pandemic forced Dana White to postpone their previous engagement, which was slated for July 11th at UFC 251 on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. Their fight was terminated after Gilbert Burns tested positive for the novel coronavirus. In replacement of Burns came Jorge Masvidal, who lost brutally against Kamaru Usman.

UFCs President confirmed that the Kamaru Usman & Gilbert Burns fight would take place alongside the highly desired match-up of Amanda Nunes versus Megan Anderson. These ladies will compete for the Featherweight Championship Belt, with the headlining men battling for the Welterweight Championship Belt.

MMA Analysts anticipate that Kamaru Usman will stand victorious over Gilbert Burns, with the Nigerian Nightmare standing at a 12-0 Record in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Standing victorious over Burns would mean Kamaru defending his belt for the 3rd time. It was marked the longest momentum behind the Welterweight Championship since Tyron Woodley in March 2019.

It’s not surprising that Dana White would reschedule the fight between Burns & Usman, with both men standing as some of the hottest UFC fighters for 2020. Kamaru “The Nigerian Nightmare” Usman was a former lightweight contender that outpaced the likes of McGregor & Nurmagomedov. He hasn’t been knocked down since losing against Dan Hooker in July 2018, where Usman quickly rose back up, but referees called off the fight. Sustaining 24+ months since being knocked down is a UFC record.

Masvidal Not Getting Usman Rematch

UFC President Dana White confirmed that he wouldn’t reschedule another fight between Kamaru Usman & Jorge Masvidal. Nate Diaz is instead being helmed to enter the 2nd fight against Jorge “Gamebred BMF” Masvidal. This means that the 3rd rematch between Diaz and McGregor is unlikely. With this announcement, Dana White has changed the UFCs 2020 plans tenfold.

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Anderson Silva Indicates Final Foe

»Posted by on Aug 30, 2020 in Company News, Featured Fighter, MMA | Comments Off on Anderson Silva Indicates Final Foe

Anderson Silva Indicates Final Foe

The final competitor that Anderson Silva could compete against in the Ultimate Fighting Championship is Uriah Hall. UFC fans have clamoured for the return of Anderson Silva, the former middleweight champion that defended his belt for ten back-to-back fights. The legacy of Silva isn’t entirely over, with it being known two fights remain for Anderson in his UFC contract. The Middleweight Champ is now revealing that his final bout could be against Uriah Hall on October 31st at UFC Fight Night. It’d mark the end of a 22-Year Era, with Silva first entering professional fighting in 1998.

Anderson Silva spoke with ESPN on the upcoming bout, where he’d evoke that this will likely be his last fight in professional combat sports. Anderson noted that the level of training being done daily is to do his absolute best while thanking his team for preparation over the last few weeks. The former Middleweight Champion remarked hope that he’ll dominate over Uriah Hall, and that his previous performance can be memorable for his long-time supporters.

MMA Sports Reporters have questioned Dana White (UFC President) on what he believes the future holds for Anderson Silva. UFCs President has evoked multiple times that Silva will retire after October 31st, that Uriah Hall will likely headline the 185-Pound bout, permitting that restrictions aren’t applied amid the coronavirus pandemic. White finalized his statements by saying “Yes, it will be Anderson’s last UFC fight”.

The Hope for UFCs GOAT

Few UFC fighters contend for the title of “Greatest of all Time”. He is considered the competitions longest-running champion, holding onto the Middleweight Championship Belt from 2006 to 2013. Multiple other fighters contest his GOAT status. Those include Daniel Cormier, Nick Diaz, Vitor Belfort, Dan Henderson, Forrest Griffin, Rich Franklin, Chris Weidman, and Michael Bisping.

The ultimate hope & desire for Anderson Silva is to reclaim his Middleweight Championship, then retire from the UFC while riding off into the sunset. However, Anderson is aware that it’s unlikely he’ll become a champion again from defeating Uriah Hall. That’s because Anderson Silva has lost six of the last several bouts he’s fought in the UFC.

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Justin Gaethje Mentally Prepares for Nurmagomedov

»Posted by on Aug 14, 2020 in Company News, Featured Fighter | Comments Off on Justin Gaethje Mentally Prepares for Nurmagomedov

Justin Gaethje Mentally Prepares for Nurmagomedov

The battle between UFCs highest-ranked lightweight contenders is heating up, with their fight slated to arrive by October 24th. Dedicated support of the Ultimate Fighting Championship has craved the return of Khabib Nurmagomedov, a Middle Eastern & Russian competitor that has dominated regularly over his competition. No UFC fighter has defeated Khabib, not even Conor McGregor. That zero-loss record for Nurmagomedov could end after battling against Justin Gaethje, one of the speediest fighters that the UFC has ever crossed.

Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov has begun engaging with her standard mental warfare, informing Justin “The Highlight” Gaethje that he’ll take the American into the deepest of oceans & drown him in-front of millions. Considering Justin Gaethje destroyed Tony Ferguson at his last UFC appearance, the long-time rival of Khabib, the Interim Lightweight Champion wasn’t deterred by Nurmagomedov. Warnings were issued back towards Khabib from the Gaethje camp, with Highlight informing the Eagle that it’ll be all-out carnage at UFC 254.

Justin Gaethje spoke with ESPN via videoconference on August 12th, where he’d emphasize that there’ll be a zone of death before him & that it won’t be Khabib Nurmagomedov that represents the Grim Reaper. Gaethje noted that it’s him who represents death, represents carnage, and creates horrific accidents in the octagon. Few fighters reach these levels in their retaliation, suggesting that Justin “The Highlight” Gaethje is looking to induce more damage to Khabib than any of his former opponents.

