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Mason Jones Making UFC Debut on January 20th

»Posted by on Dec 31, 2020 in Featured Fighter, Fighter | Comments Off on Mason Jones Making UFC Debut on January 20th

Mason Jones Making UFC Debut on January 20th

The Ultimate Fighting Championship announced on December 30th that they’ve employed Mason Jones to the roster. It’s a prominent announcement for the UFC, which for weeks has confirmed fighters leaving the company & none joining because of lower salaries being offered. The first instance of Mason Jones competing in the octagon will be January 20th, where he’ll make his formal debut at “UFC Fight Island Eight”. Considering that Mason Jones in a two-division champion in Great Britain’s Cage Warriors, his debut will garner interest from thousands in the United Kingdom.

Mason Jones is making his formal debut under the Lightweight Division, which is the UFCs most popular & where competitors like Khabib Nurmagomedov have reached prominent glory. Mason is battling against Mike Davis, another individual recently contracted by UFC CEO Dana White. Analysts anticipate that Mason Jones will outfight Mike Davis, with the New Yorker having eight wins & two losses. Davis hasn’t acquired the championship for NYCs mixed martial arts division of “Pete White Boxing & MMA”.

This venue is being streamed to Americans from ESPN+ and to Canadians through TSN. Mason’s battle won’t be UFC Fight Island Eights most exciting, with prominent names in the roster slated to compete. Supporters of mixed martial arts shouldn’t take that approach with Mason Jones, an individual that’ll likely reach prominence throughout the Lightweight Division. Ten consecutive victories have been acquired by Mason Jones, with zero losses. Championship divisions held by Jones include Welterweight & Lightweight. Both were obtained within a six-month timeframe.

The Future for Mason Jones

Considering this fighter is aged twenty-five, his career is only beginning & could sustain another ten years under the UFC. Supporters of Dana White’s Ultimate Fighting Championship should pay attention to the likely rise of Mason Jones. Some analysts have suggested that with the reputation of Jones, he could become Dana White’s replacement answer for Conor McGregor. This time instead of an Irish fighter, it’d be a British fighter leading the Lightweight Division.

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Khabib Nurmagomedov’s EFC Partners with UFC

»Posted by on Dec 5, 2020 in Featured Fighter, Fighter | Comments Off on Khabib Nurmagomedov’s EFC Partners with UFC

Khabib Nurmagomedov’s EFC Partners with UFC

Weeks have passed since Khabib Nurmagomedov announced his formal retirement from mixed martial arts. Retirement was prompted after the undisputed champion lost his father to Covid-19. Dedicated supporters rallied for Nurmagomedov to make another appearance & reach thirty victories. Those calls wouldn’t be heard by Khabib, with the UFC Champion announcing his acquisition of “Gorilla Fighting Championship” in Dagestan.

Khabib Nurmagomedov has become the founder & chief executive officer of Eagle Fighting Championship, with GFC being rebranded to account for its updated leadership. Discussions with UFC President Dana White have begun with Khabib Nurmagomedov, with insider speculation indicating that promotional events under the EFC will be broadcasted on “UFC Fight Pass”. Khabib & White formalizing this broadcast partnership would benefit Nurmagomedov’s investment. Inside sources suggest that negotiations are near completion & that supporters can anticipate broadcasted EFC events by the new year.

Inside sources providing minor details on the negotiations prompted questions onto Khabib Nurmagomedov, where the retired UFC Champion noted that brokering a deal is near completion. Broadcast negotiations began after Khabib Nurmagomedov approached Dana White, informing the UFC President of acquiring the Gorilla Fighting Championship. Khabib suggested that broadcasting of his promotions be sustained on UFC Fight Pass.

UFC & EFC as One

Broadcasting isn’t the exclusive attribute associated with these negotiations. Khabib Nurmagomedov wants upcoming talent in the Eagle Fighting Championship to have an opportunity with the UFC. Discussions relate towards required title defences an EFC fighter would be necessary to sustain before being offered a UFC contract. Nurmagomedov detailed that initial contracts wouldn’t extend past six fights, giving signed fighters from the EFC a minimum of two-years for competitive dominance.

What this means for the Ultimate Fighting Championship is an increased presence of Middle Eastern & Russian fighters, the defining heritage of Khabib Nurmagomedov. When questioned by reporters if dominating over the UFC is the defining goal, the retired UFC Champion emphasized that partnership is all that’s needed. That’s because Khabib Nurmagomedov wants to become the UFC of Eastern Europe & the Middle East. That wouldn’t inflict financial damage on Dana White, with UFC popularity held most in the United States & Canada.

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Conor McGregor Signs Poirier Contract

»Posted by on Nov 26, 2020 in Featured Fighter, Fighter | Comments Off on Conor McGregor Signs Poirier Contract

Conor McGregor Signs Poirier Contract

Several weeks have passed since the UFC announced Conor McGregor & Dustin Poirier would sustain a rematch. That announcement was pre-emptive, with UFC President Dana White confirming McGregor hadn’t signed the contract. It led towards speculation that Conor’s third retirement would genuinely be his last. However, an announcement was made on November 25th that Conor McGregor has signed his contract to compete against Dustin Poirier.

UFC Analysts are surprised that Dana White & Conor McGregor could sustain a contractual agreement. The Covid-19 Pandemic forced UFCs President to decrease contract salaries for fighters, which created significant issues throughout the top roster. Fighters like Conor McGregor & Jorge Masvidal announced they’d retire from the octagon. Both men have returned since those false claims, seemingly working towards higher salaries through aggressive negotiations. UFC President Dana White wouldn’t fold his cards & continued to offer lower wages.

Dana White hadn’t concerned himself with Conor McGregor after “Notorious” announced his third retirement. It wouldn’t be until McGregor announced that Dustin Poirier & himself would compete in an MMA battle for charity, Dana White would change his mindset. Both men were offered the opportunity to compete professionally in the octagon. This led towards several weeks of negotiations with Conor McGregor. Details regarding how much “Notorious” has been paid for UFC 255 hasn’t been announced. It’ll likely be $10 Million or higher.

The Second Irishman

Conor McGregor could find himself the unfavoured talent for Ireland by 2021. UFC President Dana White announced that Ireland’s Dean Barry had been contracted for roster employment. It’s unknown when the MMA Irish Fighter could make his debut appearance in the UFC octagon. However, analysts anticipate a steady rise for Dean Barry. This Irish Kickboxer is a multiple-time champion in Ireland & the European Union.

International appearances from Dean Barry have also been sustained in the United States & Middle East. It’s his prominent rise throughout 2020 that gained Dana White’s interest. Dean Barry does enter the Ultimate Fighting Championship older than most at 28. Don’t expect him not to perform though, with previous victories from Dean Barry including Thomas Thatcher at his debut MMA performance in 2017. Barry has won three of his four fights.

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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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