Who Will Win?

Justin Gaethje has stood on a formidable winning streak, defeating multiple opponents that were expected to dominate over the Highlight. When Justin dominated over Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 & became the Lightweight Interim Champion, his next goal was immediately acquiring the full championship from Khabib Nurmagomedov. Dana White would allow Gaethje the right to compete for six-months later against the Eagle.

Khabib fight with ferocity & anger after losing his father to the novel coronavirus. Competing against Justin Gaethje will mark one of Khabib’s final fights, with Nurmagomedov expected to retire by 2022. Justin is competing with young talent & faster speed than the “Aging Eagle”, which will be harder for Khabib to contend against after a prolonged vacation from fighting. Justin is active in the UFC, with Nurmagomedov having disappeared since COVID-19 arrived.

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Ronda Rousey Refuses UFC Return

»Posted by on Aug 9, 2020 in Featured Fighter, Fighter, MMA | Comments Off on Ronda Rousey Refuses UFC Return

Ronda Rousey Refuses UFC Return

The Ultimate Fighting Championship isn’t the priority for Ronda Rousey any longer, with the former UFC Champion remarking that she’ll likely not return to the UFC. This follows after Ronda Rousey left Dana White’s UFC in 2016, getting knocked out by Amanda Nunes in the first round within less three minutes. Most claim that Ronda Rousey left the UFC out of embarrassment from her loss, never against to return after the competition has grown to outweigh her skillsets. Ronda Rousey’s story is identical to Conor McGregor’s.

UFC President Dana White clarified that he remains on speaking terms with Ronda Rousey, though the two haven’t discussed any possibility of her returning for an upcoming fight. Dana White was asked about her future after Ronda Rousey was clarified as the 44th Best UFC Fighter to date.

Ronda Rousey was questioned regarding her position within the UFC, where the former Bantamweight Champion indicated that she’s unconcerned with competing in the Octagon for individuals that don’t care about her. This was a direct shot towards UFC Corporate Personnel, who are infamous for not carrying about their fighter’s safety & personal requirements, with their concern regarding the competitor’s skillsets only.

Fight for Who?

The Bantamweight Champion clarified that everyday people are informing her to fight, that she could become the “Greatest of All Time”. Ronda Rousey noted that the title of GOAT used to be critically essential for her to, with that goal becoming insignificant compared to her physical sacrifice. She’d remark how competing also put sacrifices onto her family, which isn’t needed any longer. Ronda Rousey finalized her recent remarks by noting those that tell her to compete wouldn’t do anything for her, that their desires are purely financial & that they’ll never be recuperated.

Ronda Rousey has often said since leaving the UFC in 2017 that fighting became her identity, that her husband showed her that there is much more to life. She’d indicate that the UFC didn’t want Ronda to maintain a life outside of fighting, risking financial losses by her exploring life. That’s to be expected when everyone values you based on fighting skillsets & doesn’t care about anything else you can bring to their corporation. Similar stories have been uttered by numerous fighters, including Jorge Masvidal & Khabib Nurmagomedov.

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Khabibs Manager Confirms Return for 2020

»Posted by on Jul 21, 2020 in Company News, Featured Fighter | Comments Off on Khabibs Manager Confirms Return for 2020

Khabibs Manager Confirms Return for 2020

The return of Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov is something desired by hundreds of thousands who support MMA. Most were anticipating his arrival earlier this year at UFC 249, where Nurmagomedov would’ve competed against Tony Ferguson. Concerns with travel from Russia to the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic forced this fight into cancellation status, with Khabib replaced by Justin Gaethje.

It’s officially thirteen months since Khabib Nurmagomedov last competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, holding onto his title belt longer than any other in UFC history without having to fight. Khabib’s last battle stood against Dustin Poirier during UFC 242 in June 2019. Most believe Nurmagomedov shouldn’t be provided special treatment, with it ultimately being Khabib’s fault for not attending UFC 249. The Middle Eastern/Russian fighter decided to return home while the pandemic was breaking out.

Sentiments towards special treatment for Khabib Nurmagomedov have changed after the death of his father, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov. His passing was prompted from complications with COVID-19. The untimely & tragic death of Abdulmanap was left Khabib into an understandable position of mourning. Dana White emphasized on the July 18th weekend that Khabib would be given all the time required to mourn.

Ali Abdelaziz has given hope for dedicated supporters of Khabib Nurmagomedov, remarking that “The Eagle” will compete before 2020s end. This UFC Manager emphasized that Dana White will make the announcement shortly & that Khabib isn’t completed accomplishing his MMA goals. Abdelaziz then confirmed that Nurmagomedov would fight Justin Gaethje before any other opponent, dismantling any chance for a return against Tony Ferguson.

Details Not Released

ESPN and NBC Sports reporters asked that Ali Abdelaziz provided an exact date for the “Khabib Nurmagomedov Vs Justin Gaethje” fight. The manager refused to give these details, indicating that promoters are meant to make an official announcement. Ali noted that Dana White would deliver details on a highly speculated fight when they’re available.

Speculation first indicated that Khabib Nurmagomedov would battle Justin Gaethje at Fight Island in September at UFC 253. After the death of Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, that period could be postponed later into November & December in 2020.

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